It’s amazing how big of an impact music, media, and culture can have on people. Ever since cocaine and crack got introduced into poor communities, and has been cleverly promoted through movies and music; its been getting people killed and arrested ever since it’s popularity. Not only does crack destroy communities, it fills jail cells and inspires lame cliche rap music. The idea of what came to be known as “the trap” and “Trap Music” is exactly what it is, a trap set for the unaware ignorant. A “trap” is slang terminology for a trap house which is use to make and sell drugs out of. All this hoopla mainly in rap music is just a masked form of modern day “coon” music. Coon music is nothing new, its a genre of comic song made popular from around 1880 up until the end of World War I that used words in a dialect purporting to be typical of black American speech. Ice Cube was on point when he stated in one of his songs,“The hood is a n**a trap take the cheese, as soon as you do here come the police”. Somehow over the past years from the 80’s on, it became cool to sell drugs and make songs that compliment the lifestyle that puts people in jail.
We see it everywhere especially in TV and media. Movies like Scarface and countless other movies and songs tell stories of rag to riches through selling burger sugar. But after all,it just entertainment right ? But it takes on something more than that if people are dying and getting incarcerated for it.
Even “Rick Ross” the rapper, not the real Freeway Rick Ross who actually served jail time for his lifestyle of drug pedaling, influences many. Although Ricky Ross (the rapper) claims to have sold cocaine and other narcotics, he fails to ever mention his time as being a probation officer in any of his rhymes. Promoting falsehood is not good, especially when people listen and take things as truths and try to imitate a false lifestyle they may put them in jail.
Black people don’t manufacture guns, or own any coke plantations, yet ironically they use them to kill other blacks, and sell poison to their own people. I admire Tupac Shakur not only as a rapper, but an activist for struggling people and communities because he was one of the more positive impacts on hip hop,and strangely he was killed. Then there are other mainstream rap artist like Waka Flocka and Chief Keef who seem to be promoting self destruction and violence. Some of these rap dudes make going to jail seem like Disneyland, like it’s the place someone would want go. Chicago rapper Lupe Fiasco exposes this modern day coon behavior that in fact entertains mostly White kids since they are supposedly the number #1 buyers/listeners of hiphop. A lot of people including blacks, don’t like modern Rap because of the culture it promotes and glorifies.
There was a time when Blacks were on the right path when leaders were around like MLK and Malcom X, but this didn’t last too long since both were assassinated. When the Black panthers were formed as a revolt against the KKK, they were labeled as terrorist and threats. Like Kanye West said in “Crack Music”, “How can we stop the Black Panthers? Ronald Reagan cooked up an answer” It seems as though if your not promoting ignorance and destruction to the masses especially to the Black community, then you won’t be heard, at least not on a commercial level. It seems any time a Black person has mass appeal and spreads positivity, they get killed or looked over because of it. Then there are mainstream rap artist who talk about slanging dope and killing people “in the trap” that gets heard by everyone influencing the ignorant to do the same thing. Other positive rappers like Lupe Fiasco expose this coon behavior that entertains masses of people and at the same time makes Black people look like jokes. I’m in no way trying to be judgmental, but I don’t approve of self-destruction and contributing to the destruction of people and music altogether. Sometimes I feel people really are trapped, not only in a physical jail, but a mental one.
-Israel “Izzy” Mayes