This was written by Journalist Bene Viera! I so had to share this!
I’ve defended hip-hop over the years ad nauseam. The truth is, at times, hip-hop doesn’t feel good anymore. There’s only so many times I can listen to being called a bitch, a ho, a whore and/or golddigger w/out being offended. And the lame excuse that “he ain’t talking about me” is bullshit that we’ve said for far too long. The message of most rap today is corrupting the minds of impressionable youth who think what these rappers say is fact. Many of these same youth don’t have good parenting to counter the messages they’re being fed. So we’re going to continue dealing with generations of hyper masculine black males until we start getting real honest about the negative affects hip-hop has had on black culture.
Rick Ross promoting rape is where I draw the line. The lyrics & the piss poor non-explanation that followed is deplorable. We can’t get mad when “outsiders” try to police our culture, but we won’t do it within. Accountability of artists is necessary. For me, hitting artists in there pockets is one of the most effective ways to use our voice. I’m erasing all Rick Ross & Wayne (the latter who I’ve been a fan of since i was in 8th grade) off my iPod, and frankly any other artist whose offenses against women are too much for me to bear any longer, and won’t be purchasing their music. And I always purchase music of artists I support. I don’t want my 15 year old cousin to think her worth or role as a girl is to be objectified, degraded or worse raped just because she’s a girl. It time to get really really real about what kind of messages we’re feeding our youth & how this will shape who they become as adults. If this is what the culture wants to represent “I gracefully bow out.”
Sorry for the rant.