*Many Hip Hop fans are excited about NWA‘s nomination for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. However, a North Carolina based Hip Hop activist and journalist is not one of them.
TRUTH Minista Paul Scott blames NWA for many problems that are still facing the Black community almost 25 years after the release of their first album.
He says that NWA replaced the conscious Hip Hop of the era with a culture of death and destruction. Scott is asking that fans of real Hip Hop contact the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and demand that NWA be removed from induction consideration.
Instead of being in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Scott says that the group should be forever condemned to Hip Hop’s “Hall of Shame.”
Listen as TRUTH Minista Paul Scott pleads his case:
The retailer that targets teens and young adults, Forever 21, has got itself in a bit of a PR pickle.
The clothing company recently came up with a line of “Compton” t-shirts that are controversial to say the least.
Actually, the t-shirts may never see the light of day at this point … at least legally, because the reaction to the announcement was swift to say the least.
Sparks began to fly Thursday after “Forever 21″ tweeted, “New arrivals… straight outta Compton.” The tweet was accompanied by the above photo of white models wearing the shirts emblazoned with logos that read, “Ice Cube,” “City Of Compton” and “N.W.A.: The World’s Most Dangerous Group.”
Like we said, the response was so swift, the tweet was quickly taken down. And some accused the company of cultural appropriation.
And speaking of cultural appropriation, a young lady named Patti LaHelle posted a very insightful and reasoned video response to the issue; she questioned the clothing design and promotion methods:
BTW, if you think you can still buy the items, nope, you’re wrong. Forever 21 has also removed the shirts from its retail website as well.
Here’s a sampling of some Twitter reactions to the shirts:
But wait! Some folks pointed out that there are no Forever 21 stores in Compton!
Dr. Dre’s son Curtis Young, Eazy E’s son Eric Lynn Wright Jr., Jam Master Jay’s son Jason Mizell, MC Ren’s son Anthony Dunbar & E’40′s son Droop-E.
*Oh boy, they’ve thought of everything.
A new reality show starring the sons of rappers is next on the hot plate for television junkies.
According to TMZ, N.W.A. and Run-DMC’s kids are going to be entertaining viewers as they go along in the shadows of their fathers.
Currently titled, “Seeds of Hip Hop” (sounds kind of like a TMI comment or something), the show will star Dr. Dre’s son, Curtis Young, Eazy E’s son Eric Lyn Wright Jr., MC Ren’s son Anthony Dunbar, E’40’s son Droop-E and Jam Master Jay’s son Jason Mizell, all of whom are in their 20s.
The show doesn’t have a home just yet, but you can bet one of these networks is going to scoop that one up with a quickness.
Currently it’s being shopped around to VH1, TV-ONE, FUSE TV and BET.
*Late, great, N.W.A. rapper, Eazy E is going to be remembered via film.
Ruthless Propoganda has officially announced a release date for “Ruthless Memories,” a documentary about the life of Eazy E.
According to reports, the film will include exclusive interviews with E’s bandmates, MC Ren and Jerry Heller, an old business partner.
There will also be interviews with former Ruthless Records artists, such as B.G. Knocc Out. Knocc Out appeared on one of Eazy E’s last hit songs “Real Compton City G’s.”
Sergio Hernandez (the director of the film) says the project will be released on December 21. He also stated that pre-order purchasers who buy their copy before December 7 will see their names appear in the film’s ending credits.
Eazy E’s 1995 death from A.I.D.S complications is widely disputed and has resulted in numerous conspiracy theories.
*F. Gary Gray is in final talks to direct “Straight Outta Compton,” the New Line film that traces the founding of groundbreaking rap group NWA, featuring Eazy E, Ice Cube, Dr. Dre, MC Ren and DJ Yella.
Armed with such street anthems as “F*** tha Police” and “Dopeman,” their material reflected the growing ire of urban youth in the 1980s and set the tone for gangsta rap culture in Los Angeles.
The film was set up at New Line by Cube’s Cube Vision.
Gray last directed “Law Abiding Citizen,” “Be Cool” and “The Italian Job.” He has also directed music videos for Ice Cube.