Should the NAACP Be Giving Awards to Artists Who Promote Drugs, Violence and the N-Word?

by Dr. Boyce Watkins, Syracuse University – Scholarship in Action 

Last night, I was up watching last year’s Hip-Hop honors on Vh-1. I knew that it wasn’t live, since the rappers T.I. and Gucci Mane weren’t in jail. In fact, I find it interesting that I had to count and remember which artists were incarcerated out of the bunch, since it seems that hip-hop has now made it cool to go to jail, at least for a little while.
As a fan of hip-hop, I enjoyed the music being performed by various artists. I couldn’t, however, help but be disturbed by trends that become more and more apparent to me as I get older. At one point, there were three "interesting" songs performed in a row, one by an artist by the name of "Bone Crusher," a second performed by Gucci Mane and a third performed by the Ying-Yang Twins. Bone Crusher rapped about "popping the trunk" and killing another "n*gga" who spoke to him disrepsectfully. To be more precise, the lyrics were as follows:
Let a choppa go PLOOOOOOWWW! to yo melon
Now the plasma is oozin outta yo cerebellum
AttenSHUNNNNN! F*ck n*gga, now you swellin
You ain’t talkin hardcore, now is ya? Lil’ b*tch!

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One response to “Should the NAACP Be Giving Awards to Artists Who Promote Drugs, Violence and the N-Word?

  1. Jim Hall

    No, they definitely should not!!!!

    I know the NAACP is trying desperately to re-invent itself and to become more relevant to ll age groups, but the negative image hip-hop artists can and should be left behind. That’s obvious to even the most casual observer! If the NAACP continues with these type awards, they will run the perilous risk of losing the support of Black churches and many, many Black women as led by the likes of Rev. Taffi Dollar and Bishiop T D Jakes!

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