Despite all of the "hot talk" from many rappers and executives, when it IS time to speak up no one shows up....Not surprising.
I guess this is what one can expect from the current crop of folks who have no respect for the art form.
Courtesy of the Associated Press:
*Later this month, Congress is set to hold its first hearing on misogyny in hip hop, which aims to address "stereotypes and degradation" of women -- particularly African-American women, reports Daily Variety.
Tentatively scheduled for Sept. 25, the hearing plans to examine the effects of hip-hop lyrics and videos, which critics have frequently derided for explicit misogyny aimed largely at black women.
"I want to engage not just the music industry but the entertainment industry at large to be part of a solution," according to Rush whose committee will hold the hearing.
Just as his colleagues on other committees have summoned TV execs to be grilled on sexual or violent content, Rush wants to hear from the leaders of companies purveying rap music. The intent is to examine commercial practices behind the music's most controversial content.
"I want to talk to executives at these conglomerates who've never taken a public position on what they produce," Rush said. "But it's been surprisingly very difficult to get them to commit to appearing."
So far, Master P is the only artist who has agreed to participate. The founder of No Limit Records began his career as a gangsta rapper, but has recently announced a decision to focus more on positive messages and images in his music.