May 16, 2016

Why conservatives need to embrace hip hop music

Spencer GibaraRebel Blogger

With the rise of unconventional political figures like Donald Trump, we’ve seen the emergence of new political factions, made up of groups who don’t usually align themselves with one another.

One of the more interesting amalgamations is between traditional, quasi-religious, young Christians, and members of the secular left who still believe in freedom of speech and expression; both groups are tired of the politically correct tidal wave that's dictating how people must think.

Sadly, many mainstream conservative parties and politicians are neglecting this seismic shift in alliances. It's an opportunity to carve out a new niche in conservatism (at the expense of its ideological opponents) that simply cannot be missed, as it would establish a conservative foothold within groups traditionally thought of as left leaning.

Take young voters, for example. They are the ones driving the free speech debate, because political correctness has sharply divided campuses across North America. Conservatives need to act now to garner support from these young culture warriors.

But conservatives also need to look ahead. The left continues to battle its own extremist elements, so we need to be prepared to step in and take advantage of that movement's eventual collapse.

To position ourselves to win young hearts and minds of all stripes, conservatives should embrace hip hop music.  

As someone who loves both hip hop and conservative politics, it saddens me that many fellow conservatives simply don’t appreciate this musical art form.

Conversely, hip hop seldom aligns itself with conservative politics, and the few attempts to do so have produced dreadful results.

But where others see failure, I see an awesome opportunity.

Hip hop music is enjoyed by predominantly two groups: millennials and the African-American community. Both groups generally hate being labeled “conservative”, and perhaps for good reason. I’ve already outlined why many millennials are coming over to our side, most black voters still aren't.

But that can change.

The left has successfully fought for the rights of gays and religious minorities. Feminism is very much the center of attention now, and transgenderism has pushed its way into the mainstream, with billions of dollars and lawsuits at stake should anyone question its validity.

Meanwhile, members of the black community have not seen the kind of support leftists have afforded these other groups. The reason why is up for debate, but as the left’s “victimhood pyramid” takes shape, the needs of the black community seem to be getting pushed further to the bottom.

Looking at hip hop music as a whole, I don’t believe it’ll be long before the progressive left begins attempting to silence black artists who express themselves in politically incorrect ways. In fact, attempts to change hip hop culture have already begun. The door is being opened for conservatives to defend of this genre in the name of free speech, a chance we shouldn't squander.

While progressives may chant “pro-black” slogans, they take few actions to actually help the community. Conservatives need to defend the rights of all groups to express themselves freely, regardless of musical tastes. If we don’t fight hard for the free speech for African Americans, then we really don’t deserve their support. But I’m confident in our ability to defend this noble art form. So let’s get to it.

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commented 2016-06-08 09:43:40 -0400
Well looks like no younger people visit this site. C’mon you older guys are attacking one of the young folks who want to be part of CPC and are offering new ideas? You guys love to eat your own tails.
commented 2016-05-17 18:55:40 -0400
Hip Hop and Rap. Music for the musically illiterate.
commented 2016-05-17 09:57:59 -0400
I HATE WHITEY! Kill Whitey…
I HATE BITCHES! Kill whitey…
I HATE COPS! Kill whitey…

Yeah, and I am completely offended and disgusted with hip-hop and all the rest of the ugly gutter cacophony some might call music.
Why do so many white kids want to emulate the bozos and criminals producing this rap-crap and why are the parents allowing this – do they not know shit from Shinola…or do they just not care about what their children are destroying themselves with? These are the same people who have their beloved children in a public school…
commented 2016-05-17 00:36:39 -0400
I was a Rock enthusiast when I was young, and I still enjoy some it works with Conservatism as well!
We need to get back in touch with the young set to be able to show them that there is another way to have a quality life other than handouts, totalitarianism, socialism and settle-for the Government telling you what they can and can’t do, they don’t know it is up to us to show them – lets not be crusty and bring in some young faces and teach them how much Rights they really have!
commented 2016-05-16 13:44:23 -0400
I thought I’d proofread my remarks carefully but a few things didn’t come out correctly so here are the corrections.

The second sentence in the first paragraph should say “I even used to play a few instruments back in the day”.

The third sentence in the third paragraph should say “A conservative should not have to listen to music he doesn’t appreciate just to pander to someone who may be transitioning from the left to a more conservative point of view.” (In other words, the “it” from the original sentence doesn’t belong there.)

The last sentence of the third paragraph should say “I won’t expect him or her to listen to music I Iike either.”
commented 2016-05-16 13:42:34 -0400
“To position ourselves to win young hearts and minds of all stripes, conservatives should embrace hip hop music.”

Won’t fly. Wonder why? Your idea – not original. What next, hash brownies?

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“Politics and music should be treated as two separate entities and people should be free to follow whatever parties – and musicians – they like.’

commented 2016-05-16 12:37:11 -0400
I am a conservative and I am also a music lover. I even used to play ato prove I am c few instruments back in the day. I deeply appreciate the contributions of many black musicians, particularly Miles Davis, John Coltrane and the other jazz luminaries of the 1950s and 1960s. But I loathe hip-hop, rap and their variants.

I love melody but the signature feature of all of these forms of “new urban” music – for lack of a standard term – is that the vocals are inevitably performed (I can’t bring myself to say the word “sung”) in a monotone. That makes the music absolutely repulsive to me. And don’t get me started on the racist, misogynistic, and hateful lyrics. I have no intention of embracing music that calls human beings niggers, refers to all or most women as bitches and whores, and that advocates murdering police officers. That’s just not happening.

And why should it? Surely political ideologies should be completely divorced from musical preferences in any case. A conservative should not have to listen to music he doesn’t appreciate it just to pander to someone who may be transitioning from the left to a more conservative point of view. I welcome any leftist who has seen the light regardless of what form of music he likes; just don’t make me listen to the music he likes to prove “I’m cool”. I won’t expect him or her to listen to music Iike either.

We each like what we like and I do not expect anyone to like what I like as some kind of political test. Don’t ask me to like what YOU like just to prove my politics are not unsavoury to you.

If the truth be told, some of my favourite musicians are known to have a strong leftist orientation. I’m talking about people like Sting and Paul Simon and Mark Knopfler. I disagree passionately with their politics – and sometimes their lyrics – but I will not boycott the amazing music they produce just out of some sense of political solidarity with conservatism.

Politics and music should be treated as two separate entities and people should be free to follow whatever parties – and musicians – they like.