Alternative headline: Fox News’ selfie-obsessed crazy leftwing uncle in the attic actually says something true:
“Hip-hop has done more damage to black and brown people than racism in the last 10 years,” [Rivera tells the Huffington Post]:
When you find a youngster — a Puerto Rican from the South Bronx or a black kid from Harlem who has succeeded in life other than being the one-tenth of one-tenth of one percent that make it in the music business — that’s been a success in life walking around with his pants around his ass and with visible tattoos.
He continued, taking hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons to task:
I love Russell Simmons, he’s a dear friend of mine. I admire his business acumen. At some point, those guys have to cop to the fact that by encouraging this distinctive culture that is removed from the mainstream, they have encouraged people to be so different from the mainstream that they can’t participate other than, you know, the racks in the garment center and those entry-level jobs.
“I lament it. I really do. I think that it has been very destructive culturally,” Rivera finished.
Not to mention rather outdated — the Last Poets invented the genre in the late 1960s, which was nearly a half century ago, the equivalent today of listening to 1920s crooner Rudy Vallée in 1969.