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Thursday, March 1, 2007

Sales of Rap Albums Take Stunning Nosedive-Article on


The rapper Nas, considered one of the greats, challenged the condition of the art form when he titled his latest album "Hip-Hop is Dead." It's at least ailing, according to recent statistics: Though music sales are down overall, rap sales slid a whopping 21 percent from 2005 to 2006, and for the first time in 12 years no rap album was among the top 10 sellers of the year. A recent study by the Black Youth Project showed a majority of youth think rap has too many violent images. In a poll of black Americans by The Associated Press and AOL-Black Voices last year, 50 percent of respondents said hip-hop was a negative force in American society.

This article was supposed to be about the sales of rap music taking a nosedive. The article twisted after the first paragraph to people talking about the same ol' thing....hip-hop being dead. I am tired of this conversation about what is "real" music and that Young Jeezy is not hip-hop and blah blah blah. Until the fans stop requesting Joc, Jeezy, and all the other artists who are not "real" hip-hop on the radio, buying their ringtones, and going to their shows, and dancing in the club then nothing is going to change. Just as David Banner said, "I wish America would just be honest. America is sick. ... America loves violence and sex."

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