Talib Kweli and Lupe Fiasco proved that two people can offer differing opinions to eachother on Twitter without the conversation devolving into a slew of expletives and insults. The two rappers took to Twitter to discuss their varying views on hip hop and negative lyrics.
It’s an interesting conversation to have between two rappers who have both been stamped with the “conscious” label. (For what it’s worth, I loathe the term “conscious rapper.” It’s a useless and far too restrictive label.) Talib essentially argued that the negative lyrics we hear in hip hop are symptoms of a pathology and a reflection of the communities of today. Lupe countered with his idea that hip hop today has morphed into a pathology in and of itself and that we need to go beyond just critiquing negative lyrics and actually condemn them.
Both made very astute points and brought up logical and thought-provoking arguments. Global Grind captured the entire conversation in a Storify-type post. It’s refreshing to see two grown men act like grown men and have a respectful back and forth about an important issue in a public forum.
Take a gander at the whole conversation and see their arguments. Do you agree with Talib? Lupe? Both? Neither?
I don’t think young ppl rapping abt violence & misogyny are “evil.” I think they are products of their environment & I wont give up on them.
— Talib Kweli Greene (@TalibKweli) March 30, 2013
We meekly hold ambiguous forces solely responsible & disregard when concrete agents constantly parade in front of us as evidence @talibkweli
— Lupe Fiasco (@LupeFiasco) March 30, 2013
Demetria Irwin is a New York City-based freelance writer/editor. Follow her on Twitter, @Love_Is_Dope.