Thursday, November 23, 2017
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Ernest Hooper: Hip-hop ditches innuendo for in-your-face lyrics

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Of the top 20 songs on the current Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop list, 18 contain lyrics that can't be printed in this paper.

Sixteen refer to women in derogatory terms, 13 include the n-word, one promotes date rape using the drug Molly and three have obscenities in their titles.

Some of the music I listened to 30 years ago drew such criticism, but today's hip-hop is unnecessarily more vile more often. In-your-face has replaced innuendo, with little artistic merit.

What to do? Complaints from an old man like me only serve to endorse the music's rebellious spirit. It's always been that way.

Artists won't change as long as they're getting paid, even though they're talented enough to produce without obscenity.

Ultimately, we have to challenge this generation to seek more redeeming music. Under the bombast are songs that can be rebellious without being ridiculous. That's true cool. …

Seen on a bumper sticker: Dogs Are Family. Would You Chain Your Grandma Outside? …

Kudos to Ka'Tiki on Treasure Island, which staged a three-day "Woofstock" over the holiday for Flags and Wags, a nonprofit that seeks to match veterans with dogs trained to meet their emotional needs. See flagsandwags.org. …

Stageworks Theatre's How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents has such appeal it added two shows for Friday and Saturday. But don't hesitate. Most of the shows have sold out. For tickets: stageworkstheatre.org. …

I enjoyed sporting Elder Ford's convertible Mustang in the Brandon Fourth of July parade, but laughed at my cautiousness. When it's not your car, you're extra careful, even when your daughter says, "Gun it, Dad."

That's all I'm saying.

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