“It’s Bigger Than Hip Hop…”
“Mcs get a little bit of love and think they hot
Talkin bout how much money they got, all yall records sound the same
I sick of that fake thug, r & b, rap scenario all day on the radio
Same scenes in the video, monotonous material, yall dont here me though
These record labels slang our tapes like dope
You can be next in line, and signed, and still be writing rhymes and broke
You would rather have a lexus, some justice, a dream or some substance?
A beamer, a necklace or freedom?
Still a nigga like me dont playa hate, I just stay awake
This real hip hop, and it dont stop until we get the po-po off the block”Dead Prez
Not that I’m an expert but…
This isn’t an art issue; its a commerce issue. It is commerce that drives this dubious “art”, not vice versa.
If one of these guys took their ‘lyrical doushes’ into Joe Blow’s poetry reading, they’d be laughed off the stage.
Ironically, it is the rappers who are the ho’s, the prostitutes. They are the product being pimped – inspite of their “I’m the Pimp-posture.”
What needs to be understood is that the media is in the firm grasp of the ruling class/aka/rich ass white folks. Their interest is tw0-fold: one, make mad money; two, keep the majority of people on brainlock, , manipulable, triggered, like Pavlov’s dog, by suggestion not so subtley hidden in print, film, television and music.
Goldie in “The Mack” reflected exactly the attitude of the people who pull the strings: “I’ve got these bitches minds controlled!”
Yeah, rappers are responsible for what they say – but someone conditioned them from birth to respond and react like marionettes. We need to bear this in mind ANYTIME we begin to create solutions to our problems. The ability of racism/white supremacy (like capitalism) to morph into different, benign-looking forms is not well understood – AT ALL. And this is its greatest feature.
If you don’t understand a bodily affliction entirely, its probably a mistake to start removing organs. No, we have to open the body cavity and peer in courageously and see what the disease is, how it truly manifests and then prescribe the right treatment.
Most of these dudes give poetry a bad name and that’s again, because, it is money and not art, that drives the majority of these brothers. Remove the beat and what do you have?!