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This picture sums up what’s happening right now   Leave a comment

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…Note the conspiracy theory outlined in my previous blog post.

Assuming the clashes between political extremists escalate, this is the logical next step: A hard crackdown by the government the likes of which hasn’t been seen in decades. It won’t matter who is in the White House, the response and how it’s explained will be the same: “We’re restoring the rule of law and suppreessing all the violent factions.”

The current White House administration is destabilizing the country but make no mistake it’s part of a much larger plan and is being allowed to play out on purpose. More so if Trump resigns or is Impeached in the near future: This will allow Pence to come in as someone who is “not taking sides but will now allow political extremists to tear the country apart.”

That’s the plan and its win-win for The Establishment: They can just blame everything on “both sides” and at the same time, they will have a free pass to strip away civil liberties under the guise of “National Security”.

This actually isn’t conspiracy theory. We’ve been here more than a few times before.

Most recently: Right after 9/11. That’s when The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and  The Transportation Safety Administration (TSA) were created. Don’t even get me started on The Patriot Act, which had been crafted behind closed doors and was far more intrusive than the one we eventually got. The Bush Administration made the case these were necessary “for the purposes of national security”.

As is the trend in this country however, once security protocols are raised they’re rarely lowered after the threat passes. Don’t even get me started on the revolving door of complaints and lawsuits against the TSA, many of which includes rape and profiling. The number of credible threats stopped by the TSA since 9/11 is inconsequential for the “display”. Even worse: There is little to no accountability at the top and efforts to change this are immediately blocked due to politics.

 

Now, before you go “What about the Boston Marathon Bombing?”, take a look at my coverage of that. You will have folks who feel the show of force “just to find two guys” and shutting down Boston for almost a week took things too far. What CNN failed to tell you?  The day of the bombing, there was an unrelated fatal shooting 3 blocks from my house. There was another unrelated shooting in another part of Boston as well. Neither of those got media coverage. Then again, you have the other extreme Boston residents professed once the suspects were captured and killed: “Why don’t we see this kind of response more often?” We would not see anything like that in Boston again until this past weekend’s “Free Speech” Rally.

Anywho, my point is everything that’s going on is part of a much larger plan. Don’t trust everything you see and hear from the media. Social Media is your friend when it comes to Social Justice issues. Try to keep that in mind moving forward.

 

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Domestic Militiant Groups: The REAL Threat to U.S. National Security   Leave a comment

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This is a picture of just one of the MANY armed and trained Anti-Government Militias in the U.S.

In one of the uncommon but not rare times Corporate Media did what you expect them to do–tell the truth–it was revealed there has been a concerted effort by the current and previous two administrations to deflect the full might of the Department of Homeland Security amd the FBI away from gathering data on them. The CIA certainly has tried to infiltrate some of the more organized ones but it hasn’t been easy since they’re tight-knit groups and wary of folks looking to join “out of the blue” without credentials.

It took longer than I thought to find this map, which is two years old:

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Every single state.

I live in Massachusetts, which not only doesn’t have Open Carry Laws but also has some of the strictest regulations for buying and owning firearms in the entire country. Now, remember what I said in the previous paragraph: We know very little about these self-titled “Patriot” groups, which gained increased visability and attention during Obama’s two terms. These Anti-Government Militia are a much larger threat than any external threat they, the media or the government might want you to believe.

Why?

Think about it: We know about ISIS. We know about Al Qaeda. We know about other countries’ militaries. We know almost nothing about these Domestic Militant Groups, many of whom have ties to or embrace the White Supremacist ideology. You see where I’m going with this?

No?

Let me spell it out then:

Civil War

 

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Could we really see another Civil War fought on U.S. soil? Yes, absolutely.

I’m now convinced beyond reasonable doubt that it will happen and happen very soon. The Domestic Militants have had literally decades to prepare for a sustained conflict on U.S. soil. Many of them have been pretty open about the fact that their sole purpose is to fight the government “when the time comes”.

According to chatter online, many White Supremacist groups are openly turning to these militias to provide security as well as training in increased numbers since the 2016 election. While the FBI (finally) releasing a report revealing White Surpremacists have infiltrated Law Enforcement and the U.S. Military wasn’t a surprise, that doesn’t make it any less concerning. That’s where many of them are getting their training from. When you take that into consideration, the spike in gun sales after a Mass Shooting makes alot of sense. They also lobbied to keep the Assault Weapons ban from being renewed, citing the Second Amendment. The obvious question no one is asking: Why?

Two words come to my mind: Revolution and Rebellion. As it happens, they now have a figurehead with the charisma, power and wealth to unite many of these Militant Groups into his own private arny.

 

I’m talking about this guy:

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I mentioned in two of my previous blog posts the GOP is slowly setting the stage for Trump to be removed as POTUS. It is no secret that Trump is a big believer in vengeance. Several Militant White Supremacist groups have put out statements online since last weekend promising “Righteous fury against anyone who threatens the legitimacy of President Donald Trump”.

You don’t need to read between the lines to know this is a very clear threat of violence against any effort to remove Trump as president even if he resigns, which some GOP members are now calling for him to do. According to some straw polls, 6 out of 10 White Americans who support President Trump say they will support him no matter what.

Why?

Because this is the America Donald Trump promised them during the campaign. His statements this week were nothing more than reaffirment to the White Supremacists and to a lesser extent most Anti-Government Militia that he is their guy. Mind you, Trump himself is NOT a racist but the White Supremacists see him as “one of them” because he is now the POTUS. It would not be wrong to assume they will move on his behalf without direct orders from him to do so. Do not be surprised if you start hearing about things happening to elected officials in the months or even years to come.

Remember the above map.

We are talking about Anti-Government militia ready to move and seize government buildings or government officials at the drop of a hat in every single state. Militia we know little about, let alone how many are in each group. Yet, the GOP-controlled government and the media wants–no, NEEDS–the American People to believe ISIS and Al Qaeda are the bigger threat.

…The irony.

Will Trump lead some of these ant-government militia against the U.S. Government? No, but they will certainly use his Impeachment (or Resignation) as a pretense and “justification” to move against the federal goverrnment. I would be concerned if you live near a Military Base: Several bases have regularly reported to the Pentagon scouts regularly check their defenses for weaknesses they can exploit later. Why would ragtag “Patriots” target Military Bases? To procure tanks and heavy arms the ex-military in their ranks would be able to use that’s why. Again, the public has NO CLUE this has been going on for DECADES.

Yet they want you to believe the real threat’s from beyond our boarders? Give me a break. They just don’t want the public to see it coming is all. This is why I am making the case a Civil War is unavoidable and inevitable at this point.

Now, I am WELL AWARE how this all sounds. It’s fine with me if you want to dismiss this as basless conjecture without a shred of proof or evidence to back it up. I have no problem admitting that this my conspiracy theory until proven otherwise. For this reason, I’m not asking you to take my word for it. Just pay attention to what’s going on. Avert not your eyes from reality.

 

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As Boston braces for “Free Speech” rally this weekend, Counter-Protesters mobilize via Social Media   Leave a comment

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This is a picture from the previous “Free Speech” Rally that took place in May. A short time ago, local news outlets confirmed the City of Boston has granted the rally organizers a permit. Before you start getting mad at city officials, please bear in mind these “Free Speech” rallies have been going on not just in Boston but across the country for many years. The only reason they’re getting so much attention now is because of what happened in Charlottesville, VA last weekend.

That right there is a HUGE problem and here’s why. As we know, the media will only be there to broadcast any violence that may or may not break out between both groups. I have been closely monitoring one group organizing many of the counter-protesters online and the one thing being stressed more than anything is a non-violent counter-protest. Notice in the above picture two of the “Free Speech” folks are wielding shields? If it looks familiar, yes they were in pictures out of Charlottesville, VA? They are a clear indication at least some of the demonstrators are either aligned with White Supremacist groups or have the ideology.

Now, the lead organizer of the “Free Speech” Rally has explicitly stated the rally has nothing to do with what happened last week and he’s right. In fact, this rally was planned right after the one in May. Unluckily for him, last weekend happened so…yeah.

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These guys are members of a group called ANTIFA, which is short for Anti-Facist. ANTIFA has been around since 1953 and they have been aggressively waging a mostly quiet and misunderstood war against Neo-Nazi, Ku Klux Klan and White Supremacist propaganda. They have been doing what minority-led and minority-organized groups have been unable to openly do for almost 70 years. Where Facism and White Supremacy tries to spread its influence, they are there in force to counter them.

From what I’ve heard, they only recently started wearing masks about 20 years ago to prevent the White Supremacists with ties to Law Enforcement from identifying them if they are recorded or photographed. The sticks you see them carry as a show of force to let the White Supremacists know they will not be intimidated. Their work has suddenly become more important than ever now that the White Supremacists know they have the support of the current President of the United States.

 

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Earlier, I said the fact that this weekend’s rally is getting national attention is a huge problem. Let me explain a bit more. What usually happens is once things calm down, the media moves on to other things and with it, alot of momentum. The White Supremacists know this well and that’s what they are calmly waitinig for.

Not this time.

I call for a union. The following groups or organizations need to form a united front against White Supremacy, Hate and Bigotry:

 

  • ANTIFA
  • The Anti-Defamation League
  • GLADD
  • Black Lives Matter
  • NAACP
  • ACLU
  • Human Rights Campaign
  • Anonymous

I know that there are others but these were the eight I know the most about. Each of these groups have something they can bring to the table in terms of both manpower and resources. They will be able to do together much more than they are able to do on their own. Given the current Administration has made it clear it’s backing White Surpremacists, we must move quicky. It’s like the saying goes: Evil prevails when good people do nothing. We have reached a point in our nation’s history where more than ever, it is on the people to remind its elected “officials” who works for who. They don’t fear people because for decades, they haven’t had a good enough reason reason to.

That needs to change.

I want to close by saying this to anyone planning to go to one of these rallies to counter-protest or whatever: Don’t do something you might regret later. Stay non-violent, stay safe and most importantly don’t get yourself arrested. More so if you have a record already: They’ll find a reason to ruin your life just because they can.

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This week should make it official: The Trump Presidency is a Failure   Leave a comment

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…To say Trump crossed a line that should never have been crossed today goes without saying: You not only have a sitting president who is unapologetically defending Neo-Nazis, the Ku Klux Klan and White Supremacy but still has yet to acknowledge the death of a woman was killed by one of them.

I’ll say it again: Donald J. Trump, weather he knows or not–I doubt it would change anything if he actually did–is a means to an end as far as the Republican Party is concerned. Can President Trump actually be impeached by a GOP-controlled Congress? Absolutely. They wouldn’t have supported his campaign almost unanimously if they didn’t think beyond reasonable doubt they could at the drop of a hat.

…Why haven’t they despite many of the things they’ve said since being sworn in? The timing’s not quite there yet but clearly it soon will be. We got a big clue that day might be sooner than later:

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As some of you might be aware, Vice President Mike Pence was in Venezuela on official business earlier this week. As folks also know, he defends Trump at every opportunity to the press. Aside from that, he hasn’t said much publicly since being sworn in as VP. This is deliberate. The term is “Plausible deniability”. Just like the press corps following Trump everywhere is part of the plan, so is the VP’s silence even now: The GOP is prepping him to step in when they pull the trigger on Trump’s exit. We already know Pence is a career politician and can hold his own against the press. If you think Trump press conferences and Tweets are cringe-worthy, you should see some of Pence’s recent ones.

Anywho, no doubt the GOP may be forced to move up those exit plans just to save face for the party. If alot of these “open” leaks are to be believed–something that would have never happened with the Obama, both Bushes or Clinton–the White House is in disarray.  At this point, it will be very easy for the GOP to present Pence to the public as “Restoring dignity to the Office of the POTUS” as well as “Uniting the country”. Unfortunately for the rest of us, this means they will wait until critical mass to pull the trigger on Trump’s exit.

What does that mean?

Things will need to get a whole lot worse than it is now. That way they can really sell Pence as a “Savior” to the American people. And most will fall for it including the media.

What will it take?

Well, the Russia thing isn’t going away anytime soon clearly. That’s one option. Another would be a military campaign going so bad, Congress is forced to step in. A third option is their own interests being directly threatened by him. I see the third one being the most likely personally.

Now, let’s get to one of the two ways Trump can be removed from office:

  1. Impeachment: Most likely.
  2. Resignation: Kidding! We know he won’t go down quietly.

Trump will be forcibly removed from office, hopefully after the American people wake up and force Congress to do it.

TL;DR: It would be fair to say now that the Trump presidency is a failure. Today proved beyond reasonable doubt to the world Donald J. Trump does not speak for the American people. Today also proved beyond reasonable doubt the people need to rise up and remind our elected “officials” who works for who. The time to act is now or at the very least before the many Armed Militias who have already pledged their support of Donald Trump make their move.

What Armed Militias? I’ll cover that in my next blog post.

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Make no mistake: There is a Cultural Civil War in the U.S.   Leave a comment

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Not since the events leading up to first Civil Rights Era 60 years ago have we seen such unrest as we have in the last few years. The only thing we haven’t seen yet is full-scale rioting. The rule of law is holding but barely and clearly not for much longer. It’s a matter of what and when we will see a complete and utter collapse of Law and Order. The current president is only partially to blame. The clear lack of empathy from him in the wake of this weekend’s events in Charlottesville, Virginia and again in his “do-over” earlier today should have made it clear to everyone in America the only person he cares about is himself.

On that note, I want to now say this to my international viewers who I know read my blogs: I assume you’ve seen this said via Social Media but President Donald J. Trump does not represent the collective will of the people. He has made it clear himself the only person who can speak for him is himself. The only person he cares about is himself. This is the man 55% of voters wanted as the 45th President of the United States, many of which have since turned on him when they realized the truth.

Nor do most of our elected “Officials” speak for the people. The only people they care about other than themselves are the companies that line their pockets. The fact that Domestic Terrorists have been allowed free reign in our country since the end of the Civil War and the wording of the 13th Amendment–allowing slavery to continue as a multi-million-dollar industry using prisoners for free labor–are two of the four biggest factors. The second-biggest is the fact America has been at war all but 22 of the years of its existence.

 

 

Moving on:

 

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This is easily the biggest: Many Americans, unfortunately are Sheeple. Nevermind the Conspiracy Theory crap out there being spread online by poltical extremists. The simple fact of the matter is like Rome, America’s collapse will come from within. Not from an outside force like the media and the government wants people to think.

The ruling class, special interest groups and the privilaged run America. This has been the case for almost 200 years now. They have had that long to invent, fine-tune and perfect various means of keeping the “ignorant masses” in line since the Civil War.

How, you might ask?

Did you know just a literal handful of people own 87% of the world’s News Outlets and Newspapers? Did you know Nestle and Pepsi both own a town’s drinking water and will for the next 50 years? Did you know America’s presidents are not elected but are selected? Did you know Fox News won a federal lawsuit files against them for outright saying are not in the business of telling the truth? Did you know there are not that many differences between the Democratic and Republican Parties?

…I could go on and certainly want to but I don’t want to get any more off track than I already have.

Now, I have made the case on more than one occaision on this blog that the media has been complicit in helping to divide the people of America and keep them divided. Again, nevermind the Conspiracy Theory crap from political extremists. The TRUTH is the National Media is responsible for helping to spread sensationalism, hysteria and baseless speculation. They have also been complicit in densensitizing the general public to death and violence in general for decades. Even worse, they are not being held accountable for their biased style of reporting solely for ratings and sensationalism.

I never used to think about it that way until I talked to a former coworker of mine about it two years ago. He commented about the lack of emotion and the fact news achnors almost always read from a teleprompter. This is to prevent them from unconsciously having an emotional reaction to the news they are sharing with the public. If you’ve ever wondered how they can talk about say, a fatal car accident like it’s nothing this is why. In the business, they call it being a professional journalist and they are WELL AWARE it gives the impression they don’t care. Not that they don’t. Some of them anyway.

So, America is unraveling and the whole world is watching. All that’s left is to watch and see how things play out.

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Avert not your eyes from the events in Charlottesville, VA   Leave a comment

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This is not from the 1960s. Or the 1970s. This is not even from the early 1990s. This is from one of the many White Supremacist rallies that have been going on since Donald Trump was elected president. Until very recently the White Supremacists kept their activities mostly behind closed doors, online or invite-only private rallies.

 

Not anymore.

For the last 150 years, White Nationalism and White Supremacy have been allowed to not only survive but THRIVE in America. How? By hiding behind the guise of “Free Speech”, which the ACLU cites as why they litigate for them (as well as the Westboro Baptist Church). The “Alt-Right” movement Trump winked and nodded to during the campaign were White Nationalists and White Supremacists. Weather or not Trump really knew that doesn’t matter. The fact of the matter is he empowered them with his “Make America Great Again” slogan, which they have interpreted to mean “Make America White Again.”

On that note, I want to say again: Donald J. Trump himself is NOT a racist or a bigot. I will happily debate this point with anyone but the fact of the matter is Donald J. Trump is NOT a racist or a bigot.

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It is also true that Donald Trump did not openly endorse White Nationalism during and after the campaign (despite calls online for him to do so) but he has done nothing to distance himself from those whose rheteoric calls for the annihilation of Jews and Blacks as well as “One pure race”. These same White Supremacists invoke his name during their speeches, saying they will “ensure he keeps his promise to make America great again”.

Why?

Because he used them for their votes thats why. These same White Supremacists make up 15% of those who voted for Trump, a fact they have tweeted to him and Steve Bannon daily since the election. Until Trump publicly denounces them and openly oppose them, their activities will continue. Many Republicans have come out to not only call on Trump to use stronger language but to condemn the White Surpremacist Rally in Charlottesville, VA as well. They called them what they are: Domestic Terrorists.

This is one of the most powerful pictures from Charlottesville, VA:

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People like to compare this to photos that came out of Dallas last year during a Black Lives Matter protest that abruptly ended in violence when a sniper targeted law enforcement. To say this is a powerful photo goes without saying.

Anyway, their ideology is one this country fought a Civil War over and it lost. The world fought a similar war with higher stakes 80 years later and it lost. Yet the ideology has been allowed to not just endure but thrive through the ages. They advocate the extermination of Jews, Blacks and other minorities. They believe there is only “One Pure Race” and for this reason, they abhor the idea of interracial relationships nevermind biracial children. They’ve actually be agressively pushing that last point online urging Whites to “Keep our race pure”. I actually planned to talk about Biracial Relationships in general in an upcoming blog post so I’ll speak more to this “Breed with your own” foolishness then.

 

Look, I’ll close with this. This foolishness is a problem of the heart. You can pass all the legislation you want but the change starts on the inside. Take a look at the demonstrators above. They are all mostly young men. Even I was shocked to see that they weren’t the rank and file Older Generation most have come to expect. Clearly, they succeeded in passing on their messages of hate and intolerence to the next generation. They were lied to and told things that weren’t true in a bid to channel their hate and rage in unproductive ways.

This is why it is even more important than ever for Whites who do not share these views to speak up and speak out. Thankfully, our elected officials have wasted no time doing that. Most of them set the example everyone who is White and disagrees with the ideologies of White Nationalism and White Supremacy should follow. What they want is for you to stay silent. They know your silence means you’re either too scared to oppose them, you don’t know what to say or you agree with them. One or the other.

Do you have to speak out? If you feel as strongly as many people do, yes abolutely. It is no longer acceptible to remain silent. Even if you don’t know what the right words are, that’s fine too. Saying something is better than saying nothing. Even something as simple as “That’s not me.” or “I don’t want that.”

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Rap and Hip Hop’s Dark History: Anything For Money   Leave a comment

I want to preface this post with these two videos:

 

…Let’s be honest: This was what fueled the sharp rise of Hip Hop in the U.S. in the 1980s, the deaths of The Notorious B.I.G. and Tupac Shakur in the mid-1990s, the industry’s implosion during the mid-2000s and the mostly watered down stuff we see in the mainstream today.

Now me, I’m old enough to both remember and appreciate The System (The Government) and the Music Industry’s carefully laid out plans to indoctrinate, manipulate and brainwash the unsuspecting masses with African Americans as the primary focus. Most Blacks stopped listening to and playing Rock and Roll after Elvis Presley and Jerry Lewis made it famous among White Americans during the 1970s. The politics of the time and the start of Reagan’s “War on Drugs” during the 1980s left many African American youth without a healthy outlet to ease pent-up frustration.

That all changed when Hip Hop was “re-discovered” in The Bronx in the early 1980s. Its popularity in African American cities exploded almost overnight. It came in at just the right time: Many young African Americans were researching their ancestors. Hip Hop, which survived in Africa was virtually unknown in the U.S. The self-appointed keepers of Hip Hop Lore, the original grandmasters and DJs of the early 80s still living in the Bronx often talk about how far Rap and Hip Hop has gone from its early years.

Here’s Kool Moe Dee’s Wild Wild West:

…And N.W.A.’s Express Yourself:

One thing both songs have in common is they tell a clear, concise story or message. THIS was Rap and Hip Hop’s original purpose. It’s like I said before: Rap is poetry over beats. Like other genres of music, Hip Hop is used to tell a story or message, usually about the times or who you are as well as uplift and empower.

…How then did we go from the above to this:

 

…Given I talked about the first song two years ago, my opinion of this type of music has changed since then. I now consider both Silento’s Watch Me Whip/Nae Nae and Soulja Boy’s Crank That to be fake Hip Hop and actually do more harm than good to the history of the genre. Why? Because they’ve become the blueprint for how to make “Safe Hip Hop”. You know, stuff that won’t offend privileged White Americans who don’t want to be reminded of how good they have it compared to many African Americans.

The real problem with both of these “songs” and the copycats they spawned isn’t the dancing. The dancing is freaking awesome. The REAL problem is both “songs” are not real songs. I mean that literally and that’s why I threw in the quotes. Recite The Alphabet. Now Recite The Birthday Song (“Happy Birthday To You”). Notice how both songs don’t just have rhythm but have subtance and is purposeful. The above songs lack both substance and purpose. The focus of both songs is the dance and this is why they’re both so “simple”. All you hear is what would be the chorus in a normal song the whole time.

Let’s take a look at PSY’s Gangnam Style, which was recently dethroned on YouTube for Most Watched Ever:

Yes, it’s goofy and in Korean but this is still a full song. I’ve seen the lyrics translated into English so I can say that. Yes, the focus is obviously on the Horse Dance but it’s still a full freaking song.

All that said, let’s now look at the song the put the U.S. Government on edge:

…I decided to go with the full version so you have the full, political context of the song. Public Enemy put both the U.S. Government and the Music Industry on notice with this song: To empower young African Americans to become politically involved, politically engaged and demand change from both themselves and the system. Believe it or not, this scared The System even more than N.W.A.’s F*** tha Police. They shut down that song by simply saying anyone who listens to it hates police and the mainstream ate up that lie like candy.

As the 1990s began, Hip Hop Artists realized they were being forced to do one of two things: Avoid politics and increase their chances of making alot of money or dive into politics and risk not just being blackballed but even killed. Most picked the former. All you need to do is look at popular rap music from about…I wanna say 1992 to now. Most of it is about glorifying money, sex, drugs, violence, alcohol and guns. It wasn’t until about…I wanna say 2007 Artists started to avoid the subjects of drugs, alcohol and especially guns. They knew the history so…yeah.

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Back then, those who did weave politics into their music had some success early on but not for too long. The lucky ones survived the 90s. The unlucky ones…well, this brings me to Biggie and Pac. Let’s be honest, Tupac Shakur was killed because of his mother’s affiliation with The Black Panthers first and his early political messages second. The Notorious B.I.G.’s death was also politically motivated, as was the “so-called beef” between them. THAT was carefully orchestrated to ensure whichever was killed first, the other would automatically blamed so their death could be written off as “retaliation”.

…And both of them knew it. Listen to The Notorious B.I.G.’s last album Life After Death. At a glance, it can easily be written off as your standard rap beef mixed with sex talk. It wasn’t until AFTER he died people began to realize he’d actually foretold not just his death but the reason why he would be killed. Look up Notorious Thugs, My Downfall, What’s Beef?, You’re Nobody (‘Til Somebody Kills You) and Somebody’s Gotta Die on YouTube as I won’t post them all here to be nice to those who don’t have high-speed internet (LOL!). Overall, there is a reason it is considered his greatest masterpiece and one of the greatest Hip Hop Albums of the 1990s. Yes, it’s the same one Hypnotize is on as well (third song on the first disc).

All that said, sadly the overwhelming majority made their choice: They chose profits over principles. They chose to give in to the system they knew could care less about them or their fanbases. There is a certain irony with most of those rap videos of the 1990s and early 2000s: The jets, cars, mansions, clubs and and jewelry prominently featured in them? They were all rented. The scantly clad women and backup dancers were hired or volunteers to shoot the videos as well.

For what purpose?

Simple: The system wanted to present a false narrative and a false reality to African Americans. The reality of the 1990s: Bill Clinton’s Mass Incarceration Policy. It wasn’t until during his wife’s Presidential campaign last year he admitted it did more harm than good as African American men were unfairly profiled in large numbers. The rap videos and music glorifying guns, violence, drugs, alcohol, sex and money were all things many African American youth desired but felt would always be out of reach unless they pursued one of two paths: Music or Sports. Again, the irony being few actually made it in either. I see young artists trying to sell their music in Downtown Boston, Dudley Square and Grove Hall almost every day and have for 15 years.

The sad truth is there are no guarantees in either. While it IS true some of these artists used to sell drugs, the overwhelming majority of them never have despite rapping about it. It IS true some artists recorded while high on drugs or while drunk, though. Most out of their own admittance years after the fact.

It wasn’t until the late 2000s artists in general realized The Industry was taking a bigger and bigger cut of the profits from their music. Some artists didn’t write their own music and that made it easier for record labels to “own” an artist’s blood, sweat and tears. Turns out being indie or starting your own label is the smart thing to do. Few artists in general could pull it off and it was virtually unheard of in Hip Hop. Artists like LL Cool J and Ice Cube reinvented themselves as actors, leaving music entirely. The advent of social media changed the game. Now, artists could cut out the middle man and get their music to fans directly, keeping 100% of the profits.

This actually proved to be an interesting and unexpected perk for indie, underground and new artists as now they could record a song and sell it online by themselves. At the same time, established artists use Social Media to connect with fans and promote their music. Hip Hop and Rap have certainly come a long way. Given the recent politics of America, the time is right for a true revival of the genre with a new generation of promising talent driven not by greed but by passion.

In my next post on the subject, I will talk a bit more about how much Hip Hop has changed since 1979 and where it may be going. Here’s a video to check out you may find interesting until then:

…That cover picture. Really is something, isn’t it?

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