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Hip Hop Mogul Russell Simmons Slams FNC's Hannity Over Rapper Criticism
The Washington Times ^ | Wednesday, May 11, 2011 | Kerry Picket

Posted on 05/11/2011 7:43:09 AM PDT by kristinn

Conservatives including Fox News host Sean Hannity and former Alaska Republican governor Sarah Palin were critical of the White House for inviting the rapper Common to perform at the White House on Wednesday.

"Common is a pretty peaceful loving poet. A poet’s job is to say things people think, even if you don’t like it. That’s their job," said Def Jams Hip Hop mogul Russell Simmons," when I interviewed him on Tuesday about his recent meeting with Donald Trump.

Mr. Simmons defended not only Common but other rappers in the music community, like Snoop Doggy Dog. The hip hop mogul noted he sent rappers from his Def Poetry Jam to the White House during the last Bush administration saying, "They didn’t say nothing when I sent the Def Poetry Jam during George Bush’s administration." He added, "There’s nothing that Common could say that was more critical of the U.S. government than all the poets of my Broadway show. It won a Tony."

"Every rapper that’s famous is less gangster, less homophobic, less racist, and less sexist than Sean Hannity. I like him [Hannity], but that’s what I’m saying about the rappers I know," said Mr. Simmons. "Snoop Dog is less sexist than [Hannity]. Snoop Dog is less racist than him. Snoop Dog is less homophobic than him and Snoop Dog is a lot less gangster than him. So Sean Hannity has to handle his own business. He’s got his own issues." Mr. Simmons said.

He added, "All that is are songs that talk about police brutality in a kind of poetic way and say mean things. They promote dialogue. Poets always create controversy by saying what people think.They’re less sexist. They’re less homophobic. They’re less racist and they’re certainly less gangster than Sean Hannity...all of them rappers. (SNIP)"

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KEYWORDS: obama; russellsimmons; seanhannity
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A rapper who calls for killing President George W. Bush and celebrates cop killers is "peaceful"?

Good for Sean for taking the heat on this.

1 posted on 05/11/2011 7:43:17 AM PDT by kristinn
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To: kristinn

People can say whatever they want. I just don’t think that means you invite someone like this to the WH. But the Obamas have no class, so I’m not surprised at their choice.


2 posted on 05/11/2011 7:45:52 AM PDT by ilovesarah2012
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To: kristinn

So, Mr. Simmons, Evil is Good, right?


3 posted on 05/11/2011 7:46:55 AM PDT by DeFault User
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To: kristinn

Simmons has a point - except that Common’s audience isn’t made up of Leftist literary critics sipping tea at an Upper East Side symposium on police brutality. It’s made up of teenagers who take his words literally, as an inducement to act.


4 posted on 05/11/2011 7:48:48 AM PDT by Mr. Jeeves ( "The right to offend is far more important than any right not to be offended." - Rowan Atkinson)
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To: kristinn

“A poet’s job is to say things people think, even if you don’t like it. That’s their job,” said Def Jams Hip Hop mogul Russell Simmons”

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Yo Simmons, I’m a poet:

Black culture, with HipHop trash taking a leading role, is a festering sewer of dead-end destruction, producing life-long parasites and criminals, that are a drag on the rest of American society.

See, I’m being brave and edgy and saying things people think, even if they don’t like to hear it.

Its my job....


5 posted on 05/11/2011 7:50:43 AM PDT by EyeGuy (2012: When the Levee Breaks)
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To: kristinn
Good for Sean for taking the heat on this.

...and Sarah, so much so that her Tweet about this guy was mentioned on WMAL's top of the hour news break.

6 posted on 05/11/2011 7:51:00 AM PDT by Virginia Ridgerunner (Sarah Palin has crossed the Rubicon!)
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To: kristinn
"Every rapper that’s famous is less gangster, less homophobic, less racist, and less sexist than Sean Hannity. I like him [Hannity], but that’s what I’m saying about the rappers I know," said Mr. Simmons.

So much for Simmons' credibility. And good for Sean for standing up on this issue. Granted, the Obamas dislike America and support our enemies, both foreign and domestic, so it's not surprising that they would invite one to the White House.

7 posted on 05/11/2011 7:51:45 AM PDT by American Quilter (DEFUND OBAMACARE.)
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To: Al B.; Brices Crossroads; onyx; Lakeshark; sarah fan UK

PING!


8 posted on 05/11/2011 7:51:52 AM PDT by Virginia Ridgerunner (Sarah Palin has crossed the Rubicon!)
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To: kristinn

by police brutality, they mean brutality to police. few are fooled by that kind of jargon.


10 posted on 05/11/2011 7:52:17 AM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Hawk)
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To: DeFault User

“They didn’t say nothing when I sent..yada yada yada”
Hey Russell, here’s a novel thought... How about a “poet” who can at least speak English properly?


11 posted on 05/11/2011 7:53:31 AM PDT by acapesket
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To: Virginia Ridgerunner

So if if Country and Western Star writes a song about Obama’s war for Libyan oil, he won’t be attacked for racism?


12 posted on 05/11/2011 7:53:31 AM PDT by scooby321
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To: EyeGuy
Yo Simmons, I’m a poet:

Black culture, with HipHop trash taking a leading role, is a festering sewer of dead-end destruction, producing life-long parasites and criminals, that are a drag on the rest of American society.

See, I’m being brave and edgy and saying things people think, even if they don’t like to hear it. Its my job....

LOL! Excellent post.

13 posted on 05/11/2011 7:54:06 AM PDT by American Quilter (DEFUND OBAMACARE.)
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To: bird4four4

if my tomcats could write rap, this is what they’d write.


14 posted on 05/11/2011 7:54:33 AM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Hawk)
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To: kristinn
Snoop Dog is less sexist than [Hannity]. Snoop Dog is less racist than him.

Translation: Hannity disagrees with nObama and "Da First Wookiee".

15 posted on 05/11/2011 7:55:12 AM PDT by ssaftler (Barack Obama - Setting new highs in low for politicians worldwide)
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To: EyeGuy

Can you make it rhyme?


16 posted on 05/11/2011 7:55:27 AM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Hawk)
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To: kristinn

“A poet’s job is to say things people think, even if you don’t like it. That’s their job”

Okay, whatever. So it’d be cool with Simmons for the White House to honor, for instance, neonazi- or KKK-sponsored poems. There’s probably one called “Hang ‘Em From the Trees” or “Burn That N*gger!” Because people think about racism, even if I don’t like it. Provocation is the poet’s vocation [so long as it doesn’t provoke politically important interest groups].


17 posted on 05/11/2011 7:56:51 AM PDT by Tublecane
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To: ssaftler

The only way most of these rappas get away with it is their culla. Seen any prominent white rappas other than Eminem?


18 posted on 05/11/2011 7:57:13 AM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Hawk)
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To: kristinn

Every reference to this guy as a “poet” should include quotes.


19 posted on 05/11/2011 7:57:53 AM PDT by wilco200 (11/4/08 - The Day America Jumped the Shark)
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To: kristinn

Racist, sexist, bigoted, homophobic. Blah blah blah.

Russell Simmons doesn’t even know how to engage his brain, it’s on lib autopilot.


20 posted on 05/11/2011 7:58:10 AM PDT by Brett66 (Where government advances, and it advances relentlessly , freedom is imperiled -Janice Rogers Brown)
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To: wilco200

It’s so easy to fall in rut...
It’s so easy to fall in rut.


21 posted on 05/11/2011 7:59:03 AM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Hawk)
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To: kristinn

thats about the only kind of trash that will accept an invitation from the obamas. pure scum. it makes me feel dirty to be represented by those commies


22 posted on 05/11/2011 7:59:33 AM PDT by turdhopper
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To: kristinn

Who the Hell cares what Russel Simmons thinks, why the Hell does Sean Hannity have that moron on his show, and why the Hell is that mental midget, illiterate, violent idiot common invited to the white house?

Common is ****ing garbage, and apparently so is the president’s and “his” “wife”.

Show me who your friends are, and I’ll show you who you are.

DisGUSTING!


23 posted on 05/11/2011 8:00:27 AM PDT by chris37 (awesome!)
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To: American Quilter

“So much for Simmons’ credibility”

Forget about all the racial and “lifestyle” slurs, “bitches and hos,” rhetorical incitements to violence, etc. Can he seriously not be aware that criminals and actual murderers have been famous rappers? No, he’s just lying.


24 posted on 05/11/2011 8:01:25 AM PDT by Tublecane
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To: kristinn

Blacks are the most homophobic people on the planet. Best to
stay in the closet,Russie!


25 posted on 05/11/2011 8:01:33 AM PDT by Dr. Ursus
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To: kristinn

I may become a “Cowboy Poet” and write a poem about the death of Democrats, all of them, and see if the next President will have me perform at the White House. I’m sure Russell Simmons and Harry Reid would protect my right to say those things, right?


26 posted on 05/11/2011 8:02:23 AM PDT by WhyisaTexasgirlinPA (OBL's death is President Bush's fault! ..... thanks GWB!)
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To: kristinn
I'm a white guy, but I love African music.

I don't mean rap, hip-hop or any of that sh!t.

I mean traditional African music: the rhythms, the harmonies, the counterpoint, ...

I think if I were black I would be so proud of traditional African music and would want my kids to appreciate it as I do.

But Russel Simmon's hip-hop trash is just plain filth. It's destroying African heritage and Simmons rakes in the big bucks for it.

27 posted on 05/11/2011 8:03:43 AM PDT by eCSMaster (We will fight for America and it starts here in Madison, WI. It starts here. It starts now.)
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To: Dr. Ursus

I can’t believe he said these things with a straight face.

“Snoop Dog” is a blatant misogynist and racist.


28 posted on 05/11/2011 8:03:54 AM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter knows whom he's working for)
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To: HiTech RedNeck

“Can you make it rhyme?”

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Sure if I deconstruct the verbiage and vocabulary down to a preschool level.

Lets see, what rhymes with such advanced, polysyllabic, Shakespearean deployment of the English language, such as “dick” and “ho”.


29 posted on 05/11/2011 8:04:01 AM PDT by EyeGuy (2012: When the Levee Breaks)
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To: Dr. Ursus

Hannity ought to call on his own muse and write some zingy answers to all this pretentious criticism he’s getting. Rap is the closest thing in human language to grunting, so it shouldn’t be hard.


30 posted on 05/11/2011 8:04:20 AM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Hawk)
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To: EyeGuy

I suppose we could put some class into it by rhyming penis with serenest and prostitute with lots of loot, etc.


31 posted on 05/11/2011 8:07:04 AM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Hawk)
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To: kristinn
"All that is are songs that talk about police brutality in a kind of poetic way and say mean things.

Here is a brief list of rappers killed in recent years. This does not include the ones that died of drugs or aids or obesity. Add to this all of the thousands in the ghettos that maim and cripple each other physically, mentally, and spiritually following the lifestyle that these "poets" are promoting.

Oct. 30, 2002 — Jam Master Jay, 37, of Run-DMC, shot at recording studio in New York's Queens borough.

March 28, 1999 — Freaky Tah, 27, of Lost Boyz, shot as he leaves a party in Queens.

April 5, 1997 — Albert Thomas, 22, of U.N.L.V., found shot in a car in New Orleans.

March 9, 1997 — The Notorious B.I.G., 24, shot while sitting in his car outside party celebrating the Soul Train Music Awards in Los Angeles.

Sept. 13, 1996 — Tupac Shakur, 25, dies nearly a week after a drive-by shooting in Las Vegas. He had been riding with a record company executive down the casino Strip.

Nov. 30, 1995 — Randy Walker, 27, who used the stage name Stretch, shot several times while driving through Queens. His van hits a tree and flips, killing him.

Nov. 3, 1991 — Christopher Bender, 19, shot as he sits in a car with a relative in Brockton, Mass. He had released two albums and had just signed to Atlantic Records.

May 1, 1991 — Ronnie Newt, 16, lead singer for the Newtrons, shot while allegedly holding up a convenience store in San Bernardino, Calif.

32 posted on 05/11/2011 8:07:22 AM PDT by oldbrowser (Blaming the prince of fools shouldn't blind anyone to the vast confederacy of fools that elected him)
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To: EyeGuy

“Lets see, what rhymes with such advanced, polysyllabic, Shakespearean deployment of the English language, such as ‘dick’ and ‘ho’”

To be fair, Shakespeare could be vulgar, with plenty of references to the sexual equipement. Being a genius and not a lazy panderer, of course, he did it with wit.


33 posted on 05/11/2011 8:08:03 AM PDT by Tublecane
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To: All

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34 posted on 05/11/2011 8:08:12 AM PDT by paulycy (Islamo-Marxism is Evil.)
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To: eCSMaster

Not to mention the magnificent legacy of American black music, before the disgusting downward spiral of Criminal-Thug-Animalistic Sex Rap.


35 posted on 05/11/2011 8:08:29 AM PDT by EyeGuy (2012: When the Levee Breaks)
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To: oldbrowser

“The Notorious B.I.G., 24”

Holy crud, he was only 24? Not long for the world, I’d guess, with or without the bullets.


36 posted on 05/11/2011 8:10:21 AM PDT by Tublecane
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To: HiTech RedNeck

See now, there you are engaging more than a single neural synapse at one time.

Not possible for Crappers.


37 posted on 05/11/2011 8:10:24 AM PDT by EyeGuy (2012: When the Levee Breaks)
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To: Tublecane

“Hang ‘Em From the Trees” or “Burn That N*gger!”

Google Johnny Rebel, there’s alot worse titles than those!


38 posted on 05/11/2011 8:14:46 AM PDT by jimmyo57
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To: kristinn

What an ultimate tool. Just what is a rapper “mogul” anyway? BMOC? They all be gangstas, and I can’t stand them.

Michelle antoinette is an idiot. She believes in Wright, she believes in Common. Does she let her kids listen to that crap?


39 posted on 05/11/2011 8:16:20 AM PDT by SueRae (I can see November 2012 from my HOUSE!!!!!!!!)
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To: EyeGuy

Well, yeah, American Black music is wonderful too. But one might be accused of nasty things for admitting to a fondness for that.


40 posted on 05/11/2011 8:17:07 AM PDT by eCSMaster (We will fight for America and it starts here in Madison, WI. It starts here. It starts now.)
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To: eCSMaster

If you go to a rap concert, most of the concertgoers are white.


41 posted on 05/11/2011 8:19:52 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: EyeGuy

Only 50 years from Charlie Parker and Thelonious Monk to Common. It’s depressing.


42 posted on 05/11/2011 8:21:02 AM PDT by GodBlessRonaldReagan
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To: kristinn

In NewSpeak, killing cops and threatening the President = “Peace.”

They think we’re idiots, and we don’t see what we see.


43 posted on 05/11/2011 8:22:56 AM PDT by Do Not Make Fun Of His Ears ("We must have universal healthcare...I'm a liberal on this one." - D. Trump, "America We Deserve")
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To: GodBlessRonaldReagan

Or even going from Motown and 70s acts like Earth, Wind and Fire, to these thugs is depressing.


44 posted on 05/11/2011 8:23:34 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: kristinn

“A poet’s job is to say things people think” - Everybody gets super powers but me. All these rappers can read people’s minds. When I was a kid, I bought those glasses that were supposed to let you see through girl’s clothing. You know what I saw? The Principal’s office. And then, the fists of the girl’s big brothers. Out five bucks...a mark on my permanent school record...two black eyes...guess I shoulda been a rapper.


45 posted on 05/11/2011 8:23:58 AM PDT by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: kristinn

Piss on rappers, hoppers, hippers, and their damned dialog. They’re nobody and nothing unless someone makes them by affording the ATTENTION. Flush, please!


46 posted on 05/11/2011 8:32:09 AM PDT by arrdon (Never underestimate the stupidity of the American voter.)
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To: kristinn
rappers in the music community

Somehow the phrase "turds in a punch bowl" comes to mind.

47 posted on 05/11/2011 8:33:21 AM PDT by tbpiper
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To: kristinn
The hip hop mogul noted he sent rappers from his Def Poetry Jam to the White House during the last Bush administration saying, "They didn’t say nothing when I sent the Def Poetry Jam during George Bush’s administration."

Curious he didn't name them.

48 posted on 05/11/2011 8:36:08 AM PDT by Madame Dufarge
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To: Mr. Jeeves
"Simmons has a point - except that Common’s audience isn’t made up of Leftist literary critics sipping tea at an Upper East WEST Side symposium on police brutality. It’s made up of teenagers who take his words literally, as an inducement to act."

There. Fixed it.

It's not Common I have an issue with. It's POTUS's endorsement of him that I have an issue with.

49 posted on 05/11/2011 8:39:52 AM PDT by thefactor (yes, as a matter of fact, i DID only read the excerpt)
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To: thefactor

Celebrating a poet who writes this kind of thing just doesn’t sit right with me.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LssFolrpiD4&feature=player_embedded#at=44

Yes, he can write whatever he wants..but to have a Black President condone this black crap is disgusting

But what takes the cake for me is that Laura Bush couldn’t even have Dickninson read at a poety event.

I saw something where the Obama’s didn’t know what kind of lyrics he wrote.

I call BS.


50 posted on 05/11/2011 8:48:56 AM PDT by RummyChick
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