I Agree With Peter Rosenberg……..

“I know there are some chicks here waiting to sing ‘Starships’ later, I’m not talking to y’all right now, fuck that bullshit.”  “Bullshit! I’m here to talk about real Hip-Hop shit.” 

Radio Show Personality Peter Rosenberg-Hot 97 FM NYC at the station’s Summer Jam Music Festival last week

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As you might have read or seen last week in the news, PERFORMER Nicki Minaj pulled out of the famous Hot 97 Summer Jam held at the MetLife Stadium. Radio host and record producer Peter Rosenberg apparently ticked off rapper and president of Cash Money Records, Lil’ Wayne, who is under contract with Minaj. Rosenberg was making reference to Nicki’s hit single “Starships” before the concert was set to begin. The radio host then tweeted “”Young Money ain’t doing summer jam.” Rosenberg making reference to Wayne’s music camp that also includes Minaj. Hip-Hop icon and DJ Funkmaster Flex, whose had a career with the station for some 22 years, backed Rosenberg on stage during the concert by attacking her current record sales: “You don’t go gold. It’s all your fault,” he said. “I’m dedicated to tearing you down.”

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Currently, Nicki Minaj is number #5 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles charts with her hit “Starships.” Her album “Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded” is number #22 on the Billboard 200 albums chart.

Minaj was disappointed and hurt by radio Peter Rosenberg’s comments and was a bad publicity stunt on the station and advertiser’s involvement with the station’s big concert. In a interview on New York City’s rival station Power 105.1’s morning show “The Breakfast Club,” Minaj told listeners “After all this has been said and done, I wasn’t gonna do ‘Starships’ and I think people know that.” She later added: “I’m way smarter than that. I know what people wanted to see.” Minaj even revealed that during her perform she was going to surprise music fans with a special guest appearance by rappers Cam’ron and Foxy Brown.

In a what would be a heated interview with DJ Funkmaster Flex and Nicki Minaj, Minaj held her ground telling the famed DJ: “When you invite someone to your home you treat them with respect. Wayne gave me a very, very valuable lesson last night on knowing my worth.”

Right now I have a real beef with the way hip-hop has lost its voice and street credibility. The visual and artistic merit of the way rap has gone hasn’t amounted in the best record sales as well as message that it’s currently being portrayed, especially for women emcees. I grew up in what was hailed as the “golden-era” of hip-hop where each part of the country represented different and unique styles of emcees, producers, and rap groups. The south had groups like Outkast, Goodie Mob, Underground Kings. The midwest had groups and rappers like Bone Thugs and Harmony, Slum Village, Common, Eminem, Hi-Tek. The west had artists like Too Short, E-40, NWA, Ice Cube, The Pharcyde, The Nonce, Dr. Dre, and Snoop Dogg. The east coast introduced layers of the rap game that was both groundbreaking and paved the way to have others emulate how the music would be presented all over the world.

According to Billboard Magazine “since 2000, rap sales dropped 44%, and declined to 10% of all music sales, which, while still a commanding figure when compared to other genres, is a significant drop from the 13% of all music sales where rap music regularly placed.” This again proves my point in that today’s rap artists, or should I say, “faux-hop” stars have diminished the rich diversity of this music called hip-hop.

ImageThe females in the rap game today can’t even compare to the talent and depth that Lauryn Hill, Bahamadia, Salt-n-Pepa, MC Lyte, Monie Love, and Queen Latifah back in the day. Nicki Minaj represents what’s wrong with the music. The women I mentioned had a level of class, respect, and dignity when it came to the rap game as well as the messages that they presented in their music. I mean, I agree with radio host Peter Rosenberg in that Nicki’s music isn’t real hip-hop. Again, I call her a “faux-hop” artist dressed in crazy attire to sell records and lead the younger generation astray with mindless subject matter as well as a lack of respect for themselves. 

Nicki is never capable of making a classic like “The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill.” Or, is Waka Flacka Flame capable of making a Nas’s “Illmatic” or Biggie’s “Ready to Die.” This generation of hip hop artists have been conditioned to rap about nothing to sell mindless music. 

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Last week’s music feud between Nicki Minaj and the Hot 97 radio personalities didn’t accomplish much but make Minaj laugh all the way to bank. The best way to end and put a stop to the mindless hip-hop that exists on the radio or video is just don’t support it or don’t pay attention to it. Again, this phase of hip-hop shall too pass!

 

The Revolution Will Be Televised,

Brian Pace

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The Flawed Tyler Clementi Case

Over the last week I’ve been thinking about how flawed and screwed-up the legal system has been in serving the people of this country. In fact, as a person of color, watching how the latest events of the Dharun Ravi case and the judgement that was handed down, proves that justice is really blind, stupid, and a bunch of idiots! Ravi gets a slap on the wrists from the justice system yet the Clementi family lost a son. The fact that Dharun committed what I believe is one of the heinous hate crimes of this generation and all he gets is a measly thirty day sentence isn’t justifiable for a mean spirited murder.

For those who don’t remember the case, let me briefly recap what happened. Tyler Clementi was 18-year-old freshman that attended Rutgers University in Piscataway, New Jersey. Tyler, who was openly gay, was roommates with Dharun Ravi. Ravi, along with his friend Molly Wei, secretly used a computer to webcast Tyler’s personal and sexual encounter to other Rutgers students. Both Dharun and Molly then texted the incident on their Twitter accounts describing the escapade that took place in the dorm room. Ravi posted in his twits that Tyler: “Roommate asked for the room till midnight. I went into Molly’s room and turned on my webcam. I saw him making out with a dude. Yay.” Molly then proceeded on online chat with students and later turns on the camera again with people in her room. Although Dharun wasn’t present, it was this viewing where the students got to see Tyler and his friend in the dorm room kissing and with their shirts off.

After the webcasts Tyler followed the graphic Twitter texts and later requested a single room because of his invasion of privacy. Dharun then proceeded to make nasty texts saying, “Yeah, keep the gays away” and “People are having a viewing party with a bottle of Bacardi and beer in this kid’s room for my roommate” with instructions to how to view the upcoming webcasts. He then set the camera directly in front of Tyler’s bed so viewers could get a close and upfront view of his sexual escapades. Dharun then texted his friends the times that Tyler would allegedly be in the room for people to watch him online.

Due to the inner conflict of Tyler being seen online as well as the torment of him being ridiculed about him being gay, on September 22nd, 2010 he jumped off the George Washington Bridge in New York City.

Tyler’s death sparked a national outcry on the rise of cyberbullying. Instead of Dharun being an example of the crimes he committed, the country looks at him as what the legal system didn’t do as telling future bullies this kind of behavior isn’t going to be tolerated nor is acceptable. A jury last March convicted Dharun Ravi on all 15 criminal counts. Charges ranged from bias intimidation to invasion of privacy. Superior Court Judge Glenn Berman rendered his sentence that Dharun be ordered thirty days in jail, three year’s probation, community service and counseling, and pay over $10,000 in fines. He had faced up to 10 years in prison.

What gets me is that Judge Berman said during his closing statements. “I can’t find it within me to remand this gentlemen to a state prison no matter how I hold it unconscionable his conduct was.” He later states: “I don’t defend his actions toward Tyler Clementi what so ever. None. Nor does he,”. Here’s where the judge completely lost me!”But I don’t think it was motivated by hatred. And I’ll stand on that.”

Merriam-Webster’s dictionary defines hate crime as: “any of various (as assault or defacement of property) when motivated by hostility to the victim as a group (as one based on color, creed, gender, or sexual orientation)

So, let me get this straight? Ravi used his own computer and camera to record or transmit a intimate and private event without his roommate’s consent. Then, made fun of ones gender and sexual orientation by texting and making mean and inappropriate comments to other students. Also, set-up another potential online event while poking fun again at his sexual orientation!

This judge clearly didn’t use his best common sense at all in deciding this case! Ravi clearly used hate based language and expressed his hostility toward Tyler for being openly gay! This is evident as you read his texts. Ravi invaded Tyler’s privacy and used his computer and cell phone to transmit the live video chat.

It seems to me that the judge didn’t really have the Clementi’s nor the other victims of cyberbullying in mind. Nor, did the judge have a distinct frame of mind in dealing with the real issue, that this is a hate crime. Thirty days in jail was a travesty compared to the innocent life that was taken as well as the humility the Clementi’s have had to deal with since their son’s death. This incident didn’t accomplish much from a legal standpoint and I believe it shows how the legal system is a joke that isn’t funny. In fact, if Ravi can get only 30 days and Senator Edwards can walk for violating campaign finance rules and have an affair, how serious are you going to take our current legal system? You’ve pretty much told the public that all of these actions are ok and that others are set forth to break the rules only to get a slap on the wrist! HOW CAN I BE HELD ACCOUNTABLE FOR MY ACTIONS WHEN THE LAWS THAT SET UP TO PROTECT US ARE THE ONES THAT FAIL US?

 

The Revolution Will Be Televised,

Brian Pace

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