quote:Originally posted by Nmaginate:quote:Educated minds ask questions, they think, indeed a whole generation was being taught not to trust what they were being told by those in the majority. This could not be allowed to happen - so they simply put a stop to it. Budgets slashed, artists let go, there was no more money in the "declining" music industry. Until gangsta rap came into play. Suddenly, all kinds of money could be found to promote gangsta rappers, before they sold any records.
There are no Black owned media outlets. We do not push the images - they do.
Point Of Information:
Didn't Gangster Rap (or at least early "Ghetto Fabulous, Look At Me" Hip Hip) and Concious Rap co-exist at one point?
I, for one, remember the dialogue or rather the Calling Out and Accountability Conscious Rappers called their less concious or non-conscious counterparts to pay heed to. And, either as a result of that "dialogue" or Gangster Raps own introspection (Tupac, Ice Cube) those less than full-time conscious rappers at least spoke about consciousness at some time one some things.
Anyway... please clear me up on the actual historical development. But, obviously, I agree that position like Jazz Dogs are, at best, exaggerated.
I don't fault him, however, for wanting to Accentuate The Positive. By all means we should take the attitude that we "control" the images "we" put out. By all means we should let our voices be heard as it relates to the negative images promoted by "our" art form.
But, if we're going to take ownership?
Where are our rich and powerful when it comes to this discussion? Why are they MIA?
If anything, we should hold them (not just those in the Rap Industry) accountable for not counter-balancing those images. (And that was sort of my point about Conscious Rap and Gangster Rap co-existing. There was a counter-balance then.)
We have all these people complaining about what rap music is doing to our communities but where is the Bill Cosby type money, power and influence in presenting an alternative?
I would like for the "we push these images" crowd to detail how we stop pushing them with respect to a whole industry that has it's economics based on pushing these images.
AUDIO is right. Profit Motive reigns supreme but any serious questioning of "the system" is inherently seen as counterproductive to the Profit Motive of, dare I say, WHITE SUPREMACY.
So, yeah... sure "they" would allow the Edutainment to go on for a while... as long as the Profit Benefits outweighed the potential (problematic) Subordination Costs. Like the brother said: That Edutainment Couldn't Be Allowed To Continue.
So we in the "we push the images" crowd should just accept the idea that we are going to sell our soul for ahand full of gold coin and not said anything. That despite the negative image and results of the product we just can't do anything because of economics. Well if that is the attitude then we should never again complain about Koreans building liquer stores in black neighborhoods or complain when companies develop and push products strictly at the black community that they dare not sell to anybody else.
Because after all its just business as usual.