has joined fellow rappers Snoop Dogg
in condemning those who are linking sexist hip-hop lyrics with the recent racist remarks made by radio talk show host Don Imus
. The Lean Back
star believes rap music is being used as a scapegoat in the fuss, and urges parents to take more responsibility in what they allow their children to listen too.
He tells MTV News, "I know that Don Imus did not disrespect those young ladies because of hip-hop music. I'm 99 per cent sure that he doesn't even listen to hip-hop like that. Everybody who's taking on hip-hop music are the same people who are just looking for a moment or window of opportunity. This is their moment to say, 'F**k hip-hop.' I don't know how a 60-year-old white dude has any relation to hip-hop music."
"What we need to know is there is freedom of speech; that's the biggest thing. My kids listen to hip-hop... they love gangsta rap. But they also do great in school. I'm a father and I take great pride in having a relationship with my kids.
They can listen to hip-hop and understand the difference between reality and
"Some of these parents, if they don't want their kids to listen to hip-hop, tell them to listen to gospel. Play some other kind of music. It ain't like anybody is forcing people to listen to hip-hop."
Imus was fired by CBS Radio bosses earlier this month after referring
to a university female basketball team as 'nappy-headed hos
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