My partner in business, Southern Charm, wrote a post a couple of weeks back about Birdman and Lil’ Wayne and their affiliation with the Suu Woo nation.
In a nut shell he was saying that Birdman may be a gangsta, but at the end of the day it’s all about money.
Which brings me to my picture of the line up. It’s safe to say that it represents a fair sampling of the most popular rappers out there. And it’s also safe to say that these guys generally have very violent lyrics and talk about a life that is probably not true.
Rick Ross: Former Correctional Officer and College Graduate
Lil Wayne: Was in College. Now instead of Penn State he’s headed to the State Pen. And rumor has it that he never started cussing until he was 18.
Plies: Have you heard the interview. OMG! This negro has better grammar that Cornell West…lol
T.I.: Owns a construction company with his uncle.
Young Jeezy: This cat may actually be gangsta. I’ve never heard anything to the contrary.
But 1 out of 5 is not a good %.
So why do they act that way? Well duh!!! It’s for the money. I get that. But my question becomes does life imitate art or does art imitate life? And I really think it’s a cyclical thing.
I’m a grown man. And in the past I have watched BET and have become desensitized to reality. So for an impressionable youth, it is possible for them to watch a video, listen to a song, and believe that the song is actually real life.
So this is how I see rise of the Hip Hop Gangsta: Groups like NWA come out. They make money. People listen to them and get desensitized to violence. Now the record company sees it makes money and they have 100 new acts working the formula. More people become desensitized. Then people like Lil Wayne come along that don’t even rap like that. But they want to work the formula. So now Lil Wayne and the whole lot are gangsta. Then I think what happens is these people begin to believe the bull they are peddling. Birth to a Hip Hop gangsta. Next thing you know he is being busted for having drugs and weapons. Which I’m almost convinced is a ploy by they higher ups to continue to paint the image.
N!gga you not gangsta!
So the questions I pose to you… Should these guys be censored? Should they be allowed to rap and keep spreading the nonsense? Is it the parents fault when kids act out the songs and videos? Is it cool to be gansta?