And so, let's be real. There are still those out there, limited mainly to more underground rap like Immortal Technique and Jedi Mind Tricks, who talk about violence and more serious subject matters. Listen to the song below, it's not only violent and shocking, but it's a heart-wrenching story about living in streets.
But is mainstream rap now too mainstream? I think it makes sense that many rap and hip hop artists would sell out for the money. Most of America consider themselves middle class and upper middle class families. Furthermore, I'm sure most of these artists themselves came from these kind of families. So how could they talk about growing up in a violent neighborhood and the streets when they didn't? At the same time, its a shame that as we focus more and more on these feel good type of songs that talk about money, fame, and recreational drugs, we'll begin ignore the more serious problems in society that continue to exist. It's also quite sad that people who listen to this music will crave being wealthy and rich more and more, rather than following their own hearts on what life means.