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Thursday, April 12, 2007

Those damn rappers

Imus has done a great job rallying his supporters around an misinformed attack on hip-hop.
I find it presporous that a 66 year old white, male shock jock is so overwhelmed by the negative language in Hip-Hop that it is to blame for his degrading comments.

Did I miss the I-Man (as pseudo journalist Joe Scarborough lovingly called him) down on Fulton Street shopping for mixtapes. Is Don Imus parked in front of 106th and Park after his show? Does he bump the Drama King while commuting back and forth to work.
I highly doubt it.

So how can he blaim the misogyny in Hip-Hop for HIS comments?

and please can one reporter cite a lyric, artist, or song that corrupted poor I-Man's precious psyche. Stop grouping Hip-Hop as one monolithic voice. What Jeezy feels and says is not what Consequence feels. Nor do Three Six speak with the same voice as Common.
And while you're at it stop speaking about 'civil rights leaders.' Be specific. Call out Al and Jesse. Let's deal with their track record for standing up against misogyny. And let's also look at Imus's record of bigotry (Gwen Ifill).

Also recognize that there are people in the industy who condemn those pesky rappers for their overwhelming negativity. Some of thise people are in this very office.
but bottom line stop it. Be an adult you cannot pin your demons on T.I., Cam or Jay Z. Be a man Imus. You wilded out and got called out. Take your licking like a man and call Kramer over to the crib. Y'all can pop some popcorn, snuggle and watch a marathon of Tarantino flicks.

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Blogger ian said...

I've always wondered why Common gets considered a conscious, positive rapper when I've heard him say plenty of flagrant, mysoginist stuff in his lyrics that, unless I wasn't listening closely enough, can't really be defended.

Ghostface at BHF? Now THAT's a good look!

April 13, 2007 6:48 PM

Anonymous james said...

the swift chancellor strikes again!! "Be a man Imus. You wilded out and got called out. Take your licking like a man..." above and beyond, that is, as they say, what it is. times up © oc.
by the way, did he go on with that scheduled meeting with the Ruckers team after news broke that he was fired? i gotta check up on that...
a sting of a tarantino jab too mr. chancellor - i hear that sydney poitier's daughter is in the new one droppin' n bombs left and right...

April 14, 2007 3:59 PM

Anonymous james said...

i said ruckers - rutgers (duh)

p.s. they did meet...
and apparently accepted his apology


April 14, 2007 4:04 PM

Blogger Swifty said...

I mentioned Common when Eb and I were discussing this. The ax that they are swinging for Hip-Hop may get him and he is supposed one of the good ones.

He is not concious - no of the concious rappers are concious. The label is a fundamental misnomer (sp?). The Roots, De La, ATCQ, Mos, Kweli they all talk about dirt. Just not as much as Dip Set, Joc, or Three Six so by comparison they are concious.

The really concious rappers are wack or better yet unentertaining. I like dead prez but I don't buy records to get preached to.

It's all about balance to me. Trapping all day is boring. Complaining about Bush all day is boring.

April 15, 2007 2:33 AM


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