Today, the commodification of black music is nearly omnipresent. Artists such as Bruno Mars, Iggy Azalea and Justin Timberlake are appropriating Black music genres such as rap, R&B, and funk. Similar to eras past, appropriation and profit from black music, not appreciation of it, is at the forefront of the industry. It is still the victim of a thirsty white and non-black gaze that only benefits its copiers while disenfranchising its creators.
However, Black musicians have always been able to innovate and build upon themselves. Hopefully, in the near future, we will see young black musicians continue to do so to ensure that Black music thrives.