The tragedy, the issues in coverage of celebrities can overshadow the unfortunate and the underserved who all believe in the patriotic hip-hop flag. Beyoncé and Jay-Z have created the anthems for the entire hip-hop and pop generation. Under those anthems and stars are bright lights that appear to be binding the very fabric of the social progress and intellectual development of an entire generation.
The geographical mapping of Jay-Z and Beyoncé’s success must constantly be realigned with the commitment, timing and unusual outlier’s perspective that each reflects. Jay-Z after more than 20 years of being involved in hip-hop business has endorsed products from alcohol to clothing to computers, forging the capitalistic and consumption banner of these United States that most businessmen could only hope or dream of being. But this is not the norm for the individual citizens of the hip-hop nation. It is matriculation and graduation from college. It is patenting ideas at the U.S. patent office. It is running for election or re-election. It is using Twitter as a methodology of social change. It is the hip-hop citizen who faces the possibility of death walking through cities without bodyguards to make it to school or to the bus or to the train or to come home late at night after working two jobs to make sure that he or she is able to make payments for rent or payments for child support.