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  • A Love of Hip-Hop Doesn’t Make a Terrorist

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    Yo! TMZ! What are you trying to do?

    As details unfolded about the Boston bomber brothers  Dzhokar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev, like where they’re from, educational background, etc TMZ decided to run with a story connecting older brother Tamerlan to Hip-Hop.  The headline reads: Dead Bombing Suspect Deep Into Hip-Hop.”  [Editor's Note: TMZ changed the headline to ..."Heavy into Hip-Hop" after this blog was originally written]

    What’s interesting … hip hop lyrics are notoriously violent and often degrading to women.  Tamerlan Tsarnaev has a boxing profile in which he says he doesn’t take his shirt off much because he doesn’t want women to get bad ideas, adding, “I’m very religious.”  This statement is significantly more conservative than the hip hop genre.

    I see this as nothing more but an ignorant attempt at indicting a whole culture!  In the words of Yosemite Sam, “What in Tarnations are you talking about TMZ?” What do you mean he was “deep into Hip-Hop?”

    “Deep” is quite subjective.

    I’m “deep into Hip-Hop,” yet I’ve never heard of this site he was a member of—“Real-Hiphop.com” and I’m on these Internets hard-body-karate! Surely, it’s not on the level of Allhiphop.com (one of the most respected Hip-Hop sites)—or Thisis50.com—or Bossip—or Worldstarhiphop.com—or VladTv.com—or Shot97.com!  How “deep in Hip-Hop” could this reckless cowardly fellow really be just because he was a member of some non-recognizable “Hip-Hop” website? Shame on you TMZ for trying to lay the guilt and burden of terrorism at the feet of Hip-Hop!

    [ALSO READ: Police Have Boston Bombing Suspect Alive]

    TMZ used to stand for “Thirty (30) Mile Zone”—the historic “studio zone” or 30-mile zone radius from the intersection of West Beverly Boulevard and North La Cienega Boulevard in Los Angeles, but we’re gonna have to redefine what TMZ stands for—perhaps “Too Much Zeitgeist?”—the intellectual, moral and cultural climate of an era, which is being redefined and hijacked by inaccurate and unconscionable media, such as sites like TMZ. (It’s one thing to report, gossip or rumor-mill about a person’s life, but when it comes to groups of people [like Hip-Hop culture] we should be very leary of someone trying to throw a tent over the whole enchilada!)

    TMZ argues that Hip-Hop in inherently violent and because the Boston Bomber/s may or may not have had a passing fancy in rap music—thus, this influenced his actions to let off a few bombs at the Boston Marathon.

    Hip-hop is a culture, which has four distinct elements—rap music, turntablism, break dancing and graffiti. What TMZ really means is that that element of Hip-Hop—rap music, with its war stories of shoot ‘em up gangsterism is responsible for the actions of people that would blow up buildings and kill people—that this suspected bomber was “heavily” influenced by the urban Bantustan rhetoric of some ghetto griots (rappers).

    First off! These suspected terrorists were brothers (white siblings), not brothas (black guys). Hip-Hop/rap music taint neva caused a black man from the projects to want to disrupt the national fabric of America with bombs to prove a point about poverty or American foreign policy! TMZ has stuck its journalistic fangs into a racial cesspool of Patsy-ism. Pass the buck! Blame the little guy! Someone needs to ask TMZ, “When, in the history of America, have black people ever committed mass terrorism?”

    Timothy_McVeigh_Time_magazineTo put it bluntly; American homegrown terrorism is a white male problem. From the robbing, raping and pillaging of Africa by murdering and enslaving millions upon millions of Africans; to the founding of this great country by exterminating the indigenous so-called “Indian” population — that was some terrorism fo’ yo’ ass!; right on down to the formation of the Ku Klux Klan, an extremist white organization whose sole purpose was to terrorize Southern blacks by burning crosses and lynchings; to (pictured left) Timothy McVeigh’s bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City, which killed 168 people and injured another 800 people; the Columbine High School shooting, a massacre carried out by two white students, which killed 21 people and injured many others;  the Virginia Tech Massacre where some Asian guy (not a black man!) killed 32 students;  the Aurora, Colorado Theater shootings, another massacre carried out by some lunatic white man, which killed 12 people and injured 58 others; the Sandy Hook Murders, where 20 children and 6 adults were killed by a white dude. None of these people were (black) “Hip-Hop heads!” None of these people were hardcore gangsta rap music listening black men!

    Yes! You can pull John Muhammad and Lee Boyd Malvo out of the hat—two black guys who were the infamous “Beltway Snipers” who killed at least ten people on some alleged Nation of Islam wackory, but the trail ends there. Traditionally, black folk just aren’t terrorists. That ain’t black folk’s steelo! We don’t get down like that!

    Even when Ice Cube rapped, “Check yo’ self before you wreck yo’ self! …I come real stealth. Droppin’ bombs on ya moms/f#*k car alarms…”—Cube neither dropped a bomb on anyone nor flew in a “Stealth B2 Bomber.” Or, when those ATliens—Outkast rapped “Bombs Over Baghdad”—no bombs went off in Atlanta, but I bet if you ask those folk over in Baghdad about terrorism, they would surely point the finger at America as the biggest terrorists the world has ever known!

    We may do “drive-bys” in da hood, but we aren’t mass killers. And even when we do act a fool, we’ll riot in our own neighborhoods and tear it to smithereens to prove a point to white America about the injustices we face daily. We ain’t trying to set a bomb off on Rodeo Drive during the height of the Christmas shopping season.

    You may say it’s not a black or white issue, but the evidence witnesses against your argument. The worst crimes against the American citizenry were committed by white people—white men! And TMZ has further added fuel to the racial fire of terrorism by suggesting that a predominantly black culture is somehow responsible for the murder of American citizens. Shame! Shame! Shame on TMZ!

    Point being—there is no precedence for TMZ to cast aspersions on hip-hop for the misguided deeds of some terroristic white boys—one, who just happened to be a supposed hip-hop fan! Eff outta here! Whether this was another one of our government’s “False Flag Operations” (Google it!) or the real thingy–they’re using white males to carry out their sinister plan.

    Hip-hop may be a lot of things—sexist, misogynistic, homophobic, gang culture glorifying, materialistic, etc., etc. We may be steeped in our on cesspool of ignorance, but terrorists—WE ARE NOT! TMZ—“Check yo’ self before you wreck yo’ self!”

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    turban2Khalil Amani is a blogger for AllHipHop. He also writes for DJ Kay Slay’s Originators Magazine & Straight Stuntin Magazine. Amani also writes for Hoodgrown, Maybach and Sext Magazines. He is the author of six books, including the ground-breaking book, “Hip-Hop Homophobes…” iuniverse.com 07). Amani is gay hip-hop’s self-proclaimed straight advocate. Visit The Coonerific One at http://www.khalilamani.ning.com Follow on Facebook/Twitter @khalilamani. Youtube @ yahweh 12

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  • Pop a Molly—I’m Raping—Wooooo!

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    Anybody who knows me knows that I’m a Rick Ross dick phallus-rider! Mainly ’cause we grew up in the same neighborhood and went to the same high school, (albeit Ross was a lil Bebe Kid when I was roaming the streets of Miami Carol City). He made me proud to be from the 3-0-5!

    But homie! Dawg! What’s this new song you have out talkin’ ’bout slipping a chick a Molly just to hit the skins? I can’t cosign that! I mean, like, I messes with you heavvvvy! I defended your use of the name “Rick Ross” against that dude who helped destroy the black community with his dope-peddling proclivities! I rode (blogged) for you against Feddicent (50) who, up until you stepped on the scene—was notorious for ending rap careers! I didn’t care that you were a Correctional Officer! (Hey! I was a stripper!) I even rode for you against the Black Gangster Disciples (I rock a Star of David too!) and this is how ya gonna do me? (Pause)—rape one of my daughters by slipping a Molly in her dranky-drank?

    [ALSO READ: Hip-Hip Rumors: YOWZA! New Rick Ross Lyric Will Upset Smart Women!]

    Ross raps, “Put Molly all in her champagne, she ain’t even know it / I took her home and I enjoyed that, she ain’t even know it.” SMH (furiously!) Nigga! You could’ve rapped, “Put Molly in MY champagne/she ain’t even know it/ I took her home and enjoyed that, she ain’t even know it!” I hear Molly makes a nigga crazy in the sack. She would’ve thought that your bedroom game was top-notch, never knowing that you need Molly to achieve an erection and have decent staying-power. But no! You gave her a date-rape drug! You’re advocating rape fool!

    Hey Ross! How would you like it if a woman slipped an appetite suppressor in your bucket of chicken? And you didn’t even know it! And she took your bucket of chicken home and enjoyed that!”

    I have grown-ass single daughters in Miami, Atlanta and Denver. I need you to understand that! But not just for my daughters’ sake, but for all (black) women! That s#*t ain’t the business! Do you really think it’s cool to slip a Molly, a ruphie or whatever the new drug of choice is in a chick’s drink just to hit? Are you that desperate? Ross! This is date-rape! This is rape! And rape will get you 10 to 20 in the pokey my dude! Eff’s wrong with you?

    I see now that I have to start calling you by your gov’ment—William Roberts. Why? Because I want you to feel comfortable when the po-po puts your butt in jail for date rape. Won’t be no mo’ Rick Ross/Ricky Rozay! If what you rapped about on this song is true and the woman decides to press charges, you’ve snitched on yourself! They’re gonna use your music against you. And when they do, maybe this will be the time that you come clean to the world and tell us you’ve never sold a brick—never ran with the Boobie Boys—never knew Noriega (“the real Noriega”) and were no hoo-rida. All of your raps—it’s just entertainment—even the Molly ish. That will be your only defense.

    There are all kinds of criminals in the world, but a rapist ranks among the scourge of the penitentiary. Murders don’t like child-molesters and rapists and you, William Roberts, are aligning yourself with a motley crew of miscreants who are the lowest of the low on the pecking order of criminality sexual criminals.

    Its one thing when some fat, broke, no-name ninja stoops to these levels of cunning to get some stank (and still, that is no excuse!), but a multimillionaire? Schemin’ to get some trim! All that moolah and you still have to trick a chick with Molly to get her between the sheets? What gives?

    I mean, even when I was broke–as-a-joke—pushin’ a yellow hand-painted 1968 Dodge Dart with Flintstone brakes—I never had to scheme to get sex!

    We’ve gone from “Pop a Molly, I’m sweatin’” to “Pop a Molly, I’m raping! Woooo!” Is that where we’re at Hip-Hop? Or is this just a case of a rapper who has a fetish for taking sex from chicks who are so drunk, inebriated, and high (because, unbeknowest to them, he slipped them a Molly) that they can hardly remember being ran through by an overweight sweaty man?

    Right about now William — you need to get your P.R. people on this and make some amends to all the women of the world and particularly and specifically, chicks that love hip-hop. You have made it dangerous for a lot of women, because you know ninjas are gonna try to emulate what you rap about. It’s time for you to recognize that Freedom of Speech isn’t necessarily free. You’ve stepped over the line with this song William! What are you prepared to do about it?

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    southbeachKhalil Amani writes for DJ Kay Slay’s Originators Magazine & Straight Stuntin Magazine. He is the author of six books, including the ground-breaking book, “Hip-Hop Homophobes…” (iuniverse.com 07). Amani is gay hip-hop’s self-proclaimed straight advocate. Visit The Coonerific One at http://www.khalilamani.ning.com Follow on Facebook/Twitter @khalilamani. Youtube @ yahweh 12

  • The Illuminati’s Recruiting? Sign Me Up!

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    I’m for the abolishment of all religions! In a utopian world we’d all just say we are “the children of God” and leave it at that. There would be no Jew, Christian or Muslim. I’d be fine with no president and no borders—a kind of heaven-on-earth. These are the things that the Illuminati supposedly want. If I told you I was already a member of the Illuminati I’d have to kill you, so, for the sake of this blog, I’m not a member and I’m only writing to be flippant educate. Let’s get it!

    I’ve been looking for the Illuminati headquarters for a long time!

    In my travels I’ve been part of several organizations, which could’ve pointed me in the Illuminati direction. I’ve “crossed the burning sands” of fraternal brotherhood. I’ve met those of “this way” and stood shoulder to shoulder in knowledge with those that stand “Perpendicular to the Square.” I even wrote the European Economic Community (EEC) and my mail came back. I went to the United Nations and asked for an Illuminati application and they looked at me crazy. I broke into a meeting of The Bilderberg Group and they threw me out on my ass! I called The Trilateral Commission and asked to join the Illuminati and they gave me the “side-eye” over the phone! And then I took a job as a janitor at the U.S. Council on Foreign Relations and never eavesdropped on a conversation of substance. I even disguised my identity and feigned like I was a Rothschild, a Warburg, a Getty and a Rockefeller! No such luck. And then it hit me—the Illuminati were recruiting right in my face! At the goddamned Burger King on 79th Street! I wanna make it rain/reign with hamburgers and hexagrams! One man’s reign is another man’s rain.

    I might be the only pro-Illuminati protagonist in hip-hop.

    But really—I am a member of the wanna join the Illuminati—not because I’ve got a “God Complex” like the white man, but because I’ve got a bone to pick with organized religion, who, as far as I can tell, has been the worst criminal in the annals of human history—and they’re telling me that the Illuminati hates religion—sign me the f#*k up!

    You Hip-Hop heads kill me! How dare you believe that rappers wanna be a part of the Illuminati, so much so, that they’d “sacrifice” their mother to be part of a secretive organization! In my best Mike Tyson voice, “This is totally ludacrisp!” How many of you would let your moms be killed so that you could become rich and famous? That’s what I thought—none of you, but you’re bound and determined to believe that there are people willing to stoop to such levels of decadence to be on that esoteric (hidden) knowledge tip.

    Is there Freemasonry, Satanic and Illuminati imagery in music? Abso-freaking-lutely! So what? There is also misogynistic, homophobic, racist, nationalistic, Christian, vulgar, hateful, and murderous imagery in the music industry—one big pot of Louisiana gumbo. Have as much or little as you like!

    Like really, what did the Illuminati ever do to you? Did they rape you? Enslave you? Annihilate your race? Persecute your spiritual beliefs? Steal money from you in the name of God? Oh! That’s right! They worship a fabled and mythological “devil” to hear you tell it. Look! All they wanna do is rule the world! I don’t get all the ado. Everything you say about the Illuminati is some hypothetical, theoretical, postulative, speculative and demagogic gum-flapping! You can’t put your finger on one concrete act of Illuminati complicity—not 9/11, not the music industry and certainly not world affairs. It is all hyperbole. It is all oratorical masturbation!

    Can you say that about religion—your religion—whether it be Judaism and its claim to have massacred thousands upon thousands in the Bible? Or Christianity, which made women second-class citizens, demonized homosexuals, and sanctioned that “Peculiar Institution” (American slavery) and the annihilation of the Indigenous Population in the Western Hemisphere—so-called Indians? Or Islam, which wreaked havoc on Africa with its blood-lust for conquest all the way down to 9/11 and under-educates women and empowers tyrants? Even if everything you say about the Illuminati is true (which it ain’t!) it pales in comparison to the s#*t your religion has done! How dare you even fix your mouth and point the finger at the devil-worshiping Illuminati, meanwhile the s#*t you hold sacred (Christianity) has cum-stained lips from sucking the devil’s phallus! It never crosses your mind that not only is the devil-Illuminists working behind the scene, but actively running your religion!

    I know what you’re thinking. It’s not the religion, it’s the bad people within religions! Meanwhile, your religion sings, “Onward Christian soldiers, marching as to war!” Your religion teaches you that Jihad is prescribed to bring the last message to the world and those virgins in paradise are patiently awaiting your schlong. God is not a Jew, Christian or Muslim, yet we will kill a mofo over said religion in the name of God!

    I just don’t f#*king get it! What “could be” weighs heavier than “what really is.” If Satan is really controlling anything in this world, it is religion, not secret organizations.

    What do you really have against the Illuminati? Its mythological tie to Satanism? Is that it? Nowhere in the original Illuminati writings are there any talk of devil worship or Satanism. Those claims originated from the Catholic Church’s pogrom* against secret societies, even though they had their own Jesuit order doing secret s#*t. (*POGROM – an organized massacre of helpless people. Put it in your vocab.)

    [ALSO READ: Rapper Allegedly Tried To Sacrifice Friend To Join The Illuminati]

    Most of you have not a clue what the original Illuminati believed in, so let me give you a crash course on Illuminati history. The Illuminati was founded by Adam Weishaupt (1748-1811), a Jew who was raised Catholic who converted to Protestantism. By profession he was a professor of Natural and Canon Law at the University of Ingolstadt in Bavaria. He joined the Freemasons in 1774, but was unimpressed with its commitment to esoteric inquiry.

    Weishaupt became a “freethinker” who wanted to “perfect” the world and the individual. Weishaupt believed that the world could be perfected if nations and religions were abolished. He was against people owning private property and marriage and he especially hated kings, presidents and monarchs. So, in 1776 he founded this “secret” group called “The Order of Perfectibilists” a.k.a. the Illuminati.

    The Illuminati only lasted a mere ten years. The Catholic Church and many governments dropped the hammer on these secret organizations and away they went. But today, the Illuminati looms larger than life in the minds of many people, especially in Hip-Hop circles. We are steeped in mythology and misinformation regarding this group. YouTube is full of videos about the Illuminati and its aim at taking over the music industry and the world. We are spooked beyond all rationality! We say that the Illuminati has some of our favorite rap stars and singers under their spell—Jay-Z, Kanye West, Rihanna, Lil Wayne, Drake, Nicki Minaj, Diddy, Eminem, Tupac, etc.—that the Illuminati is into devil worship—that they want your soul and require blood sacrifice, murder and homosexual acts as part of their initiation rite. Not an iota of physical, tangible proof, yet we are willing to argue until the sun comes up that the world is under their spell and that one day the Illuminati will run the world.

    Newsflash! Every member of the Illuminati are living, breathing (white) men that will die a death just like you and I.

    There are numerous problems with this whole Illuminati thingy. First and above all—how arrogant and absurd it is to think that a white organization, which is steeped in “old money” and supposedly old power would want to recruit some rappers that happen to have a few pennies in the bank—some “nouveau riche” (newly rich) niggas that just got some money two days ago!

    [ALSO READ:Lil Wayne is a Better Rapper Than Tupac But He’s Not The ‘New Pac’]

    Secondly, if the motives of the Illuminati are already known, why are we so afraid that they will succeed, especially in light of the fact that most people are horrified by their beliefs? And thirdly, the Illuminati have been around for over 200 years and still haven’t managed to bring their aims to fruition. The best they can do is f#*k with some rap stars and put subliminal messages in records and videos? Is that it?

    Do I believe that the Illuminati is real? Yes! Right about now you’re prolly confused as hell about what I think (as it should be!) In another blog I’ll take you inside what many are calling the Illuminati headquarters, Denver International Airport where the imagery gets no realer! But until then…

    If we can believe what the Bible tells us in the Book of Revelations, the New World Order is coming. All these things must come to fruition to fulfill scripture, so why are we so crazy over this? A Christian should be rooting for the Illuminati—yea, carrying the banner of the Illuminati. Why? It’s supposed to usher in the Second Coming of Christ right? Without Judas there was no dying and rising Jesus. Without the Illuminati/New World Order there is no Second Dispensation. Relax. Man-up and accept what your book is teaching you and let the Rain Man do his thingy. For verily (truly) I say unto you, “A change is coming!” If the Illuminati is recruiting, sign me up!

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    rocsignKhalil Amani writes for DJ Kay Slay’s Originators Magazine & Straight Stuntin Magazine. He is the author of six books, including the ground-breaking book, “Hip-Hop Homophobes…” (iuniverse.com 07). Amani is gay hip-hop’s self-proclaimed straight advocate. Visit The Coonerific One at http://www.khalilamani.ning.com Follow on Facebook/Twitter @khalilamani. Youtube @ yahweh 12

  • Lil Wayne is a Better Rapper Than Tupac But He’s Not The ‘New Pac’

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    Tupac was no lyrical assassin. Tupac was no “MC.” I can name twenty (20) rappers that would s#*t on Tupac’s rhyme-scheme—Nas, Biggie, Jay-Z, Big Pun, Rakim, LL Cool J, MC Lyte, Lauryn Hill, Canibus, Eminem, Twista, JadaKiss, Busta Rhymes, Chuck D, KRS One, Andre 3000, Big Daddy Kane, Kanye West, DMX—and yes, Lil Wayne aka Lil Tunechi! (Follow me and don’t get side-tracked by my list of rhyme-spitters!)

    Having said that—Tupac Shakur was the greatest rapper ever! Great, in terms of his effect on hip-hop culture/rap. He didn’t have the rapid-fire raps of Twista and Busta Rhymes. He didn’t have the punch-lines of JadaKiss, nor the metaphors of Andre 3000, but what Tupac did have was the spirit of a griot—a raconteur—a story-teller who had the ability to make you see his rap truths. (The saying, “Sometimes less is more” has never been truer.) Tupac’s rhymes were simple and to the point. He didn’t mince words or do subliminals or try to rap over our heads like Canibus or get historically deep like KRS-One.

    tupac-shakurWhen it came to diss songs, Tupac’s “Hit ‘Em Up” was probably the best tongue-lashing ever!

    Arguably the most influential rap artist the world over—Tupac was an iconoclast who seemingly knew that his lifespan would be cut short—eerily similar to Dr. Martin Luther King, who, so bravely told us that, “I’ve been to the mountaintop! I’ve seen the Promised Land. I might not get there with you, but we, as a people, will get to the Promised Land!”

    Enter Lil Wayne aka Tunechi.

    Over the 2013 NBA All-Star weekend in Houston, Lil Wayne tried to convince us that he was “Tupac-cian”—“Tupac-esque”—yea, the “second-coming” of Tupac by boldly proclaiming, “I ain’t Tupac! I’m the new ‘Pac!” Listen to his braggadocious proclamation!

    “I Ain’t Tupac! I’m the New ‘Pac!” Wayne insists.

    The problem with self-proclamations is that they aren’t cosigned by the masses. A true iconoclast doesn’t big-up himself! The people big you up! The people proclaim your greatness! The people put you on a pedestal! The people invoke your name in the pantheon of (in this case) rap gods!

    I’ve never read of Jesus proclaiming to be the “next Moses” (or Abraham! In fact, Jesus said, “Before Abraham was, I am!”)—or Muhammad proclaiming to be the “next Jesus”—or in our modern era—Jesse Jackson proclaiming to be the “next MLK” or Malcolm proclaiming to be the “next Elijah.”

    And certainly Tupac didn’t aspire to be the next Rakim!

    With all the money, adulation, fame and poontang that Lil Wayne gets—he still strives for that which is unattainable in the physical realm—greatness. He fails to realize that it is only through death that the masses will consider your greatness. Even with Tupac, no one had put him in the pantheon of great rappers when he was walking the floor of the MGM Grand Casino and stomping niggas out! Tupac was just another rapper doing ig-nant rapper s#*t. Oh, but in death, Hip-Hop began to assess his place as a great rapper—and shortly thereafter—when the mythology, martyrdom and that romantic yearning for a ghetto hero kicked in—like a phoenix rising from the ashes of Hades—Tupac ascended to the top of the rap pantheon.

    “I Ain’t Tupac! I’m the New ‘Pac!” Wayne insists.

    Tupac was shot five times! Lil Wayne was shot once by a self-inflicted wound at age 12. Tupac had records that spoke the truth about ghetto life—“Dear Mama,” “Brenda’s Got A Baby” “So Many Tears,” “Keep Ya Head Up,” “Holla If Ya Hear Me,” “I Wonder If Heaven Got A Ghetto,” “Hail Mary,” “How Long Will They Mourn Me?”, “I Ain’t Mad At Cha,” “California Love,” “Thugs Mansion,” “To Live and Die in LA,” and ”2 of Amerikkka’s Most Wanted.” Tupac’s discography was solid! Tupac dealt with the ills, which plague the hood—teen pregnancy, black-on-black crime, ghetto life, gang violence, losing love, death, the spirituality of heaven & hell and the religiosity of things to come.

    [ALSO READ: Consequence: Helping Bucked-Teeth Brothers Out!]

    Tupac was an avid reader and through his reading of such subjects as the “apocalypse” and the reading of “Machiavelli”—Tupac was able to apply that to his own life and record classic albums like “2Pacalypse Now” and “The Don Killuminati: The 7 Day Theory (Makavelli).”

    Juxtapose Tupac with Lil Wayne, who has a slew of hits and bangers, but most are club s#*ts that will be forgettable in the coming years. Lil Wayne probably has more collabos and hits than Tupac, but they are fluff. The only song that I can possibly think of as “Tupac-esque” would be Wayne’s feature on The Game’s “My Life.” That was some introspective and heart-felt sh#*!

    Tupac was in classic films like, “Poetic Justice,” “Above The Rim,” “Juice,” and “Gang Related.” He had great acting chops! Lil Wayne has been in what movies? (Crickets)

    Tupac had a Movement—Thug Life, which represented the everyday man struggling in an unjust world. Tupac had a philosophy—T.H.U.G. L.I.F.E.—”The Hate You Give Little Infants F#*ks Everyone.” Tupac had a mission: End gang violence and curtail drug dealing. Tupac had a street code.

    Lil Wayne, thus far hasn’t even begun to stick his big toe in Tupac’s shoe! He’s all about that party life, that f#*kin’ bitches life, that snitchin’ on his dick life (“I f#*ked Chris Bosh’s wife!” Did Wayne say that because Tupac said he boned Biggie’s wife?), that braggin’ about his wealth life and his skateboard life. Tupac has a revolutionary pedigree—being the son of a Black Panther and having lived in Oakland, the most revolutionary city in American history! Lil Wayne is a spoiled brat from New Orleans’s 17th Ward (Hollygrove).

    50 Cent is a far more worthy candidate of the Tupac legacy. He is feeding the hungry in Africa. Fiddy has thrown off the shackles of South-Side Jamaica Queens and is becoming a world-wide brand. To become “Tupac-cian”—one must transcend the rap genre and become a world-wide iconic figure—not simply a rap star. As it stands, only in death will Lil Wayne’s place in Hip-Hop history be cemented. But right now, he’s just a whining, childlike, immature, imbecilic little imp with a short man’s Napoleonic Complex the size of the Miami Heat Big Three!

    Lil Wayne’s first step on the way to becoming “Tupac-esque” is to clear his head. Put that lean-purp-promethazine-sizzurp down! Erry’body knows you’re on that styrofoam cup! All this “Pop a molly I’m sweatin’ whooo!” ish gotta stop! I don’t need a medical degree to know you’re killing yourself with these drugs. Stop it! Your recent seizures are a combination of that weed, lean and not getting proper rest. As a fan of your music and a man who speaks truth, I wanna see you win in the game of life, but I ain’t gonna give you that watered-down milquetoast convo like these other industry folk. I said, “Stop it or you’re gonna die!”  That’s the problem with fans–nobody wants to challenge your drug addiction until you’re taking a dirt-nap! I’d bet a pretty penny that Baby & dem are covering up ish and blaming Wayne’s seizure on “work”–as if what he does is harder than the man working two jobs to support his family!

    If you wanna be great–change your life, find a cause worth getting deep about and spit that ism! That’s what Tupac did!

    Yes! Lil Wayne is a better rapper than Tupac was, yet Tupac is the greatest rapper evaaaar! (A case of one plus one equaling three, eh?) It isn’t Tupac’s wordplay that made him great. Nay! It was his delivery and subject-matter that makes him great!

    Perhaps Lil Tunechi is right! “I Ain’t Tupac! I’m the New ‘Pac!” By his works, we have to assume that A.) Lil Tunechi is unaware of Tupac’s progressiveness and revolutionary mind or B.) that the “New Pac” is a self-absorbed bastard. What say you?

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    newyearskhalilKhalil Amani writes for DJ Kay Slay’s Originators Magazine & Straight Stuntin Magazine. He is the author of six books, including the ground-breaking book, “Hip-Hop Homophobes…” (iuniverse.com 07). Amani is gay hip-hop’s self-proclaimed straight advocate. Visit The Coonerific One at http://www.khalilamani.ning.com Follow on Facebook/Twitter @khalilamani. Youtube @ yahweh 12

  • Consequence: Helping Bucked-Teeth Brothers Out!

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    I was born with an overbite—bucked-teeth! My mom had an overbite. I was called “Bucky Beaver,” “Chipmunk” and “Crunchy”—after the Cheetos character for having bucked-teeth. My mom and pop never saw fit to get their son braces, even though we were a military family with Champus insurance. Getting braces would’ve been practically free. Getting braces would’ve saved their son the heartache of being called names on the playground by cruel children.

    Awwww! I was a cute teenager! Bucked teeth and all!

    Having bucked-teeth makes one self-conscious. My smile is never a full-on smile. Over the years I’ve given less and less about what people think about my overbite, but it’s still a sore spot. It didn’t help matters when my oldest daughter, in the middle of an email argument said I had “ratchet teeth!” Damn! Yes! She went there on her own daddy! Shot waaaay below the belt and talked about her daddy’s flawed aesthetics—but I ain’t gonna blog about disrespectful chirr’ren—it would be like “The pot calling the kettle black,” because she was cursed with her daddy’s and grandmother’s overbite too—albeit, nowhere near as bad as daddy’s.

    Enter “Love & Hip-Hop…”

    Have you seen the new cast of “Love and Hip-hop” (New York)? They have a rapper, producer dude on there named “Consequence”—a Muslim who’s living with his beautiful white girlfriend “Jen the Pen.” Niggas in the blogosphere are goin’ in on his (bucked) teeth. Even a member of the cast of Love & Hip-Hop called him “Bucky Beaver.”

    [ALSO READ: Hip-Hop Rumors: Consequence Calls Joe Budden Gay?]

    Bucked-Teeth and all–don’t think that Consequence is of no consequence! Dude has a long resume’ dating back to A Tribe Called Quest–a Ghost writer of importance–someone who’s worked with the likes of Kanye West, Beyonce, Common, Talib Kweli and John Legend. Consequence is no upstart!

    Does he have bucked-teeth in the classical sense? No. Usually bucked-teeth are the two front teeth that protrude over the bottom teeth. In Consequence’s case, his whole upper teeth hang over protrude. I’m not sure, but I think he is a victim of dentistry gone awry. Those can’t be the teeth he was born with! I mean, they are white and straight and all—but appear to be a little too big for his mouf. They might be a partial plate or even dentures.

    With all the money that he has—or has had, I would think that he would’ve had the best reconstructive work done on his mouth—being in the public-eye and all. Whatever the case, if I were him, my main focus in life would be to get my jibs looking as natural as possible. (I’m still hoping to make a millli so I can have some porcelain veneers and a diamond in my mouf! Good-bye bucked-teeth!)

    Consequence is not the first famous person with bucked-teeth. Consider other celebrities who’ve rocked the overbite like Kerry Washington (I’d lick her teeth!), Eva Mendes (I’d kiss her all night!), Jennifer Simpson, Julia Roberts, Geena Davis (of Thelma & Louise fame), 50 Cent, Chris Rock, Cicely Tyson, Joe Budden’s girlfriend Kaylin Garcia and the First Lady Michelle Obama. Indeed, some overbites are sexy as hell!

    Another of the brothers holding it down for the big teeth crew

    Speaking of Bucked-teeth, has anyone spied Miami rapper Brisco’s teef?

    But I’ve gotta give Consequence props! He’s making us bucked-teeth brothas proud! He may even be making it fashionable to rock bucked-teeth! Say what you want about Con’s teeth—dude is getting paid—dude has a bad chick—and dude isn’t afraid of his own flaws. If bucked-teeth are the worse flaw a person can have—then is that really a bad thingy? It’s not like he’s ugly! There are a lot more rap niggas with perfect teeth who are uglier than a muthafucka! (Think Lil Wayne)

    Yeah, I’ll take bucked-teeth over ugliness any day! See? I have an bucked-teeth overbite too!

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    coonerficKhalil Amani writes for DJ Kay Slay’s Originators Magazine & Straight Stuntin Magazine. He is the author of six books, including the ground-breaking book, “Hip-Hop Homophobes…” (iuniverse.com 07). Amani is gay hip-hop’s self-proclaimed straight advocate. Visit The Coonerific One at http://www.khalilamani.ning.com Follow on Facebook/Twitter @khalilamani. Youtube @ yahweh 12

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