The Secret Meeting That Changed The Rap Industry and Destroyed A Generation
Scrolling through a hip hop blog Dot Got It, I ran into this “secret” letter that was sent anonymously to the blog writer it is allegedly from a ex industry insider “John Smith” who wanted to confess about a secret meeting that went on. Some time in 1991 he was driven to a secret location and had to sign a confidentiality agreement. This confession in this letter is CRAZY, but in actuality it kind of make sense this was around the time when Hip Hop changed to all negativity. Here is part of the letter:
He told us that since our employers had become silent investors in this prison business, it was now in their interest to make sure that these prisons remained filled. Our job would be to help make this happen by marketing music which promotes criminal behavior, rap being the music of choice. He assured us that this would be a great situation for us because rap music was becoming an increasingly profitable market for our companies, and as employee, we’d also be able to buy personal stocks in these prisons. Immediately, silence came over the room. You could have heard a pin drop. I remember looking around to make sure I wasn’t dreaming and saw half of the people with dropped jaws. My daze was interrupted when someone shouted, “Is this a f****** joke?” At this point things became chaotic. Two of the men who were part of the “unfamiliar” group grabbed the man who shouted out and attempted to remove him from the house.
A few of us, myself included, tried to intervene. One of them pulled out a gun and we all backed off. They separated us from the crowd and all four of us were escorted outside. My industry colleague who had opened the meeting earlier hurried out to meet us and reminded us that we had signed agreement and would suffer the consequences of speaking about this publicly or even with those who attended the meeting. I asked him why he was involved with something this corrupt and he replied that it was bigger than the music business and nothing we’d want to challenge without risking consequences. We all protested and as he walked back into the house I remember word for word the last thing he said, “It’s out of my hands now. Remember you signed an agreement.” He then closed the door behind him. The men rushed us to our cars and actually watched until we drove off.
Do you really think this letter has any validity or an attempt at getting more attention for a blog ? Keep in mind the blog is now completely gone. This letter/theory actually does put a lot of things in perspective, who benefits more from the negativity in Rap music than prisons ? Like my man Lester Freamon from the show THE WIRE said “follow the money and you will find the truth”. WOW ! You can read the whole letter HERE