Something I cannot wrap my mind around: why is it that we're so quick to say this or that will make you swear off hip hop ... but say nothing at all in protest of things like smooth jazz?
Now ... I know many of us like this music. So I won't condemn it wholesale. Much of it is nice. Pleasant even. But that is precisely the issue I have with it. A musical form that was once innovative, daring, and pushed artistic boundaries has been commodified and turned into a mild sedative for the black (and other) middle class.
Ultimately, as a fan of bebop and post-bop music, I find that every bit as unsettling as much of what goes under the name of hip hop today.
Instead of being so quick to abandon our artistic creations (jazz, hip hop, or otherwise) because something offends us ...
shouldn't we rather wage a fiercer battle to reclaim these artforms as vital expressions of our sensibility?