Check out this article by Kelefa Sanneh from the New York Times on why they should not blame Hip Hop for our countries social problems. Here is a segment from it:
Hip-hop has been making enemies for as long as it has been winning fans. It has been dismissed as noise, blamed for concert riots, accused of glorifying crime and sexism and greed and Ebonics. From Run-D.M.C. to Sister Souljah to Tupac Shakur to Young Jeezy, the story of hip-hop is partly the story of those who have been irritated, even horrified, by it.
Even so, the anti-hip-hop fervor of the last few weeks has been extraordinary, if not quite unprecedented. Somehow Don Imus’s ill-considered characterization of the Rutgers women’s basketball team — “some nappy-headed hos” — led not only to his firing but also to a discussion of the crude language some rappers use. Mr. Imus and the Rev. Al Sharpton traded words on Mr. Sharpton’s radio show and on “Today,” and soon the hip-hop industry had been pulled into the fray.
With everything going on with Hip Hop. Poet, MC Saul Williams wrote a letter to Oprah Winfrey in response to her Town Forum on Hip Hop and it’s quote destructive message. The letter puts everything a in real perspective. I think Oprah needs to have people like him on the show to represent to wide and diverse culture which is Hip Hop
I don’t know if you all I have seen or heard about the controversial interview with Dipset’s Cam’ron in regards to Snitching. It is very interesting and in a sad way. Here is the interview. With the media and politicians blaming hip hop for all of America’s problems, this does not really help Hip Hop. Let me know what you all think.
I found this interesting post over at Urb.com. It is press release from a congressional hearing on the Future of Radio. Where congressmen Mike Doyle from Pennslyvania gives support to DJ and Mashup artist Girl Talk
Here is the press release:
Girl Talk Gets Support From Pittsburgh Based U.S. Congress Representative Mike Doyle In Hearing On Future of Radio, Discusses How Fans Discover New Music Via Night Ripper. “I want to tell a little story about a local guy done good,” says U.S. Congressman Mike Doyle (D – PA) in a recent statement during a hearing on the future of radio. “His name is Gregg Gillis and by day he’s a biomedical engineer in Pittsburgh. At night, he DJs under the name Girl Talk. His latest mashup record made the top of 2006 lists from Rolling Stone, Pitchfork, and Spin Magazine among others. His schtick, as the Chicago Tribune wrote about him, is quote ‘based on the notion that some sampling of copyrighted material, especially when manipulated and re-contextualized into new art, is legit and deserves to be heard.’ In one example, he blended Elton John, Notorious B – I – G, and Beyonce all in the span of 30 seconds. While the legal indie music download site eMusic.com took his stuff down for possible copyright violations, he’s now flying all over the world to open concerts and remixing for artists like Beck.” Rep. Doyle shares a zip code with Girl Talk’s Gregg Gillis and is the Vice Chairman of the Telecommunications and Internet Subcommittee. Doyle takes great interest in Internet and fair use issues, and he closely examined the difference between mixtapes and the legal battles surrounding them, such as the current one with Atlanta’s DJ Drama, and mash-up artists in the vein of Girl Talk.
Doyle goes on to say, “I hope that everyone involved will take a step back and ask themselves if mash-ups and mix tapes are really different, or if it’s the same as Paul McCartney admitting he nicked a Chuck Berry bass riff and used it on the Beatles hit ‘I Saw Her Standing There’. Maybe it is. And maybe Drama violated some clear bright lines. Or maybe mixtapes are a powerful promotional tool. And maybe mash-ups are transformative new art that expands the listener’s experience and doesn’t compete with what an artist has made available on iTunes or at a CD store. I don’t think Sir Paul asked permission to borrow that bass line. But every time I listen to that song, I’m a little better off for him having done so.” Gillis himself elaborates on the difference between DJ’s mash-ups and his own “sound collages”, in a recent interview with betterPropaganda (LINK) at Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in SF, the same venue where he was infamously kicked off stage less than 15 minutes into his set. The full hearing and Representative Doyle’s complete take on the issue can be found here: http://energycommerce.house.gov/cmte_mtgs/110-ti_hrg.030707.future_radio.shtml
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