5th Element: Confessions Of A BET Producer

Posted on April 30, 2009 ·

I’ve come to find that many “hip-hop heads” refer to themselves as this in the context that they listen to hip hop.  But if you’re truly a hip hop head, you need to know the ins-and-outs of it.  You have to be able to set an understanding for yourself that all you listen to is not true, all that you see is not real, and some of the life portrayed is causing a mental death.

I pride myself in being aware.  I know that the “shoot em up, bang bang” is widely spread throughout hip hop, not because that’s what “we” want to hear, but because that’s what they want us to hear.  The “they” i refer to is not necessarily the man, but is comprised of many different characters.  There’s the money-hungry black man who will sell out his people for fortune and fame, there’s the educated masses that decided to give in to the stereotypical aspect of the immature, “gangsta” rapper because they’re trying to feed their family, there’s the true uneducated, ignorant rapper that is a product of society, and…. yes, there is the white man sitting on his throne, controlling our image, our knowledge, our power, our drive, our future, our generation… (amongst many others.)

For more reasons than one, I have many issues with BET.  ONE is Stephen Hill.. TWO is 106 & Park… and well, there’s more than three… more than ten… more than twenty… (although there are also aspects of the channel that I can appreciate)… but if you’d like a glimpse into the real word.. check out “Confessions of a BET Producer,” created by DBrad, a former employee of BET. BELOW!

(Watch in HQ – better quality)

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