Back in the day I listened to hip hop and there was a spirit of street resistance along with a image of the urban ghettos hidden from mainstream America.
Then Ice-T makes a crossover metal/rap song called "cop killer" and the world about ended-Warner Brothers even got a bomb in the mail from a cop. Find the book "The Ice Opinion".
According to this article, a few months before the flap and the riots there was a meeting of entertainment industry top dogs with some shady unknown characters and they were told to push strictly the criminality and raw sex instead of the proto-revolutionary anger or positive, fun hip hop like A Tribe Called Quest.
Ice-T was shut up and his career fell down a flight of stairs.
Tupac started making it big as a thug rapper then turned political and then turned up dead. Right after, Puffy and Jay-Z took over and rap was firmly a cultural weapon to be used against the black community and anyone else listening. I tuned out pretty much afterward as well.
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