Straight Outta Compton: The Truth About NWA and Hip Hop
Stephen Williams stashed this in Prison Industrial Complex
If a broad conspiracy is uncovered, we'll have quite a period of adjustment. Even if not, we're getting to a tipping point.
Even the author cannot find any direct evidence.
Although I haven’t come across information confirming the music industry’s direct investment in private prisons, it is public knowledge that General Electric, which co-owns Universal Entertainment, the home of Interscope Records and Def Jam, is the nation’s largest weapons manufacturer as well as a huge investor in private prisons. Both record labels are well known for promoting criminal elements through their music, with Interscope’s Death Row Records probably being the greatest purveyor of “gangsta rap” in history. The notion that there may be a connection between a company that glorifies crime as entertainment and a company that manufactures weapons and invests in prison-for-profit is disturbing to say the least.
But yeah, it sounds like profit can be made by keeping the prison industrial complex alive.
If this is confirmed, people will generally ignore it... just as they have other such acts perpetrated against the black community.
Yeah, the article even makes that point:
But the idea that the music industry has manipulated rap music to glorify misogyny, violence, drugs and materialism is a common belief held in Hip Hop circles. Many artists such as Rhymefest, Wise Intelligent and Too Short have shared their personal experiences which clearly point to a deliberate attempt by the music industry to silence and suppress Hip Hop music with substance. The belief that music (and media in general) can be used as a medium of social engineering is nothing new. In the 1970’s, Black music was already being studied by university researchers to learn how it could be manipulated to ultimately increase consumerism in mainstream markets. In 1990, the release of the book “Hit Men: Power Brokers and Fast Money Inside the Music Business” also points to corrupt business practices which place profit over ethics.
Probably true. But, as certain recent events have shown, tipping points can be surprising: We ignored police abuse for decades, until we didn't. And now it's a thing we generally examine closely. We mostly and effectively ignored government overreach in surveillance, until Snowden. If a clear pattern and practice is exposed, that could trigger RICO and all kinds of scrutiny, liability, and compensating adjustment that could be extensive. Just acknowledging that it happened and had a big effect could change everything. Someone with broad enough knowledge and participation probably needs to leak and/or testify for it to happen. If it happened. Sometimes, it just seems like everyone is colluding.
Everyone doesn't need to collude.
The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good people to do nothing.
Hopefully recent events make people want to do something.