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by Dr. Boyce Watkins
I was just watching a video used as part of the performance in the “Up in Smoke Tour” with Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, Eminem and Ice Cube. At the end of the video, Snoop has s**t another black man who is taking his last breath, with b***d coming out of his mouth. Snoop looks into the camera at the predominantly white audience and says, “What do yall think? Should I smoke this n*gger?” The crowd screams in approval as Dre and Snoop proceed to murder another black man in front of the crowd.
After seeing this sick display celebrating black-on-black g******e (Imagine if it had been a white man standing over a black man asking, “Should I k**l this n*gger?”), I figured out how we might define Commercialized hip-hop. Commercialized hip-hop is a place where black men are financed by white-owned corporations to present themselves to predominantly white audiences as weed-smoking, sexually-promiscuous jackasses who are willing to shoot one another for almost any reason.
In case you didn’t know, gun violence is the leading cause of d***h among black men. My sister does autopsies in Chicago and said that 90% of her victims are black males under the age of 30. For some reason, the d***h of Trayvon Martin resonated deeply within the souls of those who followed this tragedy, but there are a few new Trayvons being s**t in cold b***d every single day of the week.
Congratulations black people, these have become the role models for husbands and fathers of the next generation.