Michael Rapaport, who directed Beats, Rhymes & Life: The Travels of a Tribe Called Quest, recently spoke about his concerns regarding Hip Hop.
“I get concerned that what happened to Jazz music will happen to Hip Hop, where the only person you know about is Kenny G,” Rapaport says in an interview with Complex.
“It’s just garbage,” Rapaport continues. “This is Hip Hop. It’s not Techno. It’s not Electro. It’s gotta…You have to keep that boom-bap spirit. It has to be there. There has to be a balance between growth and keeping it grounded. I don’t know. It’s challenging. I always feel like I wish I could rhyme. I could be like the emcee coach. Hip Hop Phil Jackson. I would be like, ‘Yo, that shit is wack. Don’t do that.'”
Rapaport is promoting When The Garden was Eden, a documentary about the New York Knicks team of the 1970s. The film is part of ESPN’s 30 For 30 series.