Should rappers donate money to the police?

The other day, here in St. Louis, an old white guy who was famous for appearing in commercials for a local car dealership died of ass cancer, or one of these other diseases you see a lot of old white men dying from. I saw a story about it in the Post-Dispatch yesterday, when I was at my parents’ house, and I thought to myself, How sad. This guy used to be in TV commercials, and now he’s dead.

I took a look at the article, while I was pinching a loaf. It was the usual shit you read in the paper when an old white guy dies out here in the flyover states: he was the salt of the earth, he used to be a cop, he had 40 some-odd grandkids, etc. Then I got to the end, where it said that donations in his memory can be made to Backstoppers, Birthright Counselling, and Catholic Charities, i.e. probably my three least favorite charities (if I had to make a list), and I was like, “Aww, fuck this guy!”

It’s a good thing I never bought a car from him. Not that I’ve ever bought a car a day in my life.

Backstoppers is our local variation on what some comedian once hilariously referred to as the Pigs in a Blanket Foundation. They raise money for the families of cops who died in the line of duty, i.e. fucking with people to raise money for the local government, not solving crime, and discriminating against black people. I remember, back when I was in the barbecue industry, this white guy, who got roughed up by police, was explaining to me that this ticket he had to pay was like $200 or whatever, plus he donated some money to Backstoppers. And I was like, why would you donate money to the police, when they just kicked the shit out of you? He said he loved the police, except when they kicked the shit out of him. A lot of rednecks, who get fucked with by the police on the reg (if not as often as black people), are like that. I don’t get it.

I don’t know if they have Birthright everywhere, or if it’s just a St. Louis thing. But if you don’t have anything better to do on a Monday afternoon than read this crap, you might remember it from a post I did a couple of years ago on how Young Jeezy shouldn’t be obligated to pay any more in child support than the $78 a month or whatever he’d been paying. Or whatever’s the minimum amount that will keep her off the dole and hence out of my pocket. Basically, the way it works is, they target women who are thinking about having an abortion and they give them vouchers to buy baby shit from K-Mart. Then, 10 or 15 years later, when that $300 has long since run out, the little fucker steals something from your car. Birthright used to have a commercial that used the song “Brick” by Ben Folds Five, and part of the reason I got into blogging was to spread the word.

And I’m not sure where exactly your money goes, if you donate to Catholic Charities. It might go to one of these militant pro-life groups, like the people who killed George Tiller. If it was something benign in nature, it would just be called Charities.

Anyway, I’m in the can, at my parents’ crib, reading about this old white guy, and it occurred to me: You know who else donates money to the police? Jay-Z. The other day, I finally got around to watching that 9/11 tribute concert on Fuse, which I DVRd when they reran it. I also caught the interview he did with Toure (who’s looking more and more like a sex offender with each passing day), that came on immediately after the concert. One of the questions Toure asked Jay-Z was if he had any problems donating part of the proceeds from the concert to the police. It was similar to the question I had to ask one of my colleagues from the barbecue industry, except under far different circumstances.

I’m surprised Jay-Z’s handlers even allowed that exchange to be included in the broadcast. I know Toure, who likes to brag on Twitter about the time Suge Knight almost fed him to piranhas, prides himself on asking the tough questions, but I’m assuming this was a matter of the TIs worrying that Fiddy Cent or somebody might find out Jay-Z donated money to the police. So this was just a bit of preemptive PR trickery. I ask the tough questions all day long, but only on the Internets, where rappers can pretend as if it didn’t happen. And then half the time the shit ends up disappearing from the Internets.

I actually thought about raising the question of whether donating money to the police is in keeping with the code of the streets the other day, when I saw the Jay-Z special. But a few days before, I went to a Borders and saw this month’s issue of XXL, which is essentially a glorified Rocawear catalog, and I figured I’d just be wasting my time. I’d managed to slip through that post on Charles Hamilton, who was once verboten in these parts, and I figured maybe I could do another post on Peter Rosenberg. It’s not like he’s taken out an ad for husky men’s jeans or some such. Goes to show what I know.

Jay-Z told Toure that, while he struggled with the idea of donating money to the police, which he probably had to in order to be able to take advantage of the anniversary of 9/11 to promote a rap album, he realized that, on 9/11, when the terrorists flew those planes into those buildings, and those dumbass cops and firefighters ran into them only to be crushed by a controlled explosion, we were all one in the same. In that moment, there was black and white, or cop and innocent black man trying to do his motherfucking thing in the world. It was pretty much the exact opposite of KRS-One’s remarks, when he explained that 9/11 was cosmic justice for him not being allowed to sleep on the subway.

I’m surprised there hasn’t been more outrage. People gave Rick Ross so much shit about the fact that he used to be a cop, but at least he needed the money. You end up spending a lot of money on food when you’re that big. I should know. I’m halfway tempted to get a job as a prison guard myself, except I know for a fact that I’d have to look at naked guys on the reg, and I might have poo flung at me. But I’ll definitely shoot a nigga in his back, if necessary.

  • Phillmatic

    Bol, are you sure you’re from St. Louis? Are you sure you’re from America even?

    Use of words like ‘dole’, ‘pinch’ and, in the past, ‘shite’ leads me to be believe you’re British. Either that or you’ve watched nothing but British sitcoms and films.

    • that nigga

      Yeah. Like SNATCH, Locked, Stocked and Two Smokin Barrells, Clockwork Orange, etc..Bol, you might as well start sayin “Guv’nor” too. Your wordplay sucks Bol. Step your hood lingo up, I know your a fat white boy in his mommas basement that sleeps with his first cousins but c’mon. Make this shit interesting.

  • Escobar9300

    J7M. Hmm Bol, not sure what to say about this one. Difinitly interesting that a guy who’s claim to fame is dodging police and selling white would be donating cash to the red and blues no.w

  • $ykotic/Don McCaine

    The crazy part is some rappers out there ARE police.

    We already donated.

    • $ykotic/Don McCaine

      My bad.

      J7M

  • General

    Its pretty hard to attack a guy for raising money for the families of police or firefighters that died in the WTC attack…

    I don’t see how anyone is gonna make a strong case goin after Jay for this…

    For a subpar CD? Yes…but the benefit concert, no

  • OG Matt Herbz

    Yeah, we give police shit for racial profiling and arresting prominent members of the community like Henry Louis Gates and Dallas Penn. We make light of their job and assume a lot, but when it comes time to do the real dirty work, they are the ones that go on duty.

    Your building just got hit with a fucking plane and your bitch ass is running away from that shit, passing numerous cops and firemen heading in the other direction.

    Just like if you ever saved a kitten, successfully turned a ho into a housewife, or anything similarly honorable, Bol, we could pardon all the masturbation and defecation humor.

    –OG Matt Herbz–

  • GIBZ

    yea def strange how no one has jumped on Jay-Z’s dick about it. Where’s the smoking gun now?? I’m not even a fan of Rick Ross but ppl def cared a lil too much about what he did back in the day. All these rappers are actors anyway. Good drop though Bol

  • GIBZ

    oh yea my bad,

    J7M!

  • http://tonygrands.blogspot.com Tony Grands

    If Jay-Z wasn’t Jay-Z, it wouldn’t be a problem. Other elite members of society do it all the time. Hell, Eazy E donated monies to the republican party under Bush Sr, & got invited to a dinner, which he attended.

    I don’t see a problem in it, simply because, like it has already been stated, cops (& firemen) do what “we” wont/cant/would rather not. There’s good seeds & bad ones. Overall, if something’s happening that you can’t handle or control, you damn sure aren’t going to call Ghostbusters.

    Plus, Jigga’s trying to ascend to the upper echelon crust of society. Can’t really be mad @ a 40 year old, successful Black man for trying to better himself on that level.

    If he were putting money back into the streets to fund local drug dealers & provide illegal weapons, then we’d have a problem with that, so, what do you do?

  • Bobo D

    I saw a story about it in the Post-Dispatch yesterday, when I was at my parents’ house, and I thought to myself, How sad. This guy used to be in TV commercials, and now he’s dead.
    ^^^^
    I had to laugh here, not because the guy died but the thought of Bol getting sad for anything else then not meeting his quotient of prOn research of the day.

    People gave Rick Ross so much shit about the fact that he used to be a cop
    ^^^^
    It’s not the fact he was a cop (well not the main fact), but the guy lied about it for so long. I mean you can’t knock a guy for having a 9-to-5, making money to have roof over his head, he should have just came out (no homo) when smoking gun exposed him.

  • Worley

    Jay got away with that because the money (allegedly) goes to the kids and not to buy the police new tasers (cattle prods for n*ggas).

    However, Jay also said he was “immature” for not giving to the police in the past. Really? So giving to the police is “mature?” Stop the bullsh*t.

  • $ykotic/Don McCaine

    BTW, is it a holiday?

    Bol’s the only one punched in? Wow…

    • BIGNAT

      i feel you on that no new news no new bangers. mex just dropped a post

    • http://WWW.MAJORMUVS.COM *BLOCK*

      BLOCK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      I WAS THINKING THE SAME THING!!!!

      @BOL I THINK YOU GOT A BAD ANGLE ON THIS ONE BRUH….TO MY UNDERSTANDING THE MONEY DIDN’T GO TO THE POLICE IT WENT TO THE FAMILIES OF THE ONES THAT DIED….SOUNDS LOOK A GOOD DUDE TO ME…ATLEAST ON THAT PART..

      ON ANOTHER NOTE….WITH THE AMOUNT OF VIEWERS THAT BOL,DALLAS,MEX AND EVERYBODY ON HERE THAT BLOGS HAS…WHY NOT TALK ABOUT THINGS THAT REALLY MATTER….LIKE HMMMM THE FREEDOM WE LOST FROM THE PATRIOT ACT, OR THE OPEN BORDERS, OR ANYTHING THAT WILL ENLIGHTEN THE PEOPLE….EVERYONE WANTS TO BE ENTERTAINED BUT EVERYONE NEEDS TO BE INFORMED….JUST A THOUGHT

      DEATH TO H1N1!!!!!!!!!

  • BIGNAT

    J7M
    “But I’ll definitely shoot a nigga in his back, if necessary.” Man bol you would shoot a man in his back you talking about a bitch move. you could at least look a man in his eye when you take his life.

  • Hanch

    Bol You are 1 racist mofo! Im not really sure why i even read this guy’s drop’s!

  • Yessir

    He is donating to the families of those that died.

    Shit, if it wasn’t for police to keep the peace, we will all kill ourselves.

  • http://xxl All Dae

    Bravo Bol, excellent post. lol @ pinch a loaf.

  • sealsaa

    “this month’s issue of XXL, which is essentially a glorified Rocawear catalog”

    A gross understatement. 20 some odd pages of Roca Wear ads? The fuck?

  • Thomas

    The $ went to the families that lost someone in the towers. This is a dumb post Bol. I usually enjoy them..but this one. Nah.

  • these posts are racist

    What happened to the Israel Lobby post?

    • OG Matt Herbz

      Mossad took it down.

      –OG Matt Herbz–

      • these posts are racist

        What’s good Matt? Fuck Mossad…

  • Sleepy Wonder

    Thought He Was Donating Money To The Families Of Firefighters And Cops That Died While Rescuing Others On 9/11…

  • Jhon da Analyst

    Fuck the police…………….I wouldn’t give a fuck if half of all the police out here were murdered in cold blood. That’s how I feel. Fuck it. Once you’ve had enough pigs pointing weapons at your head for mistaken identity or just wearing black leather and Tims you get tired of that shit. Fuck those fucking pigs that dont fly straight!! Yeah I said it. Bastards!!

  • http://xxlmag.com IAMHIPHOP

    FUCK THE POLICE!!!STRAIGHT UP I HATE THOSE PIGS.

  • Brooklyn

    the families of police officers and firefighters don’t need donated money, those niggas got pensions and benefits out the ass, don’t they? when they die the family is given mad chedder, not to mention that police officers take care of their own. my opinion is, instead of donating money to the family of slain police officers, money should be donated to the family of people slain and/or brutalized by immoral and/or trigger happy police men. ok, jay donated money to put food in the mouth of peter the po-po’s kid, but who’s putting food in the mouths of amadou diallo’s kids? shawn bell’s kids? who’s taking care of the mother of that nigga that was shot because police thought he had a gun when he really had a hairbrush? why should they suffer the double whammy of having an innocent family member murdered by the police and have to foot the bill too?

  • Mitch

    Anybody have the post on Jay-Z that was taken down a few weeks ago?