Genta Tamashiro joins BrownTown for a drink as the group dives into the Netflix original: “The Get Down” and its uses in understanding the roots of hip-hop and its social placement from a historical context. From here, we critique certain misinterpretations of hip-hop and note that the genre has not always been mainstream and as a result isn’t criticized at the same degree as folk music is and as a result influencing the oversaturation of its genre. Hip-Hop is only one of many things that’s become oversaturated over the last few years what with the growth of technology and the exposure to anything and everything from our iPhones.
Dave Chappelle exposes that as, “the hallmark of [our] generation, and that’s fucked up, because [our] generation lives in the most difficult time in human history. This is the age of spin. The age where nobody knows what the fuck they’re even looking at.” Just as comedians like Chappelle help ground us back into reality, true Hip-Hop is ever growing. Mainstream artists like Kendrick Lamar and J. Cole’s have managed to keep the spotlight on the genre with recent albums like “DAMN” and “For Your Eyes Only” in which the rappers examine their lives, their peers’, and their respective ecosystem. Within their discography BrownTown tries to discover if their music is simply “conscious rap” or calling to action as Charles Preston promotes in his article: “Trump is here: Will Mainstream Rappers Punch Nazis?” At the end we understand that, whether calling to action or simply reacting to their environment, both artists seek to empower themselves and their audience through their music by staying true to hip-hop elements, continuously experimenting, collaborating, and, of course, spitting fire bars.
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