Sorry Hip-Hop and other popular genres of black music but, you failed me.
Right now at this point in time I’m super fucking skeptical about ANY black artist that has ANY form of success. I don’t care what art form. My question is where were you when I needed you? As a black kid who was always being pushed to the corners of the community where were those people to say that it was ok to be me? If there are so many successful black musicians and artists how come there aren’t more avenues for artists like myself? If we as black people know how hard it is for us to be accepted why don’t the more successful among us pave the way? If you know damn well that you participate in a niche market and have already achieved some kind of success but you see someone just like you struggling against stronger forms of racism and oppression why the fuck wouldn’t you help them?
Hip-Hop and those other genres never helped me. Black rock has always been here, Always. Now instead of actually helping black alt culture it is something to be used and exploited. If you want to stay relevant you must reinvent yourself. One does not have to go through the abuse or torment that comes from forming your own identity. I am my brothers and sisters keeper are not just words to me but a rule for surviving. I really don’t understand this disconnect in black people. Black power never just came in the form of Public Enemy, What the fuck kind of flag was being flown around after Fishbone’s “Sunless Saturday” performance on the Arsenio Hall show? Please remind me because I forget things like this. It was the RBG, right?!? Why the fuck would you limit our struggle to one genre of music? I think I know the answer, A white person told you to. White people been persuading us to forget about each other since the days of slavery. Even still, now in today’s time we know right from wrong but we are still doing this shit. As a people we are supposed to help each other not further marginalize one another for our differences.
I don’t hate Hip Hop, Pop or R&B but I’m at the bottom along with a whole lot of other black freethinkers some even in those said genres. If you aren’t about creating opportunities (after you’ve stolen our identities) for us then you aren’t worth my time and/or attention. Black people need to start realizing this. Fuck these celebrities, politicians, journalists, public figures, rappers, singers and whoever the fuck else got you on your “knees”. Just because somebody has the same skin color as you or somewhat similar lived experience as you doesn’t mean they are about uplifting one another (this includes successful black alt folks too). Representation is one thing but shit even Clarence Thomas thinks Affirmative Action never helped him. That’s the way I see people who aren’t actively doing shit. You are another motherfuckin Clarence Thomas. You can shout black is beautiful, talk about natural hair, talk about being darkskin, brown skin, light skin, church, down for the hood, rhyme about whatever an all that shit, but if it ain’t ALL INCLUSIVE, it don’t mean shit to me. I really don’t give a fuck about you or your accomplishments at this point. _Slash em Up_