If you’ve watched television lately, you know that right now when it comes to being black– living in America is downright tragic.
While a few artists have spoken out about the wrongdoings in America, many of them have stayed silent on the issues plaguing the very fans who support their music. R&B legend D’Angelo has had enough.
In a recent interview with the New York Times, D’Angelo voiced his opinion with political activist and Black Panther founder Bobby Seale. During their conversation, he reflected on times when music mirrored the issues African Americans faced daily.
“I grew up on Public Enemy and it was popular culture to be aware. Kendrick Lamar, he’s an example of someone who is young and actually trying to say something. Who else? You got Young Jeezy and Young Thug. You know what I’m saying? It’s stupid. It’s ridiculous.”
The two talked about the affects music figures have on the youth. He stated:
“Kids are listening to me. We have power to influence minds and influence lives. So I respect that power. I really do.”
D’Angelo’s last album, Black Messiah, topped the Billboard charts and blatantly expressed the concerns of the black community. In fact, the album was released early due to outrage surrounding of Eric Garner and the Ferguson decisions.
What are your thoughts? Do you think artists should do more?