The Gentrification of Hip Hop

Black Millennials

Does the above picture bother you? Well it should.

Yesterday, New York Daily News published this enlightening piece about how white rappers are taking over hip hop due to their race. And it’s true; viewed as oddities within hip hop culture, white rappers automatically receive high levels of attention. Throw in that most consumers of hip hop are white, and together, white rappers receive praise, accolades, and hype …which eventually translate to album sales, YouTube views, etc.

Hip hop is being gentrified.

As hip hop merges into pop culture and is backed by corporate dollars, hip hop is transforming into something that it was never meant to be. When the pioneers of hip hop sought out creative outlets to express their politics, frustrations, aspirations, and daily realities, they had no idea that hip hop would catch in the ways that it did. And now, these humble beginnings (borne out of…

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