Before I am an artist, I am a father, a son, and a brother to some of the most cherished women in the world. So for me to suggest in any way that harm and violation be brought to a woman is one of my biggest mistakes and regrets. As an artist, one of the most liberating things is being able to paint pictures with my words. But with that comes a great responsibility. And most recently, my choice of words was not only offensive, it does not reflect my true heart. And for this, I apologize. To every woman that has felt the sting of abuse, I apologize. I recognize that as an artist I have a voice and with that, the power of influence. To the young men who listen to my music, please know that using a substance to rob a woman of her right to make a choice is not only a crime, it’s wrong and I do not encourage it. To my fans, I also apologize if I have disappointed you. I can only hope that this sparks a healthy dialogue and that I can contribute to it.Rapper Rick Ross finally apologizes for his controversial lyrics on Rocko’s “U.O.E.N.O.” source
I guess nothing rhymes with Treasury.White House spokesman Jay Carney • Responding to questions about a newly released Jay-Z track which seems to suggest that Hov and Beyonce got permission from the White House to travel to Cuba last week. When pressed on the matter, Carney once again denied that President Obama ever spoke with Mr. and Mrs. Knowles-Carter about their trip, saying that Open Letter “is only a song.” source
We’re writing today to ask you to please boycott all Streetlight related items by not purchasing any of our records or merchandise from Victory [Record]’s website, any traditional CD stores, online third party retailers or any digital distribution service (iTunes, Amazon etc)…In regards to getting the music we make, you can buy directly from us, or, alternately, we’re sure you can find a way to get the tunes onto your computer that may not be, ahem, traditional.The band Streetlight Manifesto, encouraging piracy of its own music. Years ago, the band signed with Victory Records, but—as with several other artists on Victory—it has since taken issue with the way the label does business (“an artist-hostile, morally corrupt and generally dishonest company,” in the band’s words). So, the band’s members are encouraging fans to either purchase directly from the band, or pirate their music. “Speaking a Bit metaphorically,” the band writes,” there is a Torrent of methods to accomplish this, and Google is your always loyal friend.” (Personal anecdote: At a SM show I once attended, singer Tomas Kalnoky told the crowd something to the effect of, “If you want to steal our music, that’s fine, because that just means that some asshole who lives in a mansion can’t live in a bigger mansion”).