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Hey Lady

360KanyeOprah.jpgDear Oprah,

We’ve been debating whether we should get at you for hating on hip-hop and your treatment of Ludacris when he was plugging Crash on your show or just let it go. It’s not like your dislike for rap is breaking news. Yet, as the weeks have rolled by, some of our favorite MCs like Luda, 50 Cent, Ice Cube and Killer Mike have spoken out against your disdain for the culture. That’s odd, since for the most part hip-hop has loved you. Rappers have rhymed about you, wished to conquer you (Chappelle’s Show style) and begged behind the scenes to be on your show. Hell, it’s practically Jay-Z’s life goal. But you just keep having his boo, Beyoncé, on.

The only MC who gets any love is Kanye West, the most nonthreatening rapper alive. Still, you had to justify Kanye’s appearance by making the show about surviving a car crash then becoming a superstar. Now you started as a journalist, tell us, who has a better rags-to-riches, I-almost-died story of survival: the college dropout or 50 Cent? Must be Fif, even though you don’t want to admit it. Because as soon as he said you catered to old White women, you ran to New York radio station Power 105 to assure everyone you had hip-hop on your iPod. “Hip-hop is like jazz and gospel music, evolved from the people, a form of protest, a form of expression. So you can’t deny that, nor would I try…,” you explained. Forget trying, it’s what you’re doing.

Maybe you don’t realize that some Americans still live in hoods where they have to fight to survive. The things you don’t like to hear in rap music are real. There are areas of the U.S. where drugs and guns are a part of life and men get shot every day. Probably not far from Harpo Studios, ’cause we all know Chi-Town is gangsta. Maybe you can explore the criminalization of a generation of young men who identify with these rappers.

Like Cube said, you’ve had rapists, child molesters and fake writers on your show. You’ve had some of the lowest people as guests. Rappers are worse? You do a show with Superhead, talking about the issues with girls trying to be video hoes, yet you won’t talk to the rappers themselves. Not even a video director or a casting agent. Real investigative work, ma.

The truth is, Oprah, hip-hop is not going anywhere. It’s the music your audience’s kids are listening to. Maybe you should help educate and enlighten them. Go ahead and challenge it, but don’t ignore it. We’re too big for that. Some of us are making close to Oprah dollars. And one day we might be giving you a run for your money.

Peace, Love & Respect,

XXL

  • bitchevil

    do you really think oprah gives a fuck about u-or those stupid as rappers? if they are so fucking real as gangsters why the fuck are they crying about being on the oprah winfrey show?? get it oprah winfrey show. bunch a crybaby fag as rappers

  • http://rockthedub.blogspot.com khal

    I feel this… she should check this out. And it is kind of funny that her “investigative report” side has kind of gone astray…

  • Entitled To Her Opinion

    ok this article does have a point maybe Oprah should open her mind to hip hop a little more but older generations truthfully are notnssarily fond of opening their minds…however the line about rags to riches and 50 Cent I think opera can careless about his story since she has her own story of rags to riches she doesn’t need to promote hisand why r these rappers whining about not being on Oprah everybody else allows y’all run out talkin greasy and act like y’all ain’t got no sense what’s the big deal if oprah says no? At the end of the day its her show and she doesnt have to let anyone on if she doesnt want to and if its such a big deal why dont these people ban together and get there own talk show where they can get their opinions out…i mean isnt that what hip hop is/was about getting those who aren’t heard, heard?

  • GQ

    is it just me or does kanye look just a bit gay

  • bkboy

    kanye does look a lil gay in that picture
    but his beats are one of the best in hip hop right now. oprah hears what she wants to hear and blocks of the rest

  • Gutta

    In response to “Entitled To Her Opinion” First, Oprah is arguably the most influential african-american living in the united states and with that power comes responsibility and its her responsibility to give insight to her audience (old,rich white men&women)on what african-american people go through in this country so that we are better understood,because whether you know it or not african-americans are looked down upon by ALL other races. Anyone from an “older generation” has obviously opened thier mind enough to watch her show so why not have a 50 cent or jayz explain what goes on in the neighborhoods where violence is an everyday thing. Second, if oprah can can careless about a 50 cent rags to riches story why should we or anyone care about a upper midle class white couple whos having marital problems??? she does not have to promote these rappers if doesnt want to,they can do it themselves but if you are going to promote something why is it only issues or books that do not relate to african-americans that have “real” issues. For you to say that rappers are “whining” for not being on oprah is immature and shows how feebleminded you are as all the artist were trying to say is that if you can bring child molesters,murderers,and rapists on the show as guest why not bring someone whos decided to turn their life around and make money legally. oprah is no saint either by the way,she lie,cheat,and steal with the best of them.For some artist it is a big deal because african-american people do not have leaders in the community like in the 60′s and 70′s and for arguably the most influential african american to pretty much turn her back on the hip hop community or generation is basically saying that she ony cares about the people who watch the show. shes a glorified house nigga. there is a bigger picture in mind, maybe you should open your mind.

  • Elaine

    Wow. I think Oprah should do whatever she wants. I’m not a big fan of hip hop, either; I prefer listening to old school classics (and I’m 20 yrs old). I mean, with the exception of a select few, the hip hop/rap scene is just filled with sexist men who do little in helping with the advancement of our people. In fact, they set us back decades by perpetuating stereotypes that we have trying to get rid of since the beginning. Why should Oprah cater to these rappers anyway?

  • mimi

    I agree with Elaine I am only 21 and
    a huge hip hopfan but the rap music these days are horrible I refuse to go
    to a store and support rappers. All everybody talks about is b**ches and hoes,expencive cars and jewlery that I don’t have. I’m not hating I just can’t relate to them.

  • oc

    the truth is hip hop has changed, its not like what it used to be, its now all about what your bitch is like in bed an how great ur wip is , pent houses and that shit, i like old school, and hip hop is an exprestion of thought not of how much shit you have, them cats have forgottern why we have hip hop, thev lots the real meaning of the music that lives for us.

  • the boy genius

    These rappers are fools. errone wanna ride on Oprah dick…get of her dick nigga!

  • http://aol teeman

    LOOK OPRAH IS LIKE ANY OTHER GROWN WOMEN OUT THERE THAT JUST CAN’T RELATE TO HIP HOP AND THE NONSENSE THAT IT SURROUND ITSELF AROUND. LIKE OUR MOTHERS AND GRANDMOTHERS THEY JUST DON’T NEED TO BE HEARING ABOUT BITCHES AND HOES AND SELLIN DOPE.COME ON; THEY COME FROM REAL STRUGGLE,HARD LABOR REAL HARDDD LABOR SO ASK YOURSELF WHAT IS A RAPPER?WHAT STRUGGLE DID THEY ENDURE I’LL TELL U WHAT WHEN THEM RAPPERS USE THEIR MONEY FOR SOMETHING REAL IMPORTANT IN SOCIETY INSTEAD OF RIMS, CLOTHS, CARS, HOES THEN THEY CAN COME ON THE SHOW.MUCH RESPECT TO THE FIRST BLACK BILLION DOLLAR LADY

  • Young Swagga

    I’ve just witnessed a bit of a paradox. You have a couple people defending Oprah’s position, as well as claiming that they’re not big fans of hip-hop… Well, I wonder, how the hell do they know about the XXL then? This makes it apparent that crazy is the power of Hip-Hop, and further, I think that this power is the source of Oprah’s distaste for some of the things that are said and represented in the culture. I think the blame is falsely put on us as artists though. What I mean is that in this current generation of the music business, where we are very new to the globalization of our culture and corresponding responsibilities that such evolution implicates, it is hard to know what is moderate use of the first amendment. I want to say that as rappers, we are like the kids from the Willie Wonka storyline, where we just can’t help but eat the forbidden candy. We are young in our definition, and with corporate america’s thirst for affluency, we won’t be effectively sensored by the only one’s who can truly enforce such leverages, so don’t hate us. Karrine Stephens isn’t a victim, she is a person with a point of view, as are rappers. So, I say that Oprah has real concerns, but there’s a point where concern becomes a detriment to it’s object. As for all the hip-hop haterz here, you would probably love hip hop more if you turned off your radio and listened to the streets more. That way you would get all the “b**** and hoe” references in their true context – where they originated, and not in some environment where they don’t apply. Why are you on XXL’s website anyway? Your understanding of the rigors that rappers face is limited. This is a career, and when you invest yourself into such for so long (never seeing monetary progress), the day that you start cashing checks, you’re going to keep doing what’s working. After all, isn’t that modus operandi: if it isn’t broke, don’t fix it?

    I’m H Y P H Y!

  • bitchevil

    to young swagga just because we are on xxl website doesnt mean we hate hip hop or any other music for that matter.but its my choice like yours and anyone else on this site to express their opinion and also like oprah,its her show and doesnt have to let these so called thug as n****s come on her shoe

  • Lynn Rose

    As a young Black woman myself you will never hear me bad mouth Ms. Oprah Winfrey. She has truly dedicated her life to uplifting all different kinds of people in more ways then I could count. With that said I’m sure she has some kind of specific explanation on why she will not allow rap artists on her show but she needs to come with it and it better be good.

  • Young Swagga

    You’re right Miss Fem-Doggy Dogg a.k.a. BITCHEVIL. On another note, I don’t necessarily disagree with Oprah’s opinion; however, openly condemning the culture that would support her if, say, white-america decided to cast her out (i.e. because of a pending legal situation), is a mistake. This is not about opinion. We love Oprah. She is like our grandmother’s sister. I think that is the source of our hurt. It’s not a petty battle of opinions. It’s bigger then that.

  • Young Swagga

    You’re right Miss Fem-Doggy Dogg a.k.a. BITCHEVIL. On another note, I don’t necessarily disagree with Oprah’s opinion; however, openly condemning the culture that would support her if, say, white-america decided to cast her out (i.e. because of a pending legal situation), is a mistake. This is not about opinion. We love Oprah. She is like our grandmother’s sister. I think that is the source of our hurt. It’s not a petty battle of opinions. It’s bigger then that.

    I’m still ~H Y P H Y~ !!!

  • Lynn Rose

    As a young Black woman myself you will never hear me bad mouth Ms. Oprah Winfrey. She has truly dedicated her life to uplifting all different kinds of people in more ways then I could count. With that said I’m sure she has some kind of specific explanation on why she will not allow rap artists on her show but she needs to come out with it and it better be good.

  • dadecounty305

    i think oprah has realted herself to the white society that she forgot that our generation is way different from her time. True she does care about helping our culture, but how when she downs hip hop?

    For all i care, she do what she do and hip hop still gonna keeping rolling. Think of all of cultures following hip hop today and how much society is affected by it?

    I’ll let her keep reading them books to whye folks and drink her mocha cappinchino bullshyt too cuz it’s plain clear she doesn’t want to relate with hip hop…..let her be yall.

    Sad, but true…..

  • Squiggle

    Fuck bitchevil. Dissing rappers on a hip hop site, what the fuck? I think they are one of those “I like to cut myself” fags. I agree that Cube, Luda and Jay should be on the show, but it’s Oprah’s call, her show, her guests. But Fiddy will get on soon, Oprah’s bound to do a show on snitches. Oprah is a legend, so what if she won’t let rappers on her show? She still helps people, and is generous as fuck, so let it be.

  • BirdsFlySouth

    50 doesn’t deserve to go on Oprah. Listen dude did not get shot 9 times. He only got hit twice. Plus Kanye actually got sh*t to say. He’s political and can get on any level. I don’t want 50 big money a$$ getting on TV and embarassing me. Unless he gone on the show and apologize for gettin real gantas locked up.

    I can understand Ice cube’s problem, because he hadn’t had a album in 10 years. But it sounds fishy that he blast Oprah right before he drops a cd.

    Killa who. Negro become a thousandnaire before you even speak Oprah name

  • CanadianSide of things

    I AM A 22 YEAR OLD BLACK FEMALE LIVING IN CANADA AND UP HERE. HIP HOP AND RAP MUSIC HAS BECOME THE NORM FOR MANY KIDS AND YOUNG PPL MY AGE. THE ISSUE IS THAT OLD SCHOOL RAP HAD A POINT…NOW HIP HOP HAS LOST ITS ORIGINAL FLAVOR. ITS ALL THE SAME SHIT. AS A FEMALE ITS HARD TO RELATE TO ANY FEMALE IN VIDEOS OR EVEN THE FEMALE SINGERS. ITS ALL ABOUT BULLSHIT AND WACK ASS DANCES THAT MAKE NO SENSE. WHEN YOU HAVE GROWN ASS MEN COMING UP WITH DIFFERENT FOOT STEPS TO REPRESENT THEIR SONG, THATS WHEN YOU KNOW THAT THESE RAPPERS RAN OUT OF THING TO TALK ABOUT. ANYWAYS, AS FAR AS OPRAH IS CONCERN, BEING A HUGE OPRAH FAN, I BELIEVE THAT IF HIP HOP NOW A DAYS REPRESENTED SOMETHING MEANINGFUL AND WORTH DISCUSSING ON NATIONAL TV. THEN OPRAH WOULD GIVE A DAMN…TILL THEN …TIME IS MONEY AND EVEN IF SHE’S GOT LOTS OF IT..SHE IS NOT GOING TO WASTE HER TIME ON FLASHY RAPPERS THAT HAVE NOTHING BETTER TO TALK ABOUT THAN HOW MANY CARS THEY HAVE AND HOW MANY HOES AND BITCHES THEY CAN GET IN ONE NIGHT.

    NORTHERN STYLE 4 LIFE

  • Lynn Rose

    CANADIANSIDE OF THINGS:
    BRAVO. It couldn’t have been said better. My hat goes off to you girlfriend.
    All my love,
    Lynn

  • bitchevil

    squiggle,squiggle,squiggle just look at what your dumb ass wrote about me dissing rappers on a website (quote oprahs bound to do a show on snithes. and you’ve just done the sames thing.Go cut yourself fag.

  • Lynn

    That’s a bit much don’t you think? But your name is BITCHEVIL… sooo shit, iowneo.

  • beettt

    you all wanna know something…you all sound like simon cowell just critics all the time

  • http://xxlmag.com omegared nyc

    i don’t blaim oprah for hating hip hop sometimes i hate it but i don’t hate it just hate the niggas in it

  • Wez

    Get S. Carter on your show.
    Ya know he moves weight like Oprah.

  • David Walik

    I thought maybe when you work for a magazine like XXL you have to at least have some common sense?? First of all, Oprah doesn’t give a shit about some fake thugs pretending to be a so called gangstas. She has more important things to do like count her millions of dollars as she laughs all the way to the bank. Your comment, “The things you don’t like to hear in rap music are real,” was really funny to me. Do you honestly believe these rappers live the life they claim? The only rappers who have done actual dirt are locked up right now and are rapping through a prison phone. Rapper X Raided got put in prison for life for killing someone and rapping about it in a song, do you think 50 Cent is about to get locked up for the same thing? HELL NO!! He’s sipping wine coolers by his pool outside of his million dollar house while his gangsta songs play all over MTV and little black kids try to mimic his “Dope” rhymes.
    You people make me sick. You have no idea what struggle is or living in the hood. All you do is make up excuses for yourself and make your people look even more ignorant than they already are. I was one of 15 white kids in my High School in Los Angeles and got jumped and beat up almost every day coming home from school. My mom had to sell her bed just to make enough money to eat. That’s what I call a struggle “brotha”. You people have no idea what value and integrity is. If you think you have it so bad and want to glorify the ghetto, why don’t you go to Haiti or Africa where they slaughter and kill thousands just for the hell of it. That’s the ghetto. You glorify and praise the word that thousands of hard working black men and women fought and died to stop. I guess im just a racist cracker right? Maybe Oprah will read this and tremble with fear that someone has caught on to her. Black men and kids should be listening to meaningful music instead of music that degrades their own people. Try Del the Funkee Homosapien for example. He grew up in the Bay Area which is well known for bad areas and so called ghettos. You don’t see his Gangsta rap videos all over MTV. He may not sell billions of copies but at least he can say he has some integrity. I guess the ghetto really got to Snoop and Ice Cube. Snoop makes videos now with the Pussy Cat Dolls and Cube makes Disney movies. Guess they really went through the “STRUGGLE”.
    Sincerely,
    Ignorance

  • http://xanga.com/isntsheluvly Lynn Rose

    That was amazing ^^^ David Walik

  • Majesty

    You know what! As people like David Walik and Lynn Rose sit in there gated communities just talking trash about African American Actors, Movies, clothing, and just in general life style; Our people are doing there thing. The funny thing is that now causian’s are now making commercials with hip hop “slang” in them for cars, fast food, and everything else, but at the same time always trying to down our culture. Oh Yeah; If they want to talk abou tmurder and crime; look at what happened in Charlotte, NC where a middleaged caucasian murdered his two 3 year old twin girls in there lavish $200,000 home while his wife stepped out to get her hair done and he was unable to get the oldest daughter due to her being at some practice at school. But this David Walik wants to put all of us in a box because h ewas beaten up by some african american or hispanic students while growing up, but remember when his ancestors murdered and raped our women and “degraded” them and thi swas all way before hip hop :-).

  • Majesty

    Forgive the misspellings! When you have alot to say; you overtype without spacing properly. If I were Ice cube and Ludacris; I would not worry about it. Focus on family, movies, and that “paper”. Keep pounding the pavement with good movies and music. Caucasians always licking all over each other on TV and movies all the time while wearing skimpy bikinis “degrading” themselves.

  • sadruf

    oprah is a sadist simply jealous of the fame and fortunes of these rappers cuz they are becomming more famous than her uglly ass.i bet u r gonna get shot sooner or later,senile bitchhhhhhhhhhhhhh