Ok, I need your help because I think I missed something. Let’s turn the hands of time back to 1986. Ronald Regan was in the midst of his second term as our President. Top Gun was the #1 movie in America and “That’s What Friends Are For” by Dionne Warwick and Friends is the #1 song of year. The country is moving right along and then out of nowhere, something happens that would change the music industry and the inner city for ever.
A Rap Group called N.W.A, Niggaz Wit Attitudes hits the music scene and these brothers were hardcore. Their first album Straight Outta Compton was banned from most radio stations and yet still sold 9 million copies(not bad at all when most music artist depend on the radio to promote there albums). These five brothers Ice Cube (O’Shea Jackson) Dr Dre (Andre Romelle Young) Eazy-E (Eric Lynn Wright) , MC Ren (Lorenzo Jerald Patterson ) and last but not least DJ Yella (Antoine Carraby ) and with a associated act of brother named Snoop Doggy Dog(Cordazar Calvin Broadus ) and yes he does look like a Doberman. They shocked the country with there lyrics and revealed to America a world that existed in a small town in LA known as Compton, California. Like most of America that lived outside of California we had never heard of Compton California before N.W.A.
One there fastest selling songs was F*** The Police(ok lets be honest we all have thought that at least once)! They rapped about police brutality in the hood and they were also pioneers of the music industry because they were one of the first albums to receive the parental advisory label because of the explicit lyrics(bet ya didn’t know that). Easy E, DR. DRE and Ice Cube were hanging out in the area of Atlantic Dr., a street in Compton known for the sales of narcotics, and a known hang out for “Atlantic Drive, N-hood and Kelly Park Crips”.
They also influenced a generation of young African American men and women by glamorizing the gangsta life style in the hood. These brothers with there music influenced and brought to life the gang violence in California like CNN and MSNBC could never do. They made videos while rocking gang affiliated colors and throwing up gang signs. Unfortunately in most African American households with the absence of fathers (that subject is for another day and another blog) young men are looking for role models and NWA fit the bill because they were talking about there reality, there hood and there anger.
In the midst of 9 million records and F*** The Police something else was going on, young African American Men were dying and being incarcerated at an alarming rate in Compton(Compton was averaging over 70 homicides a year). But then something else happened in 1989 Ice Cube left NWA over royalty disputes and by 1991 NWA was no more. Dr Dre, Ice Cube and Snoop Doggy Dog was the cream that rose to the top and they all went on to make millions of dollars rapping and influencing young African American with there lyrics.
I said all of that to say this, I got a revelation one morning while I was sitting on the couch flipping thru the channels (like most men do) and I passed a channel and had to stop and turn back and there was the D-O double G on the VIEW, yes the View and he was talking about his life , his kids and get this his reality show. So after watching a little bit of the VIEW(real men don’t watch the VIEW or Oprah) I started flipping thru the channels again to stop and see Ice Cube on the entertainment channel talking about some of his movies. You know , Are We There Yet and Longshots and then a commercial comes on and DR Dre is selling Dr Pepper soda(trust me Im a Dr..LOL). Then It hit me DID I MISS SOMETHING, these gangsta rappers have come a long way from F*** The Police.
They now are actors who make movies for Disney and have reality TV shows and chillin on the VEIW and selling Dr Pepper soda. They have gone on about there lives as if a AK47 and crack cocaine and NWA and The LBC never existed. Left in the aftermath of there gangsta rap are young men who were shot down in the prime of there lives and the other young men are incarcerated imprisoned for a long time and Yet they go on with there lives as if they take no responsibility for the lives they influence when GANSTA RAP WAS MARKETABLE!!! But now its no long MARKETABLE so they made there money and have moved on to BIGGER and BETTER Things. I wonder if any of these NIGGAZ wit attitudes let there kids listen to artist with Explict Lyrics (I doubt it very seriously)Well I guess I missed something? Fashizzle My Nizzle
28 And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. But rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.