The U.S Congress has scheduled a hearing about the lyrics and videos of hip-hop for Sept. 25.
The hearing will attempt to hold someone accountable for the negative impact of hip hop.
Congress will be addressing all the huge companies e.g, Bet, Def Jam, and Mtv, who make ridiculous amounts of money off exploiting girls, partying, and violence. ( In Their Words)
The allegations seem to have reached the pinnacle over the Don Imus scandal. You can read my article titled “Don Imus Is Not Hip Hop” in the columns section from a couple months ago.
The name of the hearing is going to be “From Imus To Industry: The Business of Stereotypes and Degradation.Ã¢â‚¬Â
According to the Illinois representative or rather his spokesman. Bobby Rush ( Democrat) said that this is Ã¢â‚¬Å“not an anti-artist hearing, or anti-music, or anti-youth hearing.Ã¢â‚¬Â, he went on to say “I respect the First Amendment, but rights without responsibility is anarchy, and thatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s much of what we have now. ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s time for responsible people to stand up and accept responsibility.”
Witnesses expected to attend include Philippe Dauman of Viacom, Doug Morris of Universal Music Group, and Edgar Bronfman Jr. of Warner Music Group.
Although no other witnesses have been made public yet, they will ask the executives how they can justify exploiting matters such as a degradation of women. They will have to find a rationale, which might be difficult to find in this authors opinion.
Rapper Master P who has recently said he wanted to see a change in hip hop and admitted to his past flaws is also set to appear. So far he is the only rapper that will be there.
Rush went to say Ã¢â‚¬Å“I want to engage not just the music industry, but the entertainment industry at large to be part of a solution, further stating Ã¢â‚¬Å“I want to talk to executives at these conglomerates whoÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve never taken a public position on what they produce. But itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s been surprisingly very difficult to get them to commit to appearing.Ã¢â‚¬Â
On the flip side of the argument.
Here is a recent video on Bet of 50 cent and T.I discussing the lyrics in hip hop music. They basically say it’s a reflection of society.
Russel Simmons also has defended the lyrics to some degree of hip hop recently. He is the co-founder of Def Jam. He basically says, it’s a reflection of a much bigger problem in society and hip hop is just bringing it to light in poetry.
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