I was listening today to the guy's show (I catch it every once in a whlie) and there was a discussion going on about hip hop. One of the callers called in criticizing the Blacks who are in a position to change the status of hip hop and asked why they dont take more of an investment in controlling the distribution side of hip hop. The caller said that by controlling the distribution side, we have more of a say of what goes into our songs and what doesn't. He particularly referenced the 'Black or White' song by Michael Jackson where Jackson was told to remove lyrics from the song.
Dyson replied that he's for the first amendment and that the only way to change hip hop was for consumers to stop buying the albums that they don't like.
As a person interested in the hip hop industry I wasn't satisfied with this reply. So I called in and voiced my disagreement with Dyson by pointing out to him that a person can't buy the positive hop hop songs if the radio stations, tv stations, and major media outlets refuse to play them. I mean, if its as hard as it is to hear a guy like Common or Talib Kweli on the radio, just imagine how hard it is for other rappers. And I tried to stress that its not about 'good' lyrics vs 'bad' lyrics but about the consumer being able to have a plethora of things to choose from, rather than the monotone commercial form of hip hop today.
Dyson's reply was that thats why there's "underground Hip Hop".
I don't claim to be very pursuasive with my speech and I know that I don't always get my point across but, THATS EXACTLY THE PROBLEM I WAS TRYING TO COMPLAIN TO HIM ABOUT!
Why should I HAVE to look at the underground Hip Hop to find the creative rappers? Why don't more Blacks take roles in the production of hip hop, particularly people like Cathy Hughes who controlls Radio one who owns most of the rap radio stations across the nation? Her name always comes to my mind as somebody that's not doing enough because I wonder how hard it would be for her to feature some of these 'underground' artists, or to help some of these artists become more known. She doesn't have to do the stupid things these radio stations do of playing the top 10 songs OVER AND OVER AGAIN, with absolutely no variety in the songs or artists.