June is Black Music Month, a time when some honor soul, funk, R&B, hip-hop, jazz and any other genre that is influenced by black folks. But when it comes to the arts, and specifically music, can one race really be associated with a certain genre?
While many would consider hip-hop and R&B to be distinctively “black” music, its largest consumers are white. Conversely, some think of rock and roll as “white” music despite its foundations being very much rooted in black culture.
Like with a lot of things in life, people look to categorize things in order to make sense of it, but should music fall into this narrow trap?
Recently, a video by OTHER, Pharrell Williams’ YouTube network, challenged this idea. In the video, the host took to the streets of Brooklyn to figure out is music actually had a color by asking people to share their musical tastes and to define what makes music black or white. What he found was interesting.
Check it out and tell us what you think!
Is there really such a thing as “black” or “white” music? You tell us!