Where are the black music writers???

Are you a REAL hip hop fan? Do you read liner notes? Were you ever a Source/XXL/Blaze magazine subscriber? I know I am, and I grew up on these publications. I would look forward to articles written by luminaries such as Selwyn Seyfu Hinds, Dream Hampton, and Bonz Malone...People who care about the culture, who know it's more than music, and who have been participants since day one (or at least as long as I've been aware). Nowadays, that type of voice is missing. It's been replaced by culture vultures, hood fetishists, and smug academics who think they can write about hip hop because they were backpackers in the early 2000s and used to intern for Def Jux. You can hear the tone through the text, and I can imagine the expressions on their faces, writing articles breaking down why Kendrick Lamar isn't the peoples' champion, despite his song "alright" being the theme of the 2015 protests (shout outs to Boosie's "fuck tha police", too). These cornballs and outsiders tend to praise shock value, effeminate behavior, and general destructiveness when it comes to music. Are we not allowed to be self aware and speak on our own art? Maybe that's getting gentrified, too.


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