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|Volume 68, Issue 4, Thursday,
August 29, 2002
Rap fans desire a more positive product
In the early stage of rap music before the bling bling era, rap music was the CNN for poor and working-class blacks in America.
Songs such as "The Message" and "Fight the Power" raised the conscience levels of people and the need for social change in America.
Then, in the early 1990s, greedy, out-of-touch record executives took
control of the art form and made materialism the main priority, over the
I believe the billion-dollar rap industry, which has a great influence
on America culture, needs to take a turn for the better by going back to
Record executives use rap artists for major profits at the expense of
the African-American poor and working-class people that actually
Many people wonder why anyone should make a big deal out of negative rap music, because they believe it is only entertainment.
Most fans know many of the artists such as Dr. Dre and Jay Z actually don't perform many of the activities they claim.
I believe this ideology is wrong and lacks serious thought. The reason
we listen to music is because it makes us feel emotions such as joy,
In other words, it affects the soul of an individual. The imbalance
in rap music is consistently reflected on the radio and shown on the video
As a kid growing up on the West side of Chicago I saw many images I thought were good because I saw them over and over again.
For example, I thought gang banging was good because it was around me. The same concept applies to music.
Blacks in America have many concerns such as police brutality, entrepreneurship,
reparations, election reform, employment, quality health care
This is what the art form needs to reflect instead of promoting materialism and violence.
Black music has historically always voiced the concerns of issues in America that affect their way of living.
Instead, rappers and even some r&b and rock artists admit to committing
crimes consistently on records, thus promoting some of the worst
Record Executives such as Jimmy Iovine, LA Reid, Tommy Mottola, Andrew
Herrera, Bryan Turner, Russell Simmons, Tony Brown and Ted
Female rapper Foxy Brown and former rapper Mase both have gone on record
saying they portrayed negative images on albums and videos
What can cure the problems of negative images of Black America presented in rap and other forms of music?
Music fans of all backgrounds must e-mail and write letters to the major
record company executives and voice their concerns. Also don't buy the
Music fans can turn off the television and the radio when these images
are displayed. Music listeners must e-mail and write the executives of
If companies such as the Coca-Cola Corporation do not take the concerns seriously, then music fans must stop buying their products.
Positive artists such as Common, Black Star, Dead Pres., KRS1, Mos Def,
Gang Star, Goodie Mob, Pharoahe Monch and The Roots must get
The most important aspect is to shift the focus from the rap artist
and put the heat on the record executives who run the major distributors
The executives are responsible for what is seen and heard, not the artist.
So the next time you have issues with a song such as "Money, Cash,
Jones, a senior communication major,
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