We found this really profound commentary about white rapper Iggy Azaelea by Aamerr Rahman. He does a very good job of explaining why the Australian rapper is putting on a minstrel show every time she steps on stage. Iggy has taken over the hip-hop world (some say) by being only the fourth artist of all time to top the bill board charts with her debut album, released in April.
The author explains that Iggy fits into the minstrel tradition because (similar to a minstrel show), she presents caricatures and stereotypes that whites often associate with blacks. If you’ll recall, Minstrel shows consisted of a white man in black face behaving like an ignorant, backward black person. Today, we have white rappers doing the same thing, taking so-called “black culture” to places it should never go. In Aamer’s words, “Blackface was all about white people acting out caricatured, fetishised depictions of black people for the entertainment of white audiences.”
Aamer also explains the nature of commercialized hip-hop as an industry that is controlled mostly by whites, where black authenticity is the feeder that helps to create music that allows whites to live out unhealthy negroid fantasies. Here’s what he says:
PLEASE UNDERSTAND THIS. COMMERCIAL HIP-HOP IS DESIGNED FOR WHITE PEOPLE. WHITE PEOPLE ARE THE VAST, OVERWHELMING MAJORITY OF HIP-HOP’S CONSUMER BASE. WHITE PEOPLE ARE THE OVERWHELMING MAJORITY OF WESTERN CONSUMERS, FULL STOP. HIP-HOP MUST MEET WHITE PEOPLE’S DEMANDS IN ORDER TO BE FINANCIALLY VIABLE CONTENT FOR ADVERTISERS ON TV, RADIO AND THE INTERNET. HIP-HOP AS AN INDUSTRY SURVIVES ON WHITE PEOPLE’S MONEY. HIP-HOP AS A PRODUCT RELIES ON APPEALING TO THE WHIMS OF ITS PREDOMINANTLY WHITE FANBASE. COMMERCIALLY SUCCESSFUL HIP-HOP REFLECTS THE DESIRES AND TASTES OF WHITE PEOPLE. HIP-HOP IS ONE OF WHITE AMERICA’S FAVOURITE FORMS OF ESCAPE, WHERE YOU GET TO PROJECT AND LIVE OUT FANTASIES ABOUT SEX AND VIOLENCE THROUGH PEOPLE OF COLOUR.
Financial Juneteenth lessons from this story:
While whites enjoy the show, the black community is paying the tab. The mass promotion of violence and the joint promotion of hip-hop as a viable source of income for young black men has led to many young men being marginalized from society at a very early age. If toxic music were taken off the radio tomorrow, the black male incarceration rate would instantly decline and black men would be following black women to find other, more productive ways to make a living. It is largely due to the influence of commercialized hip-hop through white-owned companies like BET that has led to black men struggling while black women are now the most highly-educated group of people in the United States.