Rap and Talk Radio

Yes, this is off-topic, but I thought this comparison of rap and talk radio was rather good, actually.

This seemed like a good question to pose to a man uniquely situated to opine about the shaded part of the Venn diagram of rap and conservative talk radio. I’m talking about DJ Clayvis, né Clay Clark, an Oklahoma-based, right-leaning talk show host and rapper. He has written anti-Obama raps, including “Audacity of Nope” and, though he believes his favorite talkers are sincere conservatives, he has long understood that his two different callings have a lot in common.

“The differences between Ludacris and Rush Limbaugh are not that great,” he said. “Both have a huge egos, both bring a lot of bravado, both are sort of playing characters when they perform. And at the end of the day, they’re both entertainers.”

The “entertainers” bit may seem surprising, but that’s how I’ve always seen Rush — as a DJ.  I don’t like it, but then, I don’t like most DJs, which is why my car has a CD player and a tape deck and I mostly listen to CDs or music mixes I’ve made.   It’s distinctly possible that this is related to me leaving a church tradition where the 40-to-60-minute sermon is the primary purpose of worship services for one where the homily is usually done in 10-15 minutes.

The conflating of “entertainment” and “news” isn’t just a product of radio.  But it is part of why I regard the block of 24-hour news channels as “flip-thru” most of the time: most of the time time there’s too much time to fill with too little deemed as “newsworthy”.

One thought on “Rap and Talk Radio

  1. It’s all very well to say gansta rappers are capitalists, but really, what’s the alternative?

    Tupac Shakur’s mother Afeni was in the Black Panther movement and he ended up rapping about ‘thug life’.

    I think it’s a case of if you can’t beat them join them.

    Capitalism is a bit ‘gansta’, (e.g. our favourite industry and it’s ‘ethics!?!’) is the point often missed.

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