Originally Posted by -SMM-
I can't believe I agree with Al Sharpton
be tough for someone like A.S. to present a 'known' problem with the reputation that he has. but I agree with you... and Al.
After witnessing, firsthand, the influence that gangsta rap has on [all] teens, it (imo) has become enemy #1 in many communities. I'm a product of such an environment, but managed to emerge relatively untouched by the gangsta world.
What the article doen't mention, however, is the mental and physical repercussions that teens endure when they do
rebuke the temptation of the gangsta rap [world] and associated idiosyncrasies. For instance, in certain communities, not only is it impossible to avoid, it is down-right terminal to do so. You become a target, as well as your family.
So, to lip-sync the dangers is all well and good. So many have done so in the past, and currently as well. But to offer zero
suggestions on how to do it, like say---
...GOING AFTER THE HUGE DISTRIBUTORS: RECORD COMPANIES
; MARKETING FIRMS
; and the myriad PARAPHERNALIA SHOPS
... it remains nothing more than
lip-synching, a la Bill Cosby.
And to be honest, since gangsta rap has been bastardized, manipulated, and rebuilt to damn near create the illusion of ultimate success, I don't see how one would go about changing it [short-term].
It's really sad that we have such ineffective and opportunistic [non]leaders in the Black community. It would be so great to have another MLK Jr. emerge from this the wastelands we call Black America.
For those unaware of the crap called gangsta rap:
It represents a small, yet growing sector of the Hip-Hop culture, that marketing firms use to exploit at the expense of an entire group of people [for profit]. Moreover, I hate it when bruthas sell-out and are too damn weak to forego the dollars signs that are further hurting their own communities.