“And motherfuckers that say they too black/ Put ’em overseas they be beggin to come back.”- Ice Cube
While enjoying my lazy Sunday afternoon I came across a commercial for VH1’s new show, “Bling’d: Blood, Diamonds, and Hip Hop.” Hip-hop stars (Paul Wall, Raekwon, and Tego Calderon) with diamonds fallin’ out the anus go and see the drama behind their grill or Jesus piece. Didn’t these Jesus-lovin’ rappers watch Indiana Jones 3? Jesus wasn’t about the bling, the Holy Grail was all wooden and plain, yo.
After witnessing the shitty conditions they had only previously seen during Sally Struthers commercials and that one South Park episode, they will hop on the G5 and take their asses back to their comfy mansions to talk about how shit was real. Really real. You know Raekwon will team up with Kanye West to create African Shinez, which will be scheduled for release in 2014. After reading about Tego Calderon refusing to participate in a Sean John campaign due to the sweatshop use, I am interested in watching his reaction during his trip and how he responds to what he witnesses.
Will Paul Wall remove his grill? Will Raekwon stop rockin iced out medallions? Place your bets. I will imagine that this experience will have a big impact on everyone when it is right in front of their face, but will fade shortly after. Shit, Jay-Z and Diddy have already been exploiting Central American workers who make a quarter an hour and killing poor raccoon dogs to line their hoods, who thinks a few African kids with amputated hands will get in between a rapper and his shine? It is all about the profits, b.
VH1 describes it as such on their site:
“Bling’d: Blood, Diamonds, and Hip Hop” is an upcoming film that takes a hard-hitting look at the illegal diamond trade in Sierra Leone, West Africa and how “blinging” in the flashy world of commercial hip-hop played a role in the 11-year civil war, which ended in 2002.
The war was perpetuated largely by of a group of genocidal rebels, supported by Liberia, and primarily funded by the illegal trading of conflict diamonds or “blood” diamonds. The rebels sought to control the country’s diamond mines and then traded the stones for money and arms in order to fund the war. Blood diamonds are a challenge not only in Sierra Leone, but in several West African countries, where miners often earn less than a dollar a day and peace and security remain elusive.
In “Bling’d” three hip-hop celebrities– Paul Wall, Raekwon (of Wu Tang Clan), and reggaetón king Tego Calderon –will visit Sierra Leone. In the capital of Freetown, these hip-hop stars will meet their contemporaries, refugees and former child soldiers living in the country. They will hear first-hand accounts of the atrocities suffered at the hands of the rebels that included rape, torture and amputation. They’ll witness how Sierra Leone citizens are trying to rise from the ruins of conflict and improve their living conditions.
In the U.S., Kanye West, Jadakiss as well as other luminaries will weigh in on how hip-hop can redefine the diamond culture and the consequences of that embrace. Along with their insight, the film will be interspersed with testimonials, factoids and graphic images of those directly affected by the diamond trade. “Bling’d” will capture hip-hop’s reaction to the human violations, bring global awareness to this issue and educate Americans about how they can play a role in eradicating the smuggling of blood diamonds simply by becoming conscious consumers and responsible global citizens by demanding “clean” diamonds.