The sons and daughters of soul have not deviated from soul. If you listen like blackoutloud said, you'll hear artist bear their soul on ol' skool "soul" tracks. We have a serious appreciation, and affinity for the music our mothers and fathers brought us up in. We don't borrow your "soul", we revere it, and it lives through our art.
As far as leadership goes; I don't see why hip hop has to be used to promote or distribute a Black Renaissance. Hip hop is how we enjoy ourselves. Just like the "blues" in the south, or "swing" in the midwest, "funk" in the west, and "jazz" in the east, it's all good times. This "positive movement" wasn't grasped when we listened to our parents music. So why should this unneccessary burden be placed on us. I love my old school, but the "positive" was few and far between. The closest thing we have to a Black Renaissance or positive movement is reggae.
This whole paranoia of whites manipulating black youth by giving them rope to create their own noose is laughable. If we're hanging, then so are white sons and daughters, and all other forms of nationalities across the world.
quote:As you said, in our day, it was education and hard work that created the successes. It still needs to be. Instead of trying to find new ways to tell the same old stories of poverty and despair, tell those teenage girls to stop having babies while they still are, tell the young men to pick up a book, not a gun, teach them that the Black woman is a queen, not a ho, share the stories of getting out of the ghetto by education and applying yourself. Don't just tell the youngsters that AIDS is a problem ... tell them how to avoid contracting it!! Give them self-esteem about who they are and where they are going ... not glorify a gangster/thug lifestyle as if that is something that anyone would really want to achieve.
Let's play a game. You name some old school songs with these messages in mind, and I'll give you a hip-hop song with equal or greater attributes.