You Can’t Handle The Truth…

I suppose my life would be a lot easier for me if I just stayed inside my parent’s house and used the money that I spend now on my mortgage, my car note, my insurance, my light bill and my cable bill on weed and booze.

I would prah’lee consider some uneducated rapper to be worthwhile entertainment. My goals in life would be to basically milk out my existence on my parent’s dime. My pregnant girlfriend could just sleep in my bedroom with me. It’s the same bedroom that I have had all my life. The Batman stickers I put on my dresser in fifth grade are still there. The front of the drawers have fallen off now.

My room is pretty neat because my mom and my girlfriend keep it clean for me. They do my laundry and the grocery shopping. Whenever I go into the kitchen there is always something for me to drink or eat. I heat up a package of Hot Pockets and I return to my room. I have work to do on the internet. My work mostly consists of visiting Hip-Hop websites and downloading music. My iPod has every mixtape that was dropped this calendar year. I think I will tell my mom to buy me a new iPod every year when I fill up the old one. My mom and dad have money to spend on me like that because they have been working forever…

I only wish that I could live this blissfully ignorant lifestyle. It’s a perfect twelve year old’s life that many people in their twenties still perpetuate. It happens when you have a parent or parents that don’t value education or a determined work ethic. Or it could be that their child just isn’t built for the everyday responsibility and rigors of the real world. That’s the more than likely excuse. So instead of telling their child the truth that he/she might be a diddun-diddun the parents just allow the child to eke out a marginal lifestyle.

Some people that have been poorly educated think that being a responsible adult means that their lives won’t contain any fun any longer. The truth is that with more education your lifestyle and the things that you enjoy for entertainment takes on another level. Imagine using your passport to leave the country. Cancun, Paris, St. Maarten and London are all stamped into my passport. I am gonna shoot the shot for Cuba this summer. They have a Hip-Hop festival in the late summer called Black August and this might be the last year to see Cuba in all of it’s faded glory before Castro is finally replaced.

My idea of fun is seeing someone beautiful in a faraway place and trying to figure out who they remind me of in New York City. My idea of fun is experiencing Hip-Hop culture in all of these remote places and finding that the people that do it respect the architects. Shit is so real overseas you can’t imagine. Dudes in Paris were bumping Public Enemy and ‘Fuck The Police’ during a month long riot two years ago. I traveled to the record stores and the sneaker shops in the suburbs and to a man Parisian Hip-Hop fans mostly agreed that NaS > Jay-Z. True story.

I don’t think rap or Hip-Hop should ever rid itself of the carefree aesthetic that it has made incredibly popular. I just want the artists that practice rap and Hip-Hop to be masters of their craft. Just like Picasso you have to keep improving your craft. That means you have to change your content. If the only pictures that you are able to paint contain your necklace and your car wheels then you aren’t even an artist anymore. You’re just redundant. You are boring. I’ve traveled too far and seen too much to stay impressed with rappers who are obviously corporate pawns. That type of shit only interests the miseducated and the white supremacists who want to keep folks stuck in that hole.

Don’t be confused either into thinking that because someone listens to rap music that they aren’t down with the plan for white supremacy. I see some of these music critics talk about how real these rappers are and it reminds me of the European clergymen that used the teachings of Christ to subjugate Africans as pawns in order to ensnare other Africans. I’m not saying that all whites can’t be trusted because that isn’t the case either. It’s just that most of them couldn’t care less whether you jigs got an education and progressed because then they might end up being the folks serving you lunch through the drive-thru at Wendy’s. Still and all, regular white folk, even though they benefit from supremacy aren’t the biggest problem.

The biggest problem is that young Black and Brown people don’t believe in their majesty. It doesn’t just reside in some of us. It exists in all of us. I am somebody. I am not talking that African king shit, but I’m speaking on the knowledge that I am capable of shaping my universe through my hard work and my determination. So are you. Supremacy has put all kinds of messages inside of it’s media machine to make you think that you fate is pre-destined. My options in life are limitless as long as I believe in myself and I do. You all should do the same.

The music I listen to…

TY featuring De La Soul ‘The Idea’

  • http://www.hiphopsunderworld.blogspot.com RICK RUDE
  • http://#1NdaHoodG.com David

    Jay-Z > Nas

  • http://uh asdf

    no.

  • AZ

    Last!!

    Thank you it’s not cool being unintelligent…Don’t get it twisted just because you don’t go to some college doesn’t mean your stupid but you have to strive to educate yourself

  • thoreauly77

    that paris riot was insane. sentimental, but good post nonethless. it’s strange blend of sincerity and rhetoric kind of made my brain hurt.

  • http://myspace.com/robinthahoodo_o robin_tha_hood

    Me first?

  • richmond, va

    standing ovation, best shit you ever wrote.

  • Prodigal Son

    Finally, a post I thought was worth reading, really interesting Billy, showed a side and prove to people that you don’t have to be ignorant to be cool, and travelling, like you say, is the best, opens your eyes to a whole other level.
    peace.

  • Combat Jack

    ^ Co-sign, chilling in a hip hop club in Tokyo, Japan grinding on some suntanned Japanese chicks is hella fun!

  • thatdukeSuave

    Truth. There are many levels of education that people can achieve that have absolutely nothing to do with ‘schoolin’. Anytime a person takes time to learn just a little more about a topic, tries to understand a craft just a little more, or takes time to think for themselves that maybe what they perceive might not be the way something was being portrayed, then they have educated themselves to a degree. Ignorance also has many levels, and are usually achieved by stubbornness, laziness, and plain not-givin-a-fuck. Desire to be better will almost always conquer ignorance, and sometimes all it takes is a little self-awareness to realize that small steps can be taken to adjust quality of life in large amounts. And you damn right, it feels good to have that passport running out of room!

  • these posts are racist

    Nice post man.

  • Dr Flav

    A bit pompous, but motivational none the less. This is true candidate for best blog evar.

  • Incilin

    People often make ridiculous commments here saying that your really Bol with a different name, and I usually think those people are just idiots. But it sersiouly sounds like Tara wrote this blog. Of course she didn’t, but this is a werid post. This sounds nothing like your other blogs. And its miles away from your last post. Overall, it’s kinda nice. Makes me wish I coulda rioted in France wit “Fuck THa Police” playing.

  • John Cochran

    You’ve just articulated how I’ve felt about hip hop for a while now. The first two paragraphs describe all the brothas around my way. My pop always says “work hard to play hard”. Thats why I got two jobs, so I can afford to go to school, drive my car, fund my up and coming production company, and print up my own albums and sell them shits out my fuckin trunk. This summer gone be hella fun. 1

  • John Brown

    Now this ish right here is HIP-HOP ON A HIGHER LEVER…F it is REAL TALK…education is the only thing that we can earn and not be taken away from us at any point of time.

    IMO, Post of the year.

  • these posts are racist

    Dr. Flav,

    Peep my response to you in the E-40 donation post…

  • The DJ Formerly Known as N-CREDIBLE

    “Thank you it’s not cool being unintelligent…Don’t get it twisted just because you don’t go to some college doesn’t mean your stupid but you have to strive to educate yourself ”

    Dont equate going to school with knowledge…learn about the world we live in from your own perspective do your research…open your mind to new thoughts and ideas…knowledge os definitly power…as I have stated and Silly Sally stated…they wanna keep you ignorant to the truth…the media is their tool to keep you occupied on mindless things…nothing is wrong with watching TV…its what you watch that makes the difference…myself…I watch sports and the discovey channel a lot…the news to even though they present things in a biased fashion but you have to read b/w the lines and see the truth about what is going on…America is so isolated from the world is a shame…Americans have this superiority complex that has been passed down from the evil greedy elite…Christians aren’t the only ones going to Heaven…we must learn to open up and resect other lifestyles elsewhere…remember by brothers and sisters…the answer to the world’s problems are in our possesion…as it was in the beggining so shall it be in the end…emerge from the darkness that has been casted over you…

    go rebound Silly Sally you need more of this and less of that foolishness you posted yesterday….Weezy may not be enlighting the world but we all have our roles in life…let him play his…b/c last i checked none of these mainstream artist dropped knowledge other than Nas…Weezy is a entertainer and that is where it ends…

  • http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/cleanguns2 RJB

    “That means you have to change your content. If the only pictures that you are able to paint contain your necklace and your car wheels then you aren’t even an artist anymore. You’re just redundant. You are boring. I’ve traveled too far and seen too much to stay impressed with rappers who are obviously corporate pawns.”

    This is why you and I can see through Lil’ Wayne while everyone else is captivated by this third-rate Jay-Z flow-jocking, Pharrel sneaker-biting fugazi rasta.

  • dc36

    shut…the…hell…up, you’re not better than anybody man. Sorry to break it to you.

  • Tek

    RJB,

    Well said..

  • dameSTATii

    Billy Sunday!! Good shyt. Prepare to get fired though.. I’ll still come to DP(nullus).com to get that unfiltered shyt, mixed w/ hot sneaks.

    TheSTATUS!

  • http://www.myspace.com/sinistahmoneybagz Sinistah aka Sin Piff

    i wish life was so easy, i don’t even know how to use a fuckin ipod let alone own one.

    i have no kids, i bone and roam as i please though, hey weed is cool, 4getting the night b4 one many occasions helped me slow down wit da booze though.

    I’ll admit my liking for ignorant rappers is due to the lack of real violence in action movies nowadays. But i can say the music i make speaks of some of the same things but in a more “thought-provoked” point of view. I self-educated myself most of my life once i learned the 3 tools of reading, writing, and math.

    thankfully i’m not descriptive of ya opening statement, but some people are just fucked up in their own situations. Some just actually may have been too shielded by cable and videogames to explore life a lil further than family vacations. Who knows, but i do agree as a whole we need to “Wake The Fuck Up”

    only since this week we revisited the great Spike Lee flick “School Daze” in the media world……

  • ak47

    good post. thought provoking.

    but why should rappers have to be masters of their craft?? when talkin about cars and ice is gonna make you money, why fuck that up and take a risk of making no money by saying something intelligent??

    the truth is saying something thought provoking or intelligent doesn’t translate into dollars. the problem lies within the audience. if “not trying” and just spittin the same bullshit is profitable and succesful, why not continue??

    dont get me wrong, i hate alot of the hip-hop music thats out today. but i can’t knock the hustle. if makin that wack shit is makin you that green, you gotta do what u gotta do. we shouldn’t hate on artists tryin to adapt to what their market wants to pay for. if we want someone to blame, its the teenagers of america that are making this sort of music successful.

    you can’t knock the hustle.

  • John Cochran

    AK47 you couldnt be more wrong. You’re applying hustler tactics to music as if this is just selling t shirts or something. This is art, you should create from your heart, not just for demand. I do agree that the audience is part blame, but they can only buy whats available. There are many ways to get rich if your smart, so dont use money as an excuse to destroy the culture.

  • biz

    Agreed. very well written post.

  • http://www.akirathedon.com AK DONOVAN

    CHUUUUUUUUUUURCH 2
    !

  • king blair

    jay-z > nas fuck france. but jigs do need to no more bout hiphop beyond 9/13/06 an 3/9/07, i’m looking forward to that marley an krs joint why you dont talk bout that

  • My Effin’ Opinion

    John Cochran Says:

    April 13th, 2007 at 4:30 pm
    AK47 you couldnt be more wrong. You’re applying hustler tactics to music as if this is just selling t shirts or something. This is art, you should create from your heart, not just for demand.

    ^^^^^

    JC .. the man’s got some sort of a point, cuz there are bloggers that choose to use their art to write bullshit that will generate a “buzz” instead of “creating things from the heart” as you say … and blogging doesn’t really translate into mucho dinero, so in these cases they’re doing it for the demand (in the form of comments, lets say)

    Now Billy, I ain’t tryna say that you yourself resort to these tactics but yesterday’s post was suspect. Entertaining, but still suspect considering the type of shit you are able to produce (this well written piece you posted today as evidence).

  • ak47

    cochran…

    ask yourself if you were an artist faced with today’s market. what would you do?? be real. you have a small window of opportunity to make millions. what are you gonna do?? try and “change the world”. you’d put out an album, it would flop, and you would be left with your dick in your hand 99% of the time.

    if this kind of music wasn’t successful, it wouldn’t be around. you think these rappers really want to sing on a hook?? hell na. they are doin what their market is demanding. its all business. its about makin money, just like every other profession. dont get it twisted.

  • http://www.rashadadesign.com DJ Intergral

    I must honestly say when you first started writing for XXL, I hated you blogs and thought they were as intelligent as Bol’s. But you have continued to drop humorous as well as thought provoking blogs for a minute now. So keep it up man.

  • che

    how about applying some of that knowledge and wisdom and using the word ‘probably’.

    also..

    >If the only pictures that you are able to paint contain your necklace and your car wheels then you aren’t even an artist anymore. You’re just redundant.

    Tell that to bvlgari and rolls royce. you presume that the only people that think of such things are rappers, think again, think it through, and only then speak. An actress of high stature will be considered an artist and she’ll wear the most precious stones in the world on oscar night. you wouldn’t look down your nose at her, your mind doesn’t even think that far. you attack people within your mental locality, but it’s not you’re fault. without realising you subconciously embody the very traits that you deplore in others.

  • Calibud

    Now I understand where Billy comes from on the Lil Wayne thing. I respect that.

  • John Cochran

    I feel you homie, but if I were an artist( which Im tryin to be) I wouldnt use music as an only route. Hace another way to make money so that you can comfortably can make the music you want and not care about sales, hence the flock of successfull indy artist. I feel you 47, but in the end, money doesnt equal my happiness. So yeah, I would try to “change the world”.

  • THAT_BOY_NOAH

    AWREADY

  • Yoda

    Damn, a sincere and thought provoking post…

  • Sean24 DC

    Man this is best article I have read on here. This is an article worth circulating to all of our black people.

  • http://www.shomionline.com Shomo

    Great post Billy!

    Have you seen Dr. John Henrik Clarke’s “A Great And Mighty Walk”?

  • http://dahshyt.blogspot.com Belize

    ~Puff~Puff~Propppzzz~~~~

  • DANJA29

    Now that’s some real shit- I know hip-hop’s the young people’s music and I respect that. I don’t want it to ever be about old-ass men tellin’ people how to live and shit like that… but it could stand to have SOME level of respect for doin’ something other than the small “box” of topics that just keeps gettin’ smaller and smaller.

    And maybe that’s the problem. Hip-hop (or popular hip-hop at least) has always centered around somewhat of a box. But now that box is shrinking even more, and getting even more limited than ever. Just like a kid who never grows up- the longer the state of mediocrity continues, the more the wall closes in before it’s just a sad-ass sight.

    Good blog Billy.

  • 107

    whos this billy guy biting bols entire style. is that what hip hop coming too. wack ass artists and wack writers stealing the man who made it work style. your billy guy, not byron. bol is the most hated around here you cant get that title he got it on lock not your bitch ass matter of fact i hate both of you bitches. smh billy i remember a post in the past you made biting your fellow bloggers style and bol was left out. im assuming it was because that its very evident that you’ve been biting him from the jump (no billy sunday).
    dc stand up.

  • http://biochemicalslang.blogspot.com Vik

    speak the truth Billy!

    eff the haters. the truth shouldn’t feel good. it keeps the fire burnin’

  • T.R.E.Y.

    “Nas > Jay-Z”

    yet another reason to dislike the French.

  • http://xxlmag.com Billy X. Sunday

    shouts to everybody that found themselves on this website today. shouts to everybody that loves Hip-Hop. shouts to wayne fans. shouts to fans of Dilla and MF Doom. shouts to all the cats that really, really, really spent that $16 on that new Redman album.

    If you could honestly comprehend the drop then you understand there is no pompous or elitist attitude in my love for Hip-Hop.

    This art must transcend money if it is to survive for my children and their children. If money is what motivates your actions then you are a ho. Plain and simple.

    If you go to school because you want more money then you are a dumb azz ho. Education through school or life experiences is to make you a better human and someone that can be a leader of men because you have knowledge. If financial gain is why you live your life then you are a the Uncle Tom sellout because you will do anything for money.

    Dumb rappers need teaching, plain and simple. Imagine me letting someone retarded entertain me? That would make me retarded too. I demand that my entertainment be something on the level of my mind.

    100 to my peoples on the thread. Let’s kick it tomorrow about Don Imus, corporate sponsorship and the legacy of supremacy.

    If I ever get fired from XXL Mag Dot Com y’all know where to find me.

  • old head one

    IT WOULDN’T BE THE FIRST TIME SOMEONE WAS SILENCED FOR SPEAKING THE TRUTH, KID. HOLD YOUR HEAD, WE NEED MORE OF THIS. Damn the beef, the tomfoolery, and the cooning. Hip-Hop is about ascaping the trap. Bambaataa used it to help the gangs settle their scores. It’s not about what we have made it. Let’s get it back.

  • che

    >If money is what motivates your actions then you are a ho. Plain and simple.

    so by waking up every morning to go to work, for all those years, what you’re basically saying is, you’re mother was a ho?

  • FLIP

    ^^^^^ Working a job to support your family and being driven by money alone are two very different things. Do I know which category Sunday’s mother (no disrespect) falls into? No, but thanks for that terrible analogy.

  • ak47

    >If financial gain is why you live your life then you are a the Uncle Tom sellout because you will do anything for money.

    isnt finanial gain the reason why we all go to work?? just because we strive to have the finer things in life and financal security for our kids’ kids doesn’t make somebody a sell out. you yourself have written blogs that weren’t about anything positive (lil wayne is a nappy headed ho)

    doesn’t that make you a sell out?? if an athlete leaves a good team to play for a shitty team for more money, is he a sell out. no, he is a business man. you can still have your morals as a person throughout your personal realtionships. but when you go to work, you go to work for a reason… and thats money. it doesn’t mean you’d be willing to do anything for money. but making career decisions and business moves isn’t selling out, its trying to be successful. you can do whatever and believe whatever in your personal life, but money is what motivates us all when we get outta bed to go to work, yourself included.

    for real.

  • nation

    this shit is inspirational. i thought there was no hope… at least someone sees things like a functioning human being with a fucking brain.

    very nice drop

  • Bang

    Props!!!

  • http://molie-mo.hi5.com mole

    gotta disagree, i live in dubai im american/nigerian. my father is worth millions but pretty much errthang u described can be me but at the same time i work myass of. as we speak im 16 in uni doing medecine so tht u are reach and “spoilt” dnt mean u cant be usefull in life.

  • Willie

    Great post! Finally something introspective and informing. See what you can do when you don’t criticize Wayne?

  • http://sherealcool.blogspot.com jb

    nice.

  • LOC

    This might be your best (XXL) post

  • snyper48

    wow.damn.congratulations mr.bill,this is one of the best entries I’ve read since hip hop blogs came to live,you sure are stepping your game up and letting the controversy to Bol.way to go,one love god,all the way from Luanda,Angola(Motherland)

  • J Smitty

    About time he hopped off wayne dick!

    He still not my favorite blogger doe

  • mars

    Who is this guy lecturing to? Does he know people who don’t travel and just stay on the corner all day? Even if you do travel, they gotta come back home in a week or 10 days. With someone on your spot on the block or someone trying to show how redundant you are at the barely minimum wage job you work at sitting at your friggin desk and not wanting to move. Nothing wrong with staying hoime and building your community. Yes take a vacation once in a while, but travel doesnt necessarily equal progress.

  • Cuban FUCKING Link

    >>I heat up a package of Hot Pockets and I return to my room.

    ^blah, they suck.U gotta grab some Hungry Man, that shit is straight up crack!

    >>I am gonna shoot the shot for Cuba this summer. They have a Hip-Hop festival in the late summer called Black August and this might be the last year to see Cuba in all of it’s faded glory before Castro is finally replaced.

    ^i could hook u up getting there for free.I was just there about 3 weeks ago, haha j/p j/p @ u feds out there waiting for us to slip up and spill the beans.

    king blair Says:

    April 13th, 2007 at 5:17 pm
    jay-z > nas fuck france. but jigs do need to no more bout hiphop beyond 9/13/06 an 3/9/07, i’m looking forward to that marley an krs joint why you dont talk bout that

    ^a)NaS>Jay-Z, no question about it
    b) whats those 2 dates?
    c)co-sign about the krs/marly joint

    co-sign witcha on the whole post billy.Nice one.

  • Maddi Is Gully

    Ur a Fuckboy!!!

  • THHEE

    man keep this shit up, this blog and the “hip hop is making u stupiderrrr” are ur best work. dont stop until ur heart pops

  • Gate13

    Couldnt agree more with this.

    Hip Hop is world wide now and there are some places which know the true meaning of real.

    I am Greek and unfortunately Rap has become very popular these last two years. Out here the vast majority of people think that the best rappers are 50 cent and Skittles or eminem or whateva his name is. They also think that they are real even though a lot of em cant even understand most of what is said in their songs.

    As for what was said about France all i can say is i wish i spoke French to understand what they actually say instead of having to read the translations on the internet.

  • BIGNAT

    good post billy sunday and i know alot of guys who live there life like that. some even are married still living at home with there parents. i think any guy who is over 21 not in college and still lives at home with no job is a loser. there is a thing called pride they need to get some. also i know some people are thinking what about the girls. well in most cases the girls don’t tend to leave until they are moving out to live with there man or getting married. most fathers don’t want there little angels to leave because they will hang out with devils like me hahahahahah.

  • http://www.myspace.com/choosehiphop yeyo

    going to paris changed my life, madrid, too.

    some of the dumbest people i’ve ever met sat next to me in college.

    moved outta mom’s house a while back.

    try this for entertainment.

    http://www.current.tv/

    http://www.myspace.com/choosehiphop

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oxSNu2qRuWk

  • http://myspace.com/djmainevent DJ Main Event

    This post is insanely on-point…

  • Maddi Is Gangs

    Dis sungay fagget is so full of shit.

  • Maddi Is Gangs

    umm is dis gona post???

  • Were Read 2 Def

    >shouts to all the cats that really, really, really spent that $16 on that new Redman album.

    ^I spent $9.99 at Best Buy. I support real hip hop. Not cuz I want em 2 have my money, but cuz I love real hip hop. Redman = Hip Hop. Can’t wait 4 Muddy Waters 2 & the Blackout 2.

  • R. Kelly likes raw meat

    wow you can write!

  • billy sunday is an asshole

    Yeah you get to travel the world big deal. Wht am I missing oh yeah the chance to brag about it like you asshole.