Sometimes I just have to rap.Yes, this means I use extremely bad language to explore wildly inappropriate topics. I’m sorry. I’m not especially proud that I’m a walking Urban Dictionary—capable of going toe-to-toe with Kanye and Jay-Z.When I need to rap (and it is a need), I’d prefer it to be in the booth, with one headphone held to my ear. I’d take a minute to feel the beat, before saying to my mixer, “Turn me up in my headphones a lil’ bit?”...more
Wanting to hear new and popular Hip-Hop music? Terrance Hunt is the artist to look out for on iTunes! His music is influenced by the sounds of hip-hops greatest – Nas and Notorious to Tupac and Jay-Z; Terrance Hunt is creating music to be heard and shared by the world. After a car accident at the age of eleven, Terrance used expression of poetry – in-turn his poetry into rap verses. Now signed with Indie Record Label Raw Entertainment, Hunt is bringing “songs that speak pain, love, and everyday life,” to people all around the world. ...more
During an interview in November, Nicki Minaj called rapper Lil’ Kim a “has been” -- among other things. Clearly Kim isn’t taking the jab well. On the cover of her new mixtape Black Friday, released on Valentine's Day, is an image of a beheaded and dismembered Minaj in a pool of blood with an obviously victorious Kim holding a bloody sword.
Now I hate to hear people whine and complain as much as the next person but being a mom aint easy. Being a single mom is even more stressful, although being a mom in a bad marriage sounds worse. It's six of one, half dozen of the other. ...more
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The owners told him that at their old skating rink they played hip-hop and there were a lot of unruly behaviors and fights. To avoid that, hip-hop music was banned from the new establishment. They told him he couldn’t play anything with an urban beat.
On Thursday, October 23, hip hop fans will tune into the BET Hip-Hop Awards. They will watch Lil Wayne battle it out with Jay-Z and Kanye West for winning the most awards. Viewers will also see performances by Young Jeezy, Ciara, T-Pain, Keyshia Cole, and Nas, among others. What hip hop afficiandos won't see, however, are awards for female artists. Despite the success of British artists M.I.A. and Estelle, no women were nominated for a BET Hip-Hop Award, just as there were no women honored with awards at VH1's Hip-Hop Honors on October 6.
Is that the sound of reluctant change I hear in the music industry? There's an AP article in today's USA Today, "Rappers Cleaning Up Lyrics Post-Imus" that suggests it might be.
It focuses on the platinum selling rapper Chamillionaire and why he's decided to clean up his lyrics:
"The rapper, who won a Grammy this year for his socially charged smash Ridin,' says he never cursed all that much in his music anyway. The N-word was a different story: "I've always used the N-word."
But after the success of his last album, he went out on tour and saw mostly white faces lip-synching the epithet along with his lyrics. I was like, 'You know what? I'm not going to say the N-word on this one because when I go back on the road, and I start performing, I don't want them to be saying it, like me teaching them,'" he told The Associated Press."
Good for Chamillionaire.
When this music issue comes up, I always think if women ran the music industry and there was a style of music and a bunch of videos out there with lyrics about gleefully chopping off penis's and how to do it in the most glorified and vulgar way, we'd hear a lot about how wrong and unfair and destructive it was. Don't ya' think? But I digress.
The AP article goes on to say:
"Tolerance for such language may be diminishing. Corporations had cozied up to gangsta rappers in recent years, taking their message mainstream â€” both Snoop Dogg and T.I., for example, were featured in major car ads. In recent months, however, companies seem less likely to align themselves with rougher artists."
The reason? The bucks. Slowly, very slowly the advertisers and music industry execs are getting the message that the offensive lyrics just ain't gonna get an easy pass anymore. They've been getting away with this crap long enough and more women, especially black women need speak up about it. Not only to the industry, but to high profile people like Al Sharpton and Russell Simmons who during the whole Imus flap promised to address the issue. Simmons actually called for a ban on certain words, but has anyone heard from him since? I don't think so.
Reverend Al said he and his followers are going to continue to keep the issue in the spotlight, but I haven't heard from him either. Maybe I need to write him another letter. Read the rest of this post at Megan's Minute.