A 14 year-old boy has sued Universal Music Group and 50 cent for promoting a "gangsta lifestyle". The boy is seeking damages from the rapper, the company and all of its labels because friends of 50 assaulted him.
James Rosemond says with his mother, that 50 and the labels endorse and promote violence which is why he was assaulted by 50's crew.
James was assaulted because he was wearing a T-Shirt that promoted an ex-member of 50's crew and blah, blah, blah. If you break this down to its basic, this kid is suing because he knows he got beat up to put 50 and his crew back into the limelight so everyone can see he and his crew are still hard.
I have never been a big fan of rap. But back when it was trying to say something, and or was about having a good time on a non violent non drug induced level, it was cool and had it's place. But when it turned to kill, degrade women and all the rest, I checked out. As a musician, I am completely amazed that it's still around, but I can see the writing on the wall finally. And when record companies start getting sued by kids because grown men beat them up for wearing a T-Shirt, that turns into liability they don't want or need.
At long last we are now marching toward the grave site with a headstone that reads "Gansta Rap, RIP" The RIP part will be added as a touch irony.