“The smooth music attracts more listeners-you put sugar in anything, it makes more people eat it. But it changed the public in a strange way.
If the music sounds violent-like “Bring the Motherfuckin’ Ruckus”-that gives the listener a chance to get his violence out into the air. But if you have a violent lyric on a smoothed-out beat, that violence goes straight into your mind. If you’re saying, really quietly, shit like ‘So I saw the motherfucker and I shot ’em…And I knew when he dropped that I got ’em…’ all with a smoothed-out flow? Over R&B beats? You’re not gettign it out, you’re not releasing that chi. You’re getting enticed, the pressure is building.
Gangsta comes in many forms. You can watch a movie like Die Hard, which is full of violence that’s in your face. But if you watch a movie like The Godfather, the violence is subtle-it’s in a word, a nod, a gesture. I think you walk out of Die Hard and leave something in the theater. With Godfather, you walk out with something put in you. Hip-hop is the same way. The smooth gangsta shit puts it into you-which is cool, in a way. But the hard-core shit gets it out of you, and I think that’s better. Otherwise, you have it all bottled in-you go to your car, drive home, and kill your wife.” (128)