Freedom of Speech; Freedom of Expression.......
As usual, there may be language that comes off as offensive in this post, but these are thoughts that found themselves crossing my mind today. I caught them, restrained them, and squeezed out the following.......
Listening to "White Lines" by Grand Master Flash and the Furious Five, I was freezing and rocking. I mean who doesn't abide by the commands of the song when it's playing? I began thinking about Hip Hop and what it was, in my elementary school days. It was fun, upbeat, entertaining, and just a party all the time. We had fun listening to it, dancing to it, and imitating it.
Follow me, if you will. I hope you know your old school. In 1987, Rakim (in "Paid In Full") was asked, "What happened to peace?" Rakim responded with an emphatic, "PEACE!" Fast forward to 1991, when DJ Quik was asked the similar question (at the end of "Tonight"), "What about peace?" Unlike Rakim, Quik's response was, "Fuck peace, nigga, give me another brew!" Now look at hip hop, from the Sugar Hill Gang, Afrikan Bambaataa, and Grand Master Flash to where it is today. Has there not been major degradation of the art? It's garbage now. Between Rakim and Quik, there were the legal battles of 2 Live Crew and Luther Campbell. Ultimately, the rappers won, and were free to be as obscene at they want to be.
The image in my mind, is of true hip hop taking a slide down a razor bladed, slippery slope. By the time it reaches bottom, it has bled out. Along comes the simple, talentless, uneducated, and unknowledgeable scavengers, buzzards if you will, devouring and lapping up what's left. They spew poison, division, and negative energy. Remember when 2 Live Crew as on trial? Remember when they were "banned in the U.S.A.?" When I was younger, I took the government's action as an attack on all hip hop. As a grown man and father of children, I see things a little differently.
I think back to the rap battles of the old school. LL Cool J did not shoot up the joint after Cool Moe Dee ate him up with "How Ya Like Me Now"!! These were battles of the art! Nowadays such things end in bloodshed and death. Sown seeds eventually sprout. When rap became all about violence, bitches, hoes, niggas, pimps, sex and making money, new fields in our culture were cultivated. Think about it. A great number of those poisoned by such music, aspire to the the very things in the lyrics: bitches, hoes, niggas, pimps, chicken heads, gangstas, ballers, killers, side pieces, woman beaters, and more.
I am a firm believer in "Death and life are in the power of the tongue (Proverbs 18:21)." Our words are more powerful than we think. Often times, we train our minds by the words we spend. If our words are squandered on things that benefit us nothing, our minds become tainted. Our society suffers, due to the corruption of our minds, by our words. Such is more so when our minds are empty to start with.
There is a reason Paul told mankind, so many centuries ago, "Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen (Ephesian 4:29)." Think about it. What and where we are today are consequences of all the yesterdays from November 21, 2020, back to day one, prior to Eden.
If you get it, you get it: A mass of ignorant, uneducated and evil fools, cowards and simpletons have lined up on the battlefield to fight a hoax of a war, based on the words of a degenerate general. All it will take is a loud noise of any kind to cause these idiots to start pulling triggers.
Be safe. Be mindful. Be vigilant. Be smart. I pray that senses are come to, truth is sought, and wisdom is gained. Freedom of speech and expression does not mean that everything needs to be spoken or expressed, especially when it promotes facets of depravity.
Those who have ears to hear, let them hear.......