Last week many discussions flared up across the internets due to Mister Cee's sudden resignation and subsequent return to Hot 97 stemming from his continuing personal legal issues. While a few may still be talking about it now, the initial intensity of the conversations have already dropped multiple levels. As is usually the case the short term attention span of this generation isn't going to focus on this or any issue for more than a few days before things get back to "normal" and that is the problem. No accountability is being asked of our media. Yes some are merely here for the pure purpose of entertainment but Hip Hop has always been about more than just a good time. We know that many of the younger members of the listening audience are influenced by what they hear and see. While many other factors should affect how people act it would be disingenuous to act like we don't know the power Hip Hop has.
Are we content with just hearing about beef and drama every morning on our radio waves? Is reality TV portraying the culture in a very questionable light all we want to see? There has been no Teen Summit or adequate replacement on BET for over a decade at a time when teens are dealing with more issues than ever before. Hot 97 has the round table program Street Soldiers that airs on Sunday mornings but is it enough? Truthfully, there shouldn't be a need for specifically social conscious programming if the standard shows would display some responsibility in selecting what is spoken about and what is featured. Instead we get the "after-the-fact" reactionary displays that work the emotions for a day or two and then they stop. It's selective outrage with no real admission of the role they play in the program. Issues of race, sexism, violence and more exist and don't need a high profile incident happening to warrant them being spoken on.
Hip Hop has always brought to the forefront subjects that others avoided or didn't know existed. When's the last time mainstream Hip Hop media has done that? It's been a while.