Is Hip-Hop Music Violent & Tasteless?


By Atom Bergstrom

Atom’s Blog


White folks complain about violence and tastelessness in hip-hop music, but forget who owns the music industry.

Johnny Cash (a white guy) sang …

“But I shot a man in Reno just to watch him die.”

Jimi Hendrix (a black guy) sang …

“Hey Joe, where you goin’ with that gun of yours? / Hey Joe, I said where you goin’ with that gun in your hand, oh / I’m goin’ down to shoot my old lady / You know I caught her messin’ ’round with another man.”

Singer-songwriter Billy Roberts (a white guy) sang (and wrote) it first in 1961 …

“Hey Joe, where you goin’ with that money in your hand? / Hey Joe, where you goin’ with that money in your hand? / Chasin’ my woman, she run off with another man. / Hey Joe, I heard you shot your woman dead. / Hey Joe, I heard you shot your woman dead. / Yes I did, I got both of them lying in that bed.”

Bob Marley (white father, black mother) sang …

“I shot the sheriff / But I didn’t shoot no deputy, oh no! Oh!”

Eric Clapton (a white guy) sang it too.

The lily-white owners of the lily-white media promote violence …

Bob Iger of Walt Disney Company

Jeff Bewes of Time Warner Inc.

Brian L. Roberts of Comcast Corporation

Rupert Murdoch of 21st Century Fox

Leslie Moonves of CBS Corporation

Philippe Dauman of Viacom

Paula Kerger of PBS (Public Broadcasting System)

Sir Lucien Grange of Universal Music Group

Ken Howard of the Screen Actors Guild

Et cetera and so on ad nauseum.

W. James Potter (On Media Violence, 1999) wrote …

“Violence in American society is a public health problem. Although most people have never witnessed an act of serious violence in person, we are all constantly reminded of its presence by the media. The media constantly report news about individual violent crimes. The media also use violence as a staple in telling fictional stories to entertain us. Thus, the media amplify and reconfigure the violence in real life and continuously pump these messages into our culture.

“The culture is responding with a range of negative effects. Each year about 25,000 people are murdered, and more than 2 million are injured in assaults (Steenland, 1993). On the highways, aggressive behavior such as tailgating, weaving through busy lanes, honking or screaming at other drivers, exchanging insults, and even engaging in gunfire is a factor in nearly 28,000 traffic deaths annually, and the problem is getting worse at a rate of 7% per year (Wald, 1997). Gun-related deaths increased more than 60% from 1968 to 1994, to about 40,000 annually, and this problem is now considered a public health epidemic by 87% of surgeons and 94% of internists across the United States (Ragan, 1998). Meanwhile, the number of pistols manufactured in the United States continues to increase — up 92% from 1985 to 1992 (Browning, 1994).”

On the other hand — no Yin without Yang and no Yang without Yin — George Carlin noted …

“They try to blame movies and TV for violence in America. What a load of shit. Long before there were movies and television, Americans killed millions of Indians, slaughtered 700,000 of each other in a family feud, and attained the highest murder rate in history. Don’t blame Sylvester Stallone. We brought these horrifying genes with us from Europe, and then we gave them our own special twist. American know-how!”

By the way, I’m not against guns.

I agree with Michael Moore, who said, “Guns don’t kill people — Americans kill people.”

He (Dec. 22, 2015, in The Hollywood Reporter) wrote …

“Canada has strict gun laws, but they also have an estimated five million hunting rifles and shotguns in their homes — and they don’t go and shoot each other on a daily basis like we do. In 2013, they had a total of 131 gun murders in a nation of 35 million people. We have nine times their population, but fifty-fives times their gun killings. How can this be?

“Which brings us to Hollywood. I don’t think I’m making any big revelation here when I point out that the Canadian kids (and adults) are watching the same exact violent movies, playing the same exact violent video games and watching the same exact violent TV shows as their neighbors, the Americans. So why don’t their students — other than on the rare, rare occasion — continually walk into their high schools and colleges and start firing away? It’s not that the Canadians don’t get angry — have you even been to a hockey game? You cannot say that violent Hollywood movies somehow magically affect only American youth, but no one else. The Japanese cannot get enough of blood and gore in movies, ours and their own. Total number of gun murders in Japan in 2012: three.”

'Is Hip-Hop Music Violent & Tasteless?' have 14 comments

  1. July 14, 2016 @ 11:16 am Atom

    “Out of all the spiritual teachers and great Masters you’ve ever met, who influenced you the most?” someone asked Swami Nitty-Gritty.

    “Artie Shaw, for his versatility,” he replied with only a split second of hesitation.

    Listening to jazz develops intuition.–e-books.php


  2. July 14, 2016 @ 11:31 am Atom

    “… people who have Alzheimer’s are really halfway between this world and that world, and they’re right in the middle, and if you know how to talk to them, you can say, ‘Who do you meet over there?’ and they can tell you all these people they meet, and every once in a while they’ll start telling you about what they’re learning, because when people die, they don’t just vanish, all that happen is they start another school.” — Dr. Elmer Green


  3. July 15, 2016 @ 4:19 am Christopher

    Maybe we all need to yawn more. No more road rage after yawing: new study finds. The rest of the story at 11:00.


    • July 15, 2016 @ 7:39 am Atom

      Yawning is the best remedy for both road rage and ‘roid rage. lol


      • July 20, 2016 @ 12:58 am John

        meaning hemorrhoids ?


        • July 20, 2016 @ 11:18 am Atom

          Steroids. But impeccable yawning is capable of remedying 99 percent of all ailments.


  4. July 15, 2016 @ 6:08 am Helen

    More on Omega3 …
    Love & Blessings,
    Helen in sydney


    • July 15, 2016 @ 8:05 am Atom

      Re: “This is broad applicability, and the dream we have is that one day kids will [be] given routinely an omega-3 tablet so that their physical and mental health can be supported.”

      State laws have already been passed to make sure schoolkids get these downer drugs.

      This is the Security State’s plan — omega-3s work better than Ritalin, and parents are none the wiser.

      Children are more susceptible to omega-3s than adults, so look for earlier and severer.cases of Yellow Fat Disease.

      “Tis the true house of correction of imprisoned youth,” wrote Montaigne about school.


      Thanks, Helen!


  5. July 16, 2016 @ 6:27 am seb

    jazz taught me a lot about general interaction.

    cherry pits: good or ugly? i find swallowing them provides some benefit. they supposedly contain b17 in small amounts. do you know anything else about them? do they contain female hormones like prune pits? what are generally good sources of female hormones to tame the androgens a bit? good blog as always.


    • July 17, 2016 @ 2:10 pm Atom

      Cherry pits contain male hormones (if memory serves me right).

      Ume plums contain both male and female hormones.

      I’m deliberately avoiding the terms estrogen and testosterone because estrogen is not a female hormone; it’s a stress hormone.

      Ironically, a fetus can’t be male without estrogen.

      Excess “vitamin B17” is toxic. (“A little is medicine; too much is toxic or abuse.”)


  6. July 17, 2016 @ 2:38 pm seb

    stress? i’ve been trying to find your blog saying dopamine is ‘winning’ and acetylcholine is ‘winning with a W’. something like it’s winning without the fight? your favoured author xx montague has a book called “the natural superiority of women” i’ve had my eyes on for a while :) if estrogen conserves acetylcholine, is this the stress or relaxant function of it?

    also i believe my progesterone levels are high and i’m constantly sleepy, raising the phytoestrogens helps, but maybe it’s a cyclical thing? like one should be high on the andros the estros and others at the right time of day, month and year? they all seem to have different effects on nerve (re)generation and muscle tissue and collagen. i know wholeness and intuition is the healthy angle but can’t help breaking things down just for the fun of it. thanks for the answer!


    • July 19, 2016 @ 1:31 am Atom

      Health is about balance — homeostasis.

      Regarding acetylcholine, an excess of it is a problem.

      Using acetlcholine to treat Alzheimer’s is now being proved to be counterproductive — excess acetylcholine can actually CAUSE Alzheimer’s and other types of dementia.


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