You Must Learn More…

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

  • yup

    word

  • http://www.xxlmag.com/?p=10445 Jay

    good post

  • So Sincere

    This is my first time posting on here, but I thought I’d take the time to comment, so i’ll just get straight to it. I agree whole heartedly with the sentiments expressed here. I’ve been trying to get my friends to see this exact same point for years, but dudes just aren’t tryna hear it. Its as if the ignorance is acceptable because the truth is just to dark to embrace. Anyway, damn good job Billy.

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

    Salute!!!!

    Well as it stands, i’m here at da day job waitin to find my way back home and then to someones BBQ. My Inner-Nigga is fighting against the Negroe, and today i have a penchant for some shit off da grill, a blunt, some drinks, and a subliminal taste for Watermellon.

    enough of dat, i guess dat shit i mixed yesterday aint quite leave the system. But great breakdown, and anyone who self-educates themself can see the difference in Supremacy vs Racism. Once again not everyone cares to look outside their own “box/comfort zone” and see shit for what it is. I don’t need to go any further with this one, because i have explained this to an extent in song form, in my timeless classic “Genocide” (lmao, well it is like 2yrs old)

    Billy and all else you should actually take the time to listen to it if you haven’t. It’s nothing more than clicking my namelink on here.

    by the way, i heard my city made da front-page of either the NY Times or NY Post. That alone is the reason my music is therapuetic for my sanity while here amongst the madness.

    Be Safe and Enjoy Life 4 What It Iz!

  • Jerz!

    I feel you man, reading about the world outside of rap bubble does that to a motherfucker, seriously.

  • Bein Me

    hope you all really sit down and read this

  • render

    lol, What is this? Tryin to make up for callin dj khaled a terrorist?

  • John Brown

    I live in Miami, so i barely see any racism. But I once took a road trip to Kentucky. You can tell that racism still is alive in some parts of the states, which is sad.

    Billy,

    You said talked about the “crab in a barrel theory”. I have notice that most southern rappers dont have a problem working and helping each other though. You can jam to Wayne and Jeezey in one track and the next trach you have Jeezey and T.I. or Ludacris. On the other hand I dont see that with NY rappers. Mr. Vitamin-water, himself doesnt work with NY rappers unless its his crew. When was the last time that JAY worked with a NY rapper that his name wasnt Nas or Tru-Life?

  • Jai Black

    This is a great post. The sad thing is most people don’t want to learn. It’s easier to be ignorant, because you don’t have to be responsible for anything. Well ladies and gents ignorance is expensive. Keep teaching Billy. Peace.

  • http://www.plasticsquirtguns.blogspot.com thoreauly77

    billy- happy sunday. great post. as far as finding a definition for black and white people? damn difficult of course, but a black francophone literary movement post WWI attempted to find/create one; the movement was called “Negritude”. i think you would find it interesting. i am sure you have heard of frantz fanon at least (he has been referenced in several rhymes — one being by zach de la rocha) . if you haven’t, check out “black skin, white masks”; it attempts to break down the philosophy. also check out “notebook of a return to the native land” by aime cesaire. these are the guys that created the negritude movement and they are geniuses. i have written a bit how the negritude movement’s legacy has influenced hip-hop; if you are interested, check it out by clicking my name. it’s called “trans diasporic express”. cheers.

  • young city

    hey

  • http://xxlmag.com Billy X. Sunday

    Thoreauly77 has a blog now?!?
    **prepares for armageddon and dystopia**

    I am familiar with Fanon. He wrote ‘Wretched of the Earth’. That is a jailhouse favorite.

    SinPiff, Newark caught a shout on the NYTimes front page for the ‘Stop Snitching’ ethos. It’s a deep article and of course, Hip-Hop is thrown under the bus.

  • http://xxlmag.com anthony

    “MESSAGE”

  • Incilin

    “So why do you support the idea of exploiting the vulnerable in order to attain wealth? That is what supremacy wants you to do.”

    Actually, I would say this is what capitalism wants you to do. You could replace the word “supremacy” with capitalism in this article and end up with a sorta of communist manifesto. The ideas you present here are very much in line with Marxism, and makes me wonder if you are a Marxist yourself.

  • http://www.plasticsquirtguns.blogspot.com thoreauly77

    now now capitan. there will be no armageddon unless it is the clash. yes, fanon wrote WotE, but that is more of a discourse of the psychological effects of colonialism as opposed to the negritude movement; they are complimentary texts though and in my opinion are essential reading. but, what can i say, i like and shtuff. as far as my blog goes, you may notice that it’s all over the place and i only post about once a month — i do too much academic writing to actually sit down and blog-storm. what did you think about the piece?

  • Christian Prz.

    So the point of argueing economical racism or somesuch is kind of hypocritical in the sense that you chose to separate the two words white & Black in this specific way.

    Blunderbum.

  • slim

    yo billy you should talk about why scarface is the most overlooked greatest rapper ever

  • CHICAGO PaPii

    The Thing is I like this Post,but, in the World outside of America so called “Black” people have always been either termed from their Tribe,nation or settlement, ONLY in America can Descendants of Nations and tribes of The African Continent be called or labeled “Black”. Thats American ignorance because Thats like calling all ancestors of Europe “White” when if you say that to a real European they would see that as a Racist and inaccurate statement. Only in America can the Blatant miseducation and tradition of ignorance affect a whole nations perspective of race,class and place in soceity on this Planet. Alas nobody who really grasp this thing has the will or intelligence to discern what I mean when I say The Whole Idea of “America” is a joke.

  • http://www.myspace.com/theanticorp SONNY CHEEBA

    good shit… ur very “articulate” lol, u should definitely be scribing a book as we speak!

  • youngz

    Thats some deep shit Billy, F off to all them haters…

  • Pancho

    I like this post…I’m done with rap music (well, not completely…the garbage is what I’m sick of…most of it I just won’t listen to anymore).

    I honestly don’t think we will ever get to see the day where genuine HIP-HOP artists like Lupe Fiasco, Joell Ortiz, Saigon and many others will ever get the same shine as these other RAP artists.

    Corporate America feeds what people want in order to make the most $$$…I guess people nowadays want rap > hip-hop.

  • twerkolator

    “This is why you see music label owners disenfranchise their artists by retaining their rights to the artists’ publishing.”

    actually, label owners don’t “retain” rights to the artists’ publishing. if you write a song you own the publishing rights by default, but are free to sell, transfer, give away, or be duped out of said publishing. either way, it’s incumbent on the artists to make the choice to educate themselves about their rights (many don’t) or to choose short-term money over ownership and long-term dough (many do)…

  • t.r.b

    your absolutely insane….insane for being different and intelligent and charming, and aware and all those things that our people are not supposed to be, but always were, but tend to forget we are, and on the daily i really wish we would remind them we are….and i respect you for it!

  • DIZZLEMAN SR..

    good post, billy x. i think that supremacy is related to racism also. i also believe that the only way hip-hop is gonna change is if the consumer-or we as black folks- uses its power to make these motherfuckers get creative. rock music does the shit all the time. they stop fucking with the “commercial and destructive” shit and find some new, inventive indie rock movement to get behind. if tv, internet, and pubs like xxl start to challenge these artists, as opposed to praising them, shit may change. i doubt that will happen for some reason. this isn’t solely up to the media. the consumers hold the most power. for some stupid ass reason, i remain optimistic. i just love this shit too much.

  • http://xxlmag.com Billy X. Sunday

    DIZZLEMAN SR,
    Remain optimistic and continue to work and advocate the change for better

  • the two

    there is no black and white aside from how we assign them, being that “race” is a human invention and not biological

  • http://dahshyt.blogspot.com Belize

    I feel schooled

  • kswinga

    Billy,
    Thanx for blogging on a sunday(and giving me something to do at work, besides…work).
    I’m 30 y.o. black male who has been listening to hiphop music since the mid 80s and what I have figured out that rap is considered “youth music” and youths today didnt go through the same things their parents dealt with, (civil rights/late 60s political assassinations)so their frame of reference is all fucked up.
    I used to think that the next MLK OR Malcolm X was going to arrive with a microphone in his hand and a five mic rating in “the Source”(when it mattered)…but now I know better.
    Those guys died broke…What rapper you know wants to die broke(they rather be high or drunk sitting in the passenger seat of a luxury vehical)
    I stopped looking for heros in hiphop a long time ago…

    Wait…what was this blog about…never mind…I got to go back to “work”

    Happy Memorial day…and fight the power.

  • http://xxlmag.com Billy X. Sunday

    ^ and you’re unsure about whether or not that’s a good thing?

  • You Idoit

    Good post, who wrote it for you?

  • T.R.E.Y.

    damn son, ya really need to learn how to condense your shite

  • Cuban Link

    good post Billy.

    *thumbs up*

  • http://www.xxlmag.com/?p=10445#comment CAMARA

    BILLY SUNDAY YOUR BLOGS ARE SO HORRIBLE YOU ARE STUCK IN THE PAST AND ARE A HATER OF LOVE. HOLLA AT PERDUE.

  • http://www.xxlmag.com/?p=10445 CAMARA

    BILLY SUNDAY YOUR BLOGS ARE HORRIBLE YOU ARE STUCK IN THE PAST AND YOU ARE A HATER OF LOVE. H O L L A AT PERDUE.

  • http://www.xxlmag.com/?p=10445#comment emunne bags

    greaaaaat

  • Pat

    No TPAR as yet, billy.
    maybe he only comes out in “controversial” circumstances, and won’t appear if he is agreement with you.
    If so, keep these posts coming billy.

  • Dr Flav

    Lol @ You Idiot saying exactly what I was about to say. Props on this one Sunday School, alot of meat on this plate, last serving was kinda bony. I’ll reserve any input until further commentary from the peanut gallery. You “phony intellectual!”

  • http://www.vitwearinc.com Ayigansta

    WELL, WELL, WELL, WHAT DO WE HAVE HERE?

    Billy X, do not expect any congratulation from me from writing a level-headed blog cuz I was hard on you from writing shitty ones.
    Why?
    Well, cuz this kind of cognitive exercise is the least you could ask from somebody in a position of victimized.
    Dropping jewel for the Oppressed is a matter of survival. Ask the Jewish community.
    You will also notice that on the contrary of all the handicapped of the vocabulary who accused you of racism for dropping those nonsensical stereotypes about Arabs, I used “xenophobia” instead.
    Everybody can say what they want but I don’t think the word “RACISM” applies to Black people.
    Racism, to use a simple analogy, is like sexual harassment. It can only be the did of people in a position of power. Black are not in the position of power.
    Black are Reactionaries. They react to situations by throwing back at people what was thrown at them. That’s not racism cuz in not premeditated.

    By the way, you gotta make sure to throw in some funny and spicy shit to make the learning flyer.
    Keep the right balance. If you get too schooly up in this motherfucka you’ll be out before you know it. No Internet hits, No check.

    NO CONGRATULATION FROM ME.
    YOU JOB IS TO BE SMART, NIGGA

  • http://cajunpeach.typepad.com/ Cajun Peach

    teach the parents who are raising the kids. if they have the same mentality as the manufactured music we’re listening to, then it drops down to their kids.
    teach the kids to THINK for themselves, not to be TAUGHT to. question everything. once the kids start thinking outside the box, they will no longer accept what is being pushed onto them. not as easy as it seems, but i’m just saying…good sunday read Billy

  • anonymous

    race is not biological

    John Brown Says:

    May 27th, 2007 at 2:01 pm
    I live in Miami, so i barely see any racism. But I once took a road trip to Kentucky. You can tell that racism still is alive in some parts of the states, which is sad.

    Billy,

    You said talked about the “crab in a barrel theory”. I have notice that most southern rappers dont have a problem working and helping each other though. You can jam to Wayne and Jeezey in one track and the next trach you have Jeezey and T.I. or Ludacris. On the other hand I dont see that with NY rappers. Mr. Vitamin-water, himself doesnt work with NY rappers unless its his crew. When was the last time that JAY worked with a NY rapper that his name wasnt Nas or Tru-Life?

    ^
    fabolous

  • EnglandRepresent

    Top post. One of the better blog posts I have seen in a minute. Not sure that the fuckers in this comments section have the intellectual capacity to get all of the meaning it though.

    Nicely.

  • THHEE

    some more gold billy. keep this shit up, people need to know, how society operates.

  • allnice

    Sunday, I really respect you man. If you really believe in what you are writing, then you are definitely a chill dude. It is just unfortunate that the supremacy situation is only going to get worst from now on. Your posts will not change anyone’s opinion because people want money and power. Without it, you are nothing in this world regardless of utopian ideals that sound nice. Hip Hop is not here to save the world. Rappers are just trying to use music to gain power. People have sought to attain power over their peers for thousands of years. The reality of Hip Hop reflects the reality of life. Good post man.

  • Joey moe

    OMG,,,

    I can use this to my exame when i have to tell about racism,, thankyou thankyou!!!

  • THEGOOD

    Good post homie.Keep it up.If you don’t say nothing no one else will.The only fucked up part is that most of the people who read these blogs will either not be able to comprehend what your saying, or ignore what your saying altogether. No one wants to learn anymore. These kids are brainwashed to the point were learning from their elders or anyone for that matter is a bad thing. It’s sad but hey ,atleast your using your voice.

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

    AllNice,

    i agree with what u sayin about rappers use music for power. But the question is with Hip-Hop being the most universally popular genre of music, why shouldn’t it be used as an auxilliary outlet to promote change?

    If the culture can be used as a scapegoat for social-ills, why can’t it also be used as a tool of evolution?

    Once again Hip-Hop probably saved my life many of nights i could’ve just wandered out of da house in my youthful days to run the streets, but opted to get my pause tape ready for Pete Rock and Marley Marls Future Flava’s show when it aired on Hot 97, and even Stretch and Bobbito’s shit directly after on Sunday Nights.

    Or even to bridge a communication gap back in my short-lived college days amongst other races with the simple inquiry of “what you know about dat”(no T.I.)after hearing a white person blast Illmatic like it was his own personal soundtrack to life, or hearing this one Asian kid who used to carry da lil black panasonic “hood special” tape-deck stereo around with his dub-tape medley of everything from KRS, NWA, Ghetto Boys, to Common, Dead Prez, Cube, etc.

    Some people just don’t realize how powerful this genre of music is, let alone the overall culture, It’s sad what our most presentable voices represent for the most part. Of anyone to step to the plate from the mainstream as far as the preservation of the culture, i gotta give 50 Cent credit for actually articulating himself far beyond what his songs would ellude to as of late in the eyes of the media on a nationwide and probably global extent.

    I wont get too deep because most of my posts get burried under a mat like their being reviewed under the Patriot Act of online shit.

    But somebody feel me out! (nullus/no homo/anti-brokeback)

  • clarknova

    Billy, there’s a lot of truth in your post. There’s also a great deal of ageism and regional bias, as usual. From your unfortunate comments about DJ Khaled, to your obvious homophobia (‘nullus?’ come on…leave that to Bol he wears it better), to your constant bashing of Southern MC’s of any kind, you’ve got your own isms working man. It’s hard to take you seriously as someone who can “school” people intellectually when your own mind is clearly closed to the ideas you deem unworthy. I don’t want to say socio-political commentary has no place on this site, but maybe you should try to open your mind a bit to music made after 1996, and look in the mirror before you go on about “supremacy.”

  • http://xxlmag.com Billy X. Sunday

    Clarknova,
    You just came here to submit a comment based upon other comments is this thread. You don’t have the courage to read the post because you benefit from supremacy and privilege on a micro and macro level.

    You listen to rap music, but I love Hip-Hop. There is a difference between us wider than the Atlantic Ocean. My comments about DJ Khaled and Lil’ Wang were funny and delivered in a “theatre of the absurd” voice. You can’t figure any of this out because you aren’t Hip-Hop.

    Go back to your CD collection of crap music.

  • clarknova

    Whoa there fella! Uh, I read the post man. It’s easy for you to generalize I see. So based on one comment you infer something larger about not only who I am as a person, but my “crap CD collection” (which I guess is you inferring that I don’t have any music from ’96 or earlier)? You don’t know me man. You don’t know anything about me. If you can’t take criticism don’t be a blogger. And just as an aside, “theater of the absurd” doesn’t excuse shit. Everyone who disagrees with you isn’t Noz.

  • clarknova

    Whoa there! Uh, I read the post man. It’s easy for you to generalize I see. So based on one comment you infer something larger about not only who I am as a person, but my “crap CD collection” (which I guess is you inferring that I don’t have any music from ’96 or earlier)? You don’t know me man. You don’t know anything about me. If you can’t take criticism don’t be a blogger. And just as an aside, “theater of the absurd” doesn’t excuse shit. Everyone who disagrees with you isn’t Noz.

  • clarknova

    We have very, very similar taste in music, Billy. One thing we don’t have in common is that I don’t like sanctimonius assholes who can’t take criticism of their work. go be Hip-Hop.
    PS “Theater of the Absurd” is just a bunch of words that don’t save you from being held accountable for what you write, and put out into the world, just like you say about “rap” artists.

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

    lmaooo, ya’ll wildin again.

    off-topic tho, i found a new nickname (well extension of it):

    Sinistah aka Sin Piff The Sour Patch Kid

    i can’t ellaborate on it too much, “they watchin”

  • Buckuall

    YEAH! lets start a revolution, kill all the rich people including 50, Russell, Ophra, so we can be in power and do the same shit, thanks god people like u, will never be in power in this country.

  • http://dahshyt.blogspot.com Belize

    and you’re unsure about whether or not that’s a good thing?

    > Now I feel uneasy

  • http://www.myspace.com/mista23 Mista23

    Real talk. Especially the last paragraph. Nice mirror analogy.

  • http://civilizingasavage.blogspot.com Gyasi

    This is mad general. I can dig the thought, but the 101 political science class must have some specific hip-hop application. I don’t think this works outside of the classroom/Andrea Dworkin, feminazi “sour-grapes-because-I’m-not-in-power” realm.

    Not that you’re incorrect, mind you, but the level of abstraction does not work.

    As for John Brown’s attempt at a poignant example, well, xxl.com just posted Jay-Z’s latest work with not one, but two NYC artists–FabOlous and Uncle Murda.

  • HIJOKKA

    The FIRST real interesting blog I’ve come across on this site.” Big Up’s ” to the Sunday kid. I won’t even get into what I agree or disagree too because what people forget is , this all just your opinion. I just want to say it was good to see someone have the cajones to write something conscious instead the usual B.S. most of these cats write about. Food for thought – what if you were offered $10 mill by a label to write a post but you had to favor their interests – would you’re views change? Wait, don’t some of you already get paid (less than $10 mill I’m sure) like that ?

  • Hokus

    Poverty transends race. Pain is the same to us all. Bein broke makes everyone steal. Sell drugs to rich white kids.

  • http://xxlmag kane corleone

    The post was cool,thats why i listen when other grown men are talking grown man shit,not “who’s the better rapper”.Listen my younger Hip-Hop heads,**in a whisper voice**lisssstttteeeennnn…………..

  • http://xxlmag kane corleone

    what happ 2 my post cuz?

  • these posts are racist

    “I wake up in the morning and I ask myself/ is life worth living should I blast myself?/ I’m tired of being BROKE, even worse I’m BLACK…” -TUPAC

    Racial Identity is a social construct, obviously, anyone who believes otherwise…is a probably a racist. National identity is a social construct…indeed while there is now over 200 “nation states” before world war II there were only a handful. The social construct of race has had real implications and cannot be dismissed just because of its artificial roots.

    White Supramecy is real. White Supramecy is not black and white (no pun intended). In other words, the history of the US has had White Supremacy as its back drop. Whites are superior to blacks. White males are superior to women. Rick White Males are superior to all, including poor white males. The US has a real history. There was a time when real citizenship was only given to white male land owners. Then white males. White women were allowed to vote only in the 1920′s…and blacks needed a 14th amendment and later the civil rights act just to become real citizens…Blacks even needed a voting act to vote!

    So yes, there is classism and it is a global problem and poor people around the world are being exploited. But there are many different forms of oppression and the US has its own unique history. Gays are discriminated against, women are discriminated against, etc. But to say there isn’t something called White Supramecy that affected Blacks in a uniquely horrific way is to deny the reality of our people being brought over on slave ships…laying spoon fashion while their infants died in front of them, their women raped, their men degraded and beaten. Sold on auction blocks, kept from living as a human being for hundreds of years…only to be “freed” from slavery to suffer under Jim Crow, etc. etc. etc.

    Racism and gender bias (mysogney), etc. are not tools of classist capitalist just part of the same cloud of oppression that has plauged human history.

  • these posts are racist

    P.S. you think its a coincidence that the wealthiest people in the world, all the US presidents, the majority of fortune 500 CEO’s, etc. are all white males?

  • http://www.plasticsquirtguns.blogspot.com thoreauly77

    i think it’s going to be funny when, in about 25 years, TPAR runs for president and we can archive his comments at xxlmag.com. well, at least you are consistent TPAR. and certainly persistent.

  • these posts are racist

    …i hope you realize that discussing a prominent DJ, like DJ Khaled in the context of terrorism just because of his Arab decent makes you a hypocrite…and guilty of all that which you criticize and pretend to fight with your pen. Psuedo intellectualism at its finest.

  • http://blogspot.com these posts are Not racist

    WOOD POST > tHESE POST ARE RACIST

  • http://xxlmag.com doctor69

    DO NOT READ THIS. Now that you have started reading this, you may as well continue. I WAS KILLED IN A GANG BANG IN THE MID 1900s. I WAS BETWEEN A LARGE INDIAN MAN AND A VERY SMALL ASIAN PROSTITUTE. WHEN THEY CAME TOGETHER I WAS CRUSHED BUT THEY CONTINUED THRUSTING BODIES, THEY COULDN’T HEAR MY SCREAMS OF AGONY. POST THIS ON 20 OTHER BLOGS OR I WILL SHOW UP IN YOUR ROOM TONIGHT WITH GLOWING RED EYES AND GANG BANG YOU UNTIL YOU CAN NO LONGER BREATHE. NO ONE WILL HEAR YOU SCREAM

  • Pablo

    “i agree with what u sayin about rappers use music for power. But the question is with Hip-Hop being the most universally popular genre of music, why shouldn’t it be used as an auxilliary outlet to promote change?”

    Bro, as much as I’d like to believe what you wrote, hip-hop is far from the most ‘universally popular music.’ Hip-hop has just as, if not more detractors than it has supporters. Most countrys outside of the US consider it a disgrace. :-\

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

    Ok Pablo, i see you missed the point, i said nothing about Hip-Hop being the most accepted, i said most popular. Being popular has nothing to do with having support, it’s about recognition.

    50 Cent is popular, but does that mean 50 Cent has the most support worldwide? No!

    Canada and parts of the UK shun most hip-hop, but does that stop the albums bar-codes from being scanned? not hardly. The same groups of people who say “consider it a disgrace” are doing nothin different from those here in the states who are trying to alter its fate as we speak. Does it stop lil Johnny from apt. 5B from blastin Pac on his IPod? Does it stop Tom from Palm Springs from bumping his Lil Wayne Gangsta Grillz series in his Lambo while tryin snag Becky and Amber from off da beach back to his beach house?

    man be 4real, the same scenarios stated in Lil Johnny and Tom’s case is happening everywhere from Brazil to Beijing fam.

    And to finalize this, of course Most Countries outside of the US consider it a discgrace, thats what it was once considered here when it originated of course by those outside of the culture just as you speak of these “detractors” outside of the US now.

    its a 20+yr “fad”.

    But now u quoted my post to say what????

  • http://xxlmag.com Billy X. Sunday

    Easy Sin,
    I couldn’t have said it better. Hip-Hop is a global phenomenon wherever people want to push back supremacy. I was in Paris during these riots two years ago and the kids all bumped NaS and Fisty Scent. The news blamed the unrest on rap music too, just like over here.

  • POLITICS AS USUAL

    I’ve been thinking about rap’s role as individualism’s cheerleader recently too. This post made me think of this quote…

    Manning Marable talking about the black underclass:
    “A class that is neither ‘self-concious’ nor acts collectively according to its material interests, is not worthy of the name. the general philosophy of the typical ghetto hustler is not collective, but profoundly individualistic. The goal of illegal work is to ‘make it for oneself,’ not for others. The means for making it comes at the expense of elderly Blacks, young Black women with children, youths and lower-income families who live at the bottom of the working class hierarchy. The consciousness of the [underclass] is not so much that of a ‘class,’ but the sum total of destructive experiences that are conditioned by structural unemployment, the lack of meaningful participation within political or civil society, the dependency fostered by welfare agencies over two or three generations, functional illiteracy and the lack of marketable skills.”
    (from his book ‘How Capitalism Underdeveloped Black America’)

  • E

    sorry pablo but Canada LOVES hip hop

  • http://xxlmag.com Billy X. Sunday

    comment submitted from Politics As Usual

    “I’ve been thinking about rap’s role as individualism’s cheerleader recently too. This post made me think of this quote…

    Manning Marable talking about the black underclass:
    “A class that is neither ’self-concious’ nor acts collectively according to its material interests, is not worthy of the name. the general philosophy of the typical ghetto hustler is not collective, but profoundly individualistic. The goal of illegal work is to ‘make it for oneself,’ not for others. The means for making it comes at the expense of elderly Blacks, young Black women with children, youths and lower-income families who live at the bottom of the working class hierarchy. The consciousness of the [underclass] is not so much that of a ‘class,’ but the sum total of destructive experiences that are conditioned by structural unemployment, the lack of meaningful participation within political or civil society, the dependency fostered by welfare agencies over two or three generations, functional illiteracy and the lack of marketable skills.”
    (from his book ‘How Capitalism Underdeveloped Black America’)”

  • http://www.vitwearinc.com Ayigansta

    PABLO, COME ON NOW…

    Please, Pablo YOU are way too tiny to be considered as “most countrys”.(SIC)
    We accept the fact that YOU personally consider Hip Hop a disgrace, but Hey! everybody has an asshole… I mean an opinion.
    It’s obvious that you haven’t traveled further than the bodega on your block.
    Those who hate rappers because they floss too much on TV while they are personally struggling to pay their bills shouldn’t be confusing their own frustration with World opinion.
    Those of us who have being around the World have witness Albanian Hip Hop Tibetan Hip Hop, Turkish Hip Hop, Polish Hip Hop, Estonian Hip Hop, Mandarin Hip Hop, Mongolian Hip Hop, Kenyan Hip Hop, Ugandan Hip Hop… and the beautiful part is I’m only listing the most unlikely places one should expect an Art created by poor ghetto kids from the Bronx.

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

    I wasn’t tryin to bomb on Pablo, just unclear as to why he came and got at my post for stating it’s universal popularity worldwide.

    I wasn’t saying it was the most supported, but i’m sure overseas the culture gets exploited the same way these dudes over here who use hip-hop to sell their merchandise via commercials and other means of advertising but then wanna turn around and try to use it as a scapegoat for wrong-doings that have been going on since the begining of time, which shows the parallel of popularity vs. “detraction”.

    Hip-Hop didn’t create guns, drugs, or any of the shit it gets the blame for. As artists we paint pictures of society thru our eyes and translate them thru words. Be it Trap-Rap or Anti-Dummbed.

    I can even go on to say, the same people blamming the culture for the things it’s being blamed for are the cause of these things being reflected in the music.

    But then i’d probably be shot down by a sniper in an invisible helicopter while coppin the latest issue of XXL off the newstands.

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

    Oh yeah ey Billy or anyone who actually reads things other than magazines and porn links, hit me up wit a list of some good books to read on some of this socio-economical shit.

    Responding here or on the myspace inbox is fine indeed.

  • gene thornton

    give a playa a sunday times and he thinks hes on some Dyson shit. weak. go to class.

  • http://xxlmag.com Billy X. Sunday

    S.P.,
    Have you ever effed with Dr. Carter G. Woodson’s ‘The Miseducation of the Negro’? That book is a jumpoff. It’s an absolute must if you are going to do the knowledge.

    “When you control a man’s thinking you do not have to worry about his actions. You do not have to tell him not to stand here or go yonder. He will find his “proper place” and will stay in it. You do not need to send him to the back door. He will go without being told. In fact, if there is no back door, he will cut one for his special benefit. His education makes it necessary.” – Dr. Carter G. Woodson

  • http://xxlmag.com Billy X. Sunday

    And for the XXL Mag Dot Com readers that are even more curious and courageous…

    Crossings: A White Man’s Journey into Black America

  • Southn 19

    I guess I should thank Joe Budden b/c ever since he blogg went up you stepped your game up.

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

    BXS,

    i may have to stop by my moms spot and snag somethin up from her book collection, she has tons of shit everything from shit written by Black Panthers to The Nation Of Islam, alot of the stuff i ignored as a youth, but now i feel i can appreciate that literature. shit bless her old soul and her grey Angie Davis Fro’ she still rocks wit pride.

    If it wasn’t for her strong sense of afrocentricity i’d probably be runnin round the earth with a Sambo Coon Sports Jersey on, trying to emulate the images of destruction.

    I just rap as myself, reppin myself.

  • Dr Flav

    Read that book Sunday put up Piff, its one of the best ones I ever read, Dr. Woodson changed my thinking process and I read it about 12 years ago.

  • BIGNAT

    MAN WHEN I READ THIS POST I JUST HAD TO PAUSE WHEN I WAS DONE. BILLY SUNDAY READING THIS POST REMINDED ME OF WHY I LEAD SUCH A CARE FREE LIFE. THERE ARE PEOPLE WHO THINK ABOUT THIS SHIT ALL DAY AND WORRY ABOUT IT. ALL I CARE ABOUT IS MY FRIENDS FAM AND MY MONEY. I CARE ABOUT MY FELLOW MAN TO THE POINT I WILL TELL YOU IF YOU DROP YOUR WALLET AND ALL THAT BULL. THE REASON NO ONE WANTS TO LOSE MONEY I KNOW I DON’T SO I RESPECT THE PERSON AND I RESPECT THE PAPER. PEOPLE IN GENERAL ARE GREEDY BUT THE WORLD MAKES YOU THAT WAY. LIKE WHEN YOU GET SOME NEW SHIT DON’T YOU TELL EVERYBODY I DON’T BUT MOST PEOPLE DO. THE REASON FOR THAT IS WHEN YOU GO TO BUY ANYTHING THE SELLER TELLS YOU IF YOU WANNA BE SOMEBODY YOU NEED THIS. THIS IS THE NEWEST THING THE BEST THING AND MOST OF US BUY IT. WHICH IS FUCKING FUNNY BECAUSE WE KNOW SOMETHING BETTER IS ALWAYS COMING. OR THE TREND IS OVER AND YOU STUCK WITH THEM PINK AND WHITE AF1′S HAHAHAHA. THE WORD THE KILLER WORD IS “NEED” IT CONTROLS PEOPLE. THE WORLD IS TELLING YOU BASICALLY YOU NEED TO BE BETTER THAN YOUR FELLOW MAN OR AND THATS JUST SAD. HOW CAN WE GROW AS PEOPLE IF WE ALWAYS JUST LOOKING TO OUT DO EACH OTHER. I CAN WRITE FOREVER BUT I AM CUTTING IT SHORT I GOT TO MUCH TO SAY AND I FIND IT HARD TO EXPRESS TO MANY THOUGHTS

  • http://www.myfreepaysite.com EReal

    I agree. Classism, in my area, transends racism. If you’re broke, you’re broke. Now I know TPAR is gonna argue that if you’re a broke white man, you’re more likely to get a job, ect. ect. Well, I didnt. I went out and sold drugs and got money and took that path as far as it could take me before I woke the hell up and realized there were two ends to that road. Death or Jail. So I smartened the fuck up, sucked it up, got a damn job and busted my ass for everything I have. I still pursue my dreams in my off work time, but pay my bills in what I feel is a moral manner. Rather then selling poison to people and ruining their lives. I literaley watched people flush their lives down the toilet and lose everything, as I profited. I saw nothing wrong with this situation for a long time, until it became my own reality. I have no love for hearing about your money, I dont know when rappers are going to realize people are sick of hearing how rich you are from our money. If you talk about all the millions you have from selling albums, Im not buying your shit. If you’re doing something to entertain me, I.E. Red, Meth, Eminem, ect. I will buy your shit. I respected Em that he never went there with the sales, he kept it moving. Same as the afore mentioned artists and independent artists I support. Fact of the matter is that if you have no money, it dosent matter if youre White, Black, Hispanic, Indian, you’re still looked down at by the middle and upper class. Now, I’ve argued this point in reference to Katrina before. But, seeing as BXS gets paid to write more elaboratley and eloquently than someone tryin not to get caught fuckin off at work, I’ll refer you above.

    1 hunned.

  • these posts are racist

    “If you’re broke, you’re broke. Now I know TPAR is gonna argue that if you’re a broke white man, you’re more likely to get a job, ect. ect.”

    EREAL-I wouldn’t argue that my man. I grew up in poverty. If you’re white or black, poverty is poverty…Being white doesn’t feed you more than that grilled cheese sandwhich your mom is cooking up or help your pops from not beating his frustrations out on you…etc. All I’m saying is there are different struggles that different people face.

    I think it would be unfair and just not productive to say “a poor white dude has it better than a poor black dude”…I wouldn’t even engage in such a conversation.

    Real talk EREAL.

  • http://baybrotha.com Baybrotha

    We can see the hell in inner cities all over… it’s not racisum I worrie about more then classisum… the divide between rich and poor is so vast. The masses focus on the “Normal” issues in life while the rich and powerful focus their attention on power and domination. The proof is in the high inflation and low wages. it’s also in the high price of natural resources. thos at the top will NEVER feel the pinch but they will squeez us until we pop. The bottom line is Work as hard as you can to provide for your family. If you’re fortuneate enough to gain prosperity then be happy and give back to your community. We all struggle and we all want the same thing… black, white, latino… we’re all in the same boat.
    baybrotha.com