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Have Today’s Rap Artists Lost Touch with Black Historical Icons?




That’s an interesting and borderline rhetorical question – of course they have lost touch.

Why else would they rap about encouragement toward all of the things that our black icons sacrificed their lives to prevent?  They rap about killing one another, their love for money, and disrespecting our women.  They glorify being criminals, and the scary thing is, we love them for it.

Our ancestors along with these historic icons are probably doing gymnastics in their graves from the music these rappers have been putting out lately.  The radio stations are saturated with songs that either no longer makes sense – or, rap about the same things; sex, violence and money.  And get this:

Rap music is the only music where people glorify in destroying one another…You think our icons would allow that?

Honestly, if these rappers today were still in tune with our historic black icons, do you think Lil Wayne would be making metaphors out of the death of Emmett Till – the black teenager who was murdered because he flirted with a white woman?  Do you think half of these female artists would be twerking and exploiting their bodies if they remembered how Sarah Baartman was treated?  How about Nicki Minaj and her disrespectful misrepresentation of Malcolm X on her album cover?

Derron Dalton shows he’s on the same page when he says:

*And the rap drama with improperly utilizing black history icons has been increasing as of late.

Therefore, it has critics wondering if today’s rap artists have lost touch with black historymakers?

Nicki Minaj and her dear friend, mentor Lil Wayne are two examples of these concerns!

Earlier this year Minaj bent history with a controversial cover to her single, “Lookin A$$…” with altered iconic photo of Malcolm X looking outside a window with a rifle in his hand.

That’s not all. Lil Wayne used Emmett Till‘s death and legacy in a sexual metaphor and Russell Simmons made a Harriet Tubman sex tape on his comedy channel!

“I don’t want to say today’s rappers are not educated about black history, but they don’t seem as aware as rap generations before them,” said Jermaine Hall, editor-in-chief of Vibe, the hip-hop magazine and website.

Hall said today’s youth haven’t experienced the same racial struggles, “They’re sort of getting further and further away from the civil rights movement.” Although, racial discrimination and racial profiling is still very much so institutionalized.

“In the ’80s, whether it was KRS-One, Public Enemy, or the Native Tongues, that entire movement, it was very in tune with black history,” Hall said. “They knew everything about Malcolm, about Martin, about Rosa Parks. Now, the new rappers just aren’t as in tune.”





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