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Why Dumb Down?

People call Gucci, Waka and Soulja dumb but they aren’t dumb at all like I said. They are just giving you their experiences. That’s what they know at this point so that’s what they are expressing. The dummies are the ones who know better but choose not to do better. If you know you’re faster than everybody you’re racing, why purposely slow down? I had my homeboy Randy Roper, who’s a journalist; hear an artist named Louie the 13th. I think Louie is super lyrical and Randy agreed but proceeded to tell me that Louie has to “dumb it down.”

When I asked why, he responded, “So people can understand, so people can get it. He’s not going to make it being super lyrical.”

I understand what Randy was saying, but this is when we as a people have to make critical decisions and ask ourselves what are we doing this for? The money? The fame? If that’s your reason for doing your art I’m here to tell you that you don’t have a passion for it.

Everybody that’s rich off their chosen profession in this entertainment business, whether it’s a Howard Stern or Wendy Williams in radio, or Jay-Z or Lil Wayne in rap, they’re rich because first and foremost they have a passion for what they do. If you have a passion for what you do and you strive to create great art everything else will fall in place. People that tell you to dumb it down are usually people who don’t know how to create something new so they would rather create something that fits into the now.

That kind of mentality is not going to move the culture forward, nor is it going to help our people grow. Think about OutKast’s and Goodie Mob’s first albums. Hard, classic music; street but still had a message in it. If they had dumbed it down then who would they have inspired to be great or reach for a higher level of consciousness?

I remember my father used to always have Farrakhan tapes playing when I was younger but I never got into them until I heard Biggie Smalls say, “Deep like the mind of Farrakhan,” on “The Whut.” I was like, “Word? Biggie’s acknowledging Farrakhan, well, let me see how deep this brother is that Biggie would mention him in a rap.” I’ve been hooked ever since, but what if Biggie felt like he couldn’t mention Farrakhan because the masses might be too dumb to know who he is? I along with millions of others probably would have missed out.

In closing, when people tell you to dumb it down tell them to kiss your ass. It’s an insult to you and our culture. We must show our greatest intelligence at all times. Those that know better should always do better and teach better. We are spiritual beings living a human existence so I can talk about God in one breath and then talk about Gucci Mane in the next breath. That’s not called being a hypocrite, it’s called being hip to everything that’s around you. I can take a Bible in the strip club if I choose to because at the end of the day it doesn’t matter if it’s the Word or ones in my hand. It’s what’s in my heart and my mind that matters.

(And the reason I did bring the Bible into the strip club was because it was Christmas Eve I wanted to remind people of the reason for the season, but you don’t hear me though.)

The stupidest thing to tell a person is to dumb it down. That’s what got our society applauding mediocrity now. If you’re great, be great and remember that great people find a way to make those who are in tune with them greater not dumber. —Charlamagne Tha God

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