Hello, After more than 20 years, I’ve finally decided to tell the world what I witnessed in 1991, which I believe was one of the biggest turning point in popular music, and ultimately American society. I have struggled for a long time weighing the pros and cons of making this story public as I was reluctant to implicate the individuals who were present that day. So I’ve simply decided to leave out names and all the details that may risk my personal well being and that of those who were, like me, dragged into something they weren’t ready for.
Between the late 80’s and early 90’s, I was what you may call a “decision maker” with one of the more established company in the music industry. I came from Europe in the early 80’s and quickly established myself in the business. The industry was different back then. Since technology and media weren’t accessible to people like they are today, the industry had more control over the public and had the means to influence them anyway it wanted. This may explain why in early 1991, I was invited to attend a closed door meeting with a small group of music business insiders to discuss rap music’s new direction. Little did I know that we would be asked to participate in one of the most unethical and destructive business practice I’ve ever seen.
The meeting was held at a private residence on the outskirts of Los Angeles. I remember about 25 to 30 people being there, most of them familiar faces. Speaking to those I knew, we joked about the theme of the meeting as many of us did not care for rap music and failed to see the purpose of being invited to a private gathering to discuss its future….
High time to bring this back to the blog. Here we have the gorgeous Qadirah aka Bellaagunz who you may have seen in Fab’s “Lituation” video. Hit the jump to see more of this chocolate beauty who definitely is deserving of being the first to reintroduce our most popular segment of the blog. Spotted at Boxden.
Wise words from Mr. Shakur.
Source: Hip Hop Galaxy
Does rap trigger sexism? That’s the conclusion of a North Carolina State University study that examined rap music’s effects on sexist attitudes among college students. Many critics claim that rap music causes sexist beliefs, but the study’s authors suggest the connection they found between rap and sexism is unlikely to be a direct cause-and-effect.
“It’s like hearing the word ‘chocolate’ and suddenly having a craving for a candy bar,” says Dr. Michael Cobb, assistant professor of political science, who conducted the study along with Dr. Bill Boettcher, associate professor of political science.
Cobb and Boettcher’s findings – titled “Ambivalent Sexism and Misogynistic Rap Music : Does Exposure to Eminem Increase Sexism ?” – were recently published in the Journal of Applied Social Psychology.
The study found that college students who were asked to listen to rap music had significantly higher levels of reported sexism. In the study, males who listened to any rap music were more sexist than those in the control group even though sometimes the rap lyrics did not include sexist language. Females in the study also reported higher levels of sexism when rap music was not sexist in its language, but their endorsement of sexist beliefs was the lowest after listening to rap with overtly sexist language.
“Sexism is imbedded in the culture we live in, and hearing rap music can spontaneously activate pre-existing awareness of sexist beliefs,” Cobb says. “We feel it’s unlikely that hearing lyrics in a song creates attitudes that did not previously exist. Instead, rap music, fairly or unfairly, has become associated with misogyny, and even minimal exposure to it can automatically activate these mental associations and increase their application, at least temporarily.”