I’m a few days late on this because I’ve been so swamped (and still am), but it seems the ultra-talented rapper/actor/socially conscious Mos Def (of whom I’m a huge fan)…
…in the new issue of The Source magazine.
Lance, this oughta get you going. Per Mos:
“Our priorities is gettin’ fucked. Lil Jon-I love his music. But why are the East Side Boyz names Big Sam and Lil Bo? What the fuck? What’s next, Kunta and Kinte? The South should know better. This is the same country that ran up in Fred Hampton’s crib and shot him in bed with his pregnant wife. You think the rules changed cause niggas got No. 1 records? What are we supposed to tell our kids? After Malcolm, Martin and Dubois we got Sam-Bo? I’m supposed to be down with that ’cause it makes me dance?
Jimmy Iovine, Lyor Cohen, Doug Morris…all of these dudes were not prepared in their schooling or in any of their social upbringing for a world where they have to deal face to face with, not only people who are outside of their class, but people who in their minds could very well be their servants. Now you gotta deal with somebody you’ve been trained to deal with as your underling as your partner. It’s a bitter fuckin pill to swallow cause now you need this person. Jimmy Iovine is not your buddy. Lyor is NOT happy about Jay Z being president of DJ. I dont give a fuck what he say. If the dude could go from rhyming to being a CEO in 10 years or less, what is he going to be in 15 or 20? He might have Lyor’s job at this rate.
Paris Hilton don’t really care about ya’ll niggaz, man. She can’t even hear ya’ll niggaz. I’m just keeping it real. THis shit is entertainment to them. We’re adopting their morals like we them and we never been them. We don’t have the same struggle. Dudes is no more than 20 years removed from real poverty. For dudes to have this much access to money and it’s not translating to people power, it’s inexcusable.”
Guess that scraps my plans for title of my next book, Big Titty Mammies and Wenches Worldwide.
[Dap to anybody who recalls what inspired the title of this blog post. It’s a direct quote from something I considered quite entertaining in its day.]