Saturday, November 12, 2005

Of Thugs, Hos, and Niggahs

Of Thugs, Hos, and Niggahs

Today I have bumped into two online articles that are (rightly) highly critical of the “gangsta” culture that is so celebrated today in the hip-hop scene.

There is no question that there is much money – most of it from non-blacks eagerly buying the CDs and going to the movies produced by this virulent form of social scum and their corporate promoters – to be made by the hip-hop artists and those who corporately sponsor them.  

To gauge the incredible popularity of the likes of “50 Cent,” try going into a chat room frequented by Asians (e.g., Yahoo! – Regional – Asia) and asking someone about him:  The guy (“50 Cent”) is HUGE in Asia.  He is probably also huge in South America and Europe, too, for all I know.

As Derrick Z. Jackson points out, white business executives know a money-tree when they see one, and they are eager to do business with the hip-hop stars – to the tune of BILLIONS of dollars.  He derisively terms the black stars of gangsta rap are the new “house slaves.”  He calls for blacks to denounce the degrading cultural blight of “gangsta” rap now being fueled by (predominately white) greedy corporate big shots.  

There is also no doubt that the “gangsta” trend has done little to advance good study habits, a strong work ethic, or family values anywhere – but particularly in the black and Latino inner city world.

I can add my own anecdotal experience gained from a brief stint as a roaming substitute in inner city San Antonio a few years back:  MANY a young black and Latino kid aspires to hip-hop fame – most, by way of some sort of general fantasy, but, for others, as a concrete goal toward which they are actively striving.  The truth is, however, as one sister of an Austin-based (black) hip-hop talent scout once told me, only a few of these kids are ever given the chance to make it big.

However, as Matt Rosenberg points out in City Journal, LIBERAL whites are (surprise, surprise) – because of their infamous self-loathing guilt – AFRAID to criticize blacks and Latinos for the glorifying the “gangsta” lifestyle – seeing it as an “authentic” vehicle for minorities to use to express themselves, and at the same time, something which the descendants of oppressive white slave-owners have no right to criticize.

As Rosenberg points out, with the exception of Bill Cosby, most prominent blacks have taken a bye on criticizing the evils of gangsta rap – evils which are resonating to young listening audiences around the globe.

It is instructive that the preferred music of the “poor, underprivileged” Muslim “youths” that are currently vandalizing the whole of France is “gangsta” rap – of which they even have their own home-grown French variety that – in a manner not unlike its American counterpart – is being marketed to the white kids of France with great success.


Anonymous Breezy said...

I really enjoyed this post... Just interesting to see someone write about that subject. :)

Sun Nov 13, 07:20:00 PM PST  
Blogger GunJam said...

hi breezy: Thank you. I am too: I just wanted to share with folks the two articles on the subject that I had run into. -- gunjam

Sun Nov 13, 08:28:00 PM PST  
Anonymous SK said...

Hi GJ.....file this under things that make ya go hmmmm. Whatever happened to swing, country, or classical?

Mon Nov 14, 07:42:00 AM PST  
Blogger GunJam said...

hey, sk! Good words! I am beginning to think that it is the violence -- both sexual and otherwise that people are into today that drives this "music's" popularity.--gunjam

Mon Nov 14, 04:41:00 PM PST  
Blogger Call Me Grandma said...

Hi GJ, My momma always said,"Money is the root of all evil." This hip hop music fits that criteria. Money, sex and violence make alot of money and they are all evil, when used the wrong way.
PS. Violence is always evil.

Tue Nov 15, 04:34:00 AM PST  
Blogger GunJam said...

hi, a mil mom! Thank you for the visit and the post! I agree with all except your last post: Violence can be a righteous act. For instance, every time your son or his colleagues send a jihadist to his eternal destiny, they are doing GOOD in my book! Violence ended Hitler's run for power, as well. If you shot a home invader who wanted to kill your grandkids, you would be doing good as far as I can tell! Cheers! However, the insane glorification of gangsta violence in rap or movies or on TV is -- as you say -- always evil! gunjam

Tue Nov 15, 04:54:00 PM PST  
Anonymous Breezy said...

Well jam... That's counter-violence. Basically violence being good on the part it is stopping bad violence.

I used to listen to primarily hip hop... Then I grew up and didnt like the messages being put out so now I listen to a lot of adult contemporary, country, and rock. Actually listening to Big & Rich now (no money correlation with that name).

A girl in my business commo class gave a presentation on "media and black america" and basically said the media associates marijuana, sex, and fancy living (rims, fur coats, etc) with blacks. And went onto say it was because the media wants to hold the black man down and those are ways of doing it. Well if you didnt know I'm a white guy at a black college so I see this stuff all the time. She could've easily replaced the term 'media' with 'white devil' and she sould've been satisfied.

...Think she has listened to rap music lately? That would be where the 'media' gets that impression.

Wed Nov 16, 04:46:00 AM PST  
Blogger Elizabeth said...

A military mom says violence is always evil? Guess your son didn't listen to you! Well, maybe he's just going through an adolescent rebellion.

"gunjam": It's nice to know you approve of shooting home invaders. I agree. That's why I believe the Palestinians have a legitimate right to kill the settlers who are invading their territory and stealing their land and water.

Thu Nov 24, 06:50:00 PM PST  
Blogger GunJam said...

Hi, elizabeth! Thank you for your visit and your (perverse) post! So, you are mocking mil mom's and my sons for having gone to Iraq to kick terrorist ass? Hmmmmmm.

And, THEN, you sneak in a pitch for your Hamas and PLO terrorist friends.

I agree: The Palestinian people ought to rise up and SMITE their oppressors (who are Hamas and al-Fatah, by the way -- and NOT the Israelis, who have EVERY RIGHT to THEIR OWN LAND).

Anyway, despite your perverse outlook on life, I wish you a blessed Thanksgiving season.

Sat Nov 26, 09:03:00 PM PST  
Blogger Elizabeth said...

The Israeli jews have a right to live on land that they actually own. The Palestinians have a right to live on their own land too. For the Israeli army to build a wall around a Palestinian farmer's farm and say "now it belongs to us" so that it can then be used as a road for jewish settlers is called stealing. You don't approve of stealing do you?

Hope you had a nice Thanksgiving. Did you shoot your own turkey--or did the gun jam:)

Sun Nov 27, 12:59:00 PM PST  

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