From The Boombox
Back in January 2008, to the surprise and sheer confusion of the media, Bill Cosby announced plans to debut a hip-hop album. Now that the elapsed time has allowed the initial shock to wane, Cosby’s plan is finally coming to fruition. ‘Bill Cosby Presents the Cosnarati: State of Emergency,” is due November 24 and represents the iconic comedian’s effort to bring awareness and social consciousness to troubling issues in hip-hop culture.
With tracks like “Where’s the Parade,” an ode to black women, and “Dad Behind the Glass,” which addresses the issue of absentee fathers, Cosby felt the need to carefully explain the idea behind the album.
“I don’t like referring to the music as clean,” he said. “What I like is what you’re not going to do. You’re not going to curse. You’re not going to put women down. You’re not going to put the glory of the gun somewhere. And you’re not going to put a whole lot of violence up front like that’s the thing that will cleanse you and make you feel better.”