In this episode of “Fighting With my Friends” I tell R.A. I am sick of everyone saying popular music is just white people ripping off blacks.
Black people did invent rap but whites didn’t steal it or take it over. They helped it explode all over the world. They worked their asses off helping black rappers get their music to their fans. Same with Bob Marley. If it wasn’t for Chris Blackwell, nobody would have heard of him.
Rock and Roll is more complicated because it comes from a racist time. However, I ain’t buying that it was an all-black music white people stole. It was a dual effort. The white trash Irish brought their rage and guitars and matched it with the rhythm and sad songs of the post slavery blacks. The end result was a Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup that combined the best of both.
Of course, black musicians were treated worse than white ones. That was the reality of the day in every industry back then. We still heard tons more black musicians than would be proportionally represented in the population. Blacks were 10% of the population back in the 1960s but they represented way more than 10% of the popular music at the time. Look at Motown.
I ain’t buying that Elvis Presley stole black music. “Jailhouse Rock” does not sound black to me. It’s a rock and roll song. I’m not buying it with Led Zeppelin either. They made it their own. Now, with Iggy Azalea and her weird blackface vocals, it gets harder to argue my point. What about the Beastie Boys? What about R.A.? Is stealing music even possible? That’s what we get into at the end.
Chris Shaw (above) is the dude I was talking about. As far as I’m concerned he is the reason It Takes A Nation of Millions… is so good. He engineered and mixed it but those guys always deserve more credit for the music than they get.
Here’s the article I was talking about on “Science.com” that shows Egyptians are white. Sorry rap. You’re “Kings and Queens” were not black.
R.A. has updated the argument and now I’m confused again. I gotta do more research on this.
— R.A. the Rugged Man (@RAtheRuggedMan) April 16, 2015
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