In response to a CL music writer’s criticism of hip-hop’s hero Lupe Fiasco, I left this comment. I’ve cleaned it up a little to reflect my meaning more clearly and to improve the grammar. CL doesn’t allow for the chance to edit comments
For more context, read Brandon Soderberg’s response to video to Bitch Bad, railing it’s incorrect use of euphemisms and alleged lack of substantial political discourse.
It’s art, yes, but it’s also a political statement. Defending art criticism doesn’t explain how one can deny the political impact Lupe hopes to have by simply comparing an artistic audience with a political one. Apples to oranges.
Although his political audience doesn’t seem to have the same opinions about the video as the song, I don’t like how you attack the artist for expressing his sincere sentiment that is well suited for the hip hop radio platform, the main stage of where his political discourse takes place. He’s also pioneering a vision of hip hop for the mainstream, which is hardly reserved for a rapper with a political agenda. His political efficacy is really measured by the nature of his authority, and if it is your claim to debase the evidence that warrants the support for his art just so you can cross ‘criticism of a political hip hop artist’ off your list makes you a selfish critic.
I think that since Lupe’s song belongs both hip hop and equal rights blogs, criticisms are inevitably going to be tossed his way without consideration to the larger impact he could make in either of those domains. He is one person and he is able to say so much with so little – and that is not just my personal opinion – hence the name of the song.