Stop Supporting Lil’ Wayne and Artists like Him

Dr. Boyce Watkins preaches against bad hip hop.

Dr. Boyce Watkins is a professor at Syracuse University that is a contributing writer for Newsone.  Last week, he deliveredan interesting perspective on a segment of the Hip Hop world that he contends is destroying the black community…one life at a time.  While a lot of us believe that there are a lot of great artists to be found under the guise of Hip-Hop, there are some poison berries in the group choking the life of the genre and our children.

The piece he wrote entitled, “BET Has Become The New KKK” is definitely worth reading.  He makes an eloquent argument against listening to artists like Lil’ Wayne because the lyrics he uses reflect a dangerous resemblance of life imitating art.  But, surely Wayne would argue that the landscape he raps about was already there when he got to Hip-Hop.  He isn’t saying anything that he hasn’t seen for himself.  A lot of the more negative rappers use old school mama’s logic, “Don’t repeat everything you hear!”  They figure they can say whatever they want because they’re rappers not role models. 

Watkins makes a compelling argument for us to stop bobbing our head to the beat and listen to the lyrics that our children are using as their soundtrack to violence.  The senseless murders we continue to write about as well as experience can be found on the latest platinum Lil’ Wayne cd and other discs like it. But the ironic thing is that Watkins brings BET into the picture as our pusher.  The now white owned Viacom company that owns BET makes certain that we are immersed in nominations for the rappers that would do us harm. BET, in Watkins opinion, has taken over the plan for the black community from the KKK and is making us slaves to the rhythm.

Read his report here while we cancel our subscription to Vibe.

5 thoughts on “Stop Supporting Lil’ Wayne and Artists like Him”

  1. He is not the first black person to voice his opinion of rappers and the downfall of our communities. No one really hears people like him, especially not many of the young people! They don’t want to see that Lil Wayne, et al are not looking out for the black youth. So many of our black youth want to go hip-hop instead of to school to get a good education and to be honest, that’s basically all that white media highlight–rappers and their ‘high’ life. Even though some rappers have made great changes in their lives (JayZ, and nem), the young ones don’t look at that; they look at Wayne, Baby and nem who can’t even put a whole sentence together that makes any sense!! I grew up on the old school rappers, Run DMC, LL, etc. but I never wanted to be like them or want anything they had. I wanted to do things my own way, make a life for myself by learning, reading and excelling. But that’s me. I wasn’t influenced by hip-hop at that time and I’m glad my 22 yr old son didn’t get hooked on all the nonsense either.

    You don’t hear about the lyrical poets that rap about how to get out of the ghetto or how they got out the ghetto by learning, reading, going to school and learning more.

  2. Unfortunately, I would have to disagree with the direction in which your statement travels. I understand the frustration amongst parents, and etc. However, is there no consideration that just because Wayne, Baby, Jay, and many others rap about a life of money, sex, drugs, and violence, they are the reason for “our youth’s” ignorance…? I’m not sure that is a fair accusation. They also rap about love, the hustle to live out your dream, to never give up, and most importantly, no matter where you been or been through you can always come out on top of “your game” as long as you work extremely hard. That sounds very similar to what parents often instill in their children.
    I listen to Wayne and others every day…it doesn’t trigger me to go out and kill someone. People choose to do what they want to do because it’s what they want to do. I choose to live the way I live because of the goals (ie money) that I’m chasing. I don’t often comment on blogs but I get exhausted by the constant battery of the Hip Hop world, as well as the hazardous generalization of “youth” into one group. I came from the streets and I’m hustling (education, two jobs, etc) until I make it. It’s the same concept.

    We talk about the history of Hip Hop and the first rappers (which they didn’t always talk about love and bunnies either) and the context in which their raps were laid….it seems not to matter the context or environment in which our artist represent today. I find that the Hip Hop world is all too eager to give praise to “the beginnings” but hardly receive any praise in return. It reminds me of “come as you are” in church with the attached disclaimer “as long as you look like us”. I know that this is an area where people within the Black community will struggle with but we should be slow to throw stones.

  3. I disagree. As a mother of 3 whose children definitely listen to lil wayne and all the others. I have explained to my son that just as we say its just tv this is just music, In reality lil wayne gets up and goes to work everyday and this is how I explain it to my son. Also lil wayne is actually a genius. He really was a genius while growing up. Most rappers have graduated early because they are very smart. The lyrics may not be the greatest but i myself explain to my child these rappers are not living in the streets selling drugs and killing people they so once again this is only music.

  4. There are a lot of young people who are very impressionable and they listen to these rappers talk about how they sold drugs,sex with many women, etc. and these young people look up to that unfortunately. No, not all rap artists are about those topics and yes, there are many who rap about goals, living your life right, etc. Unfortunately, many do not hear those. A lot of the mainstream media focus on putting out videos with the half naked women, flashy cars, etc. Those type of videos are what they are watching daily. It is also unfortunate that parents are not teaching these young people right from wrong or pointing them in the right direction. All I’m saying is the Lil Waynes of the world should not be the only rap artist’s lifestyle we should be seeing daily. The blame goes in various ways: parents, the media always showing blacks in a bad light…the list goes on.

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