Let's Explore Human Race Rap, Not just Latino, or African, or White.

I'm trying to determine why the hell anyone thought it was a good idea to publish a headline along the lines of "asserting the legitimacy of Latinos in hip hop", and not take it a step further. That single head line explores this idea of one more race being good for hip hop, but also subtly reminds of how race, for whatever reason, matters in hip-hop. Let's be real, it shouldn't matter. A divide in music based on ethnicity or heritage is disgusting. And although I understand that some people are not fond of anything other than black or African American, I am here to suggest a new, broad scope article, highlighting how all races and all people can be a part of hip hop.

This rap game is exclusive, but there's no reason to NOT be inclusive. It's all art, it's all human based feedback and hard work.

From what I read, Snow Tha Product answered her questions and proved her legitimacy, and I applaud her. But there's an underlying message here that HipHopDX could ask; why is there a question of legitimacy of race in the first place? I argue that you should ask other rappers like Lupe Fiasco (recently came out in favor of the Zimmerman trial and has a very philosophical approach to his enrichment of human kind, not just black kind) how he feels about other races in the rap game. Ask Tech N9ne, an independent who got a lot of love off of Juggalos and predominantly white, rap label Psychopathic records. One of his latest tracks off of his new album is "B.I.T.C.H.", a song about him actually growing to a black audience; surely he has insight to what it feels like to cross racial boundaries, surely he has insight on how race is not divide but just another place to harbor friends and share art. Ask Eminem, or ask Common, highlight on Big Pun, Vanilla Ice (lol), ask Ice-T, an unexpected supporter and friend of ICP. As far as I know, Nicki Minaj and Drake aren't even fully African American, if at all!

I think this hypothetical article can be used as a way to spread out your ideals, HipHopDX. On a site that can put Twiztid and Kanye West on the same front page of their internet domain, I think it's imperative that you go this route and begin a movement with other people. I think, in a world with open political progressives like Mos Def, Lupe Fiasco, newcomers like Macklemore, you'd fine great support and recognition as the hip-hop site that crossed that line, that told everyone it's a damn good thing Hip Hop is such a beautiful art that we can all be a part of. I say denounce the notion that Hip Hop is culturally black only. That's racist, to pretend American culture can't be for Americans, hell, that is can't be for the world. We all know how much America loves to be a part of the world.

It's a prospect worth looking into, a fight worth fighting. I say you explore the ideas that race DOES NOT matter, and HipHopDX is no longer in favor of identifying anyone as a rapper of or for race, but as a rapper for people. There is a lot of hate and ignorance in the comments section, and critiquing music is one thing, but allowing race to be such a pivotal focal point of argument is not becoming of humanity. I say HipHopDX sets the record straight.
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  • Hey Eric,

    Thank you so much for reaching out. We appreciate your insight and feedback regarding race within the Hip Hop culture.

    We have covered this topic on the site a few times, please check out the links below:

    http://www.hiphopdx.com/index/intervi...

    http://www.hiphopdx.com/index/editori...

    While race relations are arguably better than ever in the United States, the moment we stop acknowledging race is the moment that we cease to acknowledge our heritage. Race doesn't have to be a divider, it can be a highlighter—a beautiful reminder of the strength and opportunity provided by diversity.

    Thanks again for your feedback. Have a great week!

    Mike
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