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Hip-hop continues to examine fluff in bellybutton (extra fluff found – see below)

Various hip-hop activists and players are continuing to think out loud about what the hell is going on in their game. Obviously, they have plenty of time on their hands at the mo’ seeing as hip-hop sales have collapsed (sales …

Tue, Apr 24, 2007, 14:18

   

Various hip-hop activists and players are continuing to think out loud about what the hell is going on in their game. Obviously, they have plenty of time on their hands at the mo’ seeing as hip-hop sales have collapsed (sales are down 33.6 per cent for the first three months of ’07 compared to ’06)

In the light of Rev Al Sharpton’s recent attack on rappers and their lyrics, it’s interesting to read All HipHop.com’s interview with Minister Louis Farrakhan.

The record executives don’t give a doggone about right and wrong. They will make you a multimillionaire calling your women the B names and the whore name. And using MF and using the N Word. Because they want to promote our degradation and make it so lucrative to do it that you have a reluctance to change, even though the people are hungering and thirsting for something better. And so when Kanye West said “Jesus Walks,” it became a hit and it’s because there’s a thirst and a hunger and most of the rappers don’t know that there’s a vacuum of leadership in the Black community.

Meanwhile, On The Record readers Donny and Ian have pointed us towards pieces by Davey D and Saul Williams (see here for links) on the back of the current debate.

Now comes a statement from Russell Simmons and his buds at the Hip-Hop Summit Action Network. That organisation’s latest salvo comes in the shape of A Recommendation to the Recording and Broadcast Industries.

HSAN is concerned about the growing public outrage concerning the use of the words “bitch,” “ho,” and “nigger.” We recommend that the recording and broadcast industries voluntarily remove/bleep/delete the misogynistic words “bitch” and “ho” and the racially offensive word “nigger.”

Forget about pop eating itself, it looks like hip-hop is on the verge of calling for a knife and fork to do the same job.

UPDATE – onetime Def Jam chief and current Warner Music boss Lyor Cohen has entered the fray in a roundabout way with an editorial for Forbes magazine (free registration required). He says it’s all about doing it live. Live hip-hop? He must have taken a pass on all the sucky live hip-hop shows we’ve had to put up with down through the years.

…Finding good music is about going out, making contact with people and listening. It’s about going to a dive, getting your shoes stepped on, drinks spilled on you, jostling for a view and loving it. That’s all part of the live experience, and there’s no substitute for it–not just for the audience, but for the musicians, whose creativity fuels the industry.