"Niggas didn't become Americans untill 9/11"
-- "Around My Way," Talib Kweli
The self-proclaimed "Hip-Hop God" KRS-One was speaking at a recent New Yorker Festival panel discussion, when he dropped this jewel on attendees:
"[The atrocity of 9/11] doesn't affect us [the hip-hop community]. 9/11 happened to them, not us. [The] rich . . . those who are oppressing us. RCA or BMG, Universal, the radio stations. So when the planes hit the building, we were like, 'Mmmm -- justice.'"
Uh, just for the record, KRS-One doesn't speak for the entire hip-hop community.
As an African American and a proud member of the hip-hop community, I'm going to tell you what I was thinking when the atrocity of 9/11 was happening because I was in New York when the all of that went down.
When the planes hit the Twin Towers, I was thinking: "HOLY SHIT! WHAT THE FUCK IS GOING ON?!"
KRS-One also scoffed at the ongoing campaigns by other rappers to get young people to vote in the upcoming elections.
"Voting in a corrupt society adds more corruption. America has to commit suicide if the world is to be a better place."KRS had me with the first sentence. I think P. Diddy's "Vote or Die" t-shirt thingy is just a waste of time. Let's think with our minds and not with our clothes. And I see a lot of corny niggas in New York wearing those wack t-shirts. I think they cost around $25-30. **shaking my head** Stop that shit!
As for KRS's second part with the "suicide" thing -- I think KRS-One went nutty with that statement. The Blastmaster is more senile than Bill Cosby. We should just snatch KRS-One and Bill and throw these two crazy negroes in a rubber room.
But KRS-One has a right to say whatever he wants to say. This is what America is all about -- freedom of speech and all that jazz.
Still, I must demand this:
KRS-One -- with all due respect -- please, SHUT THE FUCK UP!