Defining "The Rape"
I have to thank my good friend Brandon for the first sentence of this explanation. His defending of my words for a group of people couldn't have been summed up better then his first sentence.
I've been asked often the definition of my album title, label, and what we call out shows.I'm aware it can be shocking to some, esp. if you've had a rough experience with one definition of the word. this is my explanation
"The Rape", is not referring to sexual assault. It relates to how the music industry rapes us as artists.'(thanks Brandon) to how music is stolen now, to how I feel i've had to push myself threw the clutter of polluted meaning that is 'Hip Hop' . from the self claimed 'King of the City' rappers flooding the scenes with cell phone pictures of their rhinestone or air brushed R.I.P. shirts, to mainstream artist and corporations who chose to slowly de-evolve. Or anyone affected in music, from promoters who are snakes, to said rappers, to everyday people. Our identities are gone, everyone is everything they see. you are your favorite rapper, he is you. you wear the same pants, you talk the same way, your girl acts like the girls they show. you all get to where you are being who someone else is and then escape in drugs to hide from the effect that follows it. Alot stems from music but others as well, an can be changed simply in each area. but its not, we are cavemen, For me it's life, and my life is music, It could be called 'The Forced' but i think it's worse then forced, it's mocked, it's made fun of, it's humiliated, It's Raped.
In the end it has two meanings,
the first meaning is how i feel im taking hold of the definition of my
music(and team) and what i do with it when all others have told me to
change it, how to do it, and argue how to label it. Its fine if you
dont think im hip hop, i never asked to be.
1) Rape - The act of seizing and carrying off by force; abduction.
Second meaning is how i think the industry treats us as musicians, and how the musicians in the industry market themselves
2) Rape - Abusive or improper treatment; violation: a rape of justice.