Elvis was a hero to most
But he never meant shit to me you see
Straight up racist that sucker was
Simple and plain
Many African Americans feel that Elvis stole traditional black musical elements in his rise as a rock icon.
While accusations that Elvis himself was a racist have been leveled at the star the record suggests otherwise. Then there’s the Elvis song “In the Ghetto,” was about as anti-racist as pop music got in the 1960s.
In later years, Chuck would somewhat moderate his views on the King:
“As a musicologist — and I consider myself one — there was always a great deal of respect for Elvis, especially during his Sun sessions. As a black people, we all knew that,” the rapper said.
“My whole thing was the one-sidedness — like, Elvis' icon status in America made it like nobody else counted. … My heroes came from someone else. My heroes came before him. My heroes were probably his heroes. As far as Elvis being ‘The King,’ I couldn’t buy that”
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