Is it me getting older that has lead to the obvious fact that if you’re not talking about selling drugs or killing somebody, your rap career may be a sweet fantasy? Many of us have listened to a dope beat in the club or on the local station in the car and thought “That’s a hot joint!” But, then when you really simmer your tail down to hear the lyrics, you find yourself juking to a murder confession. Now, you clearly understand you’re a music victim of some rapper from the show “48 Hours.” Why? There’s gotta be something else of substance to talk about besides this type of lifestyle, especially from our young people.
Biggie Smalls, A Genuine Story-Teller of Street Life
Not everyone can relate to the street life of grimy cocaine dealers. Rapper Biggie Smalls was a lyricist of versatility, style. He had some of the illest’ bars regarding street life at times and it wasn’t a party situation. It was a true recollection of what he had experienced and how it affected his life, and even motivated him to come out of the life. There was also the Biggie you loved because you felt shivers down your spine when he shouted “We used to fuss when the landlord dissed us, no heat, wonder why Christmas missed us.” You knew where he was coming from because you may have gone through a holiday where times were not the most festive for your family. I’ve gone over this many times in my head whereas our most popular rhyme artists definitely spit topics about that street life, but they make it feel cool simultaneously.
The Younger Generation Motivated By Their Own Killer Instincts
One of the youngest buzz-makers on his way to a possible contract with Young Money fell in my email inbox the other day. Chief Keef has a beat that undeniably goes hard, but with the most ignorant words that only a young dude in high school may appreciate. The track, remixed by Kanye West, creates a surge in wondering why Kanye would select this song to remix along with Big Sean, Jadakiss, and Pusha T. Kanye West is and will forever be above this type of music. Ironically, the producer of the YouTube sensation “I Don’t Like,” has not taken Kanye’s version as a compliment at all. To get someone of Kanye’s wordplay genius on anything you do is always a compliment, but not to these guys. They felt he jacked up the original beat skillfully made for Chief Keef. The little dude is like 16-years old with a video in which it’s like a hundred other little guys smoking blunts and looking like fools. I thought, “Has his parents seen this video of coonery?” Do they care? He’s doing gang hand-shakes in the video, he’s cursing pretty good of course, and the worst part is he’s garnered over 2 million YouTube views in less than 3 months. Wow! Being from Chicago, as is this young man, was embarrassing. Is this guy supposed to represent Chicago’s talented base of artists? Is that all it takes to get industry and online buzz? A few dreadlocks and a bunch of drugs in your system? He’s much too young to represent this genre of music that has been poison since day one anyways. Why are we not reaching out to him to do something more productive with his life or rap aspirations? It’s the coonery of dancing to it. It’s the irresponsibility when your kids listen to it and you don’t have a clue on earth that the lyrics are instructions to “off” somebody if they look at them wrong. It’s scary because the generation is getting younger and younger for those who do not comprehend their destiny of destruction. It’s no secret that Chicago is the murder spot of the world right now, so why add to the reputation with outlandish behavior? Those aren’t all the streets of the Chi.’ You live and learn, but the decisions being made are not by those who have experienced enough life to have learned anything. In an unfortunate twist, the youth are not the decision-makers behind them making tons of money off of their ignorant rap persona either, the evil adults are.