Brain Rot: Hip Hop Family Tree, The Infamous 20/20 Segment on Rap Music

By Ed Piskor at 12:00 pm Tue, Dec 4, 2012

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Published 12:00 pm Tue, Dec 4, 2012

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11 Responses to “Brain Rot: Hip Hop Family Tree, The Infamous 20/20 Segment on Rap Music”

  1. Frank Diekman says:

    Ah. Back in the day when TV journalists actually did research for their stories.

  2. Halloween_Jack says:

    “Anyone can rap.” Ah ha ha ha ha ha ha ha… Oh, Hugh. If only you’d stepped up to the mike yourself in an attempt to prove that.

  3. dolo54 says:

    Anyone can rap? Worst mistake I ever made at a karaoke bar is try to do Eminem. Even with the words in front of my face, and even though I knew the song by heart, no way could I keep up.

    • noah django says:

       the biggest problem with karaoke is that they only show two or four lines at a time.  with melodic lyrics, this is often an entire verse, probably 45 seconds to a minute’s worth of material and you can skim it at a glance to refresh your memory.  with rap, 4 lines is like ten seconds, there’s no skimming ahead.  instead of showing a screen at a time of a few lines, it should be a continuous scroll with the next two lines always visible.  then we wouldn’t look like dumb-asses singing songs we legitimately know  /rant

  4. IMO, the comic mis-interprets or mis-represents the last line, “Not everyone can sing, but anyone can rap.” Setting aside for a moment the fact that it’s actually not true… The way I heard the line when I watched the story was not that it was a put-down of rap for being “easier” than singing, but that it was explicitly speaking to rap’s accessibility.

    • wizardru says:

      Given that the name of this segment is referred to as INFAMOUS, I suspect that whatever the intention may or may not have been, the Hip Hop community received it the way the comic implies.

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