backtolbc observed. “The black man’s skin is not your enemy.”
During the 60s when I was a kid growing up in a middle-class NYC suburb, loving music, including Motown that was maturing right along with me, I learned about racism.
As I matured I was glad Americans were addressing our human ignorance that for generation harmed many of our fellow human beings.
I was happy to see American society was creating laws to educate and protect all American from human ignorance, actively attempting to end generations of disrespect and pain my dark complected Americans brothers and sisters experienced, including my Motown friends who always made me smile.
However, as I evolved as an individual, gathering more life experiences I noticed a new form of disrespect developing and being directed at my Motown friends.
This new source of disrespect for my black American neighbors was coming from my Motown friend’s children and grandchildren.
During the 60s’-70s mega-talented musicians wrote, composed and produced Motown sounds celebrating life, love, peace and often unity.
Today and for the past thirty years many of their children and grandchildren write lyrics for another genre of American ‘music’ that began around the same time society was establishing well-intentioned social programs intended to help heal the pain caused by racism/human-ignorance.
This is the period when the new form of disrespect began to brew. Well-intentioned social programs were understandably taken advantage of by some depressed people, mostly single moms, who built large families before acquiring the skills to raise, nurture and independently care for their kids.
In the 80s, around the same time a young Shawn ‘Jay Z’ Carter was a midteen harming his peaceful neighbors by developing the drug trade he raps/writes about, I was a Brooklyn cop witnessing the fear, emotional harm and physical damage Shawn Jay Z Carter raps/writes causing to peaceful people living and working in the Marcy Houses, as well as the surrounding neighborhoods.
I also witnessed the child abuse, neglect and maltreatment caused to Shawn (and his crew of teens/young men) by the life of struggle and hardship his depressed mom introduced him to in late 1969, during the post-civil rights era when depressed women and teens were irresponsibly building families they introduced into depressed communities.
In his 2015 Grammy award winning Rap Performance titled “I”, Kendrick Lamar writes, “I’ve been dealing with depression ever since an adolescent.”
In a January 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.'”
Beginning at paragraph eight, In this October 2012 interview Kendrick reveals who he believes let him down.
Seems 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 school classmates from enjoying a fairly happy safe 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.
Perhaps these obstacles and challenges cause some developing children’s minds to become tormented and go haywire, not knowing OR NOT CARING ABOUT right from wrong though knowing their parents introduced them to a life of pain and struggle, totally unlike the mostly safe, happy life the media showed them many American kids were enjoying.
I wonder how little Kendrick and his classmates reacted when their elementary school teacher introduced the DARE presenter and they learned about the real dangers of drugs and how they harm people, including their parents?
backtolbc, as an adult Kendrick Lamar had the fortitude to let his voice be heard, he’s clearly identified who and what behaviors prevented him, his siblings, neighborhood friends and many of his elementary and JHS classmates from growing up feeling safe, loved and adequately cared for, totally unlike many other American kids his TV told him were enjoying a safe, decent, fun life.
In my opinion, Kendrick reveals why many rap hip hop performers write rap performance lyrics characterizing females as “witches and bhores, or inferior beings not worthy of respect.
Kendrick indirectly reveals why, for the past three decades my Motown friend’s children and grandchildren been calling females, aka their moms, sisters, grandmas and daughters, nasty foul names?
Because they resent their mothers for introducing them to a world filled with pain and struggle. This is the new form of disrespect peaceful people have to contend with.
Tupac’s “Dear Mama” and “That’s Just The Way It Is” are two raps in which Tupac revealed who prevented him from experiencing a safe childhood life.. It was his mom, hooked on the poison that Shawn “Jay Z” Carter proudly raps about selling to depressed people like Tupac’s mom.
Sadly, an entire $$entertainment industry$$ has been built on the human ignorance of people who are enamored by rap beats, yet do not take a critical look at what inspired the lyrics to many popular or underground rap performances.
Because of the big money currently being made by rap producers and performers, I do not anticipate more rappers like Kendrick speaking about the child abuse they were forced to cope with. It is more fun to be making money, relying on human ignorance to keep the cash flowing.
Frankly, backtolbc, I am not happy all the good work my Motown friends did to establish before our world that they are peaceful, loving people, has been seriously tainted by moms who abused/neglected their kids, causing their kids to resent them, deflecting and venting their anger and frustrations at mom, by harming their peaceful neighbors.