Blame Hip Hop and protect the real criminal

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I read an interesting article by Manny Faces of the NY Hip Hop Report and Birthplace Magazine about a report by CNN anchor Don Lemon.


The problem with the main stream media is that they are not competent enough to discuss a topic as intricate as race on TV. Forget mainstream media the answers will never be there. That’s meant for sensationalism, not solving problems. What Lemon said was sort of correct but very simplistic. Skolnik made some relevant points as well, but like you said Manny, he benefits off of the negative part of the culture that true Hiphoppas hate. The overall problem here is that rap music is confused with Hip Hop Kulture. The culture of Hip Hop is more than just rappers, it’s graf artists, B-boys/girls, music producers, beatboxers, fashion designers, entrepreneurs and those who seek to explore more than just entertainment. The negativity we see in rap music is the increasing glorification of MAINSTREAM ideals, like materialism, greed, selfishness, and “the rebel without a cause” mentality that made Rock n Roll popular. That’s the American way. Those are American mainstream ideals. Hip Hop was founded on Peace, Love, Unity and safely having fun before it became materialistic. Hip Hop was founded with the 5% ideology of each one teach one embedded in its core. Gettin rich or die tryin is an American mainstream ideal which rappers embraced at all cost since the new millennium began.

There is something to say about being more responsible for the images our culture portrays but as you can see we have no control over that. The sources which feed off of negativity get too much publicity. We have not been able to stop that. The thing Don Lemon and Larry Elder have to understand is that the topic they are discussing is not simplistic. It’s not about sagging pants. Glorifying gangsterism and negativity is the American way., not something Hip Hop came up with.

Sound-bite journalism will never solve the problems of society. They just use them as talking points to inflame opposing sides of the argument. Hip Hop Kulture is not “Black” culture first off, so equating the two is the first fallacy. Justin Bieber sags, is he “Black” or Hip Hop? Fashion is not the problem. Does mainstream rap glorify negativity, yes. True school Hiphoppas like most ppl reading this hate that crap. Can we control what ppl promote? No. Can we control what ppl watch? Of course not. Do most Hiphoppas hate the fact that WorldStar calls itself Hip Hop? Hell yes! Can we do anything about that? Probably not. So the only real answer to the questions Don Lemon posed is to say we agree that negativity exists in rap music but that is not the same as Hip Hop Kulture. That part of rap is mainstream culture.

Also that crime stat is way off. So-called Blacks and Latinos are overly prosecuted for crime. The same offenses so-called Blacks commit are the same ones so-called Whites commit without punishment. Theft is much more prevalent in the “White” community. Think about Bernie Madoff, Enron and the housing loan scandal or the theft of the North American continent. Are “Whites” more violent? Think about the Civil War where 640,000 “white” ppl killed each other in 4 years, or the random mass murders which occur every year. There is an overemphasis on petty crime and not true crime, which is done with a business suit on, not saggy pants.

Lastly, the violence in the inner city is over reported anyway. There are around 15,000 homicides per year, for all races combined out of 300 million ppl. That percentage is less than .001%. Even if it was all “Black” ppl which number around 42 million, the number would still be small. Compare 15,000 homicides with 32,000 suicides another 33,000 drug overdoses and 22,000 ppl per year who die falling in just the “White” community each year. What is more sensational? The homicides? Over 80,000 self-inflicted deaths in the “white” community versus 15,000 homicides in the total population. The stats are a red herring to keep us going at each other over bullshit while the elite rob, pillage and plunder our country and the rest of the World.

Kurt Nice

Kurt Nice aka Kurtiss Jackson is a behind the scenes pioneer in the Hip Hop Kulture, creating the first nationally distributed video mix tape series, Shades of Hip Hop, in the late 1990s. Since touring the country with the Stop the Violence Movement and the Temple of Hip Hop as KRS-ONE’s National Marketing Director, Kurt Nice has been a constant commentator on conscious Hip Hop and its relevance to the new rap music of today, through radio and cable appearances. contact Kurt at

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6 thoughts on “Blame Hip Hop and protect the real criminal”

  1. Manny Faces says:

    Peace Kurt, I think I just now saw this, lol… In any event, much respect.

  2. I don’t feel that the problem with the mainstream media is a lack of competency, although I used to believe this myself. It would seem to me that the mainstream media could be extremely competent in exploring truthfully any issue it chose considering all of the resources at its disposal: university professors, researchers, archives, scholars, investigators, not to mention the financial coffers. The real problem is the unwillingness of the mainstream media to stray away from the “official truth” that is agreed upon by a select few who control those resources. I am reminded of a an interview I watched with the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan where he spoke of an encounter he had in Jamaica with a Jewish man involved with American media. This man explained to Brother Farrakhan that he was part of a small group of highly influential people who meet regularly to reflect on recent trends and decide whether or not those trends should be supported or rejected. Whenever I watch the mainstream media, I try to imagine who is speaking to the public and what is the “official truth” that they are seeking to convince us of. I also imagine that within this small group of influential trend-watchers there are no Hiphoppas, Blacks, Hispanics, Asians or Muslims. We are blessed to have Hip Hop as an alternative source of information and culture.

    1. Kurt Nice says:

      That was very insightful. Thanks for the post. Beware the “official truth”!

  3. Lewone says:

    Good Post….Mainstream media doesn’t embrace real Hiphop..They can’t because it might change everything.

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