Recently in an interview w/ R&B legend Gladys Knight had some unkind words to say about the current state of Hip Hop…

Word is… the legend stated that Hip Hop has created many opportunities for young artists, but thinks that the music has set back African Americans… WHAT DO YOU THINK!?

“It’s been bad, in my opinion, as far as the quality of the music and the stories that they tell.  It’s one thing to be raw about your history, but they took it to another level and it became vulgar… It definitely has not elevated us as African Americans, because we show disrespect for our partners, men and women…”
Gladys Knight,

DON’T AGREE???  Well you might want to re-evaluate your thoughts & see what some of your OTHER favorite Hip Hop figures have to say…

Maybe someone like Russell Simmons:

“… it needs more empowerment rap.  People are suffering so much, the economy is bad, everybody’s losing so much, it needs more consciousness.  Instead of everybody rappin’ bout how bad it is, maybe somebody can rap about how good it is.”
– Russell Simmons, Hip Hop Weekly

Agree or Disagree… both of their points are valid.  Call it “old school”… or call it what you want, but at the end of the day it definitely is a different age in Hip Hop



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