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Re: “'Ho' Bans

the bay area has more politically conscious artists then you can shake a stick at, literally hundreds of them in fact. the problem is that local publications like the East Bay Express, The Bay Guardian, SF Weekly, et al don't give us any coverage *at all*, the corporate radio stations won't play our music because we won't sell booze and beamers for them, and the half-dozen or so left-coast independent hippie stations aren't tryna play hip hop. KPFA is the only real exception to that, but as much as I appreciate T-Kash's show, even he's not tryna play the street-level artists and in any case 1 show in the entire bay area just isn't enough. The only stations, in fact, that play real local hip hop are college stations like KSCU (props to The Underground Sound!), but their signal doesn't reach very far and isn't very good quality. Add to that the fact that the record industry is absolutely not checking for conscious artists and it's not hard to see why most of the people who should be fans don't even know the scene exists. It's kinda pathetic, really. We've got one of the biggest conscious hip hop scenes in the country in terms of number of artists and shows right here in the bay area, and the only hip hop that can get any coverage in our local publications is on some hyphy bullshit. I mean, I'm not tryna brag here, but my last two albums have each had over 100,000 downloads from all over the planet and earlier this year Donegal Press described me as "without a doubt one of the hottest rappers in the underground hip-hop scene today"; but I STILL get no love from publications right here in the bay area where I've lived my whole life. Now that could be because I don't look they way they expect politically conscious hip hop artists to look, but mostly I think it's just cuz the local media is asleep at the wheel. It's simple really, corporations control the means of communication in America and they decide who's gonna blow up and who's gonna get stuck in the underground forever. And they'd rather flood the airwaves with this same old minstrel show over and over again then risk promoting intelligent artists who talk about real issues in their lyrics and might piss off advertisers by complaining about the way nike uses slave labor or the way companies that push alcohol explicitly target poor communities and people of color or the butchery behind the diamond industry or a million other issues. We're not on the air because we're dangerous. But that's no excuse for local print publications that claim to be 'progressive' to leave us out of their pages.

Posted by Anonymous on 08/09/2007 at 12:12 AM

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