Wednesday, September 20, 2017
TKC CULTURE WAR FACT CHECK: TOP FIVE WAYS KANSAS CITY STAR WAS COMPLETELY WRONG ABOUT HIP-HOP AND 'UNWELCOME' BLACK MILLENNIALS IN WESTPORT!!!
On Sunday The Kansas City Star showed it's true colors as a tabloid blog in print by running a screed based mostly on their myopic worldview with very little understanding about the community outside their offices.
To wit . . .
CHECK THIS EXCLUSIVE TKC FACT CHECK REVEALING KANSAS CITY STAR MISTAKES IN REPORTING HIP-HOP AND WESTPORT CLUB LIFE DIVERSITY!!!
And before we get started, the worst thing about all of this is that so-called "progressives" working at the newspaper were so quick to classify people by race when we're really talking about musical cultures in Kansas City.
So let's get started . . .
1. The Vast Majority Of Kansas City Hip-Hop Fans Are White
The basic premise of this Kansas City Star story was incorrect inasmuch as it took at legit complaint about music and turned it onto a social justice crusade.
This needs to be noted for the record:
HIP-HOP PARTY SOUNDTRACKS ARE NOT A CIVIL RIGHTS ISSUE!!!
Furthermore, what's laughable is that the Star offers an archaic "race music" conception of hip-hop as "black music" when, in fact, it's a global industry worth billions appealing to people across the world.
Moreover . . . In Kansas City, the 2nd most successful rapper is a white guy who is sponsored by global brand names.
In Asia, Europe and throughout the globe . . . Hip-hop has been commandeered, remixed and adopted as a musical style of young people from a myriad of cultures . . .
Kansas City is mostly comprised of white people, ergo, and given local rap music concert turnout, most hip-hop fans are younger white people.
Visual proof of this truism . . .
Take a look at the crowd gathered to welcome Tech N9ne, Kansas City's foremost hip-hop artist, at the opening of "The Truman" in the Crossroads.
The crowd is NEARLY ALL WHITE and eager to pay heed to the KC hip-hop kingpin.
Speaking of . . .
2. Westport Doesn't Have A Monopoly On Local Music Or Mandate To Offer Hip-Hop
Again, The Crossroads and The East Crossroads are stepping up their musical offerings with places like The Truman. Also, pop-up clubs, private parties and neighborhood venues offer PLENTY of venues for upwardly mobile African-Americans to enjoy any music of their choosing - This happens all the time with very little notice from the MSM or middle-class white people in much the same way that dead-tree media deadbeats (thankfully) stay far away from all the skeevy Chicano bars that hipsters have not yet discovered. But the idea that any party district needs to have its musical offerings dictated by a fading media organization is repugnant. There's also no middle-class African-American Hip-Hop club on the Plaza (Black Cheers???) . . . The logic of the newspaper falls apart given that very few people believe in the power of dead-tree media to influence local culture any longer.
3. Sour Grapes From A Few Struggling Kansas City DJs Is FAKE NEWS
The weakest part of the newspaper story was their sources and quotes. In the photo, that's former Chiefs running back LJ trying to launch his DJ career . . . The no-name musical hopefuls taking their complaints to the Star don't even have the skills of a FAILED part-timer like LJ who was better at dropping the ball than the beat.
4. The Musical Offerings In Westport Are, In Fact, Eclectic And Include Hip-Hop
If there's no hip-hop in Westport . . . Then how do we explain ALL THE HORRIBLE MUSIC POURING OUT OF KELLY'S??? Sure, Sir-Mix-A-Lot might not be cutting edge rap music but the guy still gets tons of play every weekend in Kansas City's worst party district.
Most importantly . . .
5. A Cop SHOT DEAD In Westport Is More Important Than The Newspaper Playing DJ
There were a great many hip-hop songs played at a party when an off-duty cop was shot dead in Westport in front of dozens with few witnesses coming forward in the aftermath. By far, the killing was the most brazen of Summer '17 but the newspaper has basically glossed over this homicide which raises far more local conflicts than hip-hop playlists.
In the final analysis, Westport is garbage like most of the people who party there . . . No matter their demographic background.
Throughout most of the modern era, Westport has been a place for date rapists, fake tough guys, desperately divorced and/or chubby white broads and old dudes looking to flaunt their fading family fortunes to the kind of silly women who are impressed by Italian cars.
Now, a spate of greedy developers want to re-brand the district with luxury condos and destroy its historic architecture in the process.
Fact is, burning Westport to the ground still wouldn't dissuade the persistent club rats and all manner of hangers-on from clinging to their Kansas City glory days in this entertainment district that isn't defined by music but instead is accurately characterized by the sickening stench of so many big fish in such a small pond which now includes the sinking fortunes of the Kansas City Star and their disgusting attempt to play party police.
You decide . . .