Yesterday we received a comment from a reader via Facebook asking how the community can prevent upstart Chicago rapper Chief Keef and others from making music that is damaging to our community.

The commenter asked:

“Can you guys talk about how we as a community need to shame and boycott rapers like chief keef and kanye for being enemies to the communities they come from.”

On the merits, I agree with the commenter’s argument; rappers should be more responsible with their platforms.

As a community, if we told record companies—like Interscope, Chief Keef’s label—that we weren’t going to support music that profits off of glorifying black death then they may just stop giving multi-million-dollar contracts to 17-year-old suspected gangbangers who talk about guns, girls, and killing more black men.

But, it’s deeper than that.

While the face of hip-hop is dominated by black folks, those behind the scenes and those who buy the albums are overwhelmingly white.

Writer and hip-hop journalist Matthew Birkhold broke down the racial dynamics of rap’s main audience in his essay “Get Rich and Die Trying:” 

S. Craig Watkins correctly remarks that the extraordinary success of The Chronic signaled the incorporation of hip hop into mainstream America. Following in the footsteps of The Chronic, the years 1993-94 saw the release of debut records by Nas, the Wu Tang Clan, and the Notorious B.I.G.

All three albums, which all contained descriptive stories about selling drugs were largely hailed as classics as soon as they were released and, with the exception of Nas, had tremendous crossover appeal. However what Watkins does not point out is that the incorporation of hip hop into mainstream America was made possible by white consumption of black men celebrating black on black murder, selling crack, capitalism, misogyny, homophobia and a rejection of cultural nationalism. Importantly, during this era, hip hop was not yet overwhelmingly saturated with drug raps and many rappers took cultural nationalist positions.

For example, artists such as Brand Nubian, A Tribe called Quest and De La Soul all released albums that were hailed as classics during this era. However, these groups did not cause hip hop to crossover. Because the purchasing power of young whites created the success of The Chronic and a lack of crossover success for Brand Nubian, The Chronic was emulated by artists and labels around the country.

While African-American consumers are most affected by the stereotypes and negative imagery created in hip-hop (and often times drive what’s “cool”), the power to change these images lie with the artists and the (mostly white) consumers.

Because record companies are businesses concerned with their bottom-line, what sells is what continues to get promoted. And for many, what’s been popular for the last 20 years is aggressive, violent, and misogynistic rap.

Although the public outcry over Chief Keef’s reaction to the murder of his rap rival have prompted many to demand Interscope drop the teen from its label, the company has adopted a wait-and-see policy.

Chicago police are currently investigating whether or not Keef was connected to 18-year-old Joseph ‘Lil JoJo’ Coleman’s death. If so, a source close to Interscope told the Chicago Sun Times: “If the reported behavior is accurate, that is not something the label will tolerate and they will take appropriate action. There are a lot of unanswered questions.”

So as long as Keef didn’t actually kill anyone he can continue making records that encourage others in his city—which is currently dealing with an exploding murder rate–to do so.

But let’s just say that somehow we were able to get white consumers on board to boycott artists like Chief Keef; that still wouldn’t solve the issues that created Keef in the first place.

Keith Cozart grew up on the South Side of Chicago in one of the city’s most violent neighborhoods. After going virtually unknown in the rap world, Cozart was reborn as Chief Keef, and turned into a viral sensation after he was arrested and jailed for unlawful use of a gun. In January he was released from house arrest and a video of a young fan going apesh*t over his favorite rapper’s freedom hit the web. Many wondered “who the f—k is Chief Keef,” but the video quickly spread, causing people to find out for themselves.

These days, the rapper is in demand, scoring interviews with magazines and respected music blogs who have seemed to eat up his hyper-violent lyrics in spite of Chicago’s alarming murder rate. It is as if Keef’s brush with the law, and his suspected gang ties, have made him more authentic. While he raps about guns, killing, and selling drugs, young men in his city–many of whom look like him–are killed, almost nightly.

Even if we were to prevent Keef from making music, that wouldn’t prevent him or others in his neighborhood from falling into the same destructive cycles that claim so many lives today.

Kids in Chicago aren’t killing themselves for no reason; their violence is a symptom of a larger problem. Racism, generational poverty, inadequate education, lack of role models, familial breakdown, the prison pipeline all contribute to the horrible cycle that continues to destroy many of our youth (I mean, how can you watch this video and think these kids are mentally sound? All I see are vacant eyes).

So while a boycott of Chief Keef’s violent music may get his record company’s attention, it won’t actually solve the problem that turned Keith Cozart, the 17-year-old troubled kid with Asperger’s Syndrome, into Chief Keef, the rapper who seems solely focused on guns, violence, and getting paid.

What do you think? Will boycotting Cheef Keef and others make a difference? 

  • http://gabandgraffiti.wordpress.com MarloweOverShakespeare

    Yes and yes. Alternative? Lecrae’s New album “Gravity” debuted at #1 on Tuesday, the release date. I challenge you all to find out why..

  • African Mami

    Boycott! AND please for a second do NOT try to shift the blame on them white folks consuming the music. The power lies with US!

  • African Mami

    Can somebody explain to me, is lactating/leaking part of the what’s hot in gansta rap? Or am I seeing my own thangs?

  • Sweetles

    Oh my gosh….I was trying to figure out what the hell is on her shirt!

  • gmarie

    No one is buying rap records anymore anyway tbh, may are struggling to go gold and missing the mark..a lot. an appeal to record labels wouldn’t do much because they’re still banking on getting lucky and striking gold with the next 50 cent or something.

    We have to start small…going through our children, niece/nephew, little siblings i-pods and cleanse them of negative hateful music. Pay closer attention to what they’re watching..what they are listening to.

    I cant say it should be banned all together..adults can and should be able to listen to what they want to, and although it isn’t always the case I give adults more a benefit of doubt for knowing how to separate reality from entertainment

  • Patience

    What is ‘ignorant rap’?

    No, boycotting Chief Keef and others will not make a difference. The people who need to make a change can’t do so because they do not know any better.

  • Patience

    But people are buying rap records and rap artists are getting millions of downloads from their mixtapes.

  • Kacey

    He looks like a ignant lil S.O.B!

    (Sorry, I had to take it there)

  • jamesfrmphilly

    boycott always works……

  • rob

    We cant go after their parents so cant we go after the leaders in these cities that allow this violence and mayhem to go on in their cities? I am down for boycotting Chicago until Rahm Emanuel considers it as important as the re-election of the President. This kind of violence would not be tolerated in white communities or jewish ones. If this many white children had been killed the nat’l guard would have been called in the same day. I just think that eitner they need to lose money which people understand or they need to be marching in the streets to stop this.

  • NCR

    Not only am I going to boycott. I’m going to start publicly shaming and calling out people who listen to this and who support it.No excuses.

  • Anthony

    It is always good to boycott things you don’t like. One thing black people have is the power to define what is cool. If black people walk away from people like this young man, he will lose his appeal to white who want an “authentic” black experience.

  • gmarie

    people are downloading records yes but not buying them with money. Not at the degree that they were in the late 90s early 2000s. so boycotting the rappers to hurt the pockets of labels won’t do much. We can boycott radio stations so that they lose ad revenue. Aside from that the approach that is gonna work best is to police what your children are listening to. young adults? unfortunately they’re on their own here. but people can stop the cycle and attempt to limit their own children from listening to this craziness and absorbing “ignorant violent culture” while they’re still young

  • http://www.interracialdatingcoach.com/ Zabeth

    Has anyone ever been able to prove that the majority of people who purchase rap music are white? Has this statistic been measured accurately? Where is the research?

  • NCR

    I know! People always say that but I’ve never seen one study or statistic to prove it. Then it becomes the red herring to distract us from the fact that this crap is still being made.

  • Dante

    No. A boycott wouldnt be effective in this instance. Chief Keef, Odd Future, Lil B, Waka Flocka, etc already aren’t mainstream artists. Their followings dont come from album sales or radio airplay. The people who would boycott are not spending money on this type of music anyway. Having a bunch of older people, politicians, religious leaders, etc trying to boycott this music will only solidify its status as “real” and “anti-establishment”. Trying to boycott this music is basically the same thing we’re doing with the War on Drugs. The harder we try to limit it, the more people want it. Like the article says, the solution is to get down to the real problems, which is the violence, drugs, lack of education, out of wedlock births, etc. Those are the problems, not the music that talks about it.

  • Dante

    They’ve done a bunch of surveys, monitored concert ticket sales, online purchase history, and things like that. The estimate is that about 70% of hip hop is purchased by white people.

  • paul

    “Even if we were to prevent Keef from making music, that wouldn’t prevent him or others in his neighbor from falling into the same destructive cycles that claim so many lives today.

    sheer brilliance

    “Kids in Chicago aren’t killing themselves for no reason; their violence is a symptom of a larger problem. Racism, generational poverty, inadequate education, lack of role models, familial breakdown, the prison pipeline all contribute to the horrible cycle that continues to destroy many of our youth.”

    Yes, boycotting child rappers will do nothing to eliminate or contain or the destructive impact of these forces on the lives of our young people.

    We have to look back to the past or to our contemporaries in other parts of world to see how people addressed similar problems. When you do that the direction you need to go in becomes clearer.

  • NCR

    Even if that were true that doesn’t take into account that there are more white people than black people anyways of course they would buy more there are more of them.

  • Jordan

    Well, radio & club DJ’s could just stop playing their music, but think about how many people REQUEST this type of music! This isn’t the first instance of “ignorant rap”. Most people love the beat or chorus of the song so much, they don’t care about what the rapper is saying, who he’s killing, whether he’s really part of a gang or not… Chief Keef is just the new “cool rapper” until the next one comes along next month. And we’ll be discussing this all over again.

  • Name Withheld

    What about supporting rappers making positive music instead of wasting time and energy on a boycott!? How many of you have actually gone and supported a positive rapper? Boycotting Rap music hasn’t worked for the last 20 years or so. Therefore, we need to try a different approach.

    There’s a positive rapper named LECRAE whose album ‘Gravity’ is out now, and he doesn’t curse (no nigga, no bitches and hoes, no f-word and its variations). He even has a free album out entitled ‘Church Clothes’. I’m an atheist but I like his music. Most of you guys on this site are Christians, so check this guy out.

    Also, check out Rakim’s last album ‘The Seventh Seal’, and Arrested Development new free album ‘Standing At The Crossroads’.

    So instead of complaining about the misogyny in Rap/Hip-Hop music, just straight up support the few rappers that make music with substance.

  • Malik Hemmans

    the parents will boycott…but these kids nowadays are idiots and know it all’s

  • TT

    All the people who talk about boycotting ignorant rap are the same ones dropping it like its hot in the club or blasting the songs in their cars. As long as something has a good beat people will at least dance to it.

  • Malik Hemmans

    i don’t know how this type of music is destroying our community and our children……2pac music aint never made wanna go shoot a nigga in the head

  • isolde3

    “people are downloading records yes but not buying them with money. Not at the degree that they were in the late 90s early 2000s.”

    @gmarie

    You could say that about any genre of music. Album sales have declined across the board. “Patience” is correct.”Urban” (hip-hop) albums are among consistent sellers in this market climate, and the sales of those albums are usually front loaded, meaning that while those albums may not sell over the long haul, they sell hundreds of thousands of copies within their first few weeks of release. J.Cole debuted at #1 as did Lupe Fiasco, Nicki and Drake’s last two efforts have either shipped or scanned platinum in the US. Walle’s album recently went gold.Rick Ross also #1, with over 200K first week sales in a slow 3rd quarter. A$ap Rocky, Azealia Banks, and Meek Mill’s albums will also have similar debuts. So, yes, rap is selling.

  • Mademoiselle

    Don’t boycott on the hopes that you’re going to get rappers to do something they never planned to do. If you’re going to boycott, it should just be because you don’t allow that kind of music in your world.

    Entertainers don’t spend a whole lot of time trying to convince people who aren’t impressed with them to change their minds–they just focus on milking the people that are already impressed with them.

    Don’t boycott; just be selective with what you let in your world at all times.

  • http://gravatar.com/morningrain86 Patience

    Maybe not you, but someone else.

  • Patience

    Can someone please tell me what ‘ignorant rap’ is? Is it the same as ‘ignorant country’ or ‘ignorant folk’ music?

  • who run the world???!!…God

    No offense to anyone but the individuals that consume and really need to boycott this music i.e. multi-generational hoodrats, more than likely don’t read clutch, the grio, etc. Unfortunately the only thing they read are facebook statuses that proclaim, “That’s that s#!+ that make me mad!” How ignorance, anger, self-hate, violence, misogyny, coonery and bufoonery is considered music and an art form is beyond me!!!!

  • Zabeth

    Dante, from my understanding that research was done in the 90s, almost 20 years ago. What new research has been conducted, do you have a link? Who do you see primarily at most hip hop shows?

  • apple

    what good is it going to do? its much too late for that now..maybe in 1975 it would have been effective before the whole community went to hell, now it just a waste of signs,markers,time and space..one apple spoils the bunch but what if most of the basket is spoiled

  • http://cupofjo-jo.blogspot.com bk chick

    I say, don’t knock it till you try it. If boycotting doesn’t work, move on the phases two, three and four. By saying “it won’t do anything” means you end up doing nothing at all. I’d rather it be that I tried really hard, despite things not changing, rather than tacitly approving him and his music by inaction.

  • Sick

    This is a great idea gmarie!!!!!! This would be a good start. I am so sick and disgusted at hearing about the deaths on the news EVERYDAY!!!!!! Start somewhere people, send a letter to the stations that play this music and not only that send letters to the companies that advertise on these stations, hit them in the pockets and you will see a difference!!!!! But do it NOW, we are losing way too many young people!!!!!!!

  • Pat

    These people young and old have been conditioned to behave like this. They are conditioned on what’s cool, how to talk, walk etc. Sadly some are born into this madness. We aren’t just dealing with hip hop artist and record labels. We are dealing with a psychological phenomenon called brain washing. The main contributor: Hip hop. Hip hop is not just music its a culture. How did it become a culture? Through Classical and Operant conditioning. We are fighting and dealing with a mental war. Boycotting is the last of our issues. Its too little to late, Hip hop has already spread world wide like a cancerous virus.

  • gwaan gyal

    sorry to be negative..but i think we’ve missed the bullet on this one (no pun intended). I thought the kids were crazy and foul when I was in high school ten years ago…now they are worse so I couldnt imagine what is i like walking through an ‘urban’ high school. Kids don’t know any other than what the media feeds them and their parents are teaching them anything to contradict what they hear/see on tv/radio/at school. This realization really saddens me. I’ve been in Chicago 6 years and I see it in our neighborhoods. There may be no hope unless these kids learn their history…pre slavery..during slavery..post slavery..all that. Another think they need is hope..hope that they can do something with their lives…there is a huge sense of hopelessness and rap is the only way out for them…the rap is ignorant b/c they only know about ignorant things. In the meantime, I will continue volunteering and such…and hope that I can set a good example for these babies.

  • breakthecycle

    I agree with what everyone is saying. The music is a symptom if the problem, not the cause of it

  • Jess

    I find it very suspicious that major Chicago newspapers, like the Chicago Tribune, are giving “Chief Keef”, a fairly unknown (and not very good) rapper until only very recently, front page attention – regarding his music and record deals. The Chicago Tribune is considered one of the most conservative, lily-white newspapers in the city but is giving the spotlight to Chief Keef??

    The Chicago Tribune hardly ever gives spotlight to ANY Black musician, and DEFINITELY not for rap/hip hop. Their doing this makes me very suspicious that the media is trying to encourage further violence in the Black communities in Chicago and glorify their criminal lifestyles.

    I think this is mainly because there is a huge push in Chicago since the election of Barak Obama and Rahm Emmanuel to “gentrify” the city and move Black populations further and further outside the city limits – nobody is going to continue to want a bunch of violent loons around, and Chicago media is doing its best to turn as many more Black youth into violent loons as possible.

    Also, since Emmanuel took office, there seems to be a Hollywood-fueled romanticized interest in having a resurgence of the Chicago gangster image, from the Italian gangs to the now rampant Latin and Black gangs. Thus the media is doing everything in its power to glorify gangsterism. Really evil of the media too, when you think that all the news has been reporting the high youth violence, but they would at the same time glorify this no-talent, non-rapping, draggled-headed little criminal. Sad, completely ridiculous, but true.

    Any Black person in Chicago that joins the Chief Keef bandwagon is an idiot, and a hater of other Black people, imo. Plus he sucks.

  • jamesfrmphilly

    only white people could afford to see jay z in philly…..

  • Jess

    I do think one area in which people could protest his music is by holding the media to task for promoting him. There are large, white-owned media conglomerates like the Chicago Tribune, giving this little no-talent act attention. Never before have i seen a local-area rap/hip hop artist garner so much POSITIVE media attention – as if his glorifying violence is something we should be proud of.

    I truly believe that the mainstream media is very much responsible for the rising popularity of Keef.

    It’s just very suspicious to me, especially since rap and hip hop, over 30 years old now, are on the outs. It’s basically on its deathbed, and the only thing they can drum up is the most negative “gangsta rap”, which sounds ridiculous in and of itself being that gun-waving video-styled,”gangsta rap” went out with NWA, Snoop dogg and Dr. Dre in the 80s and 90s!

  • Jess

    People have always supported non-negative rappers – for example many support Lupe Fiasco. But the media chooses who its going to promote, and in the case of Black people, they almost always choose the one that is most detrimental. And once you have the support of a very powerful media, everyone else just falls in its wake.

    I mean seriously, think about it. How much sense does it make to report on the seriousness of the city’s high rate of violence, and at the same time hold up one of the most violent influencers of youth music as someone to emulate?

    If the media was so concerned, they would instead do everything in their power to not give any recognition to these types of artists. I mean, did the media hold up Al Qaeda and the Taliban as the people to emulate when at the same time they were reporting them as a threat to America? Of course not.

    But they could give a damn about Black people so they promote the worst cultural aspects of us all the time – That’s intentional! the media puts it out there and people will follow. i didn’t even know who this fool was until about a month agao.

    People don’t realize just how many decisions are made for you by the media – you don’t make the decisions.

  • Lou Villes

    If Chief Keef or any other rapper has in any way influenced your child in a negative way then you have failed as a parent. Don’t boycott and blame them because you raised a fucking follower.

  • Commenter

    I’m always troubled by articles like this that try to minimize the power of boycotting and speaking out about ignorant rap music. So what, you just throw up your hands and say “oh well” let it keep going on? No, you keep digging in at the issue until it’s resolved. I’m sure there were a lot of black people who said the MLK bus boycott wouldn’t do anything, because there were so many white people riding the bus that it wouldn’t make a difference. SMH

  • Señorita

    I live in the Chicagoland area. When I first heard this childs’ song, it had a catchy beat and whatnot but as I do with some of these songs, I listen to the beat and not the word/message. When I heard the person singing THAT song name was Chief Keef…I’m like, hmm, ok. Then I further hear that this kid was17 years old and on house arrest when he got his record deal. My red flag was then raised because I work with that population and thinking to myself, “What kind of message could he be sending other than what he’s living in his criminal behavior. I immediately stopped listening to the song and change the station when it does come on. Reading this story, I was shocked and saddened that all of this occurred in which I had no idea…until now! We are in a state of MF emergency. In my profession I do what I can to uplift these kids and inform them of the better opportunites they can take advantage of once they complete their program. You can’t save everyone but in Chief Keef’s case, it’s obvious that that life is all he’s known and I’m sure his parents are not too far behind him. I don’t know what it’ll take for record companies to stop being overshadowed by dollar signs and understand that this type of music is heavily influencing our youth. This right here, is part of the reason why I am fearful of bringing any child into this life! You can do all you can to try to raise a kid to stay on the right track but with violence all around us, how can you shield them from EVERYTHING?? Young men such as he have a short life span and since he’s being investigated in the other rapper’s murder, he may end up deceased or jailed….and for what?? So so so so sad…

  • Shelly

    Don’t listen to a rachet song just because it has a good beat. I fall victim to this sometimes, but I have to remind myself that not only am I promoting something that I am against, but anything that I consume myself with will seep into my unconscious mind over time. You may not think it has any effect on you, but our brain is always turned on, even when we are unaware (aka: the unconscious mind). If anyone gets a chance, look up Theory Hazit. He is an AMAZINGLY talented rapper.

  • WhatIThink

    LOL! White folks buy this stuff but who created a culture glamorizing killing negroes? Seriously. America has historically idolized and glamorized killing n*ggers over 100 years ago. That is American culture. The problem is that these African American youth have no culture other than that they have adopted from the mainstream. That is the problem.

    Keep in mind that before the 70s, there was no major role for blacks in media outside of standard stereotypes like sambo and buffoon. Then just after civil rights, all of a sudden a whole flood of new images of black folks hit the streets but the difference was that even though it was the same stereotypes, our people began to identify with it as “real”. That wave of stereotypes started with Superfly and other blaxpoitation flicks. And this is nothing more than sambo and buffoon all dressed up in fur coats. Before that most thugs in media were all white because in reality they were all white. And this new Sambo image appealed to our youth most especially and thus started the trend.

    But this was a purposeful campaign of media propaganda against black folks. Instead of making movies that focused on strong, positive roles for blacks featuring the realities of the fact that they were entering into a new era of freedoms after civil rights and upholding the heroes who made those freedoms possible: MLK, Malcolm, the Panthers, you get Superfly. That becomes the hero and that becomes the male role model. And none of that is any coincidence. White youth aren’t hurt by this and to them it is just entertainment. But for black men, who are still the most marginalized element in American society, it represents an opportunity to live in a fantasy world that doesn’t exist in real life….. Something which can only appeal to a young immature mind that doesn’t know any better. Unfortunately this becomes part of the identity of the man later in life which means that black men are getting their identities from fictional entities that don’t exist in real life, basically trying to become the sambo.

  • Beautifulblackmind

    While I’m not pleased that the Clutch article did not offer an alternative action, I do agree with the premise of the article. The premise is it is white America who keeps these images alive because that’s where the money is. So I agree that a black boycott while it may be symbollic, is probably not the most effective. Like the article said, even if you got rid of these rappers that wouldn’t take away the fact that there are black people like them killing and dealing.
    I would purpose a national campaign done by and for the black community to truly educate ourselves on the violent images that are pushed on our and the hate for our brothers that we perpetuate.

  • Cocochanel31

    Boycotting is not effective because the target audience for the music sees nothing wrong with it. The key is education and awareness. It’s not enough to tell young people something is “bad ” for them, we must get into the “WHY it’s bad for them”. Something/someone has to enlighten their minds to be a better way. They need positive outlets. The Chicago situation is downright appalling, it seems to be getting worse by the day, now with the teachers on strike, the good and the bad kids stuck in the house on extended summer break, we can only pray for these children. Where is Minister Farrakhan and the Nation..is their presence still felt in the hood of Chicago? Just wondering. Almost 100% of a child’s mentality starts at home, so somehow someway “another way” has to be presented to those whom the child lives with, they after all are a child’s first teachers.

  • http://ellecherieamour.wordpress.com theinfamousl

    This was a great read. I’m not from Chicago but I’ve been living on the southside since the Spring (obviously I am planning on moving) and what is going on here is much bigger than Chief Keef, rap and boycotts. There seems to be an overall attitude that America does not care about Chicago, that putting an end to this violence is not a priority. The government is practically sitting and watching this stuff happen. Why? Because it’s gang-related or drug related and most of the people being killed are a part of the issue. The problem with this however is that those of us who have to live in these neighborhoods have to fear for our lives because we never know if we’ll be caught in a cross fire or be at the wrong place/wrong time. A woman was raped and a man was killed a mile away from my home in a two week span.

    How can we send troops to Iraq and Afghanistan in an attempt to stop terrorism and establish democracy yet we cannot even establish order in the third largest city in America? There are so many things that I don’t understand about that. Or they can have a NATO conference here and shut down the entire city but can’t send any armed forces to demand order?! They send 50 federal agents here in an effort to stop gun violence when there over 50 shootings a month, well there’s usually around 30-45 a week, what is that going to do?! They need the national guard out here as extreme as it sounds.

    The medical examiner at a morgue was forced to resign this year because there were hundreds of unclaimed bodies in that morgue. HUNDREDS!

    Aside from this, the teachers are on strike leaving over 400,000 students out of school. Some are fortunate enough to attend a school that has a half day, go to a local church, library or YMCA but what about the kids that aren’t? These children have to worry about getting shot in a drive by while doing homework in their living room and now this?!

    How many more people have to die before something is done? When is the government going to step in?!

    Chicagoans deserve the right to feel safe in their neighborhoods, to not live in fear that their children will be killed in senseless violence and the right to have their children be provided with a proper education so this type of IGNORANCE will not fester amongst our youth.

  • chan

    Exacvtly. This music and so called culture should have been boycotted decades ago but as usual Blacks are late to the party and all theycan do is talk AND NOTHING WILL BE DONE AS USUAL IN THE BLACK COMMUNITY. We are DEAD PEOPLE and have allowed this cancer and others to proliferate for decades.

  • Jess

    There is only so much anybody can do, even the NOI. After somany years, it’s up to the individuals self-choice, their families, and immediate community. We can’t keep expecting everybody to keep wasting their lives to helppeople who have proven that they want to do all the destruction they can, and then expect somebody to feel sorry and clean up behind them after they finish destroying everything they can.

    Besides, the NOI has been going through many of these war-torn neighborhoods and doing whatthey can to stop the violence, with a particular uptick in community involvement this summer with th eincrease in violence.

    There is only so much a few people can do. The black community has had a continual problem with v iolence – people have come and told them and tried to show a better way of life, and they still want to act a fool and kill everybody. You can’t help those who choose to be stupid and evil. – and really you shouldn’t.

  • Jess

    “I’m not from Chicago but I’ve been living on the southside since the Spring (obviously I am planning on moving)”

    Well, the South Side is huge – you could just move to another part that’s much better, you wouldn’t have to leave the entire South Side. There are many areas within the South Side, of differing economic and social levels.

  • Jess

    Well, C. Delores Tucker and some other Black women tried to boycott rap years ago, but when she did it everybody turned on She tried to stop the madness, but noone would ljoin her, they fought her, and laughed at her, and called her a Black man-hater.

    But oh well, I guess she got the last laugh because now Black communities all over the country are mired in violence and ignorance and she’s probabaly turning in her grave going “I told you dummies so”.

  • Jess

    @WhatIThink: totally agree

  • http://thinkaboutit-knowaboutit.blogspot.com/ Dante M.

    While I find the idea of boycotting Chief Keef noble, we must all realize that nothing will change simply by refusing to support him and others like him. I hate to victimize people, because everyone is responsible for their own actions, but we must ask ourselves why young brothers are acting like this. Chief Keef didn’t become a gang banging thug because he was listening to Cheif Keef. He is a product of his environment. He is the product of the grim realities that face black America. And he is not the only one. We must address the root of the problem. Until we “boycott” that root (or, more appropriately, “those roots”), all we will be left with is the same thing we were left with when people tried to “boycott” gangsta rap in the 90s: a bunch of endless and pointless debate that won’t really lead to anything. So by all means, stop supporting Chief Keef. He doesn’t need your support. He has thousands, if not millions, of other misguided and lost youth supporting him.

  • http://Verysmartbrothas.com T. j.

    Most of us were: “know it all’s/ smart alecks etc”. The difference were, having role models. Especially older guys pulling us aside and saying directly what the consequences were to one’s actions.

  • http://Verysmartbrothas.com T. j.

    Valid point. It worked on the west coast when the artist Keisha, Kreayshawn (still trying to find male rapper equivalent) and others garnered buzz, then fizzled immediately. There was now way, black people were signing off on that one!
    Similar to the rock band “Fishbone”, if we support them, they will gain a “national (non-black)” following. If not, they will dissipate into space.

  • leelah

    we support snoop, he’s a known crip who was on trial for murder. turned Pac into a martyr, he was on trial for rape. Little Wayne is one of the top rappers right now and can’t stop talking about the bloods. But this chief keef thing is new and dangerous. rap has been trash for a long time, nothing new. have anyone else noticed that not one rapper came out in support of lupe fiasco? But yet they were climbing over themselves to save gywneth Patrow

  • http://twitter.com/VerbalTiye VerbalTiye (@VerbalTiye)

    Ras kass, common aka common sense, mos def, talib kweli, phaorahe monch, blackstar, tef Poe, Kendrick Lamar, lupe fiasco, jean Grae, bronze nazareth, Gza, Rza, hellrazah aka heavanrazah, nas, elzhi, Reks, gangstarr, guru, bahamadia, big krit, reflection eternal, j live, blackalicious, fugees lauryn hill, Jane doe, maricheri Aka desdiablo77, joe budden, suns of man, killah priest, grave diggaz, dj jazzy Jeff compilations, and etc.

    There are too many emcees who don’t talk about hoes, money, clothes, drugs, killing niggas, cars, and the rest of the corporate bullshit that gets pushed by big label giants. If you’re too lazy to hop on your pc to find it fuck your ears. If you don’t want your kids listening to chief keef and others like him exposé them to the names above. Then have them compare the lyrics. this is the age of information and people are more ignorant. You have knowledge on your screen but, people don’t want to use it to learn.

  • Yes Me

    Boycotting is only a partial and temporary solution, the issue unfortunately requires an excavation. I came across a femcee on youtube that is trying to change the game with actual talent and positivity….http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4KXaUp_T5WQ

  • davemm

    Before we start pointing the finger at people for the negative image of black people in mass media. Look at who is signing these ignorant hip hop artist and the people who own the companies in the music industry and television stations there not black men. They could careless about how much there puppets disrespect women or destroy black men’s image in there music or tv because there a business who profit off the crime in your communities. We need to stand up because our image is important and we need to protect it!

  • http://youtu.be/tWHB0KaJMrA Atma Prem

  • http://gravatar.com/theequeenbee1 theequeenbee1

    Probably not because rap music tells a story! These people are telling the story of how they grew up, what it takes in order to survive poverty, and bullet riddled neighborhoods. This is the only way for some of the some of the brothers have to vent. I don’t agree with the lyrics and don’t listen to rap because of the lyrics now. Waaayyyy to disrespectful, BUT, I understand their pain. Especially growing up in Chicago where some of these children don’t have relationships with their parents due to one thing or another.

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