Don Trip And Starlito Shine A Light On Bullying In “Leash On Life”
Are you guys speaking from personal experiences?
Starlito: Nah, I wasn’t bullied. Not that part of it. I just think with telling somebody else’s story …
Don Trip: Every form of being aggressive ain’t being bullied. It ain’t always the same thing. For my take on it, I involved a bit of my real life in it too. I feel like you would be the one to relate what I am saying to you by putting things I actually know about in it. I don’t think I could wrote the verse if I didn’t know about certain aspects of that.
Starlito: Considering that, there’s elements of my verse that are directly come from me. There are parts of my story that I say are pretty straightforward. I got homies in the pen [who] only focus is to keep their phone hid. That’s their reality and by default my reality too. That is something that I know about. There are different struggles going on. It’s not struggle rap for the sake of struggle rap, but its moreso like, “Man, that’s somebody else going through something different than you.” Or, I might be saying something you are going through and you understand it crystal clear. I am kind of in the middle of it because I come from the place from the kids that are doing the bullying. I could have been in that classroom that this kid came and shot up because my friends used to pick on people for no reason. Because I was a cool kid. And this kid might feel like its him against the world. I am on the other side of that. I think its real to everyone.
Trip, you rap, “His dad aint’ home/His momma still struggling/She juggle three jobs ain’t get no help from the government.”
Don Trip: That’s from my own experiences. I involve that because when you see people, you don’t know what they are going through. And a lot of times, we judge a book by its cover. That’s just how we format it for some reason. You don’t know the reason why he’s not wearing Jordans cause they can’t afford them. They just plainly can’t afford them. It’s a lot more involved in that. It’s a lot of things, a lot of misfortunes that happen in life that people never look past. People don’t understand that everything has a story behind it. Like you said, if their dad ain’t home and his momma is still struggling, she’s doing everything she can do because she makes too much to be assisted and not enough to make it.
With that being said, of course that burden falls on the child as well. Eventually, if the child is sheltered from the realities of what is going on as far as that. Eventually, at some age, it’s going to start to affect their child. If you add what is going on at home to what is going on at school. When they go to school and they are being picked on. They don’t know why he’s not sociable. He’s not cool, period. If they don’t understand that, like most people, the thing they don’t understand, that’s what people gather up and pick at. I just wanted to give a better look at that. Like I said, that’s something people don’t see. I guess the given end of the bullying, they don’t look at all that. Nine times out of ten, they going through the same thing. They just take it a different way. Those busy kids, they got all that going on at home. They lash out like that. The other kid, they got all that going on and he just keeps to himself. So, you know, that was to show that even though you going through what you are going through, somebody going through something similar or somebody is going through something that is the opposite of what you are going through. No matter what, we are all going through something. You can’t treat a person like a person is not a person.