Jill Scott on Protests: ‘The Angst and Heartbreak Will Reach the Music’

Jill Scott on Protests: ‘The Angst and Heartbreak Will Reach the Music’

Singer believes lyrical consciousness in hop hop is not dead.

Published December 5, 2014

With most of the country's cities in the throes of protests following the non-indictments of police officers involved with New York’s Eric Garner’s homicide case and Mike Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, singer Jill Scott believes the next major movement could come from music.

“I can’t imagine the angst, frustration and heartbreak can’t or won’t reach the music. It typically does, at least for me,” Scott told BET.com. And for critics who blast hip hop’s lack of consciousness, the "Blessed" singer says you shouldn’t believe that hype either. “Just remember that what originated, what created hip hop is not dead," she says. "It’s just on a different part of the sphere. It will come back around again because it has to. It’s the nature of the music."

In terms of which artists could lead the charge, Scott name checked some of her personal favorites in the rap game. “As far as hip hop goes, we thought conscious thinkers had melted away, but then we have Kendrick Lamar, who is clearly thinking, and J. Cole amongst many others," Scott says. “Cream always rises.”

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Written by Ronke Idowu Reeves

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