In the wake of the tragic deaths and Grand Jury verdicts of Eric Garner, Mike Brown and black men dying at the hands of police officers, I think to myself..What Would Pac Do? And I just keep hearing him sing “I Woke Up Screamin Fuck The World” Is it just me or is it amazing how silent the Hip Hop community is… If you are an old school Hip Hop head like me you remember cat’s like Public Enemy “Fighting the Power” & heading to Arizona to go up against the state’s former governor Evan Mecham, who refused to recognize Martin Luther King’s birthday as a national holiday.
Bay Area rapper Mistah F.A.B. was one of the first to jump on wax with his Trayvon Martin tribute called “God Don’t Love Me” We all know how that played out when George Zimmerman was found not guilty on all counts.
Don’t get me wrong, there have been a few other more notable rappers like Yasiin Bey (formerly Mos Def), Dead Prez Jasiri X that all have joined in solidarity to express their concerns of not just Trayvon Martin, Mike Brown and Eric Garner but black men in general not getting the equal justice in this broken system. J.Cole dropped a track that was touching and you could hear the pain in his voice dedicating “Be Free” to Mike Brown. Cole has also been on the ground in New York protesting for Eric Garner #IcantBreath
HUNDREDS OF RAPPERS WILL JOIN IN ON A BOBBY SHMURDA “HOT NIGGA REMIX” BUT WON’T JOIN IN ON A ERIC GARNER TRIBUTE FOR SHIT”
My questions is what happened to US using Hip Hop for what is was originally created for? When did Hip Hop get Dumbed Downed from standing up for our culture and what we believe in? (It’s obvious..I’m just trying hard to act like I don’t know) But lets continue.
I learned EVERYTHING about the streets from HIP HOP! Yes HIP HOP made me who I am today. I learned the good and bad but the difference between today’s rappers in Hip Hop is that I learned. I’m learning nothing from rappers today with the exception that they are all VOICELESS when it comes to major political issues.
I honestly don’t expect much from the younger generation of rappers Like Young Thug, Migos or even Young Money’s first lady Nicki Minaj. We all know the backlash Nicki got for the supposed unofficially leaked artwork which features an iconic photo of a gun-wielding Malcolm X for her single “Lookin Ass Nigga. Nicki did say it was a mistake but she should’ve known better.
These new rappers have no clue about the past and what part Hip Hop had when it came to political movements that needed to challenge the system. I don’t blame any of these new dudes. It’s the record labels that made it extremely hard for rappers to stand up for something. Even some of the Hardest rappers seem to have lost their voice do to their Hollywood fame.
Rapper and Ferguson Activist Leader Tef Poe, Talib Kweli and Killer Mike have been vocal. Talib had his run in Live on air with CNN’s (puppet) Don Lemon as well as rapper Killer Mike goin ham on the mainstream media news outlets. See our Killer Mike’s post here.
Tef Poe has been by far the most vocal and consistent than just making a track. Tef has been on the frontlines. Tef traveled with the parents of Michael Brown to address the UN Committee Against Torture in Geneva, reporting on police brutality, and leading marches for solidarity.
BUT WHAT ABOUT THESE OLD SCHOOL CAT’S? Why are these dudes so comfortable with their Hollywood movies ands Reality Tv shows?
Before Ice-T played the fictitious Cop character “Odafin ‘Fin’ Tutuola” on Law & Order (Special Crimes Unit) he played another fictitious Cop character called “Scotty Appleton” in the 1991 Mario Van Peebles movie New Jack City. Most of you reading may only know Ice-T by the reality tv show “Ice Loves Coco”. Ice-T has had a healthy career in movies and tv shows as a cop. But this isn’t about that Ice-T. It’s about the The legendary gangsta hip-hop emcee originally from Newark, New Jersey.
Ice moved to South Central, California, to live with his aunt after the death of his father Ice-T became immersed in the street life of the inner-city and eventually became a member of the West Side Rollin 30s Original Harlem Crips. Named after legendary Pimp Iceberg Slim, Ice-T dedicated his life to music and left the gang life behind him.
Ironically before Ice-T became a fictional police officer, Ice-T played a huge role in the creation of the gangsta rap and was a major figure of the West Coast hip-hop scene. Before the Lavish penthouse and money Ice was one of those rappers you could count on that had a Political conscious and stood for indictments of racism. Ice-T like so many other rappers had a voice.
Another Ice… (Ice Cube) was also very vocal about inner city crimes and police brutality by way of the controversial and legendary hip hop group N.W.A. Like Ice-T, Cube was notorious for sparking debates through his music and using hip hop to riot on wax. “Fuck The Police” from legendary rap group N.W.A. is without a doubt a hood classic that strongly expressed social economics and injustices of white cops targeting black and brown minorities.
“Fuck tha police comin straight from the underground/A young nigga got it bad cause I’m brown”
After N.W.A.Cube as well moved from riots on wax to the big screen to also play fictional cop characters in few films like 22 Jump Street, Ride ALong with comedian Kevin Hart as well as a playing Nick Persons in the horrible yet kid friendly films “Are We There Yet” 1 & 2. Both Ice-T & Ice Cube where the voices for the hood. They rapped about what was happening at the time. Ice-T had a Political conscious mentality and stood for indictments of racism. His song “Cop Killer”, which was recorded with his heavy metal group, Body Count, was the subject of a national debate on the glorification of violence in the media.
Ice-T & Ice Cube are the 2 most notable and famous rappers that could get together and pull off a “We Are The World” type concert to show that Hip Hop is in full support against police brutality. But they know like we know they would be banned from Hollywood.
Just to set the record…This wasn’t an attack on Ice Cube, either. It’s more about how Hip Hop Is Extremely Silent Right Now and somebody needs to do something on a mass scale. Not just one song here and there but something that gets flooded on the radio. Something that can’t be denied. IF CLEAR CHANNEL CAN MANDATE THAT EVERY ONE OF THEIR 840 CHANNELS PLAY IGGY AZALEA’S FANCY AT A MINIMUM OF 150 TIMES. Then I think it’s time HIP HOP demands the same in the form of a music protest. (Peep That Article Here) Honestly I can go on and on but the fact remains HIP HOP hasn’t done SHIT together since the 80’s to show the world that we can infact come together.
I can’t wait for the day that Dr Dre, 50, Diddy, Jay-Z and whoever else put a benefit concert together similar to Usa For Africa’s “We Are The World” Or How about Stop the Violence Movement “Self Destruction” for me that was the movement. When I heard BDP, Stetsasonic, Kool Moe Dee, MC Lyte, Doug Fresh, Just-Ice, Heavy D, Chuck D, Flavour Flav all on one track to shine the light on Black On Black violence was to me the dopest thing ever.
When I heard The West Coast Rap All-Stars – We’re All In The Same Gang King Tee, Body & Soul, Def Jef ,Michel’le, Tone-Loc, Above The Law, Ice-T, Dr. Dre & MC Ren, Young MC, JJFad, Oaktowns 3.4.7, Digital Underground, MC Hammer & Eazy-E come together to speak about gang violence taking over the LA streets it was amazing!!!
That’s what we need right now. We NEED Hip Hop to come together and “Riot On Wax” and not in these streets. Martin Luther King Said “A riot is the language of the unheard”. What better way to get the message out without destroying more of our community in the wake?
PS: SwurvRadio.com Nor myself is advocating any type of police retaliation or riots. My personal choice to add Ice-T’s Cop Killer” is solely only to enhance my point that Hip Hop silent. Besides it’s one of my favorite Ice-T tracks and I own this shit so I can pretty much do what I want. Can’t say that for other websites and blogs owned by corporations limiting them on what they can and can’t do…Similar to Rappers with record deals and Hollywood contracts.