Sunday, February 4, 2007

HIP-HOP IS DEAD PT. II, AND HERE IS HOW WE BRING IT BACK!

SUPREME ENTERTAINMENT PRESENTS VOLME 11

HIP-HOP IS DEAD PT. II, AND HERE'S HOW WE BRING IT BACK!

I BEEN THINKING A LOT ABOUT THE CURRENT STATE OF HIP-HOP RECENTLY! EVERYONE BY NOW WHO KNOWS ME OR THAT IS FAMILIAR WITH MY BLOG KNOWS MY PASSION FOR IT. AND I FEEL LIKE AT THE END OF THE DAY ANYONE WHO CLAIMS TO LOVE THIS MUSIC, ART AND CULTURE WE CALL HIP-HOP AND DOES NOTHING TO HELP RESSURRECT IT, IS JUST AS GUILTY WITH IT'S BLOOD ON THEIR HANDS FOR KILLING IT! BUT I HAVE WHAT I THINK CAN BE THE SOLUTION TO HELP BRING IT BACK. AND HERE'S HOW WE DO IT!
THE FIRST PART OF THIS BLOG IS DIRECTED TOWARD THE PEOPLE WHO BELIEVE THE WAY I DO, THAT HIP-HOP IS ON IT'S DEATHBED AND IS IN DESPARATE NEED FOR REVIVAL. I BELEIVE THAT THE FUTURE OF THIS CULTURE'S SURVIVAL IS IN THE HANDS OF THE YOUTH AND THE CURRENT ARTIST THAT DOMINATWE THE AIRWAVES. HIP-HOP COMING BACK ISN'T GOING TO DEPEND ON WHETHER ERIC B. & RAKIM CAN STILL MOVE A CROWD, OR IF CHUCK D. & P.E. ARE STILL LOUDER THAN A BOMB, OR IF MC LYTE IS STILL LYTE AS A ROCK OR IF SPECIAL ED STILL HAS IT MADE! IT'S GONNA DEPEND UPON THE YOUNG JEEZY'S, RICK ROSS'S, T.I.'S, LUDACRIS, DIPSETS, KANYE WESTS, OF THE HERE & NOW MOVEMENT OF THE ARTFORM! LIKE IT OR NOT THESE ARE SOME OF THE YOUNG RISING STARS OF HIP-HOP TODAY WHO HAVE POWERFUL VOICES TO HELP IMPACT OR SHAPE EVERYTHING FROM THE STYLE, DRESS, SLANG, MUSIC, FLAVA, POLITICAL AND SOCIAL MINDSET THAT KIDS IN THE CULTURE DO & ACT ON TODAY. BECAUSE THEY ARE THE ONES WHO HAVE CAPTURED THE IMAGINATIONS OF OUR YOUTH AND HOLD THEIR ARTISTIC AND MUSICAL PREFERENCES TO MOLD TO THEIR LIKING FOR BETTER OR WORSE.
SO I ENCOURAGE ALL OF YOU TO WRITE A SERIOUS HEART TO HEART LETTER TO THE ONE ARTIST( OR SOMEONE ELSE I HAVE NOT MENTIONED), COMPANY, OR EXECUTIVE AT A RECORD LABEL YOU FEEL IS MOST RESPONSIBLE FOR HIP-HOP'S RECENT LACKLUSTER STATE! OR WRITE TO THE PERSON YOU FEEL HAS THE MOST POWER AND INFLUENCE TO HELP CHANGE IT FOR THE BETTER! WHOEVER YOU FEEL THIS PERSON IS TELL THEM HONESTLY AND OPENLY WHY YOU FEEL THE WAY YOU DO, AND WHAT PART THEY'VE PLAYED IN BRINGING THE CULTURE DOWN AND OR WHAT ROLE THEY CAN PLAY TO HELP UPLIFT IT AND WHY! YOU CAN WRITE TO MORE THAN ONE ARTIST IF YOU FEEL MORE THAN ONE PERSON OR A GROUP OF MANY PEOPLE ARE RESPONSIBLE, JUST MAKE SURE TO LIST IN DETAIL YOUR REASONS WHY YOU CHOSE THEM, AND WHAT THEY CAN DO TO RECTIFY THE ERROR OF THEIR WAYS! JUST WRITE YOUR LETTER HERE AS A RESPONSE TO THIS BLOG POST. AND AS ALWAYS I WILL NEVER ASK YOU GUYS TO DO ANYTHING I'M NOT WILLING TO DO MYSELF, SO HERE IS MY LETTER BELOW TO MR. CURTIS "50 CENT" JACKSON!
DEAR MR. JACKSON,
HOW'S IT GOING MY BROTHA? I'VE BEEN FOLLOWING YOUR CAREER EVER SINCE YOU CAME OUT WITH "HOW TO ROB" (WITH THE MADD RAPPER) BACK IN 99! I LOST SIGHT OF YOUR WORK AFTER YOUR HIATUS DUE TO YOUR SHOOTING INCIDENT, BUT I STARTED PICKING BACK UP ON YOUR MUSIC ONCE YOU DID A FEW MIXTAPES WITH BRAVEHEARTS AND NAS, AND ONCE THE "WANKSTA" JOINT CAME OUT ON THE 8 MILE SOUNDTRACK! I'VE ALWAYS THOUGHT YOU WERE A CHARASMATIC CAT WHO HAD PERSONALITY AND SACRASTIC WIT! SOMETHING THAT MOST ARTIST COMING OUT OF NY HADN'T DISPLAYED WITH AS MUCH INTENSITY SINCE B.I.G. WAS AROUND. ANYWAY I KNEW ONCE I HEARD THE "HOW TO ROB" JOINT FROM DAY ONE I SAID THIS KID WAS GONNA BE A FORCE TO BE WRECKONED WITH AND DESTINED TO BLOW AND DO GREAT THINGS. IT SEEMS AS THOUGH I WAS RIGHT. BUT UNFORTUNATELY IT WAS JUST FOR ALL THE WRONG REASONS.
WHEN YOU FIRST DROPPED "GET RICH OR DIE TRYIN" EVERYONE THOUGHT YOU WERE THE REALEST ARTIST OUT SINCE PAC! YOUNG, BLACK, FOCUSED ON MAKING IT, AND JUST DIDN'T GIVE A FUCK! ALTHOUGH EVERYONE MAY NOT HAVE AGREED WITH THE VIOLENT NATURE OF THE CONTENT, NO ONE COULD DENY THE HUNGER, PAIN, DESIRE AND RAW EMOTION AND PASSION OF THE UNDERDOG SPIRIT OF A SURVIVOR TRYING TO ACHIEVE (THE AMERCIAN DREAM) CAPTURED ON THE ALBUM! I EVEN REMEMBER ON ONE JOINT YOU ONCE RAPPED THAT YOU'D EVEN BATTLE NAS & JIGGA BOTH FOR THE THROWN! THEN YOU TOOK ON YOUR STREET ADVESARIES JA RULE AND MURDER INC. AND DESTROYED THEM ON THE TRACK "BACK DOWN". THE BOTTOM LINE IS THAT EVERYONE HAD A SENSE THAT A HUNGRY FIERY NEW JACK WITH A PASSION TO BE THE BEST MC WAS ON THE SCENE, AND THE GAME SEEMED INTERESTING AND EXCITING AGAIN.
THEN YOU ESTBALISHED YOUR CREW (G-UNIT) WITH LLOYD BANKS, (ANTOTHER TALENTED MC IN HIS OWN RIGHT), CHILDHOOD FRIEND TONY YAYO, AND SOON AFTER YOUNG BUCK FROM DOWN SOUTH, THEN EVENTUALLY THE GAME, ALBEIT A SHORT LIVED MEMEBER OF THE GROUP, BUT SUCCESSFUL UNDER YOUR CAMP NEVERTHELESS!
THEN YOU DROPPED THAT SECOND ALBUM "THE MASSACRE" AND YOU COULD TELL FROM THE START THAT SOMETHING WAS DIFFERENT, SOMETHING HAD CHANGED. GONE WAS THE SAME HUNGER, DRIVE AND PASSION TO BE THE BEST, (BECAUSE AFTER SELLING 11 MILLION RECORDS WORLDWIDE WITH "GET RICH", BANKS GOING DOUBLE PLATINUM OFF W/THE HUNGER FOR MORE, AND THE G-UNIT ALBUM), YOU THOUGHT YOU WERE ALREADY THE BEST! I HAD A FEELING THINGS WERE GOING TO TAKE A COMMERCIAL TURN FOR THE WORSE WHEN I STARTED TO NOTICE HOW MUCH WEIGHT YOU PLACED YOUR SUCCESS ON RECORD SALES. MC HAMMER AND VANILLA ICE WERE AMONGST THE BIGGEST SELLING ARTIST IN RAP HISTORY (NOTICE I SAID RAP, NOT HIP-HOP) BUT NO ONE RESPECTS OR GIVES A DAMN ABOUT THE BULLSHIT HIP-POP THEY BROUGHT TO THE TABLE TODAY. NEITHER ONE OF THEM COULD EVER COME BACK OUT AND SELL ANOTHER RAP ALBUM NO MATTER HO HARD THEY TRIED. AT THE END OF THE DAY THERE ARE SOMETHINGS MONEY CAN'T BUY AND UNCONDITIONAL LOVE AND SUPPORT FROM YOUR FANS IS ONE OF THEM.
THAT'S WHY PEOPLE LIKE RAKIM, KRS-1 KOOL G. RAP, CHUBB ROCK, SLICK RICK, DOUGIE FRESH WILL ALWAYS HAVE WORK IN THIS BUSSINESS EVEN 20 YEARS LATER, BECAUSE PEOPLE GENUINELY LOVE AND RESPECT THESE ARTIST AND THEIR BODY OF WORK. DO YOU HONESTLY FEEL THAT THE PATH THAT YOUR CAREER IS ON, THAT PEOPLE WILL WANT TO PLAY RECORDS LIKE CANDY SHOP, OR BEST FRIEND 15 20 YEARS FROM NOW? ALTHOUGH THE PRODUCTION WAS TIGHT AND TOP NOTCH THROUGHOUT MOST OF YOUR 2ND ALBUM'S PROJECT, THE LYRICS AND SUBJECT MATTER AND CONTENT TOOK A STEP BACK COMPARED TO THE FIRST ALBUM. THERE WAS NO GROWTH AS AN ARTIST, NO GREATER LEVEL OF CREATIVITY OR DEPTH SHOWN ON ANY OF THE SONG CONTENT OR STYLE AND FLOW IN WHICH YOU WROTE AND RHYMED ON THE ALBUM. AND MORE IMPORTANTLY NO SUBSTANCE OF SIGNIFICANT VALUE FOR PEOPLE TO BUILD UPON. AND TO MAKE MATTERS WORSE MANY FANS STARTED TO NOTICE THAT YOU HAD STARTED TO ADAPT TO THE SAME R&B THUG SING SONG STYLE OF SONG MAKING THAT YOU DISSED YOUR ADVERSARY JA RULE FOR ABUSING!
YOU SAID ONCE IN AN INTERVIEW DURING THE RELEASE OF THE MASSACRE TO SOMEONE WHO HAS ASKED YOU IF YOU HAD ANY POSITIVE SONGS TO UPLIFT PEOPLE ON THIS PROJECT, THAT YOU DIDN'T BELIEVE PEOPLE WANTED TO HEAR THAT MATERIAL FROM YOU, THAT YOU DIDN'T THINK THEY WERE READY FOR THAT FROM YOU YET! BUT I TOTALLY DISAGREE, BECAUSE IT'S NEVER TOO EARLY OR LATE IN AN ARTIST CAREER FOR THEM TO DROP JEWELS OF WISDOM TO THEIR FANS. KANYE WEST (JESUS WALKS) AND DMX (THE CONVO) DID IT ON THEIR FIRST ALBUMS AND THEIR NOT CONSIDERED OVERLY PREACHY OR POSITIVE RAPPERS, BUT THEY HAD SOMETHING OR SOMEONE (SPIRITUALITY, GOD, ETC.) THAT THEY BELIEVED IN STRONGLY ENOUGH TO TAKE A STAND ON AND PEOPLE LOVED THEM FOR IT. HELL KANYE EVEN WON A GRAMMY FOR HIS (EVEN THOUGH LABELS FRONTED ON HIM AND WOULDN'T SIGN HIM AT FIRST).
I HEARD YOU ONCE CRITICIZE KANYE BECAUSE YOU FELT LIKE PEOPLE DON'T REALLY KNOW WHO HE IS AS A PERSON OR AS AN ARTIST SO THEY PROBABLY DON'T KNOW HOW TO RELATE TO HIM. BUT I FEEL AS ARROGANT AS KANYE CAN SOMETIMES BE, HE'S PROBABLY ONE OF THE MOST OPEN AND REAL PEOPLE (NOT JUST ARTIST BUT PERSON, PERIOD) WITHIN THE INDUSTRY BECAUSE WHAT YOU SEE IS WHAT YOU GET! HE SAYS WHAT HE FEELS AND SPEAKS FROM THE HEART EVEN IF YOU DON'T AGREE WITH HIM. HOW MANY BROTHA'S DO YOU KNOW WOULD HAVE THE BALLS TO STAND UP AGAINST THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES ON NATIONAL TV (THE DIXIE CHICKS DAMN NEAR GOT BLACKLISTED FROM THE RADIO BEHIND DISSING BUSH AND THOSE WERE 3 WHITE WOMEN!) BUT IT'S THAT TYPE OF VOICE OF ANGER, OF AGRESSION, OF POWER TO THE PEOPLE TYPE OF ASSERTIVENESS, THAT'S LACKING IN HIP-HOP TODAY AND THAT'S EXACTLY THE VOICE AND STANCE WE NEED TO SEE FROM MORE ARTIST LIKE YOURSELF MY BROTHA! YOU ARE THE ONE MORE THAN ANYONE WHO PEOPLE ARE WAITING TO SEE WHO YOU REALLY ARE, WHAT YOU BELIEVE IN, WHO YOU BELEIVE IN, & WHAT YOUR POLITICAL AND SOCIAL ISSUES OF CONCERN OR CONCENTRATION ARE! REMEMBER MY BROTHA IF YOU DON'T STAND FOR SOMETHING, YOU'RE BOUND TO FALL FOR EVERYTHING!
I FEEL LIKE THE BEST WAY AS YOUNG BLACK MEN IN THIS COUNTRY TO REALLY MAKE A POSITIVE IMPACT ON THE WORLD AND UTILIZE OUR GOD GIVEN TALENTS AND ABILITIES TO HELP OTHERS IN OUR COMMUNITIES IS THROUGH OUR TIME, RESOURCES, MONEY AND INFLUENCE! CHECK OUT THESE FACTS FROM ONE OF MY BUDDIES BLOG ON A THINK TANK SHOW DONE BY TAVIS SMILEY RECENTLY:
1. There isn't any black owned national cable, or major network television stations. Cathy Hughes, the black woman who owns our only black owned radio stations, plans to sell to white owners after hearing the deal Bob Johnson received for selling BET. (Cathy Hughes is from ..:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" />OMAHA y'all!)
2. There are no black owned companies on the Wall Street Stock Exchange; where blacks own the majority or controlling interest of the stock.
3. Ninety-six percent of all black inmates are men.

4. Over the next two years 440,000 black inmates will be released from prison. The State has no place to put them as they re-enter society. A profitable business would be a Halfway house!

5. In 1860, blacks in America had a combined net worth of one half of 1 percentage point. Guess what, in 2001, after Civil Rights, Jesse Jackson, Oprah, Shaq, NAACP, and Urban League, our combined net worth is half a percentage point.

THE POINT I'M TRYING TO MAKE IS THAT ECONOMIC EMPOWEREMENT, IS ONE OF THE WAYS THAT SOMEONE IN A POSITION OF POWER AND INFLUENCE LIKE YOURSELF CAN REALLY MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN THE WORLD. YOU COULD SET UP FINANCIAL WORKSHOPS IN HIGH SCHOOLS AND COLLEGES WITHIN THE COMMUNITY, THAT TEACH KIDS THE TRUE VALUE OF THEIR DOLLARS AND HOW TO HAVE THEIR MONEY MAKE MONEY FOR THEM INSTEAD OF THEM SLAVING AND SCRAPING TO EARN A DOLLAR! OR HELP TO BUILD, REBUILD OR SET UP COMMUNITY CENTERS IN THE YOUR OLD NEIGHBORHOOD (WHICH MAY HELP ANSWER SOME OF THE NAYSAYING CRITICS AND OLD PEEPS OF YOURS WHO FEEL LIKE YOU'VE TURNED YOUR BACK ON THE OLD NEIGHBORHOOD SINCE BLOWING UP). IT DOESN'T EVEN HAVE TO COME FROM ANY OF YOUR CURRENT OR PAST MONEY MADE, THERE ARE WAYS OF USING OTHER PEOPLE'S MONEY BESIDES YOUR OWN TO FUND OR GET CERTAIN PROGRMAS UP AND RUNNING OR STARTED (FUND RAISERS, BENEFIT CONCERT/TOUR, PERCENTAGE PROCEEDS FROM ALBUM SALES, CELEBRITY AUCTIONS, DONATIONS, CHARITY DRIVES, ETC). THE BOTTOM LINE IS IT CAN BE DONE EVEN IF YOU START OFF SMALL AND WORK YOUR WAY UP TO A LARGER SCALE.
THE REASON WHY I CHOSE TO WRITE YOU ALL OF THIS IS BECAUSE I FEEL LIKE OUT OF ALL THE ARTIST IN THE HIP-HOP COMMUNITY RIGHT NOW YOU HAVE THE MOST POWERFUL AND INFLUENTIAL VOICE TO IMPACT CHANGE! BUT WITH THAT POWER COMES A GREAT RESPONSIBILTY TO HELP THOSE WHO CAN'T OR DON'T KNOW HOW TO HELP THEMSELVES! I'M NOT SAYING IT'S YOUR RESPONSIBILTY TO UPLIFT, EDUCATE, UNIFY, AND SUPPORT OR EMPLOY THE ENTIRE BLACK COMMUNITY BY YOURSELF, BUT YOU (AS WELL AS THE OTHER BROTHAS AND SISTAS IN THE HIP-HOP COMMUNITY, MYSELF INCLUDED) ARE TO BE HELD ACCOUNTABLE TO HELP PITCH IN AND PLAY YOUR PART IN HELPING OUT.
YOU ONCE SAID IN YOUR RHYME ON THE GAME'S HATE IT OR LOVE IT TRACK "MY FAVORITE RAPPER USED TO SING CHECK, CHECK OUT MY MELODY" IN REFERENCE TO RAKIM! WELL IF RAKIM IS YOUR FAVORITE RAPPER THAN SURELY YOU MUST REMEMBER SOME OF THE POETIC JEWELS OF WISDOM HE DROPPED ABOUT THE IMPORTANCE OF HAVING KNOWLEDGE OF SELF AND STRIVING TO BE A RIGHTEOUS, WISE AND EDUCATED BLACK MAN! FROM IN THE GHETTO, TO FOLLOW THE LEADER, TO MOVE THE CROWD, HE NEVER PREACHED TO PEOPLE BUT HE ALWAYS LEFT YOU WITH THOSE KERNELS OF KNOWLEDGE TO BUILD ON.
"GOD BY NATURE MIND RAISED IN ASIA, SINCE YOU WAS TRICKED I HAVE TO RAISE YA, FROM THE CRADLE TO THE GRAVE, BUT REMEMBER, YOU'RE NOT A SLAVE"! - FOLLOW THE LEADER
"I'M THE INTELLIGENT WISE ON THE MIC I WILL RISE RIGHT IN FRONT OF YOUR EYES CAUSE I AM A SURPRISE, SO I'M A LET MY KNOWLEDGE BE BORN TO A PERFECTION, ALL PRAISES DUE TO ALLAH AND THAT'S A BLESSING. WITH KNOWLEDGE OF SELF THERES NOTHING I CAN'T SOLVE, AND 360 DEGRESS I REVOLVE, IT'S AN ACTUAL FACT IT'S NOT AN ACT IT'S BEEN PROVEN INDEED AND I PROCEED TO MAKE THE CROWD KEEP MOVING"! - MOVE THE CROWD
THESE WERE JUST SMALL EXAMPLES OF HOW POSITIVE OR UPLIFTING IMAGERY OR WORDS CAN HELP BUILD AND SHAPE SOMEONE'S MINDSET IN A WAY THAT CAN HAVE AN IMPACT ON HOW THEY VIEW AND SEE THE WORLD. IT'S BECAUSE OF ARTIST LIKE KRS-1, RAKIM, BIG DADDY KANE, PUBLIC ENEMY, X-CLAN, BRAND NUBIAN, QUEEN LATIFAH, DE LA SOUL, A TRIBE CALLED QUEST, ICE CUBE, K-SOLO, INTELLIGENT HOODLUM, EVEN 2 PAC (DURING HIS PRE DEATHROW YRS), THAT I LEARNED TO BE THE CRITICAL THINKER AND ANALYZER OF THINGS THAT I AM TODAY! AS KRS-1 WOULD SAY, "THE TRUTH CAN ALWAYS BE QUESTIONED". YOU HAVE A GOLDEN OPPORTUNITY TO BE THAT SOURCE OF HOPE, GUIDANCE AND THE FOOD FOR THOUGHT NOURISHEMENT TO A WHOLE NEW GENERATION OF KIDS DYING TO BE TAUGHT AND LOOKING FOR WISDOM AND DIRECTION!
AS FAR AS YOUR ONGOING BEEFS GO, (JA RULE, THE GAME, NAS, ETC.) IT'S TIME FOR US TO PUT ALL PETTY INSIGNIFICANT BEEFS BEHIND US AND MOVE FORWARD AS A PEOPLE AND AS A HIP-HOP CULTURE AND NATION. I'M NOT SAYING THAT ALL RAP BATTLES ARE BAD, (BECAUSE HEALTHY COMPETITION IS THE SPIRIT THAT HELPED BUILD HIP-HOP), BUT WHEN IT TURNS VIOLENT & BLOODY, THEN IT'S TIME TO PUT THE BEEF TO AN END! WE DON'T NEED TO SEE ONE MORE RAPPER DYING AT THE HANDS OF ANOTHER BROTHA IN THE NEWS. I THINK KOOL MOE DEE SAID IT BEST: "BACK IN THE 60'S OUR BROTHA'S & SISTA'S WERE HANGED, HOW COULD YOU GANGBANG? I NEVER EVER RAN FROM THE KU KLUX CLAN AND I SHOULDN'T HAVE TO RUN FROM A BALCK MAN CAUSE THAT'S, SELF DESTRUCTION"! YOU SAID YOURSELF THAT "BEEF SONGS" DON'T SELL RECORDS OR GUARANTEE SUCCESSFUL RECORD SALES, HIT SONGS AND GREAT PRODUCTION DO, SO WHY BOTHER PROMOTING THE NEGATIVE ENERGY? IT ONLY PROMISES TO BRING TROUBLE, CHAOS, DRAMA AND EVENTUALLY DEATH! WHICH YOU ALL (WITHIN THE SHADY AFTERMATH CAMP) GOT AN UNFORTUNATE TASTE OF RECENTLY WITH THE UNTIMELY PASSING OF EMINEM'S LONGTIME FRIEND AND FELLOW RAP ARTIST PROOF!
AGAIN I ONLY MENTION ALL THESE THINGS TO YOU BECAUSE I GIVE A DAMN, ABOUT YOUR LIFE, MINE, AND THE LIFE OF HIP-HOP CULTURE AND THE YOUTH WHO SUPPORT AND PARTICIAPTE IN IT! IF OUR YOUTH DON'T RECEIVE THE PROPER GUIDANCE THEIR DOOMED TO A LIFE OF IGNORANT BLISS, FOLLOWED BY MISERY'S GRIP, AND THEN LED TO BE SLAUGHTERED BY THE DEVIL'S ABYSS! I URGE YOU CURTIS TO TAKE PRIDE IN BEING RESPONSIBLE FOR YOURSELF, YOUR FAMILY AND THE HIP-HOP COMMUNITY, AND CARE ENOUGH TO HELP THOSE WHO CAN'T HELP THEMSELVES TO THE SAME OPPORTUNITES YOU'VE BEEN BLESSED WITH TO ENJOY. IN THE END WE ALL NEED EACH OTHERS HELP TRUTHFULLY, BECAUSE NO MAN IS AN ISLAND UNTO HIMSELF.
NONE OF US GOT TO THE SUUCCESSFUL PLACE OR POINT IN OUR LIVES BY OURSELVES. SO WE CAN'T EXPECT OTHERS TO MAKE IT THERE WITHOUT HELP FROM THOSE WHO'VE ALREADY SUCCEEDED. JUST CONSIDER IT NOT A HAND OUT, BUT A HELPING HAND TO HELP GIUDE OUR YOUTH ON THE RIGHTEOUS PATH. BECAUSE LORD KNOWS "WE" ALL NEED ALL THE HELP WE CAN GET! I WILL CONTINUE TO FIGHT THE GOOD FIGHT AND DO ALL I CAN TO UTILIZE MY TALENTS, GIFTS, RESOURCES, TIME, MONEY AND ENERGY TO HELP UPLIFT OUR PEOPLE THROUGH THIS CULTURE WE LOVE CALLED HIP-HOP. I JUST HOPE YOU WILL JOIN IN WITH ME MY BROTHA AND DO THE SAME. TAKE CARE BROTHA JACKSON & GOD BLESS!
ONE LUV,
WISDOM

NOW FOR PART II
FOR THOSE OF YOU WHO BELIEVE I AM MISTAKEN AND AM TOTALLY OVERREACTING ABOUT THE CURRENT DISMAL STATE HIP-HOP IS IN AND THINK EVERYTHING IS OK, I ASK THIS CHALLENGE OF YOU: NAME 5 HIP-HOP ARTIST WHO HAVE COME OUT IN THE LAST 3-4 YEARS, THAT HAVE ATLEAST ONE POSITIVE OR UPLIFTING SONG ON THEIR ALBUM (AND PLEASE DO NOT NAME THE SAME ARTIST MORE THAN ONCE). REMEMBER THE ARTIST COULD NOT HAVE HAD THEIR DEBUT ALBUM OUT BEFORE 2003, YOU MUST NAME THAT ARTIST AND THE SONG! UNDERGROUND ARTIST ARE ACCEPTABLE (BUT YOU MUST PROVIDE A LINK WITH THE SONG OR PROOF THAT THE SONG EXSISTS AND WAS ACTUALLY OFFICIALLY RELEASED IN STORES, THE DEMO YOUR UNCLE RAY-RAY MADE ABOUT THE BLACK PANTHER PARTY OR ABOUT THE ONGOING WAR IN IRAQ IN THEIR BASEMENT DOES NOT COUNT, LOL) BUT MAJOR LABEL ARTIST ARE PREFERRED! I WILL GIVE THE UPMOST RESPECT AND KUDOS TO ANYONE WHO CAN NAME ME 5 ARTIST AND THEIR SONGS, AND TO GIVE YOU A HINT IF YOU PLAYED CLOSE ATTENTION THROUGHOUT THIS BLOG POST, I NAMED ONE OF THE ARTIST AND HIS SONG ALREADY, SO YOU ACTUALLY ONLY NEED 4 MORE! GOOD LUCK EVERYONE AND THANKS FOR PARTICIAPTING AND FOR YOUR SUPPORT.

PEACE,
WISDOM

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