Questlove Pens Essay On ‘How Hip-Hop Failed Black America’


Adelle Platon | April 23, 2014 - 4:39 pm

QuestLove is a man of many talents. As The Roots’ drummer and a professor at New York University, he is also recognized as a scholar on all-music-everything.

Now, the Philly native has scribed a series of six essays that focus on “hip-hop’s recent past, thinking about its distant past, and wondering about the possibility of a future” on Vulture.

In this week’s essay, Quest conquers the topic, “When the People Cheer: How Hip-Hop Failed Black America”, contemplating through ink how Black music’s mainstream reach feels like a strange victory.

“Once hip-hop culture is ubiquitous, it is also invisible,” he writes. “Once it’s everywhere, it is nowhere. What once offered resistance to mainstream culture (it was part of the larger tapestry, spooky-action style, but it pulled at the fabric) is now an integral part of the sullen dominant.”

Read his piece here.