By: Rizoh

      It’s not unusual for hip-hop to come under fire every now and then. In fact, it’s been a while since hip-hop last caught any backlash.

      Alfred “Coach” Powell, a professor at the State University of New York at Stony Brook, has rekindled the debate on hip-hop’s depiction of negative images and lifestyles. The professor was the keynote speaker at a Youth Empowerment Seminar hosted Weisser Park Youth Center.

      At the seminar put together by Stop the Madness Inc., Powell condemned rap music for promoting profanity and promiscuous clothing styles, among other things.

“It breaks my heart to hear conversations between young people today, and every other word is profanity,” he said.

      Powell, the author of Hip-Hop Hypocrisy: When Lies Sound Like the Truth, encouraged young people to get educated and stay active in the community.

       Rap music has been blamed for everything from teen violence to immorality. But who’s really to blame here—the artists, the fans, or the industry?

 

  • http://www.ihiphop.com/TonyGT Tony GT

    We should blame “the man” …heheheh jk people jus dont care cuz hip hop makes money$$$$$ and i dont care if there are profanity in songs unless the song sucks or if the rapper is one of those fake-types that say shit that they never do cuz their weenies lol idk

  • http://www.ihiphop.com/FeL FeL31

    I not mad at the man, I do blame the industry a lil bit for not promoting positive music,every cd is about the same thing, drugs and women, don’t get me wrong i’m a die hard hip hop fan but young kids do recieve the wrong message and we all know it.

  • http://www.ihiphop.com/slapemtwice slap

    U really have to ask yourself how muc of this shit out here is really hip hop??? Most of this bullshit ain’t even worth downloading for free niggas ain’t talk bout shit and haven’t been for quite a while now of course its effecting the kids but its also the gov. and communities… Not puttin in the work to turn the tv off and putting a book in a kids hands is where its comin from.

  • http://www.ihiphop.com/slapemtwice slap

    U really have to ask yourself how muc of this shit out here is really hip hop??? Most of this bullshit ain't even worth downloading for free niggas ain't talk bout shit and haven't been for quite a while now of course its effecting the kids but its also the gov. and communities… Not puttin in the work to turn the tv off and putting a book in a kids hands is where its comin from.