Friday, April 13, 2007

Wille D of the Geto Boys on Don Imus
Austin Tonight with Grimy Styles
Houston Saturday with Studemont Project


By Willie D
Friday, April 13, 2007 1:00 PM CST

Being a member of one of the most flammable groups of all times, quite naturally like Don Imus, I embrace and cherish my first amendment right to freedom of expression, which includes freedom of speech. In 1990, my group the Geto Boys became the first group in music history to be denied distribution by its distributor because of content. Geffen Records refused to distribute the album entitled “Geto Boys” because of constant profanity, violence, and what they deemed misogynistic lyrics. We immediately believed that because we are a black group we were unfairly singled out by Geffen who continued to distribute controversial white rock groups including Slayer and Guns ‘n’ Roses whose song One In A Million drew criticism because of its references to ethic minorities and homosexuals. In hindsight I realize that the truth of the matter is Geffen, like CBS and MSNBC was under tremendous pressure from activist groups to distance themselves from the talent. These groups and their constituents wield a considerable amount of buying power and influence. Had those groups who protested against Guns ’n’ Roses been more aggressive and went after Geffen for backing Guns ‘n’ Roses, as they were when they came after the Geto Boys, Geffen would have refused to distribute them also.
The 15 million or so dollars a year that Imus made for each company is not even a drop in the bucket compared to the wells of money blacks and women consumers spend annually with the advertisers of Imus’ former radio and television shows. Who’s going to risk losing his or her livelihood to save someone else’s? I know I’m not. Come on man, this dude called the Rutgers University Women’s Basketball Team, which predominately consist of black players “nappy headed hoes” and you expect him to skate? Had he not used the words nappy headed he might have been safe. It is common knowledge that dark people of African descent have coarse hair, which some people in American society derogatorily refer to as nappy. Because Imus is white, that is what made his comments racist. Because he is a male, that is what made it sexist. And because of this country’s legacy of racial injustices and the racial divide that permeates our society today, it’s going to be hard for anyone of distinction to withstand the aftermath of publicly making a racial slur. Yes he did get away with it for 30 years but then again America got away with slavery for over 284 years. Does that make it right?

Although I applaud the folks over at CBS and MSNBC for stepping up to the plate and doing the just thing by firing Don Imus, I’m sure that after they did due diligence, the financial obligations of their shareholders considerably out-weighted any moral obligations to the public. With that said, I’m not surprised that Imus was fired. What is interesting to me is how everyone with a tongue to flap or fingers to type, consistently compares what this fool said to “what rappers say everyday.” To me that statement is equivalent to beating a dead horse… what’s the use. First of all, generally when rappers use a derogatory word or statement we are referring to a person’s character not a specific ethnic group. Furthermore, why are y’all always trying to use rappers as convenience scapegoats for whatever the current hot button issue in America is? Can y’all at least alternate from time to time between Hollywood and the Porn Industry, which I know some of you can’t get enough of. Say what you say about double standards but that’s the society we live in. Blacks can call one another the “N” word and get away with it, whites can’t. Likewise, whites can call one another the “H” word or the “C” word and get away with it, blacks can’t. If a man and a woman go out to eat at a restaurant, is it fair for the man to be expected to pick up the check? A growing number of men don’t think so. I’m not one of those men and society collectively seems to back me up on this one. Although, I did release a song entitled “I’m not a Gentleman,” I am very much one when it comes to that special someone.

Funny how so many people are saying Imus should have been allowed to apologize and keep his job. Well, as with any other job the content of your character is a reflection of the company that you represent and from time to time your character will be evaluated. If management doesn’t agree with your character, they may elect to give you a warning or suspension. How sports teams deal with professional ball players is a prime example of these tactics. Nobody raised hell when Dennis Rodman or Ron Artest was fired from their respective teams for inappropriate conduct. If your cantankerous character becomes a liability to the point where your employer starts losing money and it affects your fellow colleagues ability to effectively perform their job duties, then management has to make a choice. Stay on the boat and sink with Imus or jump ship and save yourself. Which one would you choose?

Tonight in Austin we gon' be on that balcony checking the CD Release party for GRIMY STYLES! If ya don't know, now ya know. Come kick it. These boys jam and their disc is all I have been listening to since SXSW (and Celtic Frost on cassette, and the new Radioclit).

Then Saturday night my homeys STUDEMONT PROJECT are opening up for Mickey Avalon. I say go see the Studemont boys and then leave in one mass drove as Mickey steps to the stage to do the Jane Fonda or whatever it is he does.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

mickey avalon is a fag for real, i saw this dude in austin before ghostface...i almost had to leave, the fool disgusted me so bad

10:50 AM  
Blogger Mesoclever said...

Speak it, Willie D, I am glad you shared your writings to inlighten some that often become shadowed by whatever movement they are following to have association. You spoke very sophisticated, enjoyed your words VERY MUCH! thxs Matt, for posting.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

hope somebody reads this...can you link me to that rapper surreal's webpage, myspace etc.? i hear you play her on your show but can't find anything about her online. i'm in a heated discussion on women in rap and i'm trying to prove that there are dope female mcs out there.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

> "White people call each other the 'H' and 'C' words, and thats fine."

Honky and cracker?

6:56 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thats real talk willie!

I was in Mexico at the time and had the dis-pleasure of seeing Fox News coverage of the Don Imus scandal. It seems as if it was the usual right wing conservative fascist views of the "news reporters" of Fox News (mainly Hannity) who started this “how can we get at rappers for this angle.. As soon as they started making Al Sharpton out to be the bad guy in this whole Imus debate i could only see it going in one direction - "how can we blame African Americans for this"?.

Imus comments were straight racist and he deserved to loose his job, simple as that!

7:45 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Contray to your wack ass lyrics i have to say Willie D is on point!! That was a well thought out article.

2:45 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

his whole steez is a lil off center but Mickey Avalon is a good rapper straight up --- check say "hustler hall of fame" and tell me he can't handle his bars ---

9:30 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

...but what if Imus proposed a BILL to CAPITOL HILL? To KILL all NAPPY HEADED HOES at WILL?

3:08 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've said it before and I'll say it again, "That Gotdamn Willie D Is A Beast." This is one of the best arguements in regards to the Don Imus "Nappy Headed Hoes" comment. Willie articulates his thoughts as well as and in many cases better than any politician, public speaker or news journalist. That's who we (the rap community) should have had on CNN repping us instead of Camron's dumb ass.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Does anybody know if Willie D will be hosting another radio show like the one he had on 97.9 The Box or better yet a TV show? Willie has a voice that should be heard not just on records. He makes a lot of sense.

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