“You’ve always been outspoken, musically.”
“It’s created a lot of bad reviews during my life.”
Jazz trumpeter Wynton Marsalis replying in a 2008 interview
I was working on background for my Goodnight music blog to be posted this Friday night when I came across some quotes from Marsalis. They were made during an interview last May for a podcast in the Washington Post where Marsalis discussed hip-hop.
“My words are not that powerful. I started saying in 1985 I don’t think we should have a music talking about niggers and bitches and hoes. It had no impact. I’ve said it. I’ve repeated it. I still repeat it. To me that’s more damaging than a statue of Robert E. Lee.
“You can’t have a pipeline of filth be your default position and not have it take a toll on society. It’s just like the toll the minstrel show took on black folks and on white folks. Now, all this ‘nigger this,’ ‘bitch that,’ ‘ho that,’ that’s just a fact at this point. For me, it was not a default position in the ’80s. Now that it is the default position, how you like me now? You like what it’s yielding? Something is wrong with you; you need your head examined if you like this.”