Do you know who Post Malone is? You should. He has the biggest song in the country. Yeah that means nothing nowadays. But his current hit rockstar is somewhere near the top of the charts. He has also had hits like congratulations and white Iverson. To be honest Post Malone is kind of a slick guilty pleasure for me. I don't know a ton of his music but his latest hits (rockstar and congratulations) are fun! He's white too.
Him and his white self had a lil something to say about the state of hip hop recently:
I mean, where's the lie? 💁🏾♂️
Before y'all kill me. We know that there is so much more to hiphop than what is blasted on the radio. We know there's a Kendrick and a J.cole and a Big Krit. But the majority of the popular stuff in hip hop (including him) that's played all over the radio is just what he said it is. It lacks lyrics, emotion, and substance. Don't get me wrong, it's fun. It serves a purpose. But it's everywhere. We know that there's a ton of talent that's underground. We know that there are still great lyricist in hip hop but this era is dominated by party trap music.
It is what it is.
We also have to remember that Post Malone is young. He's 22. So unless he has been doing some hard core research (Which he more than likely hasn't done, judging by the comment he made.) he probably doesn't know that much about hip hop. Lonzo Ball just said that Nas was irrelevant. Nas! These kids don't know nothing about no damn hip hop! All they really know is what has been hot for the past 5 to 10 years. Within the last 10 years the South has dominated hip hop and it's been mostly party music. Whether it be cruck, snap, bounce, or trap, it's been music that you wanted to hear at the club, and sometimes (most times) only at the club. That's what was popular when they were coming up.
I also see this as an example of how some of White America or Mainstream America (and maybe some of Black America) basically looks at hip hop. They see it as party music. That's the main image that hip hop has been giving for the past 10 to 15 years. Yes, you have your conscious hip hop. However, for every conscious song there maybe 17 party songs. They see black culture in general as an escape. It's edgy and cool. Taboo. Dangerous. Scandalous. They don't see us as real people with real emotions, issues, feelings, or art. They see us as an escape from there everyday life. I'll blame that on the media. Which is also ran by white people.
This is also a great example of what happens when America takes over stuff. They erase all the substance and begin to replace it with white people. Then they act like it's always been that way. Sounds familiar?
But yeah......I don't disagree with Post Malone. I think most people would agree if they think about what he saying and the recent history of hip hop. I think it's much more about him being White. They're just certain truths that only black people can tell each other. Would you really be mad if a black artist said this? I'm sure a couple of black rappers have said this before. It's like talking about your family to someone outside your family. I can make fun of or complain about my family all I want to you. But when you start to say too much it ain't cool. That's my family! And for black people, that's our hip hop.
So Post, even though I agree with you and enjoy your music, I as a black man that sometimes listen to hip hop need you to stay in your place.