This is about the fact that a culture that was based on peace, love, unity and having fun, one that served as a form of self-expression for marginalized and oppressed people, has become a corporate-controlled means to reinforce the very oppression it was created to fight.
Firstly, for those who don’t know, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is the government agency in charge of regulating all communication in the United States. They’re also responsible for monitoring explicit language, content, and images in public broadcasting
Small businesses become large ones by being aggressive, creative risk takers. But over time, tremendous size and power can slowly turn a business from an edgy risk taker into a monolithic institution whose approach changes from “playing to win” to “playing not to lose.”
The Wall Street Journal recently released a report on radio’s trend towards less variety. Saturation is at an all time high. The opportunities for indy artists continue to look dismal.
THE ISSUE WE’RE DEBATING IS WHETHER THE VIOLENT IMAGES AND LYRICS IN SOME HIP HOP CONTRIBUTE TO NEGATIVE STEREOTYPES OF YOUNG BLACK MEN?