Peter Rosenberg, No One Elected You President of Hip Hop
By Ayman El-Sayed
Chuck D of Legendary Hip Hop Group Public Enemy spoke about his thoughts on the Hot 97 Summer Jam Concert. He said that the show disgraced hip hop. Chuck D did not criticize or attack any of the performers. He was talking about the organizers of the event. Hot 97 and it’s parent company.
Ebro and Rosenberg who work for the station got defensive and began attacking Chuck D saying he was trolling them or was trying to promote something.
Rosenberg went as far as saying that no one elected Chuck D president of Hip Hop as if Rosenberg had any authority on Chuck D and his place in hip hop history.
Chuck D is way closer to a president of hip hop if there ever were such a thing then Rosenberg will ever be. His opinion on the Summer Jam representation of hip hip culture holds more weight first of all and second of all his comments were spot on. He mentioned how the N word has been quadrupled promoted and pointed out the double standards of the station:
“If there was a festival and it was filled with anti-Semitic slurs… or racial slurs at anyone but black people, what do you think would happen?”
Summer Jam fights and beef were glorified and turned into entertainment at the expense of hip hop.
Rosenberg parades himself as the savior of hip hop, this white guy who understands the culture and is promoting that “real” and underground hip hip.
It’s gotten so bad for hip hop in 2014 that he is able to position himself as this anti-commercial hip hop dj while at the same time working for a corporation doing the most damage to hip hop by keeping the airwaves monopolized.
Radio play and record sales are very much related so Ebro and Rosenberg are wrong when they act like their station only playing a handful of artist doesn’t help effect the image of Hip Hop.
They control in a large part which artist can get popular or not by playing their song on repeat. They choose or are forced to play a playlist of songs and act like some payment isn’t involved in the process.
Ebro himself in responding to Chuck D said it’s about the profit and not the culture. If that’s the case I don’t understand why he got mad and defensive at Chuck D for basically saying the same thing that Hot 97 is about the profit and not the culture.
Lastly, Rosenberg can’t have his cake and eat it too. Hip Hop doesn’t need him but it can’t be what it is today without Chuck D and Public Enemy. I don’t know who he thinks elected him president of hip hop or the spokesperson for hip hop but he can’t be the savior and enemy at the same time.