Mississippi hip-hop claps back at Chris McDaniel after again dissing the culture


PyInfamous YouTube channelPyInfamous (née Jason Thompson) performs at a hip-hop show in Memphis.
Earlier this year, Grammy-award winner Kendrick Lamar became the first rapper to win a Pulitzer Prize.
In 2017, Nielsen reported that hip-hop had become the most widely listened to genre of music, representing a quarter of all music consumption.
Despite hip-hop’s emergence as the most popular music genre, the culture still gets blamed for societal problems like violence and substance abuse.
U.S. Senate candidate Chris McDaniel, a Republican from Ellisville, again brought that blame game into focus last week during an interview on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.” Eddie Glaude Jr., a Princeton professor and Mississippi native, asked what McDaniel would do for African Americans if elected given the state’s senator’s past statements about hip-hop as “morally bankrupt” and responsible for gun violence in America.
Eric J. Shelton, Mississippi TodayU.S. Senate Republican candidate Chris McDaniel speaks to media after speaking during the Neshoba County Fair in Philadelphia, Miss. Thursday, August 2, 2018.
“The story which you talked about — the hip-hop connection to violence — that was a study from Berkeley,” McDaniel told Glaude. “Berkeley’s not exactly a conservative institution, but it did link hip-hop to violence.”
The 2006 study McDaniel cited surveyed 1,056 community college students in central California. But the findings came from a Maryland-based research group with a Berkeley office called Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation not the University of California-Berkeley, as McDaniel implied, which has a reputation as a liberal institution.
The study found a relatively strong correlation between alcohol and drug consumption, aggression and listening to rap compared to other music genres, but the authors also cautioned against making broader conclusions.
“Researchers emphasize that the survey results cannot determine whether listening to certain music genres leads to alcohol or illicit drug use or aggressive behavior,” a press release about the study states. “Young people with tendencies to