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Morality Clauses In Hip Hop? Good Luck With That One

thugnificent.jpgAs much sense as having morality clauses in Hip Hop artists' contracts makes sense given the egregious nature with which crime scenarios find themselves making the leap from rhymes to real life, I personally don't see this one happening. Sure, Hip Hop was created in order to alleviate and eradicate beef between warring factions or at the very least disgruntled individuals, but the days of seeking peace has given way to peace not really ever being the word that's played. So while I commend attorney Lauren Raysor's efforts in hoping the Hip Hop labels will institute a "morality clause" into their artists' contracts in order to prevent "any acts seen as objectionable to society," it can also be simply stated that most of the artists with contracts are objectionable to society by assaulting our eardrums with tired, overplayed themes and rhyme flows. I can do you one better, Counselor Raysor: how about we attach a "no coonery" clause in Hip Hop artists' contracts with their punishment being stripped of their access to any social networking sites with which to start or continue stupid beefs once and for all? Or maybe being made to participate in a dance-off with Pretty Ricky? Or having a Vaseline-eating contest with Stephon Marbury? In any case, expect this story to exit the news as quietly as it appeared. Violence in Hip Hop unfortunately is here to stay

"Lawyer Calls For Hip-Hop "Morality Clause" In Contracts" [AHH]

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8 Responses

  1. As much as many want this to happen..it's wishful thinking and it will never happen.If they do somehow, really they still think of us as the same, but I don't see hip-hop just being a problem.You got under age girls going on stage with a pole (Miley Cyrus), chicks flashing their private areas and its all too good and they much worse than rappers in general.
    I think I probably missing the picture because there are some rappers who take there are some good songs out there.People tend to ignore them, but it doesn't mean anyone is listening.Thats just my 2cents on it..

  2. As much as I believe you have a point here, I feel I have the obligation to open your eyes to another side on the subject. I am the author of a blog based on the subject of repairing hip-hop; hiphopcheerleader.blogspot.com. Therefore, I want you to realize that what you have done, as exemplified by your thoughts in this post, is given up. I LOOOOVE hip-hop, almost to obsession status and I know its hard to defend and love and even try to make better a entity that continually assaults my very humanity, but its a labor of love. I refuse to give up. You feel that nothing is accomplished from the efforts to eradicate violence, misogny, sexism and the like; but even less is done when we give up. Slowly, but surely, I believe that progress is being made and I know that more progress can and will be made when we refuse to give up, and join tirelessly in the fight. If we gave up on situations that seemed hopeless at times, there would have never been a Civil Rights Movement, there wouldn't be a black President, racism and sexism wouldn't have gotten any better; which I believe it has, the list can go on, but I'll stop it there.

  3. Dear jaden_loves,
    1. I have NOT, as you incorrectly stated, given up on Hip Hop. I will NEVER give up on Hip Hop. I have given up tired, shiftless, non-progressive mufukas who seek to start beef without the consequences of their childish actions.
    2. I find your desire to push your own agenda a noble yet misguided one. I would have been more inclined to check your website out if you hadn't misquoted me AND if you hadn't chosen to take the topic to a place it was never intended to go, i.e. Civil Rights Movement, Obama, sexism.
    The subject at hand was accountability in Hip Hop. Nothing more, nothing less.

  4. Offended are we? Must then, be some truth to my statement. I think it is you, who misunderstand me. The object of my comment was NOT to get you to check out my website, and I am not crying because you decided not to. The purpose of my comment was to get you to see that it is of no help to give up on anything when it seems as if no progress has been made, which is why I included larger examples of Obama and the like. You say, "I have given up tired, shiftless, non-progressive mufukas who seek to start beef without the consequences of their childish actions." What you fail to understand, and I think you were trying so hard to defend yourself instead of trying to actually UNDERSTAND what I was writing about; is that it is not okay to give up on ANYTHING. Obviously, these people need help, especially from someone like you who has a progressive view on music. You also stated that I took the conversation a place where it shouldn't have gone."chosen to take the topic to a place it was never intended to go, i.e. Civil Rights Movement, Obama, sexism.The subject at hand was accountability in Hip Hop. Nothing more, nothing less." Conversations go place hon', that's where they are supposed to go. Its important to link conversations and therefore issues, so that we can view the bigger picture. I beg to differ, that I misquoted you. "Violence in Hip Hop unfortunately is here to stay", sounds a lot like giving up to me.

  5. Jaden,
    I have tried to be nice to you. I will, therefore, say this one more time:
    There is no truth to your statement. Again, as I have stated before, I have never given up on Hip Hop as the plethora of posts that I have written on this website spotlighting progressive Hip Hop that has recently been released or is currently out now. You might want to peep that before you misquote me and pass off my opinion as one you clearly don't understand.
    The real question is why YOU are so offended. I merely stated facts (plugging your website which you could have done simply by allowing the hyperlink do its job), while you merely took a suspicion (that I have given up on Hip Hop) and ran with it.
    This is the last I will speak on this issue.
    Good luck with THAT.

  6. Your posts about progressive hip-hop do not mean that you haven't given up on ALL hip-hop, be it progressive or not. I am not offended, glad we settled that. And I again stated the website, to let you know that writing about hip-hop and its progression is something that I enjoy to do, not to persuade you or anyone else to read it. Good luck with getting rid of violence in hip-hop when you've already stated that you believe it will always be there.
    Peace out!

  7. When media moguls, A&R and business affairs execs live up to the same morality standards they try to impose on artists then I'll give this one some serious thought...

  8. Morality clauses? just another fancy word for parents not giving a damn and raising their kids correctly..................



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