The Cosmic Journeyman
- Sep 29, 2005
- Creative Industrialist
Joyce said:when you speak of how many "white people" buy "rap music" and so on compare this to JAZZ (and I belong to BOTH hip hop and jazz communities) and I am sure there are a higher percentage of "white people" that buy and support jazz than the percentage of blacks who buy and support jazz.omowalejabali said:
I dont ignore the negative aspects of RAP/hip hop but I believe there seems to be a lack of balance concerning how its viewed by the OLDER generation and folks like Oprah dont help. Neither do the arguments of OLDER black people who sound like Oprah, who, by the way, has a target audience of 50+ WHITE WOMEN, for the most part.
I hope you know that RAP has a larger audience of white folks than Oprah by at least 10x plus the world. Asians, hispanics, etc. As many of them put it...they love listening to "negga" music. I hope you know that white people are the biggest purchasers of RAP music and it is not viewed by them as something positive but simply entertaining. We need to lay down this slavery mindset of black people entertaining the white man with his desparity.
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So my problem is when older folks who are not part of this community or art form blankedly condemn it and the people involved while not knowing just how deeply rooted segments of the hip hop community are embedded not only in jazz but the Black arts movement.
I guess I would be considered old (even though I don't feel like it) but believe it or not I love this art form. However, I am very selective at what and who I listen to. Just don't like putting poison on my brain. If your lyrics is made up of profanity and porn expressions and guns, that to me is not art because anybody can do that and thus you won't hold my attention. But if you are a Lauren Hill or Felica Jones...then you got my attention. I am a poet...how could I not love the art form of Hip Hop.
Furthermore, I KNOW a higher percentage of inner-city Black youth are part of hip hop culture while jazz has become a mostly white patronized, ELITIST artform for the sake of "art" that is highly intellectualized and not the same relevance to the Black masses as it was in the 40s or 50.
So [lease, when you speak to me concerning a need to "lay down this mindset of black people"....long before there was a 50 Cent there was "Satchmo"...(ouch...hurts me saying it...)
When Miles layed down his horn in 1975 there along came Wynton Marsalis....and who is he mostly "entertaining"...??? Who can afford his concert ticket prices??? Do you hear Wynton on "Black" radio???
C'mon now.......this is MY LIFE i'm speaking on.....and MY FAMILY....again....has played an integral part i the BLACK ARTS COMMUNITY!!!
when most "black folks" dont even know this movement still exists!