Although I’d much rather have ma and pa be my topper, I can’t resist putting up this video by Nick Cannon and Nas. They compare trends in rap music style to blackface minstrelsy. Not a new argument, and not particularly persuasive, here. For example, is the only point of comparison a desire to please the racial fantasies of white listeners? If so, I don’t think it makes any sense to (1) single out rap music or (2) point to this particular moment in time as different than any other since the dawn of entertainment. If there is more to the comparison, what is it? Because I don’t see.
Oh, and nice job Nas! Advert the old album even as you launch a critique of capitalism. Smoove.