Noonie G

OPINION: Rappers Act Tough, But Scared To Help In “Chiraq”

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This is an OG call.

I am calling out you so-called rappers, R&B artists and athletes, since many of you have forgotten what Hip-Hop is about and how it can help our people. So I would like to start by calling out some famous people from Chicago.

Kanye West, Noonie Ward, Common

Kanye West, Noonie Ward, Common

Common, Kanye, R. Kelly and Derrick Rose: All of these children are not going to school, being shot and not going to school.

They are on some BS, because they don’t have any sense of direction or the will to strive and survive. Over 48 schools have been closed in the city, so they have nothing else to do but gang bang, get money and do what they need to do.

And this is by design because it’s not the entire city, yet the city has never had this much violence. We were the murder capital of the United States in 2012 along.

Lincoln Park, Washington Park, all of the white areas, there is hardly any violence. But we have the same Mayor and the same police chief. But the guns, and the drugs and liquor stores are in OUR community and being sold to OUR children.

In fact, a lot of them smoke and get high and drunk to HIP-HOP music.

Noonie Ward on Cover of Feds

Noonie Ward on Cover of Feds

You all have no issues asking them to purchase your music, or to support you when you come to Chicago to perform.

You are the main ones who thrive off of the people, while the industry “pimps” you all. Maybe this is the reason you don’t do enough to help, or support the children in Chicago.

A lot of rappers have no problem demeaning our sisters, like predators, instead of showing them a different way to live.

Most artists have some sort of non-profit foundation, that other people are running. You are not using these to help the people who really need the help. At the end of the day, the hood sees no parts of these or any other resources.

Now, Kanye wearing the Confederate flag is interesting. Sometimes it seems like rappers are worse than the Ku Klux Klan.

The people in streets are starting to wake up and see your bulls**t. It won’t be so easy for you all to come to these cities and perform if the local population begins to boycott your products.

I need you all to come together as one with the guys on the street. We need to sit down and find solutions for the kids. First I propose meaningful dialog with some of the top “leaders” of these local street gangs.

Then we can move forward with a public showing of unity, such as a peace summit, or any meaningful display of unity, to help calm these troubled streets.

T.I., Chris Brown, Trey Songz, 2 Chainz, Young Jeezy, Meek Mill, Drake, Future, the list could go on and on.

For once in your life, do what your heart says and not what the powers that be tell you to do.

Help your brothers and sisters.

If you run a label, manage an artist, or simply want to help, please contact me at: nooniehk@aol.com

Harold “Noonie” Ward is an Independent, community activist from Chicago. He was worked with President Barack Obama when he was a community activist in Altgeld Gardens, State Senator Napoleon Harris, State Senator Kirk Dillard, Governor Jim Edgar, Cook County Commissioner Tony Peraica and others. He recently ran for Metropolitan Water Reclamation District Commissioner.

  • wickedjones

    its hard raising these children of crackheads and dopefiends.

    • Sean Taylor

      Yeah and the guy asking for help is a large part of why Chicago is the way it is creating all of those crackheads and dopefiends and now he want’s help after he pimped them back in the days.

      Talk about calling the kettle black….

      • Troll_E_G

        Politicians are a large part of the problem yet u still vote

  • sowell19

    This dude used to be the second in command of the GD’s. He can’t tell me $h!t

    • Immortal

      But maybe he can. If he finally realizes the harm he did and who he did it to, and is a position to where he could try to make a difference, why not give him a listen? I would respect his viewpoint a whole lot more than any celeb who more than likely has never set foot where you might live, but makes the most noise.

  • David Gonz

    COMMON GONNA BUCKDANCE IN SOME 1920s OUTFIT AND ALL THE VIOLENCE WILL CEASE LOL

  • Bumpy Johnson

    which one of you weak hearted dummys voted ” its not their job”

    • Bruce Leeroy

      I did. Cuz it’s not their job. And if they really listened to Kanyes music you would see the msg he is delivering. Go listen to “All of the lights” interlude and all. Maybe you’ll wake up and a light will come on up there. See what I did there.

  • John Q. Public

    Schools in Chicago are outa control. its like “Lean on Me” out there. My uncle just got a music degree to become a teacher in his 40s. He quit in his 1st month. Said kids would just fight each other all the time and would cuss him out and try tofight him. And when he goes to the principal and security they just laugh and send kids back to him. This is 6th and 7th graders.

  • Aaron Davis

    Props to this guy but until we build something ourselves, the struggles for black ppl will continue and accelerate in this country especially in Chicago. No celebs, rappers, entertainers or sell-out freemason’s like Jesse Jackson & Al Sharpton. We have to build a grass-roots movement ourselves & once it becomes popular, they’ll jump on board. But the main problem is that most blacks are ok with what’s going & don’t give a damn about it.

  • Executive

    We are our own worst enemy. Rappers should be more concerned with real issues instead of fashion.

  • Executive

    Rappers rap about selling crack cocaine but do they even realize that destroyed so many black families? Sell poison to your own to make a profit then turn around and make the white man richer.

    • Immortal

      Good point but the issue I see with that is most of them haven’t sold anything more than the BS they say on the records. Who is really going to listen to someone like Rick Ross when he tells them not to sell? Most folks would be like seriously? You rap about a life you never lived and want me to change what is reality for me? I agree that having a summit with the gang leaders is a good step in the right direction, but I see it being better with representation from the OG’s who have the respect and have denounced their old ways, knowing there is no future in banging and the only things we’re harming is ourselves. And the music industry could help, but why? The more ignorance they put out, the more sales get generated. Hell how many awards shows have been canceled due to ignorance on our parts, and how many “white” award shows have been canceled? But no matter what I say, personal responsibility and accountability, family values and norms, the changing of society’s beliefs, and the willingness to break the mold are the ways forward. The hardest step is the next, and the easiest was the last.

      • Executive

        I agree man, the OG’s are the ones who actually put in work back in their days so they could be great leaders only if the cause is good. Rappers are more concerned with fashion and who’s driving the latest car first and poisoning the youth. We need more parents to stand up first and foremost though, a ratchet mother 9 out of 10 will raise a ratchet daughter or thug son.

      • EvilSteveDallas

        Agreed. We have parents (in communities of ALL races/ethnicities/SES) who don’t think of themselves as parents FIRST…which I think is a huge problem.

        There are many, many parents who don’t seem to want to accept the fact that once that little person comes into this world, your life is (or at least should be) forever different.

        Once you become a parent, your assumptions about your life need to be different, priority-wise. Assume that you’re not going to that party. Assume you will be working 40 hours a week, reading to your kids 15-20 minutes a night, and helping them with their homework one hour (at least) a day. The entitled attitude needs to stop at birth. You’re not entitled to go out to the club….or out drinking….or smoking weed while your kids are asleep in the other room. That’s kid shit….and it’s grown-up time now.

        Before you do some stuff that you feel you really want to do, but maybe shouldn’t…instead of asking yourself, “Is this something I should be doing?”, ask yourself, “Is this something my son or daughter’s mom/dad should be doing?”

      • Executive

        I’m with you brotha, when i became a father all of the weed smoking, drinking and hanging stopped immediately, My father was never there for me ever, and I told myself that I would never be a deadbeat. It takes men like yourself and I to set the example for these youngsters.

      • Logic

        I agree with all you said consider this

        The grassroots has to reclaim the drum of true inspiration. Music
        that spreads the joy of intellectual ingenuity. Nation building
        potential of Black Brotherhood is the atmosphere Freelife Records
        will compliment.

        ​Freelife Records coordinates grassroot
        development opportunities that include vunues for performances, aid
        with studio recording, mixing, mastering, video shoots, and video
        editing. Artist development means nation building, which is community
        service.

        Check out 40 hard tracks by Logic N the Chi on
        soundcloud
        help promote em with likes comments and shares so we can
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        from scratch with the artistry

  • cromthelaughinggod7

    Rhymefest is the only one on the for front doing it!

  • SBRon

    Well, I got “mixed feelings like a mulatto” on this one because I think rappers are a small part of the problem, therefore we can’t expect them to be a large part of the solution…

    Focusing on the heading Rappers “Act” Tough,…These rappers can start by KEEPIN’ IT REAL, though!! Admit all the tough talk is just that, and then denounce, in the strongest terms, black-on-black violence and drug dealing!! Admit they really DO respect women, because I believe most of them do.
    They should say I love my mother, my sister, my niece, girlfriend, etc…

    BUT, until we can “combat” the stress, anger, sense of hopelessness these young black kids are experiencing, what Tom Burrell calls “Homey-cide” will continue!!
    And marching every time a non-black kills one of us, as though we resent not having a monopoly on killing each other, doesn’t help!! It’s pathetic & sick!!!

    “Shit is trife when a nigga do the work of the Klan
    That’s what you’re doin when you ruin the life of a black man!”

    • brotha_man

      its almost like they blame rappers w/o blaming rappers for the violence in chi

    • Bruce Leeroy

      Well said sir. They need to act civilized and realize it’s not all about money. That’s the root of the problem. They see what someone else has and want it. So, what do they do. Rob, and steal, kill and rape…..smh.

      • SBRon

        Yeah, not sure how a dude with a mic and a notebook can put an end to that…

    • Logic

      I have some solutions

      I agree that we need to start at home. however we have to be
      mindful of those impacted by the jail industry and the biological
      chemical drug warfare on our communites and broken homes

      What up Fam. I overcame hardship growing up in chicago. I grew up
      a member of a chicago street tribe but when I transitioned from a
      lifestyle that made me an easy target I mentored in a way that an O.G
      such as yourself would be proud of. When I tell people I was in the
      audy Home with Yummy Sandifer in 94 they don’t believe me thinking I
      just would say anything to get attention since 2 Pac went off over
      the incident. Then you have the fact that when 2 Pac was murdered in
      96 who was next to me in a cell in Valley View juvenile department of
      corrections? Yummy Sandifer’s big brother Lorenzo. Occurences like
      this in retrospect cement my musical purpose.

      The grassroots has to reclaim the drum of true inspiration. Music
      that spreads the joy of intellectual ingenuity. Nation building
      potential of Black Brotherhood is the atmosphere Freelife Records
      will compliment.

      ​Freelife Records coordinates grassroot
      development opportunities that include vunues for performances, aid
      with studio recording, mixing, mastering, video shoots, and video
      editing. Artist development means nation building, which is community
      service. Check out 40 hard tracks by Logic N the Chi on
      soundcloud
      help promote em with likes comments and shares so we can
      start
      from scratch with the artistry

      • SBRon

        I appreciate you sharing your story & I’ll peep the tracks…Anything to help in our struggle!!

  • brotha_man

    how can i take u serious wearing a Free Larry Hoover shirt?

    • Troll_E_G

      Dude that pic old

      • brotha_man

        brotha aint got a pic in a suit? i know he been to a hand full of funerals.

      • Troll_E_G

        What does a suit have to do with his agenda?

      • brotha_man

        cant buy into something if u still represent the destruction that started this mess in the first place.

      • Troll_E_G

        He’s into politics and community work…you should use Google

      • tradown

        Yeah the Brother has a picture in a suit, (Left hand pic of above article,Kanye West, Noonie Ward, Common). See the thing is, he is only speaking to Rapper’s that he personally know’s) , See he has worked with many of these Rappers, they have joined him in community efforts, many time’s.

  • brotha_man

    start a fathers project and have theses brothas policing their kids

  • GOOSE

    these rappers have forgot were they come from. just cause they made it out dont mean that they should turn there back to they same people and citys that support there music

  • dehova

    You’re the OG and you’re looking for a dude in a confederate flag and a skirt to support you? That’s what you want to call on for help? Bro, celebrities are not the answer. he community needs to rise up.

    • ItGoesDownINtheDM

      yeah altho hes an OG guys like kanye got a way bigger voice …. i understand where hes going … but he doesnt really need ye … and imo if he goes hard without them they may eventually start comiing … cause thats just how this industry is … you gotta get it rollling and they will come in to capitolize … WHICH I wouldnt worry to much about that because this is bigger than who get the CREDIT … @ the end of the day its about the youth and the future of not just black kids but i also say less fortunate folks that came up in the cracks of the US and accross the world … give them motivation and stop kicking them thats what puts them in a lose lose situation and folks start taking penetentary chances ouchea

    • dee

      i disagree

  • Troll_E_G

    Most people don’t recognize the influence of a black celebrity
    …many say they can’t do nothing but that’s far from truth. Rappers influence u on what u to wear b drink but they can’t help denounce violence but I’m speaking from a psychology pov and many will reject because they too blind to see the correlation

    • Big_Chill

      word!

    • ItGoesDownINtheDM

      yup ive been saying it forever …. diddy can sell ciroc thru music successfully … but he cant sell positivity … imo most artist say they sell a lifestyle thru music … MOST …. thats actually when it clicked to me … cause i was thinking if thats the case why are you selling that lifestyle ??? the drug hustler king pin especially when that wasnt something you really lived ………. in addition ok if we can sell that … then we can sell REALITY …………………… lets get real folks …… i think the 90s KEEP REAL MOVEMENT needs to come back ….. cause reality is what these kids need and i dont mean the harsh negative … they know about that and have actually EMBRACED IT !!!! …. we need to now education on the positives of life and how starting out @ mcds can take you alot further then going hand to hand in these streets even tho the STREETS WILL GET YOU PAID FASTER !! …….. reality ……. and let them know how we KNOW HOW EASY IT IS TO FALL INTO THE GAME … its right @ any ghetto hood door step … any kid can walk out thier door and start hustling if they can get a pack …… we understand and known this … but theres a BIGGER PICTURE HERE !!!!!!!!!!!

    • Logic

      cultural revolution is not new

      The mainstream music Industry is consumed with the promotion of
      death and destruction, greed and extravagance. Basically the current
      climate of culture from music makes unity of the black man in the
      western hemisphere unrealistic. The drum is not being used to uplift
      the Black woman and child.

      The grassroots has to reclaim the drum of true inspiration. Music
      that spreads the joy of intellectual ingenuity. Nation building
      potential of Black Brotherhood is the atmosphere Freelife Records
      will compliment.

      ​Freelife Records coordinates grassroot
      development opportunities that include vunues for performances, aid
      with studio recording, mixing, mastering, video shoots, and video
      editing. Artist development means nation building, which is community
      service.

      Check out 40 hard tracks by Logic N the Chi on
      soundcloud
      help promote em with likes comments and shares so we can
      start
      from scratch with the artistry

  • Michael J. Davis

    Chicago is not the Murder Capital and there was more violence in the 1990’s there was 1,000 murders in Chitown in 1999 there was 400 this year, thats a 60% decrease.

    • Black Intelligence

      I agree, I remember all those killings, alot of this is exploitation by the media also.

    • illness

      Exactly Michael Davis. the stats are available for all to see. Crime has dramatically decreased in chicago since the 90, but media and opportunists keep twisting the facts on some exploitive bullshit.

  • Havoc Wreaka III

    You can start by not calling chiraq and these niglets are gonna do what they want so let them kill each other and the problems will go away

    • ItGoesDownINtheDM

      GOOD 1 !!!! prob the best comment here and everyone is sleeping … i always said that … and if anyone knows about the SECRET imo by doing things like this we are subliminally cursing ourselves … but we ALWAYS DO THIS … you got KILLADELPHIA, MURDERMORE….. and where im from delaware folks are known to call it HELLAWARE or the DITCH … LOL IJS !!!!!! we are setting ourselves up for failure before we even step foot outside our doors !!!!!!!!!! lol SMH!

  • CabriniGreeny

    It starts at home. The parents/parent have to do their job. It does matter how many programs are conducted or how many rappers come to the block. If the home front is not in order, the kids won’t be either.

    Just because a dude can rap, that does not make them a leader. Plus, what sense would it make for a rapper to come preach and his music is promoting the BS that’s causing the issues? We need the “structure” back for those that don’t have the home support and are on the streets Noonie. Those areas outside of Washington Park and Lincoln Park may not be the richest of the areas in Chicago but still taxes are being paid and votes are being cast. Hold the elected officials accountable for the lack of effort/implication. Let’s place some of the “guys” in positions.

    Let’s reinforce the love, community, education/skills/trade, the fight, and not giving up. Those rappers are not in the struggle anymore (good for them). Some weren’t in it anyway (check their background).

    • EvilSteveDallas

      “It starts at home. The parents/parent have to do their job. It does matter how many programs are conducted or how many rappers come to the block. If the home front is not in order, the kids won’t be either.”

      Totally agree. I’m dealing with this in my community right now….we’re attempting to make some positive changes in the entire community that have started with some school programs, but most often the hardest people to deal with have been the adults and parents in our community. The kids are all on-board…they’ve been in these programs since they were little….at school there is a certain set of behavioral expectations that they follow….but when the kids go home there is little to no supervision and very few standards of behavior. I see the same parents at the library or video store pulling an attitude and swearing when they don’t get their way….or cussing out a teacher who disciplines a child for acting disrespectfully in school.

    • ItGoesDownINtheDM

      i tottally agree but i will say these rappers aint making it easy and entertainers these days with thier stripper ways … making it seem like life is just grand and thats the true way to come up in life !! no one can deny that altho kids love thier parents … but the influence from pop culture is very strong and can start to mold and shape you child if you just slip up for a nanosencond … and for some parents no matter what they do its too late !! but def we need parents to NOT GIVE UP and try to raise thier kids the best they can … cause it def starts there …. i remember my moms being hard on me and watching alot of my other friends have cooler parents …. and the results of that def showed over the years where alot of my friends are still having issues finding stable jobs and having thier own place to stay but they dont have any probs with bringing kids into this world …. and on the flips side ive always keeped a job purchase my own home and still aint got no baby moms floating around ouchea yet …. so the up bringing is def VERY IMPORTANT !!!!!! and i hope to carry on tradition and take to the next level with my kids …. birthing nothing but ACHIEVERS HERE !!!!!!!

  • Black Intelligence

    I feel what FOLKS talking about. Help is Help, but it’s hard to make real moves in a system that’s already set for young Black men to kill each other. Best thing to do is start at the top. Black people don’t produce guns nor drugs.

    • ItGoesDownINtheDM

      people will find something to kill someone with … it aint guns … its the mentality …. its the image … its the situations our people are put in on a daily bases where they might actually find themselves having to either CARRY or actually USE A GUN on another human being !!

      • Black Intelligence

        I agree, The image is controlled by others also. It’s a single step process I would suggest. But having first hand experience growing up in these Chi streets, I always knew it was much bigger than us.

      • ItGoesDownINtheDM

        i just wish everyone else seen it or @least the majority lol cause @ the end of the day you cant save everyone … which in the back of mind has me thinking this is truely mission impossible … but if we are positive naturally i think things could change …. cause as of right now imo we are very negative people naturally and by nature @ this point ………..

      • ItGoesDownINtheDM

        to bad everyone doesnt see that i had the same vision which is why i am where i am i never felt there was someone or some entity that could hold me back and i knew no matter how much drug money i collect one day it could ALL CATCH UP TO ME even if i decided to leave it alone “mendecee lhhny” … ijs if people could see the picture it could drastically change things and im from delaware it aint too many success stories ouchea … but places like chicago you everyone from rkelly to obama …. if i had that kind of inspiration coming up id prob be on a whole OTHER level ….

      • hoeyuno

        True. But the average kid willing to shoot someone from a few feet away wouldn’t have the balls to stab someone face to face. I’m not saying all but definitely most.

  • Elayorx El

    On some real deal Holyfield, I often think what would I do if I were an entertainer in the positions of some of our heroes, because quite frankly it is well known in many circles that celebrities of a particular background, giving back to their communities in a certain way, or extent, is frowned upon by those that “matter”. I’m quite sure a lot of these sisters, and brothers would love to come together, and do much more, but what would that mean for them going forward? In most cases, many of these entertainers are IT for those that depend on them, not to mention children, financially. Point blank, the social ills we are experiencing, and witnessing are engineered to be that way, and anyone interfering with that past a level of photo ops, lip service, and “foundations”, will have consequences to pay. It is lunacy, but it is the reality.

    • SBRon

      Yep! As in “loss of” pay!! Believe me, the Ali’s, Jim Brown’s, & Bill Russell’s are deeply disappointed…

    • ItGoesDownINtheDM

      people dont factor that in … but imo they shouldnt have to put out any real money … just motivate … they motivate the streets … imo there wouldnt be alot of people stilll hustling ouchea if it werent for the music that cheerleads and motivates that activity … its just like the popularization of the bloods thru guys like lil wayne, dipset & the game … you cannot tell me that it wouldnt be so rampant if it werent for those 3 …. there really promoted and push that blood envelop to the masses … the power in music is crazy … and imo we have yet to really use it for any good … imo the last artist to really use his music for good was Michael Jackson … his black or white song imo litterarlly helped brake the color barriers here in the us …. IMO …. if music can sell millions of sneakers to people …. it can def help push more positive ideas and thinking into people … people dont go party and drinking cause they were born to do it …. they do it cause they SEEN IN ON TV and WERE ENTICED by MUSIC VIDEOS HOT GIRLS FUN EXCITEMENT etc… !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      • While I agree for the most part, to say MJ was the last one to use his music for good is kinda disrespectful to cats like Nas, dead prez, Mos Def, Immortal Technique, K-Rino, etc. who been out here grindin to push real messages for years now. Now if we’re talkin strictly “megastars”, then yeah you’re spot on.

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  • black god

    All the rappers in the world is not going to create enough jobs to correct the problems in Chicago. People sell drugs cause they broke and cant get a job, people do drugs cause they depressed and see no way out.

    • EvilSteveDallas

      ” People sell drugs cause they broke and cant get a job”

      Not even at McDonald’s? Or Target? Or Wal-Mart?

    • ItGoesDownINtheDM

      the sad truth is that there are already enough jobs … but these kids that he speaks aboutt just have zero f**ks about getting any of them … this world is big everything around us is damn near a job … to the place you live in … to the streets we walk on … theres a job everywhere … folks just need to open they eyes … in edition let the kids know that selling drugs and playing sports or entertainment isnt the only way to get paid … thats why most are in them streets … they trying to be cheef keef or like these others i was a real street n*gga rappers …. and theres prob alot of old heads leading them astray as well as rap artist .. and most importantly WHERE ARE THE PARENTS ……. alot of factors involved … but all in all as far as what rappers can do and people abroad is let the people know YOU DONT NEED TO RAP OR SELL DRUGS TO BE ABLE TO AFFORD A HALF A MILLION HOME !!!!!!!!!! … i just went to with my boy to get his newborn son from his baby moms parents crib and they had something close to that and they both just had regular jobs .. one worked @ a bank and pops was @ the post office … ijs people need to wake … doing all these drugs and party is your downfall ..!!!!!! they way we rise is being sober and focus … with those qualities it doesnt really take much to live a good quality living ….. you aint rich … but you have a quality life and a good foundation to build you family on …….

  • rs_yes

    There are multiple problems that may plague this community. I’m SURE their community is no different than any other “ghetto” black community. Therefore, I’ll use what I see in my community as talking points.

    1. Parents. Yes, the parents are a MAJOR factor in the finding and implementing a solution to our desperate communities. However, that’s a problem in itself. Many of the parents of these young children are (a) in their mid 20’s to mid 30s, so they may have been raised in the same environment and/or (b) they are young and treat their children as their close friend without teaching them how to be respectful across the board and instill values.

    2. Kids not being able to look at the future. We have all these young adults screaming about how they can’t find a job and/or they can’t get hired. You know why? (a) They do not understand how to represent themselves to potential employers,
    (b) They have already committed crimes that are on their record, making it THAT MUCH HARDER for them to obtain a job (even at McDonald’s),
    (c) Inability to speak correct and write English – this is the worst! These fools do not understand the difference between “edition” and “addition” OR “then” and “than”, but expect someone to hire their asses.

    3. Parents attempting to stay afloat and working multiple jobs. This one hits home the most. I live in a household where me and my wife together, bring home between $150,000 – $175,000 per year. Mainly because we both are in the tech industry and we also a part time job. However, we have a 10 year old son. The hardest thing is spending quality time because we work so hard. We do our best because we plan ahead and schedule our time efficiently. I know for a fact that many others do not practice that skill of planning. That resonates across the community of hard working parents. We need to step in that category. The more QUALITY time you spend with your children, the more opportunities you have with to teach the children.

    4. Music. I hate to say it, and I sound old (I’m 32). But the music plays a factor in some kids. When I was growing up and listening to Pac, Big, Jay, Wu, DMX etc, the content was the same, but I was NOT impressionable as the next kid. I think nowadays many more kids are easily coaxed into wanting to be what they see and hear – and that is a HUGE problem. We need more musicians converting their talent towards less violent music but still keep the track tight. I’m like the next man, I do not want hear preaching in the music, but musicians needs to find that line where they aren’t violent or misogynistic, but still keep the flow tight and beat on point so we will go out and buy the record.

    *sigh* those are my 2 cents

  • scorning rappers and asking for their help will not persuade them to help lol, the day you stop looking for help from a rapper will be the day you might see positive things happen in Chicago..

  • Devious

    How the hell a rapper gone stop somethin niggaz don’t care about a rapper he can get it to just another nigga on the streets real street nigga tho

  • Montezuma1

    An OG call? Ni99a get your life.

  • Eddy Mihigo

    Good day Mr. Ward,

    My name is Eddy, and I live in Botswana (Afrika). I read you opinion piece and agree 100% with what you’re saying. However, having understood ‘the industry’ from the outside looking in, and drawing parallels from what I learned from Malcolm X in his biography, coupled with what I know of the influence of the black man on pretty much anything, this latest attempt at getting these rappers together to discuss these issues will be diluted to the point where it will become just another publicity stunt.

    We are having the same problem over here, with local rappers now feeling as though they are bigger than the movement itself! I (personally) try to let it be known the culture they think they inherited is a sullied version of the true Hip Hop culture that began in the 70s, which would help the disadvantaged be self sufficient. We are disadvantaged for life as our continent is now viewed as backwards, but we continue to use Hip Hop as a way to make some money from the same people we should help in saving this money…

    Right now, I don’t have any solutions, but I am making the problem know whenever and wherever possible, using the same tools that are used to further the sullied version of Hip Hop. It is an uphill battle, but the Salmon swims against the tide.

    I would like to encourage you in your endeavor, and let you know that there are ‘young heads’ out there that see your vision, share it, and also live by it.

    Thanks,

    • Respect brotha.

    • Logic

      Great post from the Mama continent consider this

      The mainstream music Industry is consumed with the promotion of
      death and destruction, greed and extravagance. Basically the current
      climate of culture from music makes unity of the black man in the
      western hemisphere unrealistic. The drum is not being used to uplift
      the Black woman and child.

      The grassroots has to reclaim the drum of true inspiration. Music
      that spreads the joy of intellectual ingenuity. Nation building
      potential of Black Brotherhood is the atmosphere Freelife Records
      will compliment.

      ​Freelife Records coordinates grassroot
      development opportunities that include vunues for performances, aid
      with studio recording, mixing, mastering, video shoots, and video
      editing. Artist development means nation building, which is community
      service.
      Check out 40 hard tracks by Logic N the Chi on
      soundcloud
      help promote em with likes comments and shares so we can
      start
      from scratch with the artistry

  • Brooklyn Stoop

    this nigga look like bobby Hemmit

  • Brian Andrew Smith

    I believe you may be a bit confused. Washington park is a highly african american neighborhood.

  • Picasso Micheaux

    Seriously…
    How you gon” “call a man out”, then ask for his help?
    Where they do that at?
    This brother’s heart seems to be in the right place, but maybe he needs to rethink his methods when it comes to rallying the troops…

  • Og

    help is needed in Chicago I feel bad for the children there as I know some of them but who wouldn’t be scared to talk to an ex gang member and a bunch of the leaders

  • Miss Englewood

    What is he doing Noonie G to help the children of Chicago? Its not the rappers responsiblity. When are the parents of these wild heathen children going to be held responsible? Why does a grown man refer to himself as Noonie G anyway? Is he not perpetuating the stereotype? Rappers are not meant to raise the world’s children. He got a copy with him on the FEDs magazine. Really? How can you talk about anyone? What is that showing the you of Chicago? How to be on FED’S? THIS DUDE IS A JOKE.

  • Weedras

    its a bit ironic that one of the creators of the Chicago problem is now calling out ppl who can do very little to help… Community activism doesn’t need not celebrity at the helm to get it done… all that’s needed to a efficient method to get the youths to do away with the negativity… calling on these rappers aint gonna do a thing when these youths might just rob/shoot one of these dudes just to get a rep… rappers were never activists to begin with they were storytellers of hood but they were never activists… so why as of late ppl are expecting rappers to raise their kids, fight for their civil liberties etc.. is beyond me….

  • FREEfromslavery

    chicago is what chicago is, genocide city. a murderous look at what the future holds for many of us blacks in other inner cities across amerikkka. we hate each other with a passion on the streets, so we kill each other. jealousy and envy. help from the rappers, nigga please. these willie lynch mc’s are too busy trying to live a lifesyle like the white plantation master that they admire and look up to so much. kanye, jay-z and coons of that type have already sold their souls to the amerikkkan dream. blacks are getting slaughtered like cattle in chicago and no one in amerikkka is concerned. black or white. if this genocide continues we will be obsolete as a race by the year 20/20.

    • RBG4Life

      sh!t they get slaughtered everywhere else too, by police, other blacks, racists, etc. I dont know why everybody trying to play dumb like this sh!t gonna magically disappear. Don’t look to do something when it’s too late and there’s nowhere to run. All of us better start thinking about tomorrow, because its coming. I know you thought it never would, but its coming and quickly.

  • Splatter

    chicago need help? yall the same ones that made Chief Keef hot. yall knew that boy was making garbage and you still said bang bang. that lil nigga can’t even form sentences correctly and yall hyped him to continue that shit. i know what this article is about, but this is also a hip hop site, so im gonna approach it from that stand point. the trends and sound people think is hot shouldn’t even be around to begin with. yall give cats in chicago more drive by music. and sad to say but teens really are followers, they gonna copy what they see.

    • tradown

      @splatnonchalant:disqus …Yes Chicago needs help !! More importantly, Noonie, Along with other’s that are U.niting I.n P.eace, are trying diligently to give the help, and unbeknownst , a lot of the Rapper’s he mentioned by name, are from Chicago, or from ; a like-minded mind set. This Call that Noonie is sounding, it is Bigger then Hip-Hop. 74

    • Rapist on BAIL

      I would say the Internet made CK hot. 95% of the city don’t agree with his music or movement.

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  • dbfromdc

    NOW NOONIE WANTS HELP TO CLEAN UP THE MESS HE HELPED GET STARTED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! GOOD LUCK WITH THAT!!!!!!!!!SMFH

  • hoeyuno

    Maybe kanye can help by giving every homeless person in chi a pair of leather jogging pants….on a serious note why are people criticizing this article. If you have a better idea speak up.

  • Brainiac1ne

    What needs to happen is start with the babies,all the kids under 15.That’s how we stop the cycle.

  • eddieknucks

    It’s my generations fault. Us 70s babies who ran the streets in the 80s and 90s glorfying the street life. They grew up listening to our war stories. Seeing our old gang banging photos. The fact that we showered them with expensive gifts from street money and spoiled them. We gave them expensive taste even when we no longer cold afford those Jordans. We rewarded failure by not disciplining them when they didn’t go to school. We left them with big momma while we ran the street. We men did not believe we would make it to 30 and when we did, we were lost wondering what now. Some of us are in our 40s still “trapping”, hoe hopping, sagging and carrying on like we’re teenagers. We are our children’s homey as opposed to being thier parent. We were not active in our communities when we needed to be. We exploited them. Most of the rappers are doing the same as the children, immulating there fathers and big brothers. There are no drug kingpins left in America. Not living in the spot light anyway. All we can do is focus on the younger ones and give the older ones advice on how to try and put their lives back together after jail because there aren’t to many second chances for these younguns. They going to prison first strike unless they’re famous.

    • Logic

      What up Fam. I overcame hardship growing up in chicago. I grew up
      a member of a chicago street tribe but when I transitioned from a
      lifestyle that made me an easy target I mentored in a way that an O.G
      such as yourself would be proud of. When I tell people I was in the
      audy Home with Yummy Sandifer in 94 they don’t believe me thinking I
      just would say anything to get attention since 2 Pac went off over
      the incident. Then you have the fact that when 2 Pac was murdered in
      96 who was next to me in a cell in Valley View juvenile department of
      corrections? Yummy Sandifer’s big brother Lorenzo. Occurences like
      this in retrospect cement my musical purpose.

      The mainstream music Industry is consumed with the promotion of
      death and destruction, greed and extravagance. Basically the current
      climate of culture from music makes unity of the black man in the
      western hemisphere unrealistic. The drum is not being used to uplift
      the Black woman and child.

      The grassroots has to reclaim the drum of true inspiration. Music
      that spreads the joy of intellectual ingenuity. Nation building
      potential of Black Brotherhood is the atmosphere Freelife Records
      will compliment.

      ​Freelife Records coordinates grassroot
      development opportunities that include vunues for performances, aid
      with studio recording, mixing, mastering, video shoots, and video
      editing. Artist development means nation building, which is community
      service.

      Check out 40 hard tracks by Logic N the Chi on
      soundcloud
      help promote em with likes comments and shares so we can
      start
      from scratch with the artistry

  • VentKing11

    Maybe instead of calling these rappers out and ridiculing them with your overbearingly negative opinion (even if some of it is deserved) on what they should be doing…maybe a diff approach will help achieve your goals. Instead, why not reach out to them with a “plan” on how together you all can turn the situation around. So many times we turn to calling each other out to try and provoke action which only causes the exact opposite to reaction to happen. Your intentions are honorable, but your approach is kind of stereotypically ignorant. Try a different move sir.

    • JACK Wright

      you have kanye with his rich people problems thinking his poor because his only a millionaire not a billionaire…his chasing fashion people you really think he cares about what goes on with things that dont involve him.

  • The Crocodile Hunter

    Fashion is more important than people.

  • Guns3000

    This guy is calling people out but he’s on a magazine wearing a “Free Larry Hoover” shirt?

    • HeywoodJa

      Worse, he jumped in bed with Jeremy Seal of the TEA PARTY and BREITBART to make anti-Obama commercial. When do friends of Rush Limbaugh give a damn about Black people? Man has lost his mind!