by Denene Millner
I officially give up on Black radio stations that play Hip Hop.
I’m over the disrespect. Finished with the blatant disregard for the audience. Totally through with their insistence on force-feeding curse-filled, misogynistic, lyrical porn through the airwaves and expecting this self-respecting, intelligent, passionate African American mother to take it to the head, sans complaint or concern.
What’s got my Victoria’s Secrets in a bunch? Last week, on my way back from dropping my kids off at school, I tuned into Atlanta’s R&B/Hip Hop station V103 to listen to one of my favorite morning show hosts, Ryan Cameron and his cast of funny, down-to-Earth co-horts (whom I can’t listen to with kids in the car) when on came a new song fresh off the New Orleans plantation that is Cash Money Records: Birdman’s “Tapout,” featuring Lil’ Wayne, Future, Mack Maine and Nicki Minaj. What I heard was so foul, so vile, so effing inappropriate, that I actually had visions of smashing my own damn radio with a sledgehammer. Witness the opening lyrics to this musical madness, courtesy of Wayne: Read more…
by Denene Millner
Round of applause for Michigan radio station 103.7 The Beat, which took a bold stand against irresponsible, misogynistic, foul, rape culture rap lyrics by banning two of Hip Hop’s biggest offenders from its airwaves: Lil’ Wayne and Rick Ross.
Citing Lil’ Wayne’s lyrics in the remix of Future’s “Karate Chop,” in which the rapper equates violent sex with the brutal beating of Emmett Till, and Ross’s ode to rape in rapper Rocko’s “You Don’t Even Know It,” the station said playing their music only makes them “part of the problem.” So they’re taking the two out of rotation. In a press release, the station writes:
The questions have been asked, Is Hip Hop Music Destroying America, Is Hip Hop A Threat To Our Children or Should Rappers Be Accountable For Their Lyrics? You be the judge. Earlier this year the song “Karate Chop” leaked online featuring rapper Lil’ Wayne. He raps, “’Bout to put rims on my skateboard wheels/Beat that (expletive/woman genital) up like Emmett Till.” A few weeks later a song by rapper Rocko featuring Rick Ross was release called “You Don’t Even Know It.” Rick Ross raps, “Put molly all in her champagne, she ain’t even know it/ I took her home and I enjoyed that, she ain’t even know it.” Yes, we have our freedom of speech right, but when is freedom of speech taken too far? Read more…
By Early L. Jackson
For the last 4 1/2 years it has been virtually impossible to turn on the radio or video channel and not see some representation from the crew the music world has fondly grown to know as “Young Money”. A brain child spawned from the imagination of Dwayne Carter, AKA Lil Wayne who was mentored since 11 years old by then drug dealer and music producer Bryan “Baby” Williams. Over the years they have appeared together in countless music videos and quietly have become the most successful organizations in music history. Men lie, women lie but numbers NEVER lie! See for yourself;
- Lil Wayne’s discography looks like this: 2,000,000 in mixtapes, 700,00 for Hotboys, 600,00 for The Carter, 1,200,000 for The Carter 2 and 4,000,000 for The Carter 3
- Nikki Minaj sold over 450,000 the first week of her debut CD “Pink Friday”
- Drake has sold 1,500,000 of his debut CD “Thank Me Later” and poised to do even higher with his recently released LP
Say what you like, success ALWAYS leaves clues! Now I’d like to share 6 clues I have learned from Mr. Carter. Read more…
Award Winning Rappers Lil Wayne & Fat Joe Join NBA All Star Dwight Howard
To Raise Money for Charity
Hip Hop Stars to Coach in Celebrity Game on November 13th in Orlando
November 9, 2011 (Orlando, FL) – NBA All Star Dwight Howard announced today that Grammy Award winning rapper, Lil Wayne and Hip Hop All Star Fat Joe will coach the D12 All Star Basketball teams when they take the court at the D12 Foundation’s All Star Celebrity Weekend taking place in Orlando, Florida on November 12-‐13, 2011.
Benefiting the D12 Foundation, five-‐time NBA All Star Howard will host the D12 All Star Celebrity Weekend kicking off on Saturday, November 12th with a Celebrity Bowling Tournament being held at Boardwalk Bowl in Orlando. Then on Sunday, November 13th, Lil Wayne and Fat Joe will take the benches as they coach the D12 All Stars for charity featuring NBA players including Vince Carter, Matt Barnes, Jameer Nelson, Gilbert Arenas, Trevor Ariza and the legendary Penny Hardaway, the former Orlando Magic superstar and four-‐time NBA All Star. Read more…
SLAM Magazine, Victory H2O, C9 by Champion, The V Firm, Q6 Entertainment and The Cube Lounge present the Southern Hospitality Showcase Atlanta 2011. The sporting event is a summer league styled, competitive basketball exhibition featuring over 20 of the NBA’s hottest players in a high paced, energetic “pick-up” style game. The event, which coincides with BET Hip Hop Awards Weekend, is Friday, September 30, 2011 at Morehouse College – Forbes Arena with the game starting at 8PM. Proceeds from the charity event will benefit The American Heart Association, Sickle Cell Anemia & Research, Green Boy & Morehouse College Athletics.
by Dr. Boyce Watkins, Syracuse University – Scholarship in Action
I just spoke to my friend Ryan Mack about our “Never Going Back” initiative to attack the problems of mass incarceration and recidivism in America. During the conversation, I had a revelation: Most of us are just a step away from being incarcerated, or have yet to understand what it truly means to be free. Sure, the US incarcerates more of its citizens than any country in the world, but it might be deeper than you think.
The United States Constitution doesn’t abolish slavery for everyone. Actually, if you’ve been convicted of a felony, the 13th Amendment actually says that it’s OK to force one into slave labor (please go take a look). Given that we are slapping felony convictions on individuals like Kelly Williams-Bolar, the otherwise law-abiding mother in Ohio who was sent to jail for sending her kids to the wrong school district, we can see just how easy it is for that arbitrary label to be applied. Read more…
By Dr. Boyce
I just spent the week in New Orleans, the powerbase for one of the most talented, powerful and destructive forces in the history of music: Lil Wayne. I’ve admittedly bopped my head to the tunes of Lil Wayne in the past, feeling the same guilt that any man might feel if he were to enjoy a crack pipe or shot of heroin, knowing how these drugs destroy families, individuals and communities. In other words, I consider myself to be a hip-hop insider, and I simply hate the idea of being labeled as a hater. But as a father and black man who has seen too much death and devastation in my family and so many others, I had to say that “enough is enough,” leading me to candidly discuss my decision to walk away from certain styles of hip-hop music. Read more…
I love hip-hop. I want to support it. I try to understand those who are a few years behind me and support their efforts to become empowered and thoughtful individuals. But after hearing the lyrics from a Lil Wayne song (an artist who’d already pushed me to the edge), I had to take a moment of pause and make a quick comment regarding how he has firmly positioned himself as an enemy of the black community. In the song, “We Be Steady Mobbin,” Lil Wayne says this: Read more…