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Editorial: The Tarnished Image of William Henry 'Bill' Cosby

Editorial courtesy of Steve 'Flash' Juon.

[Bill Cosby]You would have to make a concerted effort to turn off your television, unplug your radio, avoid all newspapers, cancel your internet service and not visit any public place in the United States to not hear the allegations about Bill Cosby being a serial rapist.

Like most things that seem to go viral on the internet, whether memes or actual news, the original source probably had no idea how big the end result would be. Stand-up comedian Hannibal Buress, best known to many of our readers as the comic foil of The Eric Andre Show, referenced Cosby's constant cultural criticism in one of his live performances. Buress is not alone in thinking the elderly comedian is out of touch with the young people who he chastises for "their hat on backwards, pants down around the crack" - but when Buress took his shot at Cosby he opened up Pandora's Box.

"He gets on TV, 'Pull your pants up black people, I was on TV in the 80s! I can talk down to you because I had a successful sitcom!' Yeah, but you rape women, Bill Cosby, so turn the crazy down a couple notches."

This could actually have gone complete under the radar had Cosby (or his social media manager) not had the unfortunate suggestion to turn a smiling photo of Bill Cosby into a meme. This created a firestorm of recycled Cosby photos with captions about wearing his "raping hat" or being "America's most beloved serial rapist." Old allegations that had been dismissed by Cosby and his legal team began to resurface in the media, while new additional ones came to light. Here's one example.

Now to be perfectly clear, these allegations that Bill Cosby is a rapist are exactly that - ALLEGATIONS. Bill Cosby has never been convicted of a crime, never plead guilty to sexual assault, and has never even been prosecuted on the grounds of these accusations. Some of his accusers may simply be jumping on the bandwagon now that the allegations have caught media attention. In other cases that's not so clear. One district attorney in Pennsylvania actually wanted to prosecute Cosby and found him "evasive" in interviews about his alleged crime. Lacking physical evidence he had to drop the case, and Cosby eventually settled out of court with his accuser for an undisclosed sum.

Out of court settlements are by their very nature neither proof of innocence nor guilt - they are after all "out of court" meaning both parties agree to dismiss legal proceedings and move on with their life. You can settle a claim to make it go away if it's a waste of your time and money, and Mr. Cosby may have felt that way. You can also settle a claim if you think you may not be exonerated in court, and settling with your accuser/alleged victim is easier than the hit your public image will take. A settlement can create the appearance you have something to hide though - just ask Michael Jackson. Mr. Cosby is within his rights to refuse to respond to what his lawyer calls "groundless decade-old allegations," but to some observers that refusal to comment is in itself troublesome.

Neither I nor RapReviews take a position on Cosby's innocence or guilt in the multiple allegations against him, but what's certainly noteworthy is that Cosby is unable to contain or control the firestorm that's swirled around him. The same young people he seems so out of touch with are so much more adept at using social media and spreading the message about his accusations than he is, and by refusing to comment he's letting their voices be the only ones heard on the subject. Some might argue he should spend a little less time worrying about kids with their saggy pants and backward hats (and even those notions of hip-hop fashion and urban culture seem as out-of-date as Cosby) and a little more worrying about the fact all of his comedy specials have been canceled and TV Land no longer wants to air reruns of The Cosby Show.

William Henry 'Bill' Cosby may just hope that if he says nothing and ignores the situation that eventually it will all go away, but if cultural critics should have learned anything by now, it's that any skeletons they have in their closet will come to light the moment they act holier-than-thou when criticizing the morals and values of other people.
The Hip-Hop Shop #301 - No Rap Songs About Thanksgiving

It's time for another new edition of The Hip-Hop Shop. On Episode #301 there are No Rap Songs About Thanksgiving. I think any of the original/aboriginal/native people of this country can understand why. My silence on this episode should speak volumes on that topic, but do enjoy family and fellowship on "Turkey Day" anyway. Follow us @RapReviews so you never miss a new podsafe free show.

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Tracks featured this week:

* Radio B x Cane - Body Drop
* Tragic Hero - School Bus
* Suave x Prospek - For My People
* D.Chamberz - Heart So Cold
* Nametag - Irregular Heartbeat
* Charles Joseph - Just a Game
* Kosha Dillz - Fun Fest
* Cris Streetz - Face Time

Video: GRAVY! Rap and Comedy Meet (#GravyOnEverything) @Tygereye

Video: GRAVY! Rap and Comedy Meet

Dove: No matter what you celebrate, there is no denying we love some gravy with our big holiday dinners as much as we love gravy in our pockets. And now you can have your gravy on everything!

Video: Mr. Green "Live From the Streets" in Toronto (@Noisey @greenhiphop)

Video: Mr. Green - "Live From the Streets" in Toronto

Shout out to Devah Quartet, Khari Wendell Mcclelland, Rich Kidd, and Tre Missions for rocking with us on this one. Also shout out to Sam Lipman-Stern, Noisey and everyone else who helped out making the video. Enjoy, -Green

Video: @SaddiqyTheNyeGuy - "The Weekend" (prod. SoulWonda)

Video: SaddiqyTheNyeGuy - "The Weekend" (prod. SoulWonda)

Mike: The Weekend is an amount of time, but what we do in that time is what makes it unique. It means something different to each and everyone of us and it's no different for 23 year old, Houston, TX emcee, SaddiqyTheNyeGuy.

Video: Marc E. Bassy - "American Dream Life" (@AudibleTreats)

Video: Marc E. Bassy - "American Dream Life"

A.T.: Shot entirely in slow motion in muted colors, the video captures expressionless school children dutifully pledging to the American flag only to turn around and defiantly throw blazing copies of To Kill A Mocking Bird into the air, letting the ashes rain down on their small school desks.

Video: @MeloKAN - "Push Thru" (@mzlimari2u @echohattix)

Video: Melo KAN - "Push Thru"

L.G.: Melo KAN, L.A.’s socially conscious rapper on the rise, drops a creative new visual for his latest record titled “Push Thru.” The single gives fans a taste of what to expect from the guitar-toting lyricist on his upcoming EP dubbed “The Melo KAN Lounge” coming soon.

@Donwill Bad With Names Episode 4: The Green Room (@HiPNOTT @RealJLive @MrMecc @Tonedeff)

Donwill - Bad With Names Episode 4: The Green Room (feat. J-Live, Mr Mecc & Tonedeff)

HiPNOTT: On this episode Donwill stops through the Cunninlynguists 'Strange Universe' tour to hang out with J-Live and ends up talking to Mr Mecc and Tonedeff as well. The conversation goes from Wetlands to behind the scenes at the Source magazine and of course they discuss J-Live's tenure in the game. Pull up a chair and catch one of these gems that get dropped.

Video: @GizzleMcFly_LBR - "Bout My Money" (@rRAPpromo)

Video: Gizzle McFly - "Bout My Money"

RRP: Gizzle McFly releases the official music video for his hit single, "Bout My Money." The track is from his EP, Spark Some Recreation.

Audio: Keith 'Wildchild' Middleton - "Transitions" (@Dub_MD)

Audio: Keith 'Wildchild' Middleton - "Transitions"

Dub: Peace! Gotta hit you early with this debut LP release from Keith 'WildChild' Middleton, its called "Transitions" released via MCMI Records. The album is some original, creative, distinctive soul music, sounds like NOTHING out right now.

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Welcome to for the week of November 25th, 2014!! Please like us on Facebook and shop Amazon through RapReviews so we can bring you new material every week. This week we have TWELVE new items for you! Check out Blak Twang's "Dettwork SouthEast" (our featured review), a Bill Cosby editorial, Jack Jetson's "The Adventures of Johnny Strange," Jister & The Lion Ranger's "Absurdism," Steve 'Flash' Juon's The Hip-Hop Shop #301, Jesal Padania's UK Hip Hop Month 2014 outro, Professor Green's "Growing Up In Public," Rashenal's "Life Learner," Rick Ross' "Hood Billionaire," Tinie Tempah's "Demonstration," Too Many T's "Running Wild EP" and Emanuel Wallace's The (W)rap Up for November 18, 2014.

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