Music has long been a part of what being Black means on a molecular level. Rhythms are part of our blood. Lyrics reveal our spirits. From the drum beats of our ancestors to the searing riffs of Jimi Hendrix, music is and always has been Black.
Many Black music legends have been rewritten as contributors to “white” music genres. The reality is that the majority of the music enjoyed by the world around exists because of its origins in negro spirituals.
The family tree of modern music as we know it branches out from Africa. There are few genres that Black people haven’t influenced. Even when whiteness wants the world to believe it's responsible for creating anything worth paying attention to, we must remember our truth. We made the music people love today.