Wait, so now COMMON is a cop-killer & a “Gangsta Rapper”??!

Fuckin insanity! As a redirect for their inherent racist processing, the conservatives have struck again, this time pulling out psuedo-ethical bazookas on the most non-aggressive, veggie-eating M.C. to ever become a household name. Clearly the name Common is not common at all in the cornfed households of Tea Party America.

The former Crocheted-pants wearer became the target of political crossfire when an invite was extended to him by First Lady Michelle Obama to join for an evening of Poetry at the White House. This was immediately met with opposition from republican pundits and contributing bloggers on newsfeeds.

The total removal from the rest of the metropolitan and pop-culture aware world is evident from jump as made painfully obvious from titles of articles addressing Common as a “gangsta rapper”. http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/8043601/first_lady_michelle_obama_invites_common.html?cat=9 Not only was it clear that these folks were not privy to the fact that Common is damn near the poster child for socially conscious rap, but it also seems that they have been living under a rock to not recognize him as a familiar face on the big screen in several Blockbuster films. It was a total isolation from anything relatively urban.

The way the writers have manipulated the angles to present their view is ugly. It’s also scary when you think of the reality that this is really all it takes to incite other like-minded folk who are not in the know and haven’t the slightest idea who this rap artist is and can be swayed to categorize him as a threat. It’s easy to stir up shit amongst the uninformed whose minds are already halfway made-up.

The main argument stemming from the opposing factions centers around an excerpt from Common’s appearance on the early 2000’s original HBO program Def Poetry Jam. In the vivid spoken word piece about police brutality and institutional racial profiling, Common recites poetic language that is retaliatory in nature, but alludes to striking back at the president and crooked cops with equal violent measures. His words were extracted and highlighted in a literal context to illustrate the writer’s sensationalized claims that Common is an advocate of cop-killing and presidential assassination. They go as far as to delve into how the president can lose backing from police forces due to this appearance. Read a full example of this argument here http://dailycaller.com/2011/05/10/liberals-support-conservatives-attack-rappers-white-house-invite/

Of course to us who have grown up in these melting pots under the wave of Hip-Hop influence and witnessed the maturation of the artist formerly known as Common Sense from animated B-Boy backpacker to sensitive Pro-Black voice for struggle and universal peace, this is ass backwards on all accounts. But you can see how, as one who has never heard of him, receiving this description of him as a first impression and reading the transcription of these lyrics (especially when misled to believe these are lyrics from his songs as a rapper instead of from a poetry piece intended to be incendiary and representative of a frustrated and oppressed group), how this can be severely alarming and damaging.

The White House defended their invite, citing that Common’s greater efforts have trumped any of his more questionable ones (Which was made clear that the President doesn’t condone). Yet from the comments on those articles that have slandered the rapper – who still showed up and thanked the First couple for backing their decision, it is easy to see how effective the word choice of the conservative writers was. It’s this mob mentality that gives people like Bill O’ Reilly movement and helps lump rappers all into one monolith that would see Will.I.Am in the same box as a 50 Cent. It’s all just nigger music to them and it has no business in the influential realms outside of niggerdom. Even tho it has proven to be the most influential force of unison in the freeworld today.

The day that Common is threat to society and national security, then the world truly is going to end on May 21st

These Niggas….

Just when I thought that pants on the ground was the new biggest concern with the youth and that this shit was a thing of the past…

There goes the neighborhood.

I’m thinking to myself as I watched the news early yesterday morning, ‘nah, this is some random New York madness‘…imagining that what looked like a clip of New York’s finest hemming up a row of a dozen young Black and Hispanic Males on a Times Square curb in handcuffs, was just some craziness that ensued amidst the people camping out for the debut of the iPad this weekend.

But no,

One who is proud of his minority youth could only be so lucky to wish that was the case. Not only were these bastards being lined up and laid down on the pavement, they were allegedly taking part in some kind of gang initiation ritual that I didn’t even know about (and I’m a New Yorker people!) that apparently has been going down for the last few Easters!!

It gets worse…It appears the aimless violence seemed to be disorganized and targeted at women! I’ve heard horror stories about initiation patterns from the Newark sets of Bloods that designated days to attack or murder women or children in particular, and this was reminiscent of that as I watched the news coverage repeatedly flashing images of ignorant ass Memphis Bleek look-alike sociopaths in the making who couldn’t be any older than 21. The end result, 56 arrested, 4 shot. In some of the most awkward body parts ever!

Like really? Are we still on this???!! In New York of all places??

I remember the initiation day scares in high school on the cusp of the rise of New York gang culture. It always seems to be late, and an utter product of restlessness and immaturity. The moves are of a teen mentality in nature and are usually carried out by such. But that was then, this is now. It’s been quiet on the home-front as far as what we see publicized. There hasn’t been a peep about Gang attacks or uproars en masse in years. I guess they’ve taken this into account and noticed this, and felt the need to remind us, just in case we forgot.

As the recession has revealed itself to be a force that has stripped down comfort levels and turned open spaces into tight squeezes, it is noticeably evident that crime has jumped up nationwide in areas where it was previously low-key and not as conspicuous. I’ve seen in my own Harlem hometown that more brazen shit has popped off in the last few years than I can recall as an adolescent or teen. It can be a dangerous mix of the bind that financial strain has put on the inner city neighborhoods and the rapid gentrification prompting violence to spill over in obnoxious and visible ways, or the rebelliousness of a new don’t-give-a-fuck generation that we don’t quite yet understand because glamorized-crime Hip-hop has ruled their world for as long as they can remember. Either way, it’s saddening and super embarrasing to someone like me, because I’m pretty sure these negroes are mainly from my whereabouts, and events like this remind me to really keep a watch on my nephew who will no doubt have to deal with this kind of crap as he grows up – either indirectly or directly.

To get more information on what actually went down from a credible news source, I leave you with this link from The New York Times online.

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/04/06/nyregion/06shootweb.html?src=me&ref=nyregion

And what’s news without Video??

http://video.aol.com/aolvideo/AOL News/4-shot-dozens-arrested-in-ny-mayhem/75983295001

Grow Up Niggas!!