Does Hip Hop Hate Women, They asked
This evening I attended the Rap Sessions panel discussion on hip hop culture and sexism and mysogyny which was given at Vanderbilt. Even though I was on the same page with most of the panelists already, they did say some things that made me think. I would certainly be more articulate about this if I had some sleep. [edit: the recording can be found here rap sessions panel audio ] Actually, I wont talk too much about it because I may do a piece on it elsewhere AND I plan on making my recording of the session available to download (please ignore my coughing and shuffling of papers while listening). I do this as a favor to all those people who have suddenly become so concerned about the affect of rap music on the African American community in the last week since I-mess began his tumble towards infamy. I’m sure you were all broken up that you couldn’t make the panel discussion, so you’ll certainly want to listen and discuss.
I heard about Imus’ being fired on the way to the session actually, and I don’t know if the panelists knew, however it was of course the first order of business after introductions. I do not take any pleasure in Imus losing his job and his going out like a SUCKA. It was sad, however, this is what happens from now on. People will express their displeasure and things will happen. I wouldn’t get too excited about this, leftists, because some of us know how a mob mentality can turn ugly and give you a comebacker to the dome.
Virtually all the panelists had written about sexism and rap music, and all were in agreement about the scapegoating of hip hop, especially during the I-mess.