*Hip Hop is always under attack by those who don’t quite understand the story behind the music and most recently, actress Ashley Judd shared her lovely criticism and harsh thoughts about the culture. She called it “rape music.”
While every fight is not worth paying too much to, Roots drummer Questlove actually spoke out about the on screen artists’ remarks and not so friendly interaction on the Jimmy Fallon Show via his Twitter.
“hmmm. at least i got my answer as to why ash judd didn’t give us so much as a nod on her last visit. im a criminal [sic],” he wrote.
Judd wrote some things in her book, “All That Is Bitter, and Sweet,” calling out Diddy and Snoop Dogg for their charity work with YouthAIDS:
“YouthAIDS created hip, public service announcements for TV and radio using popular local and international celebrities and athletes and was participating in the MTV World AIDS Day ‘Staying Alive’ concerts,” she wrote. “Along with other performers, YouthAIDS was supported by rap and hip-hop artists like Snoop Dogg and P. Diddy to spread the message … um, who? Those names were a red flag. As far as I’m concerned, most rap and hip-hop music — with its rape culture and insanely abusive lyrics and depictions of girls and women as ‘ho’s’ — is the contemporary soundtrack of misogyny.”
Judd has been on a national tour promoting the book, which was released April 5. The explosive nature of the memoir — in which she also characterizes her mother, country singer Naomi Judd, as neglectful, and reveals that she was sexually abused — makes some wonder if her perceived negativity is nothing but a publicity stunt.