The Butterfly Effect: Politics and Realism in Black Music

I was literally having an argument last night about the greatness of Kendrick Lamar’s and J Cole’s albums (in that order) in this serious debate about the state of Hip Hop and it’s influence on our culture in America. In different ways these artists, and others like Yassin Bey who talk about real stuff beyond drugs and sex, are now educating the youth. I believe KRS-One said, “If Hip Hop has the ability to corrupt young minds, it also has the ability to uplift them”. That’s what this wave of artists are trying to do right now. I think part of the issue is that music overall has been dumbed down so much, that people are perturbed by something real. In the argument last night, one man who stated he hated Kendrick’s album was asked to describe to the group what the album was about…he couldn’t even answer. He had no idea and yet he was writing it off while telling others that Big Sean’s was way better. I can’t speak to Big Sean, but what I can say is that this politically infused music is true to the culture of Hip Hop and I welcome its continued production.

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by Courttia Newland 

Has the Hip Hop Generation found its voice? It’s possible it has. For those who care, this does seem like a vintage year for R&B and Rap music. Late in 2014, D’Angelo released Black Messiah, his third studio album, after a 14 year hiatus. It received rave reviews and commercial success, selling over 117, 000 units in the first week. The following promotional tour, The Second Coming, sold out internationally and was reviewed in stellar terms. At a London performance, D’Angelo appeared visibly moved by both the size and the adoration of his audience, who hailed him during an epic revamped rendition of the quirky, unconventional ‘Sugah Daddy’. The album was originally slated for a 2015 release, but after the controversial cases of Mike Brown in Ferguson and Eric Garner in New York, D’Angelo was inspired to release it earlier to catch the mood of the…

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