Members of the hip-hop community are speaking out against Al Sharpton’s recent crucade against hip-hop and the use of the N-word in lyrics. In an exclusive with SOHH, Talib Kweli, and especially David Banner had a lot to say on the matter. I’ll just let you read for yourself. Warning: It has been censored due to the language.
The next time you see Al Sharpton, tell him I said @#*$ him, an animated David Banner exclaimed. “I might change the name of my album from The Greatest Story Never Told to @#*$ Al Sharpton. I hate Al Sharpton. This is the kind of @#!* that I’m talking about. They’re killing kids in New Jersey and all across the country and all a @#*$% got to talk about is rap lyrics? @#*$ that about they’re our elders and we gotta respect them. I’m tired of this. They’re like the parents, but the parents are crucifying the kids.
He’s [Sharpton] a permed-out pimp. Him and Jesse Jackson are out here charging people to do rallies with them. They’re more worried about their investors than our kids. Tell him David Banner said it.”
@#*$%s talk a good game about we need to clean up the hood and the lyrics and all that. But I’m out here doing it. Who can say that?”
“First, I’m an artist and I’m gonna say what I want to say, nobody’s gonna tell me what I can or can’t say. I do think that people like Al Sharpton and Oprah and Russell Simmons are our vanguards and our elders and that we should respect them. They have been here representing for us since before even hip-hop was here. What they say is important and it’s relevant but I think we need our own leadership so that we can respectfully disagree and say ‘I hear you uncle Russell, I hear you Al Sharpton’ and be respectful about it. But we can’t cow tow to them either.”