This video speaks volumes. And I hope you guys are paying attention to the REAL MESSAGE implied in DIDDY'S speech.
If BADBOY is the last Record Label standing, if this is true, what does that say about HIP HOP right now...and black music, in general?
You have to REALLY pay attention to HIP HOP and where it is now...in the grand scope of things.
I live in Seoul, South Korea. As a result, I pay attention to the trends. And here, they love black music...R&B, Hip Hop, etc. They love it so much, they emulate it in their own artists. I understand that this is true in other world markets: Japan, China, Countries in Africa, and Europe.
But there's a problem.
World market distrbutors of music recently placed a ban on receiving music that it is considered negative and not conducive to their ways of life. Seoul, South Korea is included in this group as well.
They love the melodies, beats, rhythm, and etc. Yet, the lyrics are considered toxic to their countries' traditions and values. As a result, the youth in these countries are becoming too Westernized (i.e. American) and that's a problem for them.
So, that has contributed to the problem of hip hop's downfall, along with the internet, downloads and whathaveyou. These world market music distributors have opted to accept R&B, but only if there are no hip hop lyrics...or gangsta rap --- as they still refer to it.
Not to mention, when people accept Lil' Wayne's choice to do ROCK, it is received as Hip Hop running out of or losing creativity.
So, where does that leave the DJ? True, Diddy is right, you have power, In HIP HOP, the DJ Came First. But if the music is not acceptable, or not present, because of creative lack, then what must you do.
As, I'm sure you have heard by now, the existence of Black Radio is in jeopardy. We can take action to help save it. Cathy Hughes, Owner & Founder of Radio One has asked that each one of us do the following TODAY & TOMORROW:
CONTACT: The Honorable John Conyers by calling
202-225-5126 or 313-961-5670 AND email him at firstname.lastname@example.org
TELL HIM that you oppose this bill that would murder Black owned radio and the free music that you now hear on all free radio stations. In the midst of an American economic recession, it is not the right time to send millions of dollars to foreign owned record companies that don’t even pay taxes like you and me in this country. This bill is not in the interest of Black people
THE WHY/THE BILL
Congressman John Conyers is an 80 year old African-American Congressman who is sponsoring The John Conyers Performance Tax Bill, a brain child of the foreign owned record industry who would receive at least 50% of the revenue that would be charged to radio stations in order for them to play music. The music that you now receive free from us - we would have to pay millions of dollars for.
This bill could put many black owned radio stations out of business. And force others to abandon their commitment to provide free music, entertainment, news, information, and money losing formats like gospel and black talk.
There has been only one hearing on the bill and that hearing did not have any black ownership representation. Black radio owners and community leaders including Rev. Jesse Jackson, Rev. Al Sharpton, Dick Gregory, Tom Joyner, and myself have all begged Conyers to at least allow us a hearing. He has flatly refused.