Sunday, August 28, 2016

Open Letter to Rap Station Owners, DeeJays, and Program Directors

Dear: Urban-Rap/ Hip-Hop Dee-Jays, Program Directors, Rap Radio Station Owners, and Radio Stations with a Rap/ Hip Hop format/playlist.

This letter is concerning the very comfortable use of the racial slur, Nigger.


I have listened to particular rap songs that are in constant rotation at your radio station (s) for a while now and I would like to make a rap music request if I may. Your current rap music rotation has become very stale over the years. Since we are now living in the days where “equality for all,”  “multiculturalism,” “Homophobia” and so-called “Trans-Phobia” have been placed at the top of everyone’s political, sexual, and racial agenda, I think my request should be a simple one to take into consideration. I am always hearing rap songs that contain violence aimed at African-Americans and racial slurs like Nigger/Nigga being spewed all over your airwaves morning, noon, and night in the city where I currently reside and quite possibly in all cities where rap music in played on radio. My song request is simple. My song request is all about equality and/or equal treatment for all racial and ethnic groups in this country.

Would you mind playing rap songs and RnB songs that contain guest appearances by rappers that violently attack Whites, Jewish-Whites, Hispanics/Latinos, Native Americans, Asians, Italians, and Homosexuals? I am kind of burned out on Nigger this and Nigga that. I would love to hear something new like, “Faggot this or Faggot that. How about “Kyke this or Kyke that? Maybe a song or two that promotes selling drugs and/or shooting and robbing people of other races and ethnicities. How about playing a song that spews other hateful and racist words like, Spik, Wet-Back, Chink, Slant-eye, Gook, Cracker, DEGO, Towel Head, Sand Nigger, and W.O.Ps for a change?

I am pretty sure that you have songs like this lying around somewhere at the radio station. You just have to because it would be the “equal and fair” thing to do, right? Maybe the first place in the station where you can look is under the pile of music CDs with a note attached to them that reads, “Songs that should never be played for fear of offending and degrading any racial and ethnic group that’s not African-American.” I just know that you and/or your rap station are not about being biased in your playlist. I just know that you and/or your rap station (s) are incapable of promoting inequality on any level.

I guess what I am trying to say is that I would like to hear more diversity in your playlist. I would like to hear more of a variety of racial/ethnic attacks being played at the rap radio station. You seem to be very comfortable with playing songs or at least allowing rap songs to be played at the station that contain lyrics that violently attack Black people and refer to them by racial slurs. You also appear to be very open to playing rap songs that use derogatory and demeaning adjectives to describe the female gender within that particular race that happens to be of color. Whenever, I have pointed out the use of the word Nigger/Nigga in the songs in the past, the overwhelming response has been, “Hey, it’s just music. It’s entertainment. It’s what the people want to hear.” Well, if what you are saying is true, I am of the people and I want my music request played on the air.

I will be listening for my song request.
Rico Rivers

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