Zulu Nation Calls Emergency Meeting

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AHH reports that the Universal Zulu Nation will hold an emergency meeting on February 22nd at the National Black Theater on 125th St. in Harlem. The purpose of the meeting is to address the current state of hip hop and the control corporate radio and TV have over what we see and hear on a daily basis.

According to representatives for the Universal Zulu Nation, Bambaataa hopes steps will be taken to bring consciousness back to Hip-Hop.

"We are not saying to stop playing what you are playing on the air or showing on the TV, but to have balance and play it all, old-school to new-school to be true school," representatives for Bambaataa said in a statement.

The group hopes a plan of action will be devised to curtail "death and destruction playing on radio and TV music video shows." 

Of course this is a beautiful thing, and I think it’s important to note the less confrontational approach they seem to be taking. Rather than coming out and denouncing all mainstream hip hop, they’re asking that radio and TV stations attempt to strike a balance between the everyday ass shaking, shoot ’em up ignorance and some of the more enlightening stuff that is too often ignored by the media and public alike. 

I have the utmost respect for Bam and the Nation, but I’m guessing that this intiative will fall on deaf ears. Props to them for starting the conversation though.


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27 Responses to “Zulu Nation Calls Emergency Meeting”

  1. FliestGuyNTown Says:

    Thank You, This is what Hip-Hop needs, cause man dont I miss some of that old skool music and plus the videos

  2. GET Says:

    So, what is suppose to happen

    The Zulu Nation is irrelevant, and has no influence on Hip-Hop

    Sad but True

  3. D. Billz Says:

    ^ True that. This conference is needed to the upmost extreme right now. It’s funny because I just went on a tangent about the Jay/Nas situation in the most recent post and how much we need the unity. I informed my homie at WBMB Radio @ Baruch College to give this meeting a mention. I’m really not satisfied with the way the media is attempting to control the masses with this lopsided display of hip hop. It has been out of control for the last 5 or 6 years. It’s a shame when you have to suscribe to satellite radio just to hear a variety. Just as I have told people in the past, I don’t have the right to tell anyone they shouldn’t make a certain type of song (even if it sucks, lacks intelligence, and is degrading to the culture… but hey, I like M.O.P… sue me lol). But I do have the right to want to hear and see a variety of music to be played. No longer do we have the Pete Rock & C.L. Smooth, Boot Camp Clik, Tribe, etc. to listen to, which by the way was acceptable music for radio for everyone of all ages to listen to. I’d be a hypocrite if I sat here and say that I don’t listen to all types of hip hop. But I want to hear Little Brother on the air just as much as the LOX. I want to hear Jean Grae just as much Remy or Kim. And I hold all the big wigs responsible for this just as much as the parents who do or say nothing about it. Bob Johnson has capitalized off us for way too long to just forget about the quality programs that used to air on B.E.T. What ever happened to Carribean Rhythms? Planet Groove? And just why did MTV cut short YO! MTV Raps? I think any responsible BLACK person who care enough about the progression of our race should have something to say. If not, then you’re just as guilty as the rest of them.

    *B More Nubian*
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  4. FliestGuyNTown Says:

    yeah

  5. D. Billz Says:

    The ^ was meant for FliestGuy’s comment.

  6. KingML Says:

    Maybe if this was Zulu Nation inherits multi-billion dollar radio industry from “Old Rich White Guys” aka Clearchannel, then maybe they could do something.

    Lobby and legisilature and “peaceful protests” are always ignored, nobody is going to give Zulu Nation control of any airwaves or any say in the matter because it’s all about the benjamins.

    If you’ll notice in the world, the more money involved, the greater the crime has to be to have any effect on stopping that process.

    So unless the Zulu Nation plans on bombing some radio stations, this will just be another ignored peaceful protest, enjoy wasting your time Zulu Nation but without a dollar, your dream aint shit.

  7. TYRONEBIGGUMS Says:

    GET Says:

    February 17th, 2006 at 6:06 pm
    So, what is suppose to happen

    The Zulu Nation is irrelevant, and has no influence on Hip-Hop

    Sad but True

    WOW ESKAY we have our work cut out for us with this dilusional clown. Zulu nation has never had an influence on hip-hop ???? your crazy dog, i mean you must be out your god damn mind seriously you cant be older than 12 and make a statement like that i just dont think its humanly possible. I see this will take awhile but soon enough we will enlighten your ignorant ass

  8. DES Says:

    I think GET meant in todays scene Tyrone, and I pretty much agree with him. King ML pretty much summed up the majority of what I was thinking though so I’m not gonna repeat him.

  9. eskay Says:

    why ya’ll gotta be so negative though? I know I started it by saying there demands will fall on deaf ears, but damn, you guys sound pretty defeated. King ML is right though it is all about the dough, and Clear Channel would rather assasinate Bam than lose a dime of revenue I’m sure. The fact remains though that if enough people speak up and say they want to hear different shit, I think we will. People only listen to Laffy Taffy type shit and think they like it cuz the radio plays it 37 times a day. I bet if they played some Little Brother that much a lot of people would like that too.

    the problem is nobody cares. I’m sure alot of people who comment on this site don’t listen to too much commercial radio, but yet there’s only 9 comments on the post so far. I wonder how many there’d be if this was a Cam/Jay-Z post.

  10. distinkt Says:

    The current state of hip-hop?

    Why not just assemble the artists themselves? The artists doing the songs about “ass shaking, shoot ‘em up ignorance” and stuff like that should be the ones talked to in a conference.

    In the back of my mind, I know that 50 can still make those hot songs that have focus or at least a pertinent topic in today’s culture. It’s not that you have to stop playing all those radio-friendly songs though, because it would drive fans away. It’s a bad business move.

    What they have to do instead, is make songs that have hot lines in them. Not every line has to build up to some huge point in the song like Immortal Technique’s infamous song does, but if you have a few hot one-liners like Jadakiss often has in his songs, even the club songs can be cool again.

  11. eskay Says:

    what immortal technique song are you talking about?

  12. TYRONEBIGGUMS Says:

    yo eskay – you see the footage of ghostface dissing that laffy taffy at a concert in the A. go to sohh.com youll see it over there. you can barely understand him but still its hilarious and he just blast the fans for buying into the shit. i love the uproar these real hip-hop people are getting in hopefully it will be like the old days soon enough

  13. eskay Says:

    yeah I peeped that. I was gonna post it but the quality was so bad. maybe I’ll link it anyway. can you imagine the north vs south beef that’ll start on here?

  14. FliestGuyNTown Says:

    it wasn’t in the A

  15. cashmere Says:

    no diss to anybody, but i think its weird that any bloggers and blog readers who commend something like this shouldn’t have a history of publicizing beef themselves. guess what, we are that “media” too. the definition of that word has changed so radically since the advent of the internet. yeah, beef is cute and it makes for instant visits and bookmarks, but all the bullshit that comes with fans sitting around speculating about who-hates-who, who-will-do-what-in-response-to-who, all that garbage…it’s part of the problem. i’m not saying we should put our backpacks on and sign to anticon or whatever, i’m just saying that in our guilty moments, we are part of the very problem. this isn’t a stab to anybody, i’m guilty of downloading all that stupid shit and laughing at it too, but just a reminder to be aware of your actions. i hate seeing grown dudes acting like high schoolers and getting so hyped on other grown dudes doing the same.

  16. cashmere Says:

    and i purposefully missed the jay and nas thing on mtv, but i’m sure it was a step in the right direction. from the transcripts i read, both acted like real men and got their shit settled. it’s a shame cam’ron’s retarded actions were even brought up, but sway is just retarded like that, and ratings are ratings.

  17. cashmere Says:

    last thought, but i figure i should bring it up so i don’t keep seeming like the arrogant, “enlightened” dickhead who always talks down: i work in advertising, and have worked with MTV, music labels, any tangent of the media sphere you can imagine. i know how near-irreversibly fucked up it is, and how serious the damage they do to the minds of millions is, firsthand.

  18. P-Matik Says:

    Damn, if that meeting was on Saturday, I would go cuz I’m in Harlem right now.

    I’m reppin Zulu (chapter #30) but I don’t know what can be done against all radio stations in just NYC…even the Tsunami Song incident just got Todd Lynn relocated, he didn’t even get fired. You gotta have money to have the most effect against the corporate power structure. Bam and the crew could make noise if they had more resources but who knows, they may have a trick up they sleeve this time.

  19. P-Matik Says:

    Cashmere: sadly you are right, it’s like watching your little sister get pimped before you very eyes and you can’t do a damn thing about it. Pisses me off.

  20. Rizz Says:

    haha thats funny how eskay mentioned little brother
    i just found some of their music and what ive heard is good
    but i think no matter what rap plays on the radio people who arent rap fans are gonna still be like “turn this off its disgusting” know what i mean and most people who dont like hip hop are set in their ways about music and dont care about anyone elses

  21. cbrizzle AKA 80'S BABY Says:

    I AGREE W/ THE NATION, AND I HAVE BEEN TRYING TO INFLUENCE MY FRIENDS INTO MORE DEAD PRES, LITTLE BROTHER, NAS, KRS, ETC… BUT TO BE REAL A LOT OF CATS AINT TRYING TO BE SAVED. THEY WANNA BE 16 WORKIN ON FLIPPIN UP TO THAT KEY, COPPIN THEY FIRST 44, I MEAN SHIT IS CRAZY.

  22. Demiks Says:

    If there’s wack rap out, it makes good rap sound even better. If every rapper was a good lyricist and kickin knowledge, everything would be dull, know what I’m saying?

    But the TV and radio needs to be more open to shit other then Nelly and G-Unit. If that happens though, then most people might switch the channel, because they’re too closed minded to even accept anything the least bit moving.

  23. MaddenMaster Says:

    I really don’t get it….Fuck hip hop reform lets get some boxing reform lol shit I can’t wait to see rappers with 401k plans thats what I waiting for….

  24. jersey Says:

    I must admit @40yrs with several kids that i full support and live with I still enjoy most hip hop including the emergence of the dirty south (kids some talent). But for my children I have to filter out what I want them to hear. The TV (idiot box) lets face it is a drug. We should be doing more analyizing this content then just accepting everything as good to go. there is a price to digesting poison. Old school folks (most) are able separate the garbage from the diamonds and enjoy just the beats or rythym with out allowing corruption to polute our minds. Peace…

  25. slumlord Says:

    the goods (please wake your lazy asses up)
    http://www.zulunation.com/news.html

  26. :::New York:::New York::: Says:

    last but not least it’s the sure shot…THE ZULU NATION

  27. NEVERMINDWHOIAM Says:

    I ADMIRE THE ZULU NATION FOR WHAT THEY ARE TRYING TO DO, BUT THEY ARE WASTING THEIR TIME ON HOOD NIGGAS WHO DON’T WANNA CHANGE AND HAVE BEEN SO AFFECTED BY THE LYNCH DOCTRINE (LOOK IT UP IF YOU DON’T KNOW WHAT IT IS) THAT THEY ARE REALLY PAST THE HELPING STAGE.

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