KanYe West Saves Hip-Hop, While Fifty Cent Saves America…
I’m re-listening to the ‘Curtis’ album since my earlier reviews were based upon listening to a “clean” copy. Fifty Cent is not meant to be listened to from a PMRC standpoint. That’s like watching the O.G. ‘Terminator’ flick without anyone getting merc’ked. What’s the point? Fifty Cent without profanity is like finger-banging your sister, you know you want to go all the way without a condom, but the end result will be a retahded kid.
I couldn’t appreciate the depravity that Fifty expresses without hearing the word nigger or bitch behind it. The question now is who should be allowed to listen to Fifty’s expression of his determination to succeed? It’s obvious to me that he isn’t serious about killing everyone he threatens to. It’s just that if he had to, he just might do it. Even then I don’t believe him, but he entertains me with the notion that if someone steps on his G-Unit tennis shoes the next thing you know is that bullets will be whizzing through the air. There is a comedy contained in his tragic rhymes, and also an honesty. This is why Fifty Cent and Hip-Hop by extension have become the targets of censorship.
Some people remember the song ‘Cop Killer’ performed by the Ice-T fronted band Body Count. Everyone attacked the song as being pro-violence and anti-police but the critics ignored the actual verses that described the situations in which the speaker had been pushed to edge of tolerance. Therein lies the real story. By any means necessary is not a solution that the mainstream media will acknowledge. Now I won’t pretend that Fifty Cent presents the ideas of social justice and economic equity by all means necessary, but when those artists do come forward to speak I don’t want their frustrated voices to be filtered through the lens of the PMRC or worse, music labels that are shook ones. When I told you dudes way back that copping Fifty Cent’s new album would save Hip-Hop I admit that I didn’t even realize then how much was at stake.
On September 11th we are going to see two albums released that will both have ramifications that extend past their sales figures. KanYe’s will determine the new level of content for Hip-Hop recordings and Fifty’s album will decide whether censorship is economically feasible in a culture that is rapidly becoming as fundamentally totalitarian as the regimes we are targeting in the Middle East.
And by the way, fuck Kenny Chesney.