M-1 of dead prez Defends Hip-Hop on Fox News

m1.jpgM-1 of dead prez appeared on Fox News’ Your World TV show on April 12 to defend hip-hop in light of Don Imus’ firing. Your World host, Neil Cavuto, pressed M-1 about hip-hop’s use of derogatory remarks such as the term “ho” Imus used in reference to the Rutgers woman basketball team. M-1, however, was quick to defend hip-hop. “With personal responsibility taken at hand here, we’re talking about rappers who are coerced to say things other than what the reality of our community is and Mr. Imus, who obviously has said sentiments that come from his personal beliefs. I think you are comparing apples and oranges here even when you bring the rap community into question.”

Cavuto, however, wasn’t buying M-1’s answer and asked, “A ho is a ho, right? So, if Imus uses the expression and then you use the expression, you’ve both said it.” M-1, who was calm throughout the interview, responded by saying, “I don’t say ho and that’s my point exactly. Even the word ho existed way before 1976 when rap began. Ho is a relationship between the pimp and the pimpee.”

Cavuto proceeded to ask, “And there’s nothing wrong then with rappers saying it, right?” M-1 responded, “Well, of course there’s something wrong with both of those relationships. However, what governs that relationship is the historical relationship of oppression between black people and out white oppressors in this country. And that’s not a racist statement, that’s the reality that we live in.”

  • Chicago

    The terms “bitch” and “ho” have all just become common terms in hip hop that every rapper has to say.

  • killa

    we’re talkin about rap here cavuto. its not just music its a way of life. so if your spoiled rich virgin ears cant bear to hear it then dont hit the play button. im sick of faggot ass people like bill o’reilly and this cavuto guy talkin about shit that i know they have no part in whatsoever. if you dont like it change the fucking channel. its called freedom of speech, somethin that i aint gonna stand here and watch a couple of prettyboys try and break down just so they can get some publicity.

  • Real Hip-Hop

    Thats what i like to call bullshit. See people are missing the fucking point he didnt just use the word hoe, he said “Nappy headed hoes”. People are scared to live in reality. Everbody knows he was clearly talking about the black females on the squad when he said it. There’s no comparison to what he said with Hip-Hop. Once he said the word nappy head, it became a racist remark. Everybody know that word has been used with Black people for years. He cant say he was talking about the white females on the team cause the team is Predominantly black. People just need to wake up a realize what he said was a racist remark and get on with their lives. There’s absolutely no reason for people to be even debating over this whole situation because its pointless.

  • Real Hip-Hop

    I think M1 represented well. We basically don’t have to explain shit that we do. We as a community do what WE do. Did they forget how they treated our people for over 500 years now? So all of a sudden shit aint fair to the white man?

    Oh my gosh! poor white man! He doesnt understand why he can’t say the “N” words to us and why he can’t call our women “ho’s”.. We as a people don’t have to explain shit to them. Although I also feel that Sharpton and Jackson do things for personal interests but I’m pretty happy they got rid of IMUS. That’s a fucking “W” in my book. And as people of color we should just support EVERYTHING we do, thats how they did us, now it’s their time to feel a little pain, dont ya think?

  • http://www.myspace.com/jumz JUMZ

    I think M1 represented well. We basically don’t have to explain shit that we do. We as a community do what WE do. Did they forget how they treated our people for over 500 years now? So all of a sudden shit aint fair to the white man?

    Oh my gosh! poor white man! He doesnt understand why he can’t say the “N” words to us and why he can’t call our women “ho’s”.. We as a people don’t have to explain shit to them. Although I also feel that Sharpton and Jackson do things for personal interests but I’m pretty happy they got rid of IMUS. That’s a fucking “W” in my book. And as people of color we should just support EVERYTHING we do, thats how they did us, now it’s their time to feel a little pain, dont ya think?

  • BlackFist

    Q.Since when do rich white men do what young black males do?

    A. When they’re looking for a scapegoat!

  • Tyaki

    I think the mainstream media is trying to down play the fact that, Imus is a racist. We could have been a hoe all day long, females get called hoes all the time. The fact of the matter is he said “nappy” which offends a race of people.
    So to call out double standards and all it totally irrelevent to why so many people are mad.

  • ang

    yes he stayed calm thru out the whole thing.
    i agree that its more than just the word ho.
    funny thing was he only talked to M-1 about ho and refused to talk about the whole phrase that was said which was “Nappy headed hoes”.
    as i tell everyone i know dont say what you dont understand.
    figure out what the whole thing means 1st obviously they cant so they shouldnt say shit.

  • FLIP

    Where can we see the interview?

  • sicka’smybrother

    exactly right apples and oranges….a rapper who is telling his life story behind a cd which has parental advisory on it..imus used the term ho in reference to some young black women who have exceeded to the next level in sports and education, who r not considered to be ho’s..a ho in relation to a rapper is a women out of control not respecting herself or trying to be positive…so with that said, if the parental advisory’s where postd during the game then it would have been ok, but wasnt which puts imus in a position to be punished

  • John Cochran

    I think M1 did good. But, I think the issue is Don disrespecting women period. For you to get on TV and call a women a hoe, whatever race, is just wrong (unless they are known hoes). They just wanna drag rap into it to take the heat off of the dozens of companies and politicians that supported his ignorant ass all these years.

  • Gate13

    JUMZ or REAL HIP-HOP

    Even though i am white and Greek, You might find it suprisin that i agree. N probly mos people that read your comments will too. Whoever N whatever they are.

  • Knowledge Speaks

    “Hoe” in general isn’t a racist term, but one that degrades all women. Imus included “Nappy headed” in his statement, which is an obvious target at the ALL black womens basketball team. But what people fail to realize is that hoe is a universal term that can also refer to us males. I’ve been called a “hoe” many times by female friends of mine, not because I’m selling my body, but because I sleep around a lot. The context of certain words have changed since they we’re introduced, like the word “nigga”. Now despite its derogatory background, it has re-invented itself into a less severe definition.

  • BlakSteel

    Much respect to M-1 for repping Hip Hop in a positive manner, but trying to school any Fox news personality about this movement is like teaching a rock to fly, it will not happen.It has went from Imus saying something fucked up to the whole of Hip Hop is negative. They are using Hip Hop to sell everything on television and in magazines and with them associating this with rap will cause those who are getting paid as the face of an product will suffer. And soon we as a people will suffer because they will not stop at this.

  • http://www.yahoo.com. posp

    See what this white media doesn’t understand is they are giving our hip hop artist more publicity. Just because this old white faggot got fired for saying a disrespectful comment we as in the hip hop community have to take the blame. Well I say fuck Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton who are so-called leaders and oprah for even rising debates on this issue. What Don Imus’s actions over the years were wrong, now it time for him to take the weight and eat it.

  • sk

    KNOWLEDGE SPEAKS I HEAR YA(CAUSE ISN’T HOE A GARDEN TOOL,LOL I’M JUST SAYING), BUT TELL THAT 2 SOMEONE WHO GREW UP IN THE SOUTH DURING THOSE “GET TO THE BACK OF THE BUS”, “USE THE COLORED BATHROOM ROUND BACK”, “DON”T LOOK AT THAT WHITE WOMAN”, “WHAT YOU SAY BOY” DAYS. THEY’LL HAVE A DIFFERENT OPINION.

  • CAPONE

    SO WHAT , QUIT CRYIN . AND WHO THE HELL IS “THEY” IN “THEY HAVE OPPRESSED OUR PEOPLE FOR 500 YEARS” . WHAT ABOUT THE JEWS OR THE SERBS OR PEOPLE KILLED IN ANY NUMBER OF COUNTRIES EVERY YEAR IN THIS FUCKED WORLD .PEOPLE NEED TO GET A GRIP AND STOP WHINING. IM SICILIAN , AND IM SURE MY ANCESTORS WERE DEGRADED AGAINST SOMETIME AGO BUT YOU DONT HERE ME WHINING ABOUT IT . I GOT TO MUCH REALITY TO DEAL WITH RIGHT HERE, RIGHT NOW , NOW I MIGHT NOT BE BLACK , BUT I CAN GUARANFUCKANTEE I CAN HOLD A WHINE FEST TO ANYBODY OUT HERE IF I SO CHOSE . MY FATHER MURDERED MY MOTHER AND THAN SHOT HIMSELF IN THE HEAD WITH A SHOTGUN IN FRONT OF ME AND MY SISTER AND I DONT WHINE ABOUT IT .MY BEST FRIEND GOT POPPED IN THE BACK OF THE HEAD WIT AN AK-47 ROUND AND SPILLED HIS PERSONALITY ALL OVER THE STREETS AND I DONT WHINE . IVE LOST FRIENDS IN IRAQ , IVE PERSONALLY HAD MY ASS WHOOPED BY 5.0 ON MORE THAN ONE OCCASION , I CAN GO ON AND ON AND ON . OH AND BY THE WAY , IM WHITE, SO MAYBE YOU CAN SEE WHY THIS OPPRESSION BULLSHIT DOESNT STRIKE A CHORD WITH ME SKIPPY . I USED TO SELL CRACK AND NOW I HAVE A SON AND I GO TO SCHOOL FULL TIME AND I WORK MY ASS OFF AND I NEVER GOT HELP FROM ANYBODY . LOL PICTURE ME CRYING NEXT TIME I HEAR EDDIE GRIFFITH OR DAVE CHAPPELLE MAKE A CRACKER JOKE ABOUT WHITE PEOPLE SMELLIN LIKE WET DOG AND BOLOGNA . GET SOME REAL AMERICAN PROBLEMS AND THAN BUST OUT THE KLEENEX YOU PUSSYS

  • Holla

    Gotta love the racist media, blaming hip-hop for everything. Everyone should be responsible for their one actions. Imus says ho and everyone blames it on hip-hop. George Bush lies about weapons of mass destruction and 3,000 people die. Which one of these issues is more important? Rev Al and all these so called black leaders need to get their priorities straight. Thre is alot worse things going on in the world – work towards solving those, not crude lyrics in hip-hop.

  • Dade County 305

    jumz… im with u on that homie!!!!

  • Maddi Is Gangs

    Im sick of that Racist network.
    Fuck Bill O’Reilly. U White Fagget.
    I Remember when he Had Dame Dash and Cam’ron on and Cam told Bill to shut up.
    I Nearly fell off my chair with laughter.
    how is it that hip hop gets blamed for everything. Gun Violence, Gang activity, Sexism.
    And Bush goes and spends 10 trillion dollars on the war in Iraq and kills innocent people.

  • Don Imus

    I love hoe’s!!!!!

  • http://www.sweeneykovar.wordpress.com andres

    i think M 1 knew he was gonna get his ass chewed (pause), on that show and thats why he went immediatly into his points about white-black power relationships and all that, but i think FOX fucked up. I think FOX fucked up because they straight up showed their racist ass, by not even being able to have an actual conversation with M1

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  • http://xxl bk

    i think don had a right to call the girls ho’s bitches or whatever he wanted…..its his right…freedom of speech. Its all a double standard….its okay when al sharpton says it hasnt offended the blacks…..fuck the whole thing….lets find out how much luda got fined….remember that….YOU’S A HO….but thats just fine. Assjockeys

  • Tyler

    If a little kid called U a ho . . u would just laugh it off as nothing. If a six foot five nigga called U a ho then U would either shake like a little bitch or U would stand up like a man and holla at him about ‘dat. Dats the way people have 2 look at this situation. Imus had the power 2 hurt being a whiteman with a radio show.
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  • daddydoose

    ok…its 2007. im sick and tired of hearing about imus…he said nothing racist…the rutgers girls (even the white girls) were nappy headed broads…im not sure if they were hos or not, but they were def. nappy. isnt this america…last time i checked there was an amendment giving us the right to free speech. also…im tired of everything getting turned into a racial issue. this is bullshit…nothing he said was racist…and i am a true fan of hip hop and dead prez…but for m1 to say all this shit about white suppression and shit…giving black men the right to call girls ho’s…well, that makes no fucking sense at all.so now its ok for black people to suppress themselves…im not sure if they left this small fact out of black history wherever he went to school…but white men bought slaves from african BLACK MEN that owned slaves already…before whitey had slaves…black people had their own people in slavery. who the fuck do you think built the pyramids?!!?!? you think a ton of africans volunteered for that shit?!? like i said before…its 2007, black, white, asian…p.r….whatever….there is no race….its all about class…if you’re broke – you’re a nigger.