Saturday, May 31, 2008
Who's That Peeping In My Window...
So, for the past few months I've been having discussions with various folk about the idea of Hip Hop being infiltrated with spies. What if, rap music was being controlled by the government through elaborate tactics and the use of their own "players"? You know, on some COINTELPRO type shit.
Now, of course, the idea of rap being "controlled" by The Man ain't nothing new. The notion that negative music and ideologies are consistently being promoted and pushed through rap music is one most Hip Hop lovers share.
But I'm talking about something a little bigger. What if an artist, like say 50 Cent or Rick Ross, was deliberately "hired" by the government to serve as some sort of distraction for young black people, to help steal away their hope and desire to be anything but drug dealing thugs, so that before they even realized it, their natural ambition was completely stolen or terribly altered?
Think about it. When America was on the brink of revolution in the 60s, what did the government do? Immediately get to work, covertly infiltrating all of the groups/factions that scared them the most-- including the Black Panther party. Of course, if you would've suggested such a thing back then, you would've been looking at like a conspiracy theorist-- or crazy. 20 years later (or so) documents show up, proving that the FBI and gay ass Hoover did in fact have a strategic plan to destroy the movements that were sprouting up and keep people in line.
Then came the late 80s. People were ready to tear some shit up again. Reganomics was hitting hard, crack was destroying the community, folks were hungry and couldn't get work. But this time, the Panthers weren't the organizing, mobilizing, inspiring and energizing force for young black folk-- who were suffering the most. It was Hip Hop. Public Enemy, Ice Cube, Ice T, XClan, etc., etc. These folks were at the helm of our new movement. It was becoming obvious that Hip Hop had the power to move the masses, both literally and figuratively. And then what happened? ... The Chronic.
Now, I'm not gonna sit here and blame Dre for ruining Hip Hop and black America. It of course, is so much deeper than that. To accredit an album with that ability is just asinine. I said that to suggest that instead of infiltrating an actual organization that like the government did in the 60s and 70s, why wouldn't they use the tool that was working for us, against us-- that tool being Hip Hop?
I don't think it's crazy to believe that there are and have been spies, or rappers "placed" to eliminate the power of this culture. A lot of folks have speculated on who they think these "spies" are/were... from 50 Cent, to Eazy E, Rick Ross, Young Jeezy, to even Lupe Fiasco (though I personally don't get that one)...
Anyways, I just thought that was an interesting idea that's worth thinking about. It'll definitely make you pay a little bit more attention to what you're listening to the next time you pop in an old CD or listen to the radio.