In a recent New Yorker profile on Lord Jamar, Jamar declares war with modern rap. In the profile, the former Brand Nubian member attacks the likes of Kanye West, Drake, and Action Bronson, arguing that rap is losing sight of its own black culture. According to Jamar, “[rap] started with the alpha males. And now it’s being given to the beta males to try to flex their shit.”
In the final paragraph, the profile shows Jamar’s response to Le1f’s performance on David Letterman, tweeting, ““THIS IS JUST THE BEGINNING!”
Today, Le1f became the first rapper in Jamar’s cross hairs to respond publicly to the profile.
“dear Lord Jamar,
Choose your battles. If the whitening of rap is a concern to you, please leave my name out of it. If you think being gay is the same as being white, you are as ignorant as your enemies. I’m darker than you. I’m african. I’m a black man and I experience all the same racism you do, if not more, on top of homophobia, including from black men just like you. Are you proud of being a hateful member of a majority? Rap started out as a creative response to oppression, and no matter my outfit, I know oppressions you will never understand.