Hip-hop was a problem because an underclass that had been left to die didn’t, and instead created a music decrying their conditions that was vivid, troubling and beautiful, a declaration of existence in the face of those who’d condemned them to oblivion. It screwed up the narrative, and thus was born an anti-rap racism in which symptom became cause, laments of violence and deprivation becoming justifications for violence and deprivation. Anti-rap racists hear rap music as proof that black men pose a uniquely violent danger to the American status quo, even as the entire trajectory of that status quo suggests it’s the other way around. As theories of history go it’s both aggressively incorrect and depressingly unoriginal.
Disliking hip-hop doesn’t make you a racist any more than liking hip-hop makes you not a racist, and I’m sure there are plenty of Stormfront enthusiasts with Rick Ross in their iTunes. If you don’t like Jay-Z because you just don’t like the way he sounds, or you’re sick of his cloying ubiquity, or you wish he’d talk about something other than where he’s from for five seconds—hey, I’m not mad, I don’t like Bruce Springsteen for the same reasons. But if you don’t like rap music—a genre that contains multitudes—because of a self-satisfied moralism, or because you’re scared of it, or because you wish those people would stop talking about their problems and get out of your television and radio and kids’ bedrooms: well.
This nigga has been smacked by Maestro, he’s been struck by lightning called down by Thor, survived gravitational pulls equal to that of a black hole when he fought Graviton, he’s been cut by Wolverine and those pants are still around, nigga.
I just needa find those pants so I can use those to skate. No more rips No more tearing
I’ma get hit by an 18 wheeler and the only thing on me that will be pristine are my pants. I bet them shits are Wrangler pants or some shit. Bruce Banner ain’t got the money to be buying True Religion jeans every time he turns into the hulk and shit, he just buys some 20 dollar Wrangler jeans and saves the world and shit.