Shad Moss sparked a debate among rap fans earlier this month when he fired off a tweet calling for Hip Hop to organize to manage the culture and take care of its aging stars.
“Hip-hop needs a board!” he wrote. “No different than the NBA with the players association. A committee. It can make rules and keep things in check and protect this thing we call hip hop! And have a pension plan for the OG rappers. I hate to see my heroes unwashed of any money.”
Chuck D, KRS-One, Kurtis Blow and Doug E. Fresh teamed up to establish Hip Hop Alliance in July 2022 to meet and represent the needs of culture. Now they have released a joint statement addressing Bow Wow’s comments.
“Like all other aspects of society’s workforce, artists and creators of Hip Hop need protection, support and advocacy,” the statement read, per Rock The Bells. “From label disputes to intellectual property retrieval and the need for an overall governing body, the Hip Hop Alliance was established.
“Recent comments this weekend created a unique opportunity to bring forth a conversation that many in Hip Hop & R&B have been talking about for a long time. The need for a governing body for Hip Hop. The goal of the HHA is to allow artists to meet informed decisions about their careers and ensure that their rights are respected and protected.”
The Hip Hop Alliance has also extended an invitation to Bow Wow to participate in a conversation at the Clubhouse on Friday (Jan. 20) at 19 EST so he can become better acquainted with the organization’s efforts and goals. The former child star also received an invite to HHA’s Black History Month online conference on February 25.
“When our culture comes together to honor and celebrate 50th year of the creation of Hip Hop, now is the time for us all to come together,” the statement continued. “In that spirit, we invite our brother Bow Wow to join us this coming Friday (Jan. 20) at 7pm EST on the Clubhouse app and/or our Black History Month online conference on Tuesday (February 25th) at 4:00 PM EST on the HHA YouTube page.
“In fact, the entire Hip Hop community is invited to these two informative talks on HHA as we continue to build this organization to advocate, inform and serve the needs and concerns of our brothers and sisters throughout the Hip Hop ecosystem. We invite all of Hip Hop culture to roll up their sleeves and join us as we work to elevate, honor and protect hip-hop for its past, present and future.”
According to it websiteThe Hip Hop Alliance is a “strategic partnership that represents the needs and concerns of the hip-hop and R&B workforce through advocacy, information and service.”
Bow Wow is far from the first artist to call for structural reform in the rap game. Last year, Big CHALK talked about the need for a union in Hip Hop during an interview with Apple Music’s Ebro Darden.
“We talked about a union before we got on this show,” the Mississippi native said. “And I thought, ‘Musicians have a union, most people have a union, why don’t artists have a union?’ I see crazy artists, they go through the process. They either have a hit record or they don’t. They get signed , they will be dropped.”
He added: “They break down, they do drugs, they hit the streets. But there’s no collective to call and say, ‘Hey, man. I’m going to rehab. Hey man. I need help with these bills. I got too much. What’s a good lawyer I can go to? What’s the agreement I signed?'”