Questlove Says Hip Hop Isn't Challenging Culture Or Channeling Change

posted Friday May 23 ,2014 at 02:00PM CDT | 17 comments

Questlove Says Hip Hop Isn't Challenging Culture Or Channeling Change

The Roots' drummer says that his music and writings are his way of trying to help Black America through Hip Hop.

In his latest column for Vulture, Questlove answers questions from readers regarding his "How Hip Hop Failed Black America” series of articles.

The Roots’ drummer says that Hip Hop is losing steam and explains why he feels that way.

"When Hip Hop is everywhere, it’s nowhere,” Questlove says in the Vulture column. "In the aggregate, the genre isn’t challenging culture or channeling change in any real way, and it’s even losing steam as a commercial concern. Look at the brute sales numbers. Ten years ago, it wasn’t uncommon for major albums by major Hip Hop stars to sell 3 million copies. Now the commercial heads aren’t doing big numbers anymore. Big Sean went from selling more than 300,000 copies to under 150,000.”

A reader wanted to know what Questlove was doing to help Black America given the musician’s assertion that Hip Hop had failed Black America.

”This is hard to answer, but also sort of easy to answer,” Questlove writes in his column. "What I’m doing about it is writing these columns and making records. The new Roots record, …And Then You Shoot Your Cousin, is just out. I can’t say that it solves any of the problems that I’ve discussed. That would be arrogant. But I can say with confidence that it tries. It’s an example of how, even within our own ecosystem, we’re trying to strike a balance between things that are more commercial and things that are more artistic."

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  • COCA
    YOU ALREADY ARE KNOWN TO BE ARROGANT, SO NO NEED TO HIDE IT. AND HIS ANSWER JUST SAYS THAT HE'S ANOTHER COUCH REVOLUTIONARY.
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  • jax
    Hip Hop is stupidity ignored.
  • Anonymous
    this raggedy ass nigga need a haircut for real
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  • Anonymous
    Channeling? Wow
  • Anonymus
    It's no coincidence that the first private prisons opened right when gangsta rap got big.
  • Anonymus
    Hell yeah, as hard rappers try have commercial success they're having underground results, they might as well make music they actually like.
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  • Asa
    Hip Hop brings ppl together for better for worse...as opposed to dividing ppl based upon personal preferences according to older idealist thoughts. It's not politics, it's freedom, because it does what it wants to do. For better, for worse.
    • Anonymous
      I know what you're trying to say, but reality says you are far from the truth you're trying to state
    • DJ shadow
      No its suppose to have a message but it doesn't anymore
  • wqasd
    HIP HOP GON CHANGE SOON AS YO DAMN BARBER ASS CHANGE
  • Anonymous
    all hip hop did was teach white and asian girls to be proud and shake that fat ass
    • Anonymous
      PRAISE JESUS
  • SMH
    Hip Hop failed Black America??? What??!! Hip Hop does nothing but HELP Black America!! Straight hits and fire nowadays, yaheard??!! You ain't hear that new joint by Future called "Move That Dope"!!! Oh, wait...damn.