This is not a racist blog – it is instead an attempt to identify some of the tragic and unnecessary reasons America’s youth as well as some of those of us who are older, are being dragged down a morally dark alley.
Actually, the draft of this blog entry has been lying dormant for some time – but only snapped back to life this week after reading what happened at the BET(Black Entertainment Television) Awards last Sunday where entire segments of public performances had to be “bleeped” out due to extremely vulgar language. Not just a word here or there, but entire segments of songs and dialogues.
Here we supposedly have some of the most “distinguished” black artists in America, using gutter language in a public display of what the black community considers applaudable “art”, and specifically targeting African-American youngsters.
There was Beyonce(who posed in international newsprint with her newborn a few months ago) and who it is reported dances like a prostitute soliciting johns…but instead on a public stage.
And there’s the hip-hop female “artist” Nicki Minaj who can’t seem to finish a sentence without vulgar language. The list could cover the entire page.
This is the vulgar “rap music” we hear from the boom boxes and $4000 speaker systems in low rider cars cruising the urban streets of America…this is the cool “hip-hop” culture, a culture our current President clearly endorses and excitedly invites into the nation’s White House for “adult” evening entertainment for his high-rolling donors and Hollywood celebrities. I’ll bet his kids were safely hidden away in a sound-proof room away from the activities. Well, perhaps not…
It is hard rock music mixed with vulgarity that our young children hear, whether they want to or not, whether they are in the schoolyard or walking down the street with their parents when a car drives by with gutter language blasting out the windows to apparently impress the bystanders that the car and driver just arrived from hell and are on the way back for a refill…
Actually, rap music started in the early 1980’s as a method of trying to warn young people to avoid drugs, alcohol and other degrading materials. Once black entertainers, looking to make millions, caught on to its popularity, it took a 180 degree turn and virtually every lyric and sentence now embellishes the use of illicit sex, drugs and alcohol at the same time sexually degrading women and attempting to intimidate and to emasculate those who do not subscribe to the raw life being spread out on the airwaves, internet, boom boxes or car speakers.
The unfortunate aspect of this turnabout has been the initiation and nearly absolute production, control and distribution of this trash by the black entertainment industry, initially targeting black youngsters who lack parental direction or the moral turpitude to avoid such morally degrading media. Now, we see the white and Hispanic young people embracing this same trash and being dragged down the same degrading back alley of vulgar language and immorality.
It is no secret that the black community is desperately struggling with marriage, drug and crime problems and it is absolutely incredible that those who have a voice within the black community simply don’t stand up and denounce the vile language and degrading imagery that clearly is influencing the increase in drug, violence and marriage problems.
Bill Cosby did that and was soundly denounced by those black leaders who abdicated from the problem themselves. Where are Jesse Jackson and those other race baiters who should be looking to heal the black community rather than inflict more damage in black/white relations with their vitriolic rhetoric?
Hip-hop and rap music together with sexual degradation of women started in the black community – and has caused much damage to the community while a handful of black “artists” became sinfully rich in the process. Yet, the black community seems to have a problem simply coming to grips with self-respect on this issue.
At the same time, we have a President who has been the most divisive in American history: black against white, rich against poor, young versus old, white versus Hispanic…and the list could go on and on. Where is this “coming together” that we were promised in the “CHANGE” part of his pre-election auditions? At least he could stand up and help identify why this degrading music and language should stop –
But, then again, the black community voted for him because he was supposedly black, “hip” and “cool”…now they will begin to pay the price. And now they are finding that Obama is NOT a black American but by heritage an ARAB-American…the same Arab background that in the past enslaved black Africans…
RAP – THE PRESCRIPTION FOR AN EARLY DEATH…
A study published in the May 2003 issue of the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology found that students who listen to violent music are more likely to act violently. “Across five studies, we found that violent lyrics do increase violent thinking and aggressive feelings,” said lead researcher Craig Anderson of Iowa State University.
Rap is violent music, and it is not surprising that it is accompanied by violence. The following is only a small sampling of this violence.
Rapper Scot Sterling (aka Scot La Rock), whose debut album was titled “Criminal Minded,” died in August 1987 at age 25 of a gunshot wound.
King Tubby, who invented the dubbing process that was popularized by rappers, was murdered in 1989 when he was 58 years old.
Rapper Michael Menson, of the group Double Trouble died in 1989 at age 29 when a gang soaked him in gasoline and set him afire. Double Trouble had a hit that same year titled “Street Tuff.”
MC Rock, rapper with The Almighty RSO, was stabbed to death in 1990 at roughly age 28.
Trouble T-Roy (Troy Dixon), rapper with Heavy D and the Boyz, fell off a balcony after a concert in 1990 at age 22.
Brandon Mitchell, rapper with Wreckx-N-Effect, was shot to death in 1990 at about age 20 during an argument over a woman.
Rapper Michael Robinson (a.k.a. The Mac) was shot dead in Vallejo, California, in about 1990 while sitting in his car with his pregnant girlfriend. He was about 20 years old.
Charizma, rapper with Peanut Butter Wolf, was shot to death in 1993 at age 20.
Deah Dame, rapper with Damian Dame, died in a car crash in 1994 at age 35.
Eazy-E (Eric Wright) of N.W.A., one of the founders of Gangsta rap, died of AIDS in 1995 at age 31. His lyrics focused on themes such as guns, drugs, anti-law enforcement, and deviant sex. He had seven children by six different women.
Mr. Cee, rapper with R.B.L. Posse (Ruthless By Law), died after being shot nine times on New Year’s morning of 1996 at about age 30.
Rapper Hitman (Ricky Herd), was shot to death in 1995 at age 24.
Randy Walker (aka Stretch), of Live Squad, died of unknown cause in 1995 at age 27.
Tupac Shakur (aka 2Pac, Makaveli), a gangsta rap superstar who founded the Outlawz Immortalz after he was released from prison in 1995, was shot to death a year later at age 25. Time Warner Music helped pay Shakur’s $1.4 million bail. Outlaw is an acronym for Operating Under Thug Laws as Warriors. The members of the group took the names of various tyrants, brutal dictators, and enemies of America such as Fidel Castro, Idi Amin, and Saddam Hussein.
Yafeu Fula (aka Yaki Kadafi, Young Hollywood), of the Outlawz Immortalz, was shot to death in 1996 two months after the group’s founder Tupac Shakur. He was shot by a cousin of Napoleon, another member of Outlawz.
Mr. Cee, rapper with R.B.L. Posse (Ruthless By Law), was shot to death in 1996 at about age 30.
Rapper Seagram Miller was shot to death in Oakland, California, in August 1996 at age 26.
Rappin’ Ron of Oakland, California, who recorded with Cell Block Records, died of a car crash in January 1997.
Rapper Young Lay of Vallejo, California, barely survived a gunshot wound to the head in 1997, but his baby was kidnapped and his live-in girlfriend died in an arson house fire.
Notorious B.I.G. (aka Biggie Smalls) (real name Christopher Wallace), gangsta rapper, was shot to death in 1997 at age 24. This was only three years after the release of his successful album “Ready to Die.” This album was filled with cursing, violence, and immorality. One cut was titled “Suicidal Thoughts,” and Notorious B.I.G. sang, “When I die, —–, I wanna go to hell.”
San Francisco Rapper JoJo White of Bored Stiff was shot to death in 1997.
Rapper DJ Caravan of FunkSoulJaz died in 1997 of unknown cause.
Gangsta Rapper Dion Stewart (aka The True Lesson Giver) of the duo Black Dynasty was shot to death while trying to rob a convenience store in 1997 at about age 30.
Fat Pat (Patrick Hawkins), rapper who recorded immoral songs, was shot to death in 1998 at age 26.
Rapper DJ Crazy Rak died in 1998 in a hotel fire in San Francisco. He was about 32 years old.
Luis “Papo” Deschamps, rapper with Sandy y Papo, died in a car crash in 1999 at age 23.
Malcolm Howard, rapper with 4 Black Faces, was shot to death execution style in 1999 at roughly age 30.
MC Big L (Lamont Coleman), rapper with Diggin’ In the Crates Crew, was shot to death outside his home in 1999 at age 23.
Rapper MC Ant was shot to death in 1999 at roughly age 35.
Karnail Pitts (aka Bugz), of D12, died after he was shot three times and run over with a car in an altercation in 1999. He was about 30 years old.
Freaky Tah (Raymond Rogers), member of Lost Boyz, was shot to death while leaving a nightclub in New York City at 4 a.m. on Sunday morning in March 1999 at age 27.
Matthew Roberts of Blaggers I.T.A. died in February 2000 at age 36 of drug related causes.
Q-Don (Raeneal Quann), rapper, was shot to death outside a Philadelphia nightclub in April 2000 at roughly age 30.
Yusef Afloat Muhammad, rapper with The Nonce, was found dead alongside a Los Angeles freeway in May 2000 at roughly age 28.
Big Pun (aka Big Punisher) (born Christopher Rios) died in 2000 of a heart attack at age 28.
Johnny Burns (aka Mausburg) was robbed and shot to death in his hometown of Compton, California, in 2000 at age 21.
Bruce Mayfield (aka Chip Banks and Bankie), rapper with The American Cream Team, was shot to death over a money dispute in November 2000 at age 30.
DJ Screw (Robert Davis, Jr.), founder of the Screwed Up Click and inventor of a hypnotic, slowed-down, drug-influenced style of rap called screw music, died in November 2000 of a drug-induced heart attack at age 30. He had long abused codeine.
Erik Carson (aka Eclipse) was shot to death at 1:30 a.m. on November 14, 2000, in Oakland, California, at age 23.
Bruce Washington (aka Hussein Fatal), of the Outlawz, was imprisoned in 2000 for slashing a person’s face and stomach and another person’s arm and chest with a box cutter.
Lloyd “Mooseman” Roberts, rapper who worked with Iggy Pop, Ice-T, and Body Count, died in a drive by shooting in February 2001 at roughly age 28.
Prince Ital Joe, reggae and rapper who worked with Tupac and Snoop Dogg, died in a car crash in May 2001 at age 37 or 38.
Tonnie Sheppard, rapper and cousin of rapper Haf-A-Mil, was stabbed to death in a recording studio during a fight with studio executives in May 2001 at age 38 or 39.
Coughnut, rapper with Ill Mannered Posse, died in a car crash in September 2001 at age 33. The California Highway Patrol report said that alcohol was probably a factor in the crash that killed two other people, including rapper D Mac.
Rapper Mastif (“How Bout Dat” and “Mild Mind”) died of possible heart disease in November 2001 at age 33.
Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes, singer with rap group TLC, died in a car crash in April 2002 at age 30. A few days before her own death, Lisa had hit and killed a 10-year-old boy with her car in Honduras.
Jam Master Jay, rapper with the popular group Run-DMC, was shot to death in his recording studio in October 2002 at age 37 by an unknown assailant. This is the latest in a long string of violence associated with rappers, who produce a style of music that is infamously violent in nature (though Jam Master Jay himself was more positive than most).
Jason Johnson (a.k.a. Camoflauge), Georgia-based rapper, was shot to death in May 2003 at age 21 in front of Pure Pain Records in Savannah.
Rapper Speedy Loc died of an unreported medical condition on June 13, 2003. He was about 30 years old.
B Brazy of Damu Ridaz died in 2003 of unknown cause. He was about 25.
San Francisco rapper Double D (Darrel Anderson) was killed in August 2003. He was about 30.
Rapper Lil Bo was killed in 2003 at about age 25.
In November 2003, Anthony “Wolf” Jones,” 38-year-old former bodyguard for “P. Diddy” Combs, was shot to death in a gunfight outside an Atlanta nightclub. $7,000 was found on Jones’ body. Jones and Combs had been acquitted of gun possession and bribery charges stemming from a 1999 shooting inside a New York nightclub.
In December 2003, federal prosecutor Jonathan Luna was gunned down during the trial of rapper Deon Lionnel Smith, who was accused of running a violent drug ring.
Rapper Freako of Ghetto Stars was shot to death in February 2004 at about age 25.
Rapper Juston Potts (aka Kanyva) murdered his promoter on June 7, 2004, because “she told him he didn’t have the talent to sell records” (“Aspiring rapper arrested in killing,” San Francisco Chronicle, June 8, 2004).
Rapper Holy Quran was shot and killed in 2004. He was about 25.
Russell Tyrone Jones (aka Ol’ Dirty Bastard), of Wu-Tang Clan, died in November 2004 of a drug overdose at age 36.
Rapper Andre Hicks (aka Mac Dre or Dr. Dre) was shot to death in 2004 at age 34. A news report said, “His death was as violent as the lyrics to some of his most popular songs.” Police say that Hicks was part of a gang that robbed banks and pizza parlors, and in 1992 he was sentenced to 5 years in prison. His rapper nickname, Mac, describes a man that women would pay to have sex with.
Rapper Anthony Watkins (aka Fat Tone) of Kansas City was shot to death in 2005 at age 24. He was murdered by rapper Mac Minister because he was suspected to have murdered Andrew Hicks (Mac Dre) the previous year.
Deshaun Holton (aka Proof), of D12, was shot to death at a bar in Detroit in April 2006 at age 32. He was the best man at rapper Eminem’s wedding to his former wife Kim four months earlier. Proof first shot 35-year-old Keith Bender in the head and then was shot by an unknown third party.
Rapper Big Hawk (John Edward Hawkins) of Houston, Texas, of DJ Screw’s Screwed up Click, was shot to death in May 2006 at age 36. His brother, Patrick Hawkins (aka Fat Pat), was shot to death in 1998 when he was in his 20s.
Rapper Vital of the Da Bombsquad was murdered in October 2006 when he was 28. His body was found in a field.
In January 2007 rapper Busta Rhymes (Trevor Smith) was arrested and charged with punching and kicking a man. He was also charged with assault in August 2006. In February 2006 his bodyguard Israel Ramirez was shot to death.
Stack Bundles (Rayquon Elliot), “an up-and-coming New York rapper” affiliated with Byrd Gang Records, was shot to death in June 2007 at 5 a.m. in the morning outside his home after partying all night with friends. He was 24.
Rapper Skee 64 (Toby Rios) died in March 2007 at about age 28.
Rapper Woodie of San Francisco died in March 2007 of unknown cause at about age 35.
Many other California rappers are affiliated with infamous Bloods gangs. These include DJ Quik, Suge Knight, The Game, the rappers of the Boo-Yaa Tribe, Mack 10, B-Real, and DJ Zombie (http://www.ufaqs.com/wiki/en/bl/Bloods.htm).
Two members of the rap group Damu Ridaz, with ties to the Bloods, were shot and killed in 2007 while in their 20s. B-Brazy and G Spider were both shot and killed at different times by Mexican gangs. Lil Hawk of Damu Ridaz is in prison serving a life sentence.
Influential rapper Pimp C of the rap duo Underground Kingz (UGK) was found dead in a motel room in December 2007 at age 33 of an overdose of promethazine and codeine, which is called syrup (or “drank” or “lean” or “purp”) by rappers. His songs dealt with “descriptions of sex and conspicuous consumption and triple-beam scales used to weigh drugs.” One of the rapper’s biggest hits was “Sippin’ on Some Syrup.” Underground Kingz is a very influential duo, having laid the groundwork for the explosion of hip hop in the South. Pimp C spent three years in jail for aggravated assault.
Rapper Dolla (Roderick Anthony Burton) was shot to death in May 2009 outside a shopping mall. He was 21.
On March 13, 2010, 22-year-old New York City rapper G Baby Brown was gunned down by an unknown assailant as he was leaving a nightclub.
On May 15, 2011, rapper M-Bone (real name Mante Ray Talbert) of Call Swag District was shot to death in a drive by shooting while sitting in a car outside a liquor store. He was 22.
Heavy D, a popular rapper (real name Dwight Myers), died in November 2011 at age 44 of unknown cause.
Rapper Slim Dunkin (Mario Hamilton) was shot to death in December 2011 after an altercation outside a music studio where he was shooting a video. He was about 25.
Rapper Kenneth Cluth (Kenny Cherry Jr.) died in a shooting in Las Vegas in February 2013.
Other rappers that died violently and young in the last 20 years include Karizma of San Jose, California, California, Plan B of Oakland, Black Cee of San Francisco, Black C, DJ Co V C of Funxsouljaz, 4-1-So-Sicc-[word omitted] -Rell of Cold World Hustlers, Lil’ Bo, Billboard of Black Wall Street, and Woodie (2007).
“Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners” (1 Cor. 15:33).
“My son, if sinners entice thee, consent thou not. … My son, walk not thou in the way with them; refrain thy foot from their path: For their feet run to evil, and make haste to shed blood” (Proverbs 1:10, 15, 16).