Niggas at the party with they shotties
Just as rowdy as me
Before I flee computer chips
I gotta deal wit brothas flippin
I don't see no devils bleedin'
Only black blood drippin
We can change
Whatcha now say?
I'm watchin niggaz work their lives out without pay (huh)
Whatever it takes to switch places wit the bustas on top
I'm bustin' shots make the world stop
They don't give a fuck about us
- Tupac Shakur (from ‘They Don't Give A F*** About Us,’ on the posthumous album Better Dayz, 2002; written by E.D.I., Yafeu Fula, Katari Cox, Johnny Jackson, Napoleon, Tupac Shakur, Mutah Beale, Malcolm Greenidge, Kastro and Young Noble).
The Elite have assassinated Martin Luther King, Malcom X, members of the Black Panthers, Jimi Hendrix, Bob Marley and several rappers (the Indigo leaders who incarnated where a difference really needs to be made, in other words). Alex Constantine, author of The Covert War Against Rock (2000) has written an informative article titled ‘The CIA & The Death of Bob Marley’ which is available to read online. It originally appeared in the February 2002 issue of High Times Magazine. [Here is one link to the article: www.beforeitsnews.com/libertarian/2013/05/the-cia-the-death-of-bob-marley-2503344.html?currentSplittedPage=1].
Ray Levoi (Val Kilmer): He speaks English?
Walter Crow Horse (Graham Greene): Yeah, only when he's really pissed off.
That is, alas, the script that has been followed here in America to incrementally push the people to support a right-wing 'law-and-order' agenda that has resulted in a wholesale stripping away of civil rights, due process rights and privacy rights. Accompanying that has been a pronounced race-baiting that has led to rising racial tensions in this country and a prison population composed largely of African-Americans and Hispanics.
The hip-hop scene - like the punk scene which was evolving from a stub to a full hand with fingers, becoming more refined and branching off into the post-punk goth, new wave and new romantic scenes - was starting to mature through the likes of Tupac Shakur. Personally, I have always blamed Thatcher’s adoption of American-style corporate materialism and the ensuing climate of greed for the death of punk. The political emphasis shifted to the far right, meaning that all the really cool things in society that had been seeded in the 60s and 70s were gradually bulldozed into oblivion (the polytechnic I went to, with its independent curriculum opportunities, for example). Aggressive white youths had previously gravitated, of course, to skinhead culture amidst the race war between blacks and whites in the early 80s, and, prior to that, mods and rockers. Yobs then had to borrow someone else’s cult from abroad because no one here was advocating violence anymore. Rave culture happened, and it was as big as the hippy culture of the Sixties. Just like a pop-up toaster: you go in white and you come out black! Illuminati hip-hop fuelled the fire of anger and violence, ensuring that it raged through society. I imagine that the resulting discord in Britain is rooted in black youth culture here, not as a throwback to the racial tensions of old in this country but more as a ‘catch’ when the ball was thrown over from the States. In fact, shootings, stabbings, gang-related attacks in Britain today are no longer racially-motivated, as I was reading in an article recently. It is mainly blacks attacking other blacks, it seems. This is a disease that has been exported from America and has interfered with the natural course of evolution towards greater unity and harmony in our society. America is where the battle between dark and light is really taking place. We get the leftovers, in a manner of speaking. We are not promoting our own cultural ideas – they are all imposed from America because they have the money. So, gang culture is an import and young people are stabbing each other as a result.
Bitch don't wanna die; then, don't fuck with me
It's kinda hard to be optimistic
When your homie's lyin dead on the pavement twisted
Y'all don't hear me doe, I'm tryin hard to make amends
But I'm losin all my motherfuckin friends…damn!
They should've shot me when I was born
Now I'm trapped in the motherfuckin storm
How long will they mourn me?
For the hood the under privileged and oppressed
During an interview (for Alright Now) in 1979, when he was the singer of The Specials, Terry Hall explained that Rude Boys were criminals (engaged in underground violence) in Jamaica who ‘dressed very slick.’ “It was just a fashion.” In the area in which he grew up in the Midlands, he said, two thirds of the pupils at his school were black so it was natural to be involved in their culture to some degree. In his book, Queens Reigns Supreme: Fat Cat, 50 Cent and the Rise of the Hip Hop Hustler (2005), Ethan Brown (who writes for publications such as Wired, Rolling Stone, VIBE, GQ and The Village Voice) writes how the streets and housing projects of Southeast Queens took over the rap industry for years. “Rappers from Nas to Ja Rule have hero-worshipped the legendary drug dealers who dominated Queens in the 1980s with their violent crimes and flashy lifestyles. Now, for the first time ever, this gripping narrative digs beneath the hip-hop fables to recreate the rise and fall of hustlers like Lorenzo Fat Cat’ Nichols, Gerald ‘Prince’ Miller, Kenneth ‘Supreme’ McGriff and Thomas ‘Tony Montana’ Mickens. Spanning twenty-five years, from the violence of the crack era to Run DMC to the infamous murder of NYPD rookie Edward Byrne to Tupac Shakur to 50 Cent’s battles against Ja Rule and Murder Inc, to the killing of Jam Master Jay, Queens Reigns Supreme is the first inside look at the infamous Southeast Queens crews and their connections to gangster culture in hip hop today.” (www.2pacworld.co.uk/2pacnews_archive2005.html).
Oppressed by the industry the hip-hop government
Watched and harassed by the hip-hop Police
Why you think Nas screaming hip-hop deceased?
K: Its ok, I forgive you. But I suggest you seek the source of your hate from within yourself, confront it and learn whatever it is that you do not know.