Esteemed filmmaker Spike Lee came under fire recently for being outspoken about the gentrification currently taking place in Brooklyn, New York. One of Lee’s complaints is that the new neighbors in these revamped cities and neighborhoods don’t have any respect for the culture and history of the cities they are now flocking to (x).
For many people, Brooklyn is synonymous with hip hop culture. Brooklyn has given birth to some of largest names in rap music such as Jay Z, Notorious B.I.G., Mos Def, and multiple others. However, much like the city it became popular in, rap has taken a cultural shift within the past few years, largely due to the many white hip hop artist that have become popular.
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