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Grandmaster Flash "White Lines' and O.T. Genasis "CoCo" How far have we come since 1983



I wanted to take a minute and talk a bit about O.T Genasis and his smash hit "CoCo". First because it reminded me of Grandmaster Flash "White Lines" and second because I wanted to see if hip hop has elevated the game since 1983. Well they both have the same topic of Cocaine but "White Lines" seems to be a story of people going to jail and coming out doing the same thing. This could be thought of as a positive song that isn't reinforcing or glorifying drug use. Now, CoCo sounds like it may be glorifying drug use. Does it really matter? No, it doesn't really matter until you have 12 year olds singing it in school. Now its a problem. This is a song that could influence a young person into a life of crime. Especially since a lot of these kids don't like school, or they don't see a future in education. So do I have a problem with this song? I think it has a catchy hook but it doesn't show any growth in hip hop. I don't think these messages are good for our children. I think its really sad when I see a 12 year old singing I'm in love with the CoCo.


Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five- White Lines




O.T. Genasis- CoCo






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