Just as you have no business rapping without knowing the history of the race that spawned your art form, you have no business rapping without knowing the history of the art form itself.
Before Hip Hop became such big business dominated by corporate media, artists were aware and connected to what went on around them. But more importantly, they responded.
Today, rap music is filled with messages that tell its consumers what to buy and how much one must spend in order to be cool, hip, accepted, successful, and one of the new popular go-to words, “relevant.” When Jay-Z proclaimed the only way to look cool and get women in a club was to “pop” bottles of $200 bottles of Cristal, people followed suit.
By virtue of being a defiant rallying cry of Millenial protestors from Ferguson to Yale University, Kendrick Lamar’s “Alright” is the most powerful song of this era.