DrJays.com Debate: Should Rappers be Flaunting their Bling?
You may have already caught this recent video of Soulja Boy showing off his new black diamond remote control Lamborghini chain…and how it matches his black diamond ring…
“Rich Ni**a Sh*t”, he calls it.
As you can imagine, the media had a field day with this one.
BET responded with an article titled “Come Get This Fool”, and as many celebrities are doing these days, Soulja Boy used Twitter to defend himself.
He posted a link to his blog where he clarified that he did not pay for the chain, but got it as a birthday gift, and that people don’t have the right to judge him on what he does with his money.
Check out some excerpts from his rant:
“Why do the media blow up the things that they think will make me look stupid or ignorant. Why not publicize or put me in the spotlight when I do positive things?
“What about when I was in the hood this past Christmas passing out toys to everybody on the westside of Atlanta where I grew up why not show that on TV? Why not publicize my Little league football team that I sponsor in Batesville, MS or the money I donated to help build the rec center and boyz and girls club!? What about when I donated $25,000 for all those kids to have a good Christmas with the Toyz n da hood foundation?
“Why not step in when Ice-T was dissing me why not call up and have a sit down to squash that beef. THINK ABOUT IT A 40 YEAR OLD SOMETHING GANGSTA NI**A VS. A 16 YEAR OLD KID (AT THE TIME). What if he really did have O.G. crip ni**az that had a price on my head to murder me? WHY DIDN’T YOU TRY TO STEP IN AND STOP THAT? HUH?
“I know America probably ain’t ready for a young black rich ni**a running around doing it how he had it planned since he was little. But i’m from the hood! This is all I know!
“All I grew up seeing was diamondz, money, drugs, fightin, shootin, dancing, basketball and football. real nigga shit that’s all I was around while I grew up! I don’t know shit else! I got signed when I was 16 and it took me away from that environment and put me on a whole other level that blew my mind.
“I’m just being ME that’s all I can be! im out 100 ROLE MODEL OR NO ROLE MODEL IM ONLY HUMAN”.
First of all, Soulja Boy can’t be that stupid – he must have known what kind of reaction this video was going to get, so why do it when the end result is having to explain yourself?
T-Pain is another case. He showed off his ridiculous “BIG ASS CHAIN” a couple of months ago, making sure we all know that it was made of real diamonds.
Despite the fact that these rappers may contribute to the community in some positive ways, do you think that they should be flaunting their bling like this when we all are well aware that of their wealth?
As stated in the article by BET, Soulja Boy is a role model to kids whether he likes it or not.
Is this a positive message, showing kids what they can have if they work hard, or could it possibly motivate kids to get in trouble to obtain these riches?
Please share your thoughts!