Founder of MemphisRap.com responds to Hip-Hop Critics and Three 6 Mafia boycott
Memphis, TN - At a time when most publishers are jumping on board
the ‘bash train’ of Hip-Hop, Director and Founder of MemphisRap.com,
Hosea Mays, Jr "M Town Luv aka M Town," has responded with a written
column in regards to the recent attacks by critics and others against
Hip-Hop entitled "Rap/Hip-Hop: You Can’t Censor the Truth." In the
column, Mays "M Town" speaks not only about and for the rap/hip-hop
community, but also he speaks to the parents of the hip-hop generation.
Mays even took it as far as throwing out a challenge for anyone who
wishes to debate or talk with him about the issue.
When asked what does he think about the recent uproar on rap/hip-hop
and about some of the industry leaders getting common words seldom used
in rap/hip-hop songs censored, Mays "M Town" stated, "I think that it’s
ok that words that are soundly profane be censored, however I don’t
agree on the attacks or the blames on hip-hop for the problems in the
world today. I believe political and community leaders have far greater
things that they should be pointing out and dealing with other than a
couple of slang terms used in hip-hop. We have much greater things to
address and a much bigger picture, but we won’t get there attacking
slang words that the next generation begins to use. Be it similar to
profanity or not. I do however agree with the latest suggestions that
community leaders that have knowledge on the subject address the slangs
words considered to be profanity over the public airwaves. I don’t
believe that someone that is not familiar with today’s generation’s
language or dialect can speak on what’s wrong or right, or good or bad
when they don’t understand the language."
Mays "M Town" is one of many who have taken the initiative to speak up
on the issue and address those attacking the genre and looking to seek
out the real culprit behind the problem in the community while
utilizing hip-hop as a voice of the community. "They are trying to
censor the biggest voice that we have in the community, not only is it
our voice outbound, but it is also the voice that speaks to us as well.
When you go to clean up you don’t sweep the dirt under the rug or make
a person think that its clean. You address the problems head-on meaning
censoring the words would only be sweeping the problems under the rug.
Hip-Hop is not the problem but sometimes it can be the message about
the problems," stated Mays.
Locally the Memphis based publisher addressed a columnist in the city’s
biggest newspaper owned by Scripps "The Commercial Appeal" when she
called for a boycott to boot rap music group Three 6 Mafia from the
city’s largest music event, "Memphis In May: Beale Street Music
Festival’, which attracts hundreds of thousands of people every year.
"I don’t think she means any harm, but I do think she can cause more
harm than she’s trying to prevent," says Mays.
"We don’t attack the unknown, we learn from it and pass what we know on
to our kids, the next generation. Three 6 are performers just like
Arnold Schwarzenegger was a performer in Terminator, or any other actor
is in any horror movie. Rappers are business men and women just like
the actors and producers who make vicious movies in the entertainment
business, just as video games creators are also business men and women
in the gaming business. If kids are getting the wrong message, first of
all, they should be learning from their parents that it’s not real and
second of all, before the age of thirteen, they should not have access
to parental advisory CD’s without the parent’s permission and this goes
for the internet also, because there is software available for internet
surfers to monitor those thirteen and under. I know it’s a very touchy
subject but we all know it’s the internet age (we can’t hide the truth)
and kids are subject to abusive music (far worst than hip-hop), porn,
violence, drug paraphernalia, pedophile advances and everything else
not good for them, but Hip-Hop is not the predator. We, the parents,
have to prepare our kids and talk with them so they know right from
wrong and no matter what they are subject to, they make the right
decisions," Mays continues.
"What it boils down to is that the younger and next generation has and
probably will always offend the older generation through its fashion,
its look, its talk and its attitude. People of the 70’s are offended by
people of the 90’s and people of the 90’s will probably be offended by
the people of the 2010’s," stated Mays "M Town".
The full article "Rap/Hip-Hop: You Can’t Censor the Truth" where the
founder of MemphisRap.com, M Town Luv, responds to Hip-Hop Critics and
the Three 6 Mafia boycott can be found at http://www.memphisrap.com/community/article1325.html.