Members of the hip hop community along with top label execs met and defended the industry to lawmakers stating it was wrong to single out the genre for congressional probation.
Lavell “David Banner” Crump told the House consumer protection subcommittee that picking on rap unfairly singles out the black community. (Let us all thank Mr. Banner, who’s name derives from Bill Bixby’s Incredible Hulk character, for taking the time to speak for the ENTIRE Black community)
“When it comes down to it, it’s just a song,” Crump said. “Arnold Schwarzenegger is governor of California, but in his movies he killed half of Cambodia and he went to Mars and blew up Mars . . . but that’s OK because he’s a white man and he’s an actor.” (What’s the possibility that a Black OR a white person would kill half of Cambodia or blow up Mars? vs something like calling a black woman a “bitch” or shooting up the neighborhood?)
Crump and, wealthy but now reformed, Percy “Master P” Miller, told lawmakers during a hearing on the impact of media on American culture that songs with lyrics about death, sex and substance abuse are nothing new.
“Hip-hop is sick because America is sick,” Crump said. (And so, I take it we must continue and profit from the cycle?)
Miller comes from a different perspective (now that the sun has began to set on his empire, perhaps) having sworn off the use of offensive words and other depictions because he says they do little to further society (…or his career but if the money’s right again… who knows! Look at Mase). He told the panel that he had an (marketing) epiphany when he turned down his own music when his kids were in the car so they couldn’t hear the words.