Interested in the whole debate over cultural appropriation in music? Then read this.

Interested in the whole debate over cultural appropriation in music? Then read this.
Should we listen to music against a dead artist’s wishes? Keep reading and feel free to fight it out. How should we engage objectionable lyrics? Nothing is being invented other than superficial juxtaposition. This article on cultural Marxism certainly provides some thought-starters on the subject. Or should there be rules regarding respect and exclusivity? Published on the Fourth of July, Richards’ piece addresses “The 5 Hardest Questions in Pop Music.”The questions are: Is culture appropriation ever okay? Are people no longer allowed to absorb influences from other cultures when making music? They finally decided not to: “A band of white indie rockers performing the songs of a black R & B singer? Can we separate the art from the artist? Can today’s artists still sell out? If someone has ever made an argument more antithetical to the spirit of rock ‘n’ roll, I haven’t heard it. On the flip side, when the Talking Heads echo African pop rhythms, or the Wu-Tang Clan channels the spiritually of Kung-Fu cinema, or Beyonce writes a country song, it feels more like making. No way. It would be seen as cultural appropriation.” Richards writes, “As badly as I wanted to hear their covers they were right.”
Richards argues that cultural appropriation is wrong and should be avoided when it feels like “taking” instead of “making.” “When Justin Timberlake beatboxes, or Taylor Swift raps, or Miley Cyrus twerks to a trap beat,” he observes, “it feels like taking. Richards describes a band that so loved a record by an r & b artist that they wanted to cover it. The whole notion of cultural appropriation in music can make your brain explode. In the section on cultural appropriation, Richards makes the argument that musicians should self-censor themselves in deference to prevailing political orthodoxies. Washington Post music critic Chris Richards has written a shameful essay. The borrowed elements become an essential, integrated part of a new, previously unheard thing.”
He adds: “We think we know this difference when we hear it, but sometimes we don’t—so there are more questions to ask, and many of them point toward an imbalance of power.”
In other words, pop music should submit itself to the tendentious social engineering of the social justice left.