Musical Porn

No, this is not some weird, taboo version of musical chairs, nor is it some kind of dodgy movie.

The idea of “Musical Porn” came from a discussion I had with a friend. It’s a perspective on contemporary music that seems to be prominent within today’s popular culture.

Let me give you some background on my thought process here:

It’s no secret that I dislike listening to South African radio stations with an intense passion. A passion that, in fact, burns like a fire of a thousand suns. I don’t know where DJ’s get the idea that I want to start off my day with the words “I gotta missed call from your b***h. She been plotting on me for a cool minute. She wanna’ s***my d***, and I’m cool with it,” blaring from my car speakers. Nor do I want to come home to “I’mma take her a** down when she bring her friend around. F**k ‘em both like ayo.” I honestly want to jump out of the moving car when this stuff comes onto the radio. How has this kind of smut made it onto our radio charts week after week!? Why are people okay listening to this? It’s as though artists can literally say anything they want, as long it’s to a “sick beat, boet”. 

Now I know pornography is associated more with the visual, but I just find it bizarre how popular (and seemingly accepted) songs with horrendously explicit lyrics are nowadays!? How are songs that promote cheating, one night stands and all kinds of sexual actions making it to number one on the charts!? How is it that they have millions of views on YouTube!?!? Yesterday I was walking through a shopping centre and heard a little girl singing good ol’ Nicki Minaj’s song Anaconda. The lyrics to that must be some of the worst I’ve ever heard, but it seems that all you have to do is put a catchy beat to it, throw in a few naked women and boom! Hundreds of millions of views!! Why has this kind of music become so popular? Why is it no longer taboo?

It’s as though artists can literally say anything they want, as long it’s to a “sick beat, boet”. 

In search of the answer I spoke to a few of my friends, Christians and non-Christians. Many of them said that they didn’t mind the music that played on the radio because it merely acted as background noise…“You can’t really hear what they say, but it’s a catchy beat, so I don’t mind.” This kind of thinking really doesn’t sit well with me. It’s this thought pattern that leads to young children singing “I’m just a hop-on-hop-off kind of lover. It don’t take too much from you to get me under the covers.”  How can listening to this kind of sexual trash add positively to one’s character? Are you not ashamed of singing along to Beyonce’s Drunk in Love? “I’ve been drinking, I’ve been drinking. I get filthy when that liquor get into me. I’ve been thinking, I’ve been thinking. Why can’t I keep my fingers off it, baby?” I mean come on!? You would never say something like that in conversation, so why is it more acceptable in a song? Don’t come with that “Oh, but you can express so much more in a song…songs can say what mere talking cannot…”  I’m really not buying that. These trends are just showing that you can hide disgusting lyrics behind loud bass, synths and other electronic “instruments”…

Listening to the weekly chart shows again yesterday morning, all I heard was song after song talking about “Keepin’ that booty poppin” and “You got a big booty”…STOP SINGING ABOUT SHAKIN’ BIG BOOTIES!!!!!! Why are so many people listening to this!?!?

You would never say something like that in conversation, so why is it more acceptable in a song?

Philippians 4:8 says “Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable, if anything is excellent or praiseworthy – think about such things.” If we are commanded to think about such things, should we not filter out anything that speaks otherwise? Why entertain such thoughts that are clearly not of God, but of the world? Why listen to songs that promote immorality, violence and drugs? Do yourself a favour, next time you hear a song that you like, but know the lyrics are a bit dodgy, Google the lyrics and read them out loud…you’ll see how perverse some of them really are.

The premise behind verses like Philippians 4:8 and Colossians 3:2 is that whatever you allow to occupy your mind will ultimately affect your words and actions.

I urge you to re-evaluate the music that you listen to. Is it God honouring? Is it purely of the flesh?

I’d love to hear your thoughts…

Peace and Love

A

 

1 comment

Edwin

Hey Guys

Firstly, i really like the new site! great job!
Regarding the article, i’m just as stunned that people would want to listen to this nonsense…but i think i can narrow it down:
1 Shock Value: the more irreverend the song is, the more people say ‘did you see Rihanna’s music video? did you see what she wore?’ the more people talk about it, the more popular it becomes and, in a world that lacks morals, the more praise the ‘artist’ receives.

2 Sex sells: it’s sadly true that the more sexual artistic work is, the more it sells (e.g. Fifty Shades) and artists are well aware of this so they sexualise their work (even men) in order to earn more money

3 Puberty and Adolescence: teens and young adults are just getting ‘in tune’ with their sexuality (in the target demographic of 10 – 24) and artists appeal to that by giving listeners what they think that they want to hear/see..Nicki Minaj appears virtually naked in all her music videos and uses her sexuality to gain popularity and to make girls want to look like/be like her. Also, popular music provides an escape from our daily lives and normailty and thus when people are bored/tired/morally weak, seeing what you think will satisfy you provides you with relief from the pressures of your life.

It’s a pity indeed that the music industry is structured in this way but that’s where we come in as Christians, we, like Jesus, are here to show the world the light; to open their eyes.

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