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Watch: Hip-Hop On Trial: Hip-Hop Doesn’t Enhance Society, It Degrades it (1st Global Debate On Hip-Hop)

Watch: Hip-Hop On Trial: Hip-Hop Doesn't Enhance Society, It Degrades it (1st Global Debate On Hip-Hop)

I’d been waiting to watch this.

Jesse Jackson, KRS-One, Q-Tip, Estelle, ?uestlove, Touré, Michael Eric Dyson, Tricia Rose, dream hamptonP. J. O’Rourke, Jaron Lanier, and some 10 other rappers, poets, academics and pundits came together in London on June 26th, just 3 days ago, to debate the motion, “Hip-Hop on Trial: Hip-Hop Doesn’t Enhance Society, It Degrades it,” chaired by the BBC’s Emily Maitlis, and moderated online by Jemima Khan.

Presented by Intelligence Squared and Google+, it was the third in their new joint debate series, Versus

Watch the 2 hour global debate below; a little something for when you’ve got some time over the weekend:

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"They say music can alter moods, and talk to you,
but can it load a gun up for you and cock it too?
Well if it can, then the next time you assault a dude,
just tell the judge it was my fault, and I'll get sued."

-Eminem 'Sing for the Moment'


Oh yes hip hop has done wonders for the image of black folk! Especially black women… If I was one of those conspiracy types, I might even think it was created by white supremacists to further their agenda. Look how it's popularized the N word for all to hum along and while women "back that ass" to the infectious beat. It's all so romantic!

blah, blah

*removes headphones* That's interesting because I thought that poverty, war, imperialism, the destruction of the environment and racism all denigrate society? But you know, priorities. *Puts back on headphones, press play and nod out with Pharoahe Monch.*


For real, why are we still talking about this? The argument is tired. You can't attack a whole art form.


Shit like this is nonsense.


Talk about a provocative premise, with high racial over– and undertones…

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