Friday, March 18, 2011

Russell Simmons: "Bill Cosby If You Remove Your Objections Over Ignorance In 'Hip Hop Voice Of The Street Pirates' Being Propagated Into The Public Square We Can Be Friends" (Pssst - You're Messing With My Cash Flow - Chill)

Bill Cosby Goes Hood On Russell Simmons

Once again Bill Cosby's foundation of work within the community provides him with the clout to blow off an "Attack Sheep Dog".

The key issue is around the content of the music that is popularly consumed by young people.

On the one side you have Russell Simmons.   Simmons has profited greatly off of selling "Hip Hop Voice Of The Street Pirate" music and its words that project a certain imagery of "ghetto life".   Simmons has a "non-judgmental" disposition - but only on issues where "moral criticism" works against his interests.   By contrast if the subject is about "redistribution to help the poor" - he casts judgment upon those who treat them with benign neglect.   Simmons dissed Cosby's criticism, saying that he is old and out of touch with what young people use to express themselves in the world that they live in.

On the other side there is Bill Cosby.   Cosby has called out Russell Simmons and  other operatives who are profiting off of vulgar messages.   Cosby is unwilling to yield to Simmons for the sake of "going along to get along".  When Simmons attempted to bury the hatchet - Cosby himself used "vulgar language" to tell him where to go.

What Is The Fixed Reference For Both Of These Men?

When it comes to discussions about a "greedy oil company" it is easy to say that their vested interests in the products that they sell cause them to be blinded and unwilling to reform their ways.  We are not predisposed to say the same thing about Russell Simmons and others who know what pays the bills.

Often we hear "Jazz too was misunderstood when it was the top musical outlet for Black people.  Now look at where it stands as an honored art form".

The problem with this statement is that jazz is largely instrumental.  The "offense" was not intrinsic to the medium but the drugs and loose living that the people who partook in the lifestyle.

When it comes to "Hip Hop Voice Of The Street Pirate" - one only needs to go to one of the many "lyrics" web sites to read the details and make up their own mind.

Absent a "fresh beat" to distract the consumer - many don't pay attention to the words.

I make note that the author of these words must be placed within a particular mindset prior to capturing these thoughts onto paper.  Some of them live this way on the "Ghetto streets".  Others live large but project this imagery because they know what the consumers want.

It is quite ironic that we hear demands for "quality Black movies" in which the characters are more fully developed.  The same with television shows.  When it comes to "Hip Hop Voice Of The Street Pirate Music", however, those with a vested interest tell us that this is the "news channel for da hood".   Don't indict them for the words  - they say - look at the greater society and why it has allowed this benign neglect.  They are merely expressing their pain.

You Are What You Eat

I am averse to having the government censor anything.
I believe that community pressure for reform is the best method.

At the same time we must expect that everyone consider the "nutrition" of what they ingest into their minds via their 5 senses.  The messages consumed do indeed impact one's consciousness.   Beyond considering the impact of such messages it is far more productive for us to ponder what messages are being crowded out.  Consider what the community needs this person to grow into and then consider where their present investments lead them toward.  The "opportunity cost" is the gap between these two points.

The profits in the pockets of the peddlers is merely the liquidation of these opportunity costs.

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