The soul music of the slaves that the youth is missing
This is dense: Kanye is referencing the traditional of spirituals (soul music) that enslaved people sang, which were expressions of faith but could also act as veiled protest. He’s comparing youth to slaves, and is saying that they don’t have spirituals— songs of faith or protest— and that maybe they have hip hop in place of this?
Also back in the days of slavery, soul music was generally performed by fellow blacks, as they had to rely on each other and the music to get by. Nowadays hip-hop has become so mainstream that everyone has access to it. So when a song like this with an actual message gets dropped, the youth just miss the point it’s trying to make because they hear so many other club songs being put out at the same time. Which doesn’t allow hip-hop to become the soul music that the kids need to hear.
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