Gladys Knight has hopped on the hip hop bashing bandwagon and said hip hop sets black people back.
When Gladys Knight was asked how hip-hop has changed the nature of black music she responded:
Well, it’s been good as far as giving young artists an opportunity to get out there. But, it’s been bad, in my opinion, as far as the quality of the music and the stories that they tell. It’s one thing to be raw about your history, but they took it to another level and it became vulgar. It has not elevated our industry musically, and it definitely has not elevated us as African-Americans because we show disrespect for our partners, men and women. I believe we have lowered our self-esteem with these performances and presentations.
We hate how people classify all artists of hip hop together. What about the artists that are doing positive things and being creative and innovative forces in the hip hop world? Just a thought.