by Guest Contributor M.Dot, originally published at Model Minority
On a fluke a few of weeks ago, I picked up a dvd about the Black Panthers and the student and employee strike at SF State that created the first Black Studies department in the country.
It was in watching this video that realized that both crack and hip hop politically underdeveloped young people. Much of this statement comes out of my reading two or three books a week along with five or six articles last month, while simultaneously watching the fall out from Sasha Frere Jones’s post about the end of hip hop and a post about rap critics. Blog posts, long blog posts take a lot of work. At least coherent ones do.
Reading and writing is labor and I am thinking about to which ends, those of us who are in our twenties and thirties, are reading and writing.
While watching the responses percolate, I wondered what would happen if we invested the same time in rap blogs in making politics to address our lives?
What is our investment in a music that has made it clear that it doesn’t give a fuck out us in a time where we live in an unsustainable world?
For the folks who say that hip hop is related to a political project, I would say, place a link in the comment section. By political I mean a group of people organizing to serve a communally determined group agenda. This doesn’t mean that it hasn’t served as a conscious raising tool, in the past, but Post Chronic or even Post Blueprint, the music has ceased being for itself and currently exists for Black respect and White dollars.
Given that this is the case, what does this mean for Black people and what does it mean for Black music? Continue reading