I am disapppinted that this conversation has brought out the racist comments. Maybe the moderators saw that comning,. Worse, they might Possibly, they even read such comments in the deleted thread , then decided to delete the thread. and maybe they actually read such ninsenseWhy is the entire thread not being deleted. As to whether I like certain types of music, and whether you guys do, Where would our music be without the influence of black culture? Instead of Blues, Rock, and Jazz, we would all be listening to such drivel as , "Yes, I have no bananas", 'I'm a little tea pot", and "A Tisket A Tasket"... Whoops, Ella co-wrote that! I do not say that rap cannot be music. I simply avow that I personally prefer music made by people who master their musical instruments, rather than create droning sounds from computer programs that generate tones and tone clusters from non-musicians. This includes much of today's pop drivel, not just rap and certainly not just "black musical genres". I have a rap album I listen to regularly. It is also heavy metal, but I cannot mention it. When I did, the post was deleted. Here is a hint: The lead singer's name is a drink, and he is a TV cop and car warranty ad personality. I like the "Body" of his work and "Count" on him to stay in the forefront of civil rights.