Cee Lo: “Hip hop is being used in some mass way to influence underachievement”

By Barry Burch Jr.

Most of us have heard 90s rapper, KRS-One, talk about how far hip-hop has plummeted down the music totem poll. We have heard similar sermons from other older rappers as well. But as far as new main-stream hip-hop artists are concerned, the buck mainly stops at T.I. There simply aren’t many others. However, in a recent interview with The Daily Beast, platinum recording artist, Cee-lo shared his thoughts.

Here’s what he said:

We don’t judge, but we acknowledge that acting and performing music are very kindred spirits. You write something down, go into a recording booth, and reenact the emotion onstage. At one point in time, there was a code of conduct: creed and credential. And I’ve said this before on Twitter, but hip-hop was once an Ivy League institution, and now it’s become a community college—you don’t need any qualifications to come on in. And, quite frankly, it can be a little embellished-upon. There’s a low entry level, and it’s become monotonous and congested. All you need to do is be able to rhyme “cat” and “hat,” and you can become an MC. But executives have a lot to do with the larger agenda to emasculate and colonize. I believe hip hop is being used in some mass way to influence underachievement. Maybe these individuals may not be aware of the larger agenda, and how they’re being puppeteered, but if they are, that’s even more shameful.

Cee-lo went on to promote his new reality show with group Goodie Mob, which is set to debut on TBS next February. “It will actually be the first reality-based show on TBS, and they’re based out of Atlanta, and we’re Atlanta’s native sons, so it makes sense,” he said.

Hopefully, some of his words of wisdom will get air-time. With T.I. going public with his recent altercation with his record label for making the decision to present a positive image, and now Cee-lo admitting there’s something definitely behind the ignorance impregnating one of our most unique and beautiful art forms; perhaps the entire “rap-game” will listen. Everybody loves good music, so don’t forget the ‘good’ part.

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  4. Love the commentary by Cee-Lo as well as the commenters. Hip Hop is just about in the grave.
    Back in the 80’s and 90’s, you had a lot of diversity in hip hop. Not only sonically, but in terms of subject matter. You had your battle rappers, conscious rappers, story tellers, class clowns, gangsters and party rappers. You don’t have that diversity anymore, everyone talking about the same old things. I don’t see it changing anytime soon, either.
    I do wonder why there isn’t more control over record content and distribution considering some of the major players who have been in the game. Another poster above referenced it in a response.

  5. Art doesn’t influence culture, culture affects art. Lifestyle in the “Hood” is reflected in hip hop. As an “old” old schooler, I remember Louis Jordan in the 40’s swinging with “Saturday Night Fish Fry”,recalling an event used to party and raise rent money for expenses when jobs and incomes for Black families were hardly livable. The 50’s gave us the smooth ballards of Nat “King” Cole educating us on the best way to travel from the Jim Crow South to the promise land, L.A.,California (“Route 66”). In the 60’s a Movement(Equal Rights for African Americans) was happening and James Brown said it loud, “I’m Black and I’m Proud!” Before that, black was such a demeaning description, beauty was only seen in light-skinned brothers and sisters. Curtis Mayfield and the Impressions sang a lyric, “If you had a choice of colors, which one would you choose, my brother?” The culture was rooted in Black organising and Black people rising up and the music of Sam Cooke, The Temptations and Marvin Gaye reflected that culture. The first hip hop piece that caught my ear had a line in it (I forget the title and the artist)”Don’t push me too far ’cause I’m close to the edge. It makes me wonder how I keep from going under.” I knew immediately that the artist was talking about conditions brought on by racism and oppression in the Black community. Today, with what many (Black and White people) believe to be post racist, the culture is about capitalism, making lots of money. It influences the art, the music. Lil Wayne’s popularity let him get away with blaspheming Emmitt Till and making light of the 14 year-old’s brutal murder by the KKK with the line in one of his raps, “Beat that p—y down like Emmitt Till. Then there’s Jay-Z’s bost that his mere presence is enough for giving to the black community. So, I’m not surprised nor appalled, and not even offended by hip hop lyrics. Some of us who participated in the struggle for Black liberation, as well as the youngsters of the present generation, believe we failed in that struggle. Only the battle is over; the war goes on. That’s what we fail to understand. We have fought for our humanity since our ancestors were captured and forced on slave ships to this western hemisphere. We resisted the institution of slavery and we resisted Jim Crow segregation. The struggle continues because institutional racism and inequality continues in the education of our children, in employment opportunities, in health care, in the pursuit of happiness. Some of the lyrics in hip hop grow out of such conditions. Children of wealthy parents don’t possess the same values and principles as those of children of the underclass. And children of struggling families can’t look to a bright future as the children of the rich. Need I say more?

  6. Cee Lo’s comment is discussed in the chapter “The Rap Era – Self Victimization” in the book “American Frankenstein – How The United States Created a Monster!” This book is a must read: http://www.amazon.com/American-Frankenstein-United-Created-Monster/dp/1450085687/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&sr=&qid=

  7. I agree with Cee Lo completely. This hip hop is no longer an art form that promotes consciousness, awareness, progression, self-accountability, and introspection. It has become a puppet/prostitute/slave where today’s artists are put in the position that if they want to make money, they must destroy all appearances of righteous progression and influence people to self-destruct through materialism and sexism. And yes, the corporations that these artists are paid by are 50% of the responsible parties, because they have the money, so they determine what gets pushed. the other 50% are the artists who allowed themselves to be intimidated into the position of corporate whore.

    I read some of the comments, and those of you blaming the people who listen really do not have a clue that the things you criticize them for are the after effects of the music itself. I am a hip hop lyricist inspired by those hip hop artists who preached and live accountability, progressive thought, anti-violence, and anti-ignorance. I am a poet influenced by poets and spoken word artists who stand for the same things. And I am a businessman and father who strives to teach my son the same principles I live by. Not once have I allowed myself to fall under the spiritual spell of greed, lust, and stupidity as the cool way to live that so many people are falling under. But I believe that’s God’s doing, not mine. And as such, I have this to say about the lives of the listeners. Unless you are part of what exposes the lies, you really cannot blame those who believe them, especially when life does not seem to be exposing anything else to them. The platitudes and judgments do not help. Why not instead be part of the force exposing them to more positive things? Why not be that business person who shows them that success is possible? Why not show them that there are better ways to manage the money you earn. Why not show them that there are ways to raise children to be successful and spiritually balanced? Why not show them that relationships are a matter of serious communication, trust, and teamwork? In other words, if you are not being part of the solution that they can see, you are only furthering the damage that today’s mockeries of the music that is called hip hop is causing, thus helping to advance the cause of the corporations responsible for pushing this spiritual garbage down their throats.

  8. Some u need to start blaming our own people,our people who have the money ,the rappers,the actors n actress n last but not least our athletes .why r our schools closing? Can’t they start spending money in our neighborhoods,so our schools won’t close. Instead of buying that bentley or that ten million dollar house that they might lose in five years

  9. If hip hop ever gets to the point of encouraging kids to start their own businesses, think for themselves, and being educated, I might change my mind.

    • Peace, this comment is @Ree.. I think you have tuned into all the wrong types of Hip Hop music. I also think that you have not given it the time of day to be speaking this way about it, it makes you sound really really ignorant. I’ll explain, Hip Hop music is griotology, it’s an extension of the pain brothers and sisters felt in the civil rights movement, slavery and other oppressive factions that trap and destroy our people. Hip Hop is really the whistle blower on the beasts agenda directed toward the black, asian, hispanic communities, but the problem is that it has been infiltrated. A lot of positive brothers out there have made strong music supporting the beautiful black woman “Ayana Monet, by Lone Catalysts,” I mean this is barely the tip of the iceberg, but from a spiritual perspective there are brothers like Shai Linne, Timothy Brindle, and Steven the Levite (www.lampmode.com). I was hurtful to hear you being so resolute about some that actually belongs to us, and is our personal legacy. You cannot allow fear to blind you from the truth as you will miss out. We are a spiritual people and we have great purpose and responsibility, so I would urge you to keep your eyes open and surround yourself with positve examples of this artform, communion, communication, spiritual wealth and most important….legacy. Whether you believe this or not, this music belongs to you too and you also have a responsibility to it, as do I. I actively create positive hip hop music, as I am a father too, and I have been teaching my children through the beauty of this artform… Have a good day Shalom… any questions holla at me on http://www.soundcloud.com/quartzcrystallus

  10. I will never listen to hip-hop music. A bunch of clowns rapping about how they hate their baby mamas and how no one’s going to make them pay for their kids and how many niggas they killing and how much more important their money is to them…. and white executives getting rich off our kids buying into this BS and making it normal in our neighborhoods. Notice how in their own music they’re singing about how they love their women, and in our music the men sing about how we’re just gold digging whores that nobody wants. How the heck would I expect my son to listen to this tripe and actually VALUE a black woman when he’s old enough to date. Hip hop music IS NOT ALLOWED IN MY HOME.

  11. Hi all, too challenge the top comment on here, school closings have been closing since I was like 8 years old im 27 now so this is nothing new. Besides schools closing nothing in the hood I’m from opened up, they closed everything. The Boys Club, Girls Inc, hell the whole project is gone and all of the all stars of the hood has spread out with the knowledge they really want so those neighborhoods are damn near war zones. Its not the Blacks, its the people of the ghetto that suffer and we dont even know it most of the time and that’s the issue. It’s time we address whats real, it should’ve been that way but everybody focus is $$$$ all the while our kids are longing for attention. Yall better wake up

  12. THERE’S a “War on the Rap Culture” therefore a war against the black culture., The (Lyrical Content) sets off a GENERATIONAL DIVIDE, a social, cultural divide… Un-like the 60’s & 70’s the lyrical content the Rap Culture cannot/could not be represented by Africa Americans of the CBC levels to the (lyrical content) levels of “Death-Row” & Lil Wayne middle schoolers….

    Now with school closings & voter rights restrictions we’ll just be regaining lost socialgroundskeeperss.. The rap culture has/is being attacked from several angles., Their TALK doesn’t sound judicial or constitutional so they fill the jails., Their DRESS is cause for (SYG) laws & gun lobbying. for ” good law biding folk”.., They’re communities are cause for ( Stop-n-frisk) & FALSIFIED! crime rate reports… The N-word dialogue gives access to racist “freedom of speech ” w/apologies of course…

    Long & short the rap culture lyrical content was/is an setup.. Like the Bush’s SR & Jr setup Noriega & Saddam as dictators, then took them down for “political gains” type of setup..

    TRUTH here is social gains from this point would just be RECOVERED grounds.. Which was my beef w/the POTUS for not un-doing everything his predecessor messed up…

  13. Well, let’s face it, which of our art forms (musical or otherwise) WASN’T stolen and diluted into the mess Black American culture has become?

  14. Immackulate Steele

    Well, do agree with Cee-Lo! Hip Hop has taking a turn for the worst its unfortunate that positive msgs have taken a backseat, but the AUDIENCE must take MOST of the blame for that! U have artist like Scarface,UGK,Juvenile, Ice Cube,N.W.A. and others that speak on what’s going on in their “hoods”….they spoke of selling dope,robbing,shootouts,etc. But they tell BOTH sides of living that life….they explain the consequences & harms of indulging in those acts! Somewhere the youth filtered out the latter & focused on the former! Somehow the quest for “fighting the power” became “who’s the biggest dope dealer or gangsta”! Somehow the attention to “lyrics” shifted to “bling”! We ALL know the streets is where black youth gets direction & influences from & unfortunately the guys passing down “street knowledge” have become IDIOTS & SELFISH FOOLS that push “fuck everybody else…get YOURS” & this dumbass “YOLO” mentality! Of course the labels & record execs are gladly capitalizing off it because they could give a damn about the ramifications….. as long as it sells records! The solution is simple though….its ALWAYS been same….we must start back molding our youth FROM THE HOME!!! The home is where it all begins, until parents take back their homes & what goes on inside them, our youth will continue to manufacture EXACTLY who today’s garbage music targets….UNTAMED,UNINFORMED, IMPRESSIONABLE MINDS!! Until that happens, look forward to more 2 Chains,SouljaBoys & fucking Chief Keefs!!!! Lmao & smh. (at the same damn time)

    • Gangsta rap is a means to an end, GENOCIDE. Paired with mass incarceration and the “New Jim Crow” (see Michelle Alexander’s book, it is projected that, give or take 20 years, and the Black male population will be considerably reduced in the United States. Kick in AIDS, school closings and Black-on-Black homicides, and you have the perfect formula for removing the bulk of the African American community from the U.S. by the end of the next century. All the while the leadership (Hacho Macho) of all of this appears on screen (and the daily news) as the powerful Black man.

  15. It’s not only Hip-Hop,but all our music has hit rock bottom!!!

    • Wrong! I have not witnessed any other group of men (Chinese, Jew, Japanese, Latino, European) that takes the weak copout of denegrating its women in the way that Black rappers do. Name one!! It has become a distinguishing characteristic of Gansta rap in particular to bully and beat Black women. I don’t see any social commentary here. I see none of them taking any type respectable leadership of the Black community. All I see is a bunch of weak men who beat up on women because they are unable to beat up on the “White Man” who is stopping and frisking them all day long.

    • Not true! Jazz

  16. The brother spoke the truth, However I’m amazed that with the ease and availability of recording studios that seasoned artist are not recording and producing themselves, and cutting out the middleman.

    • Immackulate Steele

      The “powers that be” keep a TIGHT grip on WHO gets to distribute AND WHAT the radio stations will play & promote!! BELIEVE me it takes more than just having $$$! If that were the case Jay Z or Dr. Dre would’ve been done it! You see what happened when J. Prince,Irv Gotti & Surge Knight tried to form the FIRST black owned distribution company!! The ONLY one that survived was J. Prince!!

      • As well was Michael Jackson whom between all three of those you listed (Prince,Gotti,Suge) was richer many times over was on his way to forming his own publishing company that alot of major black artist where going to free agent their ways too. Too bad they killed Michael before that happen. This rap game to many is a big smoke screen of “just music-despicable black America music” but its another program tool killing and destroying.
        And if you think I’m playing ever wonder why someone as famously talented and wealthy as Dr Dre would stick to his baby, I mean business partner Jimmy Iovine have never settled ways. All that money Dre and him and Jimmy still partners? Read deeper. Diddy, 50, Jay, Baby white boy lies under the table. Real spit •PEACE

    • That would require too much discipline, hard work and education. It is too easy the other way. Like I said in earlier postings, these are some weak dudes, taking the easy way out. Irresponsible. If they had their own studio, they would put out the same foul words and images because it caters to foul minds.

  17. “…Hip-hop was once an Ivy League institution, and now it’s become a community college.” Shit is profound indeed.

  18. I don’t mean to be a contrarian, though I kinda do but a couple points: A) I don’t think there’s an active movement to dumb things down or harm the community so much as the what was a very small community (hip hop) turned into a global enterprise. Executive now are charged with creating the most commercially viable products because there’s a lot of money at stake. What’s viable in art? Provocation. Gangs, drugs, sex. People want junk food, no matter what they say otherwise. 2nd even in the good ol’ days of KRS, etc you still had people like Ice-T making songs like LGBNAF, you still had gangsta rap, you still had goofy throwaway songs that had no value. While there may’ve been a lot of positive music back then y’all need to stop lying like ‘Doin the butt’ didn’t exist. 3rd ‘conscious rappers’ and ‘positive rap’ aren’t very interesting. There I said it. Y’all can parse why but I’m well educated, read frequently and have a decent job but I don’t think rap can still claim the mantle of being CNN for the hood.

    • Positive rap CAN be interesting… Have you heard any of Outkast or Goodie Mob? GOOD and INTERESTING positive Rap may be few in numbers … however they do exist. I believe this art form must be cultivated. It can be cultivated as much as any other form of rap. It does require a certain level of education and somewhat of a verbose vocabulary but yes, it can be done.

  19. Cee Lo is correct in what he is saying. As a former professioanl musician, I look at a lot of these younger “musicians” and have to scratch my head. Quite a few of them exhibit a gross “low cut” when they loosely use the term “I’m a musician”. Many people think that all you have to do is rhyme a few lines to a good “beat” and all of a sudden, you have “written” this song. No to the no! If you know how to ‘read” music, if you know how to tell the difference between something written in the key of G major and something written in the key of E flat, I may be able to call you a “musician”. If you know what a quarter rest is or can sight read, both as a vocalist or an instrumentalist, I may be able to call you a “musician”. Stevie Wonder and Ray Charles were both blind, but I truely believe that these geniuses could “see” the different musical key signatures in their minds. These are/were “musicians”. All of the others out here who put things together in the form of a rhyme with a beat to it and call themselves “musicians” coupled with saying things like “I wrote this”, or “I wrote that”…well, to me, they are not playing with “music”. They are just merely playing with “words”.

  20. I agree with Cee Lo’s sentiment but I also think there is an underlying message in what he said that is also dangerous. The one problem with his message is that it gives executives and hip hop artists too much power. These are people who wish to sell a product and believe me they will sell anything that people will buy. If people demanded more positive music, they would make more positive music because that would be more marketable. The truth is that there are some serious issues within our community that have created a self destructive cycle and this new hip hop music is simply a part of that cycle. Truth be told, no hip hop artist or no executive can change that! This community must heal from within! There is never likely to be more positive music that what came out of hip hop from say 1989-1993 with groups like Goodie Mob, tribe, Brand Nubian, X Clan, Poor Righteous Teachers and the list could go on, yet we still ended up here today. We will not always get what we deserve but we will get what we demand, not what we demand with lip service but what we demand through our spending habits. The Simple truth is that as long as that garbage that Lil Wayne makes is first out the door and number on on the charts- there will always be an executive willing to package it and sell it. And as soon as we stop buying it, they will stop selling it equally as quickly!

    • Amen @Drnking!! At the end of the day it is all about profit. Plain and simple. Once we heal our community and put our dollars toward more positive music, record companies will follow.

      • BS….this is intentional….these people do not NEED money.

        When it comes to the Black Community and young Black Youth, this is INTENTIONAL. Do NOT believe that positive music will change their direction….they do not CARE. They want death within the community….population control.

        I heard a song the other day where the “artist” said I drink, I smoke and that’s all I do and we do it again.

        Noone forced them to put that in the Ether

    • Drnking
      I disagree. The point of art is to shed light on the human experience as well as contribute to it. That contribution can be negative or positive. In the case of hip hop and the music industry, I find the statement “If people demanded more positive music, they would make more positive music” ridiculous. “More positive” music is made very day, but these artists are not getting signed.

      In the early days of hip hop it was all pretty much positive. Battle raps were just witty banter, everyone would have a good time and go home. Nobody got shot over it. The days of Bad Boy and that Ready To Die nonsense changed all that. There was a concerted effort to subvert the power the artist had as this genre began to explode, by promoting artists whose lyrics were more lurid and violent; lyrics that especially glamorized dysfunction and pain within the Black community.

      Dr. Dre touched on this a long time ago in an interview where he discussed how executives censored his lyrics in a very biased way. And there was that congresswoman back in the day who had a campaign against a lot of these hip hop lyrics and she was mercilessly attacked and threatened for it.

      The artists and executives DO have a lot of power. The DO have the power to shape tastes (the whole point of marketing), tell people what’s cool and desirable. And they profit from it. They could choose to promote other very talented artists out there who actually have something of substance to say but they don’t. And it’s not because people wouldn’t want it. Don’t let them off the hook. “The thief comes to steal, kill and destroy.”

  21. Positive Rap…Word!!! Love it

  22. It’s called subliminal messaging. Brothers from back in the days of KRS1 message were far more positive than these rap groups today. Repeating negative messages over and over again on television or radio will result in negative behavior of impressionable people. In the board rooms of “smut music moguls” this is called, “good marketing strategy 101”. Let these children and teens listen to brothers like The Last Poets, and their minds would stop all this negative behavior and maybe realize their futures are futile listening To Today’s C.R.A.P. RAP!!

  23. I concur with Cee-Lo. I’d love to be a fly on the way when music industry executives discuss and ultimately decide which artists to sign/drop, which songs will make the cut to be on a CD release, etc. IMO music and the videos are now just huge advertisements to get consumers to buy outrageously priced concert tickets and spin off products, like perfumes, clothing lines that artists who cannot draw or sew pretend to “design”, etc. They are just trying to sell a perception of a life style of us to consume, but just because they produce it, does not mean that we have to consume it. Thank God for community radio, internet radio and Spotify.

  24. Wait! My only objection is the community college comment! I teach at a community college…just because the cost is cheaper….its still a high quality education!

    • No disrespect Lisa, but I KNOW you know what he means.

      I’ve attended both. I appreciate both. But there are some significant differences, mainly in who is accepted. Intent was clear, his context….so-so.

      Keep teaching! We need you!

    • Yes, keep teaching! Sheet, 2 years at a community college, transfer and get a degree from the same degree from a 4 year college for half the total price. Immigrants have been doing it for years!

  25. I miss the Sugar Hill Gang

    • not me they stole bernard edwards and nile rogders music from good time to make rappers delight then sent armed thugs after them to try to punk them into dropping the lawsuit.F those sorry theiving m effers

  26. Brilliant statement by Cee-Lo! I love his music too.

  27. The thing that pleased me the most about reading this article, is the high level of intelligence in the comment section. Most everyone commenting has had something thoughtful to add on to the conversation. Big up to the commenters on here so far. Radio stations do need more accountability to their local communities. Not only are they using public airwaves, but they are a business that needs to provide shared value for their listeners not just their share holders. People who have to be subjected to what they put out merely by walking down the street and hearing radios tuned into that channel is reason enough for there to be accountability. What some of these radio stations put out is pollution for the soul, way worse than second-hand smoke. Artists are allowed to be whack. There will always be bad art. But the radio stations do not have to play it. They are the making people listen to it.

  28. First of all, I love Cee-lo and KRS-ONE (who I have always deemed as the best lyricist ever). I am happy that artist(s) are now understanding how their music influences our youth and taking a stance on being more positive. I only wish that more artists would do the same. Many folk do not believe that the music industry (hip-hop) has the power to influence the world but I truly believe that artist(s) owe it to our youth to think about what they say and how words have power. I am a teacher of 13 years and all too often I see how students grow up thinking that it is so easy to have nice things without hard work. It disgusts me to see female artist(s) strut around flaunting everything real and fake and make our young females think it is ok and that this is the way to getting a “real man”. I also believe that record companies and radio stations have a civic duty to rethink what they put out and promote. I grew up in the 80s when we had censorship and it was distasteful to do or say some of the things that are now being promoted. Thanks to Cee-Lo for making these statements and I hope that artist(s) like himself, TI, and KRS-ONE will continue to challenge these wanna be’s to rethink and reevaluate how they are damaging our youth.

  29. This is the first of me hearing that T.I. took a stance to start putting out positive music. I am not at all surprised hat his record label had issues with it. After all, they are the reasons that these non Artists continue to do the crap they do and call it Hip Hop. If the execs would say as of tomorrow there will be no more profanity, no more use of the N word and no more demeaning of women on songs, you wouldn’t hear any. And even the radio stations would stop playing songs that already have all of the above. So when you hear people like T.I. taking a stance, it says a lot. I applaud him and I hope he follows through.

  30. I like music that makes me feel good; music that I can pat my feet to, sing along with. I can’t stand monotony which is what hip hop is. Perhaps that is what gives the genre the hypnotic powers which allows it to dumb-down and destroy our youth. I feel so wonderfully rejuvenated when I hear the musical scores of the old movies. Where did we lose it?

  31. They don’t just seek to limit and marginalized us. They seek to destroy us with our help. At least they’re getting our help by the bus load.

    Some of todays music does promote violence,most of those who use lyrics about “GUNS” in their music,generally are the same artists who are arrested for “GUN” possession. Violent lyrics in music,means big business for most record labels promoting Hip Hop artists,who’s lyrics promote violence.Our youth & young adults today are disillusioned by what they hear in music,that glorifies violence and going to prison.Most of the artists have never been shot or to prison.Artists who are arrested,the charge is commonly weapons and drug possession.The youth today are being setup by the music industry and by other entities.The message in music needs to change.Todays message is kill or be killed.A lot of record companies are profiting from music that promotes “GUN VIOLENCE”,so the question is what do we do to stop it?…………………………NO VIOLENCE-KNOW PEACE!
    Posted by **ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!**Save Our Children!**

  33. Good lookin’ Cee-lo some of these Negroes will sell that Ass for the Price of Fame! Stand Strong & do not bend to Corporate crackers leading our people straight to Jail & Hell with a Gas-o-line jumpsuit! Dummies Old White Racists Now Run this Rap Shyt! Corporate Forces Run these Foolish Artists,some are just like our people was 100 years ago! On the Interscope Plantation or whatever your record label is Thank u Massa!

  34. Cee-Lo is most definitely right about the image of MAINSTREAM hip-hop…….. But that’s why you have Kendrick Lamar Drake J.Cole Wale these artist are talking about real life struggle with words that are pushing hip hop back to that Ivy League atmosphere …….. But with artist like French Montana Lil Wayne Rick Ross and Future you get DUMB NIGGA Music ….. Which in turn makes hip hop look bad because these are the artist that get radio play and they are in all sense of the Word Trash …… Yea you got old heads that love KRS One Rakim and them but honestly they talked about the same things that they do today it’s just they were more articulate with there words …….. It’s not what u say its how u say it REMEMBER THAT

  35. Bravo Cee Lo for stepping up and acknowledging the destructive messages the current rap artist feed our children. I respect you for the acknowledgment!!

  36. I just peeped the new Goodie Mob video and I must say, it is bat-shyt crayzee but soul food is a classic! Looking forward to the new KRS-ONE!!