Hip-Hop’s Most Hardbody Anthem. Evar…
This summer has been one of the best ever for seeing Hip-Hop concerts in New York City. Between the Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival, the Zune Live At The BBQ event, Wild Style’s 25th anniversary, and the tremendous Rock The Bells show I have been enjoying most of my favorite all time artists do the thing that they love. Long live Hip-Hop. But with all the acts that I have seen this summer the one artist that could make this NYC’s greatest Hip-Hop resurgence hasn’t done a date yet. I’m talking about NaSir Jones.
I last saw NaS perform at a free concert in Central Park. Despite the fact that it had rained earlier in the afternoon the park was still crushed with over ten thousand fans that came to see the champ do his thing. Nothing was as crazy as when NaS spit ‘Ether’. Try to imagine a karaoke song ten thousand people strong. “Fuck Jay-Z!” We made NaS do the song again under the threat of a riot. For my money, watching NaS perform the song ‘I Can’ was my greatest single memory of any Hip-Hop show. Of all time. I’m talking about over twenty years of going to clubs like The Fun House, 10:18, Underground/Union Square, Madison Square Garden and The Latin Quarter.
‘I Can’ is the song that I can give to my babies as the representation of true Hip-Hop. Fuck a school prayer. ‘I Can’ should be played in the mornings before classes at every grade school in Bushwick, Brownsville, Camden, College Park, Compton, Settegast, and wherever empty lots outnumber occupied houses. Anyone can make a song about poverty and the desperation that convinces most people to forsake the families and neighbors in order to escape that environment.
How many rappers have the courage of heart to tell you that you have the power within yourself to change your environment for the better? Understand that the plan created by the Supremacists is to make you think that you are powerless. The Supremacists use people that look just like your family and neighbors to reinforce these ideas in your mind. When I listen to the song ‘I Can’ is when I remember why Hip-Hop changed my life so many years ago. It restores my faith in myself, and that allows me to have faith in my family and neighbors.
The ghetto exists in the state that it does not because the people can not trust their family or their neighbors. It exists in it’s condition because the people look in the mirror and they don’t believe in THEMSELVES. I always listened to some rappers describe their rap music as a mirror that simply reflects the conditions of the places that they lived in, but then why don’t these rappers use their music the same way you are supposed to use a mirror. You look at yourself and you wipe the schmutz out of your eye cracks. You clean the dirt off your face and then you make sure that your shirt is buttoned up properly. What idiot looks in a mirror and doesn’t use that information to make themselves look better?
That’s what you do when you believe in yourself. When you have faith in yourself. The Bill O’Reillys of the world can’t tell me nothing. I already know that O’Reilly is just a weedcarrying wigbrusher for Rupert Murdoch, and Murdoch is just a t.I. tool for the Supremacists. The media outlets he owns publish the ethos of Supremacy on a daily basis in several different platforms. Fox/News Corp. attacking NaS was all about preventing him from delivering his empowering message to the students of Virginia Tech who have lost their faith in themselves, their student family, and their neighbors. Peep the list of the assets and holdings of Rupert Murdoch’s News Corporation.
If you don’t wear your mental armor then Murdoch’s forces will penetrate your brain and destroy your physical. That’s why I listen to ‘I Can’ on the regulack. This song is my armor of truth. That’s why this song is Hip-Hop’s most hardbody anthem. Evar.