I love this blog. I was an 80’s-90’s kid who loved and still loves old school rap and all it stands for. Rap then was a voice of power and encouragement to artists and people in general. If you listen to the words of Kurtis Blow, Public Enemy, Tribe Called Quest, X-Clan, BDP it is clear that they were paving a way for artist to speak freely. How it turned into a fake representation of nothing more than money and power is because the new generation has no purpose in what they are trying to say. Rap is universal- not just Black. Everyone can listen to rap and hear what is being said.
A few weeks ago, I sat on a panel for the 32nd Intercultural Communication Conference at Texas Southern University.The subject for this year’s conference was the effects of Black music on Black life. I argued that contemporary Black music inaccurately reflects the Black experience in America. A large majority of modern Black music (read: Hip-Hop & B) features the same theme of ostentatious wealth and gauche misogyny, to the point where a slight deviation can be lauded as something other than a softer version of the same theme.
Questlove, of the (world famous) Roots, in his third installment of his six-part weekly series of essays, takes the theory of Hip-Hop as cultural drag and takes it a step further, arguing that the concept of Black cool has lost its luster in the current of Hip-Hop in the 21st century:
These days, the vast majority of hip-hop artists follow a…
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