Questlove Challenges Artists To Start Creating Music With A Message
(AllHipHop News) Hip Hop was once viewed as the voice of the urban oppressed, but much of the current state of the culture revolves around coveting wealth, material possessions, and sexual exploits. In a time when the entire nation is facing serious questions about police brutality and equal justice, some rap stars like Killer Mike, J. Cole, Q-Tip, Nelly, The Game, Lauryn Hill, and others have demonstrated their concerns with the legal and social issues facing the country through songs, protests, or public speeches.
But some people would like to see Hip Hop artists, and musical celebrities in general, take an even more active role in addressing societal concerns. Amir "Questlove" Thompson of the Roots is one of those individuals.
The drummer/producer wrote a message on his Instagram page asking all artists to use their music to express a message. Questlove referenced past musicians/social commentators Bob Dylan, Public Enemy, Nina Simone, and Zack de la Rocha as examples of the type of artists he would like to see rise in this generation. He also called on the media to provide more balanced content via their outlets.
Questlove posted the following picture to IG with the caption below.