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

by Courtney
June 29, 2012 6:50 PM
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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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  • Jeremy | July 3, 2012 12:42 PMReply

    "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'

  • Lauren | July 2, 2012 4:44 PMReply

    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 | July 2, 2012 11:08 AMReply

    *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.*

  • @TRUTH | July 2, 2012 8:52 AMReply

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

  • Truth | July 2, 2012 3:34 AMReply

    Shit like this is nonsense.

  • no | June 29, 2012 9:45 PMReply

    Talk about a provocative premise, with high racial over-- and undertones...

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