(AllHipHop News) Over the last few months Brand Nubian member Lord Jamar has become the unofficial spokesman of a sect in the Hip Hop community that takes issue with what they see as the “feminization” and “white washing” of the culture.
Jamar has spoken out against rappers wearing clothing like skirts and kilts. He also called white performers like Macklemore and Yelawolf “guests” in Hip Hop.
According to he 45-year-old New York native, he is standing up for the preservation of the true essence of the culture.
“I’m that voice of what Hip Hop used to be,” Jamar told The New Yorker. “I think I represent the Hip Hop conservatives. And I use the word ‘conservative’ in the sense of conservation: I’m trying to conserve Hip Hop and its essence.”
As a new generation of rap stars strive to take the culture in new directions, traditionalists like Jamar question how far can Hip Hop be pushed before it morphs into something completely different.
“I have no problems with pushing boundaries,” said Jamar. “But everything has its limits. How far do you go with this pushing of boundaries before you’ve turned it into something else? That’s what I want to know. How much water can you add into the whiskey before you no longer get drunk?”