After watching Oprah’s Town Hall Meeting today where the Hip-Hop industry came to it’s own defense amidst public opinions that the culture demeans, disrespects, and demoralizes women, gays, and the overall black man. I can’t help but get the sense that Kevin Liles, Russell Simmon, and even Common (which I don’t understand why in the hell he was there in the first place because he doesn’t make the music, or spew the questionable lyrics that we are all discussing) were skirting around the issue.
At first they blatantly refused to accept accountability for the fact that Hip-Hop is getting worse! The culture that we’ve embraced for 30 years isn’t evolving progressing.
Oprah Winfrey, the queen of daytime television, invites Hip-Hop’s elite on her show, when we all know she isn’t the biggest fan of hip-hop to begin with. And what does hip-hop do—we side step.
The fact of the matter is that these “poets” that Russell and Kyle so vehemently defend isn’t acting with social responsibility. Am I, or many others from the African-American putting all rappers in that category—no! However if you look at the current billboard charts, then you would see that most of today’s music is hip-hop based. And the most popular hip-hop songs have to do with the exploitation of women on some level, no matter how subtle.
This was the opportunity of a lifetime to address Middle American—AKA—white people about what the real issue is. And they spent damn near 20 minutes thanking Oprah for allowing them to come to her show. What the hell was that about?????
And was I the only one who watched Russell Simmons, one of the founding fathers of Hip-Hop, defend offensive lyrics by saying they (rappers) just don’t know any better? I didn’t grow up with a mother to teach me that calling a woman a bitch was wrong, but something inside of me knew that it was.
While I understand that Hip-Hop isn’t to blame completely for societies issues, and the depiction of African-American woman. It plays a much bigger part than people from within the industry want to admit!
I’m over it!! Hip-Hop, in this instance has disappointed me!
By: LT Dinwiddie
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