?uestlove Talks Politics Losing A Voice In Hip Hop

With political hip hop losing its voice, Ahmir ‘?uestlove’ Thompson spoke with Beat magazine about the veteran group being in a role model position. “Right now we’re just all things to all people. By default, we’ve been placed at the helm of a lot of people’s expectations of hip hop as a political vehicle,” ?uestlove explained. “There are no more black bands with major record deals in the United States. are the last group of black musicians making pop music on a major label, so there’s a lot of attention on us. The idea of hip hop being used as a political tool, to teach knowledge – I’m not saying that that idea has died out, but as far as majors are concerned that’s a lost idea right now for the United States.”

The full interview at beat.com.au has since been removed.

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