J. Crum Explains How Christian Rap Fans Ignore Social Justice
In his song “Rumble,” Crum simply addresses the issue: “You want my culture but don’t want my fears.” While this can describe the larger issue with Hip-Hop in mainstream culture, Crum is also speaking to fans in Christian Rap as well.
“They want to participate in listening, they want to participate in going to shows, dress a certain way, talk a certain way. We then get into the artists where they dress, act, and are heavily influenced by pop culture. But when it comes to speaking out about the creators, the people who created this [genre], the thing that you love the most, won’t have the same love. You love what we created more than the creators of it.”
When counterarguments and opinions about social justice in Hip-Hop coming up, Crum said it’s important to look back at the roots of Hip-Hop. The whole point of the genre back then, and still now, is speaking out about oppression and police brutality.
“When I see white rappers, specifically, being quiet on this… Alright, you know what I mean?”
Back last year when quarantine was only a few months in, the public saw and addressed the atrocities because, as Crum put it, there were not as many distractions, such as sports, to vie for people’s attention. Others decided to focus on less important issues instead of acknowledging social justice.
“We all get caught up about a label of Christian or whatever, then black people still being killed by police. Why are we more passionate about [labels] than people’s lives?”