Attorney Urges Record Companies to Enforce Codes of Conduct

XXLMag.com attended Lauren Raysor’s press conference this afternoon (August 24), where the lawyer called for record labels to help regulate artists’ off-wax behavior.

As previously reported, Raysor is the attorney who helped put Bronx rapper Remy Ma behind bars for shooting her client Makeda Barnes-Joseph. The conference, which commemorated the two-year anniversary of the shooting, put the burden on record companies to provide guidance to artists.

“We have to tell the shareholders of these major corporations that they have to not take money and profit from kids that are killing themselves,” Raysor said. “They have a responsibility to tell these record labels that you at least have to do a little bit more for these young people, show them what the business is like.”

Raysor propositioned that labels put a “morality clause” in their artists’ contracts, providing monetary incentive for artists to not engage in violent or criminal acts. She compared the music industry to the NBA and NFL, both leagues that enforce codes of conduct.

“It is your outside behavior we are talking about,” she said. “We’re not talking about what you write.”

While a timeline of violence in hip-hop, citing everything from 2Pac’s murder to Remy Ma’s shooting, was presented at the press conference, the proposed morals clause was also revealed.

“The artist agrees to conduct himself or herself with due regard to public conventions and morals, and agrees that he or she will not commit any act of contempt, scorn or ridicule that will tend to shock, insult or offend the community, or ridicule public morality or decency, or prejudice the company, producer, and others in the public or in the industry in general,” the clause read.

Raysor says the next step is to meet with label execs in an effort put the morals clause into effect. –John Kennedy

  • $ykotic/Don McCaine

    Pierzy!!! Where you at???

  • $ykotic/Don McCaine

    Like I said in the last drop, this might fly.

  • Brooklyn

    raysor needs a man, she needs some dick, she’s too high strung. maybe if she had a nigga putting her to bed at night she’d be too tired and disinterested in fruitless causes.

  • Mutada/Mullah Atari

    Co-sig, Brooklyn.LOL $yk’s got a goot point too.

    LOL

  • Mutada/Mullah Atari

    Oh, shit am I tripping or did they take Bol, post down about Camal’s new songs ? Guess we know whos getting the cover next month. SMH

  • http://www.myspace.com/winkwestwood Wink

    Entertainment industy and code of conduct…will NEVER happen. Period. Waste of breath.

  • http://www.myspace.com/emcdlthemusicprofile EmCDL

    So basically she asking the record labels to babysit their artists right? Hell most of these artists need it!

  • http://thahiphoptruth.com jjr rotem

    they dont take shit like that over ast thahiphoptruth.com they would tell this bitch what is what. wait till tha relaunch on sept 15. shit is gonna be fuccking crazy.

  • money Mitch

    This will never fly for one a couple reasons! Number one hip hop is the biggest money maker in the industry and there are just to many wild and or ignorant mutha fuckas that would get fined until the media pressures them into releasing them and they lose more money by dropping them and two artists will just go strictly independent so they don’t have to deal with that clause. There are too many independent distributors for that to actually work.

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  • foolio_iglesias

    You do that,and take away a huge part of raps allure-rebelliousness and vulgarity!Although rap had its balls cut off a long time ago….

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    A boycott will soon ensue in regards to everyone who advertises in this magazine which puts African Americans in the most negative light and promotes a violent and degrading lifestyle. None of the editors for the magazine have grown up in poverty or been subjected to violence and drugs, yet they encourage this lifestyle amongst African Americans. They have no community development ties of breaking such negative behaviors, and they continue to profit off the negative social issues African Americans continue to be adversely affected by.

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  • parks mcfly

    Fuk this fat bitch wtf.

    Did she get railed and flaked by some rapper?

    “The artist agrees to conduct himself or herself with due regard to public conventions and morals, and agrees that he or she will not commit any act of contempt, scorn or ridicule that will tend to shock, insult or offend the community, or ridicule public morality or decency, or prejudice the company, producer, and others in the public or in the industry in general”

    Shes basically saying the TIs should take away free speech and probably what rap is all about wtf. I dont adovate stupid shit but wtf. As if the label machine doesnt bullshit everybody as it is.

    I smell a new delores tucker.
    Any producer what to slap a dumb slut?

    Pierzy/McCaine check this ‘fuk eminem’ diss

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9uh0_WO_Ii0

    http://www.myspace.com/rordogmac

  • Curtis75Black

    This has nothing to do with Freedom of Speech. This is basically about keeping these reckless ass wannabe rappers in place, sort of what the NBA, NFL are doing !! Say what you want, act it out and its on you.

  • vhingrhamesonyo’momma

    now hold up a minute! she said “monetary incentive” to behave, i fux wit’ dat. Shit, let a label tell me they’ll throw a extra couple 0′s on that royalty check every year not to fuck a nigga up and I might not even leave the house smell me? it’s all about the guap kiddies! Labels dish out a a lil’ more gaup a mole for me to smoke and buy shit wit’, fuck it I’m in the crib smokin and recordin 24/7! if you think about it it’s no diffrent than any other nine to five, they pay you to put that suit and tie on and act accordingly and that’s what you do so as mcaine said this might fly.

  • DownSouth

    Unfortunately the shareholders are not going to be willing to give up dough to save the kids from themselves. Whenever an idea benefits a group of people, it’s almost always a drawback for another group of people :(

    DOWN SOUTH!!!

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