On Feb. 28, 2007 MSNBC did a story; Hip-hop faces increasing backlash: Minstrelization of the music combined with negativity equals poor sales. The article started out;
“Maybe it was the umpteenth coke-dealing anthem or soft-porn music video. Perhaps it was the preening antics that some call reminiscent of Stepin Fetchit.
The turning point is hard to pinpoint. But after 30 years of growing popularity, rap music is now struggling with an alarming sales decline and growing criticism from within about the culture’s negative effect on society”
Hip-hop now-a-days is increasingly blamed for everything wrong with society. The story stated; Studies have attempted to link it to everything from teen drug use to increased sexual activity among young girls.
Even the mayhem that broke out in Las Vegas during the NBA All-Star Game a few years ago was blamed on hip-hoppers. “[Former NBA Commissioner] David Stern seriously needs to consider moving the event out of the country for the next couple of years in hopes that young, hip-hop hoodlums would find another event to terrorize,” columnist Jason Whitlock, who is black, wrote on AOL.
But then the story also went on to say:
“Nicole Duncan-Smith grew up on rap, worked in the rap industry for years and is married to a hip-hop producer. She still listens to rap, but says it no longer speaks to or for her. She wrote the children’s book “I Am Hip-Hop” partly to create something positive about rap for young children, including her 4-year-old daughter.”
Like Chris Rock said, “I Love Hip-Hop, but it’s getting harder and harder to defend it,” I love Hip-hop too, and have been down with it since the early days, before it was on vinyl records. Before every commercial radio station in America, became the place where hip-hop lives! Even to this day, many know me as and/ or refer to me as ‘the professional hip-hop junkie.’ A Hip-Hop Historian, for me it was deeper than just the beats and the rhymes, it was a way of life. That being said, I can’t say I feel everything that’s going on in what is called Hip-Hop these days nor do I condone all the lyrics that get the most airplay or video exposure, but Hip-Hop is not the source of all things EVIL!
We do need more balance in the music. Sorry to date myself, but there was a time where you had all kinds of hip-hop. Sure I was yellin F*ck Tha Police with NWA but at the same time I was also shouting Fight The Power with Public Enemy, doin the Kid N Play kick step or the Pee Wee Herman laughing at Biz Markie, makin the music with his mouth about Pickin Boogers. You get the point we has a variety a balance. Now you just have a bunch of rappers living out their gangsta fantasies…
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