Actor Malcolm-Jamal Warner, commonly known as Theo Huxtable (America’s favorite brother), really endeared himself to the Hip-Hop world when he started directing rap videos in the late 80s.
From his “Gordan Gartrell” shirt to his cameo in Special Ed’s “I’m the Magnificent,” we trust him with our culture and have let him contribute to its definition.
He is one of us.
And so when he took to social media to express his desire to hear a certain kind of Hip-Hop, we let him speak on the mic.
On his Instagram, “The Cosby Show” only son, said in a post captioned simply “a love note:”
“Dear Hip-Hop, I love you. But I’ma need a break from bobbing my head to dope bars perpetuating Black death & the disrespect of Queens and fellow Kings. Please and thank you. With love …”
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In a sea full of rhymes that celebrate gang banging and over-sexualization, the multi-hyphenate has made a career for himself outside of acting, doing exceptional work as a director, producer, musician and spoken word artist.
In 2015, he won a GRAMMY Award in the Best Traditional R&B Music for his performance on “Jesus Children” by the Robert Glasper Experiment which featured him and Lalah Hathaway.
To put it in perspective: this particular work beat out Anthony Hamilton & Marsha Ambrosius and KEM.
A variety of rappers supported the post, including 9th Wonder, but the producer blamed society, not Hip-Hop.
“100% agree with you…..however I don’t think that’s a hip-hop issue, I think that’s the very fabric of American entertainment,” 9th Wonder said. “Even if we turn off the current raps songs, you’re gonna see it on every streaming service (Hulu, NetFlix, etc.)”
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