Friday, November 03, 2006

Kuffar vs Muslim rappers   posted by agnostic @ 11/03/2006 01:39:00 PM

Religion is like sports -- you either care about it or you don't, and I don't. However, over at Razib's ScienceBlogs page, there are some potshots taken at White kuffar rappers, with a video of "Informer" by Snow as the evidence against allowing Whitey to rap. [1] How ironic, as a duo of pop musicians from Muslim countries has covered this very song -- in Farsi and Urdu! Lyrics. Unlike Snow's, they're intelligible, and the refrain "dil bole boom boom yeh" means "my heart says boom boom yeah" -- easy enough to understand. The guy is Arash, a Persian who moved to Sweden at age 10; and the girl is Aneela, a superfine butt-kickin' Dane of 1/4 Persian, 1/4 Pakistani, and 1/2 Indian background. (Also recall that a recent Miss Denmark was half-Brown.) If only all goofy rap songs could be re-worked into vehicles for Perso-Indic salaciousness (check out the part around 2:10).

[1] As an aside, as much crap as White rappers take, no one ever mentions how much worse it would be if Northeast Asians were rappers. This is one of those things you're not supposed to mention since only Whitey is allowed to be slammed for lack of rhythm and rhyming skills compared to Africans. But of course, Europeans have a higher average Verbal IQ compared to NE Asians, who excel at Spatial IQ. Though the consequences of this cognitive profile difference as it affects differing musical skills across groups are not crystal clear, it's still obvious that rapping is custom-tailored to individuals who are better at verbal than spatial tasks and who are extraverted braggarts. We'll have to wait and see how Eminem's reputation fairs throughout the decades, but by far the most eminent White rappers (going on 20 years in their craft) are a group of Ashkenazi Jews from Brooklyn: The Beastie Boys. As for Brown rappers, their sub-population also seems to excel at Verbal more than Spatial IQ, and South Asian music falls into the more verbal-ish style (focus on melody, rhythm, and improvisation, rather than elaborate harmonies). But as Razib reports, the results are mixed.