50 CENT DEFENDS RAP LYRICS TO EURS LEE BAILEY: Rapper breaks it down during BET Awards 07 press conference.
*During a press conference in Hollywood to announce details of the BET Awards 07, one of the scheduled performers, 50 Cent, was grilled about the post-Don Imus backlash against negative hip hop lyrics.
As a rapper who regularly uses the b-word, n-word and h-word in his lyrics, EURs Lee Bailey asked 50 if he would “get with the program” and voluntarily remove offensive lyrics from his music. The rapper took offense at the phrasing of the question and said the following to Bailey:
“Are you familiar with politics? Are you familiar with the Presidents No. 2 man? Youre familiar with him resigning based on him using, maybe what wed call a dating service? Maybe hes hanging out with hoes that we mention in the music. If that doesnt make you aware of a situation that exists…
Music is a mirror, and hip hop is a reflection of the environment that we grew up in. Its the harsh realities that end up in the music. If I ask you to paint a picture of the American flag and not use the color red, youre gonna have a difficult time. To capture what we try to capture in the art form, Im sure some conservative Americans cant with it because of their lifestyle and the way theyve actually been brought up, and they havent been exposed to those realities.”
Bailey used Master P as an example of a rapper who made the decision to sign positive rappers from now on who do not use the three aforementioned words in their lyrics.
“Well Master P doesnt sell CDs anymore,” 50 said calmly, which caused the room full of reporters to burst out laughing. “You can tell him I said it. Cameras is rollin right? …‘Curtis, June 26.”
Hear the entire response from 50 Cent as well as T.I.s angry reaction to Baileys question in the upcoming EURcast next week.