Another Right Wing Attack On Rap & Rock

They don't like what Snoop has to say.

On the same day that the American Academy of Pediatrics called for the

recording industry to go further in labeling albums with drug-related, sexual

and violent content, saying that it was "greatly concerned that negative

behavioral messages" were being promoted by many popular acts, Seagram's

Universal Studios, the company that distributes Interscope Records (Snoop Doggy

Dogg, 2Pac, Marilyn Manson, NIN, Primus, Toadies) again came under attack for

allegedly going back on its promise not to distribute music with explicit

lyrics.

At a news conference organized by William Bennett, Senator Joseph

Lieberman and C. DeLores Tucker, the trio pursed their lips and wagged their

fingers at Seagram's Chairman Edgar Bronfman, who they said assured them a year

ago that "MCA [which is controlled by Seagram's and distributes Interscope]

would not profit from disseminating music which is objectionable," according to

a Reuters report.

The trio used lyrics from "Irresponsible Hate

Anthem," on Marilyn Manson's latest album, Antichrist Superstar ("Hey

victim, should I black your eyes again? ... my hate's a prism. Let's just kill

everyone and let your God sort them out") to make their point. They also noted

the graphic depiction of a naked torso seemingly feeding two others from his

codpiece, and used it as an example of how, as Lieberman put it, "These records

and their corporate sponsors are telling our children it's the season of

senseless violence, hopelessness and the most awful ill will toward each other,

particularly women."

Much of the right-wing attack focused on the albums

released by Interscope Records, which Seagrams, through MCA, acquired a 50 per

cent share of last year. Those albums include work from gangsta rappers Snoop

Doggy Dogg and Tupac Shakur...



MCA issued the following response yesterday (Tues., Dec.

10): "MCA takes this issue seriously, and is dedicated to finding a viable

balance between its artists, the preferences and demands of audiences in the

marketplace, and its corporate responsibility."

Bennett, clearly not

mollified by what he described as a "candid and contentious" phone call from

Bronfman on Monday, said, "We are here today because Seagrams-MCA is peddling

filth for profit and reneging on a moral commitment it made when it purchased

the rights to Interscope... MCA's word is no good. MCA cannot be trusted. They

are willing to make money even if it promotes the worst kind of sleaze."

Reuters also reported that Bob Bernstein, a spokesman for MCA, said the

company "through its review process, has identified and declined to release

some objectionable music." Although no specific examples were given, Tupac's

previous album All Eyez On Me, was not disctributed by MCA, and

according to Recording Industry Association of America president Hilary Rosen,

MCA recently declined to distribute Death Row Greatest Hits .

According to the prepared statement issued by MCA: "This is a subjective

process and not everyone will always agree with these decisions."

Rosen

seemingly concurred, saying, "Sometimes, you know, any company's choices are

going to disappoint self-appointed moral guardians like Bill Bennett, but the

process is in place, and it works in the marketplace."

The trio later

lamented that the campaign they started last year against objectionable

music--with sponsorship from media giant Time-Warner, as well as Sony, BMG, EMI

and Polygram--had, for the most part, "fallen on deaf ears."