I give a shout to anyone who is taking a moment from this beautiful Sunday to peep this drop I have submitted to XXL Mag Dot Com today. I hope it’s beautiful in your neck of the woods, but why wouldn’t it be? Today is Sunday, the first day of the week. This is the day that sets the tone for the rest of your week. I started my day with a little gazing into the New York Times. I always have to watch my step when reading the NYTimes because they use supremacy in such a subtle manner sometimes that it almost slips below the radar. What do I mean by supremacy? I mean the economic system that has established social castes across all strata and demographics here on the planet. Racism is a tool of supremacy, but it’s only one tool of many. Classism is another tool that’s more prevalent than racism, but isn’t as obvious.
It’s easy to understand racism on some levels because people look different. On the outside this seems academic until we dig a little deeper. Your average German from Berlin physically looks different than your average Nigerian from Lagos. Things get a lot more confusing when someone is a third generation African born in Germany. Why isn’t that person a German as well? His father and mother were born in Germany. But he’s Black you say? What in the world is Black? You say that everyone who is born in Africa is Black. What about the descendants of the Dutch that have lived in Africa for hundreds of years? What about the Egyptians and the Moroccans and the Tunisians and the Carthegeneans? They are all from Africa so why aren’t they Black as well? The truth about Black and white is that these barriers are a part of an artificial social construct. Supremacy empowers this construct with social ramifications and repercussions in order to maintain an economic heirarchy. Just try to find a definition for white and Black people. It doesn’t exist because it can’t exist.
Classism is far more pervasive than it’s younger brother racism. Classism is embedded into our global community under many layers using economics and ethnicity to further separate the haves from the have nots. This is where the Carnegies and the DuPonts separate themselves from the other so-called whites. While your average so called white busts his ass to maintain his job and squeeze out what he believes to be a middle-class existence, the Carnegies and the DuPonts decide how much gasoline will cost this month. That average so called white will do his damnedest to relocate his family from their neighborhood the minute that a so called Black has acquired some property there also. This isn’t an attempt to maintain racism, but actually the struggle to defend classism. That average so called white will never be a Carnegie or a DuPont, but he doesn’t want to be told that to his face on a daily basis when he looks across the street at his so called Black neighbor.
Now what does all of this shit have to do with Hip-Hop and more importantly rap music? Rap music now represents for American capitalist culture to the fullest. The mantra is “get rich or die trying”. This supports supremacy and it’s program of exploitation for personal and political advancement. This is why you see music label owners disenfranchise their artists by retaining their rights to the artists’ publishing. This is why you see business partners separate from each other while one leaves the other disenfranchised and in ruin. This is why you hear rap music that describes artists as millionaires before they even entered the music business because they used narcotics trafficking to launch their music ventures. I’m sure that most of you are familiar with the crabs in a barrel theory. So why do you support the idea of exploiting the vulnerable in order to attain wealth? That is what supremacy wants you to do. Supremacy doesn’t want you to care about your neighbor. Supremacy wants you to think that you are being entertained.
I want to be educated. I want to use rap music and Hip-Hop to make my block better. If rap music is a mirror onto our community then what would you do if you stood in front of a mirror and you saw a horrible rip in your shirt? You would change that shirt wouldn’t you? Don’t we use mirrors to make ourselves look better? It’s time again to use rap music and Hip-Hop to make our lives and the people we come in contact with better. It’s unfortunate that the vehicle that so many of us can use to make a living is being driven by those that only wish to make a killing. No more dying just to get rich. But as always, the choice is yours