The youth do not have very many good role models to look up to when it comes to showbiz. People who produce what they call ‘hip-hop’ promote values of material worship, promiscuity, and a strange absence of questioning authority and the powers that be. Professor Griff of Public Enemy explains this phenomenon is due to big record corporations also having financial stake in private prisons — they need to instill irrelevant and destructive values into the minds of the youth to gear them towards criminality so they can fill the prison beds. What’s so ‘cool’ and ‘legit’ about doing exactly what The Man wants you to do?
Rick Ross was a prison guard, not a crack dealer. Most gangster rappers are selling the youth a lifestyle that they themselves don’t live – a lifestyle that rich bankers and war profiteers live, a life of mansions, nice cars, big bank accounts, and treating women like pieces of meat. Most music videos usually have rappers rent mansions and cars, selling a fake life they’ll never live and rotting the minds of the youth to glorify capitalism.
Hip-hop wasn’t always this way. Hip-hop was about spreading knowledge through a medium that people can understand, explained Professor A.L.I. during a live performance, and modern so-called rappers use this medium to spread ignorance instead. Golden-era hip-hop legend KRS-One said that hip-hop is an acronym for Higher Infinite Power Healing Our People. Luckily, we have artists like Logic who are not only here to heal the people, but to start a revolution against the power structure that intentionally dumbs us down with mainstream media.