“I salute Deborah Dugan for her fact and braveness to attempt to impact change,” the Public Enemy rapper wrote on Instagram. “As all the time, a bunch of ignorant, testosterone-fueled, normally previous white males cease progress and screw it up. Standard bullshit. They need to hold it establishment and ensure issues like Hip Hop keep the poster little one of their fuckery.”
On Thursday night time, the Recording Academy put Dugan on “administrative depart” over “issues raised” by its Board of Trustees and “a proper allegation of misconduct by a senior feminine member.”
Nevertheless, insiders subsequently referred to as Dugan’s dismissal “a coup” to Variety after the CEO despatched an electronic mail that challenged the Recording Academy’s “exorbitant and pointless” spending, voting irregularities, conflicts of curiosity and extra.
In his Instagram put up, Chuck D aligned himself with the ousted Dugan, who held the job for less than 5 months following the exit of longtime Grammy chief Neil Portnow. The rapper relayed his constructive expertise working with Dugan following information that Public Enemy would obtain the Grammys’ Lifetime Achievement Award.
“Hip Hop can’t be judged by a bunch of previous company guards who rewrite historical past to serve their company backside line,” Chuck D wrote. “But it surely was apparent [Dugan] was having her personal struggles with an academy that thinks Public Enemy resulted in 1992 but need to give us a lifetime achievement award with out acknowledging a lifetime of labor. We needed to haggle, to coach, to justify why a core member of our group for the previous 22 years, DJ Lord, ought to be a part of this award.”
Public Enemy are simply the second hip-hop group, following Run-D.M.C., to obtain the Grammys’ Lifetime Achievement Award; Chuck D stopped in need of saying whether or not Dugan’s exit will affect Public Enemy’s participation within the award presentation.
“I hope this letter can be a wake-up name for them,” the rapper wrote in conclusion. “New of us however the identical ol bullshit sample doesn’t change a factor. So I’m not shocked that Deborah Dugan is out. I’m appalled as a result of it reeks of the identical previous jive, a New Whirl Odor that considers the lots merely as ‘them asses.’”
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My open letter To The Grammy’s and Hip hop ✊🏾 ………… Figures… I salute Deborah Dugan for her truth and courage to try and effect change. As always, a bunch of ignorant, testosterone-fueled, usually old white men stop progress and screw it up. Same old bullshit. They want to keep it status quo and make sure things like Hip Hop stay the poster child of their fuckery. In 1989 we protested the Grammys because they refused to acknowledge a new art form called Hip Hop/Rap. I responded with the lyric, “Who gives a fuck about a goddamn Grammy.” We fought to be recognized and for things to change. We kicked that door in for others to come through. After 35 years in this industry, folks should know that I always defer any individual accomplishment, always giving salutes to those before me and trying to open the door for those after me. In agreeing to accept the Lifetime Achievement Award when Deborah called me was no different. We discussed these issues and what needed to change. Hip Hop can’t be judged by a bunch of old corporate guards who rewrite history to serve their corporate bottom line. But it was obvious she was having her own struggles with an academy that thinks Public Enemy ended in 1992 yet want to give us a lifetime achievement award without acknowledging a lifetime of work. We had to haggle, to educate, to justify why a core member of our group for the past 22 years, DJ Lord, should be part of this award. We had to question why our biggest UK hit and the theme to the global Paralympics Games, “Harder Than You Think,” was left out. Maybe because it was released on my own independent label, SlamJamz, and not a major? Never could I have imagined that pushing for the recognition our art form deserved would turn into artists being coerced into disrespecting the craft, themselves, the culture and other people only to chase the bag and validation from corporations and award shows who don’t care about you. I hope this letter will be a wake-up call for them. New folks but the same ol bullshit pattern doesn’t change a thing. So I’m not surprised that Deborah Dugan is out. I am appalled because it reeks of the same old jive, a New Whirl Odor that ..
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