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Darkkin;2059736 said:
Bob Dylan as an artist is more closely associated to the roots of what rap began as, not the screaming, profanity laced ear shattering morass we have today. Like many styles of creative expression, it has been diverted from its original form and made into something almost unrecognizable. A Google search pulled up the Rollingstone article and those guys do their homework. It was an insightful read.

That being said, why not utilize Dylan? Why the generalized rap, when with one subtle detail you could bring a huge piece of identity to your piece, both in tone and location. Dylan may have been born in Minnesota, but he made his name in New York. Take a cue from his lyrics, personalize and clarify.

And consider too, the Dylan is a creative legend in his own right, as a singer, songwriter, and poet. He did an interview for a book a few years ago called Imagine: How Creativity Works. Getting inside the head of a creative genius, even if you aren't overly fond of their work, is an eye opening perspective. From a reader's standpoint it really made me appreciate the process behind Dylan's work. While I don't care for his music, I respect him as an artist.

- D. the T.

Dear Darkkin;

When I wrote of "Rap loud and strong" I was in no way delimiting the genre into "the screaming, ear-shattering morass we have today". I heard some loud music which triggered some memories. That's what happened.

There is a s88t load more to rap than that, but how would you know, since you avoid it? And Dylan? You like his creative genius but not his music?

Again, I appreciate your technical advice, but on the cultural stuff, not so much.


Flawed as my observations may be, they do illustrate a point. Context. There isn't any with the piece, so readers extrapolate from what they know. Limited as my experiences are with rap, all I've heard are pieces in passing, when speakers are cranked to the max and there is no way to avoid hearing the chaos. It becomes the image associated with the word, the genre, but it isn't the whole picture.

My context of ear splitting morass is simply that, my context, not the definition of your line.

You were referencing rap in its early connotations, but without context, why would a layman automatically connect rap to artists like Dylan? Quite simply, unless they are fans, generally they won't. A little bit of detail goes a long way.

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