Get Sirius: Hip-Hop Under Fire

First of all, I would like to say welcome to all those who may be

unfamiliar with whatI do here on AllHipHop.com. When I’m not breaking rappers

down in my digestive system, redecorating some walls or trying to make

some historical music, yes, I do get journalistic with it as well. I

was taught to shine across the board, so here I am again to provide a

service to the world by divulging the real.

For those who are still in the dark, obviously I’m far from your

average rapper. I went from a so-called “battle rapper” to a signed

artist with an international fan base. I’m set to release my debut

album on the world, but I’m sitting here on the block outside Classic

Cuts (Harlem 149th & 7TH Ave. Come thru) typing on a laptop about

social and political issues that affect the hood instead of glorifying

my own experience in it. I could be using my time and energy to

reiterate my reputation and activities streetwise, and accentuate the

personal drama and crime that I deal with everyday, but If you live the

struggle it always translates. Put your bifocals on!!

So anyway, last week I was chilling in my grandpa’s recliner

on planet piffery (think) when I see a 60 minutes episode where they

interviewed Cam’ron about the state of “snitching” in the urban

community. I don’t know the host dudes name or why they even chose Cam

to speak on behalf of the Hip-Hop

community, but they had some token slave-face looking older Black man

bashing rappers for promoting the “Stop Snitchin” campaign. In an

emotional ass I’m sick of-this-voice he kept making references to

rappers and their companies as if they are responsible for criminals

not being brought to “justice” in the hood.

So you know what my initial thought to this whole show was right? “Get tha f**kada here!” These white American media

dudes are hilarious! First of all, the only reason they trying to pull

this attack on Hip-Hop trick out the bag is because some racist old

white radio host finally got caught out there talking reckless (Don

Imus) calling a group of Black female student/athletes “nappy headed

hoes” for no reason.

So, in an effort to take the spotlight off the fact that there are still

a bunch of reject Klan members running around in positions of power,

they decided to re-direct the public’s attention and blame Hip-Hop with

the same tactics of a snitch. Talking ‘bout, “Well they

say the word hoe too!” Then using more media trickery they spin it to

act like rappers made up the term “snitching”! Like it’s a race, and

they have snitch rights or something… Since when does anyone like a snitch? Even the Feds used to put black bags over snitches heads in court just to humiliate them.

Some of you reading this may not be of the same complexion or background as us

so you may not even understand why I even care about sh*t like this.

However, the reality is, I feel like it’s my responsibility as an

intelligent young Black leader and revolutionary gangster to re-steer

the minds of those that might be fooled by the news and their bulls**t.

Unfortunately, a lot of these so-called veterans don’t have the balls

to stand up for this culture or our way of life – which is Hip-Hop –

but it’s cool. Serius Jones ain’t scared of these muthaf**kas!!

Ok, let’s go real street now. If there are any millennium

gangsters reading this then y’all know that the streets across the

nation are at an all-time snitching high! Even mafia crime bosses who

have built empires based off that code of silence now are singing

like f**kin’ parakeets. What makes this even more ridiculous that they

chose to blame rappers for making law enforcement officers’ jobs

harder. Even when I was too young and square to play the streets, I was

always watching. This is what it once was.

It used to be the gangsters:

They lived by their own code. There was loyalty, respect shown, and organization. They controlled the underworld

and supplied the needs and wants on the street level. If the

organization was advanced enough, it could elevate to a level where it

could infiltrate and work within the system of government. (The

Government are the illest gangsters ever, by the way.)

Then there were police:

Their job was to stop crime from spilling over into the

communities and lives of the civilians and bring the criminals or

outlaws to “justice” for their crimes. They are trained to treat those

trying to rise from the bottom of society as those criminals.

Then there were the civilians:

They worked whatever tax paying jobs and supported the system

by being conventional citizens. They didn’t and were not expected to

follow the streets ethics, and could enjoy entertainment without the need to feel like a “tough guy” or a “gangster.”

As time moves on it seems like the lines and boundaries have gotten

blurrier. Entertainers want to be gangsters and street ni**as and vice

versa. The problems is that the lifestyle of the average person isn’t

this crazy, dramatic gangster lifestyle that America celebrates.

Everyone loves a gangster because he does what the civilian fantasizes

about, and above all is in control of his destiny. Movies, music

and all forms of entertainment exploit the stories of real gangsters

whose families suffer from the reality while the public are entertained

by the fantasy.

However, the rules that apply to the streets don’t and

shouldn’t apply to the average civilian. If a 50-year-old woman doesn’t

want someone selling crack in front of her building, she isn’t a

“snitch” for telling the police because she doesn’t have any code to

stick by besides that of a law abiding citizen.

A lot of these rappers and so-called hustlers need to stay on

that side of the law and fill out some applications instead of tricking

themselves into believing their real gangsters because of too much

weed, liquor and mob flicks. In the meantime I’ll be on the real side

of life living for the moment and shining extra for those that couldn’t

be here to live it with me.

Real sh*t. 100 every trip. Hip-Hop is the culture that raised

the World’s awareness to our struggle, so I’ma make sure the world

remembers Serius before I leave this b***h called life. Check the music for the rest… LIFE IS SERIUS the Blockumentary and LIFE IS SERIUS the album…. It’s coming Summer 07!!!

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