My generation had its distinctive music just as every other. While my classmates may have listened to Marvin Gaye and the Aretha Franklin, my daughters selected music that spoke to their generation. Creative expression is great, but certain artists within each generation have stepped over the line of propriety. This is true for today's genre of music.
"Hip-hop reflects the truth, and the problem is that hip-hop exposes a lot of the negative truth that society tries to conceal. It's a platform where we could offer information, but it's also an escape." (Busta Rhymes)
I may not agree with Busta Rhymes on many things, but I agree that-at its best-music can be a powerful medium to speak and expose truth. Hip-hop and rap have an interesting history. Most agree that the genre emerged in the 1970s at various urban block parties, particularly in New York. Its artistic roots stretch all over the musical map, from blues and reggae to spoken word and funk. And of course much of it has been associated with cries for justice and relief from suffering, continuing a tradition that reaches at least as far back as the Negro Spirituals of the antebellum south. more >>
Dan Haseltine, frontman for Christian rock band Jars of Clay, explained that he was not dismissing Scripture after conservatives accused him of supporting same-sex marriage in a Twitter conversation. He admitted he chose his words "poorly" but said he wanted to open up dialogue on a topic that he just began to ponder.
"In the heat of discussion, I communicated poorly and thus unintentionally wrote that I did not care about what scripture said," Haseltine wrote Friday on his blog. "Thus, the tsunami hit. It was picked up by bloggers and written into editorials before I could blink. And rightly so, people were shocked and offended by my statement dismissing the value of scripture. I got it. And possibly, I got what that combination of statements warranted for response. I should've chosen my words more wisely.
"I care about what scripture says. It matters." more >>
Miley Cyrus is out of the hospital after a severe allergic reaction forced her to cancel a number of tour dates.
Cyrus, the 21-year-old singer who has been performing on her "Bangerz" tour, was hospitalized due to an allergic reaction to the medicine Cephalexin. The singer was prescribed the drug after suffering from a sinus infection, according to E! News.
While some media outlets were reporting that Cyrus' allergic reaction could keep Cyrus off of the stage for up to 27 days, it seems things are looking up for the singer. more >>
Justin Bieber is sharing his ideal proposal.
The 20-year-old singer took to Instagram to post a photograph on Instagram where he is posing in New York City's Central Park.
"Was gonna wait to go to Central Park for when I proposed to my future wife but (expletive) sometimes things change," Bieber captioned his image. "I'll think of something more romantic." more >>
Dolly Parton, the country music legend, decided to write about her goddaughter Miley Cyrus' controversial decisions in TIME Magazine's 100 Most Influential People list.
Cyrus, 21, has been the face of controversy as a singer who has seemingly prided herself on her provocative appearance more than her music. The singer caused a stir during her MTV Video Music Awards performance last summer, when she stripped down to a bikini while gyrating on married R&B singer Robin Thicke, 36.
After publicly smoking marijuana and appearing in numerous scantily clad photoshoots, Parton is defending her goddaughter. more >>
Justin Bieber may have been identified in a surveillance video that could serve as evidence in an egg throwing incident, potentially resulting in him being charged with vandalism.
Earlier this year, the 20-year-old singer was accused of vandalizing his neighbor's home with eggs. In a search of Bieber's home that took place earlier this year, police discovered a surveillance video which could prove that the Canadian singer was behind the egging.
Detective Ginni Alvarez said a suspect that looked similar to Bieber was found on the tape that could implicate the singer in egging his neighbor, known as "Victim Schwarz" home. more >>