20 Apr '17, 3pm

Is it time to stop holding 'Woke' rappers to a different standard?

Is it time to stop holding 'Woke' rappers to a different standard?

If rappers were modern day deities, Kendrick Lamar would be King amongst Gods. Not because he asked for the title, or because he occasionally claims lyrical superiority in songs, but because, we, the audience, have framed him as such. In 2012, when he released his seminal sophomore album, Good Kid, M.A.A.D City, it was instantaneously held aloft as hip-hop’s answer to the scourge of mumble rap and vapid lyrics. In 2015, when Lamar released his third project, To Pimp a Butterfly, amidst growing political tension and increasingly visible dialogues about the terrifying realities of being black in America, one of the project’s lead singles, “Alright,” only cemented his place as woke rap’s newest bard. Its lyrics were chanted at marches and rallies, quoted in think pieces; some publications even likened it to a new, more hopeful National Anthem crafted specifically for people o...

Full article: http://www.highsnobiety.com/2017/04/20/woke-rappers-op-ed/

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