The hip-hop nation’s death toll rises in New Orleans, the home from which Lil Wayne emerged. And yet the songs of the hip-hop nation that are sung and promoted each day seem to call into question the role of the ambassadors of hip-hop and their ability to inspire others to continue to fight for social change.
Let the hip-hop nation find an anthem that will uplift, educate and reinvent the tragedy that is playing out on urban African American streets and in urban African American schools and the lives of urban African American hip-hop adults.
Happy birthday to Pharrell Williams. Hip-hop is no longer a youth movement but a community cultural movement.