In this decade, the mainstream industry is again attempting to hi-jack a music culture that belongs to the urban black community. Black artists who have perfected their craft amid the trials and tribulations of living in the ghettoes of America are no longer being recognized in mainstream Hip Hop.
The mainstream industry would much rather package the talents, swagger and dialect of African Americans into a foreign white chick rapper. That makes sense, right?
It’s not often an Australian blond-haired white girl swagger jacks all these attributes from black artists to pursue a successful rap career. But this is indeed the case with successful pop artist Iggy Azalea.
Rapping wasn’t even Iggy’s first hustle. She was reportedly a Levi Jeans model. But a couple of videos she posted to YouTube of herself rapping led to a spot on XXL’s 2012 Freshman list and eventually a deal.
Iggy has been largely successful due in part to the support of the white and Jewish-dominated music industry. It was this industry that decided Iggy was worthy of nominations in the Hip Hop categories at the upcoming American Music Awards. Iggy was able to rack up six nominations that included “Artist of the Year,” “New Artist of the Year,” “Single of the Year,” “Favorite Female Artist (Pop/Rock),” “Favorite Artist (Rap/Hip Hop)” and “Favorite Album (Rap/Hip Hop).”
White Seattle-based rappers Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, who penned the nation’s gay anthem “Same Love,” also received six nods at last year’s AMAs, including, best Rap/Hip Hop artist. The two artists won in that category.
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis received much backlash from the urban black community for misrepresenting Hip Hop and using the art form to promote a gay agenda.
Veteran femcee Rah Digga is not too happy with the Iggy’s appropriation of black culture in her music.
“…I can’t get into her because it’s just not real to me. …Teach me Australian Hip Hop culture,” she said. “Don’t come to America and try to convince me that you’re Gangsta Boo. …We’re not gonna believe you if you try to convince us that you’re out here trap shooting, street…. I can’t.”
Veteran rapper Snoop Dogg also isn’t cool with Iggy’s hood get up.
Iggy was recently embroiled in an online feud with the West Coast MC who referred to the “Fancy” singer as a “fake wanna b black b-tch.”
Iggy’s quick rise to success also doesn’t sit well with Nicki Minaj who’s been in the game for many years.
“racism is alive & well
“some people have to put in work. others get to cut corners. we see it but don’t say it. welcome to the real world,” she wrote.
Could the world perhaps be witnessing history repeating itself? Iggy’s appropriation of black culture in her so-called Hip Hop music is similar to how rock-and-roll was stolen from African Americans.
Elvis Presley was knighted King of Rock N’ Roll by white America. But it must be noted that Chuck Berry, an African-American, is the true originator of Rock N Roll.
Nonetheless, Elvis was able to build a multimillion-dollar empire by infusing black culture into his music.
Eminem once joke he was the next Elvis Presley in song “Without Me,” rapping, “I am the worst thing since Elvis Presley/To do black music so selfishly/And used it to get myself wealthy.”
Mos Def discredits the contributions of Presley in song “Rock N Roll.” He pays tributes to black originators of the art form, rapping, “I said Elvis Presley ain’t got no soul/Chuck Berry is Rock N Roll/You may dig on the Rolling Stones/But they ain’t come up with that syle on they own/Elvis Presley ain’t got no soul/Little Richard is Rock N Roll/You may dig on that Rolling Stones/But they ain’t come up with that sh-t on they own.”
Later in the record, he raps, “Guess that’s just the way sh-t goes/You steal my clothes and try to say they yours/Cause it’s a show filled with pimps and h-es/Trying to take everything that you made or control/Elvis Presley ain’t got no soul/Bo Diddley is Rock N Roll/You may dig on the Rolling Stones/But they ain’t the first place the credit belongs.”
Chuck D of Public Enemy took aim at Elvis in the iconic song “Fight The Power,” rapping, “Elvis was a hero to most/But he never meant sh-t to me you see/Straight up racist that sucker was/Simple and plain/Motherf-ck him and John Wayne.”
Dame Dash of Roc-A-Fella Records fame is upset with Hip Hop being ran by people that are not of the culture.
Dame expressed his frustrations with Joie Manda who serves as President of Urban Music at Interscope Records.
“Why does Joie have the title of Urban? To me that means president of black people. Urban music refer to black music,” he said. “…My problem with that… that’d be like me being the president of Rock N Roll. It doesn’t make sense. “
Manda, he said, is not of the Hip Hop culture but has a history of making money off the culture.
“Because he couldn’t survive in his culture, that’s the reason he went to ours,” he said.
“Why do these people that have no interest, no proven history, get jobs over people that live it everyday that have made sacrifices for it…if they are in position will give back to the culture,” he said.
Hip Hop veteran Scarface also feels black culture is “losing” Hip Hop.
Scarface said there is a conspiracy against the blacks during an interview with Hard Knock TV.
He then pinned the blame on white and Jewish record label owners.
“I feel like the people that’s in control of what Hip Hop does is so fucking white and so fucking Jewish until they don’t give a fuck about what the culture and craft really is about,” he said.
The “My Block” rapper said the present industry is brainwashing African-Americans to look “stupid” and “dumb.”
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