This years Academy Awards was yet again invaded by Hip Hop. Amidst the penguin suits and over priced couture was Three 6 Mafia dressed in baggy gear and glistening teeth.
First and foremost, congratulations to them for not only performing there but taking home the golden trophy as well. Props even further for actually being there to except the award…I’m not saying any names *cough* Marshall *cough*.
For me, Three 6 Mafia performing their song “It’s Hard Out Here For A Pimp” from the Terrance Howard movie Hustle & Flow” at the Academy Awards was a bitter sweet happening. The sweet part is that there was a Hip Hop performance at entertainments pinnacle award show. America has yet another example that Hip Hop can’t be ignored even by Academy. Do you hear that Bill Oreilly? Punk.
Oreilly jab aside, there is a bitter part to mic checking that went on
during Oscar night. Hip Hop’s first ever performance at the Academy
Awards was a song called “It’s Hard Out Here For A Pimp”. Oh boy. I do applaud Three 6 Mafia for toning it down and performing a “clean” version of the song.
those that champion the cause that Hip Hop is more than image the
uphill battle just got steeper. In speaking with Michelle McDewitt,
publicist and owner of Audible Treats (a PR and publicity company that
have ran campaigns for DITC member OC, Hieroglyphics’ Casual, classic
turntablist Rob Swift and currently bay area legend E-40) on her
thoughts about Three 6 Mafia’s oscar performance and win she had this
It’s great that hip-hop is getting good looks in
Last night, the Oscars featured a song about pimping for the
I don’t blame people for not liking hip-hop when everywhere
So apparently I wasn’t the only one who felt that way. In the ABC News
story the writer says that “Three 6 Mafia enoyed a rare
moment of Oscar glory for the Hip Hop community.” Not all in the Hip
Hop community agree fully.
Now to the defense of Three 6 Mafia, they wrote the song to fit the premise of the film. So ease off the “hater” talk. The bitter feeling are towards what the media latches onto as what is or is not the defining characteristic of Hip Hop music and culture.
Rap music was large and in charge at the 78th edition of the Academy Awards. – ABC News