In a scathing article written by Leigh Owens for the Huffington Post, Nicki and Jay-Z are dragged for USING THEIR HARD-LUCK BACKGROUND STORIES TO GET AHEAD…then JUMPING ON THE 1% BANDWAGON ONCE THEIR MILLION DOLLAR ROYALTY CHECKS CLEAR.
Here’s a piece of what Leigh wrote:
What was once a music and culture for and about the struggles of young, urban rebels, who used music, dance and art to express themselves and fight against a system that had forgotten them, has become a culture that glorifies, defends and aspires to be the 1 percent that was once considered the oppressor…
Super rapper Jay-Z and his recent comments regarding the Occupy movement are a great example of the unfortunate shift within the Hip-Hop culture from representing the poor and disenfranchised to essentially shunning them. In a New York Times Magazine profile the Jiggaman had this to say about the Occupy movement:
“What’s the thing on the wall, what are you fighting for? I’m not going to a park and picnic, I have no idea what to do, I don’t know what the fight is about. What do we want, do you know?”
Rapper Nicki Minaj is also a great example of the tragedy that is mainstream Hip-Hop. Minaj, a highly successful female rapper made headlines recently for lyrics she delivered endorsing Mitt Romney for president.
“I’m a Republican voting for Mitt Romney/You lazy [expletive] is [expletive] up the economy,” Minaj says on the Lil Wayne track entitled “Mercy.’
Although Minaj later denied that she is a supporter of Mitt Romney, the potential damage that follows rap lyrics such as these, particularly within the current political climate, can be damaging…
Have you noticed a shift in Hip Hop in the last few years? In the 90′s, TuPac rapped about teen pregnancy and the Illuminati. Now Nicki Minaj, Jay-Z and others spend more time rapping about money and haters, than social issues or unity. How do you feel about shift in Hip Hop?