One morning I wake up, and find out there was a shooting that left 16 people injured outside of a hip-hop club where a rapper was set to perform. The next morning I wake up, and find out 11 shots were fired at one of my favorite rappers. What is going on? But most surprisingly, why am I not surprised? What are we supposed to expect from a genre where simply knowing Noriega, I mean the real, real Noriega is looked at as “cool”? So what, you were 3 cells away from him? I don’t care. Don’t get me wrong though, I like gangsta rap. There’s actually some gangsta rap playing in the other tab. It’s just that you guys shouldn’t take every word as fact. Hip-hop might not be a direct cause of violence, but it certainly doesn’t help. A lot of the language obviously glorifies it, and the culture seems to ignore holding gangsta rappers accountable.
But don’t get carried away and blame every single violent thing that happens in this world on hip-hop. Like Kony needs to stop blasting that new Rich Forever yo. That would be absurd. But hip-hop does glorify violence. It’s obvious. There’s a difference between rapping about what you see in your neighborhood, and straight out bragging about your deeds. Let’s look at J. Cole’s “..carry 4-5’s like change for a 20” line. Cole is stating that everybody in his city carries guns. That brings us into his hood, and points out one of society’s problems. Rapping about knowing Noriega doesn’t open anybodies eyes. Yes, you know Noriega, so? Oh you think you’re Big Meech? Congrats, here’s a jumpsuit, and a cage. Live there for 30 years, and possibly your whole life. Know the difference between the two types of raps. One tells a story, and the other blatantly glorifies violence, and makes crime look easy. Whoever said illegal was the easy way out couldn’t understand the mechanics, and the workings of the underworld. We need less of the latter type of raps. One has a purpose, the other doesn’t.
Dudes keep glorifying violence because nobody cares about what they say or do anymore. Back in the day, N.W.A. was held accountable for what they said. If you said something that didn’t really have a purpose, then you would get criticized until your brain exploded. Nowadays, someone like Ice-T comes out and voices their opinion, and they get bashed. By the way, don’t piss Ice-T off. I don’t want him to talk about Souljer Boy eating a hot bowl of baby d*cks. Please. The culture doesn’t care though. We’re all worried about Nicki Minaj screaming, and rappers going pop. Hold rappers accountable for what they say.
Let me tone it down a bit. I’m just asking for fairness. Trap rap is going wild just like pop-rap is going wild. Why are we letting some of these rappers get away with spitting lies, and glorifying violence? Back then, stuff were in check. Now it’s all wild, and it’s getting to peoples trigger finger. Not that rap is to blame for violence, but it definitely plays a part sometimes. We can’t deny that the language makes violence look cool, and nobody does anything about it. Shit is wicked on these mean streets.
Let me know what you think?