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Should Hip-Hop Have an Age Limit?

Sunday, September 13, 2009


No other music genre -- not rock n' roll, not pop, not classical, not jazz -- appeals to such a wide variety of age groups as does hip-hop. Since its humble beginnings in the 1970s, hip-hop was endeared itself to legions of fans due to the music, the dress, the lifestyle, etc.
But should it last forever?
It has become routine to see grown men -- some way past their primes -- wearing baseball caps forward, backward, tilted and more as there pants -- not unlike their jawlines -- increasingly sag to the Earth.
Has Russell Simmons made it acceptable for the perennially bald Baby Boomer to wear, dress and talk "hip-hop'? Or should those who were party-age in 1978 (when the first hip-hop hit "Rapper's Delight" took to the airwaves) turn in their long-held B-boy stances?
Alot of it depends on if you subscribe to the so-called "culture" associate with music: Remember, it used to be about graffiti-tagging, breakdancing and handing with the 'crew."
Is there a stopping point, when you say, reach 40? How long can you be a B-boy?
If you're middle-aged and you have a son or daughter and y'all are listening to the same music, for the same reasons, is that okay?
Or should the parent abandon their longheld love for something more "mature"?
Is hip-hop for youngens?

2 comments:

Ms. Bar B: said...

Great post and great question. Its a tough one. There is nothing that I am more tired of is seeing dudes push their 9-5s to the side to follow there dreams of becoming the next big rapper. THAT is when I think that guys need to grow the hell up and get with reality, lol.

On some, the hip hop culture is a little outdated!

September 13, 2009 at 7:27 PM
Craigjc said...

Ya know? These Grandfatherly Dudes kill me!!!

September 14, 2009 at 10:14 AM
 

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