So I’m watching 106 & Park yesterday (yes, I like to keep up with what’s going on in pop culture), and Bryan “Baby” Williams aka Birdman is a guest on the show. When they brought him out, the first thing I noticed was the red flag hanging out of his back-right jeans pocket. No harm. No foul.
And then the coonery fukkery ensued.
After every segment where Terrance & Rocsi interviewed Birdman, I suppose he just felt the need to say, “Suuuu woooooo.” I say felt the need because he said it after EVERY SEGMENT!
*For the sheltered suburbanites For those who don’t know, Suu Wooo is a call sign or greeting that members of the Bloods use.
Now, we know Jay-Z is up there in age. He’s 39 going on 40 this year. Birdman is already 40.
There is a 40 year old man… tatted & flagged up… yelling, “Suuuu Wooooo,” in front of an audience of teenagers. After the last segment of the interview where Birdman (I refuse to call him Baby lol) yelled, “Suuuuu Wooooo,” Rocsi started to say something about it while Terrance just put is head down and shook it. Sad indeed.
Not only was this ignorant, irresponsible, and down right coonish… it misled a lot of impressionable kids who may have been watching that show. It made gangs appear to be cool. I’m sure many “affiliates” or people out there false-flaggin don’t even know the history behind what they’re reppin’.
Some of the most popular gangs were born out of the Black Panther movement. They were resurrected to protect communities. The problem is that these communities soon became drug infested. And where drugs are, there’s money to be made. And these gangs soon were organized and centralized to get money and control their flow of money in the drug trade. That’s it. It’s about money. You think Pookie got shot randomly for wearing the wrong color, in the wrong place, at the wrong time? Maybe… But 9 times out of 10, Pookie got shot because his gang was interfering with another gang’s money. My set controls this block. You’re interfering with my money… simple as that.
Think “The Wire,” but set in Compton instead of B-More… Barksdale’s crew is the Crips and Proposition Joe’s crew is the Bloods.
Which brings us back to what it’s all about: the money. Birdman is a businessman. When Cash Money first came on the scene, Birdman & Lil Wayne weren’t reppin’ and flaggin’ like they are now. I would argue that it would make more sense to do it then rather than now. Gang culture’s popularity was at an all-time high in the 90’s. But it’s sad to see a 40 year old man reppin’ like an ignorant 17 year old. It’s the money. I think as long as it’s profitable to drop it in a song that sells… then Birdman is all about it. Just like money was behind gang violence, money is behind this nonsense.
And Nas said it best: “What’s sad is I love you cause you’re my brother… you traded your soul for riches.”