I have an acquired taste for language, yet it is seldom an actual focus of mine.
Hip-hop is still cool at a party. But to me, hip-hop has never been strictly a party; it is also there to elevate consciousness.
The downfall of the industry seems to actually be good for art. I think the industry will find their way once the focus shifts from its greed-based origins, downsizes, and begins to support creative visions that speak to our times and shifting ideals.
I think it's a mistake where rap music is these days. It doesn't seem to be able to look out of the ghetto and that's ultimately unfortunate, because it defines our limitations.
Legislation won't necessarily start a riot. But the right song can make someone pick up a chair.
The most powerful political voices are those with a different way of seeing and processing the world and the sounds that emanate from it.
If we're gonna progress as a people we are going to realise that, as one of my favourite poets says, the other is a lie. There are no other people. Race is a social construct.
Why shouldn't rap be esoteric, able to take in current events, history and criticism? I guess it's this old idea of containment - that rappers, because they're black, can't and shouldn't aspire to look outside the ghetto for influence.
I was always making up rhymes. But I never thought that poetry would become my life.
The music aids the message, it's there to punctuate and abbreviate and shape the silence.
The MC that we love are usually the ones that we consider be kinda heartless, like 50 Cent. That's pretty much the prowess and power of an MC. That's what sells.
We cannot continually barricade ourselves under some falsified idea of race, because our idea of blackness and race is simply reactionary. Africans didn't walk around Africa being black and proud, they walked around proud.
What's wrong with hip-hop is the system that controls the definition of it. There needs to be more balance on the airwaves.
Hip-hop is too young to put a definition on it.
'Niggy Tardust' is the voice of a generation, a generation that does not define itself simply by what it's born into.
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