Alright, I have a confession. Whenever I work out, fight (as in MMA), etc. I like to use rap music as a way to stay “pumped up”. When I say rap I mean 50 Cent, Tupac, Lil Scrappy, etc.
Now, I realize rap tends to contain lots of swearing, senseless violence, sexual explicity, etc. I do not agree with these lyrics, I just like the songs as way to stay on edge. I cannot do Christian music. I’m sorry, but it just doesn’t work for me.
I realize rap sort of contradicts my conservative Catholic viewpoints on ways of life, so is it hypocritical of me to frequently listen to rap?
Check out the others I mentioned. They’re all a cut above the b******'n’bling stuff that’s popular nowadays (and that 50 exemplifies ). Canibus remains the only rapper I’ve ever heard namedrop Noam Chomsky.
try some older music. I find that back then, they did not refer to alot of the stuff that people refer to today. I like to listen to music from Footloose and other movies from the time period. It’s fast paced, morally correct, and not all that bad.
While I might dislike rap personally, I don’t see why it would be sinful at all for you to listen to it. As long as you’re not doing the stuff mentioned, if you believe it to be sinful, what would be a problem?
Quite the sweeping generalization from someone who obviously isn’t inclined to investigate the genre too deeply, isn’t it?
Moreover, not all modern rap is about sex, drugs, and violence–only the vast majority of what is popularized. There are skilled rappers that are in the “Christian” genre (and some not-so-good ones, too).
I for one love Matisyahu, a Hasidic Jew that raps about his faith, but he’s really more reggae.
But then again, my musical taste could be considered a bit… well, eccentric at times… :rolleyes:
You’ve practically answered your own question.
You say you “realize rap tends to contain lots of swearing, senseless violence, sexual explicity, etc.” But you cannot do Christian music - it doesn’t work for you? Okay - I’m thinking you mean in the ring - when you’re working out - yes? And “Christian” music doesn’t have the same punch - right?
But would you use the language used in those rap numbers? Would you use the sexual explicity in daily discussion, etc.? Trust me, I’m no prude - but there’s a limit. I’ve heard the stuff, and it’s to be avoided. What’s more precious - a good workout or your soul? It’s either right - or it’s wrong.
The beat may be good for working out - but the content - isn’t.
By playing it, you give others the impression you’re the type of person who condones the message in the music. And as you’re working out, whether you realize it or not, ***your fists may be concentrating on their target - but your mind is being bombarded ***with the swearing and explicity that as a Catholic/Christian you should avoid like the plague. It’s like subliminal message - that plays music with a hidden message in the background…Only you’re not trying to hide it - you’re listening to it.
Re-think your training. I pray you can find some other music that will help you have successful workouts. (maybe the 1812 Overture? LOL)
If you’d said that two weeks ago you might have been correct
So please do go on about what you know about me…
Item: you dismiss all rappers as ‘absolute slime’ with a repertoire of a few morally abhorrent (or at least abhorrent in your eyes) topics.
Item: plenty of rappers talk about completely different things than you claim they do: Sage Francis, Blue Scholars, Public Enemy, Del, Canibus, Run-DMC, et cetera, et cetera. They don’t glorify misogyny, abuse, gangsta culture, or any of that.