Dr. Boyce: Commercialized Hip-Hop Kills Our Kids Before They Ever Have a Chance

by Dr. Boyce Watkins

I was just watching a video used as part of the performance in the “Up in Smoke Tour” with Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, Eminem and Ice Cube. At the end of the video, Snoop has shot another black man who is taking his last breath, with blood coming out of his mouth. Snoop looks into the camera at the predominantly white audience and says, “What do yall think? Should I smoke this n*gger?” The crowd screams in approval as Dre and Snoop proceed to murder another black man in front of the crowd.

After seeing this sick display celebrating black-on-black genocide (Imagine if it had been a white man standing over a black man asking, “Should I kill this n*gger?”), I figured out how we might define Commercialized hip-hop.  Commercialized hip-hop is a place where black men are financed by white-owned corporations to present themselves to predominantly white audiences as weed-smoking, sexually-promiscuous jackasses who are willing to shoot one another for almost any reason.

In case you didn’t know, gun violence is the leading cause of death among black men.  My sister does autopsies in Chicago and said that 90% of her victims are black males under the age of 30.  For some reason, the death of Trayvon Martin resonated deeply within the souls of those who followed this tragedy, but there are a few new Trayvons being shot in cold blood every single day of the week.

Congratulations black people, these have become the role models for husbands and fathers of the next generation.

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2 Responses to Dr. Boyce: Commercialized Hip-Hop Kills Our Kids Before They Ever Have a Chance

  1. Kevin May 19, 2012 at 12:47 pm

    Truth be told I have never heard of Snoop killings anyone, he did have a case against him some time ago but got off! Every black on black crime or claim is a touchy subject some blacks don’t want bad news about us killing each other to get out, what about white on white crime. Rap music I say is like television it tells ah vision, I have three sons and when they come back from school they often state all my class mates are rap’n new songs so I tell them write a rap then u can watch 106 n park, Lupe Fiasco in my opinion is the second best rapper to Nas those are whom we should spotlight! -Peace

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  2. poplife May 22, 2012 at 8:47 am

    there are groups out there with great music and greater messages and leading the space up movement is H.I.S.D

    http://allhiphop.com/2012/02/22/h-i-s-d-on-spacing-up-responsibility-and-classic-status/

    Given the caliber of their musicality, H.I.S.D. will be an additional complement to the array of artists that you have interviewed. “Rockit Man” is the lead single from their latest EP, The Hue AD. This is one of their many songs that will captivate the intended audience. Their critically acclaimed EP may be reviewed in its entirety at: http://theweakend.com/. Please, do not hesitate to visit the included links to gain a better appreciation for their recent efforts. Ameer, Marketing / Product Manager may be contacted at (801)712-9739 or Rondayvoo27@hotmail.com. Within this correspondence you’ll discover: H.I.S.D.’s bio; H.I.S.D.’S links to appreciated videos; and H.I.S.D.’s social media networks.

    Introducing H.I.S.D.

    H.I.S.D. (Hueston Independent Spit District) is helping to orchestrate a Hip-Hop reformation. Conceived in 2005, H.I.S.D. (the four-man collective) is sharing its Houston roots with a global audience. This Southern manifestation of sound celebrates: Hip-Hop culture; classic Soul music; poetry, photography: fashion, production; and the visual arts.

    Having already released two albums, The District and The Weakend, the group has earned critical acclaim from fellow Hip-Hop innovators. The Roots’, ?uestlove, A Tribe Called Quest’s, Ali Shaheed Muhammad, and Little Brother’s/Foreign Exchange’s Phonte, all recognize the unadulterated talent of H.I.S.D. Few artists or groups are capable of offering a fresh perspective while reinforcing the nostalgic sounds of Hip-Hop’s Golden Era.

    H.I.S.D. encourages one to Space Up!

    The 5 Elements of Space include:

    1. Be Seen Green – A state of bringing value to your community / environment and / or being known for enriching the lives of others.
    2. Don’t forget your Lando – Your individual flyness. Also known as ‘The Glow’. Taken from the flyness that Billy D. Williams displays and brought to the Star Wars

    character, Lando Calrissian.
    3. Take your Cranberry – New beginning in life. The state of being cleansed and refreshed. Starting anew.
    4. Keep Rockin – The state of feeling good or better than normal.
    5. Beware of the Automatics – A robot that’s programmed to exploit your weakness. Also takes the form of any temptation or distraction that may take you off of your path.

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