quote:Originally posted by HonestBrother:quote:Originally posted by Rowe:
And "conscious hiphop" (as we knew it in the 80's) had its time. Now it's time to move on. If I've learned anything about Black music, and rap music in particular, is that it is constantly evolving and changing, and we must change with it.
Rowe, I don't get this. Why must we change with it? Especially when the market forces that drive hip hop are largely white?
quote:Originally posted by HonestBrother:quote:Originally posted by Rowe:quote:Originally posted by Kweli4Real:
Did art imitate life or did the establishment broadcast a destructive message to the disenfranchised inner city?
The establishment may have broadcasted a destructive message, but it's not a coincidence that the death of conscious rap occurred around same time the drug epidemic was becoming a problem in our communities. Today we hear rappers boast about having "bling bling" and large sums of money, but exactly what do you think they did to earn this money? It's very difficult to maintain an interest in being "conscious" and "positive" when you are out here doing things that go against the edicts of consciousness. I am in no way justifying or condoning criminal behavior. In my opinion, no matter what is taking place in your life, you should ALWAYS do what is right. However, when you're poor and the burden to provide for yourself and your family is all on you, the choice to remain "positive" becomes a challenge. For some folks, selling drugs was a way to finally end the complaining about "The White Establishment."
I believe both things are true. Art imitating life and the Establishment controlling the message.
Like any people, African American reality is complex. So you would think our art would be just as complex. But the Establishment has decided which part of our reality they want to promote.
So, why the change of heart?