The title of today's episode of CNN's Paula Zahn Now is "Hip-hop: Art or Poison?".
The write-up on their site says,
"Shocking images and lyrics have America asking if hip-hop has gone too far. "Hip-hop: Art or Poison?" A Paula Zahn prime time special. Tune in Wednesday at 8 p.m. ET."Of course, there are obvious comparisons between this debate and those of the mid-1900's about Rock N Roll. So, I find myself wondering if the apparently middle-aged Zahn never learned or has forgotten the lessons of that era.
Beyond that, though, I have to wonder why these questions would apply to Hip Hop in the 21st Century and not Rock N Roll or any other musical genre.
The episode's title seems to be equally interrogative and declarative. After all, for it to be a question even worth the on-air asking, one must consider there to be a strong case to be made for BOTH sides.
I mean really. POISON?
It's music. Some of it is awful, some of it is great, and a lot of it is somewhere in-between.
And again, I wonder why it's only this music, largely performed by Black artists, that merits such a broadcast.