Man have things changed. This entire situation in Ferguson is crazy in itself. There are a lot of supports of the movement. There are a couple of rapper’s out there protesting and making there voice heard. Unfortunately, not the rappers that need to be out there. Sure, I’m not saying that having Drake march with the protesters will have a huge impact on this situation. It would say that today’s leading hip-hop artist aren’t just about money, cars, and what the other rapper doesn’t have.
Hip-Hop music is all about expression. It’s not limited to one expression over the other but it once held a prominent voice when it came to social issues that effect the community. Some of it still does but that voice has all but been muted in the mainstream. Sure artist like Talib Kweli, Chuck D., and Styles P will and have acted. Unfortunately, none of them have a big voice when it comes to rap music.
The new generation doesn’t care about their messages. Everything is a trend. Even if it’s something as serious as this (or ALS for that matter). It’s not really about speaking out against the legacy of injustice. It’s about being included in the conversation…regardless of what that conversation is about. Look at the whole situation that went down with Lord Jamar and is comments about Gays in Hip-Hop.
I commend artist like J. Cole. He’s out there. He’s making it known through his music but him alone is not enough. He is not big enough. Don’t get me wrong, some of your favorite artist will Tweet about it, Instagram about it but at the end of the day…it’s politics. The same fans who will ingest the unlimited flow of negative messages these artist provide song after song, will be the same fans who criticize them for not tweeting a statement regarding Ferguson.
And when the dust clears, and the hashtags trend in Ferguson only, everyone will return to their virtual life. Everyone will continue to support the music that contradicts the “movement” that just happened. More importantly, NO ONE WILL HOLD THESE ARTIST ACCOUNTABLE FOR THEIR MESSAGES.
Look, rap is entertainment at the end of the day. It’s no different from movies, books, video games, etc. Rap has various genres. Every now and again I want to hear some gangsta sh*t, just as much as I want to watch a movie like Scarface. It’s entertainment, and they are entertainers…but if you are going to throw your hat into a conscious arena…well …choose your words wisely. THAT’S MY WORD!