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March 2016

Rap isnt Going Anywhere Anytime Soon

During a recent interview Gene Simmons said that “I’m looking forward to the death of rap”.  Simmons also added, “I’m looking forward to music coming back to lyrics and melody, instead of just talking. A song, as far as I’m concerned, is by definition lyric and melody … or just melody”.  These comments are interesting to me as Rap IS the most popular form of music, it is also one of the most influential forms of entertainment. Studies have shown rap to the most influential music genre.

 

http://www.cnet.com/news/the-most-influential-pop-music-genre-science-makes-a-ruling/

http://www.cnn.com/2015/05/06/tech/pop-music-study-hip-hop-the-beatles/

Rap is my favorite musical genre, it influences me and plethora of people, young and old.  How people dress, walk, talk, dance, grieve, and express a wide range of emotion.  It isn’t just talking over a beat it’s about expressing yourself and how you feel.  Whatever you are feeling you can find it in a rap song.  A genre made from poor African-Americans in the inner cities of New York, became the most influential forms of music.  Effecting people of all color, races, nationalities and backgrounds.    People have tried to trivialize and belittle the art form, “it’s a bunch of noise”, “It’s not hard”, “It doesn’t require real skill”, “Its bullshit”, all things i have heard about the genre.  All of these arguments are based in ignorance.  Everyone is entitled to their own opinion, and I’m entitled to call that argument bullshit, excuse my French.  What really is interesting about Simmons comments is that people said the same thing about rock’ n roll.  The same arguments that have been said about rap and hip-hop culture, it has happened with rock n roll.  The crazy thing is , many people calling Rock, “The Devils Music”, so on and so forth.  Simons also stated his opinion on Rap musicians being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, “You’ve got Grandmaster Flash in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame? Run-DMC in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame? You’re killing me. That doesn’t mean those aren’t good artists. But they don’t play guitar. They sample and they talk. Not even sing.” Talib Kweli decided to comment on the situation on Twitter.

Image: @talibkweli Some KRS One lyrics for @genesimmons

Talib tweeted “Some KRS One lyrics for @GeneSimmons

 

It baffles me as many people including gene think that rap is just talking over a beat.  It takes talent to make a song that people gravitate towards and actually want to listen to.  When people say that it is so easy and that they can do it, my question is why don’t you?  Why don’t you try to make a song pleasurable to the ears of millions.  Why don’t you?  A recent conversation i had with an acquaintance of mine, he said that rap was a joke and that he could do it, my response to him why hasn’t he done it yet.  Why are you sitting in a shitty house, drinking shitty alcohol, in run down clothes, with an iPhone 4 if you have all the keys to success?  He quickly tried to backtrack and i just cut the conversation off.  To actually be a good rapper is more than just rhyming words together, you have to be relatable, you must have good production, you have to be able to stay on beat and flow over that beat.  Then you have to market and get your music mastered, it’s more than just rhyming and it infuriates me that people think it’s just that simple.  An artist actually has to have talent and be marketable and relatable.  People who discredit rappers and their achievements are either ignorant, deaf, or just hating.  Rap has grown from a borough in New York to being a culture worldwide.  From the U.S. to Japan to China to Russia, rap music has impacted the lives of many.    Rap will never die and you’re a damn fool if you think that.  Gene is an old man who is entitled to his trash opinion, he’s wrong in every way shape or form.  But he is still entitled to his opinion.  God bless, i hope everyone has a great weekend.  I’m always down for conversation with people and debate.  Conversations are free and usually, hopefully informational for both parties I encourage people to have them and come to conclusions and understandings. God Bless

NE

Donald Trump and His Thug Supporters are Dangerous for America

 

Wednesday Night , Donald Trump held a rally in Fayetville North Carolina.  A group of black protestors were being escorted out of the rally, why I don’t know .  As on of the protestors , Rakeem Jones, was leaving he was assaulted by a white man in a cowboy punches Rakeem in the face.  Instead of immediately apprehending the man who threw the punch , Rakeem is thrown to the grown .  I don’t see how or why you would even touch , or not help Rakeem just baffles me .  In two videos which I’ll post below you can see that Rakeem didn’t do anything wrong and he is not the aggressor in this situation .  Later the man who Assaulted Rakeem, John McGraw 78, of linden was charged in the assault .  What’s makes me angry is John was too pussy to fight a fair fight .  He sucker punched someone and just kept it moving .  My problem here is also that no one stepped in to intervene not even the police. Why was Rakeem tackled , why did McGraw just feel so safe and confident to punch someone like that?  Why wasn’t McGraw tackled when he was the one who started all this?  Trump has the right to hold a rally, even though I don’t know why a human being with a functional brain would want to . But you have the right to go and attend and like I always say you have the right to voice against Donald Trump.  And if you are asked to leave and you comply and leave respectably then that’s is also good .  All that goes out the window when you decide to attack someone.  When asked about the incident Mcgraw said, “Next time we see him we might have to kill him”

Another thing that infuriates me is that Donald Trump refuses to acknowledge his crazy supporters.  He has not commented on the incident.  Trump has always supported these attacks, last year in New Hampshire when a protestor was attacked Trump said “It was really amazing to watch”, in Kentucky Trump said “Get him out. Try not to hurt him. If you do I’ll defend you in court. … Are Trump rallies the most fun? We’re having a good time.”  On Thursday at the debate in Miami Jake Trapper from CNN asked Trump, “done anything to create a tone where this kind of violence would be encouraged.”, Trump responded with ” I hope not, I truly hope not. I will say this. We have 25 [thousand], 30,000 people. You’ve seen it yourself. People come with tremendous passion and love for the country, and when they see protest — in some cases — you know, you’re mentioning one case, which I haven’t seen, I heard about it, which I don’t like. But when they see what’s going on in this country, they have anger that’s unbelievable. They have anger”.  People are really standing behind this which baffles me.  How could you support a bigoted, racist, violence inciting dickhead like trump is beyond me?  Not everyone is going to agree on everything and that’s fine with me, that’s what makes us human, but attacking people and spewing hate is terrible.  Trump is doing nothing but dividing Americans and creating hostile environments for people.  Trumps rhetoric is causing people to attack and spew hate on the street too.

Scott and Steve Leader were arrested for attacking a homeless man.  The 58-year old man said he woke up, when they urinated on his face, Scott and Steve then took his blankets and went through his belongings before attacking him.  Scott and Steve are on record saying “Trumps Right, all illegals should be deported”.

Anyone who is willing to open their mouths to try and defend Trumps and his supporters, are either dear, blind, or just willingly ignorant.  In a racially charged America, we need to be breaking these barriers down and coming together for the greater good of this country.  Trump is hindering this and creating tenser race relations in America.  We are more alike than we are different and until we has a whole realize that, then we are going nowhere as a country. Trump supporters feel this negative feeling towards people of color but most of them are too scared to doing anything when they are by themselves.  But when they are in a large settings where this hatred is enforced they feel as though their unstoppable.  It also drives me crazy when people attack young women, who can’t defend themselves.  At a University of Louisville rally trump held, his supporters attacked a young black women.  Pushing and shoving her as she is escorted out.  In the video below you can see these poor excuses for men, attacking someone.  This groupthink and hatred for a women is just disgusting

Let’s just take race out, how do grown ass men feel so comfortable just pushing and shoving around a girl like that.  A little girl, a fully grown man assaulting a young woman like that, who is posing no threat to you or your existence.  I don’t see how anybody could justify this.  This is just hateful.  Would you let your daughters or mothers or sisters be treated like this?   Trump hasn’t done anything for America, but create a hate filled media circus that makes people think abuse and racially charged assaults are ok as long as it “Makes America Great Again”.  If you are really going to vote for this man it says a lot about you and your character, I have no reason to associate with anyone that feels as though a TV celebrity, with no political background or history can “Make America Great Again”. Donald Trump and his supporters are nuisance and the bane of America’s existence.

Stop comparing the KKK to the Black Panthers. Its Trash. Stop It.

During the Beyoncé Performance, Beyoncé performed her song, “Formation”. It was a very controversial performance and the music video also stirred a lot of controversy. Particularly concerning a few images in the video, one being Beyoncé laying on top of a sinking cop car. Also a black child dancing and police officers raising their hands up and a shot of a message saying, “stop shooting us”. Beyoncé’s Performers took a photo alluding to the Black Panther Party. Media outlets were outraged at the idea of this and they voiced their outrage. Tomi Lahren, a TV show host voiced her opinions concerning the performance. She talks about the performance and how it is dividing America and that Beyoncé shouldn’t be endorsing a “terrorist” group.  Along the way she also tries to trivialize the work of the Black Lives Matter Movement, you can see everything in the video below

I have several problems with these statements. But the argument that irritates me the most was that she called the Black Panther Party Terrorists. If you know what I know about the Party is that they handed out food and, provided different programs to help impoverished black communities. Black panthers also policed the police, making sure that the police didn’t harass and abuse people in their community’s. Panthers also educated people on their rights and made sure people knew what the police could and could not do to them. A popular claim is that the Black Panthers were violent and went around beating people up and causing terror. The black panthers went of the energy and what was presented to them, only using force when necessary, only defending themselves. Things I have been hearing and seeing, people compare the Black panthers to the KKK. These claims are trash. There ignorant, and just stupid on so many levels. When have the Black Panthers ever

  • Murdered white people and got away with it
  • Terrorized a marginalized group of people
  • Bombed churches
  • Tortured and Murdered White children
  • Gang raped white women
  • Murdered people praying in a church

I could go on but I don’t have the time. There is no comparison, the two groups have nothing in common. The black panthers were a group that was against racism and wanted uplift, educate, and unite African-Americans. The KKK terrorized African Americans. The KKK is a hate group that would lynch and hang people out of hate. Because they wanted to and for no good reason besides ignorance and hate for another human beings. Black Panthers wanted to help and protect African Americans, I don’t know how anyone could even compare the too. Everyone time I’ve heard the comparison it has been someone trying to bring black people down and push the narrative that black people were terrorist and evil . It is nothing but a diversion tactic that is harmful and hateful. A lot of these narratives can be dissolved by simple things, like reading a book, using the Internet, having conversations. Just having a conversation with people can end so many misconceptions and disparities. Race relations can’t be moved forward until we have these conversations and come to an understandings. Get out and make new friends outside of your community and listen and converse with these people. It starts and ends with us. I’m always down for conversations with people, and meeting new people.  Everyone is ignorant no one knows everything, there is always something you can learn.  Listening to people and seeing things from different perspectives can broaden your view and help you understand where people are coming from.  As i said earlier we are all americans and we have a long way to go, but it is not an impossible task.  God bless and be safe

Struggle Rapper Disses Pro Era

 

Yesterday, Troy Ave dissed Joey BadA$$.  The Two New York Emcee’s have been taking shots at each other for a couple of months now.  Troy as claimed to be the King of New York, and has been working to “restore the feeling”, when Joey’s album dropped it did decent numbers. 60k first week for an independent rapper is great. It also his debut “B4DA$$”, it was actually a great debut.  Troy voiced his opinion saying that he is a true independent artist and Joey is “Fake Independent”, whatever that means.  Joey took shots at him on his song “Ready”On the song Joey Raps

 

“With the 80/20 split my nigga do the math

My nigga Kirk just outsold Troy Ave”

 

Troy Ave has Jay-z level confidence with Kreayshawn record sales.  Troy Aves Record Sales have always been notoriously low.  When his album Major without a Deal released in June of last year, The internet had a field day criticizing Troy For his low album sales.

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Two Days ago Troy dissed Joey recently on his Song “Badass”. On the song Troy Ass Raps

“Don’t get suicidal like ya friend, here’s a casket
Steez burning in Hell, my burner’s in my belt”

These comments are so disrepecful considering Joeys friend, and fellow Pro Era member committed suicide in 2012.  Troy has always been a misinformed clown but disrepecting the dead is disrepecful and distastful.  Troy recently called up Sway in the Morning and defended his actions saying He didn’t pass away. He killed himself. There’s a difference. God gave you life, it ain’t your right to take that. That’s a fact. I got niggas in jail who got life sentences, they might as well be dead. They could’ve traded their life for his…your friends speak to your character.”  He also makes it his business to call Steez a “Clown” and a “Bozo”.  It would seem logical to stay in your lane and make music that appeals to your dismall fanbase.  It would also seem smart not to go at someone who is a much better skilled rapper, but not everyone has common sense.  Troy has always had strong opinons on other rappers, quick to voice his opinon, calling Chance the Rapper a “weirdo” even calling Nas “a weirdo” and “a sucka”.  I dont understand why Troy has the audacity to go at anyone.  I have always felt that troy was decent at best.  But going at joey who has buzz that he wish he could have or Nas who is a legend, will get you nowhere.  Troy is going Nowhere fast and he better find a better, more tasteful way to build buzz and “revive” his trash career.  I’ll pray someone around Troy talks some sense into him and help him make better moves and not make a fool out of himself.  Im not even a big fan of Joey or Nas, but someone as trash as Troy should never speak foul of those two.  But when you have good sense you cant make common sense out of someone with no sense.

NE

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