Who do you think has most helped to improve race relations in this country? Hip-Hop artists or politicians? Why?
I don’t think either has. I can’t see how Hip-Hop artists through their use of vulgar and degrading language has done any but promote negative stereotypes. Music is universal. Motown and the Beatles have had a greater and positive influence music-wise that hip hop. Looking at the behavior of Congress you are also hard pressed to find government leaders outside of the Obama and Clinton administrations who have shown a positive side on race relations.
Oh let me see what laws have hip-hop changed? Last I checked they are pushing more laws to lock your black tail up. Or are you saying yaye now we get to have white friends? And yaye white people accept us?
Or wait, there are Black music labels who own the rights to Black musicians now that white people like hip-hop? Oh wait no… that’s not it either….
What hip hop are you talking about? Are you talking about Pharcyde hip-hop? Lil Wayne hip-hop?
Wait…are you talking about Dead Prez hip-hop? Or Wacka Flocka hip-hop? How about Little Brother hip-hop?
The only thing you are telling me is that white kids get to listen to hip-hop at concerts and go back to the suburbs…and they grow into white adults who still push the same things their white parents pushed.
You have people like Tommy Hilfiger’s son rapping now talking about how he is amazed he made it to 21…wow I’m amazed he made it to 21 too… I mean what with growing up in the Hamptons and having a silver spoon in his mouth. Streets are rough.
Basically what Rudy is saying is that white people like us now, so yaye us!
Man GTFOH! What really happens is those particular artists get accepted…not the Black community as a whole. Just like what occurs with the “you’re not like other Black people” meme that most of us have heard.
Hip-Hop does nothing for race relations…other than prove to white people that all we’re good for is shucking, jiving, and entertaining.
False statement. Had there not been R&B for hip hop to copy from there would be no hip hop. Hip hop has caused many problems for us.
Jay Z should really know better than to make a statement like that. First by saying that he is disregarding the fact that people died for him to even be able to be in the media in this country to make such a statement. If it had not been for the civil rights leaders of our past hip hop would not be where it is today. Also hip hop has also created a stero type for black people as well, they are viewed by other races as thug, drug dealers, ignorant and women are hoochies and hoes. So he needs to stop with that bologna!
I don’t know if anyone has been paying attention but of you look at the prison retention rate and education system you’d you’ll see that nothing has really helped race relations if we’re speaking from a black and white perspective.Minorities can relate more because we endure the same civil injustices. I’ve noticed the entertainment industry mock,ostracize,and exploit other races. Then duplicate the artistic expression and charge an over exorbitant amount for unoriginal work.
The rappers who have no idea or conscience as it pertains to the exploits hardly qualifies it as relations,more like assimilation. Just read a local periodical and see what the real relation is like. Go to a predominantly white suburb to see the real racial undertones. I work hard and have decent credit, I’m still followed around stores, police cars get behind me to check my plate whenever I appear to be the “turd in the punch bowl”(for lack of a better expression. Can we say reality check please?!!!!!
Jay-Z only help hip hop become commercialized. All the political rappers are now gone. Jay-Z and those other commercialized rappers are tearing down black communities with the cocaine, materialistic, and how much money they got rap! The entertainer that I think made a big influence is Michael Jackson.
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