There’s Nothing Wrong With Being A Young, Black Intellectual – Who ONLY Listens To GANGSTA RAP

“Scarface the movie did more than Scarface the rapper to me/
Still that ain’t to blame for all the sh*t that happened to me”

Jay-Z: “Ignorant Sh*t”

But here’s the IMPORTANT thing: NO gangsta rap is responsible, blamable, or culpable for ANYTHING that’s happened to YOU or ANYONE ELSE either.

I am an educated, successful, motivated, intelligent, young, articulate Black man – who just so happens to LOVE hearing ignorant-a*s music about niggas getting a fat gunshot in their b*tch-a*s and hear about h0es getting nuts bust in their grille while she sucks some dude off in the back seat of an old-school chevy – on Dubs. Interestingly enough, there is a growing sentiment within the BLACK community that to like Gangsta Rap or dumbed-down, base-level degenerate Hip-Hop is not only a bad choice of entertainment but is now something that you CAN’T do and still be considered apart of the Black intelligencia – please, take that anti-intellectual, self-aggrandizing, sanctimonious BULLSH*T right the hell up out of my face.

Earlier this month Ashley Judd’s over-generalizing a*s stated:

“As far as I’m concerned, most Rap and Hip Hop music–with its rape culture and insanely abusive lyrics and depictions of girls and women as ‘ho’s’–is the contemporary soundtrack of misogyny. I believe that the social construction of gender–the cultural beliefs and practices that divide the sexes and institutionalize and normalize the unequal treatment of girls and women, privilege the interest of boys and men, and, most nefariously, incessantly sexualize girls and women–is the root cause of poverty and suffering around the world.”

ANY person who would defend that statement or even BEGIN to say that there is ANYTHING larger than a rice grain of truth in what she said should go F*^K themselves -especially if you are a HIP-HOP Head. The reason I never wrote a blog about it after I initially heard it is, is because of how ridiculously STUPID it is – and I don’t even want to waste any server space giving it more attention than I already just did. The people I want to focus my attention on, are ALL the HOUSE-NIGGERS who ran away from their LOVE of this “Rape culture music” because they were too scared to engage the Ashley Judd’s of the world in an intellectual debate. These soft-a*s niggas decided to treat their Young Jeezy, Lil’ Wayne and N.W.A. albums like the one-night stand who looks like Biz Markie that you see in the streets one day that you never called back: Act like you never even MET their a*s.

My problem is that these negroes attempted to sidestep her argument by saying “I disagree because you have artists like Talib Kweli, Mos Def, Common and groups like The Roots & Little Brother who aren’t on that sh*t” which is a WACK argument, because you essentially are buying into her MAIN point that the music IS the problem, just not to the extent that she stated. Besides the fact that you SOLD OUT your own music [and don’t get it confused, if you claim to like Jay-Z, Biggie, Nas and/or 2pac, you DID sell out by agreeing with her] the WORST part of it all, is that many of the people who LOVE Hip-Hop and agreed with Judd on various blogs and other forms of media, were eloquent and intelligent enough to act as self-evident PROOF that the music itself did NOT deprive them of their education, or make them delve into a world of crime and rape.

The reality of the situation is simply this: There are many forms of entertainment in the world and we ALL chose to be entertained in a roster of different ways, but that specific form of entertainment that appeals to us in NO way defines us as a person, NOR does it overtly contribute to why BAD people do the things they do, or why society as a whole is where it is. It is FANTASY, just like movies, TV shows, comic books and other genres of music, so why in the HELL would you co-sign the IGNORANT ideology that Hip-Hop [which isn’t even a predominant genre of music in the world] is culpable for all the bad things in the world?

We can agree that ALL rap doesn’t HELP the world, but to label a music that was invented less than 40 years ago as the soundtrack to misogyny is the height of HILARITY. It starts to become LESS funny and actually very SAD when you realize that supposed RAP fans are the ones who are trying to give Judd’s BS the most momentum by compartmentalizing the music and labelling those of us who enjoy hardcore hip-hop as the “ignorant uneducated niggas” because you then frame the debate in a Willie Lynch like “us vs. them” discourse which is STUPID as hell. You deserve a falcon punch in your chest if your response to Ashley Judd’s fired shots was to sidestep them by labelling yourself a connoisseur of only underground “safe” hip-hop and then pushing the rest of us right into her bullet because we listen to Ace Hood and Waka Flocka.

My advice? Like Kevin Hart said in 40-Year Old Virgin “Stop being a negro, and be my nigga” and next time you get in your nice car that you bought from working a respectable career that you got by achieving a high grade point average at your highly accredited College or University, make sure you turn on some Gucci Mane and scream “BRICKS…OFF WHITE BRICKS!” And let people know that the music is your ENTERTAINMENT and not a personal MANTRA or MISSION STATEMENT for how you choose to live.

This Is Your Conscience

When Lincoln Anthony Blades is not writing for his controversial and critically acclaimed blog, he can be found contributing articles for Uptown Magazine. Lincoln wrote the hilarious and insightful book "You're Not A Victim, You're A Volunteer: How To Stop Letting Love Kick Your Ass". He is also a public speaker who has sat on panels all over North America and the Caribbean.