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on January 5, 2000
this new DMX album is almost unlistenable. it's like listening to metallica to me... just noise
I've absolutely "outgrown" rap music... Tupac is the only rap I can listen. It all has meaning and a method to it. It's not random talk of murdering other people... like Pac said "all these judgements on other lives need to stop!" I agree.. an artist like DMX is just infantile banter and a negative of view of black people in general.
You have the right to your own opinion. But show me the political conciousness of "Letter to the President," the story of making it through life without a father in an environment that does not allow one to reach their full potential like Pac does *so* eloqently in "still i rise" the song, the telling of a young girl overcoming the strongest adversarial occurances in life like "baby dont cry", the excellant storytelling of "tear drops and closed caskets" that exposes the heart of soul of an unending cycle within life through characters and perfectly sychronized flows from more than 6 rappers, the falsehood of the youth in general thinking that they are invincable against the world in the incedible "u can be touched"..... on DMX's CD. And dont even get me started on the greatest song of the whole album "The Good Die Young".. this song discusses everything from TWA Flight 800 crash, Colombine, Okhaloma city bombing, Yummy Sandifer, Pat Buchanan's take on welfare, to the church burnings, to simply life in these "hard times."
DMX's cd is a growling man repeating phrases that make him appealing to someone like yourself.
In conclusion: 2Pac's music means something; DMX's words are not wise and well phrased as a Pac was they are the VOICE OF IGNORANCE. while pac tried to solve "The problem"... the support that artists like DMX, Jay Z, (all other rappers EAST WEST NORTH SOUTH that promulgate violent meaningless lyrics) IS THE PROBLEM.
2Pac was a much more entertaining character... DMX's entire image was created by the Def Jam staff. as you can see from his mixtape appearances (if you've been listening to him for that long) he had no persona. The Def Jam staff (marketing wizards) sat down and decided that the massive segment of the rap record buying public that had been occupied by Pac was WIDE OPEN. So they created this "dont give a ____" "thugging" image for DMX. The difference is where Pac possed this image, he had so many other emotions and utterances. DMX on the other is a 1-dimensional character that simply concentrates on this one image while tricking people like you into buying his album. He's a tupac impersonator... and a weak one at that.
not to mention his annoying flow, weak beats, stupid interludes.