Lots of people–myself included–have bemoaned the dismantling of Hip Hop at the hands of white consumerism. Most of us saw that trend start in the mid to late 90’s, when the mainstream media co-opted the movement to sell gum, sneakers and to give politicians a way to connect with their black constituents.
It’s offensive, sure, and further evidence of Caucasian people’s inability to create an authentic cultural moment that doesn’t involve the words “achy” and “breaky”.
However there are some things that even this cynical self-hating, bourgeois-guilt ridden Caucasian can’t find fault with. If we have killed hip-hop, if white America is responsible for the watered down drivel and flagrant consumerism that has turned the most innovative artistic movement since jazz into nothing more than a few catch phrases and a diamond-encrusted mouthpiece, it may all have been worth it for THIS: