I am 43 years old now and I have adjusted the type of events that I attend because I have children. I don’t want to be that guy who is in the club when someone steps on the wrong persons shoes and I get punched in the face, slapped, spit on or worse shot. There is way too much violence going on in our communities, especially in Chicago and the Chicagoland areas, for the leaders of this generations musical expression to have anything else to fight over.
Being in the media I have attended events that havoc and melee have broken out. The Source Awards in 1992, various Impact Music Festivals, Jack the Rapper after parties, the local corner VFW, Youth Center, et al. Unless you have been in a box, if you have attended an over-populated event with under-populated security, there may be a chance that you have run out of a venue after a fight. And if you were there with me you saw me run by you yelling and screaming.
TELL ME WHY YOU MAD SON?
You all tell us that you are on your 50th BMW, your 90th trip to Belize, your 100th
model chick, and your 1000 diamond watch that we can’t pronounce and only heard about because it was in your lyrics. You are drinking $1,000.00 drinks that are made of real human sweat, goat saliva, fish scales, and other things that you fly in to have in your videos.
WHAT IS THERE TO BE MAD ABOUT?
You are making massive amounts of money; you have fame, are receiving awards for your craft, and have the biggest international platform available to help the youth follow in the footsteps of your artistry.
THERE SHOULD BE NOTHING WRONG WITH YOU PLAYAS!
We have lost two of the greatest rappers of our time to beef and I thought that calmer heads had prevailed. Jay-Z and Nas had beef. They battled each other, Nas gave Jigga his beat-down with Either, and they moved on. They have done songs together, attended each other’s concerts, and have partied at each other’s CD release events.
If JAY-Z and NAS can get over some of the things they said about each other and did to each other all rappers should be able to move forward.
But the violence is starting to become bigger than beef itself. It is now becoming about arrogance, believing in ones indestructibility, and people are now fighting over wallet size just to claim who has made more money.
(MAJOR NEWS FLASH THERE ARE ONLY 2 OR POSSIBLY THREE RAPPERS IN THE HIP HOP GAME WITH GENERATIONAL WEALTH. THE OTHER INDIVIDUALS ARE ONLY WORTH THEIR NEW I-TUNE SINGLES AND CURRENT CD RELEASE PAYCHECKS.
The sad part about the beef and fighting in public is that the youth who are trying to get in the game, become rappers, and make money, idealize you rappers. They think that having a fight at an awards show is what should happen once they get put on. They think that fighting over you-tube videos is what’s hot. They think that putting rival rappers in body bags is what gets their street cred and buzz up. In some circles and at some record labels those aforementioned statements are becoming true.
Your fan base is starving. We are taking our last $9.99 to purchase your CD. We love the way you rap, your swag, and don’t care about your appearance. We just love your music. We could care less who you beat up, put in the trunk of a car, or paid to eliminate. As a matter of fact if any of those statements are in your CD there is a 98% chance that caring parents are not going to let our kids listen to your music at all.
So the anger and testosterone that you are shooting out into the universe may not even be reaching the target you think.
PAUSE AND THINK ABOUT THAT.
After reading about the latest fight at the award show I started to look inward at what I was doing to help the community.
Sadly; not enough!
Tastemaker Television Network in its beginnings used to help send youth in the Carbondale area to Six Flags in St Louis via the Harambee center initiatives. We used to do other things in the community to try and show the youth that there were other alternatives. Not since the early 90’s have we tried to do anything. The excuse was that putting food on the table and a roof over my head was more important than trying to help other individuals who only have seen violent answers to the questions put before them.
THAT IS CHANGING TODAY!
Tastemaker Television Network and ClubbinTV will now put forth solutions to help the various Chicagoland communities with the violence that is plaguing our youth through music and our television show.
We will start taping the new season of our show in late November. Today we are actively searching for partners in the various police stations across the Chicagoland Area to help us start a gun turn in program. What we want to put together is a no questions asked gun turn in at local police departments. We will work with the police to have a pair of tickets available for that department to hand out to the individuals who turn in the guns. We will be taping 10 shows a year and are hoping to get 50 guns turned in each show for a total of taking 500 guns off the streets per television season.
If you are an advertiser, philanthropist, politician, or just someone in the community who wants to help us please send us an email to email@example.com.
I can’t criticize the violence that is effecting our youth in the communities, or criticize the artists who are portraying the violence in public without trying to help make a difference.
IT IS time for a change. I have to make one in my life personally and publically.
This may not make a difference at all, but you can’t win a race if you don’t enter.