News: Nas Describes The State Of Rap Music On The Tanning Of America

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The first part of Tanning Of America: One Nation Under Hip Hop, based on Steve Stouts book, aired last night. The documentary describes the break down of racism and stereotypes through tv, music (specifically hip hop) and media and how it eventually elected the first black president. The writer Steve Stout, Russell Simmons, Rev Run, Nas, Diddy, Mariah Carey, Pharrell and a bunch of other people talk about their experiences. During the panel for this Nas stated that current rap is “A Lot Of Jingles” and said that the Grammy’s “Will Never Get It Right.” Nas, who’s had 13 Grammy nominations and no wins, says he doesn’t think its a snub. He said, “I like that the Grammys nominated me. I know the hugest platform for music is the Grammys, it matters . . . but something that huge is never gonna get it right. So it’s OK. It gives me the opportunity to wear a nice suit on a red carpet.” He also says, “As far as the state of rap music, it’s a lot of jingles . . . And that’s cool . . . I see a lot of young black kids making money, and I’m very happy with that.”

Last night the 4 part documentary covered some of the early TV shows, like Good Times and The Cosby’s and people, like Michael Jackson and Whitney Houston, who broke down racial barriers. They also spoke on early music segregation on music video shows like MTV and Video Music Box, the rise of the first hip hop label Def Jam, the first commercial hip hop artists, like LL Cool J and Run DMC, and the commercialization of hip hop via product endorsements. The Tanning Of America Part 2 continues tonight on VH1 at 11p ET. I highly encourage you to watch. It’s very informative and introspective. #HipHopChangedUs

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