Read a very interesting article today in the Washington Post about black culture and hip-hop titled Black Culture Beyond Hip-Hop.
Over the past three decades black culture has grown so conflated with hip-hop culture that for most Americans under the age of 45, hip-hop culture is black culture. Except that it’s not.
Born in the projects of the South Bronx, tweaked to its gangsta form in the ‘hoods of South Central Los Angeles and dumbed down unconscionably in the ghettos of the “Dirty South” (the original Confederate states, minus Missouri and Kentucky), there are no two ways about it — hip-hop culture is not black culture, it’s black street culture. Despite 40 years of progress since the civil rights movement, in the hip-hop era — from the late 1970s onward — black America, uniquely, began receiving its values, aesthetic sensibility and self-image almost entirely from the street up.
And you wonder why thuggish behavior is celebrated among some black folks and wanting to achieve when it comes to education is considered acting white.