Arsenio Hall Says Hip Hop Is About Good Music, Not Race

Arsenio Hall calls criticism of white artists in Hip Hop "reverse discrimination," says people are no longer concerned with an artist's race.

Late night talk show host Arsenio Hall shared his thoughts on race and Hip Hop in a newly-released interview with Vlad TV. The actor/television personality spoke on the matter when asked what his thoughts on white rappers today and white rappers of the past are.

While responding to the question, Arsenio recalled listening to Machine Gun Kelly and not becoming aware of the Cleveland, Ohio emcee’s race until days after listening to him. He also shared his belief that color isn’t important in Hip Hop and praised Eminem for backing that theory.

“I was listening to a kid from Cleveland the other day, Machine Gun Kelly…I don’t think I knew he was white,” Arsenio said. “I don’t think it’s important. I think it’s about good music. Eventually if you get a CD or if you’re on the internet [and] look at Spotify you might see a picture in the bottom left and you learn that somebody’s white. I don’t think being a poet—I don’t think color is important. And I hope that in a reverse sense Eminem has kinda just crushed all the bull. Because if you can do this you can do this.”

Towards the latter half of his interview with Vlad TV, Arsenio stated that we’re in a place now where he feels that people are no longer “tripping over the color of an artist.”

“I think where we are now is good because aren’t we really about good music,” he said. “Is there anyone who would say ‘That’s a white girl and I’m not fuckin with it. Or that’s a white boy. I don’t want—.” I hope we’re way past that. Plus, you’d be dealing with reverse discrimination. And there’s nobody more forgiving than black people in America. So, I don’t think anybody’s tripping over the color of an artist. Not in the back community.”

Arsenio’s comments come months after Brand Nubian rapper Lord Jamar proclaimed that white artists are guests in Hip Hop.

“Okay, white rappers, you’re coming to this almost as a guest,” Jamar said during an interview with Vlad TV in September. “Okay, matter of fact you are guests in the house of Hip Hop. Just because you have a hit record doesn’t give you the right as I feel to voice your opinion.”


  • Anthony

    Lolthis crap nowadays is not hip hop. I find it funny how people comment on hip hop & not even know what it is. Hip hop has 4 elements to it. Emcee, Dj, b-boying & graffiti. Hip hop is the culture & rapping is just 1 aspect of it, but not the totality of it.

  • Anonymous

    Arsenio Hall has aids.

  • WHO

    azresnio, Please tell Forbes to stop discriminating against blacks by saying Iggy runs hip hop. I wonder why the people this blogg is afraid to post that Igggy Forbes story. Yall already know

  • dentaldamboy

    The only people who think the world revolves around race are uneducated, crack-addicted welfare recipients. This also happens to be the profile of the typical Jay-Z / DMX / Pusha T fan. Meanwhile, YMCMB has the most educated fan base. All of our fans believe in a post-racial world. That's why we appeal to a broader base of fans and have the rap game by the clit.

  • JhonDaAnalyst

    I agree with him. As a matter of fact, in all forms of entertainment it applies. If you can act, you can act. All types of shit. Bill Burr is my favorite comedian and he's a white man, but I related more to his material than any black comedian right now. R.I.P. Patrice O'Neal

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    white people killed hip hop

  • Anonymous

    Real talk from arsenio here

  • Anonymous

    And here comes Lord Jamar's response in 3...2...1...

  • Anonymous

    he looks mad old . I wont read it!

  • Anonymous

    Lol this guy is like the ultimate House Negro

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