Lupe and TalibTalib Kweli and Lupe Fiasco proved that two people can offer differing opinions to eachother on Twitter without the conversation devolving into a slew of expletives and insults. The two rappers took to Twitter to discuss their varying views on hip hop and negative lyrics.

It’s an interesting conversation to have between two rappers who have both been stamped with the “conscious” label. (For what it’s worth, I loathe the term “conscious rapper.” It’s a useless and far too restrictive label.) Talib essentially argued that the negative lyrics we hear in hip hop are symptoms of a pathology and a reflection of the communities of today. Lupe countered with his idea that hip hop today has morphed into a pathology in and of itself and that we need to go beyond just critiquing negative lyrics and actually condemn them.

Both made very astute points and brought up logical and thought-provoking arguments. Global Grind captured the entire conversation in a Storify-type post. It’s refreshing to see two grown men act like grown men and have a respectful back and forth about an important issue in a public forum.

Take a gander at the whole conversation and see their arguments. Do you agree with Talib? Lupe? Both? Neither?



Demetria Irwin is a New York City-based freelance writer/editor. Follow her on Twitter, @Love_Is_Dope.

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  • E.M.S.

    This is why I love Lupe Fiasco. He tells it how it is.

  • Kay

    I think they BOTH have valid points. Not only has consumerism destroyed hip hop and caused our youth to be led, instead of leading the charge in creative arts, it has disseminated so many harmful messages to our own detriment. People are completely ignorant to the ways in which their choice to heed these powerful messages can have an effect on those around them. At the same time, there are people that benefit from this and have the power and money to make sure that the conditions that breed poverty and ignorance are reinforced. These are the people who say, may own a record company but own shares in a television network that may portray people of color in a negative way. The same people have of course the power to lobby politicians to get legislation that helps their bottom line. In the end, it’s not only personal responsibility, and the environment itself, but the people who control, monitor and manipulate that environment as well