Everywhere I turn I am reading about declining rap sales or watching people debate hip-hop’s demise and its negative impact on the black community. Frankly, I am sick of it. The recent Paula Zahn show “Poison or Art?” contained a bunch of ignorant fools who thought it would be a good idea to get together and debate if Nelly’s video tip drill was misogynistic. Did Whitesnake ever get this sort of backlash? Hell, that video with Tawny Kitaen as a hood ornament (before she became a full blown crackhead and beat up poor Chuck Finley) was on for everyone to see, while videos like “Tip Drill” are typically limited to the late, late showings when only the children without daddies can watch them.
“Posion or Art?” also did some very scientific research, which involved one of their Ivy League whiteys ride around in a cop cruiser as he clamped down on the criminal element. Believe it or not the criminal element had some baggy clothes on! Aha! Rappers and hip-hop listeners wear baggy clothes and jewelry at times, and the criminal they witnessed being arrested also had baggy clothes and jewelry on. It is an undeniable connection. I waited there patiently hoping the guy getting handcuffed would pull a Houdini and kidnap the CNN reporter, but alas, it was not to be. They were so out of date they actually played a clip of NWA to let us know how violent hip-hop can be.
Now CNN has another article asking if rap music has hit the wall.
A recent study by the Black Youth Project showed a majority of youth think rap has too many violent images. In a poll of black Americans by The Associated Press and AOL-Black Voices last year, 50 percent of respondents said hip-hop was a negative force in American society.
Who the hell did they interview? Fifty percent? Did they interview 1,000 Carlton Banks clones? Something tells me their stats are just a tad off. Everyone loves violence, not just black people. Hell, if you are going to heal the racial divide in this country, then you need more “Tip Drills” and more violent imagery. Just throw in some more parenting while you are at it, please. How many young black people do you believe are shunning hip-hop or R&B because they feel it is a negative force in society? My belief is the number is much lower than 50%. The article also cites a Baltimore music critic who wrote about the minstrelization of rap music, a topic which I believe Byron Crawford tackled first.
David Banner also chimed in for the CNN.com article…
“The American public had an opportunity to pick what they wanted from David Banner,” he says. “I wish America would just be honest. America is sick. … America loves violence and sex.”
Hell yes! We love us some sex fo sho! CNN could have interviewed my boss, who one day not too long ago told me one of the kids was rapping obscene lyrics to her when she turned around. As she tried to piece together a few of the words, I realized he was rapping David Banner’s “Play.” I thought it was best to keep the true lyrics from her and spare the young boy’s life. Hell, the little guy was only eight! Instead of CNN searching the streets for people in baggy clothes and bling, they may want to do an investigative story on where the hell these parents are. Bill Cosby can host and the white girl can go along for the ride.