Lizzo gets candid about pop music’s stigma: ‘The genre is inherently racist’

Lizzo recently opened up about the stigma of pop music explaining the difference between pop music and race music and how the latter was used to segregate black artists.

“The genre is inherently racist,” the Grammy and Emmy-winning artist told Weekly entertainment. “I think if people did some research, they would see that there was race music and then there was pop music. And race music was their way of separating black artists from being mainstream because they didn’t want their kids listened to music made by black and brown people because they said it was demonic and yada, yada, yada.ā€

She went on to explain that genres were created almost like code words, for example with R&B, which eventually led to the birth of hip-hop and rap.

“I think when you think about pop, you think about MTV in the ’80s talking about ‘We can’t play rap music’ or ‘We can’t put this person on our platform because we think about what people think in the middle of America’ ā€” and we all know what that stands for,” Lizzo continued.

Now that pop is a “well-oiled” machine, she pointed out that it’s important to remember that it has a “racist origin.” As music has evolved, Lizzo said she thinks it’s “so cool” that hip-hop and rap artists have made their way into the pop music sphere. “Rap runs the game,” she added.

In the same conversation, the artist touched on the backlash she’s faced about people who think she and her music aren’t black enough, explaining that she thinks people just have to get used to her.

“I think anything that’s new, people will criticize and feel like it’s not for them,” Lizzo said. “But once you get used to something, maybe it’s for you. So for people who don’t like pop music or don’t like black artists making pop music, they end up liking me.” She added: “You just have to get used to me because I make good sā€”. You’re missing out.”

This article originally appeared on The Hollywood Reporter.

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