Have you ever read something so potent that you had to stop
put it down, and read something else just to get a sense of what you
Thats what happened to me when I started writing a piece
on gender and hip hop.
It stated out as a post on Gender, Hip Hop and Patriarchy
and it has turned into a post on how my insistence on listening
to Mobb Deep is indicative of my willingness to put my interest
in the music above the fact that I know that it harms young people.
Its as if the post is so egregious that I am blogging about it
BEFORE I post it.
I was reminded of the post when I watched the two videos above
by AP and Busta Rhymes respectively.
When I first clicked on it, I hadn't heard of him. That was a plus.
Of course I liked the stakes is high beat. And it was black and white,
you know, low budget guerrilla style. AP started rapping I was
like word, we on some bragging collar popping type 'ish.
Then the screen panned to the cats hustling in the video.
Next, I saw that they were gonna bring the
baby into the shot. I was like WORD? The baby is gonna shoot
Like that. I was taken back to Boyz in the Hood.
I couldn't help but think about how this video is
working to NORMALIZE the crazy 'ish that happens
in the hood.
Let me ask you this.
Do we need that sh-t to be normal?
Now compare this to the Busta Rhymes piece.
Busta sounds like he is on some "it's only five years left level".
Classic 1996 "Ya yaaaa yaaa ya yaaaah" Busta.
He's having fun, changing costumes and being his
normal amped self.
This COMPLETELY contrasts with AP's video.
I was left thinking. Man. After doing this Patriarchy piece,
I don't think I will be able to see hip hop the same again.
When was the last time you were listening to Ghost,
Jay or Lil Wayne and just had to turn it off because of
how they were talking about Black people, Black women
or just crazy sh-t in general?