quote:Originally posted by HeruStar:
David Banner's "Bush"
This song is very political. It's hard on the ears of our predecessors, but I understand his anger. He's coming from one of the poorest and least educated states. Nothing to "trickle" down to the blacks in Mississippi
The Game "Hate it or Love it"
Shows our economic status. It shows what we do to rebel against it. It also implies how we've exhausted all of our options socially and politically, to obtain our share (which is non-existent at the moment)
I chose these two artist particularly because they have the ears right now. Hip hop artist good or bad, always have social, economic, and political revolution on at least a few tracks on the album.
But what is the next step. Expression is good, it can be evocative and cathartic, but what follows substantively. Giving voice for the voiceless is to be commended, but unless it helps to change the situation and circumstances of people, it is at best a palliative, or worse, an opiate.
Or to put it differently, functionally, does it put food in peoples mouths, does it put clothes on peoples backs, does it educate.
I also want to say, that I do not think there is one model that should be preferred over others. I also do not hold the youth to a higher standard than they those who have gone before. In fact, I think that many of the mistakes of the past are being perpetuated in the present for lack of critical analysis and reflexive thinking.
E.g., Is Puffy any better or worse than say Berry Gordy.
Note to blackoutloud: I just can't go with you on your assessment of Puffy as being a politically conscious, socially responsible business man. Kudos for his raising money for children. Yet, I can not dismiss "Making the Bands" which at times looked like a new age minstrel show. Moreover, while he may employ African Americans, I am not impressed with what I have seen of his managerial style or the image he projects and the products he purveys.