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Old 14th August 2020
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This is an interesting topic for sure. I noticed the wealth-flaunting in hip hop culture start in the late '90s with P. Diddy and Mase, and I thought it was really weird. The hip hop artists I always admired the most wouldn't ever emphasize flaunting wealth, as far as I know, and I'm talking about KRS One, Mos Def, Q-Tip, Busta Rhymes, even Dr. Dre. Nototious BIG was really closely associated with P. Diddy, but it seems like he never forgot where he came from, and he really earned every single thing he ever got.

I also think any Drake song sounds way less inspired and way more anemic than anything Busta Rhymes has ever done.

But there's no doubt that wealthy white people have done everything they can to use talented nonwhite people for as much profit as possible, whether or not any of that wealth goes back to nonwhite communities. It's vile. (I'm a white male, so I'm coming from a place of privilege when I say that, but I still think it's true.)