Hello. When I watch and listen to Rap Hip Hop performers produced and promoted by Shawn “Jay Z” Carter (born December 4, 1969), Marion “Suge” Knight, Jr. (born April 19, 1965) and other Rap Hip Hop record producers, I see and hear men and teens whose depression, frustration and anger are being exploited for profit and fame.
For instance, when I look at the infancy of Dwayne “Lil Wayne” Michael Carter, Jr’s (Born September 27, 1982) rap career and learn he was a child less than a decade old when he became involved in rap performing, I see a man who was a victim of pre-adolescent child abuse at the hands of record producers who used him for their own selfish reasons. At the end of this writing I quote from Lil Wayne’s Wiki page.
I believe teens and young men like Lil Wayne may have fallen victim to modern day slave masters James “Jimmy” Iovine (born March 11, 1953), Anthony “Top Dawg” Tiffith (born; unknown), Sean “Puff Daddy”, “Diddy”, “P. Diddy” John Combs (born November 4, 1969) and Marion “Suge” Knight, Jr. (born April 19, 1965) as well as dozens more Rap and/or Hip-Hop record producers.
The root causes of depression that often leads to aggression and violence are in part related to some/many children’s early up-bringing and care.
In his 2015 Grammy award winning rap performance, “I”, Kendrick Lamar reveals, “I’ve been dealing with depression ever since an adolescent.”
During a January 20, 2011 LAWeekly interview Kendrick, born in 1987, the same year songwriter Suzanne Vega wrote a song about child abuse and VICTIM DENIAL that was nominated for a Grammy award, he told the interviewer:
“Lamar’s parents moved from Chicago to Compton in 1984 with all of $500 in their pockets. “My mom’s one of 13 [THIRTEEN] siblings, and they all got SIX kids, and till I was 13 everybody was in Compton,” he says.”
“I’m 6 years old, seein’ my uncles playing with shotguns, sellin’ dope in front of the apartment. My moms and pops never said nothing, ’cause they were young and living wild, too. I got about 15 stories like ‘Average Joe.'”
It seems evident to me Kendrick identified the source of his depression, the roots of poverty, the child abuse/maltreatment that prevented him, his brothers, sisters, cousins, neighborhood friends and elementary and JHS classmates from enjoying a fairly happy, safe Average Joe and Josie American kid childhood.
Seems the adults responsible for raising the children in Kendrick’s immediate and extended family placed obstacles in their children’s way, causing their kids to deal with challenges and stresses young minds are not prepared to deal with…nor should they or any other children be exposed to and have to deal with.
After looking over some of the rap lyrics written by Kendrick, I recognize he and I have both tread in similar worlds or communities.
Kendrick doing so as a depressed adolescent, me as a often frustrated uniformed NYC police officer dealing with children suffering from depression. In my experience, depressed children who often resort to committing anti-social harmful acts against their peaceful neighbors.
Reading lyrics to a few of Kendrick’s raps and media interviews, watching a few of his on-air radio interviews, it appears Kendrick is a fairly peaceful man not nearly as depressed, frustrated or openly angry as many other rappers and their followers/supporters I’ve observed on YouTube and in the neighborhoods I served during my more than two decade police career.
I spent some time reading lyrics penned by Rap and Hip-Hop performers produced and promoted by each of the record producers I mentioned.
What I read are juvenile, angry lyrics describing much of the pain, chaos, violence, harm, including physical and emotional trauma I personally witnessed peaceful people experience…harm caused by depressed teens and adults who empathize with these lyrics because they live in communities where they witness some or many caregivers/parents condition their young to accept a life of lawlessness and encourage disrespect for their peaceful neighbors.
Read the lyrics for yourself and consider if these Rap and Hip-Hop record producers promote violence and disrespect as well as exploit young men and teens writing lyrics expressing their pain, frustrations and anger?
Sadly, it seems quite apparent these modern day slave masters would rather cash in on their brother’s depression than seek ways to genuinely help and heal them.
In my opinion, Rap and Hip-Hop record producers often sign angry, violence prone, depressed adults who are/were directly responsible for actively and gleefully contributing to the physical and emotional harm many peaceful people living in urban communities have to contend with on a 24/7 basis.
I am not just talking about the physical violence described in some/many Rap performers lyrics, I am thinking about the emotional trauma that results from the violence I witnessed countless innocent and many not-so-innocent violent and non-violent crime victims of ALL ages experience during the nearly dozen years I provided uniform and investigative police services to a Brooklyn, NY community populated by aspiring or popular Rap and Hip-Hop performers.
I am definitely thinking and writing about the emotional harm caused to peace-minded people living in communities populated by some or many caregivers/parents who embrace negativity while raising and nurturing depressed rap and hip-hop performers.
I fear when my neighbors from all American communities hear violence riddled, female-demeaning lyrics penned by rap or hip-hop ‘artists’ >>>> some or many of our neighbors may/will, rightfully or not, embrace negative stereotypes about some or many of these record producer’s Rap and Hip-Hop artists, their fans who empathize with them and the communities they live in.
History tells us human nature leans toward creating stereotypes. Some or many Americans love stereotypes so much they have made popular, comedians who write material addressing stereotypes, enriching them beyond their wildest dreams for sharing their thoughts.
Sadly, some or many Americans have enriched slave masters like Anthony “Top Dawg” Tiffith, as well as the emotionally depressed teens and men that Anthony has exploited, instead of trying to learn why his brothers are so damn angry that they write lyrics essentially characterizing their moms, sister, grandmas and daughters as bhores and witches.
Does Sean “Puffy” Combs really believe he is helping “the cause” or making “the struggle” easier by promoting ‘music’ that expresses messages of anger and hate, TOTALLY undoing all the good-work immensely talented ‘music artists’ of the civil rights era did by writing beautiful music praising and loving females, music that a broad/large/vast number of Americans and people around our tiny orb embraced and empathized with? Music that many of us still boogie to and enjoy most every day?
When they weren’t peacefully expressing their thoughts about social issues, most all music artists from the ’60s civil rights generation wrote music informing the world, “Look, we are peaceful people, listen to the music we write for all to enjoy. We praise and respect women, as well as all peaceful people.”
As a public school kid growing up during that tumultuous, exciting/disturbing era in American and world history, (I looked forward to periodic bomb shelter training) I listened to very appealing, well produced music shared by talented black music artists while contemporaneously learning about racism.
I was trying to figure out why I was being taught All Men Are Created Equal and all peaceful men have an absolute right to enjoy their vision for Life, Liberty and Happiness, yet there seemed to be a number of freedom loving Americans having a problem with black people who were writing music that made me smile and fought in wars to help preserve our/my freedom. What’s up with them?
It was not making sense until I actually began living life, experiencing and learning of the many human ignorances some of my fellow humans embrace, as well as the human proclivity for being wary of and questioning the character or background of people who are not like them, or from totally different cultures.
As I aged acquiring life experiences, evaluating them for their usefulness, tucking away in my aging sometimes corrupt memory files, I realized the scope of racism, the pain it caused, would most likely take generations for the pain to subside, and a few more generations to heal the wounds caused by human ignorance.
Today in 2015 I believe most Americans realize the ignorance embraced by our predecessors was just that, ignorant.
I also see damaged people like Shawn ‘JayZ’ Carter and his ‘music artists’ struggling to UNDO all the efforts of peace and unity offered by peaceful, well-adjusted, talented music artists from our not-too-distant past.
What really irks me, yesterday’s imaginative and ‘talented music artists’ created beautiful sounds…that some or many of today’s ‘performers’ have totally disrespected by sampling/thieving these beautiful sounds and associating them with today’s hateful, angry lyrics that demean people as well characterize their moms, sister, grandmas and daughters as witches and bhores.
Hard to believe mature, talented, music artists are not up in arms, voicing their disappointment about how their children, grand-kids and great-grand-kids have devalued the messages of peace, love and respect they shared with our world.
Though ‘if’ they are being $paid$ by the youngsters who sample/thieve their musical talent, I can understand why the aging generation remains silent about their music being used to spread anger and hate…I understand because greed is a powerful human trait, just like ignorance and the willingness to embrace negative stereotypes.
Rap and Hip-Hop record producers Jimmy Iovine, Shawn “Jay Z” Carter, Kanye Omari West, Anthony “Top Dawg” Tiffith, Sean “Puffy” Combs and Marion “Suge” Knight should be facing societal charges of perpetuating negative stereotypes that harm peaceful people living in many communities populated by aspiring or popular Rap and Hip-Hop stars, and for failing to assist damaged teens and men who are obviously suffering much emotional pain >>>> instead of exploiting these depressed human beings for profit and notoriety.
Humans are constantly evolving, trying to improve ourselves by learning from our past mistakes, taking steps to correct our mistakes as we progress into our future.
Sadly there are people who cannot let go and move forward, apparently wishing to remain victims of the human ignorance of our past.
Because men like Shawn “Jay Z” Carter, Kanye Omari West, Jimmy Iovine, Anthony “Top Dawg” Tiffith, Sean “Puffy” Combs and Suge Knight profit and gain notoriety from exploiting and embracing the ignorance of our past.
Wiki: True Story was originally the debut album by American hip hop duo B.G.’z, released on July 29, 1995, by Cash Money. Originally, B.G.’z were a group consisting of Lil Doogie (B.G.), who was 14 years old, and Baby D (Lil Wayne), who was 12. This album was released in 1995…
I am curious how old Lil Wayne was when the album was recorded?
…Due to his age, Wayne’s mother didn’t allow him to record such profane lyrics but he still did, and the name B.G. was given to Doogie. “True Story” and “Fuck Big Boy” are diss tracks towards Mystikal and Big Boy Records, another independent label from New Orleans.
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A little girl, catching a cool breeze from an air conditioning unit in the yard, was blindsided by another child about her same age, who had evidently had some practice with fighting fierce. The small victim wasn’t alone, as there were plenty of nearby witnesses, who could have protected her but didn’t because they were too busy recording the brutal beat down and encouraging it. | Written By Amanda Shea
What I see in this recorded act of criminal child abuse, is adults conditioning children to embrace the cycle of child abuse, child maltreatment and violence passed down from generation to generation by depressed Americans who are content living in the poverty they are primarily responsible for fueling when irresponsibly birthing children from selfishness, instead of the love between two committed adult partners.
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Read popular American rapper Tupac Amaru Shakur (Lesane Parish Crooks; June 16, 1971 – September 13, 1996) lyrics to learn about his love-hate relationship with his mom, his great disappointment with his dad, and about Tupac’s frequent suicidal thoughts.
Read about how Tupac’s drug addicted mother accepted proceeds of the harmful anti-social acts Tupac raps/writes about committing against his peaceful neighbors. I have to tell you, reading Tupac’s lyrics brings back a lot memories of the horrific emotional child abuse I witnessed during the nearly twelve year I provided police services to Shawn Carter’s community.
Shawn “Jay Z” Carter (born December 4, 1969) is another victim of child abuse/neglect who raps/writes about the physical harm and fear he caused to his peaceful neighbors and community.
Reading Shawn “Jay Z” Carter describe the pain he caused to his neighbors and community, brought back painful memories, causing me experience much of the same anxiety and pain I experienced from personally witnessing the physical and emotional pain young Shawn Carter caused to individuals as well as an entire housing complex and surrounding neighborhoods.
In 1987, the same year emotionally depressed 2015 Grammy winner Kendrick Lamar was born, songwriter Suzanne Vega wrote a song about child abuse and VICTIM DENIAL that was nominated for a Grammy.
Suzanne nailed it, parents and caregivers do the most horrific things to their kids, yet many kids will defend their abusers, blaming themselves for their “blues,” bruises and injuries before admitting a parent/caretaker harmed them.
“Yes I think I’m okay I walked into the door again
Well, if you ask that’s what I’ll say
And it’s not your business anyway”