Too Attached to Image

I find a lot of people are taken aback or surprised by the fact that I am so passionate about hip-hop. I don’t seem to fit the typical audience. It throws people off.

I love hip-hop music and culture but I try to remain open to other forms and genres of music. I think that this is important. I remember that I used to declare, loudly, to anyone who would listen, that music I did not like, “sucked.” I don’t do this anymore. I try to keep an open mind when it comes to music.

I think I know why people have a negative view towards hip-hop. I have blogged about this several times but I think it really boils down to this one thing. People are critical of musical genres because they have a stereotype about the audience and they don’t see themselves as fitting that image.

Students have often asked me why I don’t look like a rapper. To that, I always say, “And what does a rapper look like?” It sparks an interesting discussion. I can show them photographs of me as a teenager when I very much did fit the image of a rapper. Now that I am older and a professional, I make sure I dress the part. I think teachers should look nice and dress well.

Of course, I have also been asked why I dress up for school. I like to wear ties to work. I think it puts forth a good image for the school, students, and staff. I don’t really think about it. It seems like the right thing to do.

Maybe we are all too attached to the image we have of ourselves. I dress well at school because I am working. If I were to be on stage and performing some of my rap songs, I might dress differently, I might not. I don’t think that fans of a musical genre need to fit into an image of the stereotypical audience. Like what you like, and don’t be afraid of the image you perceive to be associated with it.

I listen to rap, I live and die for hip-hop but you would never know it from how I dress. Is that okay? Is that acceptable? I think it is.

2 responses to “Too Attached to Image”

  1. Hey that’s a good point it should not matter how you dress and look to like a certain kind of music. I love music!! Besides art music is a big pat in my life!! Now the dressing thing I think that teachers should dress their part if they have teaching as a career they should dress to the point that makes them look like a teacher not like some drunk off the street. Like I plan on being a teacher and I have to dress the part only because that seems right. The way you dress should reflect the way you work! That’s My BIGGEST Pet Peeve I hate when people judge on the way you look and the things that you do. Music is just music! But I am sorry i do not like RAP its just not my type but if someone else likes it, its just whatever because I’ll listen to it and eventually I’d like that music or song. I am getting tired of high school I just hope that college is not the way with all the drama that you see!! I live in NY and i plan on further my education here but then moving out of state to get my job in teaching! well I got to go I have other work I have to do so talk to you later!! Oh, but the way your blogs have a lot to say even of you don’t think so! BYE

  2. Chase March said…

    Thanks for the comment and the compliment Lizzy Dizzy. I totally agree with you about dressing for the job. It seems that not a lot of teachers and professionals do this anymore. Casual has become the new thing and seems to be expected. I still like to wear ties to work. I think a teacher needs to model good behaviour and dress. It is important.