If D’Angelo had his way, Jeezy and Young Thug would be forced into the shadows and conscious rap would make a comeback. But lyrical substance may not be what the industry is calling for … or so D’Angleo said in a recent interview.
“It seems like the gatekeepers are not allowing that stuff to filter through to the mainstream.”
The Brown Sugar singer says the proof is in pop music, which he explained has gone from praising the real to shelving it. That’s why Jeezy and Thugger caught disses from D’Angelo, who gave up one pass to a single emcee.
“Kendrick Lamar, he’s an example of someone who is young and actually trying to say something. Who else? You got Young Jeezy and Young Thug. You know what I’m saying? It’s stupid. It’s ridiculous.”
Here’s what D’ Angelo just put out there:
“I grew up on Public Enemy, and it was popular culture to be aware.
People were wearing Malcolm X T-shirts and Malcolm X hats. It was a very cool thing to know who Malcolm X was. It was all in the lyrics.
It was trendy to be conscious and aware. Now the trend … it’s just [expletive]. But to tell you the truth, there are a lot of people who feel the same way that I feel and that are making great music, conscious music. But for some reason or another it seems like the gatekeepers are not allowing that stuff to filter through to the mainstream.”