The Roots is an African American hip hop band that put out an album called Things Fall Apart in 1999. The music on the album addresses social issues faced by black Americans. Here are some of the lyrics that stuck out to me– Definitely an echo of how Achebe wrote to reclaim his heritage and culture through music.
We don’t even come to see our own, man.
It makes no sense, it incenses me that our own people
Don’t realize our own heritage, our own culture.
This is our music.
Inevitably, hip-hop records are treated as though they are disposable. They are not maximized as product, not to mention as art.