Farrakhan Urges Rap Artists to Choose Lyrics Wisely

June 26, 2001

Source: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

On June 26, 2001, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported that "Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan urged rap artists at this month's Hip-Hop Summit in New York to take their lyrical discourse to a higher level...Hip-hop's reverence for Farrakhan is just one reason why...the Muslim cleric enjoys the distinction of being the only...religious figure in America who commands respect among considerable portions of America's black youth...Farrakhan...urged the artists...to choose words wisely...'I am learning every day that you can say things...and inflame people, and say it another way and it goes in,'" he said.