Fifteen years after Tupac Shakur’s death, “we’ve seen the industry manufacture a new type of rapper,” says Dr. Brian Sims, assistant professor of psychology. Meek Mills, Rick Ross, DMX and others are trying to embrace both of the opposing ideologies of assimilation and nationalism while invoking the names of Tupac, Malcolm X, Huey Newton and other historic leaders. And Sims is calling them out. Who better to do it: Among the courses he teaches is Psychology 510: Psychological Perspectives in Hip Hop. Click here to read his incendiary commentary on the HipHopDX website. It’s stirring up reactions (190 comments as of this morning).
“Shamelessly claiming to represent what Tupac represented may seem ignorant and reckless; but in fact it is strategic. When people like Tupac Shakur die, the system that they fought always swallows-up that fight, and then, over time, convinces those of us who weren’t there to see it first-hand that there was no fight in the first place. The resistance value of authentic Black thought is thus ultimately sanitized and reduced to a mere spoke in the American wheel of imperialism.”