Monday, October 01, 2007

Malcom, Biggie and Chauncy Bailey: The Public Murdering of Black Men


Yesterday I was reading an article about Kahlil Islam,
the man who was sent to jail
for killing Malcolm.

HE STILL maintains his innocence.

I started thinking about what happens to a people when so many
of their leaders are PUBLICLY MURDERED and the person
committing the action is never caught.

Biggie. Pac. Malcom. Martin.

Who killed them?

What impact does it have on our community to have
so many important folks MURDERED publicly?

Back to Kahlil Islam. He said some interesting things.

He spoke about how he DID not murder Malcolm, but he certainly
could have done it:

Still, there was something unsettling about being in this place, with this man. Khalil said he didn’t do it, and after spending a good deal of time with him, I had every reason to believe him. But one of the more interesting things about a very interesting man was the idea that if the circumstances had been different, he could have done it, maybe even would have done it.

“If we caught someone smoking a cigarette in the mosque, we’d throw them down the stairs headfirst,” Khalil said, with a straightforward steeliness. “You didn’t break the rules. Malcolm knew that. So what did he expect, saying those things about Elijah Muhammad? That was one of the first tenets of the religion: You don’t criticize the leader, for sure you don’t do it to white people. The truth is, I thought the man was worthy of death.

He got into the gristle of how thorough the FOI was.
One thing Khalil knows for sure is, back in 1965, if you needed someone to pin the Malcolm X murder rap on, Thomas 15X Johnson sure fit the bill. “I was a reactor,” Khalil says. “We all were in the Fruit of Islam, which was nothing but a paramilitary unit. If someone pulled off a Muslim’s bow tie, or ripped up the Muhammad Speaks newspaper, we reacted. Tell us to go kick a guy’s spleen out, we were on him with all four feet. We were martial artists, but we weren’t training to become black belts: We were training to kill black belts. You didn’t want to see us coming.
Is it just me, or does Khalil have an amazing historical voice?
The man needs a publisher and an agent.

The author really spoke to me when he brought along Islams
influence on Hip Hop is well. It told me that he knew his sh*t.
This interstellar revenge scenario has had remarkable reverb in black popular culture. You can trace the NOI–“brothers in space” trope from the Arkestra of jazzman Sun Ra—who, born Herman Poole Blount, liked to say (in addition to that he’d been born on Saturn) that he was a relative of Elijah Poole/Muhammad—onward to the Mothership Connection of George Clinton’s P-Funk. The line continues to Clinton’s acolytes in the hip-hop world, notably the adage-rich Wu-Tang Clan, whose florid self-conception includes fancying themselves “5 percenters,” a Fardian concept postulating that if 85 percent of people are dupes and 10 percent the deceitful ruling class that controls them, that left 5 percent as righteous individuals who really knew what was up.

Your boy Saigon is coming some gorilla Alpha sh*t.

Word up.

"My album is gonna be better than Illmatic."

Can't say the young buck ain't reaching for the stars.
"The reason I said Illmatic... out of every great album, that's the only one people really cared about. For that time period, a person will never ever do what Nas did, for that time period. He evolutionized hip-hop. I can listen to Illmatic today and still catch new stuff out of it. But to me, my album is gonna do what his album did at that time period, [right] NOW. It's gonna make people care about the music more so than all the other bullsh*t going around."
From what I have seen him spit, he aiiiight.

But "I woke up early on my born day" type delish. Ummm "no se senor."


Speaking of Saigon, there is an article in the Village Voice about the
Hip Hop police and the fight that broke out between him and Hav.

But Leemon—who, as one of the industry's go-to lawyers, has had multiple dealings with the squad—is unequivocal. "They absolutely exist," he says. "They are part of a federal task force. They are officially part of the Gang Intelligence Unit, and I've dealt with them on many occasions."

How effective the Hip-Hop Cops are is another matter. They wound up picking the wrong night to be at S.O.B.'s. The night following that September 18 concert, the venue hosted an event that turned out to be action-packed. In an event sponsored by Hot 97, Havoc, of the G-Unit-affiliated group Mobb Deep, hosted a release party for his solo debut. But the show ended before the headliners took the stage. During a guest appearance by Saigon, an ex-con signed to Atlantic, a fight broke out between him and Mobb Deep. Though Saigon was heavily outnumbered, he managed to hit Havoc's partner Prodigy with two solid blows to the head, before hiding behind a bodyguard and making a hasty retreat out onto Hudson Street.

The fight scenes, widely distributed on YouTube, are notable for their absolute mayhem, which irks the manager of the anonymous rapper who was hassled the previous evening (and who also performed at the Hot 97 event). "There wasn't any plainclothes cops that stepped in when that fight happened," says the manager, who vows to return to the venue yet again with his artist, despite the previous night's hassle. "It wasn't like it was some hood-ass club where they weren't searching people and making them go through metal detectors," he says. "It was S.O.B.'s. It usually doesn't get too out of control."
Hood assed club! Lol.

Really, what is the point of writing about the "Hip Hop" police.

How is it relevant?

As I wrote that sentence I immediately thought of the our tendency
of NOT talking to the police.

Does the existence of the HH police reinforce our paranoia and
skepticism of law enforcement, making us less likely to
"answer questions" in the future.

The fact the NYPD says that they don't exist.

The fact that they ARE at events such as the one mentioned in
the excerpt above.

If they the HH police are not at events to intervene, what are
they there for?


Publicity stunin'? Or do fools really have a beef?

Man Hav had HELLA GOON's on stage!

What will it take to have the murders of these Black men



Aunt Jackie said...

this history of these "unsolved" murders lies within the text of a little piece called Cointelpro, the Counter Intelligence Program that has a face lift and is now called the Patriot Act but for years just walked around with no name but see a nigga killa a nigga.

I swear as soon as I finish the book I'm toiling over I am going to write something about what it meant to discuss this sh*t over dinner growing up the way folks talked about the evening news!

rafi said...

Thanks for the head's up on the Khalil article. I just finished it - great read all the way through.

Moniker said...

The government has no reason to solve the murders of those men. How does it benefit them?

The death of individuals who have so much influence isn't a surprise to me.
I think the government has a hand in some of those deaths and in the one's they don't, they have no incentive to solve.

neo said...

What moniker said..

Saigiddo has always had beef with Prodigy, I can't recall right now immediately how it all began but the tension ain't anything new..

Prodigy as I've heard has a knack for formenting trouble wherever he goes..its really sad to see grown men fighting like kids in a school yard, but that's hip hop right?

J!!! said...

Both saigon and prodigy aint worth the notoriety anymore. nobody wants to here what they have to say, much less if theyre fighting. niggaz need to worry about their careers. Saigon is just how to rob 50 cent. i doubt he'll ever smarten up and become in da club 50 cent.

Illaim said...

"Give a trigga to a nigga and watch him pull it...Negro assassin" Ice Cube

High profile murders on a national stage have the same effect, as murders of notoriety on a local stage; they scare the shit out of the masses, and affect or curb future actions. Generally speaking, it is a well know tenet of thought that if you truly are out to make a dramatic change in the ways of the world for the benefit of humanity, somebody (instructed by others?) is going to kill you. High profile murders have the same effect as cutting open the stomach of the pregnant slave..

Saigon is nice. if you take all his mixtpaptes and melt them would have one hell of an album... As far as him making anothe illmatic...ehh I don’t think so...but a huge element restricting the possibility of his album reaching an Illmatic apex is the present nature of the music industry and the affinities of the average rap fan. Tho I have yet to hear the ubiquitous forced "club" song from Sai..I have no doubt that there have been pressures from Atlantic to for him acclimate to the time.. Overall I think he will make an Illmatic "like" debut tho.....A great album that goes over the head of the masses is appreciated by true hip hop heads that doesn’t sell like it should and will propel a respected, successful career..

There part of a federal task force... wow That’s never good......
Gang intelligence

So this just solidifies it for me any group of niggaz congregating together is a gang...word to the Jena D.A I wonder what we would find out about some of our favorite county music stars if they had they own sqaudrend of (insert your reginal term here) folowing them)

If they the HH police are not at events to intervene, what are
they there for?
Destroy lives... and maybe gain influence thru the music... I don’t know co intel and proxy wars have altered my minds..

Publicity stunin'? Or do fools really have a beef?

Yeah..they really do have beef...but beef is good publicity...Havoc got some shine..and Saigon got an impetus to put his album out so (shrugs shoulders)

Man Hav had HELLA GOON's on stage!
The infomous back in the house once again!! lol

What will it take to have the murders of these Black men
It would take a complete radical restructuring of the system. So how people who actually value all human life would haft to occupy...the positions of power that delineate such murders get the resources and dedication necessary to bring these murderers to justice.

LoveMyselfFirst said...

excellent post. the majority does not take interest in solving the murders of those they do not respect or recognize as equal citizens and beings deserving of justice.

people always say that our generation is complacent and too comfortable to continue in the footsteps of the civil rights era.. but i think many see what happened and are not trying to be a martyr

M.Dot. said...

Hi Yall.

These comments are hella dope.

Im 'bout to post up on where in the sam-hell I have been.

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