J. Cole Talks Colorism In Hip Hop
It’s very clear that colorism has become intertwined into Hip Hop over time. I mean as of late almost every Hip Hop artist is speaking on some “Red-bone”/”Yellow Mustered Chick” in their tracks. But is it now impacting the Men of Hip Hop as well. In a recent interview with BET’s Clay Cane, Cole speaks on the impact of colorism and how he often wonders and question the fact that if he was of darker complexion would he be as successful.
“I can’t say it for sure but I just think we’re still in America. We’re still Black Americans. Those mental chains are still in us. That brainwashing that tells us that light skin is better, it’s subconsciously in us, whether we know it or not… still pursuing light skin women. There are some women out there that are like, ‘I don’t even like light skin men’ and that’s fine. But Barack Obama would not be President if he were dark skin. You know what I mean? That’s just the truth. I might not be as successful as I am now if I was dark skin. I’m not saying that for sure, I’m still as talented as I am and Obama is still as smart as he is, but it’s just a sad truth… I don’t even know if this is going to translate well into text and people not hearing what I’m saying, but it’s a sad reality. So I can only naturally assume it’s probably easier for a light skin male rapper than it might be for a dark skin male rapper. It’s all subconscious s***, nobody’s aware — I think that s*** still subconsciously affects us.”