"Enigmatic has no idea of what he is talking about. He says that rap sounds stupid in any other language other than English. If a non-Bangla speaking person listens to Bangla rock he will probably find it stupid. If what he says is true then why are the Japanese, Chinese, Swedish and many other rappers from other countries becoming popular by rapping in their own language in their respective countries? The reason that most Bangladeshi people aren't into rap is because most of them don't understand the language used by rappers. In rap the lyrics are much more important than the music so you have to understand it to enjoy it. I think this problem can easily be solved by the local MC's. Another reason why people here may not like rap is because most of the rappers they have listened to are bad rappers (Outkast, Eminem, and Nelly). If they listen to some of the good rappers (Nas, 2 Pac, Wu Tang) they will surely enjoy it. The other reason why many people here do not like rap is because most rappers are black. Bangalis are very narrow minded (I hate to say it, but its true); they seem to have something against black people. For example, if you ask any teen here if they like Eminem, even the ones who hate rap, and they will say yes.
The lyrics in rock songs are horrible; they have no meaning. The lyrics of rap song are tight; they talk about the realities and hardships of life. Enigmatic says that rap songs have no tunes, then he should listen to the songs Juicy by Notorious B.I.G. or Better Dayz by 2 Pac. These two songs have a great tune and great lyrics and there many others like these.
According to Enigmatic, rap is just American trash. If this is so, why are more and more people starting to listen to rap all over the world except for in Bangladesh? Bangladeshis don't know what they are missing out on, so the local MC's should help them get in on it."
Well, I have a bone or two to pick with Ghettotan with regards to the views expressed here, but before I get to it, here's a letter from Rudmila, who returns this week with another eloquent rebuttal.
"Calling Rap "American street trash" is way out of league. The poetry of rap is not meant to be sublime. Considering where Rap has been generated: the ghettos (of yes, America), where young people, frustrated and miserable because of the poverty-stricken, socially dysfunctional and intoxicated states of their lives needed an outlet. Thus the harsh language. As for it having no rhythm… Missy Eliot, Eve, Da Brat-- these rappers combine rap and hip-hop to create music that is great to listen to, not to mention to dance to. So I guess, the Achilles' heel is compensated for.
I agree, however, that rapping in Bengali does have its drawbacks, since this type of music was not formed for a language like Bengali in mind…the rhythms, the rhymes, accents and stresses just don't fit. However, the possibility shouldn't be ruled out since international artists (especially in Asia) have undertaken the challenge of rapping in their own languages and succeeded. Maybe with a couple more years of practice, support and acceptance from more of the public than just a small clique of MC's and their friends, Rap may very well be where R/M/A music is nowadays.
Take the Bangladeshi music industry, say, 10 years ago. Who would have thought that the typical 'band shongeet' stereotype could be cut through though accommodate electrifying music, cool lyrics and singers with attitude. It has happened. How many people then, could contemplate the words, alternative and Bengali music being used in the same sentence?
The problem is that Dhakaiya MC's are getting nowhere in terms of public appeal. A few good tracks, even if they are collaborations would in fact draw attention just as the pioneers of R/M/A did. Excuse my corniness, but as the Chinese proverb goes, 'a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step'. For the Bangladeshi audience, Rap still might have to take some more risky leaps.
Although I did lean in favour of R/M/A in my initial opinion, I see that music 'is' a universal language, and while each keeps to their own, there no need to be 'dissing' any genre. It's better to be hopeful about fresh faces and fresh music that have the potential to penetrating our conventional mentalities and enter the music scene."
Thank you Rudmila,
for stating the point I've been trying to make for the past couple of
weeks. People already have so many things to disagree about…
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