Al Sharpton has a point

I don’t mean to suggest that these civil rights-era black leaders tend to be uneducated and have a tendency to pull facts out of their ass, but reading yesterday’s news item about Al Sharpton’s “Day of Outrage” against hip-hop lyrics I couldn’t help but wonder where he gets his information.

In particular, there’s a bit about how record companies have lyrics committees that screen rap lyrics to make sure there’s nothing in them that’s offensive to anyone other than black people black women.

Here’s the entire quote for your reading pleasure.

“Every record company has what they call a lyrics committee, where they screen lyrics to make sure they’re not against police, or gays, or Jews,” he said. “Well how come they’re clearing lyrics against blacks and women?”

Obviously I can’t claim to know for certain one way or the other, but I’m pretty sure this isn’t true. Off the top of my head, I can think of plenty of examples of rap lyrics that could be viewed as offensive to gays and police, and especially gay police.

And rightfully so. I don’t think I need to describe for you fruits, many of whom I’m sure have had your share of run-ins, what’s wrong with the police. And I’m not saying there’s anything particularly wrong from a moral standpoint with two guys giving it to one another in the a, because I’m not a Christian supremacist or (worse) an Islamic fascist like that, but it’s definitely gross, and it’s leading to the spread of AIDS in our community.

As far as the thing with the Jews, even that you have to wonder about. Of course the first example to spring to my mind, which, again, would suggest that Al Sharpton is full of shit is the time Lyor Cohen had copies of Mos Def’s The New Danger (which hardly anyone was buying anyway) pulled from shelves due to the line about how tall Israelis are running this rap shit.

(Did you girls know that this incident was the source of the term tall Israeli, or TI, which is used to refer to hip-hop label executives? It’s true, look it up!)

It’s hard to tell which record company owns which these days (you know how these TIs operate), but I’m pretty sure the Mos Def album was released on one of these labels that’s controlled by the Universal Music Group, just like Def Jam and Interscope. And you’d think it’d be pretty difficult for a line like that to escape this alleged lyrics committee.

Granted it could be argued that the line was intended primarily as a slap at Lyor Cohen in particular, and not the (vast) community of Jewish record executives in general, but come on. Since when has a Jew had a hard time finding anti-semitism in a ham sandwich, let alone a rap song that reveals the true nature of the ownership class in hip-hop?

(Note: jimi izrael uses that line about ham sandwiches a lot, though usually in reference to homophobia rather than anti-semitism. The last time I borrowed it he accused me of stealing it from him, so I guess I’d better give credit where credit’s due. He’s crazy like that.)

So maybe Al Sharpton made that whole thing about record companies having lyrics committees up. Still I think he managed to bring up a good point, whether he intended to or not. If rappers are going to be offensive (and they’d damn well better be) they shouldn’t just focus it all on black women, regardless of how much black women deserve it.

One of the joys of listening to hip-hop back in the days of Ice Cube’s Death Certificate is that rappers had the balls to go against the likes of shady Jewish record executives and Korean grocery store owners who set up shop in the hood (and sometimes shot black kids in the face) as well as the usual assortment of scandalous bitches and bitch-ass niggas.

Of course I don’t agree with Al Sharpton that rap music should be censored, through McCarthyite tactics or otherwise, but I do find it unfortunate that so much of the offensive nature of rap music these days is focused on black women. It’s like, Dude, we get it. Black women are sucking the joy out of an already rather joyless existence for black men. Let’s focus on someone else for a minute!

  • BirdsFlySouth

    Bol yet another great piece of writing. XXL should fire the rest of the blog staff and let you run it.

    Where’d they find that clown Billy? He must be related to somebody in managment?

  • Incilin

    “One of the joys of listening to hip-hop back in the days of Ice Cube’s Death Certificate is that rappers had the balls to go against the likes of shady Jewish record executives and Korean grocery store owners who set up shop in the hood (and sometimes shot black kids in the face) as well as the usual assortment of scandalous bitches and bitch-ass niggas.”

    ^^^ Lol, this is so tru.

  • Jimmy

    Good read.

  • http://xxlmag.com King Ben

    Word! Al Sharpton is buggin’, you a funny mother fucker BOL, good post.

  • smog

    “but it’s definitely gross, and it’s leading to the spread of AIDS in our community.” ok well fucking in general leads to aids, and im pretty sure the idea of alot of the population fucking is gross as well, so that statement isnt really only about fags, the stuff about jewish people is true thats coming from a ti myself, no but this is a good post, if you are going to be offensive you should be like that to everyone and to an extreme, sort of like bol, o wait he only hates black women and gay men

  • Josh

    Stack chips like Hebrews

  • Ryan

    While I find nothing wrong with homosexuality or homosexuals in general, I can see where they spread aids more quickly. A lot girls probably don’t have insurance, and if they do they still can’t afford birth control, so they’re more likely to use a condom since they’re cheaper and more readily available, to keep from getting pregnant and in turn lessen the possibility of contracting an STD. Gay men don’t have pregnancy to worry about, and since sex with a vagina with no condom feels better, I’m assuming that sex with an anus feels better with no condom as well. The combination of those two, plus the fact that the anus usually tears when penetrated, heightens the chance of the spread of HIV and/or AIDS.

  • jeff

    If the shoe fits, lace the motherfucker up. truth be told, i only view females as female people until they reveal themselves to me. Some females reveal themselves as classy women (not many), a stank bitch (very many), or a bonified hoe (very many). Ain’t no point in getting offended by something that ain’t being said about you. These days, there aren’t many females that fall into the black queen or my african princess category. While there are some who greatly deserve the respect of a black man, not every brown skin chick with a pussy should demand respect…especially if they don’t respect themselves. I don’t know many chicks without a price tag. As ugly and cracked out as he is, broads still line up by the droves to be on Flav’s show. If they ain’t lining up on the show, they make sure they are home watching that shit. Al Sharpton knows damn well who rappers are talking about when they call certain females bitches and hoes. Not to give props to Mike Jones (because I think he sucks), but all he used to holla was “Mike Jones! Back then, hoes ain’t want me…nowadays they all up on me”. that’s some real shit. Most niggas grind on their own, without a chick helping them maintain composure and focus through the struggle of trying to make it into the game. They tryin to be down with the cat who has already made a name for himself. It’s way more hurtful to not have a bottom woman when you aint got nothing, than it is to get harassed by the cops or be exploited by jews. Once upon a time, black men had the compassion of a strong black woman…but now, it’s slim pickings out here unless you want an ugly chick, one that has already had a gang of diseases, or already has several kids. those kind of chicks make up a large majority of the decent acting ones. Music cannot be scripted to be politically correct. It won’t be felt and it will sound like bullshit. Sharpton has nothing better to do with his time. hes a fucking monkey. You gotta deal with issues involving the black community and family structure in order to get rid of words like bitch and hoe. theres too much anguish in our community right now for those words not to be used. rappers are just telling the truth.

  • me nigga

    real talk hey al how bout u target the spread of aids or teen pregnancy or even the cuban drug dealers puttin this shit in our communitys? I gess stoppin people from sayin bitch is more important rite.

    go sit down some where u camera chasin perm headed loser

  • KLETEWOOD

    BOL..Your hella funny!

    This shit cracked me up: Off the top of my head, I can think of plenty of examples of rap lyrics that could be viewed as offensive to gays and police, and especially gay police. HAHAHAHA

    NWA should come back with “Fuck the Gay Police”….Fuck, Fuck, Fuck the Gay Police”.

    Ice Cube’s leathal injection album is the Epitome of HArd Core Racial lyrics…”CAve Bitch” takes the cake for the most racial song ever towards a white chick.

    But, now a days…both of those songs would never be approved in today’s committee of “approved Hip-Hop lyrics”.

    Nevertheless, we can still bump that shit in our rides.

    The old CD’s aren’t going anywhere. Re-cop that “Leathal Injection” CD and the “NWA – 100 miles and running”. There’s nothing better!

  • me nigga

    And i didnt mean to sound like i aint like the blog , this is a dam good blog but i jus hate al sharpton for using and pretending to care about his race to get fame

  • http://MYSPACE.COM/SHAELEMENTAL SHA-ELEMENTAL

    SO LET ME GET THIS STRAIGHT EVERYTIME SOMEONE USES THE “B” WORD OR THE “H” WORD THEY ARE TALKING ABOUT A BLACK WOMEN? I’M A WHITE RAPPER WHO OCCASIONALLY USES THOSE TERMS IN MY MUSIC. I DO NOT USE IT AS A BLANKET TERM FOR WOMAN OF AN ENTIRE RACE. I AM REFERING TO WOMAN WHO FIT THE DESCRIPTION WHETHER BLACK, WHITE, BROWN, PURPLE OR GREEN. YOU NEED TO BE REALLY INSECURE TO THINK THAT EVERYTIME SOMEONE USES THAT WORD THAT THEY ARE TALKING ABOUT YOU. PEOPLE NEED TO STOP BLAMING HIP HOP FOR EVERYTHING. BLAME THE PARENTS WHO RAISE THE KIDS WHO ARE COMMITING THE ACTS. IT’S TIME THAT PEOPLE TAKE RESPONSIBILITY FOR THEIR ACTS. THAT IS WHAT IS WRONG WITH OUR COUNTRY. YOU GET FAT BLAME MCDONALDS. YOU SHOOT YOURSELF WHILE CLEANING YOUR UNREGISTERED GUN BLAME SMITH & WESSON. THIS NONSENSE NEEDS TO STOP, TAKE RESPONSIBILITY FOR YOUR ACTIONS AND HAVE SOME SELF CONTROL AND STOP PLACING BLAME ON ANYTHING BUT YOURSELF.

  • Billy x sunday

    fuck a nigga name bol, i see you in the streets you jabba da hut lookin nigga

  • redd

    I think that the guys that screw guys and then go back and screw chicks is what caused the aids epidemic. Feel free to correct me if I’m wrong but I was told that when aids started it was a disease that was limited to gay males. That on the DL shit spreads aids.

  • Bol

    thanks for shining my rod fellas but dont turn into stans

  • Misha

    Thanks ( I guess) for standing up for us. But how hypocritical is it for you to talk about Misogynistic content and then write a post about big breasted women?

  • Fire

    Bol, you made a damn good point with what you said about being offensive. You should diversify the offensiveness if you are going to be offensive. Oh, and Al Sharpton is nothing more than a camera loving clown.

  • The Spaniard

    Jeff’s post = high accuracy level.

    “Thanks ( I guess) for standing up for us. But how hypocritical is it for you to talk about Misogynistic content and then write a post about big breasted women?”

    Not hypocritical at all. Misogyny means hatred of women. Bol (and myself) loves a good sized (and shaped) rack. So it is accually love of women, by association.

  • thetruth

    Finally! Nice one, Bol.

  • BH

    censored songs off the top of my head (depending on which release):
    mc eiht – straight up menace (jap removed)
    eminem – song from slim shady lp (columbine removed)
    puffy sheek jada biggie – all about the benjamins (hebrew removed)
    ice cube – no vaseline (jew removed multiple times)
    some luniz and dru down song (reference to real life people/places removed)
    biggie – gimme the loot (reference to killing pregnant women)

    any more?

  • Ryan

    Bol Says:

    August 9th, 2007 at 2:57 pm
    thanks for shining my rod fellas but dont turn into stans

    ^^
    ::Furiously writes you fan mail while dying hair blonde and talking about “being together”.::

  • Sin-cere

    This is what i like to see you write about more often. Great post. I can agree with everything you said. Knowledge! Stay sucka free and keep posting inteligence. Great Post.

  • Deuson

    100 Bol; it’s throwed off that people might actually look at that nigga as having an opinion worth a people. All that money he is spending on this shit could be going to community centers and programs for the kids, shit, mofo could be paying for a nigga to hit these books ; but, nah, he and whateva fuck ass army of faux-politicians for the black community wanna play this low level shit by attacking a the lower level of hip hop music. We know its white kids supporting these ‘artists”s right we went over this before that they make up the bulk of the sales that’s how come real artists that the streets like don’t shine we letting sales overshadow the taste.
    Ha ha(u got a nigga internet ranting), but I luv this right here keep doing what you do, nuthin but support

  • Tyler

    BoL, I don’t get how U think everytime a Rapper says hoe or bitch that he is talking about a Black hoe or bitch? Which I have never heard a rapper call someone a Black bitch or hoe and Sharpton is a snitch from back in the day. Know your street history. On the bitch and hoe thing maybe your true colors are showing, Oreo. Great post nonetheless.
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  • DirtDoggy

    HAAaaa, Bolly balless you did it again hommie, always stirin up the pot. Man, a bitch is a bitch that could be a male a female, white, black, poppa smirfs blue bitches etc…. quit cryin ladies, if you want to get to the source of the problem stop porn, because there are more dumb bitches sucking units on camera everyday just confirming the fact that bitches will do anything for money or you can just go to the club and buy a girl a drink (just as easy) a bitch is a bitch a hoe is a hoe a fag is a fag if you take offence to it than it must be true. Al Sharpton is a bitch ass hoe, true story.

    I do love porn however so keep up the good work ladies.

  • Billy x sunday

    bol you a punk motherfucker, don’t even try to start no shit

  • http://www.xxlmag.com RApId tOnGuE

    HEY YO, XXL MAGAZINE!!!I GOT AN IDEA THAT WILL MAKE YOUR MAGAZINE MORE INTERESTING!!YA’LL SHOULD HAVE AN ONLINE FREESTYLE BATTLES BETWEEN USERS AND PRINT THE BEST FREESTYLE ON YOUR MAGAZINE BY THE COMMENT SECTION!!!AFTERALL, XXL IS A HIP-HOP MAGAZINE!!MIGHT AS WELL SHOW SOME FREESTYLE TALENT ON THERE, RIGHT?

  • goldfromthe49

    Yo Bol…your own wikipedia page sys your a bitch.

    “While past reports have calculated Crawford’s blog as only having 40,000 unique readers, his addition to XXL magazine’s roster of online columnists and publicized feuds with rappers such as Bun B and Lupe Fiasco have boosted his profile considerably over the past few years as a bitch.[citation needed]”

    check it out

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Byron_Crawford

  • FADE

    great post …..bout time u started back with the ti s gotta go finish this ham sandwich

  • LOL @ perm headed ho

    AL IS A BITCH A CROOK HE DOESNT GIVE A SHIT ABOUT US, HE ONLY CARES ABOUT HIMSELF AND HOW HE CAN GET MONEY IN HIS OWN POCKET.
    I DONT FEEL REPRESENTED WELL BY A CRIMINAL AN SHAKEDOWN ARTIST.

    JESSE ‘CHICAGO IN THE 60is’ IS EVEN WORSE, HIS CONSTRUCTION BLACK MAIL SHIT WAS CLASSIC HOW BLATANT DO YOU HAVE TO BE TO SHOW YOUR FUCKFACE ON TELEVISION AND DECLARE YOURSELF A LEADER FOR BLACKS. YOURE NOT MY LEADER, IN FACT I NEVER VOTED FOR YOU GET THE FUCK OUT OF MY FACE.

    FUCK RECORD LABELS, ITS ALL BULLSHIT. AND SO IS AL SHARPTON.

  • N.O. 4 life

    our so called leaders are more worried about music that is listened to voluntarily than the high murder rate in or the lack of education in our communities.

  • stonecold sixx stackxx

    More Jewish cencorship of rap music: Tupac/ft.Method Man – “Sticking up Jews with German Rugers” from all eyez on me. tical!!!! 100

  • http://xxlmag.com DARK

    awwwwwww billy and bol r havin complcations with thier homosexual relatshionship i guess its becase billy gives bol sexual favors in return for bol writin his posts but bol wont write em.ahahahahah bol and billy r arguin a blograt bitch fight is ocurin in this rooom lololololol!!!!

  • the plague

    AIDS spreads because of UNPROTECTED SEX regardless of gay or straight you retards. Use a condom, every time, or stfu and deal with the consequences.

  • Teenage Millionaire

    Dope post Bol , seriously you need to broadcast this to a wider audience.

  • BORN IN THE NORTH, RAISED IN THE SOUTH

    Black women are sucking the joy out of an already rather joyless existence for black men.

    ^^^^^^^^^
    Word to the muthafucka….

  • http://www.rich-arte.blogspot.com Rich Arte

    I actually liked this one, informative, almost politically correct.

    ^^^^^^(Bol)And I’m not saying there’s anything particularly wrong from a moral standpoint with two guys giving it to one another in the a

    actually, morally it is wrong.

  • http://www.xxlmag.com EReal

    LMFAO!

    What a rant.

    1 hunned.

  • http://www.xxlmag.com EReal

    BRO! LMFAOOOOO!!!

    Byron Crawford
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    Byron Crawford, also known by the nickname Bol or Lardass, is a blogger based in Saint Louis, Missouri who writes ByronCrawford.com and a regular online column for XXL magazine. While Crawford bills Byroncrawford.com “the only hip hop blog on the Internet”, he also regularly reviews music from other genres and writes on race and gender relations. Brian McManus of Philadelphia Weekly called Crawford “gay blogging’s master craftsman” for his homosexual, opinionated, but laid-back writing.

    While past reports have calculated Crawford’s blog as only having 40,000 unique readers, his addition to XXL magazine’s roster of lame online columnists and publicized feuds with rappers such as Bun B and Lupe Fiasco, who Crawford has had a long time crush on, have boosted his profile as a hoecake considerably over the past few years.[citation needed]

    Crawford gained notoriety in 2004 when he reported that rapper Kanye West’s single “Jesus Walks”, which had just been nominated for a Grammy Award, was written by and bought from rapper Rhymefest, and began a petition to disqualify the song.

    Rapper Phonte of the group Little Brother has spoken out in support of Crawford, and Crawford claims that during a meeting with ?uestlove, the Roots drummer named several rappers that regularly read his blog.[citation needed]

    He has also invented and/or popularized a number of slang terms, such as “nullus”, which he uses to deny his homosexual prefrences, and “ether” as a verb meaning “to destroy”.[citation needed]

  • Click Empty

    Unless you are the supreme master of irony, it’s funny to begin your column talking about a lack of knowledge, and then talk ignorant shit about AIDS and begin veering into ignorant shit about Jews. And I think in another recent column you referred to 50 Cent as a gorilla, and in another column talked about 14 year old black girls essentially being sluts. You swear you’re funny. If you’re gonna be non-PC, it’s not funny just to do that, unless you’re actually saying something funny (like how lyrics are offensive against “gay police”-that’s funny). Does YN pay you? I am again shocked by this if it’s true.

  • MMI

    two examples that stick out in my mind that lend a little creedence to the jew thing……..House of Pain “shamrocks and shennanigans” the line “if i were a jew light a menorah” was edited out, and also method man from tupac’s all eyes on me, “sticking up jews with german rugers” oh and lets not forget common’s “greg louganis with his gay ass”…………maybe it is kinda true.

  • http://www.straightoutleodis.blogspot.com Analogue

    Fuckin hell can’t believe Bol’s finally got his own Wikipedia entry… he must be over the moon.

    http://www.straightoutleodis.blogspot.com

  • Dread

    LMFAO @ nullus to deny his homosexual preferences lmaoal l,mamoam