Hip-hop, art, and culture is taking its unfair share of blows lately. Over the past 3 weeks, the world mourns Young Dolph, Virgil Abloh and now Greg Tate. Greg Tate is a rap critic pioneer who for years made an impeccable influence on the subject of hip-hop. Not to exclude his contributions to the culture of Black excellence.
Fans mourn the hip-hop genius, reflecting his impact on the evolution of rap. He is the first person make hip-hop a journal worthy subject. Merging journalism and critical expertise, he certainly shakes up the world of black literature and entertainment.
Who Is Greg Tate?
Tate is a well-known African American journalist who is a pillar to the African American culture of Hip-Hip, art and literature community, Born October 15, 1957, makes him a true Libra. Libras are seekers of knowledge, which explains Tate’s grandeur of brilliance. As a staff writer for Village Voice in New York City, Tate uses his gift to help Hip-Hip take flight.
During a time when Hip-Hip was new and mysterious, Tate takes on the duty of bringing light to a new era. Beginning his writing career in the late 1970s, he would later leave D.C to New York, according to New York Times. Little did he know, that this would catapult his gift far beyond his expectations. That is the moment during what we now know as history.
A Great Writer’s Impact
According to HipHopDx, in the 1980’s, The Source named Greg Tate as one of the godfathers of Hip-Hip journalism. He was a writer among writers, writing about black resilience and the dynamics of black creativity. His works include Flyboy in Buttermilk: Essays on Contemporary America. The book of essays written around the subject of black art. It addresses political debacles like, racism, sexism, homophobia, economic injustices from the black point of view.
The author is also known for other great works like, Flyboy 2: The Greg Tate Reader, where he explores the black vision of intellectuals, aesthetics, philosophies and politics. He is the editor of Everything But The Burden: What White People Art Taking From Black Culture.
He was a Black colonist who will forever be the pen and paper to the education of Black music, literature art and culture.