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Congress Holds Hearing on “Stereotypes and Degradation” of Woman in Hip-Hop Music

master-p1.jpgAccording to, The United States Congress is looking to hold its first hearing regarding “stereotypes and degradation” of woman in hip-hop lyrics and videos. While the hearing has not been officially announced, it’s tentatively scheduled to take place on September 25. Democratic Representative Bobby Rush of Illinois, chairman of the House Subcommittee on Commerce, Trade and Consumer Protection, is organizing the meeting in order to hear from record executives and companies that release rap music. “I want to engage not just the music industry, but the entertainment industry at large to be part of a solution,” Rush said. “I want to talk to executives at these conglomerates who’ve never taken a public position on what they produce.” Among the industry executives scheduled to attend the hearing are Philippe Dauman of Viacom, Doug Morris of Universal Music Group and Edgar Bronfman Jr. of Warner Music Group. The only hip-hop artist who has agreed to attending the hearing is Master P, who recently took a vow to release “clean” hip-hop music without any cursing. “I want to look at not only the problem caused by misogynistic content in some hip-hop music but also some of the pain that emanates form this degradation,” says Rush. “I respect the First Amendment, but rights without responsibility is anarchy, and that’s much of what we have now. It’s time for responsible people to stand up and accept responsibility.”

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