Hip-Hop Leaders Develop Initiatives At N.Y. Summit

Attendees of the first Hip-Hop Summit, held Tuesday and Wednesday in New York, announced a series of initiatives that they say reflect the hip-hop community's dedication to the artistic, social, and p

Attendees of the first Hip-Hop Summit, held Tuesday and Wednesday in New York, announced a series of initiatives that they say reflect the hip-hop community's dedication to the artistic, social, and political landscape, Billboard Bulletin reports.

At the Summit -- organized by hip-hop pioneer Russell Simmons -- key figures that included Motown president/CEO Kedar Massenburg, Arista executive VP Lionel Ridenour, Def Jam/Def Soul president Kevin Liles, and Recording Industry Association of America president/CEO Hilary Rosen agreed on a voluntary standard for marketing hip-hop albums that carry the "Parental Advisory" label. The warning will be displayed on all album artwork, as well as on advertisements, Web sites, samplers, and other materials.

Def Jam Records introduced the "Artists Personal and Career Development" mentoring program. Bad Boy, Violator, and University Records are developing similar programs.

Additionally, the attendees aim to work with community and political leaders to launch an action committee that will address political issues. They also plan a "Rap the Vote" voter-registration drive and other initiatives.