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Is bitch-free hip-hop on the horizon?

If there words aren't there, the feelings might not be either, says Russell Simmons.
In the aftermath of the Imus scandal, countless people have weighed in on the best way to avoid those incidents and re-educate America on the issue of race. With hip-hop taking the brunt of the criticism, the co-founder of Def Jam has announced his campaign to rid the recording industry of the words "bitch," ho" and "nigger."
"These three words should be considered with the same objections to obscenity as 'extreme curse words,'" Simmons and Benjamin Chavis, co-chairmen of the advocacy group Hip-Hop Summit Action Network, said in a statement.
There are certainly cultural changes that need to happen, but is this the answer? Tell us what you think below.
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Russell Simmons

Yes, we clearly must censor hip hop. Look at the pernicious effect it has had on impressionable 60+ year old white radio personalities.Won't SOMEBODY think of the 60+ year old white radio personalities???

Joey Headset

Does that mean "nigga" is still ok? Cause if it isn't, rap will suck. Seriously, what other word can you rhyme with "figga"? Or "jigga"?

Steve Lampiris

Censorship of music? That doesn't sound like a good idea. It's like this: music is art. So let the artist say what he must as he would like to say it. This doesn't mean that I will always agree or support that artist. It's kind of my stance on the likes of Eminem. I think the guy is terribly talented and loved his music for some time, but at some point, you have to think of the message. Is that what you really want to be listening to- rages of violence and homophobia? Not me; so I listen to different things that I can get with. Let's just be discerning listeners. And if you're talking about your child, don't let them listen to crap.


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