This article is written so well & makes such a valid, cogent arguments that I had to share it with the readers of Conservative Calmversation. This is from thyblackman.com & written by erudite staff writer Morris O’Kelly:
(ThyBlackMan.com) Some would say the recent altercation at the BET Hip-Hop Awards was just the latest embarrassment to befall hip-hop, an oft criticized slice of pop culture…and they would be correct. It’s the “latest” incident, not an aberration. It’s more behavior deserving of more criticism, only to fall on deaf ears. It is criticism earned and deserved every step of the way. Hip-hop has no intention of changing or improving, and its most respected members have no designs on raising the bar above ignorance. I’m clear on this reality and you should be too. Nothing is going to change, not at least until someone of real relevance within the genre begins to care, and not a moment before.
This isn’t the first brawl or violent foolishness connected to a hip-hop awards show, and it’s sad having to acknowledge such truths with each subsequent incident. There was the gunshot into the ceiling during the 1994 Source Awards and the murder of Notorious B.I.G. in 1997 shortly after the Soul Train Music Awards. We can’t forget the all-out melee at the 2000 Source Awards and Eminem’s tussle at the 2002 MTV Video Music Awards. Surely you remember when rapper Young Buck allegedly stabbed a “fan” at the 2004 Vibe Music Awards.
(Cue Barbra Streisand) “Memories…like the corners of my mind.”
Those are only the award show-related incidents. There is not enough space in this column (or my next 5 for that matter) to highlight the inordinate number of arrests for guns, drugs and random acts of misogyny commonly associated with hip-hop in the past five years alone. For example, I’m not going to spend my time today discussing how rapper Webbie was arrested last month for “allegedly” robbing and kicking a woman down a flight of stairs. I could…but not this time. Today, we’ll just stick with the general themes of lawlessness, misogyny and ignorance; not necessarily in that order.
Recently, civil rights leader and entertainer Harry Belafonte accused some artists, including Jay-Z and Beyonce of “turning their backs on social responsibility.“ It’s in moments like these where Belafonte’s
For the all the financial success attained by Rapper Jay-Z, there has been no effort on his part to elevate his music personally or hip-hop more broadly. Although “Jigga” is firmly ensconced in middle age, he still gleefully and carelessly advances his music career calling women Bs and Hs; and men Ns like his 20-something counterparts. Not only is Rapper Jay-Z completely indifferent to the idea of acting his age and showing young Black men a better way; he is perfectly content and comfortable promulgating the worst imagery imaginable for the sake of a dollar and continued hip-hop relevancy.
It’s a mid-life crisis with a hip-hop twist.
Instead of being a voice of guidance, a hip-hop elder statesman to the younger generation; Rapper Jay-Z still opts to spin yarns about N**** in Paris and sell them on iTunes. You’re 40-WHAT Jay-Z? No amount of wealth will ever validate or justify such a career trajectory. No number of “hits” justifies the Peter Pan mentality or the ignorance and indifference which subsequently thrive on it.
But if Gwyneth Paltrow dares tweet the name of the song or makes direct reference to it, all hell breaks loose. I guess only “we” are allowed to wallow in ignorance and we’re very territorial when it comes to it. Bully for us. Rapper Jay-Z can rap it and make money doing it, but the White actress shouldn’t even tweet a reference to the title of the song. Got it. That’s ignorance on top of ignorance. It’s not popular to say, but it’s not untrue either.
But I digress…
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