The media’s voice on culture is always a topic of discussion regarding whether outlets defining the lifestyle with critiques truly understand the art and experiences. Solange is the latest artist to continue the conversation; she expressed her concern that media outlets lack qualified staff to properly evaluate Hip Hop or R&B culture. “Some of these music blogs could actually benefit from hiring people who REALLY understand the culture of R&B to write about R&B,” she stated.
The grading of art is an opinionated matter, so outlets that provide cultural insight should have skilled staff to give an authority evaluation. Solange was critical of the issue, but also provided a simple solution. “Ivy league credentials don’t give you any insight on “grading” a rappers body of work…when you’ve had no access to the REAL culture.”
She continued: “There are SO many gifted writers who truly understand. Who didn’t get hip to R&B & Hip-Hop via the crossover artist of their childhood. Just hire them please ,so you can stop insulting peeps knowledge.”
Solange is gearing up to release her third album ‘True,’ the first single dropped was “Losing You.” The EP is scheduled for retail on January 8th, 2013.