Re: Can J-rap be considered "authentic"?
I couldn't agree more! :D:
Originally Posted by Arrianna
Just because something was started in the US, it doesn't mean that J-Rap can't be considered as authentic. Renaissance painting originated in Florence, but spread all through out Europe. That means it started in one country (well a city, actually) and was picked up in various other countries! It doesn't make any renaissance painting any more or less authentic than the other! I personally think that the beats and rhymes (when I can accurately translate them or find translations) are more original and unique than what most of the current hip hop artists are crapping out here in the US. I love Japanese hip-hop! I hate American rap... (There's a huge difference between rap and hip-hop in my opinion. Rap is lazy, glorifies every negative aspect about African American communities and pushes black people back a decade)
Rhymester, Zeebra, M-Flo and DABO are four examples of how Japanese hip hop has progressed and how authentic J-Rap actually is. Listen to them, find some romajii lyrics and translations--check out the messages being sent out and compare it to American rap music. I bet you'll be surprised and even give Japanese hip hop credit where credit is due.