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Reply to "Russell Simmons Eyed As New NAACP Prez"

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Originally posted by Vox:
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from MBM:
Agree, but are you branding an entire culture of music by its most destructive elements? Does all Hip Hop contribute to negativity?


The big problem, MBM, is that Russell Simmons actively defends the filth element of hip hop. It doesn't matter that there is positive hip hop. The point is, he actually defends the negative hip hop.


So Vox, IYO, does the music influence life or does life influence the music? Isn't any form of art merely a mirror on life? It sounds like some of us are blaming rappers for creating the problems that appear in their music. This is a completely different issue than the Simmons/NAACP one, but is blaming artists really fair? Is Russell Simmons (or Suge Knight for that matter) responsible for creating the societal conditions which spawned the aspects of rap that you talk about? I know you wouldn't prefer white folks to make money off of our music? And who is to say which music is appropriate for our uplift and which isn't? brosmile
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