Female singers, male r&l singers, and male hip hop producers are not the only ones who can make a living off the art form.
But because the music industry is overwhelmingly white and male, white and white, these artists are at greater risk for being attacked for being white, male, and hip hop.
And because hip hop has been a predominantly white, middle-class genre for the last 40 years, white, white male artists are less likely to be able to afford to perform, particularly at a time when artists of color and queer artists are also struggling to get paid for their work.
But even more important, white artists are not only less likely than their peers to get their music heard, they’re also less likely for it to have the cultural resonance it deserves.
As one music industry insider told me, white men aren’t even as well represented in hip hop as the black, Latino, Asian, and Native American artists.
And even though there are a lot of white male hip-hop artists out there, there’s no one model that can work for all of them.
If we want to truly create a culture where hip hop is more than just a genre, we need to stop thinking of it as just another music genre and start thinking about it as a culture.
This article was originally published by The Atlantic.
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