When talking about music, there are always many subculture groups to be mentioned. Generally, these subcultures are not associated with what is considered “mainstream.” Discussing music and subcultures is very interesting because people have many opinions of what is considered “mainstream.” In my favorite genre of music, Rap and Hip-hop, some artists that are considered “mainstream” are Lil Wayne, Kanye West, Big Sean, and many more. There are also many relevant non-mainstream or underground artists such as Tech N9ne, Talib Kweli, Brother Ali, and more.
I’d like to target one specific artist and my favorite rapper, Tech N9ne. Tech N9ne is an amazing lyricist and has been considered by many to be one of the best rappers in Rap music. But why isn’t he mainstream if he is “one of the best” in his field? Tech N9ne has always been seen as WEIRD because he has always been associated with Juggalos. Juggalos are identified by the clownish face paint that they wear and the horror-themed music that they usually listen to. Tech N9ne has a large number of fans that do consider themselves Juggalos, but he has always said that he is not one even though he also wears facepaint. Tech N9ne explains that he first started painting his face to overcome his childhood fear of clowns, but he still recognizes and even embraces the Juggalo community because they are loyal fans, nonetheless. I am not a Juggalo and would not associate myself with them in any way, but because I listen to an artist that is sometimes associated with their culture, I get the “Oh… You like Tech N9ne? He’s weird, isn’t he?” response. People then begin to make generalizations and think that I must be another “weirdo.” I don’t judge the Juggalo community, and I don’t make negative generalizations about them because I’m sure they’re not all bad people just because they are considered by society to be “weird” or “strange.” I think it is always good to educate one’s self about other subcultures in order to have a broader understanding of our society.