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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!
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?”
To 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!”
Khalil 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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