Is It In You?
Killer Mike- "Shot Down" (sorry, the audio program here be tripping ON ME sometimes)Forgive me for the lateness...I've been occupied all day talking to students at my old high school. So I've been shut off from the world for most of the day.As soon as I turned my phone back on, I got a barrage of IMs and texts with numerous variations of "WTF!" and "I'm Pissed." About what, I did not know. So I replied "what happened?" And they of course hit back with "nigga you don't know?" I soon found out when I got back in front of a computer and logged on.All three of the pigs who shot Sean Bell got off.Yeah, I'm pissed. Yeah, I'm angry. Yeah, I'm frustrated. But what now?That's what I had to ask myself before I started typing this out. What now?And I'm sure I'm not the only one thinking that. What now?Its almost as if cops killing people is a right of passage in this country. Its to the point you really don't know what the hell to do. Part of me wants to start a riot. Really, all of me wants to, but shit, what will it prove? The L.A. riot didn't do nothing but cause even more racial divide in this country and it sure as hell didn't stop cops from killing people, evidently.I don't know man, its just too much shit going on right now and I'm not even sure if I should even look to Hip Hop, or music period for answers. Because outside of a select few artists, it seems like no one cares. I mean really, what's gonna be the music that defines this time we are living in right now?The 60's had Motown to serve as a soothing sound to combat the conflict and tension of that era. The late 80s and early 90s had Public Enemy, Ice-T, NWA, BDP and the like to define, motivate and even prod people into some sort of action.But for this time that we are living in right now, I'm not even sure if our beloved Hip Hop is even strong enough to say or do anything at this point. I mean, its so weakened right now that it can barely support itself, so why should I expect it to initiate any kind of action. Especially in a time where molotov cocktails and picket signs have been replaced by blog comments.I dunno man, fuck it man.