Words by Nick Slay
Best known for his 2017 Billboard Hits, “Congratulations” and “Rockstar”, white rapper and hip-hop star Post Malone was taken to task this week by Black Twitter due his comments in the media lately. After his article in DJ Booth and his inflammatory comments in Polish media outlet NewOnce, Malone is finding himself on the outskirts of the hip hop community. According to Post Malone, there’s no real s*** in hip hop lately. Suggesting fans looking for something real should avoid hip-hop music. Taking it even further by saying when he needs to listen to something realer that makes him feel something, he turns to other genres outside of rap.
Post Malone was quoted as saying:
“If you’re looking for lyrics, if you’re looking to cry, if you’re looking to think about life, don’t listen to hip-hop,” says Malone as quoted by Warsaw, Poland media outlet NewOnce. “There’s great hip-hop songs where they talk about life and they spit that real s***, but right now, there’s not a lot of people talking about real s***. Whenever I want to cry, whenever I want to sit down and have a nice cry, I’ll listen to some Bob Dylan. Or whenever I’m trying to have a good time and stay in a positive mood, I listen to hip-hop. Because it’s fun. I think hip-hop is important because it brings people together in a beautiful, happy way.”
Black Twitter responded by calling Post Malone a, “culture vulture” and someone who didn’t understand the music or the culture and using it simply as a means of, ‘cashing in.’ Malone being the same rapper that claimed reverse racism in the midst of a dispute with Charlamagne tha God, while after an interview Post Malone offered up no real answer or excuse for his lack of involvement in the Black Lives Matter movement. Pointing to the fact that if he’s part of a culture created by blacks the least he could do is support them. Although Malone admitted that he didn’t have a good response to the question, in reflection he wished he had a slick answer to shut up Charlamagne than having an actual response to his activism in the movement.
What are you thoughts?
Twitter had this to say in response to his controversial statements:
then that would include the music that he makes as well didn't he blow up off of #HipHop what a way to shit on a culture that got you famous
— GME Agency (@GMEAgency) November 20, 2017
It's not a matter of owing it's a matter of thanking all the fans that supported him #BeHumble the culture don't have problems with Post why create one now? Maybe he is hiding his "undercover" racism not sure js
— GME Agency (@GMEAgency) November 21, 2017
He says hip hop today isn't reflective so he resorts to Bob Dylan? Bob Dylan isn't hip hop or recent. It's like he isn't really trying to find "real shit" in hip hop. Like maybe he doesn't like it or relate to it.
— Daniel Isca (@d_isca) November 21, 2017
As someone who is considered Hip Hop. Some who's mix generes and has a varied sound base. He should know what Hip Hop capable of. Also if we Hip Hop in a broad sense, @DJBooth pointed out. There's R&B/Alternative R&B as well. We're in a period where generes have massive varience
— Brockbino! (@DarkJay_) November 20, 2017