It looks like Moby is reopening the white-boy rap / electronica artist feud. A recent post to his online journal, i’d like to write about misogyny, lays the smack-down on The Prodigy and eminem over their use of misogynistic lyrics.
“i respect the prodigy and i respect eminem as talented and relevant musicians, but i spoke up because i found the misogynystic content of their lyrics(among many others) to be deeply offensive. even if they themselves are not misogynysts,” writes Moby. “i found it irresponsible that they, and many others, would release music that glamourized misogyny.”
He also has harsh words for labels that promote misogynistic music. “any employee of a record company or journalist or radio programmer or mtv employee who has promoted and celebrated misogynystic or homophobic music should be ashamed. you have blood on your hands, and you should be deeply, deeply troubled at the culture that you’ve helped to create.”
Moby’s own lyrics, like “People they come together, People they fall apart; No one can stop us now, ‘Cause we are all made of stars.” have received a certain amount of criticism in the past, too. Critic Rob Mitchum recently wrote about Moby’s Hotel: “Moby has filed away his distinguishing characteristics, and all that’s left is an artist too played out to even be one of Eminem’s punchlines.”
Regardless of what one thinks of Moby’s music, politics or opinions, it’s refreshing to see artists speaking directly to their fans, without a publicist filter, via the Internet.