Russell Simmons wants to clean up hip-hop
Hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons, who’s made millions off rap lyrics, says the recording industry needs to wipe the slate clean, banning the holy trinity of racist and sexist epithets from rap music and editing them out of broadcasts, the AP says.
For the sake of the wandering youthful eye who can click on this fine, free publication on a daily basis, we’ll say the terms mentioned are the “b” word, the “h” word Don Imus got in trouble for, and the ever-grotesque “n” word.
“We recommend (they’re) always out,” Simmons said. “This is a first step. It’s a clear message and a consistency that we want the industry to accept for more corporate social responsibility.”
Of course, the real problem is getting artists to not use them in the first place. We like the idea, but no one’s going to listen to hip-hop singles with half the song edited out.
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