Published Oct 07, 2010In a recent Rolling Stone cover story, U.S. President Barack Obama tried to remind the world how cool he was by discussing his iPod. Alongside his love of Bob Dylan, the Rolling Stones, Miles Davis and John Coltrane, Obama said his "rap palate has greatly improved" with selections from Jay-Z, Nas and Lil Wayne. Now, a Wall Street Journal op-ed piece points out the inherent flaws in a standing president promoting the music of "violent, misogynistic hip-hop stars."
The piece comes from guest columnist Thomas Chatterton Williams, a noted hip-hop detractor and author of Losing My Cool: How a Father's Love and 15,000 Books Beat Hip-Hop Culture. Before you write him off as an unhip whiner, however, you should know that he raises some good points.
In his Journal piece, here's what Chatterton has to say about Lil Wayne:
Lil Wayne is emblematic of a hip-hop culture that is ignorant, misogynistic, casually criminal and often violent. A self-described gangster, he is a modern-day minstrel who embodies the most virulent racist stereotypes that generations of blacks have fought to overcome. His music is a vigorous endorsement of the pathologies that still haunt and cripple far too many in the black underclass.
Despite the fact that he's probably your mom's favourite rapper, Jay-Z couldn't escape Chatterton's scorn either:
Just as disturbing is Mr. Obama's appreciation for Jay-Z, the rapper and unrepentant ex-drug dealer whose real name is Shawn Carter. Not only did Jay-Z earn a mention from the president in Rolling Stone, but he's been photographed sitting in Mr. Obama's chair in the White House Situation Room.
Mr. Obama is certainly not responsible for hip-hop's grip on black America, or for Mr. Carter's ideas and behavior. But what president would ever let Marilyn Manson drop by the White House? Is Jay-Z any better?
The full article can be found here [via Consequence of Sound].
Sadly, no information can be found on what Stephen Harper has been listening to. We're guessing he has a Zune full of tracks from Anne Murray and Rita McNeil.