On Monday, the always delightful Juan Williams, who lost his job at NPR after telling Bill O’Reilly he gets “nervous” when he’s on airplanes with Muslims, vomited out some words in the Wall Street Journal about the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington. Or more specifically, about the dangers of The Rap Music.
The songs by Dylan, Cooke, and Mayfield have been ranked 14th, 12th and 24th on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of greatest songs of all time. All three have roots in the March on Washington. Now, half a century after the lyrical promise of that inspiring music and poetry, there is the inescapable and heartbreaking contrast with the malignant, self-aggrandizing rap songs that define today’s most popular music.
In Jay-Z’s “Holy Grail,” he sings about “psycho bitches” and uses the n-word seven times while bragging that he is “Living the life…Illest [n-word] alive.” Another top rapper, Lil Wayne, released a song in the spring with an obscenity in the title, using the n-word repeatedly and depicting himself as abusing “hoes” and “bitches.”
Similar examples abound in the rap world and have persisted for years with scarcely any complaint from civil-rights leaders. Their failure to denounce these lyrics for the damage they do to poor and minority families, words celebrating tattooed thugs and sexually indiscriminate women as icons of “keeping it real,” is a sad reminder of how long it has been since the world heard the sweet music of the March on Washington. (Via)
“Back in my day, it was more like Nice, Nice Baby.” Anyway, the Wall Street Journal is owned by Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp. and during a special episode of America Live on the March on Washington, Blonde Bot #4 reported, “50 Years After March On Washington, Some See Rap Music As A Problem.” That “some”? Juan Williams, who Complex notes, oh yeah, works for Fox News, too. I’d respect Fox News’ ESPN-like brilliance, if they weren’t so ^*((**()*(&&^^^&^&%.