The Doc said...The Doc! I feel you man. But you know my shit is cutting edge and a little difficult to grasp the first time one encounters it. You are one of the fastest cats on the team, but I can see how this is a bit hard to swallow ... at first. Let me see if I can speed up the appreciation process: The Huey P. Newton / Fred Hampton political archetype was engraved in our minds as the epitome of black political experience. They have become icons of urban black resistance. In the Post Civil-Rights era that particular ... meme ... served as the militant memetic alternative for brothers who couldn't completely endorse the sappy Plantation Negro fairytale marketed as "The Civil Rights Movement". The IDEA of Huey and Fred was for the brothers who preferred Malcolm to Martin but weren't ready for the Muslim stuff. Other than that. They were rappers without beats. Hip Hop without money. What's that you say? Wayne talks about guns? Huey and Fred talked about guns. What's that? Weezy, Rick, Jay and all those other rappers talk about money? The panthers talked about money. Lunch program? Cash Money gives out turkeys every Thanksgiving. It's been fashionable for a decade now to appreciate the political potential of Tupac Shakur. Tupac mixed a little Panther rhetoric with a dab of urban anarchy and called it Thug Life. But cats weren't talking about Tupac's kinetic political potential back in the day, when he shot those two cops in the ass in Atlanta. Or after he was sent to jail on fake rape charges. (DV was) How many black people .... actually read anything Huey wrote? How many ever heard anything he said? If Fred Hampton was sitting at their breakfast table this morning ... 98% of black people wouldn't have any idea who the cat was. Huey P. Newton has 400,000 views on YouTube. Lil Wayne was viewed on YouTube 81,000,000 times... in just 1 video. He's got over 1 million videos online. The political power of Lil Wayne's memetic reach right now rivals that of Barck Obama. The Arabs have oil. Black people have Hip Hop. Hustle Hard. -
Saturday, September 22, 2012
History Will Reveal Lil Wayne & Rick Ross To Be More Politically Significant Today Than Fred Hampton and Huey P. Newton Were 40 Years Ago
Remember where you heard it first.
Posted by Denmark Vesey at 3:02 PM