Grand opening, grand closing

To hear the liberal Jew-run media tell it, the current, precipitous downturn in hip-hop album sales mostly has to do with the black woman’s utter exasperation with the level of misogyny in hip-hop song lyrics and music videos, but I’ve long suspected that it’s had as much if not more so to do with the white man’s fear of black criminality.

And by the white man, I’m actually referring to pretty much everyone who isn’t a black criminal, but whatever. This shit reads better if I can lump people into groups, usually based on race, which are that much easier to blame for shit.

Take for example the issue a few years ago with Ron Artest running up into the crowd up into Detroit and cold-cocking some cracka-ass cracka. Do you really think the average cracka-ass cracka on the street could give a rat’s ass if the Shawn Kemps of the world have got babies in every third state in the union? But once it gets to the level where they’ve got the balls to run up in the stands it’s like, “Hold on a sec, Lemongelo!”

I was reminded of this as I read a story in the Times the other day about how cracka-ass crackas out in Colorado Springs are trying to shut down hip-hop nights in some of the clubs there. Now, I could be mistaken, because it’s been a while, but I believe Colorado Springs is one of the towns Eric Schlosser wrote about in the utterly boring Fast Food Nation. At any rate, it’s definitely not the kind of town you’d even expect to have a hip-hop night, filled with born again Christian types, military contractors, and yuppie type cracka-ass cracka who migrated there from SoCal because it was becoming a bit too “latino.”

But I guess there’s some army base there and now there’s enough black people to where a hip-hop night would be economically feasible, let alone the fact that how many white kids do you know these days who don’t listen to hip-hop? Only thing is, there used to be hardly any violence there at all, but you know how black people like to do silly shit like shoot at one another in the parking lots of night clubs. So now the police have actually gone on the record as blaming hip-hop for the rise in the murder rate and warning club owners that if they play rap music, they might be putting themselves at risk.

And you see the same shit happening all over. In St. Louis we’ve had popular club nights that had to be shut down because the guys who ran them tried to mix thoughtful, worthwhile hip-hop with southern rap and then word got out and a buncha motherfuckers in long white t-shirts showed up and started sexually harrassing women and (of course) shooting at one another in the parking lot outside. It was even the subject of a cover story in the Riverfront Times (just like yours truly!) a week or so ago.

In both the incidents here and in Colorado Springs, of course you’ve had motherfuckers trying to play the race card, as if the real reason 5-0 is trying to shut down club nights which have been the site of all sorts of criminal activity is because the white man just doesn’t like the idea of black people shaking their asses to Lil’ Jon and drinking the Incredible Hulk or whatever. To be sure, I’ve never actually been to Colorado Springs, and I wouldn’t be surprised if the cops there are racist as fuck, just like they are everywhere else, but come on. I think it’s obvious the real reason these things keep getting shut down is because ignorant-ass black people keep shooting at one another.

Which brings me to my point.

You guys know I’ll stick up for a black man’s right to call a black woman whatever the fuck he wants in a song, both because I thought we had free speech in this country and because I’ve been working in the service industry for 10 years now last month and I’ve already suffered a lifetime’s worth of abuse at the hands of loud, ignorant-ass black women. But all of this bullshit with snatching chains and shooting at one another in the parking lot outside the club is just that, bullshit. The reason this shit keeps getting shut down isn’t because white people hate black people, or there’s some conspiracy against hip-hop. It’s because no one likes the idea of getting shot at.

  • kritiq

    theres “niggers” and theres “niggas”

  • haha

    Bol= Homer Simpson 1st

  • Fire

    “You guys know I’ll stick up for a black man’s right to call a black woman whatever the fuck he wants in a song, both because I thought we had free speech in this country and because I’ve been working in the service industry for 10 years now last month and I’ve already suffered a lifetime’s worth of abuse at the hands of loud, ignorant-ass black women. But all of this bullshit with snatching chains and shooting at one another in the parking lot outside the club is just that, bullshit. The reason this shit keeps getting shut down isn’t because white people hate black people, or there’s some conspiracy against hip-hop. It’s because no one likes the idea of getting shot at.”
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
    Truth. It does have more to do with race and music then you say because there are a bunch of racist people and people who hate hip hop and want to stop it at all cost (not advocating victim mentality), but the violence some idiots bring to the table is the main problem. People not taking responsibility for themselves, whatever race they are, is bullshit.

  • Redd

    all the good clubs here got shut down, even the under 21 clubs couldnt last past 6 mos

  • Fire

    And the reason that rap album sales are down is because rap creativity is down, meaning that there aren’t many good albums being made anymore, not principally because of any bullshit statistic. Downloading has something to do with it, but if people like something enough, they’ll go and buy it.

  • og bobby j

    listen to music….dont life it.

    “dont go to jail for the next 30 years cause someone smudged your puma”

  • http://aol.com ayebabybay

    1st

  • LowEndofDaChi

    Bol, is your mother a black woman?

    With that said, yeah, no one likes getting shot at. In Chicago, you have to party in the metropolitan areas (the Loop, Goldcoast, Near North) just to REDUCE your chances of getting shot. Sadly enough, that’s just the type of energy that some of us bring. Unless social change happens, “niggas” won’t. The ish is deep, because for that change to even be feasible (reduction in poverty and unemployment, slum living conditions), the mentality of the majority of this generation needs to be replaced. I would think that for this to take place, the seeds would need to planted in the home early on, but parents nowadays are as sh!tty as the look on 50′s face after this first week of record sales.

  • Rich Arte

    Much as I hate to admit it, he’s got a point. Anytime the club lets out, the “parkin lot pimps” are scroungin around tryin to find the last stitch of pussy to take home, and sometimes get into altercations with the boyfriends of these ass-models.

    guns go off. innocent bystanders become victims….club gets shut down.
    Only to be renamed and re-opened a week later with “new management”

    PLP’s wake up! Is the bitch really worth it????

  • Real Talk

    Dope post Bol, I’m way past the point where I think seeing a fight in the club is entertaining. I got too much to loose to be hanging around niccas who don’t.

    Like Fire said in chicago you got to party downtow or up north, but even then stuff jumps off occasionally, ask “Tank Johnson” formally of the Bears about that one.

  • N.O. 4 life

    the funny thing to me is all the sudden hip hop is violent…no…really?….hip hop has the same percent of gangster rappers the, same percent of bubblegum and the same percent of real rap…but now all the sudden rap is too violent…all my life it has been violent but now it’s tooo violent…huh?

  • Fire

    I second N.O. 4 Life, people just want to use it as a scapegoat now more than ever, similar to that PMRC bullshit back in the 80s. It’s trendy and in vogue now, if people really cared about problems they’d actually fix them instead of bashing an element of pop culture that they don’t like.

  • DirtDoggy

    I agree with this one.

    ” I wouldn’t be surprised if the cops there are racist as fuck, just like they are everywhere else”

    Yo, I also agree cops were the loosers in high school (foget who said that)and they ride big sausages.

    But, I think the gun on there hip gives them that power trip no matter what color, cause there are more black cops everyday and the black cops lay beatings on black men just the same, wow it must be hard being a black cop they must get shunned like a mutherfucker.

  • gerald n. the birdman

    Please Bol, respect the black man’s right to discharge a firearm at public functions. Im sick of these racist posts!!!

  • Yup Yup

    well… out of all the post i have read… i agree… hmmm…

  • http://www.myspace.com/penguinbeats penguin beats

    Colorado Springs has a wierd gangs/evangelical christians divide. There are lots of gang problems there, though. Not just a bunch of white people.

  • yeh right

    Cut to the chase. Hip hop was fine when it consumed the Blacks but now it has successfully infiltrated white america. No white man wants his daughter creaming over 25 cent. Before she goes to sleep every night she’s dreaming about the day a Black man will run up in her and so is her mother. Why? Because Blacks turn their daughters into whores. LOL Ice tea & CoCo Since hip hop, they can’t control their children. Their children are coming home with their pants hanging down speaking ebonics….Oh Good Grief! What do we do now?…….We must kill hip hop!! LOL

  • Worley

    It’s one or two suckas, ignorant brothas
    trying to rob and steal from one another.

  • 4 ya momma

    call it what u will we as a people must own up to our ignorence if we like to knock niggas noodles back for being too fly or getting too much action or steping on ya puma hey its the culture and we all kno it stop lying to yourselves

  • Around and Around

    Real Talk Says:

    September 14th, 2007 at 2:12 pm
    Like Fire said in chicago you got to party downtow or up north, but even then stuff jumps off occasionally, ask “Tank Johnson” formally of the Bears about that one.
    —————
    Tank was at Ice Bar and they usually play Hip Hop & RnB.

  • LowEndofDaChi

    @ Real Talk

    I made the Chi comment brother.

  • egg

    most of these people in clubs are not there to start violence. is the media again trying to paint hip hop fans as violent animals. bol is an idiot. many people have a misunderstanding about hip hop fans. that is what this is really about. and the decline of rap sales is because these rappers don’t make any good music.

  • LowEndofDaChi

    They just reopened the Icebar too, however, now its called “Tabu”, and is under “new management.” Whoever called that spade hit the nail on the head.

  • yupyup

    @LowEndofDaChi
    that’s cause you chicago niggas dont know how to act. you should come to gary where it’s safe and people behave themselves

  • LowEndofDaChi

    LOL@ Yup Yup…Its funny you say that buddy, b/c I wouldn’t let my worst enemy’s pet dog walk through certain parts of Gary,IN. In fact if I’m not mistaken, Gary won the glorious “Murder Capital of America” award a few years ago.

    You must live in one of the nicer parts of Gary, b/c alot of hustling brothers from the Chi tend to go there (or Hammond) when shit gets hot on the legal side. I’m just sayin’.

  • http://www.cemuzik.com cemuzik

    I like that “Lemongelo” Nigga that’s lemon jello! HAHAHA

    Yo but on the real, they really aint allowing hip hop anywhere anymore. I live in New York City and we have to struggle to find a place to see a good hip hop show. Sure Talib will come out and do a Black August, but what happened to the Thursday hip hop nights where you could come and just have a good time.. Shit is almost non-existent anymore.. oh well.. like Bol said “Grand opening, grand closing”

  • http://www.jimiizrael.com the izza

    Jena Six, My neck, my back

    http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=14414552

    The B-Shop on NPR: Smarten up.

  • Ryan

    as if the real reason 5-0 is trying to shut down club nights which have been the site of all sorts of criminal activity is because the white man just doesn’t like the idea of black people shaking their asses to Lil’ Jon and drinking the Incredible Hulk or whatever

    ^^^^
    Thank you, there’s rice all over my keyboard now.

    Some of this shit is on par with how hardcore shows are getting out of control. In CT, it’s damn near impossible to find a place to book a show cause people always get hurt, the place gets broken, cops are always around them, etc. They really raised the profile of the whole hardcore thing when Rolling Stone ran an article about FSU (which was pretty inaccurate by the way).

  • Jay

    I’ve already suffered a lifetime’s worth of abuse at the hands of loud, ignorant-ass black women.

    LOL! I know how u feel!

  • Kiese Laymon

    So much to talk about in this enlighening piece. I love how Brother Bol is so good at not just being funny, but actually providing moving meaningful critiques at the same time. I really love how he has this way of recycling rhetoric and making it sound less like rhetoric. That shit about black woman and the Jews and thug niggas was so original and funny. Never heard those groups critiqued that way before.

    Nigga, you on your way. For real! You have talent!

    On a personal note, I too, am a nasty fat ass nigga with an extremely fat neck, just like Bol. How do you use photo shop to make yourself look so not fat on your picture on XXL? Is it all in the angle? Holler at your boy, Bol.

    And keep pushing the limits with those dope critiques. Nigga, you are some kind of funny

  • H-LO

    -> Chris Rock’s “Black people vs. Niggas”

  • asdfahwtaga

    most of these rappers ARE black women

  • Rich Arte

    LowEndofDaChi Says:

    September 14th, 2007 at 5:06 pm
    They just reopened the Icebar too, however, now its called “Tabu”, and is under “new management.” Whoever called that spade hit the nail on the head.
    ^^^^
    I called that spade, and that card gets played all over the country. Same facility, same niggas, same music, same outcome, NEW name, NEW management….
    and I’m from the Nati.

  • Content

    Let me explain it using a sports analogy (should work, right). Going to a club should be like hitting a home run or scoring a touchdown…act like you’ve been there before.

  • http://www.djtrackstar.com Trackstar the DJ

    As one of the DJs in the St. Louis RFT article, I’ll tell you this:
    As much as its true that club owners are racially motivated when they end hip hop nights, Bol got this one just right–even the heads, the black folk who go to all sorts of hip hop spots I spin at as well as some of the rougher spots, were complaining about the crowd change before the staff even brought it up.
    Bol–you ever come through Halo Fridays, 609 Thursdays or INTEGRITY at Blue Hill?

    Trackstar
    http://www.djtrackstar.com