Black People: Popular Enough to Rip Off, Not Popular Enough for Everything Else | Clutch Magazine

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I could believe this if it weren’t for the fact that right now pop music is amuck with various “swagger jackers” appropriating the most outré variations of black culture basically, all the parts you can’t take to church on Sunday, repacking it poorly with lazy facsimiles then mass producing it for the culturally and historically ignorant. I could also believe this if “The Chappelle Show” had never existed. It was a show my old upstairs neighbors, who were both white males, loved intensely, but admitted that they did not get the vast majority of the jokes. I’m pretty much convinced that’s what made Chappelle abandon the show – white people happily enjoying black culture in full ignorance of what they are watching, lapping it up without context, then shouting “I’m Rick James, bitch” often while having no clue of who Rick James was,You don’t exactly have to be “from the streets” to appreciate Lil Wayne, Lil B or any of the “Lil’s.” In fact, they need you need to not be from the streets. They have to sell those albums to somebody. If black rappers were solely relying on the violently romanticized black underclass to fund their lifestyles Kanye would be rapping more about Harold’s Chicken and less Harrods.Black American culture has always been in style. Always. Whether it came in its classic, noble form of Paul Robeson singing a Negro Spiritual or if it came in the blackface form of Al Jolson singing “Mammy.” Black artists innovate, create, remix, reproduce and people consume it … although certain audiences have “certain” preferences. It’s no knock to Robin Thicke, Eminem or Macklemore, whose albums I own but for certain clueless consumers they might as well all be Pat Boone, a way to like something black without actually crediting any black people. Like they’re Diet Coke, but maybe they’re Diet Coke with lime.

 

via Black People: Popular Enough to Rip Off, Not Popular Enough for Everything Else | Clutch Magazine.

 

via Black People: Popular Enough to Rip Off, Not Popular Enough for Everything Else | Clutch Magazine.

 

 

 

One comment

  1. Yeah, it’s what we call culture jacking and it’s nothing new.

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