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Keep It Real, Rick Ross

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One of these things is not like the…wait, maybe not

 

Disclaimer: I am not a fan of Rick Ross at all.  I can appreciate a rapper who has a great ear for picking beats to rhyme over, as much as I can an individual who can establish relevance with his own music label with a proud cokehead as one of his marquee acts.

It’s appalling enough to me that we have a rapper who lied about being a correctional officer, continues to use the identity of a drug dealer as his stage name (said drug dealer who was so offended by this that he sued him–and lost!); and who consistently puts out street anthems in which he adapts yet another person’s persona in order to make a hit song.

Dude has been Big Meech, Larry Hoover.  MC Hammer. Freeway Ricky Ross.

And now, the person who wants to be known as anyone but William Roberts wants to be that creepy guy at the party that your parents told you about.

The one if you leave your drink unattended. even for a second, you might as well just throw it out.  

Hm.  That rhymed.

I won’t link the song in my blog.  I feel as if that gives it even more controversy and some dumbass kid who stumbles across this post will probably end up listening to the whole thing and trying to justify it.

Or, worse yet, they could just do like Roberts himself and refuse to even accept responsibility for this type of lyricism, or lack thereof, in the music.

The article I’ve linked above is basically an interview where Roberts is doing damage control and basically saying, well, I don’t condone that.  And I never actually used the word “rape,” so that’s not accurate.

So maybe someone can use my comments section who might actually have a clue about what “popping a molly in her drink” and then, “having fun with her, and she don’t even know it” would be making reference to.

This originally started off as an open letter to dude.  However, I’ve decided to save that for the people who actually deserve it (more on that soon).  I’ve already spent enough words explaining a situation that should never have happened in the first place.

It’s partially our fault for accepting it, though.

We accept the foolishness in our music, allow these artists to play on our radio stations. We watch the videos.  We download their music and follow them on Twitter.

Worst of all, we allow them to blatantly perpetrate a lifestyle that they may or may not actually lead, in order to entertain us.

As long as we continue to give them a voice and support their behavior and the things they choose to speak about in their music, we are just as guilty.

Here’s another disclaimer: I remember when Eminem first came out with the Marshall Mathers LP, and being completely appalled at the lyrics on the album.  

The difference here is that I never actually saw Eminem run from the controversy.  Instead, he used the music to create a debate about why we actually found this acceptable to listen to in the first place.  And in the meantime, he just so happened to get rich off of it–and then, repeated the formula with 50 Cent and sold drug music and violence to hip-hop all over again, making anyone who railed against homophobia, misogyny, and an assortment of other social ills while banging Get Rich Or Die Trying or The Slim Shady LP complete hypocrites.

Myself included.

So today, being a grownup, I say this. 

Some things are acceptable as art as long as they push the right boundaries and make room for discussion about what we value as a society.

There is no room for fakes and frauds in hip-hop, especially if they are designed to mislead and corrupt our people, especially our young men and women.

I intentionally did not use the word “artist” when referring to Roberts’ music. Nor will I until he looks in the mirror and admits to himself that he has been living someone else’s life and attempting to pretend that he isn’t who he really is.

Because art, at it’s most basic, is truth.

Track #4 on God Forgives, I Don’t, ironically titled “Ashamed”, has him uttering the lines, “Before I was a fetus/I had the genes of a leader.”

If this is remotely true, then he can start by leading by example and not hiding behind the music.

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Written by aceviewblogger

March 29, 2013 at 8:41 pm

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