Back during the whole Don Imus debacle, conservatives began attacking hip-hop, saying that rappers were to blame for creating an atmosphere in which violent and offensive language was casually tossed around. I was elated when Jay-Z answered so appropriately, on his “American Gangster” album, by spitting back that: “Tell him I’ll remove the curses/If you tell me our schools gonna be perfect/When Jena 6 don’t exist/Tell ‘em that’s when I’ll stop saying bitch.”
Rappers were also out in front when it came to chronicling the rise of Obama – clearly a meaningful moment to the hip-hop community, which I wrote about back in 2007.
Now, the recession is on the minds of many rappers. Young Jeezy even named his latest album “The Recession,” and on the song of the same name, he notes that ““niggas heard it was a recession/ the whole world went into a panic.”
The current No. 1 album on Billboard’s hip-hop chart, Jay-Z’s “The Blueprint 3,” includes a line where he scolds other musicians by saying: ““I know we facing a recession/ But the music ya makin’ gonna make it the Great Depression.”