Music is a national past time. It can bring about all kinds of emotions and thoughts. Really music can educate and almost teach you how to speak… but not necessarily speak correctly. There are plenty of songs to use as examples, but a new hit song called The Way I Are says it all, literally, read the title again! Not only does singer or rapper (whatever he refers to himself) Timbaland sing the title of the song throughout, he also includes the phrase “ain’t got no” and “we be the”. How about the double negative “can’t go nowhere”. There’s also “It don’t matter” and “I don’t got”.
I’m not trying to make fun of Timbaland’s incorrect grammar, but I am trying to make a point. What are we teaching our youth? Why are we celebrating and almost popularizing being uneducated? Just because you’re famous doesn’t mean speaking poorly is suddenly correct! I wonder if we’re dumbing down future generations! Is this the ‘talk’ of our current and future youth?! Am I that out of the loop? Perhaps this is a way of rebelling against the ‘system’, the rules. Well there has to be a better way to make a statement… if you can say the statement grammatically correct that is!