I’ve come to the conclusion that I almost can’t hang out with hip-hop crowds anymore, sometimes it just doesn’t work. Maybe it’s just PEI, but a lot of people in the hip-hop scene are ignorant conservative pricks. It’s not like our metal scene here is great or anything but there is at least a greater possibility of intelligent conversation with those type of people. Hip-hop guys around here usually don’t have much to say, although I have heard some very strong opinions about how “girls are sluts” and about how that guy from Duck Dynasty was being “persecuted for his beliefs.” Some really intelligent stuff….
As a general comparison, from my experience:
- Folks in the local hip-hop scene are more likely to be sexist, homophobic, racist, uneducated, and unwilling to learn. If you mention rock or metal they will groan, because the only non-rap music they like is radio bullshit like AC/DC, Bon Jovi, country rock, etc.
- The local metal scene will usually ridicule people for being discriminatory, not that they’re perfect either but at least they address those issues head-on. Still some groans if you mention hip-hop, but there are more metal-heads who also like hip-hop than vice versa.
Basically I am going in an artistic direction that does not include hip-hop as a primary influence. I used to draw more inspiration from hip-hop based graffiti but it’s honestly a thing of the past for me. I don’t see myself having anything to do with hip-hop culture from this point forward, especially not the local culture.
I should top off this rant by saying that PEI does have some good hip-hop dudes. The first who come to mind are Shallow Graves (Slothmonster and Thorazine), and Tyler Carmody. They do not fit the mostly-negative description I have given of PEI’s hip-hop scene.