Today’s Regularly Scheduled State-Of-The-State-Of-Hip-Hop Update

Russell Simmons appeared on The O’Reilly Factor last night (above) to promote his new book, Do You! (we don’t know why he gave it such a terrible title–do you?). Not surprisingly, most of the discussion was about Simmons’ proposal to ban those three words from radio, and about Cam’ron’s 60 Minutes appearance. It’s nowhere near as hot-headedly crazy as you’d expect, though O’Reilly does have some threatening words regarding Cam’ron: “He was in [the studio], if he comes in here again, I’ll wise him up.”

Speaking of Cam, he’s hired a publicity firm to help him deal with the public fall-out from his anti-snitching statements, and released a statement today apologizing for his comments:

“In 2005, I was a victim of a violent crime. I was shot multiple times without provocation by two armed men who attempted to carjack my vehicle. Although I was a crime victim, I didn’t feel like I could cooperate with the police investigation. Where I come from, once word gets out that you’ve cooperated with the police that only makes you a bigger target of criminal violence. That is a dark reality in so many neighborhoods like mine across America. I’m not saying its right, but its reality. And it’s not unfounded. There’s a harsh reality around violence and criminal justice in our inner cities.

“But my experience in no way justifies what I said. Looking back now, I can see how those comments could be viewed as offensive, especially to those who have suffered their own personal tragedies or to those who put their lives on the line to protect our citizens from crime. Please understand that I was expressing my own personal frustration at my own personal circumstances. I in no way was intending to be malicious or harmful. I apologize deeply for this error in judgment.”

Fine. But when’s he gonna own up to that sweater?

Russell Simmons on The O’Reilly Factor (4-25-2007) [OnSmash]

  • kiteless

    Maybe it’s time to declare Martian Law?

  • Chris Molanphy

    THAT is a Cosby sweater! a Cosby sweat-ah!

  • PengIn

    There’s still time to get O’Reilly – Cam’ron added to the undercard of De La Hoya – Mayweather. Pull the strings, Idolator.

  • xtianrut

    It’s so great to see a priviliged, rich, white, male fucktard like O’Reilly presuming to tell a kid from the ghetto how to get by in life.

    After all, the rules are the same for both of them, right? Right?

  • spinachdip

    The unexplained montage of Rappers White People Over 30 Have Heard About is kinda awesome in its randomness.

  • Looks like I picked the wrong day to quit sniffing glue

    Rappers who now have a beef with Bill O’Reilly after being left out of the bizarre montage:

    Young Jeezy
    Notorious B.I.G.
    Kanye West
    MC Hammer
    MC Skat Kat

  • brasstax

    Damn, MC Skat Kat jokes NEVER get old!

  • Bazooka Tooth

    I would LOVE to see Cam’ron on O’Reiley’s show. I would also LOVE to see any Dipset’er kick the living shit out of that douche.

  • Nicolars

    Oy, that sweater…

  • noamjamski

    Where I come from there is an epidemic of kids not knowing when to use contractions. “I’m not saying its right, but its reality.”

    I understand its/it’s is a bit tricky because the non-contracted form is possessive, but it is easy to tell the correct usage. Just trying saying the words out loud. “I am not saying IT IS right, but IT IS reality.”

    If Cam’ron, who apparently LOVES contractions, is able to master this small skill, perhaps the idea of co-operating with law enforcement within his lifetime will not seem such an unattainable goal.

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    Cam’rons insistence that nobody should talk to the authorities, like one of Grouty’s henchmen, has been raising eyebrows amongst the sort of people he needs to do deals with in order to continue flogging his records, and so he’s attempted to issue a clarification:”In 2005, I was a victim of a…

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