Rick Ross and his MMG artist Meek Mill go in over one of the stand out tracks on Kanye and Jay-Z’s joint album ‘Watch The Throne’. Look out for Ross’s upcoming mixtape ‘Rich Forever’. Flex tags included. UPDATE: No Tags/CDQ Added.
Rick Ross & Meek Mill – “No Church In The Wild”
Ross trying to get back some of that momentum he had before his health setback. Rich Forever should be big
A common talking point among Hip Hop insiders today is ‘culture.’ Whether it’s Irv Gotti demanding Def Jam be helmed by someone who “understands” it, or Damon Dash insisting that corporate America has bastardized it (pause), or Steve Stoute insisting that it’s applicable universally, ownership of Hip Hop culture (and who is worthy of it) is the focal contention.
Hip Hop began in the streets, the ghettos, and out of struggle. It embodies the rebellious spirit of the street hustler, the Black man in America, and the underprivileged. It illuminates the violence in the inner-city, celebrates the success of achievement in the face of oppression, and defiantly stands against authority. It denounces (viciously and consistently) law enforcement officials and those who attempt to silence the hustler’s spirit. For millions of people, Hip Hop has literally created the energy to stand against societal oppression, police discrimination, and class hypocrisy. It has been the support structure for resistance and strife. It gave the voiceless a voice, not with peaceful conciliation, but with strength and aggression. It took the spirit of Malcolm X and gave it a beat.
Tony Montana said it best: “All I have in this world is my balls and my word and I don’t break them for no one.” This is the ultimate Hip Hop tag line. It stands for everything that Hip Hop represents: the self-made leader. Hip Hop is the blueprint for taking what you want by any means necessary. It’s the beat of revolution, of power, of integrity. It doesn’t scream “I’m as mad as hell, and I’m not going to take this anymore.” It confidently tells you, “You’re not going to fuck with me anymore”, as it holds you by your ankles over a railing. It captures the raw emotion that everyone wishes they could employ in their life.
This brings me to my point: Rick Ross. For those who don’t know, Rick Ross is a former corrections officer. For almost two years he actively participated in imprisoning others in Florida, most of all black people. When this fact was discovered, Rick Ross denied it, until employment records and photos of him in law enforcement uniform forced him to recant.
No one expects all Hip Hop artists to be the genuine article. It is entertainment, after all. However, when we talk about Hip Hop culture, we’re not talking about entertainment (cul•ture: the behaviors and beliefs characteristic of a particular social, ethnic, or age group). No Hip Hop artist (that I’m aware of) has been a former law enforcement officer. To welcome a person who actively participated in the imprisonment (enslavement) of others, particularly black people; perpetuating the very abuse that is so central to what Hip Hop is against, is (and I mean this in every possible sense of the word) foul.
The character of Hip Hop resides in the documentary nature that makes it believable. It’s where the brazen “swagger” stems from; the willingness we see to break the rules in the struggle against oppression. It is the music and the culture of the strong willed; it is the chorus to Darwin’s Natural Selection theory.
Rick Ross is a cancer to Hip Hop culture. He violates the core elements of what Hip Hop stands for at every level. He’s worse than a snitch. Hip Hop wouldn’t (and shouldn’t) let Sammy “the Bull” Gravano rap, or let Donnie Brasco sing a hook. As Hip Hop culture is stretched across all spectrums of society, it is expected that its foundational integrity will be stretched, too. That’s why this is important. Rick Ross is Hip Hop’s litmus test, and the answer is overdue. If you’re an average listener, this isn’t a question for you. But if you love Hip Hop, you need to decide, and make your opinion known: What’s real? Is this keepin’ it real? Is this garbage pail Hip Hop? You know the answer; don’t be shook, “‘cause ain’t no such things as halfway crooks.”
Shouts to AVO662
Ty Gave me a goto post for the cop. Other than hes a cop or something stupid!
dude, Bob, haha this is a hiphop website, not a damn book! but you always posting so i respect that!!!