25 Things Everyone Thinks About Hip-Hop (But Nobody Will Say)

7. Most conscious rap is condescending, simplistic, and corny.

One of the central characteristics of hip-hop is the art of bragging. This doesn't go well with results-oriented political ideology. Never mind that many "conscious" rappers have extremely suspect philosophies. The form has often been a forum for a certain conservatism of sexism, homophobia, anti-Semitism, and irresponsible and dishonest historical narratives.

But even when the artist's moral compass is pure, "conscious" rap is often a road to wack music paved with good intentions. Creating real change requires a certain kind of selflessness that is anathema to being a halfway decent rapper.

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