There really are not that many gatekeepers anymore. Youtube and other streaming platforms created a hole in the gates. You no longer need to be on a major. Majors now are not breaking and training artist anymore. They just pick up people that already built up their buzz on social media.I don't have issues with City Girls, Cardi, Meg, because they are comfortable doing what they love. I do have a issue with the gatekeepers and influencers being white girls and boys conceptionlizing urban culture only one specific way which is vulgar, inappropriate, and feel with vice. The fact that gate keepers and trendsetters are not a reflection of our skin color is alarming as well, because this shit goes back to NWA, Public enemy, 2live crew, etc. The only exception was the zulu Nation movement. But the extreme forms of urban culture was ALWAYS deemed more sexy and provocative. While other forms of hip hop like Rapsody, Lupe, Lauryn Hill, etc was considered too boring, preachy, or not cool.
It's a conditioned norm we all fail into. I love ALL forms of hip hop. I love ignorant boss woman shit because I'm all for woman empowerment. I love oakland pimp shit because I love the vulnerable raw uncut nature. And I love gangsta/thought provoking shit. The problem is only one side being defined.