Every Hip Hop Honors is full of amazing performances, fierce fashion and viral moments we talk about for years to come. But every once in a while, someone creates a moment that reminds us we have a responsibility to something greater than ourselves. This year, that person is Pharrell Williams.
The Grammy Award-winning musician was on his “Jon Snow sh*t” at tonight’s show and took a moment to issue a much needed wake up call about our current social climate. With minorities, immigrants and women under attack by the Trump administration, P is urging hip hop fans of every creed and color to do their part to eradicate injustice once and for all. “If you look like I look, then you know how we got here. But we’re here and we’re not leaving, so what are we gonna do.”
Taking it a step further, Pharrell so eloquently puts we all have a responsibility to speak up cause no one is immune to discrimination. Its important for everyone (not just those affected) to pitch in and fight against racism, xenophobia, transphobia, etc. “For everybody else in this country…don’t think because they’re coming at the African-Americans and the Jewish community and the Hispanics that it can’t be you too just because you look like them,” he warns. “You should understand ’they’ can change their minds and it might not be about Black, white, big, skinny or small. It could be about facial features. It might be about hair color. Don’t act like they didn’t do that before.”
If you hear nothing else from the Hip Hop Honors: The 90’s Game Changers, please pull up a chair and listen closely to Pharrell’s passionate message and understand that it requires all, not some, to turn the tide in his country for the better.