the present & future of Seattle Hip-Hop is White

are Black rappers here even aware that nobody is really checking on them anymore?

seems like when you think of Seattle Hip-Hop the first image that pops into your head is a White one.

WAIT

the first FEW images that pop into your head are White ones.

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

Sam Lachow

Jake One

ETC.

Hip-Hop USED TO BEthe voice of the voiceless

NOW

Hip-Hop is the voice of White privilege and NOVELTY.

the most PREFERABLE FORM of Hip-Hop has a White image, and White frequency – in other words, White APPEAL.

I said it before and i’ll say it again, WHITE ARTISTS DON’T NEED BLACK FANS.

the top echelon of the New School

we are now in a full age of URBAN MUSIC enlightenment and Sam Lachow is the leadership on that

those are the words that are being used to describe local WhiteRap.

and what is it based on?

NUMBERS (YouTube views, show attendance, etc)…not SKILL or even SUBSTANCE.

and to classify WHITERAP as URBAN MUSIC is insulting, to say the LEAST.

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18 thoughts on “the present & future of Seattle Hip-Hop is White

  1. but anyways, like i said – the future of Seattle Hip-Hop is White…and I really don’t think that’s up for debate.

    and what are local Black artists going to do about that? ABSOLUTELY NOTHING.

    why not?

    for one – they’re not even aware of the LEVEL / DEPTH of fleecing that’s taking place……

  2. listeners don’t have to like macklemore’s musical style (which is itself constantly changing as are the tastes of thos fans) any more than they have to like metallica or lady gaga.
    music is an all-you-can-eat buffet like that.
    you only choose the foods you like, and others can pick the ones they like.

    listeners also don’t have to believe that macklemore’s music is authentic hip-hop (whatever that means) or even possessing any integrity at all.
    that’s fine too.
    fans get to choose what is authentic to them.

    agreed that white hip-hop is blowing up this year in a visible way.
    i’m definitely not a cheerleader for fake artists to joyride all over a culture.
    and i’m also angered by most of whiterap that i hear.
    it really makes me mad how insulting it is.

    but by focusing on macklemore, an artist who is so blatantly honest about racial privilege and sexual bias, you shine a light on someone who isn’t trying to use ebonics or hood talk to seem more hip-hop.
    macklemore is just coming as a musician who talks about what he knows.

    that shouldn’t be so scary.

    focus on the fakes, the mac millers, the logics, the riff raffs (throwing the n-word around)
    mack ain’t a thief, but he admits that hip-hop put it in his lap already packaged and wrapped with a bow

  3. “…Hip-Hop USED TO BE “the voice of the voiceless“

    NOW

    Hip-Hop is the voice of…NOVELTY…”

    i have clear evidence that that there were black artists creating novelty records in hip-hop that had nothing to do with struggle, and this was well before 2013, the year of whiterap.

  4. “agreed that white hip-hop is blowing up this year in a visible way.”

    WHITERAP been blowin’ up since circa 2000 – and ain’t looked back, since.

    but the NUMBERS don’t do shit for the CULTURE.

    WHITERAP and Hip-Hop CULTURE are like OIL and WATER

    • “WHITERAP been blowin’ up since circa 2000 – and ain’t looked back, since.”

      but this year the stigma lifted vis a vis the mainstream culture.
      white rappers until last year were still scorned by most reputable non-haywire hip hop heads.
      eminem had his followers and his detractors too, but he carved out a seat for himself in rap somehow.
      but he was the only one.
      all the other white rappers were hanging on to the side of the bus.
      now they’re just at the back.

      the white artist in hip hop is a severe minority.
      because until this year hip hop was still hanging on to its roots in reality.
      2 chainz was one of the signs of the apocalypse.
      nicki was another.
      hip hop was left with all its defenses down.
      no longer impervious to colonizers.

      and so white rappers will colonize areas that may or may not have already been discovered.
      the novelty category is only the entrance.
      white rappers have barely had time to look around and survey this place that was forbidden to them all these long thirty-plus years…

      • “white rappers have barely had time to look around and survey this place that was forbidden to them all these long thirty-plus years…”

        30 years ain’t shit. now Black people don’t have ANYTHING left to be proud of MUSICALLY (from here on out). whatever we do basically gets BITTEN and OVERSHADOWED (over-glorified) by the White version of it.

        White people stole Hip-Hop without even having to put in much effort.

        all they had to do was be White and lie in wait; and the rest was basically automatic.

  5. “you shine a light on someone who isn’t trying to use ebonics or hood talk to seem more hip-hop.”

    and that’s the cold part about it.

    White rappers don’t HAVE TO “SEEM HIP-HOP”.

    all they gotta do is rhyme a few little words, and all the sudden they’re supposed to be HIP-HOP?

    naw, man.

    White rappers CANNOT BE HIP-HOP if they’re TAKING more than they’re GIVING BACK to the culture – PERIOD

  6. “mack ain’t a thief”

    if someone takes more than they give back – they ARE a thief (culture context)

  7. “i have clear evidence that that there were black artists creating novelty records in hip-hop that had nothing to do with struggle”

    i believe that.

    but just like White people don’t have the right to say the “N” word, White people also don’t have the right to make fun of our shit…which WHITERAP is founded on.

    WHITERAP is either

    A: MAKING A MOCKERY of Black music, culture, and lifestyles

    or

    B: DILUTING AND REPACKAGING Black music, culture, and lifestyles

    i’m not saying that EVERY White rapper is the scum of the earth, BUT – I think that more White rappers need to give credit where credit is due…and that DOES NOT mean just NAME DROPPING Hip-Hop’s forefathers and / or your favorite Black rapper(s).

  8. “that shouldn’t be so scary.”

    the only thing that is scary is that Hip-Hop is gentrified; and when gentrification happens, SOUL is uprooted.

    …and in favor of what, Darwin-ism?

    shit’s corny

  9. “the white artist in hip hop is a severe minority.”

    which makes it EVEN MORE IRONIC that the few Whites there are in HIp-Hop have either SOLD THE MOST RECORDS or are BREAKING RECORDS (RUNNING NUMERIC ‘CIRCLES’ AROUND BLACK ARTISTS) on the Billboard charts in the Hip-Hop / R&B category.

    White rappers DON’T EVEN NEED TO BE THE ‘MAJORITY’ to be CONSIDERED the BEST and the FUTURE of Hip-Hop.

  10. “white rappers will colonize areas that may or may not have already been discovered.”

    no.

    not even AREAS.

    White rappers have ALREADY taken over Hip-Hop as a WHOLE – and relegated Blacks to the sidelines and outlying areas; i.e., gentrification in the Central District – or – gentrification in Harlem – or – gentrification on…i could go ON and ON with examples.

    – the writing is already on the wall –

    and it only took White people a few generations to do it.

    but the saddest part about this whole situation is the historical / racial undertone of it.

    it’s hardly any different from slavery or White supremacy, conceptually – where Whites overwrite preexisting culture and replace it with a White image and paradigm – – – and then RATIONALIZE IT.

    this is just another case of history repeating itself.

  11. “all they had to do was be White and lie in wait; and the rest was basically automatic.”

    it was not automatic for black hip-hop to devolve to the level of 2 chainz and nicki.
    that’s my point.

    you haven’t addressed that yet.

    black hip-hop became so ignorant and disconnected to reality that it forfeited the novelty entrance.
    and then white rappers got in.

    it’s like the missing scale on smaug’s belly in the hobbit.
    the achilles heel.
    only vulnerable under a perfect storm of circumstances.

    when one culture forfeits its authority, anyone can run in.
    the theft is more like a recycling of discarded items.

    black hip-hop discarded the power it had held proudly for thirty years.
    that’s the sad part.

    not the whiterap phonies…

  12. “it was not automatic for black hip-hop to devolve to the level of 2 chainz and nicki.”

    sure it was.

    THAT foundation was already solidified when 2 Live Crew and N.W.A. came to prominence in Hip-Hop … – … Hip-Hop was dead from THAT point on.

    MEANING

    it was DOWNHILL for Hip-Hop from the INCEPTION of ‘gangster rap’ and other forms of derogatory rap.

    but what happened TO Hip-Hop is a simple case of DIVIDE and CONQUER.

    BASICALLY what happened was this:

    1. Hip-Hop was born

    2. Hip-Hop was raised

    3. Hip-Hop was polluted

    4. Hip-Hop’s children were turned against each other and DIVISION occurred among the Hip-Hop stratosphere

    5. after Hip-Hop was successfully WEAKENED by the division it suffered, Whites infiltrated and CONQUERED.

    SURE that all didn’t happen OVERNIGHT, but after the LOWEST COMMON DENOMINATOR of Hip-Hop became the STANDARD / RULE, further deterioration WAS automatic.

    the PROBLEM is that WHITERAP is the LOWEST COMMON DENOMINATOR OF HIP-HOP – but it’s not yet RECOGNIZED AS SUCH.

    Whiterap is being CHAMPIONED as we speak, but for ALL THE WRONG REASONS

  13. “when one culture forfeits its authority, anyone can run in.”

    and see, that’s the question.

    did Hip-Hop just FORFEIT it’s morals, vision, and direction?

    OR

    was Hip-Hop strategically targeted for dilution, division, and destruction by outside forces?

    – in other words –

    is what happened to Hip-Hop just a RANDOM COINCIDENCE?

    I FOR ONE do not think so

  14. “black hip-hop discarded the power it had held proudly for thirty years.”

    Hip-Hop is just a reflection of the Black community.

    and TRULY, when Black people ‘died’ (as a race, people, culture – ethically, morally, spiritually, value-wise and emotionally) Hip-Hop died – – – IN THAT ORDER.

    and again, i got back to the same question – is it a COINCIDENCE that Black people ‘died’?

    same answer, too

    naw – don’t think it’s a random coincidence

    Black people got played once again – – – but who do you blame?

    the PUPPETEER or the PUPPET?

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