Kanye Slams 'Urban' Genre

Hip-hop star KANYE WEST was shocked to hear the Brit Awards had an Urban category, declaring no music can be generalised according to race.

The GOLD DIGGER hitmaker hates the term 'urban' - used to blanket the hip-hop and R+B categories - and believes music should be recognised as simply good or bad.

West says, "Why is there an urban category like it's different from regular mainstream? I make good music, but because I'm black it's seen as urban.

"Obviously there's different genres, but music should be compartmentalised. You either make good music or bad music.

"I'm making good black music, but it's for everyone. Like rap for example, everyone can take something from it."

The rapper praised Brit Award bosses for honouring him with the International Male Solo Artist gong, declaring, "I am the best international male. That's right."

Former talent show contestant LEMAR was named British Urban Act at the London ceremony last night (15FEB06).


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Kanye West in 'fails-to-understand-that-'urban'-is-not-a-race-shock'.
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right kanye i luuuuvvvvv ur beats and i think u ar gorgeous but at the end of the day urban pretty much means black music. i meen i am not racist and its not always black people in the urban industry but because their is a catogory called urban doesnt meen that it is because your black. like what u said bout gorge bush i am sure that he cares about all the people in his country and not jst white folk.luv ya kanye 4 evabex xxxxx
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What is Kanye's problem? Best Urban Act is fine it is simply a description of a combination of genres, hip hop, rap, garage etc it is basically the alternative category thats all. Pop and Rock have their own trophy and urban is everything else. Better that than have to sit through 6 hours of tv with the Grammy's where every little type of music has an award. His EGO is getting far too big and he needs to be taken down a peg or two!!!
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I agree with Kanye. At the end of the day all music genres are originally black included rock and indie.. If you didnt know that then it is apparent that the history of music is getting watered down,due to the west not wanting to recognise anything the blacks do in order for them to prosper on a worldwide scale.... ITS All politics..Further more what gives the right to a bunch of guys in suits naming music they dont even no about.Oh Yea what about all the black people who are involved in this music were there opinions even considered.. Well I know they werent cos none of us are happy about this terminology URBAN......
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