Not, as you might have thought, just another type of incomprehensible music that da yoof seems to love:
When understood in its full context, rather than as a misogynistic, materialistic handmaiden of American capitalism, it is easy to see why hip-hop has such power.It has..?
It may still be, as Chuck D of pioneering 1980s hip-hop group Public Enemy said, the "black CNN", but it has increasingly become a news network of the downtrodden, oppressed and the socially conscious across the globe.Really? Tell us more…
However, unlike the brief period in the late 1980s, early 1990s in the US that gave us Public Enemy, Ice Cube and Wu-Tang, the UK has as yet been unwilling to acknowledge our voices on a national level, even when artists prove they are able to succeed with little or no investment.So….you’re not getting enough attention, and it’s all the fault of the public and their particular ‘state of consciousness’?
Is it too much of a stretch for people to believe that popular entertainment is not just about what will and won't sell, but also about what will and won't maintain particular states of consciousness? Can we really have young, working-class, predominantly black and brown people becoming opinion formers in people of all classes and creeds the way Bob Marley, Tupac Shakur or Chuck D were?
Maybe they just don’t like your stuff…
And for those that would single out a particular strand of rap music as being responsible for societal ills, like the August riots, I would say the following: rap is often a means of communicating and expressing the sometimes brutal reality of life in areas neglected by those in power.And what it mostly conveys is ‘I want your stuff, and I’ma gonna take it!’.