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Dr. Boyce: TI is Upset that the Boston Bomber was Linked to Hip Hop: Oh Really, Why Is That?

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by Dr. Boyce Watkins

This week, the rapper TI expressed a bit of outrage over the link that the website TMZ made between Boston bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev and the hip-hop music industry.   Earlier in the week, it was reported that Tsarnaev loved to listen to hip-hop music, and that he was a a member of the site

TI seems to feel that the connection has no merit and that it’s irresponsible for anyone to connect the violent music we hear on the radio  every day to the violence played out in the life of Tsarnaev.

“Hip hop narrates the activity and conditions of our culture,” he said. “It doesn’t create them.”


Of course we know that true hip-hop has little to do with violence.  As Minister Louis Farrakhan expressed soeloquently in a recent interview, hip-hop music was designed to empower the people and make us great.  But once it was co-opted and dropped onto the corporate plantation, everything changed.  We also know that Tsarnaev is his own man, making his own decisions.  No one told him to kill innocent people.


But it’s hard to hear TI, arguably the most talented rapper on the radio today, say that he couldn’t possibly understand why people would connect violent behavior with violent music.   Hmmmm, let’s think about this for a second, shall we?  Tsarnaev was a wanted man.  Just this week, two stories have been released about at least two mainstream hip-hop artists (Lil Flip and Lil Scrappy) who’ve had warrants out for their arrests.  Even TI went to prison for trying to buy a stockpile of weapons that would make any terrorist blush.


Now, I’m not trying to attack TI or prejudge his reasons for doing whatever he’s done.  What I am doing is asking for TI to be man enough to acknowledge the role that hip-hop music is playing in the creation of the conditions in our community, not just the reflection of them.  The music we hear on the radio has, sadly, become a one-dimensional (and sometimes brilliant) expression of the kind of pathetic, ignorant, and barbaric behavior that represents the worst that a black man could ever become.  We drown the brains of young black boys with repetitive messages about getting high and drunk every day, killing other black men in the street, disrespecting women, wasting your money and being proud of being ignorant.


In other words, hip-hop music is no longer telling the story of the black community.  It is a gospel of self-destruction that is designed to create a generation of urban terrorists who are determined to become food for the prison industrial complex.  The mass promotion and glorification of illegal activity brainwashes kids so much that by the time I get to their schools to talk to them, a lot of them aren’t trying to hear what I have to say.


My friends Russell Simmons and Michael Eric Dyson might argue that hip-hop artists are protected by the right to free creative expression.  But I’m sorry, I cannot concur.  When a man walks into the office of a music label executive and is told “we need more n*ggaz, b*tchez and gangsta sh*t to help your album sell more copies,” freedom of expression just went out the window and was replaced by corporate slavery.  There is nothing free or creative about repeating the same message over and over again because some wealthy white man told you to do it.


Here’s a verse that might help make the point (from the song, “We Be Steady mobbin,” by Lil Wayne, the man who compared Emmett Till’s face to a woman’s v@gina and refused to apologize):

I swear you can’t fukk wit me

But I can fukk yo’ girl and make her nut for me Then slutt for me, then kill for me, then steal for me And of course it’ll be yo’ cash, Then I’ll murder that b*tch and send her body back to yo’ ass

So, I have to ask my brother TI (who I actually believe is a brilliant and conscientious family man deep down):  What in the h-ll about that verse reflects “the activity and conditions of our culture?”  So, is black culture built on pimping black women, taking advantage of their loyalty, forcing them to engage in criminal behavior and then murdering them afterward?  Can you hear a verse like this and truly believe that your daughters are safe in a world where millions of little black boys all across America are reciting this verse over and over again, the way a Muslim recites and memorizes the Quran?   Do you realize that, according to every good psychologist in America, when a verse is repeated to yourself over and over again, it sinks so deeply into your subconscious that you don’t even know it’s there?


The key question here is this:  Does that verse above represent the actions of a conscientious black leader or that of a cold-blooded TERRORIST?

Look, I’m not here to attack all the brothers trying to make money by writing rhymes.  I get it, we all have to feed our families.    But sometimes, we are so caught up in the fact that a person is rich and famous and that we don’t give a rat’s a** about how they made their money.   We look up to celebrities as if having a little money in the bank washes away all of the sins they’ve committed against their people.  BET brags about how much money it made from the last awards show without calculating the net loss to the black community that comes from the mass exaltation of unproductive and extremely destructive role models.  The little boy watching no longer wants to be Dr. Ben Carson, and instead wants to grow up and become the next 2 Chainz.


The reason I worked with Russell Simmons on our campaign against mass incarceration is so we could bring together the entertainment industry and scholarly community to stand up to the damage that has been done to our families due to the prison industrial complex.   I flinched when I heard that Rick Ross and Lil Wayne signed our open letter to the president, but I was convinced by someone I trust that, rather than just critiquing their behavior, I should be open to helping them become educated on how to use their massive platforms to uplift their community.  Call me naive, but I truly believe that rather than teaching black boys how to go to prison, most artists want to help black children avoid the horrors of the new Jim Crow.

But one thing I CANNOT accept is the “who me?” reaction from the hip-hop music industry when they get mad because some white man compares their music to the promotion of terrorism.  Anybody who takes the time to dissect much of the lyrical content that our kids hear on the radio today can see a clear link between the sharing of violent messages and the perpetuation, glorification and acceleration of thug-like culture in our community.   The reason that Rick Ross was going to be paid millions of dollars for wearing Reeboks is because his actions and words play a role in shaping the culture of urban America.  So, if the shoes he puts on his feet can make a poor kid go out and spend $200 on sneakers, don’t you think that the words in his verses can also impact that same kids’ behavior?


Black men are not meant to ganngstaz, pimps, killaz, monsters and r@pists.  We are meant to be doctors, scholars, leaders, kings and millionaires.  Hip-hop should not be training young boys to emulate Malcolm Little; they should play a role in creating the next Malcolm X.   As I write these words, my brain reflects on how I’ve seen up close examples of young black men being transformed into something they are not,  largely because of the culture being promoted on Clear Channel Radio.  I remember my older brother (before he died) getting out of prison and telling me, “Hearing C-Bo rap about getting high makes me wanna go smoke weed.”   I think about the 20-year old father of three I know who was murdered this week.  I think about the 3-year old boy my daughter knew, who got shot in the head by his next door neighbor who thought that the code of the street meant that he needed to express his outrage with a gun.  I think about all of the tragic, sloppy, sick, sad and disgusting things that are happening in the black community, all because our brains are being sprinkled with weaponized seeds of psychological genocide every single day of the week.


It’s sad that if someone tells me about a young brother dying, I almost always know exactly how he died, I can guess the race of the person who killed him, I can guess that he probably died violently, and I can even guess the type of weapon that was used in his death.  In other words, ”hood sh*t” is the leading cause of death among young black men, and we are the only group of people in America who have been trained to sing and dance to the beat of our own self-destruction.


I hope that TI will take a good look in the mirror and study the industry he loves, and ask if we are empowering young men to help them survive for the future, or encouraging them to fill a pre-arranged grave site or prison cell.  It’s not too late for hip-hop to turn the corner. But in order for that to happen, we are going to need a revolution.

Dr. Boyce Watkins is the founder of the Your Black World Coalition 

and author of the lecture series, “Commercialized Hip-Hop:  The Gospel of Self-Destruction

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I don't believe that the fact that the Boston bomber listened to hip-hop music and was a member on Real-Hip-Hop, had anything to do with what he did in Boston.  Do they report how many domestic terrorist listen to Rush Limbaugh, KKK music, Guns and Roses?  No.


But, there is a link between violent Rap music and violence that we see in our youth on a day to day basis.  The fact that what the Boston bomber did and the violence perpetrated by Black youth is apples and oranges, still does not negate the fact that hardcore Rap music influences violent, risky, unproductive, disrespectful and mysogynist behavior in Black youth/young Black males and degrading behavior in young Black females.

  As I said before....again and again...HIP HOP the kind that incite violence and disrespect on WOMEN?  Is.  NOT!  MUSIC.    Under noooooooo stretch of the black imagination.  I repeat it is NOT black music.  As a matter of fact, it is not in the music category as far as I concern.  Youngin can SAY whatcha want...but!  I'm from old school and I KNOW music when I hear it.  And this shyte right here?  Aint music.  What it a RAP[E] of music.  And these young black men can justify this bullshyte like they aint got no mama, no sista, no auntie, no grandma.......ALL they want.  It is will NEVER change the fact this ni&&er music isn't black music.  So they need to get that SHYTE straight now.  I don't give a fock what they are expressing in terms of what is happening supposedly on the "streets."   Bullshyte!  These young men are cowards, lazy and disrespect to the women who have sustain their lives...and to turn that anger of not having a father or decent home life on the women who have the calayst for the Black community since nothing more than IGNORANCE and STUPIDITY.  SooooooooTI and No eye and Li; Wayne can say what the fock they say cuz they are not even in the black culture-they are on the outside looking in.  Cuz if they WERE black culture, they would be FOCUSED on the betterment of our community and higher education for our children.  But do they?  Hell nawl.  So these azz can MISS me with that bullshyte.  Straight up.They really NEED to go self-educate themselves on black culture and what black men have gone through before and during Jim Crow.    Cuz they are noooooo brothas to me.  They are simply hoodrat soldiers in self-destructive genocide mode of their people. All for a buck.  And what sooooo sad we all know tha t all money ain't good money and nothin azz negrows sold their souls for a few dollars.  Pity.  And that's the bottom line.  But!





Bye the time the Big Gangs of Initials got thru with the older brother, he was definitely dark-skinned.  He was so dark-skinned, he was BLURPLE.  Hey "King" guy at CNN, talk about dat!!!  His dead face is posted on line.  All you wannabe "African" gangsters, better take heed.  Fluck up and the Big Gangs of Initials will be upon your dark-skinned asses changing you to all the colors of the rainbow, and all your neighbors will be applauding.  Halleluyer!!

Just something I made a note of the other day while watching this foolishness carry out on TV. Did you all realize that it is the 50th anniversary, I think, of the 16th St. Baptist Church bombings in Birmingham? Four girls were killed and one maimed and disabled for life.  Now the 16th St. bombings are getting brushed under the rug. HHMMM

"But once it was co-opted and dropped onto the corporate plantation, everything changed"


....But then proceeds to spend the rest of the article not talking about how, why, and when Hip Hop was corrupted and for what means.


Notice the pattern, if the anger is focused on a TI (or the like) we get commentary for days.  To talk about the industry executives and the very real plantation conditions that exist (rap-cointelpro) you get silence. 


I dig Dr Watkins but he (and everybody else) has to step up their representation of issues and how they affect us.  This blog sensationalism is the online equivalent of   'reality TV' .  They are feeding into an appetite people have for drama between Black people.

...and the most void of competent representation, the most forgiving or docile, the most spineless, allowing any outsider to take over its' community or country, the most gullible, the most disorganized, the most likely community to be controlled by pseudo reverends and charlatan leaders, and treasonous  to its own posterity ethnic group in the U.S. ,  Africa, etc., etc., for the past 5000 plus years are Black people, which is also the reason that Black people from around the world remain in poverty, are not producers instead of consumers of commercial and industrial products, do not have a viable military to protect and defend its' people, etc., etc.

Originally Posted by Yemaya:
Originally Posted by sunnubian:
Originally Posted by Yemaya:

The most violent people on the planet are caucasians. Just pick up a history book and read what they've done over the last 50 years.


The last "50"?  Don't you mean the last 3,000+ years?

LOL You're right! Wanted my comment to relate to current events.


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But once it opt and dropped onto the corporate plantation, everything changed. God!!!! I agree.


But then proceeds to spend the rest of the article not talking about the how, when Hip Hop corrupted and for what means


It could be that it is soooooooooooooo much to cover that it can't be done  in one sitting.  It will probably take a book to breakdown what happened to the supposedly music of self-expression [from gospel, swing, be-bop, jazz, rhythm and blues] to become a music of self-destruction i.e. rap[e].  This music well got poisoned when realized that there is "bank" in rap[e] music.  Once massa found that out? It was on and cracking.  Look!  It was the same with the crack epidemic [20 or years ago]...once massa realized that he can destroy an entire black culture llke he tried with the Opium Wars?  Again it was on and cracking.  So when observing this perspective from a historic  angle it isn't hard to see the whys, hows and whens.  Cuz then it becomes soooooooo obivious regarding the above questions.  But one still has to do the research with eyes wide open cuz massa aint gonna say a damn thang. Cuz he's not gonna do anything that will jeopardize his investment. He's too busy smilin on his way to the bank.


 So as massa looks away cuz he can't stand to watch it either[almost everything positive created by us for us is being destroyed in our us[or the generation of us].  So TI needs to spend his time maturing while he is attempting to raise his children cuz if for one stretch of his boxed imagination feels that violence has nothing to do with rap and crime especially in the black community? He. Is. STILL. Young and delusional. And a disappointment to the whole of our culture.  Cuz with all those a MAN...a father....he STILL doesn't get it.  And I won't even talk about his wife.  Another thread.


Rappers these days are BLINDED by the money.   Bottom line.  And they havewillingly sold their souls for greed and possessions and have arrograntly snubbed their noses to those who set the stage for them to acquire such successes.   And if they can't see that and still TRY to justify this violent sickness in rap[e] music....then it is absolutely CLEAR that they are NOT part of the solution.....they ARE the "PROBLEM" the cancer  plaguing our black community.  And that my friend is where the TRUE corruption in rape music lies.   Right in there  in the the core  of African American culture...where every one can SEE IT.   Cuz it ain't hiding.    But!

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