I was listening to a rapper’s album that was leaked this morning. I had some thoughts after the first few tracks. I was hesitant about whether I wanted to make that the subject of the day, so I decided to hold off for a bit. However, on the way to the train station, the radio was kind enough to give me an even beefier topic for today’s discussion. Maybe I’ll even get to that rapper’s album about nothingness in the process.
We all know that hip hop stars and other celebrities live by a different set of rules. This morning they were talking about Pretty Clifford…you know…”T.I.” The dude gets caught in a federal gun seizure operation on camera. One of his people even agrees to testify against him (that person is prolly already swiss cheesed up). Somehow, the man goes from a possible 12 years in Prison to 1 year. On top of this, he managed to ink a 3 movie deal with Screen Gems. They are even willing to coordinate filming around his prison sentence. I don’t know. Maybe it’s because money can buy anything; or, maybe its because of his swagger and light-skinnedness (And maybe I’m hating). Either way, it reasserts the idea that:
Ignorance + Violence + Felony Conviction = $$
Its funny though, because I’m sure I could do a lot less and walk away with double or triple the jail time and a lot less money.
I guess this doesn’t apply to all rappers. I haven’t heard from Shyne or Mystikal in a while. For that matter, I can’t even remember a Shyne song and the only Mystikal song I remember is “Shake it Fast”. Shouts out to all those fledgling rappers who will commit crimes in anticipation of a record deal, but will just end up in prison and forgotten. We will miss you…or not. And my train…just…stopped.