Russell Simmons calls emergency meeting for hip-hop
The “Godfather of Hip-Hop” and Hip-Hop Summit Action Network (HSAN) Chairman, Russell Simmons, has called for an emergency private meeting tomorrow to discuss the current state of hip-hop.
The heat is on once again for rappers, after US radio host Don Imus used the words “nappy-headed hoes” to describe members of the Rutgers University women’s basketball team.
Imus went on to mention the high number of rappers who use similar terms. Many are now calling the recent firing of Imus a double standard, as rappers have used the term for decades without consequence.
Simmons (also the founder of Phat Farm clothing) has now organized a meeting at the Manhattan home of music exec Lyor Cohen to discuss the future of hip-hop, and ways in which the genre can move forward in a positive direction.
Those expected to attend include Def Jam President Shawn “Jay-Z” Carter and Warner Music executive Kevin Liles.
We’re not sure how much will be achieved at the meeting, but it’s definitely a step in the right direction.