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No African-American Acts Had A Number One Song In 2013


(AllHipHop New) While artists like Jay Z, Beyoncé, Kanye West, J. Cole, Wale, and A$AP Rocky managed to secure a number album in 2013, The Slate points out that no lead African American acts reached the top spot on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart last year. This was the first time this has happened in the history of the chart.

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Rap and R&B styled tunes were popular, but only ones by white artists Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Eminem, Justin Timberlake, and Robin Thicke were able to hit number one. In fact, the R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart was also led mostly by white performers with Macklemore, Thicke, and Em holding number one for 44 out of 52 weeks on that list. Rihanna’s “Diamonds” was number one for 3 weeks and Drake’s “Hold On, We’re Going Home” held the number one spot for 5 weeks.

Macklemore and Eminem ran the Rap Songs chart as well. Mac & Lewis had the number one rap song in the country for 29 consecutive weeks with “Thrift Shop” and “Can’t Hold Us.” Eminem’s “Berzerk” and “Rap God” ruled for a week respectively and his duet with Rihanna, “The Monster,” held onto number one for the last 7 weeks in 2013.

Flo Rida and Psy each had a song hit the top spot on the Rap Songs chart for a week. Jay Z’s collaboration with Timberlake “Holy Grail” held onto to number one for 12 non-consecutive weeks.

The R&B Songs chart was not much different. Justin Timberlake and Robin Thicke controlled the tally for most of 2013.

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  • grabo2003

    Hip-hop and r n b have transcended the color line so whatis important is we had rap songs on the top of the charts period!

  • blabber

    Thanks for making this a racial issue
    stop the polarization

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  • DJ7

    Redefining what is considered hip hop and R&B has begun…you can stay in denial all you want b.u.t. the proof is hiding in plain veiw….operation takeover….time to create something else!!!

    • ItGoesDownINtheDM

      as an artist all this should do is motivate you to do even better !! no need to categorize so you can feel like you have a better chance @ winning … step yo game up !

      • artcryme99

        winning what? is there a prize? you mean selling out right?

      • Anne Noise

        I believe most artists would consider “winning” to be “earning a living via their creative output.”

      • Terrance

        #TRUEWORDS

      • greenhouse records

        Hiphop has left the mainstream. Hip Hop lives on like Jazz and traditional rock and roll.

      • DJ7

        Do better? OK black man…If YOU think that’s all it takes, do you and good luck with…doing better….Although today’s reality disagrees with your assessment, no harm for a dreamer like yourself to… dream on…personally I don’t dream, I manifest b.u.t. to each his own…carry on!

    • Truth Powell

      It’s like RocknRoll. Nothing sounds like Chuck Berry or Little Richard anymore. The sound and culture is definitely changing.

    • lola lovely la’shaun

      yes, bang your head, yes!!!!

    • MIIHP

      Those that don’t learn from history are doomed to repeat it. Jazz, Rock n roll, and now rap & r n b

  • ItGoesDownINtheDM

    its cause most rappers in 2013 not including guys like jayz who have been doing it since 96 and has already laid many accomplishments for hip hop … but most artist post 2005 LOOK like they are winning but them cats aint winning as far as the entire spectrum of this thing … not bringing anything really new and innovating … who would of expected to see asap up there lol music wise i would like to see cole up there but he has yet to make a real impact … if anyone i would expect to see is Drake but i gotta tip my hat to macklemoore if dude didnt open you eyes to some new ish than your not paying attention … these other urban hip hop artist gotta step they game up … eminem tho dude just cant lose and i cant say anything bad cause lyrically the dude puts in extra grind … imo he deserves all the credit he gets … guys like jayz get the same kind looks when he drops so it aint just about color but ems does seem so much more effortlessly but like i said the way jayz rolls out a product can be compared to how eminem puts his together they are both flawless @ what they do …. just coming from 2 different angles … if skin color was everything mack miller would also be on this list with mackle, em & justin … ijs

    • greenhouse records

      Macklemore is not hiphop. Thats rap music. Plus he blew up on alternative radio not hip hop or rap radio stations.

  • PL

    Stealing the soul since time immemorial..I guess we gotta make up another style of music for them to jack…

    • lola lovely la’shaun

      Laughmyazzoff true.

  • Black Jay

    No surprise here. While Eminem is dope and one of the best to ever do it, a tremendously large portion of his success can be mapped to America’s desire for a “GREAT WHITE HOPE” in hip hop. Macklemore’s success is crystal clear proof of that theory. I can actually sit here and think of 10 albums that were better without blinking. It’s okay to have a decent product. But when you have a decent product AND YOU’RE WHITE? That’s White Corporate America’s sweet spot.

    That’s not to say that White folks don’t spend money on Black Hip Hop artists too, but America has a history of this kind of behavior. From boxing, to basketball, Elvis Presley…..
    That’s not to allow the Black Artists to escape unscathed…. If they spent more time putting out quality material and less time attacking each other (which seems damn near impossible if you look at the top 20 Black Rappers in the world) who knows where they would be.
    Today’s charts are a reflection of 3 things coming to a head. Race, music industry change, and quality of product. The music world has been changing for about 10 years now, but what we’re seeing today is a more violent reflection of that change. Who knows what the charts will look like next year?

    • greenhouse records

      Hip hop will always be a reflection of the youth in the streets, which is very violent.

    • Casor_G

      Maybe it’s because black rappers are talking too much garbage. J-Cole had that jam, but I’m tired of all this cursing and “ni@@a ” in every song.

      • Black Jay

        Nah…. White artists aren’t talking garbage. It’s just the black folks. Marshal Mathers isn’t talking a lot of sh*t on his new album. It’s just the black folks. Macklemore was on some wholesome sh*t with his album. It’s just the black artists….

        If you can’t tell, that’s sarcasm. It’s people that own those very same thoughts that you do that are damaging music in general. They usually end up becoming the program directors at pop radio stations. And that is one of the main reasons for the results, or lack thereof, of black artists on the pop charts. I’m not saying it’s the only reason. But it damn sure ain’t fixing the problem.

    • ItGoesDownINtheDM

      what was michael jackson ?? ijs … alot of these artist hurt themselves … talking about bugattis robbing people hitting girls all over the place aint going to get them in that top tier … you gotta make REAL music that the overall folks can relate too .. not just stuff the hood loves and white folks who love the hood love … ijs …. yall might not be able to see it until its in your face …… then everyone will be like OHHHHH so thats what we needed to do to reach those heights then the bandwagon jumping begins

      • ItGoesDownINtheDM

        someone like mackemoore makes some real tunes that puts him in his own lane and all yall can say its because of his skin color …. there are more working men/woman and regualar joes in this world then there are thugs and pimps …. peep the science instead of following the trends

      • Black Jay

        Dude…. Are you for real?!
        Hold on…. Hold on….. You said,
        “someone like mackemoore makes some real tunes that puts him in his own lane…”
        For real? I don’t even know how to respond to that one….. Hahahahaha…… For real? Are you serious? Hahahahaha….. Dude please exit this site….. You played yourself…..Hahahahaha….

      • Obi Won

        I get what your saying, but then we call our artist soft or sell outs. Its really a here or there decision. I know a lot of people like Drake (I personally don’t) and they support him for the love and tender music he makes. I personally favor K-Dot, only bc I could relate to being a good kid in a mad city. We support artist like Scarface, Nas, BIG etc. ones putting out that G ish, but they will no where near be top billboard artist,, not for long anyway.

  • 1hiphophiphop

    That’s what happens when white folks find white guys that they can support.. There’s plenty of black artists who are or were in the mainstream making music that don’t get any support…. There’s like 4 white guys in the mainstream making music and we get this smh… I mean props to them but I really hate it when people say stuff like it took the white dudes to make pure soul music when black people are still making soul music.

    • W.E.B. Du Bois

      blacks gotta change the perception of only calling women hoes, talking guns, etc.

      • W.E.B. Du Bois

        and its not new – whites have stolen our swag in music and behavior and made rich of it since the beginning of American music – any white old timer will tell yu the same thing

      • 1hiphophiphop

        True and we have to support the artists who don’t talk about that shit.

      • Terrance

        9enteractive .com produces Artists in that lane…

    • lola lovely la’shaun

      okay, this one too.

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  • Truth Powell

    This article isn’t true. It says Rihanna, Drake, and Jay had # 1’s. What about Kendrick? And maybe white artists were #1 on billboard charts but if you take into account free downloads or what people bump on their ipods whips I bet a black artist will come out as more popular.

  • i’mreloaded!

    I’m not surprised. Plain and simple, not many Black artists are putting out quality, original music. To be honest, with an exception of a few artists, all the songs are pretty much about the same thing and I myself am not supporting that garbage. Lemme know when Outkast and Scarface make another album, then I’ll give 2 fuccs.

    • jd

      A ton of Black artists are putting that out. Its the radio that will not play it.

      • i’mreloaded!

        True talk homie. Record labels only want to put out the negative bullshit, because that’s what’s getting the younger audience’s attention.

      • jd

        True. And sadly, its still not getting them number 1 hits. Hopefully they wake up soon.

      • lola lovely la’shaun

        wow. so far this the best comment.

      • DJ7

        This^^^

    • ItGoesDownINtheDM

      ^^^^^^ THIS HERE #cosign!

  • Live Well

    No surprise here. White folks been stealing cultures since the 14th century.

    • acb87

      co sign they were speaking the true, it was harsh but true

    • FUCK ALL OF U RACIST’S

      CUZ THEY ARE RACIST JUST LIKE SOO MANY OTHER’S ….BUT U BLACK PEOPLE DON’T SEE THAT UR RACIST OR U DON’T CARE..BUT U WANT TO POINT OUT LIL THINGS OTHER RACES DO AND CALL IT RACIST….FUCK YOU…….TO ALL YOU BLACK MOTHERFUCKERS ON HERE…U WANNA CALL PEOPLE ‘CRACKERS OR HONKY’ , YOU SHOULD KILL YOURSELVES……(NIGGGERSSS,, THIS IS TO ALL YOU BLACK RACIST MOTHERFUCKERS…..

      • Live Well

        You too stupid to argue with.

      • iamwhoiam

        So it’s safe to say you a racist mufuka too.
        You should also drink bleach. Your ignorant ass rant is the problem with all you racists. Get that hate out ya heart man.

      • Black Jay

        Wow. Really?

      • hoeyuno

        I never understand people who obviously have hate for black folks but CHOOSE to frequent a hip hop site….??¿¿¿¿¿

      • PL

        SMH Since when is telling the truth considered being racist?

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  • Executive

    With the help from black producers Timbaland and Pharell!!!!!!

    • Eli Pinilla

      Exactly!!! And eminem featured riahnna, robin thick had ti and justin timberlake had jay z.

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  • True_Fan

    EMINEM IS THE MOST OVERRATED RAPPER EVER. TOP 15 AT BEST.

    Eminem has never had an album I could listen to from start to finish, I usually like 5 songs max. Slim shady was freaking crap and his content was not relevant. White school kids made him what he is, he sold a lot of records, but it was not based on album quality. It was because he was the only white rapper in the game. I am not in denial, Eminem can spit with the best of them, but his songs were trash. Give me (in no particular order) Big, Pac, Dmx, Jay-z, Nas, 50, Beanie Sigel, Jadakiss, Common all over Eminem, and that’s just 1994-2004. I know there are others that came before my time like, KRS, LL, Mos Def… Not to mention the new schoolers who will ultimately be better than him.

    • ItGoesDownINtheDM

      thats your “opinion” and i can respect it … but its just an opinion … not a fact …. white school kids also made NWA what they were so what are you saying ??????? lol

  • iamwhoiam

    What does it matter, black or white?. It took multiple races to request, download, and listen to the listed artists to put them at #1

    • Black Jay

      The whole point of the article is race. Pay attention!

      • iamwhoiam

        I comprehend, my point is that why SHOULD it matter? Blacks, whites, latino, etc…put those “white” artists at the top of the charts. Why should we care the race of the artist? The billboard charts don’t have a “black pop” “white pop”, “black hiphop””white hiphop”…so why SHOULD we care which artist, black or white? That’s all I was getting at.

      • jd

        It matters man. If it didn’t matter, it wouldn’t be news that it has never happened before. It should matter when one race creates the sound and style and voice of the music that is being done but are not represented when it comes to achievements. I hear your point and I wish it didn’t matter, but when the playing field is not equal, it always will.

      • iamwhoiam

        But black artists are usually the artists topping the charts. They are recognized with award shows and other acknowledgments. It’s not like this story is discrediting any black artists. It just happened to be white artists in 2013 on top. Every artist named has black producers behind them. I’m just saying, people act like they’re offended by this.

      • jd

        I hear that and you’re right. I never thought they were discrediting any black artist. White artists had a good year. Like every year. But I think its the historical significance of it that had me like “wow”. Like if this had happened before, I would be with you like this is no big deal. But when history is involved, I pay attention. It would be like if no white artist had a number one hit on the billboard charts. That has never happened. We would be talking about it because of that fact and looking into why that happened.

      • Black Jay

        Look…. You’re saying “why should it matter” like this country is at some post-racial point in history. The country has been and probably always will be governed by racial politics. There’s the way it “should be” and then there’s “the way it is”. As long as my color is different than the guy living down the street, the problems continue.
        As long as corporate America goes out of its way to manipulate the masses and feed us what THEY think is good music, the problems continue.

        Mostly I get what you’re trying to say. And if we were all purple it would be cool. But we aren’t. And America is constantly trying to treat Black People like their contributions are insignificant.

        So basically….

        F*ck any white or black person that refuses to acknowledge what is clearly evident to the world. BLACK PEOPLE ARE THE SOUL OF AMERICAN ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT.

        But…..

        Sometimes artists just make sh*tty music and the sales may be a reflection of that. But not in a diagram like this one.

      • SBRon

        “And America is constantly trying to treat Black People like their contributions are insignificant.” WORD!!!

      • iamwhoiam

        It’s like your offended by this story itself. It was just for 2013,every other year there has been majority black artists. What’s the big deal if Robin Thicke and Justin Timberlake topped the charts. Both of them guys have talent. I just don’t see how this story discredits any black artist in pop or hiphop.
        So what no black artist topped billboard in 2013. It’s not like it’s a conspiracy against all black artists.
        I think people are taking this story out of context.

      • Black Jay

        Okay…. Obviously I’m speaking to a Caucasian. Yes? Okay. Let me explain it to you like this. Being Black in America is a job from birth until the casket. Therefore nothing surprises us and we put nothing past the shroud of “racism”. So to say that I’m offended by a report is kinda silly because WE LIVE THIS. It’s hard to live in America as a Black person and not be offended by the very idea of “all men created equal”.

        Now I don’t know your personal experiences or nothing about you but I will say this…. If you have been continuously under the yoke of racism from birth, if your parents and grandparents have suffered due to racism……. If you watch how easily they play black people in the media and how so called “decent white people” sit back and do nothing to stop it, you will see that the words CONSPIRACY THEORY isn’t even in our vocabulary. Because here, anything is possible.

        I personally doubt that there are 5 or 6 men sitting around a table determining the fate of the pop charts and their relativity to black music. But I don’t doubt that whenever I travel overseas that what people in other countries know about us (black people) is mostly the Fox News perspective or worse. We don’t control the media like that.

        I know…. I know…. You’re saying,
        “Damn! All of this from some pop charts?”
        But any time that I run into someone that tries to minimize the effect of racism and try to pretend like we’re exaggerating, I like to set the record straight whenever possible,

      • iamwhoiam

        Not Caucasian bruh, I’m actually half black and half hispanic. I’ve experienced racism as a child and as an adult. I guess I see your point. All I’m saying is I myself could care less about what race dominated the charts. Sh!t man I don’t even listen to not one of the people mentioned, I bump what I bump. Like I said before, PEOPLE (fans) of different types of races and culture put these white artists at the top of the charts by downloading, requesting, and listening to these artists music. Talent is talent. Music itself has also been somewhat of a bridge in certain culture, I mean there’s hardcore hiphop heads Asia, Europe, Africa, and even in the middle east, all over the world. Music transcends, especially hiphop and pop. So again, I don’t see why it matters that no African Americans dominated in 2013. Why does it matter? It doesn’t. It’s music.

      • MIIHP

        @iamwhoiam I kinda want to like your post, but I can’t because you are minimizing what the music means to us. Rap, is to us what reggae is to Jamaica. We’ve had other genres that have been taken from us, same as Jamaica. They list ska, we’ve lost rock n roll and jazz. This is our heritage and to lose control of another art form in the same manner puts us on the defense. I’ll never try to claim another’s art form as my own.

      • iamwhoiam

        I don’t feel like I’m minimizing what it means to us, because when I listen to real hiphop/ rap I feel it. Also, I don’t feel like genre’s have been “taken”, there are plenty of jazz artist that are black there’s even black rock artists (not many, but still there). I’ve never heard a white artist claim to have invented rock or jazz, if they choose that genre and become popular that’s not theft it’s talent. I mean, should white artists not be allowed to perform rap, rock, or jazz? It’s time to stop making topics like this black or white. We should all move foward,it doesn’t mean we forget history and what once was and in alot of ways is still going on. We’re not losing control of another art form if anything it is evolving. I just don’t see the big deal. Killer Mike (black) and El-P (white) just dropped a joint project and that’s one of the albums I’m feeling right now. I don’t think el-p is claiming another’s art form as his own , but I believe he could and should he iS A RAPPER. Just as long as he knows the history and can respect it.
        I’m from the south there’s plenty of racism still here, but I don’t get upset when I hear white boy at #1. To be honest I don’t even listen to some of the black rappers who top the charts. But I get where your coming from.

    • jd

      I think the point is the fact that this has never happened before. EVER.

      • Realist4200

        Never happened before EVER…… That’s a big stretch.

      • jd

        “no lead African American acts reached the top spot on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart last year. This was the first time this has happened in the history of the chart.” Read the article 1st. Then comment.

      • Realist4200

        My mistake.. I was thinking it was just covering Hip Hop – which my logic would have been “Hip Hop hasn’t even been around for the entirety of the Billboard charts..” – You’re right though.

      • jd

        Its all good bro.

      • iamwhoiam

        I get the point, read my response to”black jay” below. That is the point I was trying to make.

      • iamwhoiam

        It has happened before. Read my response to”black jay” below. That was the point I was trying to make.

    • PL

      When told the reason for Daylight Saving time the old Indian said, “Only a white man would believe that you could cut a foot off the top of a blanket and sew it to the bottom of a blanket and have a longer blanket.”

      • iamwhoiam

        Good one…but how is that relevant to this article?

  • floydwebb

    Remember when Kenny G became the King of Jazz??? Nothing to see here, move on.

  • SleepyTheGreat

    I feel like this article was published to create traffic/comments. The article also contradicts itself a few times.

  • I think it has a lot to do with the fact that our major black artists such as Kanye, Jay-Z, and Beyonce took their promo budget other places besides radio. Then couple that with the act that much of the urban segment is populated by relatively new artists like Kendrick Lamar, J Cole, Wale, August Alsina, and others. These people no matter how popular you think they are haven’t quite crossed over yet. And if you don’t cross over then you don’t get #1 on the hot 100. But at the end of the day, excuses aside, it is still sad that we didn’t have a single top hit. But I follow the charts and radio play and all year I noticed that urban music rarely even cracked the top 10, let alone #1.

    The really bigger issue here is ever since the big radio buyouts, they have been slowly pumping pop music into the urban community. I live in the DC area and it is not uncommon to hear Justin Beiber or Katy Perry on a station that at one time played nothing but Rap, R&B, and GoGo.

    I’m an artist myself that is on the radio so I say this to other artists out there. It is important for us to remain groundbreaking and fresh. If we keep making the same redundant music, who is really to blame at the end of the day?

    • Black Jay

      Consign bro! I feel you on that. It’s a shame what they did to 95.5 in DC. It’s like invasion of the body snatchers. You can’t even recognize wpgc any more.

      • a_emme

        same thing in NYC.
        People are mad at the program directors, but they are taking orders from the parent companies – like Clear Channel

      • redcons

        Its funny because down here in Atlanta, we don’t have that problem. Even during the afternoon slot with Big Tigger, they are always playing new Atlanta music, I never heard Justin Beiber or Katy Perry on the radio, yet was surprised to hear Miley Cyrus get so much play with “23”.

      • Monk

        I stay in atlanta and the stations here are horrible now compared to what they use to be in the 90’s. Atlanta doesnt even play their own legends here on the radio. Big boi’s last album didn’t get any play, none of killer mike’s music, bobby valentino’s new music, goodie mob’s last album either. They seem to only want to play the same four or five artist all day.

      • ZUBU

        @John Michael, Obi Won, Black Jay: yall brothas bringing up some memories. I was stationed the DC, Maryland, Virgina area for a few years (mid-late 80’s).When I first heard Go Go I didn’t know WTF it was, all I know is when in the clubs people would dance to whatever was popular nationally, but when Go Go came on the club would go nuts, off the chain, no room on the dance floor! EU, Trouble Funk, etc. I didn’t like it at first, but only took me a few months of being in the area to realise that when Go Go came on it was time to get at all the fine chicks who had been sitting all night…. LMAO…. Really it was a very unique sound that was DC’s own thang… You almost had to be part of the DC vibe to really feel it in your heart and soul.

    • Obi Won

      Sounds like you talking about WPGC 95.5 fm.
      Its CRAZY how that radio station did a complete 360. It was clear that when Donnie Simpson retired, and Tigger lost his spot, the radio station lost ALL their ratings & listeners to WKYS 93.9. Big desperation move to play alternative music that used to play GoGo, Hip Hop & R&B. It started off with the 2 Chains feat Beiber, then went Straight Beib.

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  • PL

    Once again ALLmostHipHop is misconstruing the facts just to generate hits…

    Fact: The number one song of the year “Thrift Shop” by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis features an African-American on the hook… Wanz

    Fact: Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Eminem, Justin Timberlake, and Robin Thicke songs either feature African-American artists or have productions from African-American producers..

    The Soul stealing continues…

    • matt meyer lansky

      correct

  • Dhz30

    just stealin a lil culture..eventually they’ll claim they invented it..nothin new

    • matt meyer lansky

      ur pathetic

      • Dhz30

        ok cool but am i lying?

      • matt meyer lansky

        no you’re not lying, you’re making ridiculous comment. if this is the case then what is considered white people music? just so they know what lane to stay in….

      • redcons

        Country, hard rock, heavy metal, you know the same music lanes alot of blacks jumped into before hiphop.

      • Dhz30

        only sounds ridiculous if you’ve been living in a cave with no knowledge of history..like i said this is nothing new, you’re lying to yourself if you think it is..and yall can jump in whatever lane you want..but when you ONCE AGAIN start trying to claim that lane as your own while marginalizing the creators of said lane, don’t get butthurt when the creators call you out.

  • lola lovely la’shaun

    well, I don’t k now who invented rap because of frank zappa!!!but we had dolemite and George Clinton. I do know that black men pro fected it and I do know that the best dancer from the beginning were or are Spanish. From what I see, white people had the cash to push this craft. If you look at the big picture hip hop is now theirs, giving willingly by the masses. I see that the time is over for African Americans in this genre of music. Look nikki m is considered the hip hop queen, that show me that we are doom when it come to this craft.

    • matt meyer lansky

      this comment was working until you said “pro fected”

      • lola lovely la’shaun

        Pro –
        Fected-
        the pro’s infected the scene with the gangsta lean!!!!

    • redcons

      What the hell is pro fected? You spelled it like you were sounding it out as you were typing. Its PERFECTED.

      • lola lovely la’shaun

        hey I was sounded it out….you college student!!!!

      • Sean Taylor

        College student? Try Elementary school.

      • lola lovely la’shaun

        wow!!!

    • Celz

      Frank Zappa was just copying what was common place in the day. The roots of rap are hundreds of years old. The Watts Prophets and Last Poets were recording real rap on beats in the 60s before Hip Hop… Modern rap, evolved from Harlem Renaissance spoken word poetry.

      • lola lovely la’shaun

        Are you a history teacher? It doesn’t matter who started really cause as usual white people rule…..Greeks and Romans stand up!!!! Anglo Saxon…..LOVE.

      • Celz

        In case you weren’t aware the cycle is pretty old. Where do you think all of their ideas came from? Timbuktu and Egypt. We are all human and racial differences are insignificant. But Europeans can actually trace their success to their culture staying primitive for so long. When the Greeks and Romans traveled to Africa, India, and the Middle East to become educated they based their empires were there would be the least resistance… In EUROPE. Which is exactly what happened again in this great nation of America. But if you want to blame it on some genes then go for it… Whatever makes the simpletons complacent..

      • lola lovely la’shaun

        So you are a 1000 or so years old. Stick to the subject,subject. White people are ruling in this age ……and everybody wants to be them…white and gay. Stick to the subject – subject.

      • Celz

        If you had any level of reading comprehension you see understand that the subject was 1.) You being ignorant and 2.) White people wanting to be black.

        Why the fucc am I even bothering.. Lmao..

      • lola lovely la’shaun

        I told your mother the same da mn thing.

  • moonfromsoufcack

    i can definitely see a “behind the curtain” type agenda where “they” push black artists like 2 chains and nikki minaj, while coming through the back door with white artists like macklemore and lorde, and controlling the airwaves to now have white pop music dominating urban stations like justin timberlake and miley cyrus. explains why jay-z would continuously push back an artist like jay electronica, but will put kanye’s bullshit “yeezus” out and continue to help JT win over black audiences, and even out-do him among his “own” people.

  • Executive

    I fucks with Justin timberlake and Robin thicke I see past their color, I can honestly say that rap today has made me venture out to other genres such as country. I been listening to Luke Bryan, Kenny chesney, Zac brown, jake Owen, Darius Rucker and a few other artists. Black or white if the music is dope I listen and enjoy it.

    • Immortal

      Darius IS breaking barriers because not even 10 years ago, name one multimillion dollar black artist in country. There were none. Now you have Cowboy Troy and Rucker making moves in country. Dance and techno the same thing. Clown him if you will, but Will I am is doing things. This is the direction we need to take. Win where we are not supposed to, and maintain the dominance in the styles we’re expected to. Respect.

  • Pierre Elliott

    IL SAY IT AGAIN; AND NlGGAS SAID I WAS BEING NEGATIVE THEN..

    I SAID THAT BLACK MUSIC DONT SOUND BLACK ANYMORE—-AND WHEN I SAID IT PEOPLE SAID I WAS JUST ACTING LIKE A BITTER OLD MAN..

    NAW I WAS SEEING WHAT WAS GOING ON—–ALL THE WHILE WHILE BLACK PEOPLE DANCED LIKE STEPHEN FETCHIT TO DIANA ROSS SONGS AND THE REST OF THE BULLSHiT.

    I MAKE MUSIC–I MAKE MUSIC STRONG ENOUGH TO CHANGE THE GAME—–

    I DONT ROCK THIS BULLSHlT. AND IF ANYONE SAYS IM BEING A HATER IM NOT
    I GREW UP LISTENING TO SOULFUL MUSIC, NOT THIS WHITE SOUNDING HOUSE NlGGER JUNGLE SWILL.

    • Seriously

      you sound so fuckin ignorant how you talking about building up black people while saying nigga every other word. Ignorant people like you and rappers kill me with that shit, people wonder why everyone feels like they can call black people niggas its because every damn rap song is tlaking about killin a nigga, shootin a nigga, robbing a nigga, being better than the next nigga and thats the shit millionaires are putting out to the world on how black people act and respond to each other. That shit needs to be killed

      • Pierre Elliott

        NlGGA IM TELLIN YOU SHUT THE FCUK UP——

        CAUSE THATS WHAT THEY ACTIN LIKE; NOT INTELLIGENT THOUGHTFUL PEOPLE BUT MORE LIKE IGNORANT BLIND MINDLESS NlGGAZ.

        YOU SOUND LIKE EVERY OTHER TREE HUGGIN WANT EVERYONE AT PEACE BULLSHIT, HAVE A SIT AND GET A PIC.

  • WillVetterGoodin

    I hate white people, SMH

    • Sean Taylor

      I’m quite certain they hate you too you white trailer park trash.

  • Kevin Anthony

    Who’s to blame? I don’t think in black and white. We have to get back to making timeless music. That’s the gray area. The “Agenda” is bigger than any genre of music..The Agenda-21 (google it) is what we as people need to worry about. “Food for Thought” Kevin Anthony-21 on soundcloud

  • John Q. Public

    Lord Jamar ghostwrote this dumb article

    • Brindle

      you sound like a white boy that is unsuccessful at doing black music… you want some help?

      • John Q. Public

        American Indian actually. And im a fan of music never tried to do it myself.

  • Obi Won

    Maybe bc i’m not a mainstream listener, but Underground artist have always made better music. I could never really get in the whole “I’m going to please everyone” type of music. As a youngin I thought ice ice baby was cool, but the album wasn’t bought and if it was today, the song wouldn’t be downloaded to my phone. Same with Em, the first time I heard “HI, MY NAME IS, WHAT?” I lmao, and thought the beat was dope. But it got brushed off. Mainstream hiphop is for everyone & most of “us” aren’t everyone music listeners. If we had it our way, The Roots & Outkast would already be in the Hall of Fame. I feel like let the commercial artist be commercials, and just call me when the real show is back on.

  • drac215

    F.B.I. did its job well!!! Anytime you take a form of music created by a group of people, then the people is shut out by people who acts just like them but looks nothing like them, theres a problem!!! Eminems an exception because hes a true student of the game cant hate on that. As for the rest of the industry its all blueprinted for success via the streets(stealing from the culture)!!! The powers that be took the message of the young black youth and put it to sleep in 1997!!! Underground is more important now than ever so go out and search you might learn something about REAL hiphop and r&b. Peace

    • Brindle

      F.B.I must stand for failing black individuals, cause the federal bureau of investigations has nothing to do with this…

      • black god

        Cointelpro

      • Brindle

        this is not cointelpro… until we start blaming us, we can’t fix us

      • drac215

        Really??? What do you know bro other than internet??? You must be the feds. The government had its most unproductive year ever because white men refused to go to work for a blackman(congress). This man has the plan to try and make the country fair and equal(same thing the rappers use to spit)but they(feds bro)keepin a brova down!!! If the president can get it imagine what rappers with the plan can get?!? 2chainz aint real bro hes for people like you who say things like “failing black individuals”. My hood and city(philly) just had 28 schools in the hood close down bro, so my life is different from yours so when i comment its real!!! You might see it different cause you dont relate, and last i bet your favorite rapper probably is from the late 80’s or 90’s era when we took america by storm and they got scared… I can go on and on but i wont God bless you bro. I love hiphop and love all people. Jesus is the way the truth and the light !!!

      • Brindle

        i know enough to know that any black man complaining bout the feds will probably never change his life for the better until he stops complaining bout the feds. I know you’ve taken two topics and blended them because they both frustrate you, and yet one has nothing to do with the other. Aint nothen keepen us down but us. Oh yeah, I’m from Carson, Ca by way of East Oakland Ca and Richmond Ca, all I know is hood. But it aint who i am and it aint my excuse for nothing i been through, especially when i had choices

      • drac215

        I dont complain bro i call it like “I” see it. If speaking about the injustices that i face as a blackman is complaning i’ll take that. The Lord is first with me bro and through him I see things arent fair for a lot of people especially my kind. You can sit in your poor community and accept your position but im a child of GOD and i expect to be treated fair. Seeing and hearing america drop the first bomb(move westphilly 1985) on its own soil when i was in grade school and then seeing any brother who look funny to them taken down, it let me know my people got a lot of things to face ahead. Here we are almost 30years later and kids are being killed(travon), am i suppose to not complain? Real men stand up for “cowards” like you bro. peace

      • Brindle

        you are overly fascinated with yourself

    • Seriously

      so drake and Rihanna arent considered African American on what grounds????

      • drac215

        Is that a trick question? Their carefully planned out gimmicks that make a lot of money. What Drake and rhianna does i’ve seen done before but much better. Its not what they do its the shock factor(halfblack/white/canadian/actor/singer/thug/etc…carribean/abused blackwoman/whore/accent/marketable/etc…)its not the music its the clueless. So to answer your question their not black their “different” like Barack peace bro

    • Immortal

      Using that analogy, Sun records was the FBI, and they created a powerhouse named Elvis. They (both Sun and Elvis) took from the black hyms and their style of singling and make a killing off it literarily. Lets add Pat Boone. Here is a dude who’s claim to fame is singing songs clearly made and sung originally by blacks and he also made a lot of money off us. It’s not the FBI that had anything to do with anything, rather the music some of us isn’t complex, it’s not very layered, and honestly easy as hell to copy and make better. Another example is Maurice Starr and New Edition. A basic copy of the Jackson 5, but from the east coast. Make millions off them, then left them and made New Kids Off The Block. A copy so bad and flagrant that even the bubblegum hooks were damn near the same. Last example Beethoven. There are impersonators that replay his music from over 200 years ago, but no one (save Quincy Jones IMO) has come close to the complexity of his music, the overall layering of it the theatrics of it, and the lasting qualities of it. I think some of the most true, honest, and pure singers aren’t on the top 40 or pop stations, but rather on adult contemporary stations. The FBI has nothing to do with good music. WE have everything to do with the bad. Maybe this could be seen as a wake up call. At least I hope so

      • drac215

        Just because you named a name(Maurice Starr,Elvis,etc…) doesnt mean theres not a connection to the powers that be bro. The Feds control the airwaves man, so radio,tv,and the internet is monitored by the powers that be(FEDS). If theres anything that can wake america up for the good their on it because they have a system they must keep afloat(prison,population,money,healthcare,etc…) aiight man? Peace bro

  • Brindle

    this is the result of dumbing down the music for a dumb audience. White people used to turn to us for good black music, now white people make their own good black music. Think about that Lorde song “Royals”, what the 16 year old white girl is basically saying is “black people shut up til you can sing and rap about something else, til then, we’ll do your music for you”…

    • t1m3b0mb

      No she is saying “look at me and my friends we are so content with what we got why do those rappers keep talking about money etc”. I love how white folks play this whole “ohhh it’s not about the money” angle when half of them never lived in poverty a day in their life. Of course it’s not about money to them, they never lived without it!

    • Kevin

      No they copy Justin timberlake is doing Michael Jackson, robin thicke is doing Marvin Gaye, Elvis was doing little Richard this is nothing new.

  • so….i expect Justin and em and thicke to hit number 1.i dont know too much about Macklemore and Ryan Lewis ….all these guys fucck with black producers and song writers..who cares what race they are..worry when riff raff hits platinum lol

    • Man no bullshit, the day Riff Raff goes plat is the day I’m officially done with Hip-Hop. I’ve STILL yet to figure out how that cat even has any type of platform to begin with…some might say I’m “hatin” or whatever but I’m genuinely fukkin puzzled as to how that happened.

      • that dude is a fake,his style of rapping comes from a bunch of young underground rappers from Texas who were on a label called “swisha house” they would freestyle on mixtapes that “dj Michael Watts” would host,they were very popular in the south from 1997 to early 2000’s before 50 cents classic album GRODT.that dude stole a flow from dudes that would freestyle….a lot of people got bad taste in music man…

    • P€OpLé hAte Me

      you never know now a days they got your ghost writers they got your fashion stylist,producers you never know man.

  • LupeTheKilla

    Were being erased from our own music… White folks are slick as hell..

    • Kevin

      Sad thing is some of us don’t even get why the article is being written. Smh

  • Seriously

    Im confused you just said Drake and Rihanna were on the list why arent they considered African American…….???? Im not sure if thats a jab at the two artists or not but seriously seems low not for site which is trashy and downing blacks most of the time but in general for the magazine youre reporting on.

    • kpman80

      They reached #1 on the r&b/hip hop chart but not the billboard hot 100

  • Dadon850

    I saw this day coming soon as the Ying Tang Twins went platinum.

  • ooododf

    First of all, im black. Just to make it clear to yall.

    But now do yall understand why the business keep replacing black talent with white? Cuz financially it doesnt make sense. Aint it black people that say if it doesnt make dollars it doesnt make sense?

    Theres more white people in this country than black. Also, white people generally have more access to money & oppurtunity to money than blacks & others in the world.

    So because of this white people just tune in & vote more, IN COMPARISON, & as well FINANCIALLY support more which supports the business more & makes them more profit – so why wouldnt they replace black talent with white?

    I mean u not gamble where the money dont lay or the possibility of u not making a profit lays right? U dont do real estate to improve the community right?

    It makes more cents to the business. NOT SAYING ITS RIGHT, but it makes CENTS like black hood people GENERALLY LOVE to yell out.

    So black people cant be hypocrites in the matters. Again, NOT SAYING ITS RIGHT, but stop complaining if we do the same shit.

    • Kevin

      Money has nothing to do with it,but I think it has more to do with this microwave music that is coming out now, I knew it was a matter of time white people took r and b music ,they took rock and roll. It makes white people more “comfortable ” if they see there own doing the music that blacks created.

  • John Q. Public

    I don’t know one black person who refers to themselves as an African-American. If you are black you rep being black. So to say Rihanna and Drake don’t count because she from Barbados and Drake is 1/2 white and from Toronto, the point is they are black artists who charted #1 in the US. Stop splittin hairs and tryin make conspiracies.

    • W.E.B. Du Bois

      you people comment like you know about Our Race – your right tho, the American negro is originally from Africa, but been in America for over 500 years, problably longer than any other except Indians – the others are not negros and are from some where else, even tho originally from Africa – any way John – you know nothing about My Race – so comment on yours – and start with the MILLIONS of you white people that share child porn files with each other EVERY DAY

      • John Q. Public

        I am American Indian not white. And I don’t know what your deal with child porn was all about. My comments where based on the article written I don’t see what it is trying to prove.

      • W.E.B. Du Bois

        My “deal” is still the Same – you commenters Don’t know Us – but you know about yourselfs ! – talk about what you know – your Own race – start with Indians being 1% billionare casino owners, and 99% lost reservation drunks !

      • Anon

        Please stop your biased borderline racism it’s uncalled for and you’re spewing hatred and non-sense shut up…

        – A black person

      • Kevin

        Lol he is entitled to think how he wants maybe he is not being racist.

      • John Q. Public

        I think calling all whites child porn addicts and all Indians drunks counts as being racist

      • Kevin

        I think they are trying to say what a lot of people black and white have been saying they are trying to steal something black people created again.

      • John Q. Public

        Also as a sidebar, if u as a black person was so offended by someone commenting on “your race” maybe it wasn’t the best chose to assume I was white and then generalize an entire white race as child porn sharers. But I also didn’t mean any offense by my comment and I don’t believe it was distasteful in any way. apologies if it was.

  • Isaac Hayes

    Drake and Rihanna are not African American idiots!! They are not from the USA the term African American pertains to the descendants of people kidnapped from Africa and enslaved in the USA, indentured servants from Africa, or freeman of African descendant living in the USA

    • John Q. Public

      the people of Barbados were also part of the slave trade… and Drake has Memphis roots on his black fathers side… but I agree they are not “African Americans”
      I guess I just fail to see the big deal and point of the article

    • Kevin

      I think Rihanna has dual citizenship so technically she is “African American”

    • Azrael

      If you want to get technical, the term “African American” derives from a people that were originally born in Africa(which by the way is not the true name of that continent) and gained citizenship in America. The slaves taken from “Africa” were actually sold by Africans to Europeans, because those individuals were not originally from that region. The thing is we have no history because it was stripped away from us. We do not know where our place of origin is. We just identify with Africa because that is where our ancestors where purchased from. We were not “kidnapped” as you would mistakenly suggest.

      • Isaac Hayes

        Man Sit yo dumb azz down I do not know any Africans that call themselves African American that term comes from civil right groups lobbying for that term in the early nineties. Second not all slaves were sold by Africans a lot were (kidnap!!!) by euros also most american blacks origins are from West Africa where most of the slave trade took place. If you were not so busy being inclusive with the euros and being color blind(lol) you would know your history Prof Gates has a whole series on DVD and books. Just google man or go to the library plenty of knowledge on black people origins. Man your whole style is chump. There are plenty of black and latino rappers who talk about stuff other the cars and dope nothing against Macklemore but there have been better rappers before and will be after him. Like my man JT said in the Five Heart Beats why do we have to crossover to them why can’t they crossover to us Go get a late pass idiot!

      • Azrael

        Thank you for the insults and the scholarly input regarding the slave trade. I am so much well informed now and didn’t realize that you were a professor of African and European history. Also I would like to thank you for taking us back to the ages where civil rights no longer mattered and taking the place of the same people that oppressed our ancestors. Is good to know that nothing that our leaders fought for made any difference at all and that we are indeed unequal. Thank you for also making me realize how it is going to be impossible to move forward with people like you in this world, but thankfully I have more common sense to know that people in your mindset will be left behind to wallow in your anger and hatred towards Humans of different skin tone while the rest of the world who choose not to live in the past. I know that your next post will be as ignorant and immature as the first so go ahead and continue, you get to throw free punches. Love you anyhow bro no matter what.

      • Azrael

        Oh and by the way this topic was done like days ago so why are we still discussing it? I realize that my words mean little to you than your words mean to me and that I will not change your mind as long as you mind continues to think that way. Maybe someday it will, but I know your not ready. Peace

      • Isaac Hayes

        I guess the same reason you still are idiot. You mos def did not change my mind and I don’t care if I change your mind just get your fact straights on the slave trade and black history. You are entitled to your hippie opinions and I’m entitled to my proud angry black man opinions you need to get thick skin this is the ALL HIP HOP comments section man!! WTF!!

      • Isaac Hayes

        Your welcome for the insults in my opinion you are an idiot and tree hugger. I’m not a scholar I just know my history and not all slaves were sold by Africans many were kidnap just stating a fact which is why you should read a book. I do not hate anyone I treat all people with respect just a proud blackman aka so called negro not with all that color blind crap we tried that after the civil war during the reconstruction didn’t work idiot you can google that hippie if you don’t know about that time period. If you do not know your past you do not know your future. I will not forget or forgive what was down to my ancestors. Sorry idiot there will always be prejudice people of all races and creeds on this planet maybe you can catch the next flight to Pluto. Finally I’m not your brother so don’t call me bro!! GO GET A LATE PASS!!

  • JimJames29

    Macklemore is a cancer to the culture

    • MSMsucks

      I’m not huge on Macklemore, but I’d say he’s less of a “cancer” than dudes who put out songs about killing, selling crack, and hoes.

  • richard_b_hard

    Well If they play a song ten times a day and it gets stuck in your head to the point where you sub consciously repeat the words then I guess it’s #1,Next up for female rap artist and dancer of the year Miley VIrus!
    Niggas need to takeover country music and heavy metal this year!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • just_some_bastard #ALCOHOLIC

    Why must we focus so much on race…..MLK wanted a color blind society.

    • Kevin

      Martin Luther king wanted equal rights for black people not a color blind world and white peope have a tendency to try to take over black music.

      • just_some_bastard #ALCOHOLIC

        MLK did want a color blind society……I’m not gonna argue that with you. These numbers just represent what the fans bought. Are you suggesting white people shouldn’t make “black” music? Why does music have to be “black” or “white”? Why can’t good music just be good music? Why can’t music be color blind?

      • Knickfan4life

        Because white acts don’t know there place and tend to try to take over something they did not start similar to how they make elvis Presley “the king of rock and roll”.

    • privers68

      What made him want a colorblind society? Um.. I think it was racism.

      • just_some_bastard #ALCOHOLIC

        Yes it was…….you have a point or are you doing some kinda trivia?

  • What Is This

    Yall are over-thinking this whole thing! I could care less about what color they are….Lets be honest,They killed 2013! White people actually buy albums, & not just white artists albums! There is no such thing as “White Music” or “Black Music”…

    • 2012Industry1

      Yeah…there is a difference between the two, but it’s called Urban. R&B, Hip-Hop and Urban Gospel are Black aimed and related. True Music is Universal, but the truth is the audience is predominantly Black. I agree that it’s being over thought, because if Usher had released Blurred Lines, it would have hit #1, had Beyonce dropped earlier, she would have hit #1, so it’s more about who had the hits.

    • Kevin

      Yes there is such things as black music learn your history and ihope you’re not black .

      • John Q. Public

        is your whole point that only black ppl should rap and sing r&b?

      • Knickfan4life

        White people should know there place when it comes to black music

      • Azrael

        What the f*ck does that even mean? Know your place? So because we are “black” we are better adapted to music? What kind of bigot b.s. are you speaking? That just sounds like what some racist “white person” from the bayou would say. Is that what you have become? You can’t even see that your own words are the very shit that we have been trying to overcome for so long?

      • Knickfan4life

        It’s not bigoted you just don’t understand America’s racism I can’t help you go have a nice long chat with little Richard maybe he can explain it better:) when I say CRACKERS need to know there place in black music.!!!!!

      • Azrael

        What you don’t understand is you are giving in to the same shit that they are doing. 2 wrongs never made a right. Shit like this will continue as long as you let it effect you. You give them power and I refuse to give in to hate.

      • Knickfan4life

        What does institutionalize racism have to do with what We were discussing? I think what I’m saying might be over your head since you keep thinking I’m doing the same thing as a racist.

    • John Q. Public

      everybody on this article mad about the “POP CHARTS”

    • Azrael

      I agree. There is no such thing as “white music” or “black music”. It is just music!!!! Yes there may be cultural backgrounds that stem from Africa (which the majority of music does), but that doesn’t mean it has to be a white or black thing. Have we not learned anything from our past? Apparently not if individuals are going to start labeling music. We are all equal and there is not one better than the other. That is what our forefathers told us, but instead we want to follow what the Europeans did in thinking that one ethnicity was better than the other. Shame on you all for doing exactly as they did. Our leaders who fought for equal rights of all people would be ashamed of this generation and this thread as it is. An artist is an artist regardless of color or cultural background. Let your damn egos go and embrace all, before your own hate consumes you.

  • brotha_man

    funny! my top 10 albums and songs for 2013 are from black artist

  • єиσ¢н ℓєνι ☪

    The Black experience in America is more than music/sports.. Jobs anyone ???? Our monetary system sucks it’s worthless & backed by debt..Bad health from a slaves diet (soulfood)

  • Andy ‘Cly’ Anderson

    So..the title of this article is saying that no black artist reached the number one spot in 2013, but they clearly say that JayZ had it for 12 weeks. Flo-Rida had it for a week…WTF sense does all of this make. What a vague and ridiculous “article”.

    • YouKnowWhat…..

      That confused me as well…

    • Weedras

      no black artist went number on the hot 100 charts, Jay Z and Flo-rida went #1 one the rap charts…

  • Freshly Snipes

    and this surprises whom?? white corp RUN the entertainment biz. they have been stealing our shit since we first encountered europeans ..hell they STOLE us lol
    meanwhile they set the standard for black music so low…who wants to buy that shit anyway? 2 chainz … Rick Ross … French Montana lol give me a break
    meanwhile Em is the best rapper ever …this is Elvis all over again Except this time
    not only are the white acts jacking our shit …at the same our black artists are being sidelined the music/culture is being watered down to nothing & waka, soulja boy and wayne, future etc are being shoved down our throats …they arent just white washing the culture they are killing it

    • Weedras

      no corporation forces black consumers to settle for less…. so that excuse is out the door its colored folk who have set the bar low for themselves lets uplift thug wannabes and ignorance rather than support knowledge and upliftment.. stop blaming the white man when the power is in our hands..

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  • Azrael

    Ethnicity has nothing to do with this at all. I get completely fed up with the whole “white rapper” bigotry. The continuation of separation by so-called race, is just dated and needs to be cast out completely. Eminem, Macklemore and Justin are great artist and unfortunately other artist other than Kendrick, which was not mentioned, have not adapted to change, but instead have become complacent. Hip hop is moving to its next stage of evolution, but people tend to dwell on topics that we have already grown tired of. These artist have number one hits not because they are ‘white’, but because people are tired of hearing about cash, cars, clothes and hoes (don’t forget poppin molly and sweatin…). Look at the singles that these artist have number one hits in and ask yourself, “why are they number one?” The material is what makes them number 1 not the color of there skin.

    • iamwhoiam

      Yeah, enough with the race cards. Black people have come a long way for civil rights and what not, but the same equality that was fought for is now not given to others at times from the black race. This comment section is a good example. The article is simply stating a fact and alot of black readers are upset…why???? Some people have explained it to me and I still don’t see the big deal.

      • Azhar Malik Ali

        Race card – The latest catch phrase used to nullify, discount, or void the voice, opinion, or concern of a person of color.

    • Azhar Malik Ali

      Next stage of evolution? Alternative topics to cash cars and clothes have always been in hip hop. But labels and the industry in general wouldn’t support that from black artists.

      • Azrael

        Not sure if you got that it’s not about, “black artist” it’s more about human artist and color of skin has nothing to do with how you portray yourself. As soon as people start letting go of the whole black and white thing, the sooner we can move on as a people.

      • Azhar Malik Ali

        Not sure if you got that I was speaking to the fact that you think Macklemore’s record and winning is a “next stage of evolution” in hip hop. That statement is a slap in the face to all the artists who for years have produced socially relevant, socially conscious, songs ranging from a whole variety of diverse topics yet have been marginalized. Told that thats not want people want, not granted the budget, told by label execs what type of songs must be released, and unable to use the same major distribution & promotion network as an independent, while all the while watching budgets go to the shoot em up coke boys, & pimp rap. $6 million to Chief Keef?? (oh and majority of those talented artists are dare I say it……black. Or would I be playing the “race card?”) So a song that isn’t about cash, clothes, hoes, and popping molly is not an evolution. It is what it’s always been,,,real hip hop. And on much deeper issues than gay marriage or cheap clothes. As for the issue of race (which I wasn’t speaking to) if you say it has NOTHING to do with it then you are either not being honest with yourself, or are unaware of who makes up the pop music consumer, the Grammy nominators and voters, and who decides which records are big. Records are MADE big, they don’t organically get big, they get pushed!

      • Azrael

        Let me clarify. By next stage of evolution, I was referring to humanity as a whole. I agree with you brethren on the label aspect and how labels are controlling this Genre. The thing regarding Macklemore and Ryan is that they are personal friends of mine and I have supported them. The did this all on their own Independent and that is the theme of the album. It also attest to what is going on in Seattle and how equality and diversity are changing the face of the Northwest. I do believe that Kendrick should have won that award, but Macklemore and Ryan are not to blame. It is the academy. The thing that disturbs me is how people are automatically on this “white privilege” thing. Even Macklemore said it himself that if he was black he doesn’t believe he would have made it this far. Macklemore has been an activist of civil liberties since I’ve known him, so for me these comments are more a “slap in the face”. I respect all peoples opinions on this matter, but if people knew more of the facts they maybe they would rethink their comments. Also as an artist myself I look for individuals that have a message in their music and I can’t stand what mainstream hip hop has become. Kendrick raised the bar for mainstream and I do wish he was commemorated for it, but the hip hop community as well Macklemore already know he is one of the best and the best out right now. (In my opinion)

  • FREEfromslavery

    look man, no sugar coating this shit. black music right about now stinks as a whole. tricky catch phrases and millions spent on studio gimmicks aint gonna get it no more. its sad to say but some of these white boys have more talent then some of you watered down versions of a black rapper. you afrikkkan amerikkkan rappers have morphed into what i call the “WILLIE LYNCH MC’S”. handbone, knee slapping, menstrual acts. most of these rappers have so called hits that get played a million times a day for three months. basically force fed down your ear and falsely labeled a hit record. dont get me wrong, aint none of these crackers gonna make you forget about PAC, but they clearly have more passion for the music right now. PS. i definitely exclude kendrick, j. cole, and big krit from this conversation. probably the only young black men rapping something worth listening too.

    • wickedjones

      handbone, knee slapping, minstrel acts, i actually lol. You reminds me of Old Sarge in A Soilders Story. I feel your pain brother.

    • $18916246

      White acts in music amount to white preference in music by whites. You can’t disregard white peoples political influence in all things in America. Black music isn’t trash, it’s just white acts are being chosen over black acts as usual and as an end result to influence created by black artist that influenced the white acts in the 1st place. White people prefer their own over anyone else, that’s not racist that just makes sense. Black people continue to strive and create your own lane. You can’t be mad at white acts dominating a white owned and operated music industry.

  • FREEfromslavery

    lupe too. sorry.

  • FREEfromslavery

    i pray to GOD that these willie lynch mc’s dont go out and purchase blue eye contacts along with the best bleaching cream money can buy. just so they can compete with their white amerikkkan counterparts. dont act like no black entertainers have ever craved to be like whitey.

  • I used to always bitch about this new white rapper takeover, and you all used to hate my comments..But I now see that I wasn’t the only one thinking in such a way….We opened the doors so easily and let these white people into our craft, now they are taking over……I don’t give a sh!t if Eminem is the greatest rapper alive, because he is still using Hip-Hop as a cash cow, a genre that we worked so hard to bring to life….Now they are the new faces of Hip-Hop. From the minute 50 started to tear down his own kind and signing all them wack ass white boys, everyone seem to have jumped on the bandwagon. O well, let’s see what these rappers do with what was once an all African American genre. #justsaying

    • Triniti Coclough

      Is not rap a form of, if not exactly, poetry? Is poetry exclusive to any race?

      its a means of expression. When I was growing up it did not make any diff what color you were. if you had something to say.. you said it..with one rule, be creative prolific and articulate. 3rd Bass where they not white and we loved them! Beastie Boys where also white ( meaning their complexion not nationality as there is no such country or city as Whiteland or so being black brown or white is simply a skin color not your nationality).

      Now I’m not saying race did not have any impact on music then..sure it did!
      Lets not forget even before then Chuck Berry and his predecessors. In my opinion,black people invented HipHop/Rap,R&B and even Rock N Roll.

      If a white person has the ability to step up and even out do..Kudos to him/them. I think some of us feel that we own the art form and noone should take it away. Well we dam sure took basketball from who ever owned it ..along with boxing. I don’t see white people crying over this. I know..I get it.

      Its our craft and art form and now ever one has it and can gain from it while we loose from it. Well I did not grow up with the race issues of most so I guess Im not affected by the changes. I think the white rappers are great!

      I also think the PunJabi Rappers are great! I live now in the Philippines.

      The rappers here are great.

      I will admit they all must respect that it came from us ( Blacks from America ) and they are sharing in our expression.

      However……

      The problem really is this:

      The business changed because the times changed.
      Back in the 80s and 90s, it was all about being educated and respected.
      So when you spoke on the mic, it was vital to be understood not just heard.

      In this era it was about being unique and set apart and special. Thats what sold records for these artist because each artist had their own identity and was able to reach out to their unique set of fans!

      JJ Fad
      Salt N Peppa
      Kid & Play
      Stetsasonic
      Kool Mo Dee
      3rd Bas
      Beastie Boys
      Eric B and Rakim
      Public Enemy
      Big Daddy Kane
      Biz Markie

      Look at the diversity of those artist.

      Now look at todays artist

      JayZ
      Eminem
      Lil Wayne
      Nikki Minaj
      Drake
      P Diddy
      50 Cent
      Birdman
      Kanye West

      While sure there may be some diversity but the over all message of the ones in this list is pretty much the same!

      However…this message became popular due to the simplicity

      and nihilistic nature of todays mindset. The record companies that most of these artist belong to want to sell records and make money, thats why they are in that business. Sadly intelligence and education is not a strong message of the Hiphop/Rap community anymore.
      If a large % of the educated and intelligent consumers are not buying records, posters, tickets etc and the “others” are..Who do you think the companies want to sell to?

      But to do this we need everyone to think the same way so that the same consumer is created and duplicated as much as possible.

      Radio is also responsible,,well the ones that control radio are responsible.

      In the past Radio DJs shared the same unique individuality just as the very artists who’s music they would spin. However the DJ had great local and even national popularity, influence and this equaled power.

      The Radio DJ represented what ever region or area he worked in.

      They had the power to make or break records simply by their opinion.

      The record companies knew this so they would send executives to ” Make the DJs Happy” So that they only had good things to say about the records that they was GOING TO continuously spin.

      All this came to a close with Clear Channel & other like companies.

      They felt it best to remove the culture from radio …remove the unique quality it had for a watered down more simplified voice of the airwaves and to control many if not all stations… to control what was played and how each Dj sounded and spoke to create a uniformed unified system.

      The program directors became like the DJs whereas the record companies used to seek out the DJ, Now the DJ is no longer important but the Program Director is. Now the record companies seek to ” Make The Program Directors Happy”.

      The Mom & Pop Stores also lost their uniqueness!

      The large retail outlets became the only place to purchase music. ( and a fridge if you needed one)

      This change removed the buying experience the consumer would have.

      Im saying all this and being so long winded to make the point that there are reasons far beyond the artist why things are the way they are.

      The Artist has a choice. Get with the new program or leave and become independent. While leaving the machine you loose a great deal of support financially and otherwise but you do gain yourself.

      Thanks to the internet, the element of the Mom & Pop Store/ The DJ / The Unique,Educated, Intelligent Rapper/M.C. can revive!

      However the mindset of the person has to also revive!

      This means get back to the Art from not the COLOR of the artist.

  • Gene Mistatwoeleven Minter

    I think you all are missing the point…there are more white folk not only in this country but everywhere whom can buy music. It’s not that these white guys are any good or better than our black rappers. Case and point, I don’t know what any of the white rappers can rap about that I can relate to so I don’t listen to them. Their doors has been wider than the blacks rappers for decades simply because there is simply more white people to purchase music in general. White folks can relate to their lyrics opposed to the lyrics of black rappers thus they’re going to sell more to whites. Even if black folks didn’t buy one white rappers music they’ll still outsell black rappers just on white purchases alone. The white rapper lyrics and beat can’t even touch the lyrics and beats of the NYC 1980’s rappers. Don’t even come near that good. It’s not that these guys are better no way, it’s simply because they sell more to whites being there is more white people with purchasing power. This is not a talent issue at all not for one minute. This is an accessibility issue.

    • Bingo.

    • Triniti Coclough

      Exactly! Ever wonder why its important for black artist to “cross over” in to the “Pop” ( Popular ) Market. Its because thats where the White buyers are with their purchasing power.( its not only white buyers in this market but % wise, I can only assume its more whites with this buying power than others.)

      Its not even a race issue,, its a numbers and money issue. It just so happens that black people in general don’t spend money on music. They instead download it or get a copy from someone else who paid for it.
      Generally their money gets spent on Clothing/Chains Cars/Rims etc. if music is purchased,its last on the priority list ( generally/in most cases )
      I want to make money with music so i don’t sell records, I sell licenses!
      All i can say is $$$ with less hassles.

      • Azhar Malik Ali

        Really? You watch too many music videos.

  • Xposingfalsehoods

    So what? Black people have taken over and conquered the white sports world. so stop it already. if white people make good music then enjoy it. Black men have taken over basketball and football, enjoy it. stop making everything a race issue. people want to end racism but still keeping it alive.

  • SET A PART

    They love are art but hate our guts #B2G

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