Ahh yes, the respectability politics of rap, never attacking the industry that owns the rappers they despise.
And lets not act like old school rappers that spoke to all the issues above exclusively.
niggas forget (or are conveniently unaware) that most record labels dictate 99% of what goes into an album/song
although the golden age of rap was littered with bravado and violence, songs like that were considered taboo in a sense because nobody was monopolizing off that linear image.
The rap game is fundamentally different now and its not ONLY the rappers’ fault for buying into the lunacy but (mostly) the industry’s fault for telling rappers that only violence, drugs and sex will sell and LITERALLY not letting more wholesome rappers release their music. (i.e. Lupe Fiasco’s “Lasers”)
this is true. VERY true. But I’m not gonna wait on the record labels and industry heads to change, because they won’t. They’ll keep black people steeped in ignorance and violence-romanticization forever if they’re allowed to. There’s a point when I’ll be like “alright, true” but rappers need to wake up and understand that the shit they’re saying is perpetuating a dangerous image. They also disrespect and devalue black women SO much and I’ll never forgive them for it, idc what the reasoning is. You need to kiss massah’s ass to get into a label? To get picked up? To get famous? Fine. Sometimes you gotta compromise yourself to get to the top, but when you’re there, use that power and influence to your advantage. There’s a point of fame you reach where literally your label is a slave to you, anything you touch will sell. Use that power. I’m sorry but I don’t believe for a second all these rappers are necessarily victims of the system in the sense that they don’t believe what they spit. Lupe is a good example to bring up, and his record “Dumb it Down” does a good job of explaining how people on both sides of this are part of the problem. As many troubles as Lupe had, he STILL stayed true and stayed out of that shit because it sincerely went against what he knew was right. I’m not denying this issue, I’m just saying I’m tired of waiting for greedy corrupt people to stop being greedy and corrupt before calling for change.
Two pairs of glasses fuck you.
I know his pain
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Black Cinderella with an Asian Prince…
the only Cinderella movie I will accept
makes me so sad to see people thinking africa is
- a country
- a single culture
- completely poverty stricken
- basically any one thing to be honestly africa is a continent and incredibly diverse culturally, nationally, linguistically, racially, and historically like what the hell?