Cleveland rapper Kid Cudi said on The Arsenio Hall Show that “I think the braggadocio money, cash, hoes thing needs to be deaded.” “I feel like that’s holding us back as a culture, as black people. It doesn’t advance us in any way, shape, or form. We’ve been doing that same theme for years now. It’s been like what, four decades of the same bullsh*t,” the three-time Grammy Award nominated rapper said.
Kid Cudi couldn’t be more spot on. Black Americans, and especially the young, are being held hostage by a confluence of cultural cancers that are constantly applauded in song lyrics laced in so much of today’s rap music. Graduating takes a backseat to being a gangsta. Even President Obama loves to be buddied up with rap’s biggest bad boys who constantly sing about cars, clothes, and hoes.
Indeed, the pervasiveness of rap music coupled with Obama’s Presidential stamp of approval (intentional of not) are contributing to an ever-disintegrating values system among many blacks. This drab picture is most noticeable in a number of darkened inner city neighborhoods, where a miasma of underclass culture has been swallowed whole.
It’s a reality that Fox New host Bill O’Reilly constantly harps on. O’Reilly recently asked Obama Senior adviser Valerie Jarrett to ask Obama to tell “gangsta rappers” to “knock it off.”
Kid Cudi sure seems to agree saying, “If you’re going to be an artist there’s a time where you just have to embrace the responsibility and understand that the power of music is something so special and to be able to do it on this magnitude and be able to reach millions of people; it’s like why not use that for good; why not tell kids something that they can connect with and use in their lives.”
Famous French romantic writer Victor Hugo once surmised that “No army can stop an idea whose time has come.” Pulling the plug on praising rap’s regressive lyrics and replacing the trash with an uplifting message that promotes real advancement and self-worth for blacks is an idea whose time has come.
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