During my first week at BET, I set up the playlist, deciding which videos would be played and how often. I cut the playlist, from four hundred titles to a mere eighty.
Rap Rehab goes one on one with Dr Wilmer Leon. Black music, race, culture and Low Power Fm, are just a few of the topics covered.
Many of these artists, songs, and even movies provided a voice for a group of people whom the world could not see.
Before Hip Hop became such big business dominated by corporate media, artists were aware and connected to what went on around them. But more importantly, they responded.
Today, rap music is filled with messages that tell its consumers what to buy and how much one must spend in order to be cool, hip, accepted, successful, and one of the new popular go-to words, “relevant.” When Jay-Z proclaimed the only way to look cool and get women in a club was to “pop” bottles of $200 bottles of Cristal, people followed suit.