Sunday, February 25, 2007

Kids Today....

So I was planning to write a blog on contrived rap beefs and my plans to start a business that would connect rappers and start beefs for them... or on Jim Jones, but then I saw something that hurt me deep and decided that I would get some what serious. This particular thing hurt me as a teacher, a person with common sense, and a fan of a culture that is extremely misogynistic and superficial (not sure if this is superficial, but I had to find a way to get that link in there, cause its ridiculously amazing). Now what does any of this have to do with the title of this blog you ask? Well after having just watched Byron Hurt's 'Hip Hop: Beyond Beats and Rhymes' (if you haven't seen this, you need to asap), I've been particularly aware of how hip-hop affects the chilluns. And this is the basis for my rant...

In the picture above (that I lifted from Bossip), is young Justin Combs... the son of the uhh, talented Diddy Combs... And yes, he is receiving what appears to be a lapdance. Just to put things in perspective, he is 12 yrs old. Yes I know what you're thinking, a little late to get your first lapdance, but that's neither here nor there. This kid and his friends are the prime example of what hip-hop has done to the kiddies. Now this kid is obviously, extremely privileged, as his father has prostituted the hell out of hip-hop, and he may not be your typical kid, but in many ways he is. If youtube has shown us anything, it's that the chilluns love to put themselves in the music videos, and imagine that they're the new hottest pseudo thug, homo-erotic, rap star, performing a bevy of dances that are usually not even close to being age appropriate. But when watching the following video, I would like you to consider a couple of things: Where do these kids learn this, why do they think it's ok to do it, and what does this say about the music industry and on a larger scale, our society, today?

Just to preface this video: Justin is in green, and the tall kid is the son of Al B. Sure, which for some reason, I find hilarious. And the last 25 seconds or so are shocking to say the least.



After watching this, you will probably realize a couple of things. Justin Combs is nothing if not the son of his father. This applies in a couple of different respects. First off, the little bugger can dance a bit. Secondly, he sure does love that camera as he pushes other kids out of the way to make sure he's getting his shine. And lastly, when R. Kelly's 'Bump and Grind' comes on, you'll see a young Justin showing some of the moves that his father has prolly used on all the young women artists in Bad Boy.

This particular showing of the youth of today, has furthered my resolve to never let my kids watch BET or MTV, or listen to the radio, or watch movies, or use the internet... or go out at all. But seriously, isn't this a bit disheartening? As much as the 'Chicken Noodle Soup' (yes there is a Wikipedia entry for it) bothers me, there is just something about 12 year old kids doing a gun dance, singing R. Kelly lyrics about bumping and grinding, and simulating eating a girl out that really makes me worry...

One last thing... if you actually watch the video on youtube and read some of the comments, the one thing that people apparently find most "interesting" about the video is that Justin and his friends are so cute...

Anyway, I'm just gonna go back to that little place called denial and hang out there for a while...

2 comments:

Jubilance said...

I don't really have anything to say cause you already said it for me.

But thanks for that Freeway link, I'm definitely going to get my prepaid Freeway Mastercard!

Miss O. said...

ok, so i forgot to leave the comment over the wknd :(

better late than never!

this is utterly tragic. this world is going to hell in a handbasket :(

i'm still confused as to how that pre-teen made it into the club, no matter whose kid he is...

p.s. -- where's your question for my advice column?!

p.p.s. - happy birthday :)

p.p.p.s. - Freeway is the truth.