I strive not force feed my personal views on the visitors of the site. However, there’s comes a time there is no choice but to do right by my own judgement.
While I have been a supporter of several Chicago hip hop acts including Common, Lupe Fiasco, Twista, and Kanye West, I am in total disagreement with what I feel is the promotion of Chi-Town’s gang culture.
Much like the way Crips and Bloods extended their self destructive color themed war beyond the borders of Los Angeles, I fear the reckless and blatant disregard for human life notoriously rooted in the windy city will now be endorsed and pushed on to the masses by media outlets – many of them black owned and/or operated.
In the last 24 hours, I have read posts from several African American taste makers condemning Lil Reese’s violent attack on a young black woman.
However, I question whether they will refuse to promote his album when the Def Jam promotion department sends that email. Will they pass on interviewing the unapologetic rapper? I am doubtful.
Truth is today’s youth love that ignorant shit and we, more than any other group, don’t mind peddling it as long as there is a buck to be made.
Where as any reasonable person will find such behavior shameful, if you go twitter you will find that a staggering amount of young men and women who actually co-sign it.
“who gives two fucks about that bitch she aint my mom sister or any one in my blood line. why do yawl care so much. that same bitch probably would snitch on you to save herself , see you dieing and move away from you in scorn. fuck a bitch they are not special they have the same rights , probably have more chances of getting employed than a man, so why should we baby yawl if you want beef what should i do walk away. i wouldnt beat you like reese but ill smack the shit outa you to put you back in place…especially a black bitch… ”
And, as long as it generates traffic which equates to ad sales, most media managers don’t care.
I could be wrong, but at times, it truly seems that we, of African descent, are the only ethnic group that welcomes the advancement of a culture of ignorance, knowing it holds the seeds to our own destruction
I love money as much as the next guy, but I just can’t do this and if you truly don’t condone what Lil Reese did, then you should: pass on interviews, refuse to play his song and videos, and use your words to condemn it.
Most of us condemn mainstream media for the negative way African Americans are portrayed, but turn right around and do it in far worse ways to ourselves. Shout out to World Star Hip Hop.
Aren’t you tired of our kids dying or being imprisoned for attempting to live out the fantastic inconsequential destructive behavior found in music and videos?
We are either going to be people worthy of great respect our forefathers hoped for or the savages that were once, and by some still, considered one-fourth human. We can start by demonstrating to our youth that they won’t be rewarded for bad behavior.
The mentality Lil Reese and others advocate with depraved indifference is bad for all communities. Let’s make it bad for business.