Jesse Jackson, KRS-One, Q-Tip, Estelle, ?uestlove, P. J. O’Rourke, Jaron Lanier, and 14 other rappers, poets, academics and pundits came together in London on 26 June to debate the motion, ‘Hip-Hop on Trial: Hip-Hop Doesn’t Enhance Society, It Degrades it’, chaired by the BBC’s Emily Maitlis, and moderated online by Jemima Khan.
Presented by Intelligence Squared and Google+, it was the third in their new joint debate series, Versus. The first ever global debate on hip-hop saw fierce arguments put forward by speakers who were live on stage, and also beamed into the event via Google+ Hangouts, a live multi-person platform.
The term “underappreciated” is overused by many a Hip Hop head to describe the phenomena of ones favorite emcee never attaining the commercial success they believe said spitter should have. But in the case of Masta Ace, underappreciated is an understatement in describing the man who has managed to make “Beautiful” music in three distinctly different Hip Hop eras and inarguably influenced the best-selling rapper of the 21st century.
Read the full interview here.