Martin: Rap legend Eminem’s pro-life song greeted with stoney silence by critics, but what about fans?
America is making an abrupt cultural shift on abortion, and the pro-life ball is hurtling toward home base. Will we catch or drop it? Angst over slashing babies is most apparent with Millennials and younger people born since the 1970s (which just happens to parallel the birth of Roe vs. Wade in 1973). Perhaps they are just happy to be alive, or experiencing survivor’s guilt.
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Another class of people have fervently railed against abortion, yet been remarkably ignored on this – while everything else they touch turns to gold.
Rockers, rappers and various types of musicians have consistently penned songs that can only be termed “pro-life” or “anti-abortion,” despite every attempt to interpret them otherwise. Seals & Crofts came out with “Unborn Child” in 1974, just a year after our DC Herods ruled on the relativity of human life. The Sex Pistols in 1977 raged over the grisly remains of a “mother’s choice,” and the list of singers and bands decrying abortions has grown exponentially since then. Pro-choice bands are mainstream, but no one in the media wants this to get out.
Songs about abortion are hardly the dominant theme of rap music, but it’s a steady refrain. In 2005 Piper (with the band Flipsyde) put out “Happy Birthday” about the annual journey of regret a father has for a son he paid to abort. His lyrics are poignant, but they cut him no slack: “I’ve got a million excuses as to why you died. And other people got their own reasons for homicide.” “Real Killer” (2001) has Tech N9ne mourning over his part in an abortion: “God/ Probably thinking/ I should die.”
Almost no rappers or rockers celebrate killing baby-killing, even the hardest and most bitter among them. Is it the nature of music that makes it almost impossible to betray their conscience to that point? Pop music is a more direct communication coming from the heart and emotions. Contemporary musicians (especially rappers) may be vulgar or violent – but at least they tend to be honest. Their lyrics are autobiographical and nakedly blunt, rarely pretentious and over- intellectualized. Holding nothing back in a litany of lovers, rage and failures, why would they throw a bag over their heads and hide from the audience when it comes to something as momentous as killing a child? They don’t.
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