There’s Nothing to Explain: On Blackness and Music

Edited by Joelle Robinson

Some days ago, Ben Shapiro said that rap is not music. I was going to begin by enumerating the ways that Shapiro is wrong. I was going to introduce him to the wonderful art of sampling; to acts like the Roots, who’ve placed live instrumentation at the heart of their hip hop; to hip hop artists like Erykah Badu, Tyler the Creator, J. Cole, Drake…