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  • 3462

    I can appreciate your defence of hip-hop, but your attempts at providing context are WAY off here. You could really use a lesson in music history.

    Dylan’s civil rights record in unimpeachable, and in terms of popularity and influence, really unparalleled in popular music. Even the Stones, despite their often lurid, hedonistic content, have made time to critique the Vietnam War and blast the latter Bush administration. Yet you group them in the same paragraph as Lil Wayne?! Really?? Now if you’d mentioned Public Enemy and KRS-One, then you might have something.

    “If you don’t like Jay-Z because you just don’t like the way he sounds, or you’re sick of his cloying ubiquity, or you wish he’d talk about something other than where he’s from for five seconds—hey, I’m not mad, I don’t like Bruce Springsteen for the same reasons.”

    You don’t like Bruce Springsteen because of his “cloying ubiquity” and because he talks about where he’s from? Show some goddamn respect! Bruce has more talent and social consciousness in his pinky than most of your beloved rappers do in their entire bodies. Narrative song-writing from the perspective of numerous characters about the Jersey landscape is a hell of a lot different than shouting things like “Brooklyn, what?! Brooklyn we go hard!”

    Have you not heard ‘41 Shots?’ It was written for Amadou Diallo (look it up) and resurrected for Trayvon. But hey, you don’t like the man’s music, so why bother, right?

  • jdesk

    thanks for posting this, its an important issue.

    I just want to challenge one statement, as much as I would like to believe it...
    "the fact that hip-hop has saved more lives than it’s ended"

    how do you justify this?

    People could argue that hip-hop in itself was an empowering art form, but basically was a gateway to other misogynistic and violent rap.


    • chiama

      jdesk, you clearly don't know much about rap or the people who listen to it.

      this is an amazing article. i know i'm way late, but thanks so much for writing it.

      • jdesk

        that's not true,
        just challenging a point