Hi everybody! Extremely excited to be part of this blog for real now!
I’m going to start us off with a question, and I’d like you to comment below and tell whether your opinion changed before and after reading this article:
What do you think of when you hear the word rap?
As a personal rap fan, the first thing I think about is when I last listened to rap, who it was by, what song is my favorite, and so on. But I know that many people, especially adults, think of bad things, and I don’t blame them. Some rappers only sing about their good experiences with sex, drugs, and gangs. I don’t listen to those categories of rap. I have to say, the subjects of rap have gotten better over the past few years. It kick started with Eminem. At 41 years old, he has been rapping about his life for 24 years. That’s quite impressive, and he barely ever ventures off into sex, or drugs, or gangs for that matter. The next popular rapper that came along was Macklemore. With his award-winning album, The Heist, he raps about religion, politics, society, and a little bit about sex and violence. But now there’s a new arising marvel in town, and his name is Ensomniak.
Ensomniak’s music is dedicated to atheism. He considers himself a secular, atheist/humanist rapper. You probably haven’t heard of him, but I have to say both the quality of rap and the importance of subject are extremely positive. So far he only has six songs: Morality, He’s Coming Back, Reason, Sans Seraphs, Parable, and Believe In You (https://ensomniak.bandcamp.com), with more coming soon. Here’s a short snippet of Reason:
If you got in the maze/ of praise/ ‘cause how you were raised
Get over it/ and tell your parents/ it was just a phase
I’m amazed/ that in this age/ we believe in miracles
In books by men that didn’t know the world was spherical
With nothing empirical/ evidence is irrelevant
Some probably think/ I’m devil sent/ or malevolent
I ain’t doin’ this for the hell of it/ hell is imaginary
Like goblins, trolls, gods, orcs, elves and fairies
You can’t scare me/ my patience is growing very thin
Listenin to adults/ with imaginary friends
Okay. So maybe rap isn't your style. Maybe you listen to it every day like me, maybe you despise it. But no matter your opinion on rap, as long as you’re an atheist, this might just convey your feelings into words. It certainly did for me. And this is a big deal in the genre of rap. An atheist rapper this strong about his feelings has never been heard before. This may not seem like a big change, but to rap artists and viewers, it changes everything.
Has your opinion about rap changed after this? Let me know if it did below in the comment section, And do Ensomniak and the world of rap a favor: Follow him on Twitter https://twitter.com/Ensomniak . Tell your friends and family about him. Like his videos on FaceBook, YouTube, and Tumblr and anything else you can find him on. Help publicize him because you never know: He might be just a link between atheism and music, or he might be a start to change the world. Peace out!