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Cosby Vs. Rap – Is It A State Of Emergency, Really?

Submitted by on November 8, 2009 – 9:51 pm2 Comments
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Okay, so word is that Cosby is coming out with a rap album called State of Emergency and in typical jello-pudding-pop fashion, you know that the funnyman is critiquing the current climate in black America. Russell Simmon had something to say about it, as have we all in some time, but really… are we just picking on him instead of building?

Simmons most recently said that Cosby’s “generational difference” is a conflict that has “hindered his perception,” according to HipHopDX.com. Kind words from the guy who wouldn’t be able to get those Hollywood looks without Cosby’s footprints leading the way. But words aside, the rappers on the Cos’s State of Emergency album — Supa Nova Slom and Jace The Great — stepped up to defend the edutainment star.

“I respect Russell Simmons for all of his contributions to hip-hop culture, but I hope that people do not get distracted and lost in his critiques of Cosby’s past comments but instead they are able to acknowledge what Cosby is doing RIGHT NOW!” He continued by saying, “Cosby is taking a whole other route by investing in politically-charged hip-hop that does not condemn, but instead inspires and uplifts during a time when there is next-to-none of that happening in the music industry.”

He’s right… Termanology gets love, but no airplay on the radio or BET. dead prez — did YOU buy their latest album? Betcha you didn’t. Cosby threatens the status quo, not because he’s spittin’ hot fiyah, but because he wants the bullish to stop. You can talk till you’re blue in the face about the hardships you’ve endured, but black America and its culture prided themselves on succeeding pass negativity and then putting others onto game on how to not go backwards.

Sure, even I don’t agree with everything the Cos says when it comes to criticizing our culture and the things we do, but if you’ve looked over the course of history, it seems like we enjoy taking two steps forward and taken three more backwards. We see these issues in the news, on TV and, of course, BET, yet either seem to feel too weak to stop the machine or rather move out of the way and let it trample over those who are fighting the cause.

My heartfelt opinion is that while our voices within the hip-hop culture are fighting to stay relevant (KRS-One, Rakim) or are saying goodbye to the streets to be “already home” on their island (Jay-Z), Bill Cosby is staying the course. His album State of Emergency will be out on November 24th. I suggest you give it a listen.

What do you think? Has Bill gone off the deep end with a rap album? Or are we afraid to look in the mirror? Speak on it in the comments section!

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