Hip Hop has become a satire of itself. Don’t believe me? Try to make a hook/chorus-line that’s so outrageously ignorant that it’s funny. Did it sound something like the Billboard Top 5 rap songs for the week of Sept 1, 2012? Is it just harmless entertainment? Lupe Fiasco doesn’t think so and I agree. Continue reading
Yesterday, I had an interesting conversation with a friend from Detroit about the declining humanity of the American poor. Close living quarters, lack of resources, and an inability to maneuver the legal system disproportionately devastates low income communities. With murder, robberies and vicious assaults on the rise, it seems the respect for life has been replaced with the respect for status and material possessions.
My friend asked, “Why are so many young men so eager to throw their life and their neighbor’s life away? My answer: For some people, a thug’s life is the path of least resistance. Continue reading
I’m a people watcher… not in a creepy way. I’m just a fan of sociology and the quirkiness of human behavior. I always wonder what people are thinking or why they make certain choices. Many of us (myself included) waste much of our life peacocking with little to no result. Yet, we do it as if it was an ingrained part of our culture. Why?
You might be wondering, “what the hell is peacocking?” In the wild, the male peacock flares out his feathers when he is trying to get the female’s attention. In our world, peacocking is when a man uses some sort of accentuation or material possession to receive attention from women. This economy is fueled by peacocking and reinforced by every double take, smile, and/or stare that a women gives a man exhibiting this behavior. Continue reading
This is me on my soapbox, screaming at the top of my lungs to the descendant of African slaves. WE ARE LOSING; WE ARE DYING; WE ARE DOING IT TO OURSELVES. We have become drunk with shortsightedness and willful ignorance. We have forgotten the sole point of religion, mythology, technology, history, economics, and life on this earth. TO SURVIVE AND THEN THRIVE.
Last weekend it hit me. I was driving home from my niece’s birthday party through a part of town that I haven’t been in since I moved away ten years ago. Since then, Indians (from India) slowly bought a town. This town was full of thriving small businesses like the America that our parents grew up in. While driving past miles of Indian laundromats, jewelers, accountant firms, grocery stores, electronic repair shops, clothing stores, etc… Continue reading
If you’re a conspiracy theory buff or just like watching random videos on youtube, You might have seen the countless videos alleging that hip hop is “a tool of Satan”or a plot by the “illuminati.” I even saw a video alleging that rappers are agents employed by the U.S. government to keep young minorities pacified. If you haven’t seen them. I added some at the end of the post.
I don’t know about all that… but I was recently reading the Bhagavad Gita, an ancient Hindu text written in 1500 B.C.. A verse in this sacred book shocked me. It speaks of the characteristics of a Demonic Personality. When I read the verse, it sounded like it was describing the characteristics of… (Pick your favorite mainstream rapper.)
Please read the short verse and let me know if you see some alarming similarities. Continue reading
The life of the individual has meaning only insofar as it aids in making the life of every living thing nobler and more beautiful. – Albert Einstein Continue reading