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Tuesday, June 13, 2006 

Is Hip-Hop Against Freedom of Speech?

I really hate to get all preachy and shit but this is something that really has to be addressed, seeing as legal threats are now involved.

An interview I held with a certain hip-hop enthusiast has been causing some bad blood here and there. Turns out a CEO of a label that shall remain nameless was not too happy with the content of the interview and decided to email me about it.

About two weeks after I declined the CEO's request for me to script an article counteracting the content of the interview, they're now demanding that I delete the interview entirely from my site. Not happening potna. That was 1 hour 45 minutes worth of conversation, 4 hours worth of typing and transcribing, and an additional 2 hours spent formatting and publishing that shit. If you don't like the statements made, why don't you address the interviewee about it. Need I remind you that I'm only a journalist doing my job, and I've got my voice recorder handy to back it up.

More than the effort exerted towards making that interview accessible to the 12,000 + people who have now read it, is the troubling anti-freedom-of-speech sentiment displayed by this CEO. Hip-hop was established as a form of expression, so, watching people shove some sort of suppression down its conduits is utterly depressing.

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