Revolt's State Of The Culture Is In Full Effect
It’s an interesting time in Hip-hop culture. Once known as a rapper who had “fallen off”, Joe Budden has re-emerged in the game as a leading voice, or as some would put it, critic, after going through a slew of changes which seemed to originate at media giant Complex.
You can still traverse this long and complicated fall-out through Joe’s well documented rants on his Youtube page, but we’re not here for that. In a proverbial chess move, Joe has finally yelled checkmate to a situation that appeared to be to his detriment.
Joe Budden and co-hosts Remy Ma, Scottie Beam, and Jinx (yes, Jinx from Complex) are all atop a well curated, highly visible platform that is positioned to “cut through the noise to get straight to the core of the most controversial and challenging conversations in pop culture, politics, social justice, and more—all through the lens of hip hop.”
This is all super important. Super important. Why? Having emcees positioned to dictate cultual norms is the most responsible thing hip-hop could do at this point. With so many corporate interests, artist-implants, and generally corny people who have invaded the industry, it becomes necessary to have plaforms that create checks and balances. In so many of our public arenas we allow people who have never participated in what they’re talking about to dictate public opinion. You know what I mean. We’ve all seen the guy on ESPN at halftime try and critique what should be happening in a sport he couldn’t play to save his life, but somehow this is normal. It doesn’t matter particularly what you think of Joe or Remy, though they are at times polarizing to say the least. To have veterans of the culture weigh in on its current state is important.