Legendary entertainer Gladys Knight says Hip Hop has become “vulgar” and non elevating. “It’s been bad, in my opinion, as far as the quality of the music and the stories that they tell. It’s one thing to be raw about your history, but they took it to another level and it became vulgar,” Knight told Black News while promoting Tyler Perry’s “I Can Do Bad All By Myself” recently. According to Knight, who is known widely for classic songs like “If I Were Your Woman” and “Neither One of Us,” today’s music is no longer about elevating the community as it might have been yesteryear. Instead, Knight says performers are lowering self-esteem with their performances. “It definitely has not elevated us as African-Americans, because we show disrespect for our partners, men and women. I believe we have lowered our self-esteem with these performances and presentations.” Knight appears as Wilma in Tyler Perry’s Box Office topping hit ‘I Can Do Bad All By Myself’. Is Gladys Knight right about Hip Hop and does this apply to R&B too ?
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