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These Guys Never Fixed It

Updated on October 10, 2020
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Ryan is a poet, article writer, screen writer, sportswriter, copywriter, and song writer.

Intruduction

Gangsta Rap is a style of hip hop characterized by themes and lyrics that emphasize it. The style stood before but it really became popular in the late 80's. It became popular in Los Angeles, California. Tracey "Ice T" Morrow is surely a pioneer of it. He started it in New Jersey but moved to L.A where it saw mainstream success. He was just a teenager when he released the first gangsta rap son 6 in the Mornin. Now L.A was the perfect place to start it off. Before gangsta rap there was already violence in the city. So gangsta rap music only fueled it. It was not too long when it became huge. Over the years it has increased all over the nation. Along with the increase of the style came the increase in violence. Sadly, I do not think that it is mentioned enough. The style catered to an epidemic that has held back the African-American race for sometime.Instead of using the platform to fix the problem it caters to it. Record Labels like Death Row Records did nothing for it. A lot of money was made but a lot of pain was too. Unfortunately, it is pain that does not seem to end. There were many groups and other rap stars that have not helped the violence end. Many have gotten older and wiser. As they remember the pain they have inflicted to the black community they are quiet when it comes to the issues in it. Just like those remaining silent there are those that do not. A few of those that keep talking are rapper Clifton "T.I" Harris, Calvin "Snoop Dogg" Broadus Jr. and Jayceon "The Game" Taylor.

T.I

T.I was born and raised in Atlanta, GA. Currently, that is also where he lives. He had a great career in rap music but his style often raised eyebrows. After researching his past many many see why his music was so aggressive. That is what he knows. It is how he grew up. Trouble seemed to follow him throughout his career and he has the mugshots to prove it. But he did not allow his troubles to define him. So seemingly, he made a change. He took off his street cloths and traded them for suits. The ex-rapper started looking more professional but to me, he was just the same troubled young man. I have personally said that the letters in his stage mean TOO IGNORANT because that is what he is. He seems proud to be that way. When he spoke out against police brutality I said "I KNOW HE IS NOT TALKING". His music did not help young black men. Many figured he changed but I along with others see that he hasn't. His profile on instagram is trouble man. He has a museum glorifying a lifestyle that has plagued black communities for decades. He did not see himself as a gangsta rapper but his lyrics and lifestyle said it. Currently, he is just one with a suit and tie. He is one of the artists that needs to stop talking about violence in the black community.

Snoop Dogg

Broadus Jr. is surely one of the biggest gangsta rap stars in the industry. He was born and raised in Long Beach, California. His name came about when he was a child. His parents called him snoopy. His parents still called him Calvin around the home. When he was young he often displayed the gifts that he was born with. One of those gifts were rapping. As a teen he was often in trouble. He became apart of a gang called Rollin 20 crips in the area he lived in. Mind you, in 1993, he said that he never joined a gang. Despite his troubles, he managed to remain focused on school. When he graduated that surely was a monument but the troubles continued coming. Without seeing much for himself because of his record he turned to rap music. Now, he is one of the biggest known gangsta rappers of the 90's but what did he improve? The black community did not grow behind his music and is not really growing now. There are still gangs in L.A. The crime still exists and more. In addition, he is still on T.V cursing out the president of the U.S. Literally he was cursing. This is the guy that kids look up to. When I saw that he was on a christian website that said he gave his life to Christ I called it a lie and the activity displayed after it confirmed it. Snoop did not change anything. He just aged.

The Game

The stage name says enough for me. He is a talented but very troubled. He was born in Compton, California. Both of his parents were in a gang. He spent his childhood in an area that was controlled by the crips. Once older, he became a blood gang member. He knew that he was troubled and his surroundings were just about the same. In high school, he was involved in sports. He played basketball and ran track. He seemed to be headed in the right track but history has proven that he never was. By 2000, he was involved in the streets heavily. His rap lyrics proves it all. A career in rap music did not change anything about him. It slightly saved him but not much has changed. He was just off of the streets. He was discovered by Dr.Dre and signed to his label. Dr.Dre was also a gangsta rapper. Currently, he still raps and displays his troublesome behavior. He's not one of those that became wise as he matured.

Conclusion

The thing with these rappers that gets me is how they try to hide their behavior behind profession. When ex gang member and gangsta rapper Nipsey Hussel died they all spoke. They all made it seem like Hussel was this perfect idol. Like he was this great figure around the community. He too was one. God bless his soul but it is truth. There is little to no proof that he married the woman he loved but he lived with her. he had a child from her. After his tragic death T.I expressed his feelings about it. He was disheartened, disappointed and disgusted. Snoop made a video crying about it and The Game seemed to be the enforcer. I sympathize as well but am not going to act like these gangsta rappers really did something for their community. Building things are part of the problem. The major thing wrong with the black community is the mindset and these gangsta lyrics are not helping.

© 2019 Ryan Jarvis Cornelius

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