Grammy winning jazz great Trumpeter Wynton Marsalis revealed in a recent interview that he doesn’t agree with sentiments in rap music and how it is more damaging to the African-American community than confederate leader’s statues.
In a recent interview with journalist Jonathan Capehart on his Cape Up podcast, Marsalis explains that the vulgarity in rap is unnecessary.
“My words are not that powerful. I started saying in 1985 I don’t think we should have a music talking about ni**ers and b*tches and h*es. It had no impact. I’ve said it. I’ve repeated it. I still repeat it. To me that’s more damaging than a statue of Robert E. Lee.”
Marsalis helped New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu in removing a statue of the Confederate army commander, but feels as though hip hop is not doing its part.
“I feel that that’s much more of a racial issue than taking Robert E. Lee’s statue down,” he said. “There’s more ni**ers in that than there is in Robert E. Lee’s statue.”
He continued, “It’s just like the toll the minstrel show took on black folks and on white folks. Now, all this ‘ni**er this,’ ‘b*tch that,’ ‘h* that,’ that’s just a fact at this point.
When asked about Kanye West rant about race, politics, and slavery, Marsalis does not take Kanye too seriously.
“I would not give seriousness to what he said, in that way. Okay? This guy is making products. It’s not like Martin Luther King said it, a person who knows or is conscious of a certain thing. … [H]e’s entitled to whatever it is he wants to say. The quality of his thought is in the products he makes.”