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April 23, 2007

Hip Hop to Clean Up Acts?

Filed under: Culture,Family,First Amendment,mainstream media,media,MSM,Politics — avoiceofreason @ 9:29 pm

Perhaps the call for hip hop to clean up their act after the Don Imus flap may have some traction.

Today, hip-hop industry leader made recommendations to the industry.

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Prominent U.S. hip-hop executive Russell Simmons on Monday recommended eliminating the words “bitch,” “ho” and “nigger” from the recording industry, considering them “extreme curse words.”

The call comes less than two weeks after radio personality Don Imus’ nationally syndicated and televised radio show was canceled amid public outcry over Imus calling a women’s basketball team “nappy-headed hos.”

Simmons, co-founder of the Def Jam label and a driving force behind hip-hop’s huge commercial success, called for voluntary restrictions on the words and setting up an industry watchdog to recommend guidelines for lyrical and visual standards.

“These three words should be considered with the same objections to obscenity as ‘extreme curse words’,” it said.

Monday’s statement changed course from another one by Simmons and Chavis dated April 13, a day after Imus’ show was canceled, in which they said offensive references in hip-hop “may be uncomfortable for some to hear, but our job is not to silence or censor that expression.”

I hope it is true, but unless the heat is kept on, little will come from this.



  1. I think it should totally be encouraged from the likes of leaders of hip hop culture like Russell Simmons. But of course I don’t think it should be legislated. Though the CEO’s of these labels COULD require it of there signed acts. They make them jump through all sorts of other hoops, why not a decency one.

    Comment by mommyzabs — April 23, 2007 @ 9:54 pm | Reply

  2. That would be good. If this happens it will be a step in the right direction, a very good step.

    Comment by avoiceofreason — April 23, 2007 @ 10:29 pm | Reply

  3. sheesh what a phony..he was on Oprah today touting his new book…this is way too late way too late IMHO..good post!

    Comment by Angel — April 24, 2007 @ 3:07 am | Reply

  4. Well, I don’t think much will come from it, but it doesn’t cost anything to hope for the best!

    Comment by avoiceofreason — April 24, 2007 @ 3:19 am | Reply

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