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From Black Voices

Last night, I was up watching last year’s Hip-Hop Honors on VH-1. I knew that it wasn’t live, since the rappers T.I. and Gucci Mane weren’t in jail. In fact, I find it interesting that I had to count and remember which artists were incarcerated out of the bunch, since it seems that hip-hop has now made it cool to go to jail, at least for a little while.

As a fan of hip-hop, I enjoyed the music being performed by various artists. I couldn’t, however, help but be disturbed by trends that become more and more apparent to me as I get older. At one point, there were three “interesting” songs performed in a row, one by an artist by the name of “Bone Crusher,” a second performed by Gucci Mane and a third performed by the Ying-Yang Twins. Bone Crusher rapped about “popping the trunk” and killing another “n*gga” who spoke to him disrespectfully. To be more precise, the lyrics were as follows:

Let a choppa go PLOOOOOOWWW! to yo melon

Now the plasma is oozin outta yo cerebellum

AttenSHUNNNNN! F*ck n*gga, now you swellin

You ain’t talkin hardcore, now is ya? Lil’ b*tch!

He then goes on to mention that he’s “on dat crank and on some of dat drank,” with the drugs apparently fueling the rage that leads him to murder another human being, most likely a fellow black male. Bone Crusher’s imagery of a black man’s brains being splattered on the street made me think about my best friend who was shot in the head right in front of his daughter. The police don’t always send someone to your house to clean up after a homicide, so my friend’s brother had to clean his brains off the floor.