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The Cotton Club: Black-conscious hip-hop & mostly white fans

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  • The Cotton Club: Black-conscious hip-hop & mostly white fans

    This article's over a year old already but it's still a good read.

    The Cotton Club
    Black-conscious hip-hop deals with an overwhelmingly white live audience
    Dead Prez
    photo: courtesy of Sony Urban Music


    As the Coup (Pick a Bigger Gun), Zion-I (True and Livin'), and the Perceptionists (Black Dialogue) get set for a wave of touring to promote their new CDs this summer, the audience that will be looking back at them unmasks one of the most significant casualties of hip-hop's pop culture ascension: the shrinking Black concert audience for hardcore, political hip-hop.

    "My audience has gone from being over 95 percent Black 10 years ago to over 95 percent white today," laments Boots Riley of the Coup, whose 1994 Genocide and Juice
    Brother Ali
    photo: courtesy of Biz 3 Publicity
    It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us BackFear of a Black Planet
    the Perceptionists
    photo: Maya Hayuk
    Bakari Kitwana's book Why White Kids Love Hip Hop came out June 5.

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