But there is a problem with the Hip-Hop journalism community that needs to be addressed. It is this: many writers are more fans than journalists.
1. They Are More Fans Than Journalists
The music blogosphere is filled with hip hop news, from the latest releases to new artists to tour dates. Some blogs focus on the culture in general, while others are more focused on music. There are also a few that cover both, so you can get the full picture of what’s going on in the genre. Some of the blogs are more modern, with new content being updated regularly, and some are older and more traditional. Which one you choose depends on your personal tastes and what you’re looking for from the site.
Rappers are more conservative than some of their fans want to admit, and they often align themselves with right-wing ideas. It doesn’t seem like it should be so when the art form is rooted in anti-establishment protests against systemic inequality, but there is no doubt that rappers have been edging closer to conservatism for years. Whether it’s Meek Mill hanging with Trump ally Robert Kraft, Kanye West aligning himself with Nazi apologists, or Lil Pump campaigning for Donald Trump, the trend is clear.
Despite these issues, rap remains one of the most popular genres in the country. As streaming continues to dominate the music industry, rap has surpassed both country and rock music in overall sales. It also has a larger audience than any other music genre in the US. It’s clear that hip hop is here to stay, so it’s important to keep up with the latest news.
For decades, male rappers have received the most public acclaim for their rapping skills and cultural contributions. But recently, female rappers have been proving that hip-hop isn’t a man’s world. They’ve fought their way to the top of the music industry, with chart-topping hits and sold-out concerts. Whether it’s Tierra Whack or Rapsody, these women are making their mark in the world of hip-hop.
But despite the efforts of many talented female rappers, the music industry remains dominated by men. It’s hard to imagine that the future of hip-hop will be any different if this pattern continues. While it’s good that female rappers have proven that they can compete with the best in the business, it’s disappointing that these women aren’t given the same opportunities as their male counterparts.
2. They Are Part Of The Government’s War Against Hip-Hop
From its earliest days, Hip Hop has been inherently political. Its MCs use the mic as their canvas, crafting words that convey a message society needs to hear. Whether it was KRS-One breaking down the journey of a cow from slaughterhouse to your dinner plate or Doug E Fresh speaking out about reproductive rights, Hip Hop has never shied away from the most sensitive issues.
While the government is working to stifle Hip Hop, artists are pushing back and using their platforms for social change. Whether it is Chance the Rapper urging people to vote, Kanye West calling out “white supremacy,” or rappers like Toomaj Salehi and Saman Yasin joining the Woman, Life, Freedom protests at great risk to their safety, they are all part of a movement to counter the government’s narrative.
The 2010s also brought us the Occupy Wall Street, Black Lives Matter, and March For Our Lives movements, each influenced by hip-hop. Artists are tackling these issues with their music, bringing the microphone into the public arena, and encouraging viewers to join them. Meanwhile, Hip Hop-savvy teachers are incorporating Hip Hop culture and history into their classrooms and writers for kids, teens, and adults are telling Hip Hop stories in books the likes of Think Again by Doug E. Fresh and Brothers of the Knight by Jasmine Bellar.
Hip Hop has a reach that spans the globe. DJs spin records in Sao Paulo, MCs rap in Arabic in Qatar clubs, and b-boys break moves in cities from Paris to Beijing. Hip Hop’s message of self-determination is in play everywhere, and the culture continues to expand.
While the hip-hop genre may have begun as a dance party, it has morphed into a global movement that incorporates every art form. Whether it’s the beat of a song or the power of a word, Hip Hop is a force that cannot be stopped. It’s time for the government to accept that and stop waging war against it.
3. They Are More Concerned With The Latest Album
Hip-hop, a musical genre that emerged in the 1970s, is one of the most popular and influential styles of music. It is a broad style that incorporates elements of many other genres, including R&B and pop, with the added element of MC rapping over beats. It has evolved over the years, with new trends and styles appearing regularly. It has become a dominant force in popular music and is now recognized all over the world.
Tyrese is clearly depressed after the alleged breakup of his marriage, and Snoop has been there to pick him up and offer words of encouragement. He also shares that he credits Eminem’s first album with helping him overcome his stutter.
Lil Durk releases his new project Almost Healed after some delay. Meanwhile, Kodak Black drops his latest effort Pistolz & Pearlz. Diddy enlists City Girls and Fabolous for a new single called Act Bad.
4. They Are Fearful Of Artists
The rap scene in China has exploded with homegrown artists gaining a following on popular singing competition reality programmes and social media. But the genre is becoming increasingly politicised and some fans fear a crackdown on its more controversial elements. Earlier this year, a rapper named Fat Shady sparked anger with a song mocking foreigners. This is thought to have prompted a clampdown on the music and a tightening of the government’s control over what can be broadcast.
Rappers, like many people in a society that stigmatizes the black experience, have been stereotyped as deviant and dangerous. They are viewed as outsiders who reject middle-class morals and eschew mainstream piety. That image was exacerbated when hip-hop became the soundtrack of urban rebellion in the 1980s. Television, tabloids and some newspaper columnists portrayed a defiant Other who spurned law enforcement and revelled in violence, drugs and general sociopathic disregard for the rules.
That image has persisted in the era of mass incarceration, with a government that locks up more of its citizens than any other in the world. Rappers, in their lyrics and aesthetic, have often echoed the frustration of young black men who are trapped under a racist system and feel they are on the losing side of Lady Justice’s scale.
But they also speak of their struggle to transcend that bleakness and create something better for themselves and the younger generation coming up behind them. They talk about the toll on their own psyches of having to live as outlaws in a violent and exploitative culture.
While some rappers – like the Reverend Louis Farrakhan’s Nation of Islam followers – have used their status as a voice for black self-reliance to incite anti-white and anti-Semitic hatred, others, such as Public Enemy, have used their talent for storytelling to expose the inherent injustices of America’s criminal justice system. This has resonated with many of the same listeners that have been alarmist about rap’s negative depictions of black life. And it should be no surprise to anyone that they have taken offense when their music is censored and their ideas are suppressed.