Nekesa Mumbi Moody from the Associated Press takes on the My New Rap Problem: Criticism From Within. Is hip-hop dead?
It’s at least ailing, according to recent statistics: Though music sales are down overall, rap sales slid a whopping 21 percent from 2005 to 2006, and for the first time in 12 years no rap album was among the top 10 sellers of the year. A recent study by the Black Youth Project showed a majority of youth think rap has too many violent images. In a poll of black Americans by The Associated Press and AOL-Black Voices last year, 50 percent of respondents said hip-hop was a negative force in American society.
We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: Copyright law has ruined hip-hop.
There needs to be a compulsory sampling license with a fair, standardized price or else we’ll never see another It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back, Fear of a Black Planet, 3 Feet High and Rising, or Paul’s Boutique. It’s not the “negative” lyrics (well, not entirely) that people are sick of; it’s the tired-ass beats.