Today, I read a thought-provoking and interesting claim about hip hop and its transformation into "gangsta rap." Before you continue on to read the rest of my post, I'd encourage you to read this letter written about "The Secret Meeting that Changed Rap Music and Destroyed a Generation."
Now, keeping in mind that it is an anonymous post with no specific names or company references, it brings about a lot of thought=provoking questions. Did the music industry purposefully promote "gangsta rap," or rap about sex, drugs, money, and violence, in order to tempt the younger generation to get in trouble with authorities and get sent to one of the music industry-owned prisons?
Many people will say that this letter is completely false, but I do not think it is too hard to believe. This could be the reason why hip hop and rap became overly violent during those times. Who is to say that the music executives did not sway their artists to rap about these things?
The violence that we discussed with many rap songs, like "NY State of Mind," or "Regulate," could have been influenced directly by this meeting. One could say that because of this secret meeting, a stereotype of violent, inner-city, African-Americans was born or further amplified.
Although more evidence of this secret meeting would be needed in order to make a solid conclusion about the rise of gangsta rap, I believe that, if true, the rich white man has once again succeeded in making a profit off the work of black artists and went even further by profiting off of the misfortunes of imprisoned young men and women of the streets.
If more of these claims of a secret meeting are revealed, I think that it will greatly impact the rap industry because many people will boycott the purchasing of rap music for a number of reasons. First, I do not think that people would want to continue to support an industry that is attempting to entice our generation to commit crimes in order for music industry executives to, not only profit off of the sale of the music, but also to profit off of their private prisons being completely full. Secondly, I do not think that the next generation of rap listeners will be able to experience rap because parents will not want their children listening to music that was created to encourage people to commit crimes.
For the sake of hip hop music, I hope that this story is false because the implications of this secret meeting could have tremendously negative effects on rap.