The Changing Color of Hip Hop

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Longtime viewer Nick writes me a letter asking for my thoughts on Lord Jamar, Iggy Azalea, Azealia Banks, and the conversation they've started on white rappers, hip hop as a black artform. Here's some context for those who might not know... =================================== Subscribe: Official site: TND Twitter: TND Facebook: Support TND: =================================== ***FAIR USE NOTICE*** FEDERAL LAW ALLOWS CITIZENS TO REPRODUCE, DISTRIBUTE, OR EXHIBIT PORTIONS OF COPYRIGHTED MOTION PICTURES, VIDEO TAPES, OR VIDEO DISCS UNDER CERTAIN CIRCUMSTANCES WITHOUT AUTHORIZATION OF THE COPYRIGHT HOLDER. THIS INFRINGEMENT OF COPYRIGHT IS CALLED "FAIR USE" AND IS ALLOWED OR PURPOSES OF CRITICISM, NEWS REPORTING, TEACHING, AND PARODY. There are many images and videos used throughout this video I incorporate in order to highlight my points. Among them are... Tons of album covers Beastie Boys "Fight For Your Right" .gif Images of Lord Jamar's Vlad TV interviews A clip from the film CB4 Denny Blaze's "Average Homeboy" video Death Grips' "Beware" video A live performance video of B L A C K I E via terrortropics23 Keith Ape's "It G Ma" video An image lifted from the security footage that shows the shooting of Tamir Rice Eminem's "Berzerk" video Drake "No Lie" .gif A few Rick Ross .gifs An MTV Voices interview with Iggy Azalea Iggy Azalea's "Nobody Like Me" video A .gif from the Coachella Tupac hologram performance Miley twerking at the VMAs And we've also got a few images from Y'all know this is just my opinion, right? What did you think of this album? Love it? Hate it? Why? What should I review next, eh?


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

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

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.

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

Ayánatè : lol pharrell's gettin grammys and she's just gettin angry lmao

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

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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

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!

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.

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.

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

Dr StrangeLove : One word: Eyedea,

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

Drank 宛あよSit down イヴぁ : I did a class paper on iggy azalea called "Iggy Azalea was literal trash".I got an A-

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.

Jeremy Kean : If white people aren't allowed to make music that originated in black culture, white people aren't allowed to make music, period. Nearly everything we listen to, here in the west, has its roots in Jazz. If you're going to be logically consistent, ALL modern white artists are "appropriating" black culture.

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

Ty Challenger : its crazy i have disagreed with a large number of your statements regarding music before but im going to be honest this video was so eloquently and accurately articulated (hopefully thats the word im looking for) that i have no other choice but to finally leave a comment. you said almost everything that was on my mind and did a good job of addressing multiple points of views and putting everything in perspective. great vid my man


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.

R Molas : you should review food

Andrew Case : Your conclusion segment for the video was terrific. Maybe someday a Jonwayne album review is in order.

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

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..'.

MF DOOM : Bruh dis guy has hair!?!

Jacob Pettigrew : The bubble gum metaphor was such an epic way to describe the potential fate of music such as Iggy's.

SJW 4LIFE : The difference between the white rappers of yesteryear and those of today is that there was never a fear of white rappers of the 80s and 90s changing the culture of hip hop. They truly were guests. They didn't come in and start re arranging the furniture. Rightly or wrongly the fear that many have today is that in ten to twenty years white rappers will not only dominate rap numerically but that they will also dominate the sound and direction that hip hop takes in the same way white artists did with rock and roll.

Nilshan Perera : hats off to you sir. a gentleman and a scholar. very well said

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 :)

John Caudy : amazing thoughts great stuff Anthony

Benjlmao : i thought anthony didnt like african americans

PCPGOTMEREADYTOMURDERAROOKIE : Dropped Aseop's name but not cage's . Alex gets no love /: There would not be a slim shady without Cage ...

Ronan Curtis : Anthony has listened to so much music that if he made his own album I can't tell if it would be a masterpiece or the biggest piece of crap.

Josh Carter : Hip Hop belongs to Kool Herc and Afrika Bambaataa: the rest of us are just guests.

Drifting Away : Killed it man dead on what needed to be said

Alex Musa : foreign artists, and nujabes not mentioned. what is this.

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

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

RyanStL44 : "You have more hip-hop listeners today familiar with Kanye West then with Tribe Called Quest" Sick line Anthony

Suave Canal : MAXIMUM KEY: EVENTUALLY WE SPIT THAT BUBBLEGUM OUT!!!!!! that's it. you are great!