Hip-Hop: A force for evil?

In light of an upcoming barbican debate we ask what effect hip hop is having on society.

Next week sees a panel discussing the cultural merits (or demerits) of Hip Hop at London’s Barbican. Whilst it’ll likely be an interesting panel we couldn’t help but start throwing the question around between ourselves here at The Phonograph.

The three main criticisms Hip Hop, from a societal point of view, that we came up with were misogyny, a focus on the attainment of wealth, and its glorification of gang culture. It’s not easy to separate out these criticisms into clear cut categories because they quickly become entwined within the music.

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