The Changing Color of Hip Hop

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Dolan Dark : Lol Azelia bout to hit you with another tweet diss after this

Pls Stop : Anyone any race or any culture can make any music as long as they respect the cultural foundation of the genre

JCFRZSV : How a calm voiced, nerdy looking dude can hold my uninterrupted attention for 18 straight minutes, I don't know. Like and subbed. Good video my man.

Herban Legend : Anthony this is a very intelligent video. Good job mate.

theneedledrop : I know this video is a long one, but we're talking about one of the world's largest genres and race here. Large issues worthy of a lengthy discussion. I don't pretend to be 100% right on everything. This is just me giving my point of view on the issues presented to me, which you're free to disagree with. I'm happy to hear out your thoughts in the comments below.

Sheldon Gregward : Eminem was a commercial hit because he was white. He was a great rapper don't get me wrong, but his color converts a lot of white kiddos into listening to rap music.

JET-LIFE MUZIK : If whites want to learn the culture, then so should Black rappers...Does Young Thug know all the culture and roots of Hip-Hop? ..I highly doubt it.

Mayora Fukku Chou : lol pharrell's gettin grammys and she's just gettin angry lmao

Top Shelf Rap : Lol he was right about iggy and Macklemore 😂😂😂😂

RexVergstrong : People forget that in this decade one of the biggest hip hop sellers is a chubby korean guy in his 40's.

Forthelemon : Jazz and blues used to be essentially entirely black phenomena; nowadays both genres are about equal in terms of significant white and black artists. I suspect the same will eventually happen to hip hop, and I don't really think it's a bad thing. Some of the greatest jazz musicians of all time are white, and I don't hold it against them. There are far fewer great white rappers, but there are still some, and the amount of them will certainly grow as time goes on.

BearWindAppleyard : Never realised that Kanye West kind of rhymes with Tribe Called Quest

deliciousmclovin : Best ending ever "It's bubblegum, which is fine, every generation needs entertainment but eventually we spit that bubblegum out"

Nathan Zed : Great video with good points. Well done with this, man.

sam wooley : Race and Hip Hop, and Art in general for that matter, is an extremely complex, multi-faceted and interesting conversation, one that definitely needs to be had. But it just feels like, to me at least, that the argument being had is outdated in itself. As Nell Irvin Painter and countless other scholars have shown, race is and has always been a social construct, created by the powerful to maintain power structures. So it seems like the conversation shouldn't be whether Hip Hop is "too white" or losing its cultural identity. The history of the genre and culture will, as long as humans are around and still listening to recorded music, survive as long as physical music is still pressed and history is recorded in books, essay, etc. The debate should be elsewhere. I don't know where, but someplace else rather than perpetuating a fight we don't need to have anymore: how do we retain that history? What is worth retaining, i.e. what are the "classics" and how are they still relevant today? How do we maintain a rich, empowering, and inclusive Hip Hop cultural climate? How do we maintain Hip Hop as a music of the 99% and differentiate the "real" from corporate trash backed by an agenda? Further reading on Nell Painter if desired: Love everything you do Anthony, keep it up!

jaidsalgado : Damn I didn't know Anthony got roasted by Azealia Banks 😂😂😂😂

theneedledrop : 100k on this video thank you! Again, not pretending to know everything here. Just stating my POV ON THIS question. Happy to stir the pot.

A J : this dude really said riff raff

CASSO BLVCK : I don't think anyone has any issues with Macklemore, except maybe homophobes. But Iggy is very childish that makes it too easy to attack her. I honestly don't think it's her being white it's more so the fraudulence, no one cared about Kreayshawn because that's who she really was. As for Azalea banks she's a fuckin clown. She threw shade at iggy for disrespecting Q-Tip because he is a legend but she just disrespected Badu on Twitter who also is a legend

karljjr : The problem is that mainstream controls Hip Hop at this time andthat no moves can be made without mainstream control. Black people are mad because all of sudden mainstream determines who is the greatest. The reality is that because the mainstream is controlled by the white people because the they are the ones who spend the money. Black people are not mad at Black people at white people it for their talent but for the media control.

Julian Campbell : Hey Anthony, I really liked this video. I agreed with pretty much everything you said. These are my thoughts on the topic: A lot of white rappers out today do respect the genre and acknowledge their privilege. Artists such as Eminem, Macklemore and Mac Miller. Honestly, I get more upset at some white hip hop fans than I do with white rappers. "I don't usually listen to rap but I like eminem" "I like Machine Gun Kelly because he raps about real life" "Macklemore is the first rapper to make a song about gay marriage" It's like a lot of white hip hop fans completely belittle the work of black hip hop artists. Why does Macklemore get so much shine for making Same Love, when Murs, a black rapper, made a song advocating same sex relationships a few years ago? Why is it that Lil Wayne can rap about pussy and be looked at as superficial, but Eminem gets to rap about murder and rape and be looked at as meaningful? If the first line on a song by a black rapper was "Walk up in the club like 'what up? I got a big cock'" most white "hip hop fans" would turn it off that instant. Also, the lack of understand how life can be for a black youth in America is disgusting. White hip hop fans often look down at guys like Chief Keef and Lil Wayne for talking about guns and drugs and whatnot, but you have to understand that that is (unfortunately) what these guys grew up around. It's like Macklemore said on his song white privilege, "I don't rap about guns cuz I wasn't forced into the projects". People rap about what they see and I resent the idea that it's empowering for Machine Gun Kelly to do that, but embarrassing for Lil Durk. "Dis Aint What U Want" may be just as reflective of African-American culture in 2014 as "Straight Outta Compton" was in 1988.

Horseman Secretariat : I dont care what race takes on what genre.... as long as they're good then I don't care. Iggy on the other hand is a fraud in hip hop. She's asked to freestyle on Sway and just takes lyrics from her album and uses it. she freestyles in a concert, but she just used Kendrick Lamar lyrics and tried to claim it was a freestyle. Even T.I dropped her because of how much of a fraud she is. Eminem on one hand rapped in underground freestyles and truly fought to get where he is now. Iggy didn't try that damn hard. sure, she flew to Australia to chase it, but the products she's given don't reflect someone who cares about hip hop. She even said herself that she doesn't care of people call her a pop artist or a hip hop artist which no true hip hop artist would be okay with that. I love Eminem. I've been listening to him since I 2001 when I was 7. I think in a way people do have a reason to be mad because people like Iggy get constsnt radio play and attention while other artists like Jaybee who go pretty much unnoticed. I do think youtube though does help out unnoticed hip hop artists get seen. I don't respect Iggy as an artist. from the lip synching and stolen freestyles...I just can't take her seriously at all when she goes to these hip hop interviews.

The Jrr : Lol can't believe Azealia Banks tweeted about your video, that's rich

HornyUnicorn : I don't think you've ever mentioned Slug... you should do a review on one of his projects @theneedledrop

WhiteRussianBC : Imagine if all the YouTube commentators were as intelligent, humble and open-minded as Anthony

Tyto Jazz : It's all authenticity man. No one would make it a big deal if Iggy was a lyrical mastermind who stayed true to her own world. The fact that she's fake and not gifted is where the problem is. Iggy won the Grammy because she was white with a hip pop record. It just leaves a bitter taste in any hip hop heads mouth that she has no respect for the game, she sucks, and she's winning awards. Azealea banks is digging her own grave through twitter. She won't be relevant in two years at all.

Tare Suriel : White people in hip-hop is different than let's say Koreans. You can't deny hip hops wrote in politics or as a voice for black people and it should remain an option for black people despite who else joins the genre. For example, because of the power dynamics between white people and black people, white people entering rock and changing it's name really caused the push of black people out of the genre. When you think of rock you generally don't think of black people anymore, to the point where people are surprised to find it's roots are black.

foxking39 : 1. Great video, this was greatly needed. 2. Where can one contact you for questions like these? 3. Why do you keep pointing out Rick Ross for "lying"? He creates a character just like, say, MF DOOM does. Just as Rick isn't a "hood billionaire" or a drug lord he named himself after, I don't think Daniel is a super villain. 4. "You've got more listeners today who know Kanye West than A Tribe Called Quest". Bars Anthony, nice internal rhyming. Strong 8 to light 9.

Ametama : i respect iggy more than banks tbh

Kendall Walls : The problem with the Macklemore, Logic, Iggy, G-Eazy tribe of white rappers is that they're creating a commercially and culturally relevant movement that is threatening to co-op Hip-Hop away from Black Culture. I’ve heard in person and seen online all too often, “I don’t usually like rap but [insert white rapper] is amazing” or “I only listen to [spouts list of white rappers generally composed of one or more of the aforementioned tribe].” Most, if not all, (not familiar with every one so I can't be sure) of the white rappers you listed from the past were either one offs (Vanilla Ice), or operated within the framework of Black Hip-Hop (this is even true of some modern white rappers- Bronson, El-P). Its okay to be a white rapper, It's even okay to be a white rapper who is unapologetically white and makes music which references their whiteness (Yung Lean, Yelawolf), but its not okay to take part in the appropriation of Hip-Hop away from Black Culture and into the white mainstream. And its not about Iggy or any other white rapper "stealing" any black rapper’s audience, its about the definition and essence of hip-hop. Even if there are hundreds of Kendrick's and their music is well received, what doesn't need to happen is the white mainstream pointing at Macklemores and Iggys and saying "No, THIS is Hip-Hop". Also, I believe there are some KEY differentiations that need to be made. Rap is not hip hop. Rap (a style of music that involves rhythmic speaking) is a common style within Hip-Hop (the afrocrentric movement comprised of music, art, philosophy/ethics, fashion, and culture). Anyone can participate in either, but Hip-Hop belongs to black people while Rap is just music. There would be no issue is Iggy/Logic/G-Eazy came out and said, "We aren't making Hip-Hop. We are rapping and making Pop music.", but they haven't (Macklemore has been better about publicly questioning his place in Hip-Hop, but it doesn't like seem much of his fan base/the media promoting him/the institutions upholding him care to undergo that same contemplation). Pointing out that Hip-Hop has evolved and developed past its social commentary/consciousness roots is pure deflection. Dating back its conception, Hip-hop has always been about entertainment and spreading joy as well as commentary and activism. The subjects are not mutually exclusive. Nevertheless, it always centrally, prominently, and unapologetically conveyed Black experiences and Black stories, regardless of the morality of their content. There are issues with the the commercialization of Hip-Hop (namely the pervasive influence of Cis, White, Male institutions) that could been seen as problematic, but they serve as no excuse for appropriating the medium or evidence that Hip-Hop no longer belongs to Black people . Tl;dr: Hip-Hop music is a Black art. It should always be a Black art. Any and all of all races and creeds are welcome to participate but, attempts to remove/ignore/marginalize its Blackness, or co-op/appropriate/steal the medium are deplorable and will be condemned.

wuspoppinjimboi : I just noticed that there are no rock bands that consist of black people, there's probably if you search properly, but they don't have the publicity Imagine some black dude singing country music lol

Stephen V : Anthony I respect your opinion but I don't feel you actually answered his question. He was concerned with black rappers becoming a minority especially since we hear much coming out about the prejudice inner working of the music industry. I don't think he was saying white people shouldn't rap as you would have to be blind to not notice the decades of white rappers. However with a company that makes a product it's not usually an artistic decision rather a choice they have on what they put out and what the mainstream listen to as hip hop. It's hard to not feel like the best music from the best rappers aren't being pushed in hip hop yet if you are a mediocre white rapper you can attain multiple grammies. Ironically whites against affirmative action would use the same narrative. Some of my all time favourite rappers are white but I believe the question is like with the movies, history, etc is the increase in white rappers over black rappers because you are being shown the best artists or are we seeing hip hop move away from the streets, away from even the future Eminems from these poor neighbourhoods to make way for the college rap, white privilege, era of hip hop when only a certain crowd moves through the gates. So yeah I don't feel you answered his actual concerns but more over got incredibly defensive over the history of white rap and made a video where in the future, those artists are the only guys that make the history books. Look at Hollywood they made a film about ancient Egypt and casted every single role of the pharaohs to white people. Hip Hop used to be called black music and a lot of black people have suffered stigmas and stereotypes because of it. Have been profiled. judged, and looked down upon by society for decades absorbing the negative things that come with embracing the culture of hip hop... Now it's okay and cool to do hip hop, it's really mainstream not just a token artist in the charts it dominates. It's like Marijuana... They spent years locking up black people and associating black people with selling weed and now white people are literally becoming millionaires off the same stuff without the stigma, media propaganda, and with all the privilege black people didn't have and at the detriment of their own lives when incarcerated.

Stones Jones : Brother Ali a white rapper??? Anyway this ain't  worthy of a discussion, anything that has been published on "vladtv' should never be taken seriously. People respect skills, realness. Almost nobody cares about skincolor in hiphop. If you're fake, real people see that. It's simple, let's never call hip-POP ... hiphop. "broken glass everywhere..'.

Dr StrangeLove : One word: Eyedea,

Cory Goodman : I don't really see die antwoord as looking toward north America for hip hop influence. actually I feel they do the contrary and try to avoid the usual sounds coming from here. I'm probably wrong though

tact100 : I don't agree with his point on appropriation. Culture isn't something that sudden;y becomes everyone"s just because everyone is participating in it. You wouldn't go to someone's house to play with their LEGOS and say "Wow, everyone's enjoying these LEGOS. They must belong to everyone or you're being selfish!" the right thing to say is "We love playing with your LEGOS." Culture is something that is can be shared but it never becomes everyone's just because they like it or participate in it. That's ridiculous. I don't see what's so hard to understand? Recognize that you're enjoying something that belongs to someone else that has one way or another, been shared with you.

Jesus Christ the OG : All I have to say is.. *2 Chainz Voice* Truuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu

Catherine Cary : "Iggy, no matter how you view yourself as an artist, the Hip-Hop community doesn't really see you as a true blue Hip-Hop artist so maybe it's just best to not concern yourself with that drama and instead focus on entertaining the pop fan base you have amassed " EXCELLENT points in this video, Anthony. Regardless of Iggy's skin color or accent, her lyrics are just simply mediocre at best and very blatantly appeal to the lowest common denominator. This has been my biggest problem with her to date; her WEAK content! and I agree with Anthony that us Hip-Hop heads shouldn't even sweat her rise to the top; with female powerhouses like Lauryn Hill and MC Lyte having paved the way before her, it's going to take an incredibly special female MC to even compare :)

MF DOOM : Bruh dis guy has hair!?!

titaniumjew : cultural appropriation is not real

Zach : 2018 and iggy and macklemore are quite irrelevant now, he called it

Zetsubou : Saying only black people can enjoy or make hip hop is as ridiculous as saying you need to be white to enjoy Black Metal or Japanese to enjoy J-Pop Cross pollenation of ideas and cultures is what keeps genres alive! Rock music, Electronic, Reggae, Ska, Metal, Funk, Soul, Jazz, Cabaret, the list goes on, all of these genres would be long gone if outside of the genre influences hadn't had an impact. As for black people becoming a minority in hip hop, i don't know whether they will or not, but at the end of the day, at this moment in time, i feel like hip hop is evolving and innovating in ways it hasn't before, and i thank da sweet lawdy jaysus for that

Solafein : I'm very late to the party here, but what is the difference between Iggy Azalea imitating the southern drawl and English bands during the 60's/70's imitating southern American accents?

ThisIsNotMyID : Mac Miller is fine, Bronson is okay, anyone else you mentioned, I don't see surviving

pingpongbro88 : My biggest complaint about everything here. 35% of the Grammy's for best rap album have been handed out to a white artist. This may not sound like a problem, because herp derp equality and all that, but when you look at the albums that won over other albums, it becomes clear that the Grammy's are more concerned with being safe and when in doubt, giving the Grammy to the whitest, safest artist. In 2000, Eminem's angry man homophobic rap album beat out The Roots' Things Fall Apart In 2010, Eminem's awful Relapse beat out Mos Def and Q-Tip In 2011, Eminem's throw up worthy Recovery beat out The Roots, again!!! In 2014, Mr Macklemore's goody two shoes white rap album beat out Kendrick Lamar's masterpiece. And now in 2015, a mediocre Eminem album has trumped the likes of SchoolBoy Q and Common. It's quite a joke what the Grammy's are telling us about rap music and the quality of it. Eminem's catalog consists of three good albums, where two deserved a win. 

bub bubbles : Would be cool if you talk about female rappers. I think you should have related her to FEMALE rappers.

Parker Branstetter : I think we're being a bit unrealistic to expect white rappers or even any rapper at all not to "put on an accent" or a voice to a degree. Regardless of your subject matter your music has to sound good- and in rap/hip-hop if you don't have that bravado in your voice, 9 times out 10 it just sounds...weak... lame....etc. there are always some pretensions, at least with a lot of rap artists. I don't think it ruins the music, as long as they pull it off hehe

R Molas : you should review food

MJensen : (shows picture of Mac miller) "But even in their fates are up in the air. How relevant will these artists be in 2-3 years?" (three years later) Mac Miller pronounced dead at 26. *damnit melon*

charlie von arawn : i wanna hear a person rap in a very heavy Australian accent