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Bonus Cut’s Hip-Hop State of the Union Address

Eryakah Badu via http://www.okayplayer.com/news/erykah-badu-the-music-snobs-on-ghostface-killah.html

Eryakah Badu via http://www.okayplayer.com/news/erykah-badu-the-music-snobs-on-ghostface-killah.html

By: Daniel Hodgman and Gus Navarro 

Fellow hip-hop heads:

Where is hip-hop at right now? Where does the culture stand? For a movement that is now over 40 years old, what can we as a community tell everyone else about hip-hop’s presence in 2014?

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A Reaction to Lord Jamar and His Inaccurate Take on Hip-Hop

By: Gus Navarro

This past week, Lord Jamar of Brand Nubian, offered up some provocative statements regarding issues of race, power, homosexuality and ownership in hip-hop during an interview with Vlad TV. His comments provide us with the chance to think critically about how hip-hop can and should be defined. There is much that goes into this definition and it is worth thinking long and hard about. As I began to reflect on this interview, it became clear to me that Lord Jamar’s comments are doing the social movement of hip-hop a disservice. Lord Jamar is simplifying hip-hop down to a black and white issue and I wholeheartedly disagree with this line of thought. Lord Jamar is taking away from understanding hip-hop as a worldview, how it has grown and what it can do for people. On top of that, he is slighting every hip-hop artist involved in creating what it is today. In light of these comments, we must break down what he is saying because of hip-hop’s significance around the world.

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