Dave’s performance of his song Black at the Brit awards marked the moment that grime truly gave full-throated and undeniable voice to the politics of black Britain.
“Things can only get better” worked out so well.
All music is political
“Baby do me one more time” will be the theme track for Hillary’s parachute into the Democratic primaries?
As someone whose political education began with early American hip-hop it is affirming to see the strong emergence of black political voices in British music. Artists such as Public Enemy, KRS-One and Tupac were more important to my intellectual development than any academic text.
Bopping to it as a teenie has its merits, of course. But at some point “Dis is da sound of da police” does need to be replaced by a light scanning of Marx, Mill, Kant possibly, Smith, Hayek maybe? Or not?
Kehinde Andrews is professor of black studies at Birmingham City University.
Ah, no, not.