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Twista Bashes Congressional Hearing on Hip-Hop

twista1.jpgAs previously reported on, 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 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.”

Last week, Chicago rapper Twista responded to Congressman Rush’s comments on his blog with Red Eye of the Chicago Tribune. “All the subjects we rap about aren’t made up, they come from somewhere and that somewhere is our lives,” Twista said. “I don’t know what kind of life Rep. Rush has had, but if I were to ask him to write a story about anything for people to read, his story would have certain things in it that are things he’s been around in his life. In that same way we rap about what we’ve been exposed to.” Twista went on to question the priorities of the U.S. Congress when there are more pertinent issues to address in the world. “If congress is worried about rap music, it’s time for them to go to the ghettos in this country and fix the problems so that the kids don’t have the see the things that they see and live through all of them,” he said. “We’ve got troops still dying in Iraq, global warming, gas prices going way high and Congress is worried about hip-hop? These are more examples of our own President saying stupider things than you could ever hear in any rap song. Maybe it’s time he took a little trip to Congress and was asked a few questions as well then.”

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