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Are black people inherently musical?

If there’s one thing black people love to do, other than eat fried chicken, it’s to lash out at stereotypes. When someone like a Don Imus suggests that all black female basketball players are nappy headed hoes, black people get pissed. And rightfully so, of course. Not only do such negative stereotypes sting on an emotional level, but they also help to perpetuate the idea of white supremacy.

But at the same time, of course it goes both ways; black people can’t stand negative stereotypes, but we’re willing to look the other way when stereotypes paint us in a more favorable light. For example, I’m not sure if the thing about the black man’s unit has ever been proven (though it was recently proven that Indian men have tiny johnsons), but you’d be hard pressed to find a black man who’d object to that one. I know I’m not in any rush to. Nullus.

There’s a similar situation when it comes to black people and music – the idea being that black people may not be the sharpest pencils in the box, but they do seem to be inherently rhythmic. As is the case with all stereotypes, there probably is a certain degree of truth to this: if black people aren’t genuinely better at music than white people, we probably are more adept at styles of music with strong rhythmic qualities, which are generally based on African forms of music anyway.

One thing I do find pretty questionable though is this idea that just because a person is black, it means they have impeccable taste in music. As I’ve mentioned before on this site, the only thing worse than a black man’s taste in black music is a black man’s taste in white music. The TIs at the major labels would beg to differ though. On the contrary, they seem to believe that any music that comes from the black communiy, especially the shittier parts of it, must contain elements of genius.

Take for example the mixtape scene. Obviously the idea here is that the kind of people who buy their music from Africans in subway stations have superior taste in music and are thus more apt to spot the next big thing. Never mind if it’s always some bullshit like “Chicken Noodle Soup.” It’s almost as if the TIs are using their own backwards ideas about black people to justify not investing as much in artist development for hip-hop acts…

But maybe I’m just being paranoid. What do you d-bags think?

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