It started from the days of superior Hip Hop groups containing influential leaders possibly more powerful than any law enforcement official, Public Enemy, NWA, Dipset, and the list goes on. It seems as if the early dream to teach children to standup against wrongful police violence has finally come back to bite our early talented philosophers in the ass.
Gang violence has become widespread throughout the fifty states and in some, you don’t need to watch gangland to see it for yourself. Growing up in Harlem, its become easily relevant to understand why everyone out here wants to bang some type of red, Dipset. It’s a child’s dream to idolize someone at some point in life, most children out here grow up without father figures, so they jump to the next male figure they want to imitate, and in this case it’s possibly the most outspoken rappers in all of hip hop. Jim used to be seen locally on the corner of 116th or 115th and lenox, Cam used to ball in the back of 145th street park and is a regular on 140th and lenox alongside Max B, and Juelz would always be found somewhere up the block on Amsterdam or Broadway. With that being said, you’ve seen the videos, the blood gang affiliation even if they are fake gangsters to a certain degree, but how do you think they affect the kid going to the store who sees them and receives some sort of dap or Harlem love? It’s almost a sure thing that a fatherless child will be involved in gang violence by the time they are 14, simply because when you don’t receive love from the one who helped make you, the streets will always be there to pick up where he left off. What these children aren’t being taught at a young age is that, the streets doesn’t have a heart. Gang members turn on their own family members at times, and this is something seen all over the map.
Hip Hop has an effect on our younger generation that possibly no parent can match at this day and age. Hip Hop Icons such as Lupe Fiasco and Nas are publicly outspoken in regards to how the state controls what these labels put out on airwaves and videos. Perfect example, YouTube showed no fear in blocking The Game’s R.E.D video due to ridiculous amounts of gang affiliation and I don’t blame them, but why is no one asking why the label signed off on the production of this video, knowing millions of kids are just going to watch and imitate? Generally the problem starts at the head of a corporation, if labels really cared about the generation on the uprise, most hip hop videos would fail to hit production. After all, children or teenagers are still people with access to buy CDs at your local record store or best buy. I don’t remember being told I needed to be 18 to buy The Eminem Show when I was in jr high. So in essence, labels are using these African-Americans as test dummies to generate money and lead to destruction in urban neighborhoods. Yet what baffles me is how the Nigga Nation channel, B.E.T never blocks viewing of these gang affiliated videos(lord knows hell will freeze over before they block a Lil Wayne video), but blocked a Keri Hilson video out of all people for sexual related reference. So are we saying that we’d rather prohibit sex than gang violence nationwide?
The most disappointing feature of this to me is that children aren’t being swayed away. Often influenced by stories of rappers shooting someone, smoking weed in the court room, and doing X, Y, and Z with some bitch then passing her to your mans, hip hop is definitely winning. In more negative ways than possible, because a child dies every day from gang violence. Yet we don’t hear the unreleased songs our most beloved rappers put out in relation to this.
Anyone can be a follower in life, and followers are the most disloyal, like the 12 disciples Jesus had. Its time for children, teens, and everyone else to stand up and become leaders. If you wouldn’t listen to your own father, why go join a gang to listen to the next man tell you what to do and when to do it, you might as well volunteer for a jail sentence because that’s the only thing in your future. In closing I’m curious just how many of you believe that hip hop is the leading cause of gang violence, please vote on the poll below:
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