Fast Food and the Johnny Carson of Hip-Hop


With the number of times that people have said that hip-hop has died and come back to life, if it was a pet it would be a cat named Jesus. I am not trying to be the aficionado of what is or is not hip-hop but to quote a great movie Thank You For Smoking “…you don’t have to be right to prove someone else wrong…”.

Try to figure out what the following adjetive Webster’s Dictionary is referring to:

“designed for ready availability, use, or consumption and with little consideration given to quality or significance”

Mr. Trebek what is Hip-Hop? No sorry the correct answer is fast food…fast food. When I was younger I used to beg my mom to go to Wendy’s and she would never take me. One because she didn’t want to waste her money when we had good food already at home but every now and then out of convenience or just to satisfy a quick hunger she would take me. Fast food was never intended to be apart of a person’s every day diet because you know its not really good for you, yet here we are today consuming and less and less people know how to cook for themselves. Oh how this story is starting to sound familiar.

I always found it funny how someone could sue a fast-food place saying eating there everyday made them fat and its somehow there fault. Like how the hell did you not know that eating a cheeseburger everyday for breakfast, lunch and dinner isn’t going to give you abs? But with every generation those with the power of influence dilutes the community at large to forget what really sustains them and to rely on them solely. These fast food places are master influencers, advertising collectively targeting communities with the greatest buying power to consume their product readily. Everything from the menu down to which corner they will build on has been painstakingly thought out and planned. Their goal being able to create a daily demand for a meal only meant to be consumed sparingly. However when this is promoted, advertised with the intention to influence and change your behavior its not as simple as them washing their hands and saying well you don’t have to eat here. I am sorry, you cannot reap the benefits of your manipulated consumption yet take zero credit for the consequences.

As you can probably tell with my analogies where I am going with this artilce, the music industry today is no different than fast food joints especially when it comes to hip-hop. The same way consumer advocates protest fast food and tries to hold accountable the industry for not properly informing consumers what they are consuming, in music there are artists and platforms in the world of hip-hop trying acting as our consumer advocates.