This post is actually a response to a post of the beautiful educator Kim.
It's easy to attack the rap, but rap has been around since 1977 - racism and sexism have been around longer than that. As a black woman I am in more contact with rap than metal/rock/roll, so I will see the negative in rap before I see it in those other music genres. A black woman saying take rap off the airwaves is music to white people's ears. Do away with rap - the one form of music that hasn't been stolen from us yet. I wish people would get a cd and listen to the songs that don't make it to the air. You are only allowed to have so many hits on an album. To get the fly by night folks to buy an album based on one song takes a whole lot. Half the time folks aren't listening to the lyrics but the music and chorus, so if it's sexual, about glorifying yourself, pimping, and cars - it's going to sale. A true fan doesn't buy a cd based on what they put on the radio. Most rappers were gangsters and they rap for gangsters, hustlers, for the streets. They tell them how horrible it is, seeing folks get shot, put in prison, and how to get out of the whole ganster game through rap. Most of it is not for children. Children only hear what coporate America wants them to hear - negative black men talking negatively about everything. Children can't go buy the whole cd because they aren't old enough. And if they do get a cd rap is so encoded that they are not going to understand anything but the 'n' the 'b' words. As far as the radio - I flip until I find something or put in a Jay-Z cd. I long ago stopped watching BET music videos because they played rap music that would pull in ratings and cross-over to the white people. Since then I stopped watching tv.
I did have some typos that I fixed. Here and hear are something else when you're typing fast. To add to this I would for people to pick up rap and/or hip-hop music that isn't on BET and the radios. I do agree that negative words and images have no place on the airwaves but pick and choose your fights carefully. And when your words aren't working - there is always the power of money. Boycotting works. Turn the tvs and radios off. Personally, I don't want my future children listening to Sexual Healing, Strokin', on the smooth, classic soul, and R&B stations.