Chuck D Says Artists Like Kanye West Have Turned Hip-Hop Into a Disgrace

He laments the lack of hip-hop groups and the rise of solo artists.

By Jonathan Hailey

Public Enemy frontman Chuck D has often shared his ire and disappointment with hip-hop trends.

In his latest critique against the the latest chart-topping artists, Chuck sets his sights on self-aggrandizing artists like Kanye West. In an interview with Billboard, the “Fight the Power” lyricist said artists like Kanye have turned hip-hop into a disgrace.

When comparing rock and hip-hop in terms of groups and bands, Chuck said, “The group was the only thing that made hip-hop even competitive to the rock world in the first place. But the minute that you started taking the DNA of the thing that worked, it’s the guy and the mic — the guy is Kanye and just Kanye and nothing else — it started shooting down hip-hop as being a legitimate genre and being more of a spectacle.

“I think it was a disgrace that individual came into the talk of the genre. So the whole thing of ‘Me, me, I, I’ has really brought it down to the point where people feel they have no power ’cause they’re not connected. Hard to bring it up as an individual — that’s why collectives work.”

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