Written by Carla Bynum
The culture consists of numerous genres, one of the most popular being “Gangsta rap.” At one time, gangsta rap seemed to take over the scene with rappers such as Ice T, Ice Cube, N.W.A., the Notorious B.I.G. and Tupac, just to name a few. Gangsta rap was much more gritty and focused more on the street life.
· “All I Got is You” by Ghostface Killah featuring Mary J. Blige
· “Tha Crossroads” by Bone Thugs and Harmony
· “Brenda’s Got a Baby” by Tupac
· “Stan” by Eminem
· “Live in the Sky” by T.I. featuring Jamie Foxx
· “Song Cry” by Jay-Z
· “Just a Friend” by Biz Markie
· “How to Love” and “How to Hate” by Lil Wayne
· “Roses” by Kanye West
· “Lost Ones” by J Cole
· “Runaway Love” by Ludacris featuring Mary J. Blige
· “I’ll be Missing You” by Puff Daddy featuring Faith Evans and 112
· “Bye Baby” by Nas
· “Bad Bitch” by Lupe Fiasco
· “Power Trip” by J Cole featuring Miguel
Despite the criticism, Drake just released his third studio album, “Nothing Was The Same” earlier this month which features the familiar themes of love lost and relationship issues.
Some people disapprove of the emotional rap movement but there are many people who actually like it, such as myself.
I think it’s refreshing to hear more rappers who aren’t afraid to show more sensitivity and focus on topics that have somewhat been avoided in the past. I’d much rather listen to music about love, imperfections and the trials these rappers are going through rather than music about gang and street life or the numerous stripper anthems. But that’s just me.
Readers, what do you think? Is there room for sensitivity in rap music?