August 4th '98
The media can really set off a lot of ill will within hip hop.. Remember a lot of folks thought that the NWA feud involving Ice Cube, Above The Law and the remaining members was fueled by the media. A lot of folks thought the East/West coast drama was inspired by the hip hop media.. Should we ask be asking some long hard questions if an artist like Eminen shows up on the front page of someone's magazine cover while Ras Kass doesn't??? Should we wonder why the Beasty Boys got a cover on Rolling Stone while Tribe Called Quest or Public Enemy didn't??? And since we're on the subject when was the last time we saw any Latin or Asian hip hoppers gracing the covers of any of our hip hop publications??? Well I know Big Pun has been making the rounds lately.. But before then Fat Joe hardly was hardly ever showcased.. I'm not pointing fingers.. I'm just asking questions..Is these examples of media bias based upon race?
My question to everyone is what are your feelings on the media's coverage of hip hop.. We already know the mainstream media is gonna have a messed up bias.. But is the hip hop media doing the job? Are they balanced with their coverage? Are they too sensational? Have they been lacking? What are the wack Hip Hop publications and what are the good ones and why? I know in the very beginning a lot of publications had an obvious East Coast bias.. Now things seem to be a bit more balanced.. Unfortunately a lot of folks feel that some of the larger publications are way too commercial with all the fashion and car ads etc.. Are there any hard hitting journalistic hip hop publications that really dig deep or have these publications become mouthpieces for the record label ads they display? I guess I will make this an extended Top Ten Poll Question....
WHAT ARE THE GOOD HIP HOP PUBLICATIONS AND WHY?
WHAT ARE THE WACK HIP HOP PUBLICATIONS AND WHY?
I will reprint some of the feedback in upcoming FNV issues.. Get back at me.. email@example.com
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