As the number of African-Americans killed mounts in America, I looked at its impact on musical expression.
Hip-hop’s contradictions — excess, protest, racial binaries and divergent influences — need to be understood in the lens of a nation where an Indian-American Republican governor (South Carolina’s Nikki Haley) can mourn murdered African-Americans under a Confederate flag, which still flies in the state. Post racial, we’re not. I apprise the future as well.
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