(Feb. 19, 2002) Last week’s West Coast Hip Hop Summit held at the very posh Four Seasons Hotel in LA, was to say the least, quite an experience. For those who don’t know, music mogul Russell Simmons, Minister Ben Muhammed and the Hip Hop Action Network had initially planned to host a scaled down intimate private gathering of key West Coast figures as they prepared for a much larger national event to take place in June.
However, there was so much interest up and down the West Coast that this ‘intimate’ meeting quickly turned into a much larger gathering. Much of this increased popularity was the result of several main components that had been set into to motion.
First, Minister Farrakhan who gave what many considered the best speech of his life at the Hip Hop Summit last June in NY was scheduled to speak again. The atmosphere was amped because The NOI was holding its Saviours Day program in LA that weekend. This meant Brothers and Sisters from all over the country were touched down in Cali and would likely attend the event. There was great anticipation that the Minister would deliver another compelling address to the Hip Hop community.
The second thing set in motion was the fact that the West Coast Hip Hop Summit coincided with the California State wide Democratic Convention which meant a large number of key elected officials would be in LA. The initial plan was to have people like Congresswoman Maxine Waters and others attend the Summit. The anticipated attendance of elected officials was extremely important since California State assemblyman Kevin Murray recently announced he would be holding hearings this spring to look into the business practice of record labels who are being accused of under reporting and underpaying artists their royalties.
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