Symantec and Snoop Dogg launch cybercrime rap contest
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Symantec has teamed up with rapper Snoop Dogg to launch a cybercrime rap contest.
Participants are invited to bust some rhymes on the subject of malware, hacking and botnets for the chance to win an all expenses paid trip to LA to attend a Snoop gig and meet his people, if not the rapper himself. Winners get a Toshiba laptop outfitted (inevitably) with Norton Internet Security 2011. Entry is only open to US residents.
Would-be rappers are invited to submit a two-minute rap video to www.HackIsWack.com before the 30 September deadline. The winner will be selected on the basis of "originality, creativity and message".
In the meantime the contest is being promoted via Facebook and a dedicated Twitter feed already offering nuggets of wisdom such as "dk man, iz it this spiff or iz @RealWizKhalifa from rollin 20's snoop hood lmmfao. #blackandYellow #dj #bbm".
The exercise has the laudable aim of raising awareness about cybercrime but we can't help fearing the musical results are likely to be dire. When corporate giants team with musical stars to appear "down with the kids" the results are seldom edifying.
Unfortunately early entries to the HackIsWack contest, which launched on Moday, fully vindicate these fears. ®
so no "rap" music has ever been any good?
Wow, you've listened to all rap music ever? Or could it be that you don't really know what you are talking about?
Like any popular genre of music there is a lot of crud in "rap", but to say there's never been any good rap music is just ignorant. I'd suggest "Fear of a black planet" by P.E., SpeakerBoxx by Outkast, Stepfather by People Under The Stairs, Jeru the Damaja's Wrath of the Math, Bizarre Ride to the Pharcyde by The Pharcyde, Power in Numbers by Jurassic 5, Mmm Food by MF DOOM for starters.
(ok, technically these are probably hip-hop, but I'm not clear on what the difference is)
I dislike both opera and country music, but I'm not pompous enough to say that all music from those genres is rubbish. I'm sure there's some good in both if you look hard enough....
"Like any popular genre of music there is a lot of crud in "rap", but to say there's never been any good rap music is just ignorant."
The viewpoint "I don't like any rap music at all" is perfectly valid, not ignorant. Unfortunately the usual term for not liking something is branding it as "crap" or "rubbish," which is not the correct way of saying it.
It's not ignorant to dislike a genre.
I wanna see SS destroy another Macbook. That was some excellent video, wish I could find it again.