I’ve often wondered at hip-hop’s staying power.
I’m no hip-hop head.
I never became enamored with the music that grew out of one the most important cultural movements of that last century. The rap I’ve known has mostly inspired me kinetically but rarely emotionally.
As someone who might be considered a #blackweirdgirl, I find it perplexing when cultural conversations about Black millennials in the mainstream are framed only through the lens of hip-hop.
My reaction to media coverage about hip-hop especially in reference to Black culture, has been “yes hip-hop was good, but can we discuss or learn about other contemporary Black subcultures?”
I know now that hip-hop is here to stay and rightfully so because it is good art. Hip-hop, as screenwriter Lena Waithe might say, sticks to our bones.
It will continue to impact global economies and disrupt high brow and popular culture.
Hip-hop will still be here 100 years from now.
Yasiin Bey once called it "the last true folk art." He might be right.
But even so, I am still eager for us to progress the conversation about what it means to be young and Black in America beyond it.
I’m eager to know, what is the next artistic and cultural movement that young black people will create that will shake the world?