Chuck D Sorta Calling Out Jay-Z/Kanye, but Really Hip-Hop culture
It sounds like he is upset at their success more than he probably really is as he has no real reason to assert that they don’t employ, donate, and contribute to the betterment of others. To say they are selfish based on their material success and rap boasting comes off as bitter. I’m not a fan of it as much, but “Swag Rap” has it’s place and has been around since the beginning. To talk about how dope you are, what you have, and where you are going has always been Hip-Hop.
Do Jay-Z and Kanye have the minds and will to be Cultural dynamo’s or Activist or whatever expectation he would have for them (that don’t matter)? They are rappers that are growing in their business, showing how not to be a slave to a label, showing how to turn a crappy deal to a financial independence for their future generations. Chuck needs to find better targets.
Jay-Z’s song Moment of Clarity put it all in perspective for me and made me respect him that much more…The line in the second verse on changing his content to fit his audience and profiting and wanting to rap more conscious, but figured what is more important is that you can’t help the poor if you are one of them, so he got rich and gave back that’s a win/win…Probably his best verse Ever. This is why and where he can touch places in the younger generation that Chuck D never could…
What would you have them do and do you really know they are not doing it? Also are we really just listening to rap music and making a judgement on the totality of the lives of these two men? Especially when it is in the music and you can see they are not selfish…
Everybody can’t be Malcolm and Malcolm wasn’t always Malcolm…we have to stop pushing our own personal responsibility on those that have out performed us in the game of life…Success of another man won’t feed your family spiritually or financially…”What you eat don’t make me shit” Jay-Z~
Onajé Malik Lott