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Questlove Responds to Ashley Judd’s Attack on Hip-Hop

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On Thursday (April 7), the BoomBox reported on actress Ashley Judd’s criticism of hip-hop music, writing it off as “rape music,” as well as her harsh words aimed at artists like Diddy. Now, a prominent member of the culture is hitting back.

Roots drummer Questlove addressed Judd via his Twitter page, commenting on their interaction, or lack thereof, during her appearance on the Jimmy Fallon show. “hmmm. at least i got my answer as to why ash judd didn’t give us so much as a nod on her last visit. im a criminal [sic],” he wrote.

The Philly native also compared her rant to Oprah Winfrey, who has long been vocal about her disdain towards hip-hop music, for its use of bad language and misogynistic lyrics. “EVERY genre of music has elements of violence,” he continued, in response to a fan’s comment regarding the matter. “It speaks MORE volumes that in rap only a certain side gets promoted.”

In a passage from her book, ‘All That Is Bitter, and Sweet,’ Judd attacked Diddy and Snoop Dogg for their charity work with non-profit organization YouthAIDS, theorizing that their support of the company was hypocritical.

“YouthAIDS created hip, public service announcements for TV and radio using popular local and international celebrities and athletes and was participating in the MTV World AIDS Day ‘Staying Alive’ concerts,” she wrote. “Along with other performers, YouthAIDS was supported by rap and hip-hop artists like Snoop Dogg and P. Diddy to spread the message … um, who? Those names were a red flag. As far as I’m concerned, most rap and hip-hop music — with its rape culture and insanely abusive lyrics and depictions of girls and women as ‘ho’s’ — is the contemporary soundtrack of misogyny.”

Judd has been on a national tour promoting the book, which was released April 5. The explosive nature of the memoir — in which she also characterizes her mother, country singer Naomi Judd, as neglectful, and reveals that she was sexual abused — has led to some to believe that her words are merely a publicity stunt.

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