I love Hip-Hop with exceptions…
as a music genre, love it
as the defining factor of Black American Culture…no
as the spokesperson(s) for Black America…no
Let’s be real, (no not B-Real from Cypress Hill) Black America is much, much, MUCH more than Hip-Hop. To say that it isn’t? Well that’s very white of you, very narrow-minded of you, very wrong of you.
on randomberlinchick: Another Hamburg classic … (Source: http://www.muzu.tv/)
randomberlinchick: German Hip Hop classic from back in the day … (Source: http://www.myvideo.de/)
whothehellisedenhansom: AKS -House Called Home If you’re not aware of the scene in the U.K. then GET FAMILIAR! My special friend ;-)~ from over there put me on to a friend of his. I’m absolutely in awe of the talent. Didn’t know it was LIKE THAT…
Criticizing any aspect of hip-hop culture is a task fraught with danger. If you’re white, you might be called a racist. If you’re black, you might be called Bill Cosby. And if you’re over 30, you might just be called old.
Author Thomas Chatterton Williams—30 years old, black, and a fan of hip-hop music—is unafraid to enter the fray. His book Losing My Cool: How a Father’s Love and 15,000 Books Beat Hip-Hop Culture, recently released in paperback, lays down a strong critique of the disturbing messages behind the beats. Marc Smirnoff of the Oxford American interviewed Williams in a Q&A with the baiting title “Is Hip-Hop Evil?” Read more …
Nope, you don’t have to be racist, Bill Cosby, or old to see that hip hop is in trouble. In fact, the inability to see that is delusional.
This video is definitely worth a look … The role hip hop plays in the imaginations of people outside of the US is always fascinating.