I ain’t got a billion streams, got a billion dollars, Inflating numbers like we ‘posed to be happy about this, We was praisin’, Billboard but we were young, Now I look at Billboard like ‘Is you dumb?’ – Hov

If it isn’t obvious by now, this dilemma surrounding Billboard and Lil Nas X about what makes up country is clear. With pop music being labeled country for certain acts who use Hip-Hop elements, you come away realizing that these other genres can use Hip-Hop and partake in its open arms culture but not vice versa, at least in Lil Nas X’s case.

Bebe Rexha & Florida Georgia Line’s ‘Meant to Be’ Breaks Record For Longest Rule in Hot Country Songs Chart’s History

Bebe Rexha and Florida Georgia Line claim the record for the longest-ruling No. 1 in the history of Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart, which began as an all-encompassing genre songs survey in 1958, as “Meant to Be” (released on Warner Bros./Big Machine Label Group) logs its 35th week in the penthouse on the Aug.

Why does this even matter? I could give one damn about charts these days because it’s a club, but when it comes to Hip-Hop being something we let anybody do and make their own (and chart in), you feel a type of way, like things people who look like you created but have no control over commercially.

I suppose that’s our fault. You can gentrify Hip-Hop but when black artists venture into other genres (that they historically created) then it’s a problem. We need to cause more problems is what I’m understanding now (or create our own charts if it’s feasible). An eye for an eye I say.

Shane Morris on Twitter

By removing Lil Nas X from the Country Charts, the powers that be (and yes, I’m openly saying the Country music industry operates like the mafia) continue what they want country music to sound like, and more importantly… LOOK like. Because this isn’t about sound. At all.

Almost makes me dream, like Lupe’s All Black Everything, that Hip-Hop went to being an exclusive medium versus this open world, corporate machine where anybody from Fergie to M.I.A can pass as “rappers.”

Because if Hip-Hop can’t be controlled by those from the culture and determine who gets in or what it should sound like then it’s like history repeating itself. Where years from now Hip-Hop could be this thing that everyone knows was created by black people, but the people who occupy the space and determining its sound aren’t natives.

I imagine it just like how these other genres are now. Only time will tell. Until then, I say…

Freddie Foxxx on Twitter

Make Hip Hop Exclusive again. #PoPDuKe

Related Reading:

Hip-Hop Is Already an Inclusive Artform & an Exclusive Culture. Mainstream Rap Isn’t…

Last week, Yoh wrote an op-ed which quoted a line from a piece I was commissioned to write for NPR commemorating the 40th anniversary of the inception of hip-hop culture, as well as a tweet from Freddie Foxxx stating the need for hip-hop to once again be exclusive.

Free Flow

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