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Steve Harvey is weighing in the hip-hop community, both praising it for turning around so many people’s lives, but also asking artists to stop degrading women in their music.
The veteran comedian, actor and now talk show host spoke to MTV News about hip-hop being a “beautiful thing,” adding, "I think that the music genre itself has created more millionaires than any other music genre before it, especially in our community."
Harvey declares that with such a wide platform, rappers should be more careful with the messages they’re getting across in their lyrics.
"I think that we as the African-American men in hip-hop, we have a greater responsibly because we have the ears of so many millions of our young people," he said. "And they listenin'."
Harvey believes that the hip-hop community in general are the only genre of artists who put down women.
"We got to stop the disrespect of our women in our music," he said. "We the only ones that do it. Japanese people don't do it. Rock 'n' rollers don't do it. Jewish people don't do it. You know, Latino men don't do it. Cubans don't do it they music. Mexicans don't do it in they music. I ain't ever heard no Swedish group do it. Why we so hateful towards ourself, towards our sisters?"
Harvey now has his own daytime talk show called The Steve Harvey Morning Show, so maybe we will hear more of what he thinks about this subject on the show.
The Los Angeles Times reports that the show is based in Chicago, and he’s not worried about competition from other daytime shows.
“There’s one Steve Harvey coming out—I bet you I can do that better than anybody else and that’s what I’m going to do,” he said. “Whoever else is out there -- God bless them. I think everybody is going to get what they worked for. If a person is having a great season somewhere else, I applaud it. I’m going to do my best to have the best season I can have.”