No problem at all with how he looks, he looks pretty tame compare to how I have done for a large part of my life :) ..
It is the word mangling and the appalling diction that goes with most Rap ( not all ..I actually like some very much ) that I dislike..it is so far removed from understandable English that anyone who learned English as a second language or doesn't come from the same subculture as he does will not be able to understand if he actually has a message in the midst of all the labial and digital and corporal gesticulating ..
Dance by all means..sing in whatever rhythm form you want , about whatever you want ( as long as it is in tune )..but make the words damn intelligible to some one who didn't grow up within your society ( I can understand him and other rappers ) ..my wife who speaks English and prefers English speaking musicians of all kinds can't understand a word of almost all rap )..if not they are making a bushel to hide their own light beneath..and their message is thus communicated simply to the already converted..
Not to mention why do all Rappers think they have to make the same gestures and move the same way..it isn't dance if they all move the same way..it is then just like soldiers marching all the same way..they move like parts of the "machine that they rail against ..like "the man's" puppets..like the players in the racist minstrel shows of the late 1ate 1800's or 19th century ..it isn't done ironically ..
It's done unthinkingly ..playing the stereotypical "n" word movements like a Josephine Baker dance..only difference is they don't roll their eyes..but even the little kids think that to do rap you have to look and move and sound stereotypical "hard menacing b white folks idea of young black guy"..
Even in France rappers whether their background is ghetto or bourgois all move and speak /sing/rap the same as the US ones ..and even if they have never known other than a privileged life...
They only rap about how hard life on the streets is and conflict with the cops..
As for "gangsta" rap ..5 minutes in some of the worlds hot spots like Mogadishu or hard places like the north of my home country Ireland ..and they'd be screaming for their mamas to make the guy with the wire cutters and the paving slabs and hammers go away..
Like you said .."marketing" IMO..to dumb folks ..white and black.
[edited by: Leosghost at 9:43 pm (utc) on Oct 22, 2011]