Music Ain’t What It Used To Be

Assalamu alaikum/greetings, XM radio started offering broadcasts of some of the Clear Channel stations out there, WGCI in Chicago being one of them. Now at first I was really excited about this. But then again, if there was a way when I was younger for me to be able to listen to GCI, I’d have loved it. However, I’m not sure if it’s the fact that GCI doesn’t seem to be what it used to be, or music in general, namely the hip hop/R&B genre of it, doesn’t seem to be what it used to be. And I think it’s a bit of both.

Now I’ll start by saying that as a Muslim I don’t wanna get into the “harmaness” of music, clearly a lot of what they played on that station was haram. I’ll say that much. Because every other song was either about “drankin”, drugs, promiscuous and premarital sex, violence/killing, misogyny, or a combination of all of those things. And what was even more ironic was an advertisement/commercial I’d heard many times while coming out of a commercial break, where the announcer was urging people to “know your status” and get tested for HIV. And this was right before Jamie Foxx came on singing about “the best night of my life” which involved among other things, meeting a girl at the club, hoping to get her home, sleeping with her, perhaps even having a child with her, and “in the mornin’ you’ll be cookin’ us eggs”. Huh? But of course, by all means, “know your status”.

There was just so much contradictory/ironic for a station on one hand to play a song encouraging sleeping with someone that you just met at the club, coupled with encouraging your listeners to go get tested for HIV. How ’bout encouraging your listeners not to sleep with someone they just met at the club, or encouraging them not to drink, or use drugs, or whatever. Because I’m telling you, every other song on that station glorified the very things that would make people more at risk for getting the very thing that the same station is turning right around and encouraging people to go and get tested for.

And yeah I know, I probably shouldn’t have turned it on and listened to it. But hey, what can I say? Perhaps it’s impending parenthood or something, but I was just more shocked and disgusted than I normally get about these sorts of things. I kept thinking to myself, do I want my boy growing up to drink, use drugs, engage in promiscuous and downright debaucherous sex acts with who knows what, engage in other acts of misogyny, engage in violence toward others, do I want him, when eh’s old enough, singing something like “reach up in the dresser where them condoms is” a la Chris Brown, while riding in the car (I mean, how do you explain something like that to a small child?), and the answer is an emphatic “no!” (obviously).

I mean, when did things get this bad on the radio that you can’t even listen to many commercial radio stations with children in the car? I mean, I was just left feeling, how do I put it? Really sad for people who listen to this stuff and who have no spiritual or religious grounding to counteract this sorta thing. I mean, I don’t think music in and of itself “makes people do stuff” but at the same time, I think when you listen/watch certain things, you’re more prone to become desensitized to certain things, and then nothing shocks you anymore. So then it’s perfectly OK for someone to think they can be Jamie Foxx, walk into a club, maybe get a girl to sleep with him, have a child by her, etc., and all I could think of when I heard that song was “OK so if you have a child by this girl you just brought home from the club are you gonna support her and take care of the child”? Probably not because then, as most hip hop songs go, she’d just be a “gold diggin’ b*tch”, just after your money. *sigh*

At any rate, it just made me feel sad, and has once again brought home to me how hard parenting is, and how much harder it seems to be now.


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4 Responses to Music Ain’t What It Used To Be

  1. Jamilah says:

    When my kids were little I was completely away from music> We wanted our kids to learn the Qur”an instead of songs> When they got older they gravitated toward music and one< at least But they”re grown so it”s their choice> You will want to emphasize the Qur”an and nasheed when your guy is little> That will give you time to prepare him for the world out there>

  2. My parents, without expressly condemning music, never brought it into the house, such that I grew up without it. Now, alhamduliLlah, I’ve never had the urge to listen to it, and — frankly — alot of it sounds extremely distasteful. Tarbiyah does have an effect; keeping your children away from such influences (without being too overbearing about it) will almost certainly decrease their chance of being caught up in that culture when they’re older.


    • Ginny says:

      Assalamu alaikum, you make some good points. And I’ve found that as I’ve progressed in my Islam, I’ve definitely cut back the amount of music I listen to, of course, just being busy with life I think has a tendency to do that too.

  3. Sandy D. says:

    I love music, but i NEVER listen to the radio. I think that almost all of what is on radio today is garbage. My daughter loves music, as when I play some, she will dance all around. 🙂 But most of what I listen to is Johnny Cash, George Jones, Bruce Springsteen (LOVE HIM!!). I used to listen to that bad stuff back in the day, before I converted, but alhamdulilllah, not anymore. 🙂

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