Simmons Holds Hip-hop Summit Over 'Sexist' Rap Lyrics

Music mogul RUSSELL SIMMONS called a meeting of his Hip-Hop Summit Action Network on Wednesday (18Apr07) to discuss the sexist and misogynistic lyrics found in some rap music. The Def Jam boss was one of a handful of music industry executives who met at the New York home of Warner Music Group's Lyor Cohen for several hours. It hasn't been announced whether the summit reached a specific agenda over the issue, which was inflamed after US radio host Don Imus called a team of women basketball players "nappy headed hos" during a morning broadcast earlier this month (Apr07). Imus has since apologised, but bosses at CBS and NBC fired him, while a debate erupted over whether similar language is suitable in rap music.


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