The Walkin’ Dead: Trickin’, Treatin’ and Trappin’

“Hustle for death/no heaven for a gangsta” – “The Cool”, Lupe Fiasco

You see them hangin’ around the ‘hood late at night sportin’ the same gear: white t-shirts and saggin’ skinny jeans. At one point, they had spirits, now they are just zombies who all seem to be harkening to the same hypnotic call. Try to talk to them about real Hip-Hop, and all you get is blank stares and vicious growls, These are the walkin’ dead who have lost their souls. Just like the music that they have blastin’ in their headphones…

Although Hip-Hop once prided itself in promoting free thought and individuality, this is no longer the case, as many rap fans are just zombies following the trend that whatever the radio is playing at the moment constitutes real Hip-Hop and is good for the culture. A song could be straight garbage, but if it’s played enough, the walkin’ dead will swear on their graves that it is the best rap ever recorded.

Although, Nas upset many people in 2006 when he proclaimed that “Hip Hop Is Dead,” in retrospect, maybe it ain’t the music. Maybe its the people who listen to it.

The mission of the wicked has not just been to destroy a people physically but mentally as well. Like the creatures from the old zombie flicks, they really want to eat your brains. For example , during the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade, the Africans could not be brought to the Americas as docile slaves until they first went through a “seasoning process” where their spirits were broken.

This same “breaking of the spirit” has been carried out in the United States through various means, ranging from drugs and the criminal justice system to the mis-educational system, all designed to create a populace of zombies that would not question authority but do exactly as they were told.

Hip-Hop has been used for this purpose as well, as those who claim they love the culture have had their spirits broken so much so that they do not have the courage to fight against the creatures of the night who are trying to destroy it. And the results of this are becoming ever more evident.

The once vibrant dance floor has become a virtual graveyard. The music that once celebrated Peace, Unity, and Love now glorifies misogyny, murder, and mayhem.

Like Brand Nubian said on “ Just Don’t Learn”, “We dealin’ with death in abundance/Dirty guns and /the pungent smell/of those who fell.”

Back in the day, Hip-Hop was a quickening spirit with the power to wake up the dead. Now, just listening to one verse of Ratchet Rap can send you immediately into an intellectual coma.

Hip-Hop has become the Haunted House of Wack. It’s just one big costume party with straight A-students dressing up like court jesters, and former correctional officers posing as Mafia Dons. Sad thing about it is that many rap fans can’t see that it’s all just a masquerade .

Also, as it’s been argued before, the rappers themselves are not totally to blame, as they are just little puppets being controlled by some evil puppetmasters (in the form of the heads of record labels) who hide behind the curtain and pull the strings

We have allowed the culture vampires to suck the life out of a once great art form, and nobody is trying to throw some holy water on Count Dracula to drive him back into his coffin.

Many don’t realize that what is now considered Hip-Hop is a result of a diabolical plan devised by some mad scientists in labs disguised as recording studios. In the name of greed and profit, the music industry has created Frankenstein monsters to destroy a culture that has the potential to liberate poor and oppressed communities on a global scale. Over the years, these monsters have taken different forms but their mission has remained the same.

The latest monstrous creation is “Roger Ratchet.” He is the personification of all that is wrong with Hip-Ho, a symbol of what happens when a culture loses its soul. Roger Ratchet is like the despised Disco Duck of the ’70s. He is the Hip-Hop equivalent of George Clinton’s arch nemesis, “Sir Nose D’Void of Funk,” who dedicated his miserable life fighting against “The P-Funk Mob.”

At some point, somebody has to exorcise this demon out of Hip-Hop. Whether they use a stake through the heart or a silver bullet, somebody has to return Ratchet Rap back to the dark evil pit that it slid out of.

In order for Hip-Hop to live, Roger Ratchet must die. So, on October 31 (Halloween), we are asking that the fans of real Hip-Hop join us in the “Death to Roger Ratchet Campaign,” as we bury Ratchet Rap once and for all.

Join us in yelling with a loud united voice: “Death to Ratchet Rap! Long live Hip-Hop! “

TRUTH Minista Paul Scott’s weekly column is , This Ain’t Hip Hop,” a column for intelligent Hip Hop Headz. He can be contacted at and on Twitter (@truthminista). For more information on the October 31 “Death to Ratchet Rap Campaign,” visit the official Facebook page.


Photo credit: Above “Hip-Hop Halloween” image courtesy of Dreamstime.

  • dagmarlena


    Am I doing that right?

    Also, why do you all use “#” in facebook when it does nothing?

    • IG::TheRealStevieBee

      unless they have it synced with twitter where the hashtags actually count, its useless and dumb to do.

  • I been toying w/ the idea of making a song like this for a while.Comparing hip hop to a zombie attack

  • J. Zara

    Good to see some truth and reality posted here. It’ll be damn hard to stop garbage rap but it can be done.

  • “Death to Roger Ratchet” !!! I’m ALL IN !!!!!

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  • you feel its ratchet make something better … just cause you talking positive dont mean its better “music” ……. step ya positive music game up 😉

    • It’s RightHere #RIGHTNOW….Where are You Looking???

    • johnblacksad

      right behind you… no homo

  • Bumpy Johnson

    think bout it…no one questions T.I bout his trail
    real niggas claim to be real but make songs with fake ass Rick Ross
    Grown men wearing skinny jeans
    this ain hip hop its some other stuff and its for the weak .not for the strong

  • IG::TheRealStevieBee

    Full support given here… Death to Roger Ratchet and ratchet rap…

  • Katniss Everdeen

    FINALLY!! Couldn’t have said it any better. There wasn’t an easier way to put it for those fans to finally get the message. It’s a brainwashing system along with the TV and propaganda. Count me in! #Death2RogerRatchet– And yes there will be those fans who get mad at this article- don’t sweat it. Those are the ignorant who walk around like the rappers of now- all drugged up- promoting drug abuse and violence. The same ones who don’t know that most of the rappers they love so much are undercover homosexuals. It’s all a cover. Fake image, lyrics with horrific meanings and fully “digitalized” soundtracks. This is why the communities of minorities are so infested. They are infested with this new generation of youth who really will never stand up and join the revolution. And that’s exactly what they want. Puppets. The rappers are used to manipulate the youth into thinking “YOLO” and all this other bs so they can go spend their money. Lol. That American life is crazy.

  • plsDontreply

    I don’t know how I feel about destroying something even if it is wack or ratchet rap. That’s something our people are using to make their situation better. As much as I hate listening to that nonsense I really don’t see it going any where. I think you need both sides to be able to establish what makes sense and what does not. In my opinion its about growth. Listeners will eventually see what is what when they experience more in their life. Trying to keep people from a certain brand of music will only make them gravitate to it more. I say let them play it out and the real will come back full circle.

    • johnblacksad

      i’d buy stocks of that truth you spat if i could… but Wall Street closed down today! (wtf?! can’t even make moves on my Nasdaq portfolio… )

      “Some days wouldn’t be special, if it wasn’t for rain
      Joy wouldn’t feel so good, if it wasn’t for pain
      Death gotta be easy, ’cause life is hard” -50

      I quit that “bring real hip hop back” talk years ago… we do need both sides… i stopped throwing stones n sh!t… good spirit works toward unity, evil spirit works toward division… no dis to the writer of this article… just my 2piece

      I really think it takes serious talent to do what 2chainz is doing right now… altho i’m sure his music could quickly be labeled ‘ratchet rap’… he’s no G.Rap, he’s no Big Daddy Kane but his sh!t works… he got the ‘catchy lyrics’ on lock… low key he got vocabulary… just 4example

  • johnblacksad

    in my lifetime, i have learned to embrace everything… the good and the not so good… ‘bad’ don’t really exist in my world…

    You might have seen me say i HATE Drake, Nicki Minaj, YMCMB and plenty of other ‘crap’… but in reality i respect everyody’s craft… just take time out and write something down, a verse, anything… i might clown you for laughs but deep inside you actually have my respect… draw anything and i’ll be in awe… i don’t have a ‘favorite painting’… respect them all.. impressionism, cubism, realism, surrealism, pointillism, renaissance… then some attract me more than others… same for music…

    My list goes like Wu, Hov, Face, Styles, Free, Sean P, Talib, Nore, Gang Starr Rip Guru, UGK Rip Pimp C, Lil Keke, Fred Foxxx, Big L, Big, Pac, Nas & Jeezy… but honestly, and i’ll only say that here and never again : i have respect for all of them… sigh… Drake, Nicki, Mac Maine, Gudda Gudda, Tyga, and even Jae Millz… given that his album drops one day.

  • TruthSerum

    Kendrick just sold 240K of an album the complete opposite of what you described and is about to debut at #2 on the billboard charts tomorrow so why are you still whining again??

    It seems to me that your one of those Nazis that wants everything to look and sound like its tailor made for your musical tastes precisely.

    As long as theirs diversity in the genre I’m satisfied. Not everything should be one way or the other. Chief Keef & Kendrick Lamar work for the same company and have an equal platform to promote their message. That’s the way it should be. My problem for years has been the lack of variety being offered by the mainstream. It can’t all be Soulja Boy, but it shouldn’t all be KRS-One either. As long as people are being sown both sides of the coin I don’t think you have the right to censor anybody or make choices for the rest of the audience.

    People should have a varied and versatile selection of hip hop to choose from. It sounds to me like your just mad the entire world hasn’t chosen your way