*There was a time when a radio station would get fined for allowing the word “bitch” to be said on air, now term like those are commonplace in hip hop.
Even stations that, years ago, would have never played such music, promote and put on rotation the most filth filled songs, and sometimes don’t even bleep out the curses or the drug references.
Even the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) that regulates interstate and international communications by radio, television, wire, satellite and cable has changed its rules and laws to allow the negative content to be displayed even in front of the youngest listeners.
The influx of negative rappers is touted by many conspiracy theorists as a plan to degrade the morals of the youth and lead them into lives spent in the prison industrial complex. A rapper that uses no curse words is an anomaly, where it was once the norm. The music industry has flipped 180 degrees from the inception of Hip Hop back in the late 1970s to where it is, today.
What space is there for positive rappers like M-Positive? The motto for Clark-Atlanta University is “Find a way, or make one,” and that’s just what Marcus ‘M-Positive’ Parker claims to have done in part two of The Industry Hates Positive Rappers.
EURweb.com’s founder Lee Bailey conducted an interview with the Motivational Rapper, as he explains his history and thoughts behind his positive music and lifestyle.
LEE BAILEY: Are you saying there’s more negative rap than before?
M-POSITIVE: There used to be much more positive rap in the beginnings, the basis of it. If you think about the ‘Self-Destruction,’ if you think about the earlier roots, it’s really about finding ways to cooperate and try to overcome those perils that be, and figure out ways to excel. I can speak to that because even myself being one of those kids, I came up on Rap music and it was very inspiring to me. Positive music is much more important than we give it credit for. Let’s take a young guy, let’s call him ‘Little Slap.’ He makes a song, it’s called, ‘I’m a slap you across your teeth.’ This is his hit song. He’s young. He’s in the ‘caterpillar stage’ of his life. And he’s made a song. ‘Slap You Across Your Teeth’ goes platinum. Now he’s got plenty of fans. Everybody across the country is talking about slapping people across their teeth, because they love the new song by Little Slap. Ten years down the road, Little Slap has now been in and out of jail, he’s had some negativity in his life, he’s grown, he’s been through things, and now he’s moved into the ‘build a cocoon phase.’ Now, he’s back in the studio, but instead of him making a ‘Slap You Across Your Teeth,’ he’s made a new song called, ‘If You Work Hard, You Can Reach Your Dreams.’ The only problem is, now Little Slap, his new song didn’t sell. It never got out there because there were no avenues to support artists when they are in that ‘build a cocoon/butterfly phase’ of their career.
What I want to do with Motivational Rap is give this guy an opportunity to show the ‘build a cocoon phase,’ and the ‘butterfly phase’ of his life.
LEE BAILEY: It seems like the battle is, anybody with a positive message is going to be rejected by the caterpillars. The deck is stacked against you.
M-POSITIVE: Exactly, and it’s funny, because that’s exactly the odds that David had. When he fought the Goliath, that’s the symbolism, there was no way that this boy could win. Obviously, this beast in front of him is so much bigger, so much stronger, and so much more powerful.
For example, I’m sure you are familiar with Worldstar Hip Hop. What they did, was they created a portal. Their portal caters extremely and straight to the people who are in that ‘caterpillar phase.’ One thing that we have to keep in mind is media will cater to that genre of people, because there will always be more caterpillars that there are butterflies, because allot of people don’t make it into the butterfly stage. The largest group of people will always be the youth.
I ran one of my songs on Worldstar Hip Hop. On their portal, and I knew that it was going to be a crazy response, but I wanted to prove my theory. I put it on Worldstar even though I knew it was going to be negative feedback.
The name of the song is ‘Motivational Rap’ by Marcus ‘M-Positive’ Parker and the funny thing is that when I started getting the actual comments back on it, I mean it was like these were actual comments that were on Worldstar, about my song.
They were like, “Nobody wants to hear this S-H-I-T.”
“Get your B-word, A-word on somewhere!”
“N-word, talk about selling bricks and killing people and F-ing H-es!”
“Nobody wants to hear this feel good bull!”
These are actual comments from people. This is on Worldstar Hip Hop.
I took the same message and I put it to a group of people who were doing work in the colleges, that’s why I like moving in the college network with people who are really trying to push education.
The same people, the same song replied, “Now this is what should be on the radio.”
“I wondered what rap would be like without cursing.”
“Smooth flow, you got it!”
“This is really good, please keep it up.”
“We need more music like this, music with meaning.”
So, it was the same song, just a different environment. So [Worldstar Hip Hop’s] portal had one group of people that know to just go to that one portal and look at all of the music that they have. That’s why I’m building a portal. Motivational Rap is for that person who wants to look at people at that different phase in their lives. I’ve sold thousands of downloads too. So, I know that it is reaching people.
For more information about Marcus ‘M-Positive’ Parker and his online music portal ‘Motivational Rap’ go to: www.MotivationalRap.com.
And for MORE info on the Motivational Rap movement, watch the video below: