Archive for the ‘Poli Sci’ Category

Thank Goodness For Ashley Dupre

May 27, 2008

Slick Rick ain’t going nowhere. New York Governor David Paterson recently pardoned Rick because he is apparently a wise, wise man.

“Mr. Walters has fully served the sentence imposed upon him for his convictions, had an exemplary disciplinary record while in prison and on parole, and has been living without incident in the community for more than 10 years,” said Paterson.


You’re blind, baby. You’re blind from the facts…not!

Despite the system’s best attempts to kick Rick out of the country and make his life a living hell, they did not come out victorious. All I have to say is thank you Ashley Dupre.

Yes, Ashley Dupre. You know, the prostitute who slept (cuz she got paid) with former New York Governor Eliot Spitzer.

Thanks to Eliot Spitzer love of whores and his inability to keep it on the DL he resigned from office and was replaced as Governor by Paterson. What a beautiful chain of events! Slick Rick had a snowball’s chance in hell of getting a pardon from the closet (not so much anymore) freak Spitzer. Rick might want to get a drop or two from Dupre and Spitzer on his next album. At least give a shout out on the liner notes.

What is truly wonderful about this situation is that a man who is doing positive things in our country is allowed to stay here. He served his time, his life since his incarceration is the definition of rehabilitation and he has not demonstrated that he is a danger to society. Kudos to Paterson for doing the right thing.

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“It’s a completely different scenario”

April 12, 2007

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So says Snoop Dogg when he was asked if the recent Don Imus comments has anything in common with the lyrics of many rappers. Dallas wrote up a nice post that accurately points out Imus was kicked out the house because of the dollar signs involved and not his poor choice of words. Whose comments are really more dangerous, Snoop or Imus? I would have to say that Snoop’s words are not just as degarding, but also are more influential. Believe it or not, Snoop doesn’t agree…

[Rappers] are not talking about no collegiate basketball girls who have made it to the next level in education and sports. We’re talking about ho’s that’s in the ‘hood that ain’t doing sh–, that’s trying to get a n—a for his money. These are two separate things. First of all, we ain’t no old-ass white men that sit up on MSNBC going hard on black girls. We are rappers that have these songs coming from our minds and our souls that are relevant to what we feel. I will not let them mutha—-as say we in the same league as him.

If it weren’t for Snoop clearing up the confusion I still would have the false belief that Doggy Dog is an old-ass white man. Thanks, Snoop! In my opinion, Imus’ comments while extremely ridiculous and moronic are not much more than that. Who listens to Imus and suddenly changes their behavior or view of black women? I doubt anyone heard Imus refer to those girls as”nappy headed hoes” and suddenly have their mind, body, and soul become entagled in hatred and ignorance like Venom does to Tobey in that Spiderman 3 trailer. Is Imus an influence in America? I will say no. Snoop on the other hand has been going hard on black girls for years with the corny excuse that he is only talking about the ladies that are after his money. Can we get some new excuses? I think that Snoop has been watching Fear Of A Black Hat before he gives out interviews.

I get the privilege of working with America’s youth on a daily basis and when we recently discussed Imus’ comments, every single last one of them recognized his speech as idiotic and hateful. I didn’t witness them begin to adopt Imus’ “nappy headed hoes” line or glorify what he was doing. Like Snoop said, he is an old- ass white man and has little to no influence over the views or opinions of young people or adults for that matter. Adults who listen to his show have already formed their views and ideas on topics such as race, politics, and religion and won’t suddenly switch up their style. Snoop and other rappers have the ability and power to mold the young listeners, but would rather point the finger and avoid taking responsibility for their lyrics or behavior. Imus should do a country cover version of 2Pac’s “Point The Finga,” with Snoop on the hook.

In honor Snoop’s quote is the classic video “Scenario” :

Someone Hit Nate Benz…Hard!

March 20, 2007

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It is ok, yo. He hates snitches n’ at, so you won’t have anything to worry about. Peeping a link from Nahright, I noticed that there was some news close to Pittsburgh. Hell, not really. This loser lives in Pine. What is the most frequently asked question in the township of Pine?

Who do I call to have someone pick up a dead deer?
If deer is on a state road, you need to call 1-800-FIX ROAD. Other roads, you need to call Game Commission at 724-238-5639.

Mike Seate’s article in the Tribune Review focuses on the exploitative entrepenuer Nate Benz and his T-Shirt company, U Wear. What is Nate doing, you may ask? Well, Nate hates tattle-tales so he decided to create his own version of the “Stop Snitchin’ ” T-Shirt that has been popping up around the nation and has even disrupted Pittsburgh courtrooms in  the past.

It seems that everyone has jumped on the whole “Stop Snitchin’ ” movement as a way to prove that they are keepin’ it real. Even Sullee of White Rapper Show fame used the “I am not a snitch” line as a way to excuse his own cowardice. What happens when you don’t have the strength to look in the mirror and do what is right? Just bitch out and claim that you are not a snitch. Despite my issues with MC Serch and his involvement with the WRS, I totally agree with his response to Sullee during the show.

Snitching is now being used as a term to define any form of cooperation with law enforcement. Benz actually states in the Trib interview that he believes “police forces are disruptive in many communities” and if a friend keys your car “it is a matter of manning up and settling things like real men.” Too bad that “King Of Da Burbz” Nate holds a degree from Robert Morris, grew up in fucking Pine, and has watched Training Day one too many times. Does Nate’s”Stop Snitchin’ ” logic apply to everyone, or just friends? If I were to key the hell out of his car, would he tell the police or would he attempt to man up and settle shit with me? What happens if he encounters a posse of 300 lb headbusters? Would he suddenly rethink his “Stop Snitchin’ ” philosophy?

The problem is that Nate is simply exploiting other communities’ pain and negative experiences for his own financial gain. I doubt that he has ever witnessed anyone shoot a close friend or relative, seen individuals deal drugs, or prostitute themselves outside his door in the township of Pine. Most likely he has never even come into contact with someone who has gone through these experiences. Sammy Gravano is a snitch. He was involved in criminal activities, got busted, and flipped. He copped a deal and told to save his own hide, which is snitching. When an innocent attempts to better their community and get justice, it is hardly snitching. Hell, why don’t you just tell Sean Bell’s boys to “stop snitchin’ “, man up and settle their differences with the police like men. Why are they runnin’ to the government and shit?

If you see Nate Benz wearing a “Stop Snitchin’ ” T-Shirt and want to test his gangsta, please do. Punch him in the head very, very hard and then key his ATV. You have no consequences to fear.

WTF is the Black Youth Project?

March 5, 2007

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Everywhere I turn I am reading about declining rap sales or watching people debate hip-hop’s demise and its negative impact on the black community. Frankly, I am sick of it. The recent Paula Zahn show “Poison or Art?” contained a bunch of ignorant fools who thought it would be a good idea to get together and debate if Nelly’s video tip drill was misogynistic. Did Whitesnake ever get this sort of backlash? Hell, that video with Tawny Kitaen as a hood ornament (before she became a full blown crackhead and beat up poor Chuck Finley) was on for everyone to see, while videos like “Tip Drill” are typically limited to the late, late showings when only the children without daddies can watch them.

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“Posion or Art?” also did some very scientific research, which involved one of their Ivy League whiteys ride around in a cop cruiser as he clamped down on the criminal element. Believe it or not the criminal element had some baggy clothes on! Aha! Rappers and hip-hop listeners wear baggy clothes and jewelry at times, and the criminal they witnessed being arrested also had baggy clothes and jewelry on. It is an undeniable connection. I waited there patiently hoping the guy getting handcuffed would pull a Houdini and kidnap the CNN reporter, but alas, it was not to be. They were so out of date they actually played a clip of NWA to let us know how violent hip-hop can be.

Now CNN has another article asking if rap music has hit the wall.

A recent study by the Black Youth Project showed a majority of youth think rap has too many violent images. In a poll of black Americans by The Associated Press and AOL-Black Voices last year, 50 percent of respondents said hip-hop was a negative force in American society.

Who the hell did they interview? Fifty percent? Did they interview 1,000 Carlton Banks clones? Something tells me their stats are just a tad off. Everyone loves violence, not just black people. Hell, if you are going to heal the racial divide in this country, then you need more “Tip Drills” and more violent imagery. Just throw in some more parenting while you are at it, please. How many young black people do you believe are shunning hip-hop or R&B because they feel it is a negative force in society? My belief is the number is much lower than 50%. The article also cites a Baltimore music critic who wrote about the minstrelization of rap music, a topic which I believe Byron Crawford tackled first.

David Banner also chimed in for the CNN.com article…

“The American public had an opportunity to pick what they wanted from David Banner,” he says. “I wish America would just be honest. America is sick. … America loves violence and sex.”

Hell yes! We love us some sex fo sho! CNN could have interviewed my boss, who one day not too long ago told me one of the kids was rapping obscene lyrics to her when she turned around. As she tried to piece together a few of the words, I realized he was rapping David Banner’s “Play.” I thought it was best to keep the true lyrics from her and spare the young boy’s life. Hell, the little guy was only eight! Instead of CNN searching the streets for people in baggy clothes and bling, they may want to do an investigative story on where the hell these parents are. Bill Cosby can host and the white girl can go along for the ride.