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Thursday, September 6, 2007

Congress to hold hearing on rap's lyrical content

Rappers may not be scared of a woman with media might (i.e. Oprah), but they're definitely scared of men with gavels. And if Democratic Rep. Bobby Rush of Illinois has his way, Congress will hold a hearing later this month tackling rap music's lyrical degradation of women.

But for the first time, the big boys could be taken to task here. No, not Russell Simmons and P. Diddy. Rep. Rush actually plans to hold the guys who run the record-label-owning conglomerates accountable. He was quoted in hip-hop mag XXL saying:

“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.

Sounds like the big music lobby didn't pay its monthly tab. Read the full story in XXL magazine here.

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