When shit gets real, celebrities get fake. The protests in response to the murder of George Floyd by white Minneapolis policeman Derek Chauvin, have led certain entertainers to weigh-in on the situation. Had these protests occurred in the early ’90s or late ’80s, rappers would have supported and encouraged them but after more than two decades of fuckery, Hip-Hop acts are no longer cut from the same cloth. Case in point: Killer Mike. Twitter and other mainstream sources were trying to convince us all that Mike’s recent speech was “powerful” and “impassioned”, and when that type of media persuasion-slash-adoration occurs, you know the celeb in question is a politically-neutral, mainstream-approved fake.
Killer Mike prefaced his so-called emotional speech by stating that his father and other relatives are/were police officers which made everything he said redundant. The speech amounted to “I don’t hate cops, my family are cops, that’s why the city gave me this platform. You people shouldn’t be rioting, don’t burn down corporate and governmental buildings or the buildings I own. Did I mention my dad was a cop?”. Never in my life have I seen a rapper tell people to stop fighting. “Killer” Mike should know that peaceful protests do fuck all. It’s only because shit was being burned to the ground that these racist pigs got arrested and charged. Sometimes civil unrest is needed to make the people in charge listen; and if everyone stayed at home, this lynching would never have been exposed in the first place. Wearing an ironic slogan-printed “Kill Your Masters” t-shirt during this whole debacle, like Detective Mills said in Se7en: this killer is a t-shirt at best.
T.I. also came on TV to tell Atlanta citizens to stop protesting and his reasoning was… because ATL is Wakanda. T.I. then walked off like some corny, ’00s rap-battle mic-drop, as though he said something worthwhile and meaningful. After idiotically declaring “this is Wakanda”, he immediately exited stage-right, probably because he needed to book his daughter’s next virginity test on her vibranium hymen. Whilst on the topic of Black Panther, it’s strange how much traction this fictitious story written by a white man has garnered. Moronic minorities would rather evoke an imaginary comic-book locale than represent and defend their actual race when under genuine threat.
All this begs the question: is there something in the Atlanta water supply that breeds celebrity sellouts? I remember when OutKast released their song “Bombs Over Baghdad” in the year 2000 but once 9/11 happened, the song was given a new meaning. White tennis player Jennifer Capriati requested that the song be played as a sign of support for U.S. troops as she entered the court for a match. Troops in Iraq also began playing the song and the new unintended meaning was adopted by many Americans. I say unintended but that’s not exactly true. OutKast’s Big Boi had this pussy-ass response to the song’s new despicable meaning: “I really think Bush should have gone through the United Nations before going over there. But once the fighting starts, everything changes”. He continued… “You have guys over there with families here, and you have to support the troops and pray for them. So, if the song helps them keep their spirits up, I don’t have a problem with that.”. Big Boi neglected to acknowledge that the troops who were playing his pop song were boasting about bombing innocent people, they weren’t “keeping their spirits up” with a sentimental ballad.
This would never have happened in the ’80s and early ’90s, mainly because the white mainstream hadn’t accepted Hip-Hop yet and most of the messages put out there were too offensive for the likes of tennis players to get behind. Had this kind of appropriation of a rap song happened back then, I’d like to think genuine political rappers would have had some gumption to say no, this isn’t what the song means and fuck you for changing it! But no, in the ’00s rappers became spineless, white-dick-licking pricks and it’s because of these weak-kneed fucks that we’ve gone from Muhammad Ali being staunchly against the Vietnam war to a slew of minority sellouts supporting the War On Terror. We’ve gone from Public Enemy’s police-in-crosshairs logo to sellouts joining the police and military, and in case you didn’t realise: the military are just policemen and women flown around the world to continue their racist violence internationally.
In the late ’90s and early ’00s, rappers, who were supposed to be the “black CNN” became the “black Fox News” (just to be clear fuck CNN too but that was a description of Hip-Hop back in the day – telling its people what’s really going on). Hip-Hop-fakes like Dr. Dre began openly supporting illegal wars, Canibus supported Islamophobic troops, even the Wu-Tang name-dropped a dumb, hick president, and now we’ve got these anti-protest wimps who have umpteen relatives in the police department.
To me, Killer Mike always seemed like one of those watered-down MCs who appealed to the white middle-classes. He’s the kind of twat who has a show on Netflix where he superficially attempts to fix racism whilst raising his own profile. How? By not letting a white kid speak over a black child 🙄. Along with El-P’s mundane, hipster fan-base, you know these groups are fake. People asked me why I didn’t mention the likes of OutKast and Run The Jewels in my Hip-Hop Timeline and this is why; I could smell the scent of a flunky a mile off.
After this latest case of blatant racism and hatred by a white police officer, when the unrest eventually dies-down, we’ll in all likelihood have another murder and another murder because America is built on racism and its military and police-force are an extension of that bigotry, in fact it’s there to uphold it. So when rappers tell you to stop rioting, they’re telling you to continue with historical racism. I hope people can now see that celebrities are only elevated to that level of fame because they kowtow to the establishment. They’re walking, talking, performing advertisements for mainstream causes. Hip-Hop whilst underground, was protest music but with lames like these at the forefront, it’s now pusillanimous music.
So thanks to sell-outs like this, Hip-Hop is no longer pro-riot, it’s anti-riot, it’s no longer anti-cop, it’s pro-cop, it’s not anti-war but pro-war, and it’s no longer anti-government but pro-government. There really is no coming back for this once subversive, anti-establishment, anti-mainstream, counter-culture art-form. Rappers have well and truly buried Hip-Hop under a pile of cash, jewels, and fame, they’ve turned it into the very antithesis of what Hip-Hop started out as. Rap is now a middle-class, white middle-America, mainstream pile of trash and we all have chicken-shit sell-outs like this to blame.
Don’t Be Quiet, Riot.