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    Never been a fan of Hip Hop/Rap, probably due to the amount of puke that I was exposed to on MTV as a kid/teenager, but Hip Hop and Rap have often been associated with social unrest within the black community in the United States. Apart from rebel songs and the odd song from some punks in the late 70s (Radiators from Space et al..), there's never been much politicized commercial music in the Irish music scene.
    Are Irish rappers now the true artistic voice of the disgruntled every-day Irish men and women?


    Some funny lines along with some hard hitting truths.

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    My own Christmas Jingle for the times:

    Slashing through the debt,
    In a German frame of mind,
    O'er the people we go,
    Laughing all the way (hah hah hah)
    Placing turf-quotas on Ming,
    Making children Fright,
    What fun it is to slash and burn,
    A Euro-song tonight.


    Euro Bonds, Euro Bonds,
    Austerity all the way,
    Oh! what fun, it is to ride,
    In a cash-cow gravy train.
    Euro Bonds, Euro Bonds,
    Austerity all the way,
    Oh! what fun, it is to ride,
    In a cash-cow gravy train.

    Boycott the "Irish" Sun rag.

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    Hip Hop is sh*te and only tracksuited knacker scum listen to it.

    Any Irish protest song to get off the ground would have to follow the air of a traditional ballad.





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    Quote Originally Posted by Hitch 22 View Post
    Hip Hop is sh*te and only tracksuited knacker scum listen to it.
    Calm down and take your tablets.
    Infamy, infamy, they've all got it infamy!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hitch 22 View Post
    Hip Hop is sh*te
    Musical taste is subjective.

    Quote Originally Posted by Hitch 22 View Post
    ...and only tracksuited knacker scum listen to it.
    That's a lie, and you know it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RepublicOfLuas View Post
    the odd song from some punks in the late 70s (Radiators from Space et al..), there's never been much politicized commercial music in the Irish music scene.
    Banana Republic was a good effort from that post punk/new wave scene

    The Boomtown Rats - Banana Republic - Vidéo Dailymotion

    Not sure if Belfast Child counts. Not an Irish band, and guess it was a bit more of an ode to the Troubles and society in one corner of the island than the social problems down here.

    Wasn't Pet Shop Boys "Suburbia" supposed to be about joy riding in Dublin, or was that an urban myth?

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    Quote Originally Posted by RepublicOfLuas View Post
    Musical taste is subjective.
    Hip Hop IS sh*te.

    That's a lie, and you know it.
    If you are going to create protest songs they have to capture the imagination of broader Irish society. That means you have to appeal to your average mass going overcoat, patterned jumper, slacks and brogue wearing rural type.

    We aren't a bunch of "niggas in yo jacuzzis wid ya nakked bitches an yo trigger fingas on yo Uzis."

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    Hip hop is shi te to be fair

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    Quote Originally Posted by MacCoise2 View Post
    Hip hop is shi te to be fair
    Thats because you havent a clue how to find good music.

    Here is list of good stuff.. ie no bling and bitches
    J.Dilla,Slum Village, Pharcyde, Del, AZ, Souls of Mischief, Dilated Peoples, A Tribe Called Quest, Brand Nubian, Jurassic-5, Pharoahe.Monch

    And im not even a big hip hop fan.. Oh yeah. All trad is ************************e.

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    I suspect the 'music industry' as it is (part of the wider global 'establishment') ensures any controversial or politically motivated music doesn't get too much exposure...

    Having said that the quality of songs and lyrics that address these things tend to be sh!te... I had the misfortune of seeing Billy Bragg at a festival a few years back... bloody awful crap...

    What has been disappointing though... for me at least, has been the apparent apathy of the younger generation today, not only in Ireland, but globally...

    They seem more than willing to buy into the X Factor and sing a load of vacuous crap about 'love' and 'feelings' than they do about anything else...

    They seem to have bought into the rotten 'system' as it is hook line and sinker, and are more like drones than anything else. I cannot understand why they are not a lot angrier than they seem to be about what's been done to them and their futures...

    As for political music in Ireland... most of it is sh!te imo... and doesn't venture far from either tedious rebel song boll*cks or maudling victim obsessed sh!te about oppression and the potato famine etc.

    The world has moved on from that...

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