Adam22 known for his platform “No Jumper” recently joked around with his white counterparts about being the “slave owner of hip-hop” this comes after several allegations of pedophilia has come to light. In addition to allegations of sexual intercourse with underage girls by his peers. He is now in hot water for joking about being a “Slave owner in hip-hop”.
The history of Hip-hop alone consists of Black people taking power in their own hands and giving each other the outlet to tell their stories through art. Before hip-hop was the most popular genre, before white suburban kids flocked to festivals and concerts to see their favorite rapper, society did not accept hip-hop. Hip-hop was looked down upon, it was considered violent and rebellious by society. Much like the people who fought to make sure their voices were heard, Hip-hop eventually bloomed into what we know today “the most popular genre in music.”
Many Black voices paved the way for the generations to come, so for a white man whose platform has zero integrity and benefits off violence towards young Black boys and Men, it is not only insensitive but no surprise that Adam22 would think a joke about being a slave owner is funny. In an interview with Joe Budden last year, he defended his platform and took no accountability for promoting rap beefs that end in violence. While controversy and insensitivity continue to be on brand for the platform, the real question is where does the hip-hop community draw the line at allowing just anyone in?