If y’all didn’t know, I’m a film student. In my last semester, lawd! It’s a bitter sweet feeling – mostly bitter – but that’s a different post.
Film production is one thing. Classes on writing, directing, editing… the usual. But there’s also a set of classes based in film theory.
Because films are not just films and (more broadly) art is not just art. It’s all cultural fodder.
Or at least, that’s how I like to look at it.
Every film, every album, every canvas does a certain cultural work that – when you look back on them as a whole over time – says a whole helluvalot about the world we lived in.
Now this is going to appear to go left for a minute, but bare with me here.
I’ve been listening to that new Uzi.
Sorry not sorry.
I don’t care how fast he says it, I don’t buy that lucier shit. I’m terming this cultural click bait.
That lil nigga from Seattle isn’t a fucking devil worshipper, and if he is, so the fuck what. That’s on him.
This new shit bumps and I enjoyed listening to it. Sorry not sorry, bih.
The thing about a Uzi, a Yachty, a [insert XXL freshman]… they’re in this bitch.
They’re here and making their presence known and having a wang-dang-mutherfucking-doodle with life.
Yeah, they say problematic, dumb stupid shit sometimes. So does everybody.
But if you watch an interview from any one of these people, they kinda sound like they know what they’re doing. They know the wave they’re on and they’re taking full advantage. As high-falutin’ as you may think their antics might be, they’re not on some bullshit.
And you can say that about a Kendrick, a Cole, a [insert “conscious” rapper] as well.
They’re voices of the culture. And they know it.
They have the juice and it seems as though folks can’t do anything but be mad about it.
Now, when we all look back on this moment in history, I don’t know what we’ll say, honestly. I can’t break down the cultural work that these individuals are doing because I can’t do that right now. I think that is something best done in retrospect.
But they are certainly doing it.
Moral of the story: Y’all gotta chill and let these kids be kids. It’s a wave. It’s a moment. Let it be.
History will tell us what she thought of these 20-teens kids when she’s good a goddam ready. Don’t doubt that the cultural hindsight will be 20/20 and one day – not this one – we’ll be able to know for sure if they actually “ruined hip-hop”… or if they really ushered in a new era of youth culture and music.
I’m leaning more towards the latter.
If you like it, listen to it. Twerk to it. Enjoy it.
If you don’t, that’s cool too, but y’know… don’t be a hater.