- (via c-oquetry)
- Byron Katie (via nyu-tah)
It’s safe to say that Hip-Hop & R&B remain the go-to genres for most African American males hoping to try their hand in the game that is the Music Industry. Labels seem to have no problem making exclusively Pop acts out of Black females (Beyonce, Rihanna) it seems like the same can’t be said when it comes to black men. Granted that we’ve seen Rihanna and Beyonce backed by Top 40 and Rhythmic radio help them dip in and out of genre’s at will. It’s hard to find a Pop-pushing African-American male being marketed as a Pop act.
With the above in mind I was asked: 1). Is There an absence of Black Boys in Pop? and 2). Does race matter when it comes to genre? I had plenty of responses to that but I decided to focus on this one:
Black men are feared by society because they’re perceived to be hypersexual, hyperstrong and hyper aggressive. The best way to keep a group of people down is to convince them that they are as bad as the rest of the world tells them they are, so the black community is only able to see its way in a certain respect and sees anything that is proper and prestigious as being “white” or soft.
What happens is that black boys are taught that they’re gay, fags, pussies if they’re not thugs so they cling to anything that helps them reinforce that. Hip-Hop. Pop is seen as being “white” and “soft” so these boys sit as far away from it as possible so they don’t get associated with those stereotypes which is why there’s a shortage of AA men who will admit that they listen to anything other than Rap.
Therefore, it would be hard to find a black male that solely want to make pop music. For one they’ll be called a sell out even if they didn’t come out doing R&B, Hip Hop.