Skip to content

Rap Music Must Evolve

April 25, 2007

Like many Americans I find the language used in much of rap music to be offensive.  The idea that music should be laced with so much violence and foul language runs counter to my notion of music and civility.  So it was welcomed news to read that the Don Imus affair might have legs, and effect the rap music industry.  And who said firing Imus would not have benefits?

The Washington Post had the following in today’s paper.

On Monday hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons, who just two weeks ago was arguing for the rights of rappers to express themselves as artists, did a seeming about-face and called for the voluntary banning of “bitch,” “ho” and the N-word from the lexicon as “extreme curse words.” He called for a coalition of industry executives to “recommend guidelines for lyrical and visual standards.” Then the NAACP yesterday unveiled an initiative to halt racist and sexist imagery in the media, aimed at the record and television industries, recording artists and the African American community. And tomorrow, in a belated benediction, a civil rights group will honor Tucker, the leader of the National Political Congress of Black Women who initiated a national crusade against gangsta rap and took the recording industry to task for putting profits ahead of social responsibility.

I know that there will be cries of censorship but I reject that argument.  There are times when the greater good wins out over the limited benefits of the few.  Banning cigarette sales on TV could be argued as a form of censorship.  The lives it has saved is the stronger more correct point of view.  The same holds true for the rancid nature of far too much of rap music.

Technorati Tags: , ,

One Comment
  1. April 27, 2008 5:39 AM

    well it is evolving day by day throughout the world, so dont worry 🙂

Comments are closed.

%d bloggers like this: