Rap music is so diverse in its themes, its style, its content but when it becomes a vehicle to be talked about in mainstream news, the rap that gets in national news is always the rap music that perpetuates misogyny that is most obscene in its lyrics and then this comes to stand for what rap is. Really its for me the perfect paradigm of colonialism, that is to say, we think of rap music as a little third-world country, that young white consumers are able to go to and take out of it whatever they want. We would have to acknowledge that what young white consumers, primarily male, oftentimes suburban, most got energized by in rap music was misogyny, obscenity, pugilistic eroticism and therefore that form of rap began to make the largest sums of money.
Jazz in the 1930s.
Rock ‘n’ roll in the 1950s.
Disco in the 1970s.
Hip hop today.
And what’s interesting is
They co-opted all of those things and are clawing at hip-Hop
Trying to make it their own
Don’t forget Blues, R&B, Soul, etc.
And what I think is funny is American popular music BEGAN with minstrel songs… where Whites used to where Blackface and pretend to be Black.
So literally, American music at its birth was Whites poorly imitating Black people.
& then people wanna be like
“BUT HIP HOP AINT JUST ABOUT BLAAACK PEOPLE, ITS FOR EVERYONE!! HAHAHA”
Not so gentle reminder that without Black folks the US would have no musical legacy to speak of.