Hip Hop is a mere reflection of what is happening in society, says rapper Lecrae to VladTV. “When you go back to the 1970s and look at hip hop, it was like broken glass everywhere, white lines, don’t do coke, preaching to the neighborhood “chill out”, coz we are getting destroyed.
Then the war on drugs comes, messes up our neighborhoods, communities are infiltrated with drugs, no daddies in the house coz they are all in prison or dead. The rap music is a reflection of that new reality, I have to sell drugs to survive, or I lost my friends – the birth of gangster rap, so to speak – people are rapping about this new reality.
The suburban context says that this is really entertaining, and they start spending money to hear our war stories. When people realize “I can get out of the ghetto by telling war stories”, then we keep on telling them and telling them, until it becomes entertaining in everyone’s callace.
What used to be us just talking about our reality, we now almost like glorify it and it influences people in a negative way. That stuff raised me, from one stand point. I didn’t look up to my cousins who went to the military or the college, but I looked up to my family members who were gang banging and selling drugs, coz that was the music I was absorbing.
Nobody made it cool to go to college or get a good job. Nobody made it cool to go to college, or get a good job. All I heard from the music was like “be like these people in your community, and not like these people”. I am not telling nobody to stop telling war stories, we need the war stories, but at the same time, it is nothing to glorify.”
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Lecrae opened up to VladTV about giving at least 10% of his earnings back to his church or local community, much like producer Zaytoven. During the conversation, Lecrae spoke about his friendship and working relationship with mainstream artists, including No Malice. When speaking about the former The Clipse rapper, Lecrae cleared up claims that he was hired as No Malice’s “spiritual advisor.” Lecrae explained that they are friends and he called No Malice to give and receive advice, but he is in no way No Malice’s advisor. To hear more, including his friendship with Kendrick and thoughts on Kanye’s Yeezus, hit the above clip.
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