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Rap Music Special Part 2

From the east coast to the west coast to Mississippi, rap has maintained steady sound for more than a decade.  Lately, raps, rep has taken a hit because of R-rated lyrics and misogynistic messages.

Rapper LL COOL J, has kept his lyrics clean for the most part. I sat down the rap pioneer with him before a show in Biloxi.

"It has become a commodity, the passion love and respect has been sucked out it, for business reasons," Rap Pioneer LL COOL J said.

This rap pioneer steers clear of the debate over keeping the lyrics clean or making more green.

Hip Hop enthusiast, DJ Tony T of Gulfport says he understands the battle.

"You can not really knock them because that is how they feed their families and pay their bills," Gulfport DJ Tony T said.

Curley Clark doesn't buy that excuse.  Clark is the president of the Jackson County NAACP, and he wants rappers held accountable for their words, especially knowing teenager are tuning in.

"I think we would be hypocritical to take a stand against Don Imus for calling the female players on the Rutgers Basketball team a bunch of Nappy headed hoes, and not hold our own rappers and entertainers responsible for the same derogatory type of language,"  NAACP President Curley Clark said.

Clark says that includes music videos, which promote men as the money makers and woman simply as sex objects.

"When you send out the wrong message, it creates additional black on black violence."

Gulf Coast Community College Professor Jonathon Woodward says there is a lot of truth to Clark's statement.

"There has been some research done on the affects of Rap Music as it relates to watching rap videos and listing to rap music on African American girls, as it relates to the classroom. Students were 3 times more likely to hit a teacher and 2 times more like to be arrested," Woodward said.

"If you can't control your kids, you can't control your house, do not blame me or anyone else," Mainstream Rapper Lil Boosie said.

Mainstream Rapper Lil Boosie considers himself a ghetto poet, and he doesn't want to alter his art .

"I am going to express what I went through, and if it has to touch somebody like that, that is how it has to be."

Most fans want the edgy messages, but the people less familiar with the music, say these artists promote a double standard, but they're not sure what the answer is.

"It seems okay for the rappers, and let me just say it for the blacks to go ahead and take that license to use those words like N word, and for anyone else to, it is wrong, so it is a double standard."

"There are movies and TV shows that are more ridiculous than rap music."

"Myself personally, if I had to make a living misleading people, young people I would not make that type of living."

"It is always some music that someone is going to hate, but eventually they always end up getting over it."

NAACP President Clark says wants those changes now,and  he especially wants the N word eliminated as entertainment.

"10 Years from now, I hope we can look at this as a good turning point," Clark said.

While popular rappers like 50 Cent and TI say they are not cleaning up their lyrics, Hip Hop Mogul Russell Simmons wants to ban the N-word, the H-Word, and B-word, from all clean versions of rap music.

Also, Louisiana Rapper Master P and Son Romeo are starting a record label called Take-A-Stand Records that will feature artists rapping about positive messages.

By Patrice Clark

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