Did A Secret Music Industry Meeting Invent “Gangsta Rap” Music?

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This anonymous letter landed in my inbox about a minute ago:

Hello,

After more than 20 years, I’ve finally decided to tell the world what I witnessed in 1991, which I believe was one of the biggest turning point in popular music, and ultimately American society. I have struggled for a long time weighing the pros and cons of making this story public as I was reluctant to implicate the individuals who were present that day. So I’ve simply decided to leave out names and all the details that may risk my personal well being and that of those who were, like me, dragged into something they weren’t ready for.

Between the late 80’s and early 90’s, I was what you may call a “decision maker” with one of the more established company in the music industry. I came from Europe in the early 80’s and quickly established myself in the business. The industry was different back then. Since technology and media weren’t accessible to people like they are today, the industry had more control over the public and had the means to influence them anyway it wanted. This may explain why in early 1991, I was invited to attend a closed door meeting with a small group of music business insiders to discuss rap music’s new direction. Little did I know that we would be asked to participate in one of the most unethical and destructive business practice I’ve ever seen.

The meeting was held at a private residence on the outskirts of Los Angeles. I remember about 25 to 30 people being there, most of them familiar faces. Speaking to those I knew, we joked about the theme of the meeting as many of us did not care for rap music and failed to see the purpose of being invited to a private gathering to discuss its future…

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  • Redacted

    Someones been huffing gasoline.

    • Bungle

      yeah I am open minded, but this is kinda hard to believe happened this way. With that many people there, he cant even give one name? Seems like it was a creative brain storm if anything or just a fantasy essay put forth as reality . 90s grunge to me is way more psychologically damaging than the ego boosting, bitch slapping gangster rap. I think they created grunge and are throwing us off by saying they were cool enough to create O-G rap.  

      • Heath

        Grunge father Neil Young is really an undercover operative for the railroad industry..

        • Calypso_1

          damn the bulls, always trying to kick a nomad down

    • GoodDoktorBad

      Must be those petrol soaked rags you blow your nose with….

  • http://strictlyapathy.comoj.com/ SoulArbiter

    Tupac did it all!

  • Alex

    Ah the early ’90s. That’s when I was catering that summit where the reptoids engineered the Euro crisis.  It was tricky. First they had to invent the Euro.

  • http://twitter.com/jasonpaulhayes jasonpaulhayes

    No, it was a secret meeting of The Black Panther Party.

  • Camron Wiltshire

    Subjugation music. 

  • Camron Wiltshire

    Trap music nursery rhymes, they roll down the block self chanting the childish gambino mantra, make money, get money, pimps up hoes down, the realest nigga’ on the town, blah blah blah, repeat, blah blah blah, repeat, blah blah blah repeat, nod your head to the beat to make hypnogic cipher complete, monkey see monkey doo doo throw verbal feces out the window and paint the the town with brown noise, not racist to say this, you project what you expect so nod your head to the beat, zzzzz hip hop is asleep? This literally happens 100 times a day on my street.  Mind control is self administered.

    • Jin The Ninja

      if you ever have to preface and/or  conclude a statement with, ” not racist to say this…”

      • Camron Wiltshire

        Wow…. You’re so PC you just can’t help but play thought police to anything having to do with “race” at all.   It’s not racist, and I had to say it because of uptight people like you.  Brown noise is the note that makes you shit, meaning root chakra fixation via beat pattern.  Thus, not racist.  By the way, are you black/african at all or do you just like to insert your little melodrama at any opportunity?  

        • Jin The Ninja

          ;)

        • Anonnona

           hahahaha i just caught this. Thank you, sums everything up nicely

      • Calypso_1

        …watch it! keep pushing.  Can’t take the drums but soon enough let you know he got da fever!

      • GoodDoktorBad

        Kinda like the words of one of my co-workers…..

        “I’m not racist, I just don’t think we should breed with them….”

        Hmmmmmm…..

        • Jin The Ninja

          and somehow it was interpreted as a criticism of ‘brown noise’ hmmmmmm….

          • http://www.facebook.com/people/James-Phillip-Schmitt/1590026226 James Phillip Schmitt

            in that context, “brown noise” means farts. i’m not fartist, but…

    • Monkey See Monkey Do
    • mysophobe

      …says the man who tried his hand (and failed) at blood sport. Glass houses, dude. Also, your taste in music is crap according to MySpace. Why on earth you use your real name on here is just beyond me.

      • Camron Wiltshire

        lol :)  What is blood sport?  You mean like the movie?  How do you fail at a movie?  Why you stalk me is beyond me.  

        • Calypso_1

          indeed it is

      • Camron Wiltshire

             “It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly; who errs and comes short again and again; because there is not effort without error and shortcomings; but who does actually strive to do the deed; who knows the great enthusiasm, the great devotion, who spends himself in a worthy cause, who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement and who at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly. So that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat.”

        • mysophobe

          Strange, that’s the same strawman defense that Teddy Roosevelt used when he got called out for stereotyping “****as” (your word) as monkeys throwing feces. Good luck hammering in that last nail. Out of curiosity, how do you and Ron Paul feel about noise pollution ordinances? I happen to view your annoyance with amps and subs as the free market in action.

          • Vincent Vega

             You like listening to music you don’t like?  Because that is what happens when a person in a public place plays “their” music at a level that is disturbing the peace.    I don’t think you would like the music I like and I doubt I’d like yours, inflicting it on others disturbing the peace has nothing to do with a free market.

          • mysophobe

            I’m with you, I don’t even like to talk on my cell phone in public. I don’t care what kind of music it is, I think you should be required to have a venue license or an event permit to play something above personal listening level. I feel the same way about motorcycles with wide open exhaust systems and airport flight patterns re-routed over established residential neighborhoods. In all cases however, there’s a significant consumer demand and a profit motive involved, so what can a city do to disincentivise it? I believe a true libertarian must embrace noise pollution in all it’s forms as the cost of unregulated commerce in the land of the free.

    • Calypso_1
    • GoodDoktorBad

      “Mind control is self administered”

      That’s the most insightful thing you’ve ever written….

      • Camron Wiltshire

        So you’ve watched every utterance I’ve ever delivered my entire life then?  Thanks GOD!  Appreciate the feedback!   

        • GoodDoktorBad

          No GOD here, just me….
          Yeah, ya got me….poor choice of words on my part.

          I actually meant it as an “atta boy” -kudo thing …….with the added special sauce that forces tongue into cheek and the drinking of much liquid to choke it down.

          The “fast food” of comments I suppose…..my bad Cam.

  • Jin The Ninja
    • GoodDoktorBad

      I think rap has always meant something. The question is -what?

      That can only be assesed on an individual basis and the answers of course, entirely subjective.
      What resonates with the listener? What does the the individual get from it or do about it?
      Everyone is different.

      The relevent issue seems to be, again, a question of free will….

      • Jin The Ninja

        i agree, and i didn’t mean to imply it doesn’t mean anything- on the contrary i love hip hop. one of my ‘strengths’ i think is my understanding of the nuances of race and identity from a multi racial multi layered perspective, and my deep sympathy to critical race theory. what i mean is that i am opposed to this article’s reading of hip hop and hip hop culture/history. that is not to say i agree or listen to the current incarnations of rap, but as someone who grew up with ‘gangsta rap’ i read it as a much more liberatory genre than is implied here.

        • GoodDoktorBad

          I’ve never been a huge fan of rap, frankly. I am however, an advocate of free expression. Of the rap I do like is sort of “old school”. I like L.L. Cool-J and Snoop Dog, Beastie Boys and stuff. Not much into the hard core shlock I usually hear on the street. That’s just me.

          I didn’t think you were implying anything negative in particular, as that’s not your style as I see you…. Just thought I’d open my mouth again…….blah, blah, blah etc…..

  • http://www.ContraControl.com/ Zenc

    For some reason this reminds me of the recent article about the guy who went to Mars…

     http://disinfo.com/2012/04/interview-with-a-man-who-went-to-mars/

    • DeepCough

      Just fulfilling Disinfo’s quota of fringe stories, man.

  • reubenavery

    What absolute twaddle.

  • mole_face

    It’s obvious that a conscious effort was made by the music industry to push gangster rap in the early 90s, and I’m sure it did have serious social implications –  but the industry was just latching onto an existing music trend that had developed organically in the late 80s.

    People who believe that gangsta rap was a direct creation of the CIA are the same types who say that “rap isn’t music” and think it all sounds the same. If the intelligence community were to concoct an entire subgenre of music as a psy op, I really doubt that they would’ve put so much effort into elevating the genre with avant garde beats. The best of the early gangsta rap producers were making crazy sound collages that qualified as legitimate art. If CIA-funded rap groups exist(and they might), I’d imagine that they sound more like artless bullshit like Master P or whoever.
     

    • Anonnona

       Didnt they address this in the article? that they used a wave of popularity and turned it into profit?

      Either way, you sure as hell dont know what went on as much as I dont. You were not there, if there was even a there to be..

      So dont act like you know, cause you are talking out your ass, just like me :)

  • http://internetkhole.blogspot.com/ Pb

    It was 20 years ago today that Los Angeles exploded following the acquittal of sadist and racist police officers Stacey Koon, Laurence Powell, Timothy Wind, Theodore Briseno, and Rolando Solano.

    Look to this event and the many other racial crimes that preceded and succeeded it to see the force that drove the explosion of “hip hop” and “gangsta rap” street poetry.

    See also-
    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/04/29/los-angeles-riots-radio-kjlh_n_1460762.html

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/SDGHYKRODBXAIPWTZPPUUMCOAI Ray

    Oh come on.  The confidentiality agreement no longer applies, so why not name names, including the author?  The only consequences of filing such a document is termination of employment and she left that company decades ago.  (No, you can’t be bound to something illegal, like a cartel – which this is – by a confidentiality agreement).  I also found it interesting that she could not remember the names of her co-workers. Give me a break.  This is clearly a made up conspiracy fantasy.  It is beneath you to publish it.

  • http://calvinayre.com Bill

    I guess that explains Rick Ross’s popularity. CO at a prison to the gangster rapper. 

  • Namelesswon

    no

  • BrianApocalypse

    An anonymous letter, eh? Well, that’s all the proof I need!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/James-Phillip-Schmitt/1590026226 James Phillip Schmitt

    romanticizing criminal behavior has been around since the middle ages. was johnny cash a cia plant as well? Look up “Ball of The Freaks” , later cleaned up(!) by Shel Silverstein. you have necrophilia, bestiality, and shit-eating all in one tidy rap dating back to the 1940’s. it’s called a gross-out contest, and has been practiced in every american schoolyard since there were american schoolyards.”Abraham Lincoln was a dirty old man/jumped out the White House window with his dick in his hand/don’t mind me ma’am/just doing my duty/ and a one/and a two….”

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/James-Phillip-Schmitt/1590026226 James Phillip Schmitt

    tried embedding the youtube link, but i suck at internet apparently.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/WorldPeace-Shabazz-Archdeacon/100000658652449 WorldPeace Shabazz Archdeacon

    The cells of the human body, all have the potential to become cancer cells, depending on certain environmental catalysts. Once a cell becomes cancer, it becomes a more powerful catalyst for turning all surrounding cells into cancer. In order to counteract the cancer, radical treatments of toxic radiation, and poisonous chemical injections are necessary, and these cells are killed not cured. Once a cell becomes cancer, it is irrevocable. Fortunately for humanity, there is no irrevocable slide into hate, and greed. But if we were to encounter an especially stubborn “cancer cell”, we do still have those previously mentioned tactics at our disposal. Love, pure and unadulterated, is our only hope.
        

  • http://www.soundcloud.com/myconica Threedinium

    Nothing new, just the ‘industry’ taking credit for the hard work of individuals ;)

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