Black Public Scholars

September 15, 2010

Is There a Problem with Hip Hop Music?

Filed under: Uncategorized — Staff @ 4:13 pm

 

by Dr. Boyce Watkins, Syracuse University – Scholarship in Action 

I’m a huge fan of hip hop music. In fact, I didn’t even start to like music until hip hop came along. I will continue to be a fan of hip hop music, but as a black scholar, I feel that part of my job is to ask questions that we may need to answer as a society.
The question for today is, "What’s wrong with hip hop music?" Perhaps the question I’ve asked is presumptuous, since many of us don’t see a problem at all. I’ve sat in the car for hours with my teenage daughters, listening to one song after another, each of them returning to basically the same themes: Money, sex, weapons or drugs.

 

 

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