It’s the weekend, I’m going out of town, and I don’t know where to start so I’m going to make this quick and painless. This week Kendall and Kylie Jenner released a line of t-shirts depicting Tupac Shakur and Notorious B.I.G. as well as other legendary artists like Pink Floyd. Although Sister Afeni Shakur is no longer with us Ms. Voletta Wallace is among us in the land of the “living”. Sister Wallace made it known that she was not in support of the Jenner marketing venture. Ms. Wallace nor Biggie’s estate was contacted by anyone from the Jenner camp. I doubt that Kendall or Kylie are fans of Biggie or Pac in the first place. Excuse me for laughing and crying but I cannot stress to you all enough why we can’t keep letting people do what they want with or within the culture for monetary gains! Yes, white people are guests in Hip Hop Culture! It was created by Black and Brown kids in the Bronx Borough of NY in the seventies. There may have been some white kids there but they weren’t the gatekeepers to the new wave they were simply put on by their minority counterparts, point blank period. Now with that said Jay Z released his 13th studio album, 4:44, today and the album is once again the blueprint (pun intended) to “freedom”.
If you didn’t finish high school or even get that far you can still learn from the gems Jay is dropping. My bad Sean Carter…Jay Z is dead but I don’t think this would be the first time. How can you get somebody out of your pockets? Save your money. We as Black and Brown people will never truly be “free” if we do not support our own. The economic chains cannot be broken if we do not wholeheartedly support and learn how to trust one another. Black men and women we have to come together and teach our children what they need to know before we think they should know. I know we’re hurt from so many generations of oppression but we amid it all have stood tall and still hold the power to our own destiny as a people. We cannot give up on each other because no matter how “successful” we think we are a white person will always remind you that you are not welcome because you are a nigger and you better not ever forget it! What time are you going to get the message, 4:44?
There’s a time to turn up and there’s a time to focus but if Future gets off of codeine and Percocets maybe the young ones will be able to realize that they have options in this life. Did you see the passion Joe Budden gave us on the BET Awards red carpet?! That passion for Hip Hop is what fuels us “old heads” have that we don’t necessarily see in the younger generation. All we see and hear is disrespect and uneducated guesses by alleged drug users. Some say that we are disrespectful to the younger generation, “like Pac ain’t have a nose ring”, however; we are trying to educate them a little too late and to have to force feed someone is a losing battle. The only way they will understand is to see the amount of passion that we have for the culture that we created and love so dearly. So that way once we’re long gone generations from now they will be able to uphold the core values of the elements and prevent anyone from the outside from taking what’s rightfully ours. We have to know our history in order to move into a productive future. We cannot allow appropriation from anyone not even each other as the integrity of the culture rests on our shoulders. We as Black and Brown people need safe spaces where we can develop each other mentally, emotionally, spiritually, economically, and honestly without whites. They have their spaces and do not care to let us in but we for some reason feel compelled to have them in ours all in the name of “fairness” and “inclusion”. But what isn’t fair is that we have to share everything we’ve ever created with them since we first taught them the math and the science that we all use today.
“We gon’ start a society within a society” –Jay Z (Legacy)