Little Mix perform ahead of the Aviva Premiership match between London Wasps and Gloucester at Twickenham Stadium on April 19, 2014 in London, England.
So the other day my family and I payed a visit to old church friends at the church we used to go to here in the UK. They were asking me questions about how school and stuff has been since I moved away. Then they went on to ask me about interests and I replied by saying ‘Music’ they ask me what type (they were probably expecting me to say some lame old time music because they were older people) But no I said rap. I didn’t even get onto talking about my dreams of becoming a rapper before one of them said
'Oh dear dear, rap? Sometimes I like to put a C in front of it because it's just rude and stupid'
It took me a couple minutes to register what he actually had said. I felt disrespected. Then he went on to talk about what ‘Good Music’ is.
I, having the good upbringing that I do just sat there. Unlike others, I’ve been taught to respect my elders ( even though I was at that point where it was hard to).
I do agree though, some raps are rude and using all that foul language can be a bit too much at times but I just wished that everybody could see what I do in rap. To me it’s like poetry with a beat. You get to express yourself and put more emotion into what you’re saying. Some rappers use their talent to downgrade others, talk about stupid things that society really could care less about but others use it to uplift, inspire, tell their life story all while putting it along to an amazing beat that makes people want to get up a dance.
Not everyone has to like the same music as me but I’m beyond tired of being hated for it.
People at school always ask me what I want to do when I’m older or what career I’d like to have and as soon as I say rap they scold me as if I said I wanted to be a drug dealer or stripper. Some of them even ask
'You? Abby? You're too innocent. What a lovely christian girl gone to the demons and this foolish music'
Like no, please. I’m sick and tired of it.
Why do people think you have to be a hard gangster, thug, from the hood type person to rap? I have a very much innocent face, people might look at me and say that I look like a future doctor or lawyer but deep down inside I’m completely different.
i’ve been waiting for this moment for the entire duration of having this url
when teachers start lecturing the whole class about how they’re wasting so much of their time, and end up just wasting even more time
This is how you handle getting your privileged called out.
Not “reverse racism!” Not “heterophobe!” and all those other dynamics that don’t exist. Just recognition. Recognition of privilege (and hopefully continuous self-checking)