Between the congressional hearing held yesterday on Capitol Hill that focused on violence and language in rap music and BET's Hip Hop vs. America Pt. I that aired last night, hip hop is definitely under attack these days.
Just look at the faces of rap artists Levell "David Banner" Crump and Percy "Master P" Miller at the congressional hearing. They look stressed.
The hearing was convened by Del. Bobby L. Rush (D) of Illinois who asked music industry executives about their companies’ role in the production of explicit rap, at one point inviting them to read aloud from 50 Cent’s lyrics. The lawmakers also asked whether marketers were doing enough to shield young listeners from graphic content.
During the testimony, David Banner, who read from a prepared statement said:
“Gang violence was here before rap music .... I can admit that there are some problems in hip-hop, but it is only a reflection of what is taking place in our society. Hip-hop is sick because America is sick.”
Master P took a different stance saying rap artists needed to consider how fans might be affected by their music. He said, “We are inflaming this problem by not being responsible.” Miller also apologized to all of the women he has offended saying, “I was honestly wrong.”