Why is it that every successful hip-hop artist needs to project themselves as being criminals, even when they grew up in suburbia? Take Ja Rule for example. Her was raised in a suburban community but then started projecting himself as a hard-core gangster. Then a song came out (â€œHail Maryâ€) by 50 Cent, Eminem, and Busty Rhymes that dissed him for the fact, and his sales started to slide. Itâ€™s also interesting to see how the law enforcement deals with these young artists, such as the NYPD setting up a special â€œHip-Hop Task Forceâ€ that monitors their every move.
I though to bring up these topics because I just saw a preview for an upcoming hip-hop special on Court TV being produced by Russell Simmons. Itâ€™s called â€œHip Hop Justiceâ€ (I think), and airs next Wednesday (10/06) @ 10pm. It looks really interesting and hopefully will help put hip-hop in a more positive light.