Bum Rap

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Police in Miami and elsewhere are actually using scarce resources to spy on rappers. It is a pre-emptive move against any violence they might spawn, we're told.

Earth to fuzz: The only threat these guys pose is to a melody at 20 paces. Congrats on joining and amplifying their thug life marketing campaign.

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  1. “Last November, the verbal exchanges between Ja Rule and 50 Cent became a screech. That’s when Nation of Islam leader Minister Louis Farrakhan stepped in and tried to negotiate a truce. His conversation with Ja Rule was broadcast on 85 Clear Channel radio stations.”

    Genius. Confirms that ours is a wonderful Country and these are truly heady times.

  2. It’s still great music.
    Not.

  3. Y’all think regular American rap sucks, and it does. You should try listening to German rap. Man it is awful.
    I wonder if we can get the German government to spy on them.
    To equal out wastes of taxpayer money and all. So we would be competing on an even field.

  4. “The role model for these guys is Al Pacino’s “Scarface” — not Martin Luther King Jr.” Jeff

    Is Miami and NYC ‘spying’ on Al Pacino when he comes to town?
    I know it isn’t the same thing, but still…

    People should be held responsble in civil court
    for what they do,
    if not individual cases, but as a class action suit.
    Homicide is the leading cause of death for 15-19 blacks,
    and over half of the homicides of 15-24 are black.
    Maybe it is white kids listening to thug rap,
    but it is the black kids dying to live the thug life.
    If I were on a civil jury on a class action case,
    I’d be inclined to hold some rappers responsible.
    Of course suicide kills 50% more than homicide,
    so those Kurt Kobane types could open pocketbooks.

  5. You folks hating on rap have dated yourselves. And speaking of foreign rap, can we get Jean Bart on here to extol the virtues of French rapper MC Solaar?

  6. Yo, B.P. — where were you in ’88?

    I toured with 2 Live Crew that year. Fuckin’ hated it. Still do. Some things never get better, no matter what.

  7. Is it just me or does anyone else see dj of raleigh’s posts and try to read them like a poem? Man, those lines are hard to scan.

  8. Jeff: Notorious, Tupac and sundry others were not killed by a “marketing campaign.” Otherwise, your point is good.

  9. Understanding dj’s posts can at times require a sort of a priori knowledge of what he’s getting at, for sure.

    What they hell, we can’t all be Hemingway.

  10. “dj of raleigh” is thoroughly annoying.

  11. Yo Billy — I was a freshman at the U. of Colorado, going to punk rock shows and such. I did get to see Public Enemy in ’89. Don’t confuse the 2Live Crews of rap with the Tribe Called Quests, Lyrics Borns, Goodie Mobs, etc., etc., of rap. As you shouldn’t confuse Jimi Hendrix and (fill in fulfilling rock-and-roll nutrition here) with juvenile crap like Poison and (fill in nonsense masquerading as rock here).

    Curiously enough, there was a piece on NPR (guess I just outed myself) this eve on the divide between Boomers and the successive generations regarding rap. The wild-eyed radicals that cheered on Jim Morrison’s penis and Jefferson Airplane’s drug-induced white rabbit do indeed wax June Cleaver (as in, at the very least, “stop all that atonal, non-melodic banging and yelling”) when the rap hits the airwaves.

    And regarding dj’s sonnet/anemic pentameter style: I think everyone posting here has tilted his/her head like the RCA Victor dog at his “prose” style of posting. Perhaps dj is just playing with us.

    I’ve tried rapping it though, and it just doesn’t rhyme.

  12. B.P.,

    Who? 🙂

  13. Sometimes, when I post from a Solaris system, the text does not wrap around automatically. Then I just kinda have to guess where a good line break would take place. I always assumed that’s what was happening with dj.

  14. What we need is a suicide cult for rappers.

    Just a thought.

  15. No, Sam, that was wrong
    To post like Dj,
    One must not rhyme or, for that
    matter use proper punctuation, grammer,
    etc, etc And you must try not to think

  16. Hangin’ ZZ, Featuring Gun-in-da-Mouth Gussy-Ice Poop-P

    Very Funny.

  17. Doug,

    I second that emotion.
    Let’s get the ball rolling by giving them a name.

    How about:
    Hangin’ ZZ, Featuring Gun-in-da-Mouth Gussy-Ice Poop-P.

  18. being followed around by police is exactly what they want. The police have in effect become a part of their entourages. Frankly, the resources could be better spent protecting black neighborhoods from real gangsters, instead of black celebrities from each other.

  19. “the resources could be better spent protecting black neighborhoods from real gangsters, instead of black celebrities from each other.”

    I agree, and I don’t. The black neighborhoods already get double police coverage of rich neighborhoods, one of the reasons that stops and tickets in lower class black neighborhoods are higher than other areas. There seems to be a positive ratio between the number of police patrolling per mile and the number of pull-overs.

  20. Sorry, DJ. Don’t wanna run you off.
    Just stick around; I’ll be soft.
    I’m just confused by your style of posting.
    That didn’t mean you deserved a roasting.
    Etc. Etc.

    (Is that about right?)

  21. > “dj of raleigh” is thoroughly annoying.
    Understanding dj’s posts can at times require a sort of a priori knowledge of what he’s getting at, for sure.
    Is it just me or does anyone else see dj of raleigh’s posts and try to read them like a poem? Man, those lines are hard to scan.
    I think everyone posting here has tilted his/her head like the RCA Victor dog at his “prose” style of posting.

  22. Pixels, light transformed,
    Form not-poems on my screen.
    DJ of Raleigh!

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