As uncomfortable as it is to admit, double standards continue to run rampant in the entertainment industry.
For, when Ciara‘s ‘Ride’ faced bans many a Trey Songz’ visual didn’t, it reaffirmed- even if done unintentionally- that the marketplace that is the music industry is anything but fair.
Now, while the example above highlighted the problem sexism still plays in the female arena, ‘Original Man’ performer Lord Jamar has taken aim at a culture which he says sees Caucasian acts knowingly pull from ‘Urban’ culture…and use ‘white privilege’ to surpass the African American acts they pulled from.
His debate sparking comments below…
Speaking to ‘Vlad TV‘, the entertainer declared:
“If this is not black music then how come every white artist needs a co-sign from a black person? Beastie Boys had the co-sign from Run DMC. Eminem had the co-sign from Dr. Dre. Vanilla Ice didn’t have a co-sign. That’s why he didn’t last. Macklemore, see I don’t know who his co-sign is. Now he might be an exception to the rule, but I don’t know who his co-sign is. But at the same time, black people are not really f*cking with Macklemore like that.”
He then went on to share:
“She’s doing historically what a lot of artists have done. You know what I mean? The ones that go for the shock value. But she’s also trying to pull from black music. Like to me, she’s trying to be the white Rihanna. She’s just pushing a little further. I mean, listen to her music. Listen to the way it sounds. The way she’s singing. Like she’s trying to sound like Rihanna right now. Like let’s keep it real. She cut her hair short trying to look like Rihanna. You dig what I’m saying? But she knows that that whiteness will propel her even further than Rihanna. Because in a country where white people are the majority, that’s what they want to see.”