#POPCULTUREXPOSURE: The Unveiling of Dissing Phenomenon
how do you call it “a piece of art” or “a form of anger”?
In late January, a cyber frenzy-inducing, Kemal Palevi, uploaded his last music video, “Anjayyyyyy” (is the quantity of y in here matter?) collaborating with a multitude of Youtube-baiting rapper like Young Lex, Mack G, and a break-core DJ, Robert Wynand. When I first watched it, I didn’t apprehend comprehensively with what exactly the turmoil that incited Kemal and his gang creating the video, what I perceived obviously from it, it is a form of ‘Dis’ reaction.
The object of attention was not obscure, the lyric generally sang for everyone who has ever resented with his yeezy personal branding and whoever contradicted how modern young women represent their identities in social (media) club. Without bombarding the full scope of ‘dis culture’ in rap music globally, ‘Dis’ as Indonesia’s unprecedented affair is a verbal aggressive opus that has been already familiar around hip hop music society. If a rapper wants to affront the opposite gang or group — or it could be someone who just abrasively condemn him in the comment box of their social media account — he will convey his disagreement in a form of rapping sequences, the content of the flow sometimes signifies frontal mention with harsh discourse.
So in this case, dissing is used as a tool for lashing out majority of people, not a particular group or a person. It reminds everyone to the moment when Awkarin debuted as a rap-singer in a featured single, Bad-also partnering with Young Lex (psst, she has dropped a couple of music videos afterwards), she boasted some interludes filled out by profanity to against the judgements from netizens. The main incitation is still in the same manner, these are all about hated people in nation responding to prissy society. Because they expressed it through music, they legitimately declare their ‘Dis’ as an act of creation.
I’m here not to dispute the aesthetic of Dis culture in rap music, whatever it’s called, dis, lashing, mock or repulsive joke, in fact it is a producible music and music by product is an art. Then why I couldn’t enjoy their music like, well, let say as another variety platform used to speak up? It’s obviously not because I’m an amateur listener of hip hop music, not really, I could put myself in comfort when I was listening to Kendrick Lamar or at least I could stand Kanye’s sense of experimental music, and I was freaking hooked by Chance The Rapper’s Coloring Book album — I’m sorry, it cannot be considered due to Chance is a religious rapper, who redeems himself through music only for God.
I profoundly believe that sanctity of music can be perceived with our limited sense as non-musician or even as deaf-tone people regardless whatever the genre is. Someway, art always departs from one heart in the end it will land seamlessly in another heart. Probably, the problem is inside the music itself and indeed not all music can generally speak to every person. Although, we as human being with functional senses surely can distinguish the difference between what the gentle truth is that comes from the aching heart or unease feeling and what ire is that emerges from angry people’s mind filled with contempt. Yet, dissing as the rookie in Indonesia music scene more sounds like furious expression rather than sharply sculpted truth.
There’s something wrong with this method of expression. However, it indicates that the artist’s idealism and our social study in dismantling people’s verdict today are more progressive than ever. The trigger finally detaches from marketing indulgence, not creating music just only to be sold as enormous as it can be, or just as a ring for fulfilling empty tone, RBT (Ring Back Tone). People as the part of tech-savvy generation are prompted designing something as a weapon of idiosyncrasy and highly aware that they are shaped by freedom of speech and expression, but are they wise enough in representing their voice or else prone to misuse this advance outlet to just plague their own prerogative?
On the video one of the ultimate stand points is about women, they strongly assert about several types of feisty lady in social media era. How they intended to address woman affair in here is so murky, they want to clarify people’s oblique perception about women with tattoo to normally discern them as tangible and innocent individuals, simultaneously they capture woman in the video as sexual item, depicting woman with double x symbol on her juicy breast, confronting obscene gimmick in the very first scene, and telling that girls are better without make up and if they are more practical or become the champion in their class, yet implying they just an esthetic material-minded with LV and Gucci bags.
A bad music doesn’t rely on how many times the dislike button being pressed exceeding the number of the like or it serenades through abysmal lyrics and clumsy rhythm. It’s a weak symphony because it fails to deliver its sincere message. It turns out transmitting malicious outrage that have tendency segregating the society, diffusing odious substances among people. By its own mean, it’s produced to create a further war. The most severe thing with this privilege-fallacy is neglecting one single thing, the core of art itself that places beyond the liberty you have,it’s peace. No matter how experimental, unfiltered, or explicit your music is if inside it you are still harming other people’s rights and peace is not your ultimate purpose, I’m not sure you have a license to say ‘I’m not a douche, I speak through art.’
Today, there are more than fifteen disses for Young Lex that can be accessed easily on Youtube and the number will be increase more and more. If hate still uses to respond hate and to denounce the judging, don’t ever think we already reach the new form of art in enunciating our own state of mind. We’re just entrapped inside the doom of excessive pride.