there were basically no black people back in the day in the villages oxfordshire. there was one kid in my secondary school whose parents were i think middle-class ghanaians and that's it. its a bit different now but not much.Relatability can be a factor but it shouldn't be the be all end all as far as who and why you like them this might be because when i was born it was around the time my mothers generation all had their own kids so apart from me i had one slightly younger cousin i was around older people so it wasn't weird, i'm not gonna come like i know the percentages off hand as to the backgrounds of people in places like Oxfordshire and the lake district but i imagine they're tinier compared to London's and they are there there's probably more of them living there now cause of housing prices. There's reason as to why you might not have ever spoken to black people in the UK and those reasons are both bigger and more personal than just rap if i'm being honest and its not unique to the UK either.
seeing this reminds me of something i read about Iggy Azealea who i've never liked but i thought was very telling she said growing up as a girl in Australia listening to rap music she said that she felt alienated and left out by the references to specific locations and hoods that they reffered to and name dropped on tracks, so she made the decision that if she ever got famous that she would make no refferences to Australia in her music so that way the next little girl who listens to her won't feel left out.there were basically no black people back in the day in the villages oxfordshire. there was one kid in my secondary school whose parents were i think middle-class ghanaians and that's it. its a bit different now but not much.
US rap was and to some extent still is quite unrelatable if this is where you're from. it matters more for rap than eg house because the words are such a big part of the form. the alienness of the milieu they're talking about is one of the big appeals of getting into the genre i think. that operates on a multitude of levels but is particularly weird if you're not american i think.
the alieness of it is a big part of it sure but like wise its the same for any other country that is say outside of the West its not an abberation it just is
if it was only applicable to Brits and rap then explain to me all them donnys who get vinyl comps of old highlife and ju-ju tunes
Americans problem is one of essentialist thinking and not only that but in their mind things that don't follow or come from that are somehow more deficientit's not just brits but there is something pretty interesting going on in terms of the whole world looking at american cultural exports and totally misinterpreting what america and americans are actually like. there's a certain level of ignorance and a lack of lived experience in our interpretations of that particular place i think. this obviously goes far beyond rap.
whereas americans themselves have a different problem, which is that they happen to live in a place which is such a huge producer of culture (particularly tv and films), and they are in i think a rapid feedback loop between their lives and reflections of their lives on screen. which we are spared to some extent i think.
he's a pimp luka (or really ex pimp now) they all have that flamboyant quality about them in terms of mannerims and how much work and effort they put into their style and plus how slinky that beat is.This is the gayest record ever made