Music Producer Carvin Haggins Calls Urban Radio 'Ratchet'
Because they've already heard it on YouTube or it's been shared on their phone through a tweet, a text, or somewhere else on social media. However 99% of the lyrics surrounding the hook are either hypers,exually suggestive, endorsing prison culture, or glorifying the usage of prescription drugs in unimaginable combinations. What radio does is legitimizes while promoting songs in a way it has never done before. This is where Carvin Haggins has a major problem.
Are the negative lyrical content in songs played on the Urban/Hip Hop radio stations the responsibility of the radio industry or the music industry? Carvin Haggins, the Grammy Award winning producer says it's urban radio's responsibility. He says when he turns in a song that he has produced to the label, he is told that it must be edgy in order to get played on the radio. Hot 107.9 personality Q Deezy (aka Quincy Harris) says the fault lies within the music industry that is producing the songs. When the music comes out-- it's the thing that listeners want to hear. Radio, he says, plays what's hot in them streets. Harris a former co-host in LA on Big Boy's Neighborhood who is also a features reporter on the local morning show 'Good Day Philadelphia' debates Haggins on this issue on the program.
Watch their debate below.
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Meanwhile Carvin Haggins and a group of like minded people recently protested outside a anti-violence concert sponsored by Philadelphia radio station Power 99 and in the parking lot of the station a couple of months earlier. Haggins' organized effort is called "Rage Against the Ratchet."
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