|Rapper Lil Wayne (Photo credit: Wikipedia)|
Cause Hollywood came through my neighborhood with cameras on
I really think they’re stealing from us like a sample song
I really wish one day we’d take it back like Hammer’s home
The hurricane came and took my Louisiana home
And all I got in return was a darn country song
This whole country wrong
The above excerpt by rapper Lil Wayne from the song “Hollywood Divorce” off the 2006 soundtrack to the movie Idlewild is of a totally different caliber than a recent disturbing verse the multi-platinum artist spit on a remix of a song recorded with fellow rapper Future.
The New Orleans native stoked a firestorm of outrage by invoking the name of civil rights martyr Emmett Till in a disrespectful, distasteful manner under the guise of entertainment and creative expression.
Though response from the public in condemning the artist and record label was quick, serious problems remain, including the double standard in the music industry when it comes to Black folks.
Why is the blatant disrespect and attitudes not just tolerated, but glorified and promoted? Is there a limit to what the public will continue to accept from record labels that continue pushing such content? Final Call...