5th Element: Confessions of a BET Producer…

I’ve come to find that many “hip-hop heads” refer to themselves as this in the context that they listen to hip hop.  But if you’re truly a hip hop head, you need to know the ins-and-outs of it.  You have to be able to set an understanding for yourself that all you listen to is not true, all that you see is not real, and some of the life portrayed is causing a mental death.

I pride myself in being aware.  I know that the “shoot em up, bang bang” is widely spread throughout hip hop, not because that’s what “we” want to hear, but because that’s what they want us to hear.  The “they” i refer to is not necessarily the man, but is comprised of many different characters.  There’s the money-hungry black man who will sell out his people for fortune and fame, there’s the educated masses that decided to give in to the stereotypical aspect of the immature, “gangsta” rapper because they’re trying to feed their family, there’s the true uneducated, ignorant rapper that is a product of society, and…. yes, there is the white man sitting on his throne, controlling our image, our knowledge, our power, our drive, our future, our generation… (amongst many others.)

For more reasons than one, I have many issues with BET.  ONE is Stephen Hill.. TWO is 106 & Park… and well, there’s more than three… more than ten… more than twenty… (although there are also aspects of the channel that I can appreciate)… but if you’d like a glimpse into the real word.. check out “Confessions of a BET Producer,” created by DBrad, a former employee of BET. BELOW!

(Watch in HQ – better quality)


Any thoughts?

One Response to “5th Element: Confessions of a BET Producer…”
  1. Devon says:

    I didn’t know that BET was that selective when it comes to the music videos that are aired. Sucks that music has been taken for something else than what it is. Why can’t we just be neutral and play all Rap & Hip Hop despite how bad it may be? My only problem with him is his use of race, now you know that I hate when race is ever used. I’d like to hear the earliest revolution music. Now if we take it back to the mid-late 80’s Hip Hop was all fun and games, party music something we all enjoyed, in my opinion that image of money, cars, and women wasn’t until the early-mid 90’s… hmmm so much but i’d love to have a discussion with you about Hip Hop Jazzi…He’s like that Miss California girl, I understand what he says and how he feels but he just didn’t say it right…KEEP up the good work my future journalist!

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