A lot is said about hip-hop‘s “positive“ movement. But how much of that “movement“ can you find in hip-hop? Was it ever really what “they“ said?

You can say the “good-hearted “ and “misfortunate“ have lived a life that is positive. A hip-hop life through and through. Such as the b-boys, the DJs who do scratching and juggling, and the misfit graffiti artists tagging up the trains in the dead of night.

But are these the misfortunate? Because they aren’t “black” and are afraid to take center stage? Because they are not allowed to?

Social pressure can be the all and end-all of any person’s life. Like Mobb Deep rapped about on their debut album track “Peer Pressure”. Which demonstrates that social norms and social dysfunctions are color blind. Because those little midget rappers are definitely what you would consider black.

Prodigy was definitely what they call a “yellow bone“, and Havoc looks like a Nigerian for better lack of words. In the black community “yellow bones“ are both admired and envied. So they are pretty popular, to say the least. And for Havoc, at least he’s black, and as 2Pac said “the darker the berry, the sweeter the juice”.

So why exactly are all the b-boys and the graffiti artists, Latino or white boys? Often, you will find Asians such as Filipinos in fact. The world-famous 90s DJs called the Invisibl Skratch Piklz were a mostly Filipino American turntablist ensemble. With a German/Mexican thrown in for good measure in the form of Mix Master Mike.

Mix Master Mike went on to DJ for the Beastie Boys, another light-skinned hip-hop anomaly. So why is it that the Beastie Boys and Eminem are the only white rappers of significance? Is hip-hop prejudiced towards a certain skin tone spectrum? Just ask Fat Joe he will know the answer and he’ll probably tell you to because he’s a jovial overweight truth-telling rapper from the ’90s.

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