Hip-Hop vs. The Law

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 (“Hail Mary”) by 50 Cent, Eminem, and Busty Rhymes that dissed him for the fact, and his sales started to slide. It’s also interesting to see how the law enforcement deals with these young artists, such as the NYPD setting up a special “Hip-Hop Task Force” 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. It’s called “Hip Hop Justice” (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.




they ‘as to speaks like a muthafukin’ gangsta so they looks ‘ard and sellz lotz of cd’s coz even tho’ we aint dissin murder we is well against copyright invingements 'coz we gets paid 2 say so. im gonna go speed and not get a ticket 'coz all the copz is 2 flattered by the factz im famuz, i cant spell n e fing wivout a z coz it make me look stuped and stuped is cool. init? dont be dissin there shit.