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.
Ladies and Gentlemen. I greet you here at the offices of Interscope Records, in the year of Iggy Azalea, 2014. First, I shall thank you, for releasing and promoting rap music that affects so many people.
It is important for rappers and anyone else who professes to “move a culture forward” to realize that if you truly want to “advance a culture”, you must think outside of the box and transcend the stereotypes and expectations that have historically been placed upon that culture.
Public Enemy educated black communities to Fight the Power of oppression and let them know they weren’t alone with songs like 911 is a joke in your town. NWA told people to Fuck the Police, not because they were proud hardcore criminals, but because they were tired of oppression and police brutality. These are just two examples of many.