In an intimate, yet lively conversation on Tuesday rap icon MC Lyte and cultural critic Michael Eric Dyson dissected Hip Hop Culture: past present and future.
MC Lyte noted that the real raw Hip Hop lyrics and culture these days come from the slam poets, because a lot of them do it for art’s sake and not for money. She also noted that the corporate take-over of radio (and play-lists) keeps DJs from being able to break new songs like they did back in the day.
Dyson added that we must be careful not to judge with revisionist history because at the time groups such as Public Enemy (now Rock-n-Roll Hall of Famers) were once considered too black and too strong to be played on radio.
The event was co-sponsored by Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity and the NAACP.