Kanye Was Right: “Man, Killin’ Some Wack Sh*t…”
Lately, Kanye West has been in the news for being a jack-off. But let’s keep it real – you know, like I know, aside from all things, the musician best known for his emotional music has a heart of honesty (he just hasn’t figured out how to contain it) and maybe too much passion. He seems to be the more “cultured, stylish” version of what Eminem used to be – he says everything that we want to say, sometimes speaks up when nobody else in pop-culture will (i.e. Katrina, inner-city crime, problems with the uninsured, etc.) and he means it.
Again, Kanye brings up an awesome point (that mainstream media and pop-culture continuously overlooks).
Let’s talk about street crime…On his 2007 album release Graduation, the Chicago bred emcee says on “Everything I Am” featuring the world famous Tony Williams:
“I know that people wouldn’t usually rap this
but I got the facts to back this
just last year, Chicago had over 600 caskets
man, killin’ some wack shit
oh, I forgot, ‘cept for when n*ggas is rappin’
do you know what it feel like when people is passin’?
he got changed over his chains, a block off Ashland”
As media practitioners and supporters of music, it’s very important to evaluate the things that we glorify and celebrate in our communities, culture and daily dialogue. “Killin’ is some wack sh*t” and the latest case of 16-year-old Derrion Albert displays a terrifying and important message to the world: We have to be better.
We have to think smarter, make better decisions and become better examples for young people and peers.
According to CNN.com four teens have been arrested in Albert’s death – Silvanus Shannon, 19; Eugene Bailey, 17; Eric Carson, 16; and Eugene Riley, 18. All are being charged with murder.
Albert isn’t coming back and the lives of Carson, Riley, Bailey and Shannon have been changed forever. We won’t count the countless lives effected by both sides of the crime.
Last year, during the week of April 16 – 23, 2008, more people were killed in a Chicago weekend than an in entire week in the nation of Iraq. Iraq pulled in 11 deaths. Chicago pulled in 32!
As of May 2009 more than 35 Chicago school age children were killed and according to CBSNews.com, “Before 2006, an average of 10-15 students were fatally shot each year. That climbed to 24 fatal shootings in the 2006-07 school year, 23 deaths and 211 shootings in the 2007-08 school year and 34 deaths and 290 shootings last school year.”
If we haven’t taken anything else seriously from Kanye, maybe we should pay attention to his message of stopping the violence in inner-city communities. Let’s end hatred, the increasing death toll in cities throughout the world and place a halt on glorifying death.
We debated showing the video on DrJays.com Live, but the graphic violence displayed is heartbreaking. If you want to watch the horrifying footage, go to TheExaminer.com.
In the words of Shawn Carter, “This ain’t a movie, dog.” The dead don’t come back.