*Recently, Jazz Musician Wynton Marsalis made the pointed remark which called hip-hop and rap “more damaging” than a statue of the Confederate commander Robert E. Lee. Remarks like these aren’t new.
Hip-Hop and Rap music have been the target of social criticism from the very beginning. Some of these have come from black musicians like Marsalis. This constant scrutiny of rap music’s morality leads to one question; why do these criticisms persist?
So what are the charges against Rap culture? Sexually explicit lyrics, violence, drug references. These negative themes are part of today’s rap music not because these are inherent to rap but because they are part of rap artists’ own truth.