“There is certainly a formula for rap songs in 2013. For unsigned artists, it is to create a song that gains enough regional/meme popularity that bigger, semi-irrelevant rappers will want to hop on the remix. For signed artists, you simply create the framework for a song and then hit the Dial-A-Rapper hotline. From there, you wait your turn until the next available rap artist answers your call. You don’t get to choose them. They are interchangeable, and any combination/permutation of them on your song will guarantee radio plays and blog streams.”—http://noisey.vice.com/blog/we-got-ahold-of-will-smiths-new-kanye-produced-album
Back when every black man who could afford to do so wore a suit and tie everywhere, when black men were largely heads of two-parent households and were deferent to the point of embarrassment to authority and the established power structure, they were STILL being lynched, shot, wrongly accused, imprisoned, denied access to public services, segregated and treated like shit.
This was an era characterized by church bombings, the outright assassination of key black leaders and the jailing of children.