I've been listening to loads of rappers recently. Like a lot of 'decent' and 'educated people', until a few years ago I based my opinion of rap of the charts full of young men bragging about the size of their bitch's derriere and avoided it like the plague. Hearing some bands that mixed rap into a genre I didn't have the same preconceptions about has gradually turned me back to it, and recently I've been discovering a new wave of rappers from London that can be better described as philosophers and poets, with a message to change society from the destructive path they perceive it on. It turns out rap was like this back in the 80s and early 90s too.
As I've got more into it, I've realised just how INFP friendly the medium of hip hop is when conducted like that. Rap allows you to express emotions, deep emotions in a way that no-one is ever going to take advantage of you for. Also, I perceive a lot of rap performers as being quite introverted, with eyes shut and face hidden by a large baseball cap when performing.
So I've been on the scout for INFP rappers and I think I've struck gold: Plan B.
Plan B has had two number 1 albums in the UK, and also acted in films to great acclaim and directed a well received film, Ill Manors, about 8 teenagers growing up in the same desperately poor area of London he's from trapped in a cycle of violent, shallow lifestyles, ignorant of their own wasted potential. There's such anger in his music sometimes, but I think it hides an idealist with a very big heart.
He made this speech at a Tedx event, It's 20 odd minutes so a long watch but WELL worth it, it's mainly this which I base my decision that he's INFP on.
He seems to get really genuinely emotional retelling his story at times.
So yeah... sorry for the ramble but I'm becoming hooked on the strength of emotion people are able to convey in this medium when they're not talking about drugs and glorifying gang culture.
Some other good philosophical raps:
This is another call to young people to make something of themselves despite the world, also covers the topic of black history - this guy often talks about knowledge and the need to read.
And this (which is improvised)
So... if you managed to endure that scarily long post with it's rambling emotions and wide eyed blinking, what do you think?