Maino didn’t really get shot. I hope everyone knows that. It seems the footage everyone caught of hater waver’s levitation was from some film he was shooting..get it…shooting. And it was all fake. The internet will kill you dead faster than a speeding bullet though, so you have to be careful of what leaks before you start offering your condolences to yourself thanks to Wiki. But real bullets will take you out and there are a ton of them floating around. Talk to Crunchy Black; he’s recovering from a real gunshot right now.
It’s not what I expected for the Hip-Hop community’s future way back when KRS said we were headed for self-destruction and Dre concurred, pleading with us to remember we were all in the same gang. That was back when Hip-Hop gang members were really gang members and not just paying a flat rate per song mention so they could get in and out of California sans street tariff. I thought we would listen and learn, strive for better, put the guns down and love one another, but I was still in pigtails at the time. Oh well.
I know American culture trumps Hip-Hop and it’s all violent. I know you can’t blame Hip-Hop for the country’s ills. However, I do believe when you talk to your people (the folks you feel a connection to who talk back to you specifically) it holds more weight than someone who is just tryign to reach whoever is listening. That was the whole point of those songs to begin with, to create an intimate conversation with those who felt an allegiance to rap. That has changed. Or maybe it never existed. I’m not sure. That once sturdy connection being lost is even more troubling when you consider that the citizens of Hip-Hop have always struggled with their collective identity. Hip-Hop music gave us just that, until folks decided producing for pop fans reigned supreme and dropped their name tags on the way out of the community.
If you check old rap mags there was always a stock answer when it came to violent lyrics and Hip-Hop journos lived by it. These incidents were the situations that rappers found themselves in. They were reporting from the hood. They didn’t create disenfranchisement, they lived it and used rap to escape from it. It was a brilliant theme full of truth and perseverance. No, that’s not hyperbole. People really felt that way. Then again..we know NWA’s story. This concept, for some, may have always been a crock of ish.
Outside of keeping an open line of communication with my son and making sure he realizes his infinite potential, I honestly have no clue what to do. Hell, at this point I don’t even know what to say. People from the so-called Hip-Hip community are mowing each other down at an alarming rate, so much so that almost every urban movie is obliged to have someone shot in its story line. Hence this whole Maino mix up. Above it all though, I’m glad he’s okay.
Ya’ll send Crunchy Black a get well card or something.
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