?uestlove: Mainstream Hip Hop Is One-Dimensional & Character-Driven

leader ?uestlove spoke with Rolling Stone about the band’s new album ‘Game Theory’, due August 29th, and the trouble finding socially conscious hip-hop on radio or television. “The hip-hop that’s allowed to reach the mainstream is only one certain type of hip-hop, and there’s the danger of the minstrelsy of it,” says ?uestlove. “The more one-dimensional, character-driven hip-hop is what seems to be driving the big bucks — because people want a show. Like, Eminem’s the crazy white-trash man who hates his mommy; 50 Cent got shot nine times; Jay-Z is a bad drug dealer gone good. And the problem is: Who is Black Thought? Chuck D once said, ‘Hip-hop is black America’s CNN’ — but now it’s turned into black America’s UPN… I’m not going to be competing with Yung Joc or ‘Lean Wit It, Rock Wit It.'”

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