BOOGIE DOWN PRODUCTIONS / “Bo! Bo! Bo!”


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3 Responses to “BOOGIE DOWN PRODUCTIONS / “Bo! Bo! Bo!””

Rudy Says:
December 17th, 2006 at 10:18 am

This kind of anti-police rap tunes might be just as much of the problem as the asshole cops who become involved in brutalizing black individuals. Mtume’s apology about the influence of such rap tunes on youth notwithstanding. Such rap/hip-hop attitudes expressed do have their impact on the youth and they do influence attitudes towards cops and other authority and they probably have an influence on the rising number of people caught up in the criminal justice system. This kind of music is not as benign as Mtume suggests. This type of wolfing is dangerous and even more dangerous in that the individuals nor the black community can back up such rhetoric and the individuals involved in such creative productions and distributions are just as likely to kill a black person as kill a cop, probably more likely the former than the latter. These rap tunes have their shock value but very little consciousness. They are made for idiots and all of us have to pay for this idiocy while the makers and distributors get paid the bling-bling. In short, these so-called anti-police rap tunes are politically reactionary. It is fuel for reactionary behavior by cops and other state officials. If I had my way such tunes would be restricted in their distribution. They would be limited to a few and certainly not available to the young. — Rudy

          No to Cencorship / No to Police Brutality           

Rudy,

Censorship does not solve the problem, it makes the problem worse. I oppose censorship. Period. Instead of censoring what the youth hear… why not talk to the youth and offer an alternative that makes sense.

The real problem is that we adults don’t know what to do to address our real problems. Censorship is a sign of frustration.

—Kalamu


Paul Says:
December 18th, 2006 at 1:42 pm

Two thoughts:

Number one – much of this discussion inevitably ends up having a chicken or the egg component to it. Does the reality shape the music or does the music shape the reality? I think Mtume’s point is deceptively insightful about feeling frustrated by racial hierarchies at work and finding a release in listening to violent hip hop music. Most people can relate to feeling powerless in a situation, and after the situation passes, the anger quickly follows. Of course being polite to an ignorant police officer is the smart thing to do, but anybody is gonna be pissed off later that they did it. I think that is where a lot of this music gets its allure from.

Number two – KRS One’s “Sound of the Police” is my favorite anti-cop song. Overseer –> Officer. You can’t really get a more inflammatory allegation about the police than that.


Deocliciano Okssipin Says:
December 18th, 2006 at 6:00 pm

Body Count isn´t Metal, its hard core.
Before hip hop there was The Dead Kennedys, no hip hop artist ever molested the police or the establishment like that band.

It just sadden me that people forgets Free Jazz.
Archie Shepp, Abert Ayler, Arthur Doyle, that CIA framed up (there were evidences) in Paris, that costed him 5 years in prison, for a crime he did not commit. Sunny” Murray, Milford Graves, gosh,,, many more.
Those figures sacrificed so much (more than any rapper). Some even died in misery, but never sell out.

They are all betrayed for these ignorant hip hop artists.


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