Thug Love: Gangsta Rappers Endorse Hillary Clinton – Downtrend
V. Saxena wrote, “Gangsta rappers Waka Flocka Flame, Ja Rule, Snoop Dogg, 50 Cent and A$AP Rocky, all of whom earn millions by promoting destructive lifestyles to teens,…
VS, I agree each one of these men is promoting…however depending on one’s point of view and life experiences, exactly what they are promoting is debatable.
From my point of view, after spending nearly a dozen years providing police services to a Rap Hip Hop influenced Brooklyn, NY community, I believe each of these men is writing/rapping about the child abuse/neglect they suffered or witnessed their friends, school mates and neighbors have to deal with during a critical period of child development.
I understand he is not among the hardcore rapping guys, though in his 2015 Grammy award winning rap performance, “I”, Kendrick Lamar reveals, “I’ve been dealing with depression ever since an adolescent.”
After looking at rap lyrics written by Kendrick, reading a few interviews posted online as well watching and listening to several radio interviews posted on YT, I recognize Kendrick 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.
In this 2011 LAWeekly interview Kendrick clearly explains what caused his early depression and why he continued to experience depression into adulthood.
Quoting a January 2011 LAWeekly interview with Kendrick:
“Lamar’s parents moved from Chicago to Compton in 1984 with all of $500 in their pockets. “My mom’s one of 13 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.'”
Because we have tread the same sidewalks and experienced what life is like for some kids in the community he raps about, I am going to surmise Kendrick is sharing experiences that caused his depression, as well as the ever-present sadness many of his siblings, friends, neighbors and schoolmates born and raised under similar circumstances experience in their developing lives.
If you read the interview think about a young kid being taught in school to be truthful, honest, not to cheat ect… Then picture the kid going home to the life Kendrick describes.
Fact is, in the January 2011 interview Kendrick clearly described the driving force behind poverty and the child abuse many kids suffer, causing them to develop into depressed, emotionally damaged teens and adults.
I’ve met and/or observed hundreds of children who much like Kendrick were victims of early childhood abuse/neglect. I understand how the abuse impacted him, depriving him and many of his schoolmates of a normal mainstream American life the media showed him most American kids were enjoying.
I’d be willing to wager each one of the American rappers VS reports is supporting Mrs. Clinton to become our next president, has at some time during their childhood development experienced some form of emotional abuse/neglect or physical maltreatment at the hands of their immature, irresponsible caregivers.
I’ll go even further, speculating much like Tupac raps about in “That’s Just The Way It Is”, many American rappers, their friends and fans have contemplated suicide or wished they were never born.
Last week The NYTimes reported, “Rise in Suicide by Black Children Surprises Researchers”
Kendrick and Tupac know why their friends and classmates are filled with pain kids should not experience. They’ve clearly rapped and spoken about it.
However, many people seem to interpret their lyrics as violent, denigrating and anti-social, which they are, though most all seem to willfully ignore what causes these damaged men and teens to rap about the pain they suffer, the emotional and/or physical pain they’ve caused or witnessed others cause to peaceful people living and working in their communities.
A question I’ve been pondering for some time.
Motown and me grew up together, we were virtual buddies. My mega-talented buddies wrote, composed and performed music that showed their love and affection for ladies.
Today, not too much respect for females, in fact for some reason many rappers characterize females, aka their moms, sisters, grandmas and daughters, as Witches and Bhores, or less than human.
What has changed over just a few generations?