Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Hip Hop Is Under Attack!

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.

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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.”
Source: NYTimes
Photo: Gettyimages

3 comments:

Bronze Trinity said...

I don't buy the argument that because society is sick then the music has to be sick. for instance, there is a lot of child molestation going on, so should the predominant topic of mainstream music be child molestation? Isn't that going to do something to people's minds? It might warn them so that they try to change things. On the other hand, if it is made into entertainment or played at dance clubs it might become normalized, cool, or glorified. There are ills in communities, but rapping about them all the time, the way popular gangsta rappers do seems to glorify it. They are not putting out their message in a way that we can tell they do not like the situation. I have heard suburban Black males say they wished they lived in the ghetto so that they could join a gang and be like their "heroes" from movies and rap lyrics. Conscious rappers are better at telling stories of hardship and conveying their feelings. We don't get mixed up into thinking they are glorifying their lifestyle. Besides, many mainstream gangsta rap songs are just guys bragging about their money, women, rims, grills, and their platinum chains, or how they are better than some other rapper. Its just macho show-off crap.

Kamau Bandele said...

I'm not buying that either. We are talking about David Banner who was the President of Southern's Black Student Union at one point who invited powerful Black scholars down to Baton Rouge to young Black men and women about topics that affect our people and have to solve them. It seems like he is throwing away all that was learned. It is one thing to speak about your reality but it is another thing to overkill and exaggerate all the negative topics! At least Master P is man enough to except responsibility to for millions of black peoples minds he has poisoned with that kill murder murder slap a black woman (c)rap. Brothers and sisters are being killed physically and especially spiritually and mentally as a direct result of the b.s. people like Mr. Crump says in his rap songs. I'm against the banning of rap but at the same time some rappers need to be banned out of the minds of black men, women, and childern.

Anonymous said...

LET ME HELP YOU ALL.........

THERE ARE OTHER MUSIC THAT NEED TO BE CENSORED,LIKE METAL AND MANY ROCK GROUPS.BECAUSE THEY SING THAT SHIT OVER LOUD STRINGS,YOU DEAF TO WHAT THEY SAYING.BECAUSE BLACK MEN DECIDE TO TALK ABOUT THERE LIVES,WHAT THEY SEE,AND WHAT THEY KNOW,THEY ARE BEING CENSORED.WE SAY HOE,THEY SAY HOE,THEY SAY BITCH,SLUT,AND EVERYTHING ELSE.THEY TALK ABOUT KILLING PARENTS,AND THEY BITE HEADS OF ANIMALS ON STAGE.

NOT EVERYONE WAS RAISED RIGHT.BLAME THE PARENTS,WHO TAUGHT THERE KIDS TO HATE,TO PIMP,AND NOT TO GIVE AH FUCK.JUST BECAUSE YOU WHERE RAISED RIGHT,AND SEE THINGS IN AH CERTAIN WAY,DOESN'T MEAN WE ALL HAVE TO.

IF YOU TAKE RAP MUSIC OFF THE MAP,YOU THINK OR NATION GONNA ACT RIGHT,YOU THINK THEY GONNA CENSOR THEY MUSIC.HELL NO.IF YOU DON'T LIKE RAP,THEN DON'T BUY IT OR LISTEN TO IT.IF YOU WANT TO HELP BLACK FOLKS,BITCH ABOUT THE WAR,POVERTY,EDUCATION,AND EQUAL RIGHTS..WTF.EVERYONE CONCERN ABOUT RAP.IT'S JUST ANOTHER PLOY TO KEEP YOUR MINDS OFF THE THINGS THAT ARE REALLY KILLING THE BLACK RACE.USE YOUR MINDS..IT'S JUST MUSIC.