Gang culture in Rap music is something that we’ve discussed on numerous occasions. No matter how “bool” they think they are with gangsters in LA, Chicago, Detroit, or elsewhere no Rapper is exempt from being a target. Gang life is not something to play with especially when you’re a public figure with a little extra cash. Cardi B recently put her “bloody shoes” in her mouth when she posted an Instagram photo of herself wearing a blue fur coat but the caption that accompanied the photo was very disrespectful to the Crips. If you didn’t know Cardi B has capitalized on gang terminology in her music and up until now there hasn’t been any public repercussions. After her fur coat post the original gangsters are coming for her and she is already having to pay extra for security in Los Angeles for the NBA All Star Game next weekend. Brother Speech of Arrested Development said some words recently that fit perfectly here.
Glorifying gang culture has made Atlantic Records millions but at what cost to the artist? Glorifying gang culture is putting this young Afro-Latina in a really bad spot. Call her the scapegoat, the sacrificial lamb, or bait but in this new age where labels sensor and control everything their artists do and say the label or whoever manages Cardi knew a long time ago that her usage of gang terms like “flue” would land her in hot water. Cardi isn’t to blame, she’s just “sticking to the script” much like Chris Brown and he sure is and he is paying a pretty penny to do so. Paying for gang affiliation has also gotten him and Souljah Boy in some life threatening situations. Like Speech said, is any of it really true? All you saw were gangsters growing up? All you saw were pimps and hoes? All you saw were drug dealers growing up? Your parents didn’t work full-time jobs? Your mom didn’t work double shifts at the hospital while your dad worked some factory job? Just like every teacher a rapper had didn’t tell them they weren’t going to amount to anything either. People see what they want to see.
Rap music is not the only genre of music that degrades women, glorifies drugs, death, and other evils. It is only the Rap music which is popularized by mainstream radio and social media that praises that type of content in the music. Once the young Black and Brown kids who created Hip Hop Culture were shown how to monetize what they were doing by whites and Jews they began to capitalize on what we were doing and giving us crumbs to sing and dance. Once they gained our trust they could persuade young artist to Rap about anything except uplifting our respective communities. Let me be the one to tell you that they still don’t care about you or your child(ren) and the negative images or messages being delivered to them 24/7. While your child is posting a picture of her or him and their friends with a caption that reads “gang gang” don’t think that there isn’t a police department, a real gangster, or just someone with an axe to grind watching and taking their captions for truth. You’re not Blood, you’re not Crip, and you’re not Piru. You’re not even a member of “Gucci Gang” so take off that “Gucci Bandana” that you got from the Asian hair shop and stick to the rivers and the lakes you’re used to.
“You was never gang, gang, gang, gang, you was never one of us” – Drake (Summer Sixteen)