Cancel Culture has become quite a phenomenon throughout the years. After #MeToo and the cancellation of many key figures such as Louis C.K. & Bill Cosby, it has even reached rappers.
While the likes of many public intellectuals such as Steven Pinker, Malcolm Gladwell and even the former president of the United States, Donald Trump, have publicly spoken against cancel culture, the rap community has had a different approach.
People are highly conflicted on the idea whether the art can be separated from the artist, especially when it comes to artists like R. Kelly and the rap’s own self-proclaimed villain, Tekashi 6ix9ine. In an interview with Fox Soul, Bow Wow expressed that there’s an art to separating the art from the artist, and that he is capable of knowing the difference.
How I would view him as an artist, he’s almost like a rockstar. When I look at him as the artist, right? What he does in his personal life is what he does in his personal life but when I look at Tekashi 6ix9ine, I look at the artist.
The rapper explained that he doesn’t feel it is right to “hop on waves” when it comes to mass cancelling someone. His rationale is that while the artists are exposed, their art isn’t necessarily tainted by the the actions they’ve made. The rapper continued:
We know the story, we see what it is. That’s what it is. Cool. But, that’s not my business, but, you know, the music is something separate. We all don’t agree with what happened to R. Kelly but do I still listen to his music at times? The artist? Yes, I do. It’s great music.
Checkout the clip below and let us know what you think about cancel culture. Can we separate the art from the artist as Bow Wow does it?