Hassan, Freddy Miller and Jay Fly Life are calling the event on Saturday, Nov. 18 #RapOverViolence. They are concerned that more rap and hip-hop concerts could be cancelled in the future, so they are setting out to prove that rap music is not a catalyst for crime. It is an escape.The KTHV article includes some good comments from those putting on the protest.
"If they going to shut this down or try to stop this, like who's to say they're not going to say you can't through anymore local shows,” Miller said.
"The reason that we're doing it is because of the censorship of urban music that has been going on,” Hassan said. “It’s hindering us in more ways than they even know.”True that. Life is tough on the streets. Don't believe me, read The Observer's report this week on an armed confrontation with a
Hassan said they are organizing the protest at City Hall because they want to show that not all rap artists are bad. They are worried more rap concerts will be cancelled, affecting their work as rap artists.
"It's some of our livelihoods. You know, some of us, it's our escape as far as mentality. Some of the things that we sometimes have to deal with in our communities sometimes it just help to soothe it,” Hassan said.
Hassan said the rap music is not the problem and the sometimes violent lyrics does not mean an artist is violent themselves.
“Most time what it is, that artist is expressing themselves what they’ve been through, past experiences things like that,” he said.