What am I missing?
Well, that would depend on what you got. For one, the editorializing is off the charts..."such hateful songs as," "glorifying the Virginia Tech murders," etc. I realize that shows like that are designed to take control away from the guests and keep it with the hosts, but I can't imagine just letting those remarks slide. I mean, really, glorifying the Virginia Tech murders? That's obsurd, and patently false. Also, if he's going to say that his "hateful songs" are a problem, he should probably at least listen to the ones he uses as an example before claiming them to be hateful.
I also don't like how they seem to make the AllHipHop.com guy out to be some kind of spokesperson for hip-hop (and to be fair, how he allows it, as if he's been appointed ambassador for rap music). If he's going to be on there pretending to speak for the hip-hop community, he could at least shoot some holes in the horrendous arguments that the hosts are making. Some of the lyrics (which were hand-picked, obviously, to make Nas seem worse than he is) aren't even Nas lyrics. "Shoot 'em up, just shoot 'em up, awe yah" is from Cypress Hill. Would these guys disparage Eric Clapton for singing "I shot the sheriff"? Somehow, I doubt it. I don't necessarily think Nas' every move is definsible, but can the supposed 'defenders of rap' not make the leap to propose that maybe there's some irony involved in Nas shouting "murder, murder, murder, kill, kill, kill" on stage? Perhaps point out the fact that those particular lyrics were actually coined by Masta Ace on 'Slaughtahouse', a concep album devoted entirely to decrying black-on-black crime? Instead he just sits there on some 'well I don't like it either, but let's wait and see if he explains it' tip.
Then they go and claim that any positive message in his music somehow doesn't count, because of the negative stuff he talks about, which I guess, in their minds, gives them an excuse for claiming to be a news program but completely ignoring all of Nas' work that has a positive message and not including it in their story. Including one of his most liked songs, which contains a very strong anti-gun message, 'I Gave You Power.'
They also question what message his music is to kids, they may as well question what message pornography is to kids, because kids aren't the intended audience of either. Nas isn't responsible for what music kids listen to, their parents are. I don't want any artists (authors, musicians, film makers, etc) toning down their work in case kids hear/see it.
Then they end up the segment by quickly blaming the recent shootings in Philly on Nas. That's one of the most idiotic statements I've heard a "journalist" say since, well...in a long time.
Last edited by Art Vandelay on Mon Nov 05, 2007 7:33 pm, edited 1 time in total.