The Demonization of Chief Keef and Lil JoJo
I've always said the generation before mine does a lot of complaining about hip-hop, but they are the ones working in the offices signing all the acts they complain about. A sixteen-year-old kid doesn't work for a record label and isn't giving million dollar checks to aspiring rappers.
I love MC Nameless. You hate him but someone in your age bracket signed him. If you're mad, be mad at yourself and all your friends. The people doing all of the complaining are the same ones milking the cow. My older cousins and uncles were always the ones that passed music down to me. I learned most of what I know about classic hip-hop from people older than me. I didn't set the tone, I simply listened, observed and formulated an opinion afterwards.
Gangbanging has been a problem long before I was a full-time rapper. I'm not a gangster rapper but I was raised in the ghetto, so I understand the art form. I make reality rap records about my experiences in this lifetime. I remember I was booked to perform at a college scholarship function last year. I came out to a packed crowd and performed my most popular record at the time, "Out The Kitchen." If you know the record, then you know the subject matter of the song is basically crack cocaine, black males going to jail, black males dying, with subliminal undertones of fighting the power beneath it all .I think the record is an honest look into the life I saw growing up, losing family members to senseless acts of violence and street crime. When Tech Supreme and I made this song, we never intended on it becoming a single of such magnitude.
Long story short: I performed the song and people were complaining about me doing what they perceived to be a song about selling drugs at a college scholarship event. I had a problem with this, because every record the DJ played that evening besides my own was pretty much saying the same exact thing but with less concern for the community the message reaches. The crowd would dance and roar with excitement every time one of their favorite songs of this nature came on, yet apparently I was deemed an irresponsible villain since I didn't perform "We Are the World". I have a problem with hypocrisy of this nature and it makes my blood boil. Moments like this, I want to yell, "Shut up! Everyone is stupid and no one gets it."
Young Buck had a great line on his first album, which I believe is a classic. The line states something like, "People were killing each other before Buck got here, and they'll be killing each long after Buck leaves".
If you didn't throw gangster rap under the bus when Menace 2 Society was released then don't do it now. Chances are, when you were a teenager you rushed to the movies and paid your money to see this film. I on other the hand have never even seen it in its entirety. I was too young to watch it according to my mother, and we didn't have cable.
My point is don't blame the youngsters for what we're pumping into the culture when you did the same exact thing, possibly on a heightened and more destructive level since you gave birth to the genre. The seventeen-year-olds of today were introduced to this music and told, "These are the rules of engagement."
I'm not seventeen years old, but I acknowledge that they have been gifted a version of hip-hop that has been stripped down of most moral implication. When I was introduced to the culture it still had small seeds or moral implication in its fiber. You can't teach the kids to gangbang through the music and then call foul when they all decide to gangbang. The music isn't the blame but the music also didn't abolish gangbanging.