Thursday, January 24, 2008

So Annoyed


Wussup Brotherz & Sisterz,

I have to get some things off my chest...

I am so sick and tired of all the B.S. I hear on the news, is it me or is everything so negative around us? How are we supposed to raise children in this madness and mess we call World??? I do want to have a family some day, insha'Allah God-willing, but considering how things are, the economy slowly falling apart, the cost of living increasingly expensive, the mediocre state of our health care and education systems, the corruption that's everywhere... sorry if I sound negative, but I am only pinpointing the facts. I don't want to sound pessimistic because I do have Hope for Humankind.

I wonder how many people actually give a shit, because the darkest days are yet to come if we all just give up Hope... and Faith. So many criticize God, blame Him*Her*It for all the problems, yea well we brought those upon ourselves. Haven't we learned anything from the Messages of so many Divine Messiahs?! It's no preacher talking over here, it's a Human Being that's concerned for the lively hood of this generation and the forthcoming ones.

What people don't realize is that each generation has an obligation to the next. In other words, it's on each generation to try their best to make the world a better place for the next. Now, between you and I, we've been handed a pretty shitty world to say the least. We have to deal with the casualties and consequences of 2 World Wars, a Cold War, Political and Economical Chaos, the spread of Evil supposedly religion-based Ideologies and the shit list goes on. AREN'T YOU FED UP?!?! AREN'T YOU PRAYING THAT SOME HOW SOME WAY SOME DAY, IT WILL GET BETTER?!? If you are, Than You've Begun the Change--- correction, The SHIFT of the current course humankind is taking, which is towards Hope, not towards Self-Destruction .

Yes, we've all partied a lot, some still are, there's nothing wrong with that, we're here to have fun too, nobody's denying that fact. But, Let's Wake the MothaBlessin' UP and Start Making a Difference Together. I don't know where to start, but I know that writing this is probably part of it. Our Generation NEEDS to do something, because we're next in line to take over the mess the previous generation(s) left behind. Are we gonna make the same mistakes they did? Or are we gonna be smart about it and learn from their mistakes so that we don't repeat them??? We've been blessed with powerful humans that came and left in the 20th century, namely Ghandi, Mother Theresa, Martin Luther King, Malcolm X and so on and so forth (May their Souls Rest in Paradise). They were talking not just for their generation, but for us too.

Most of us are too involved in our lives, with bill payments, keeping up a good credit score, maintaining our jobs, taking care of loved ones, going to school, that we probably don't really realize what's happening 'out there' affects each of us, and touches so very close to home.

I want Hebrews and Arabs to coexist and live in peace, I want Muslims and Jewish people and Christians to realize that we all believe in the same God, I want Peace Restored to Iraq Palisraeltine Afghanistan and where there is still bloodshed going on... I want a Better World for Our Kids... Don't You?

If you believe in Peace, let me hear you say 'AMEN'
If you believe in Justice, let me hear you say 'AMEN'
If you believe in Freedom, let me hear you say 'AMEN'
If you believe in Equality, let me hear you say 'AMEN'
If you believe in Unity, let me hear you say 'AMEN'
If you believe in Love, let me hear you say 'AMEN!!!'

Maximum Blessingz,
Man Of Entity Calling All Spiritual Humanity

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Sunday, January 20, 2008

Hip-Hop VS. America

Ever since Hip-Hop came into existence, its always been under fire. The question is not why, it's how come it has. The answer, because it's not just a music genre, it's a whole culture and movement attached to it. In recent years, it has grown exponentially and extended far beyond any Hip-Hop founding MCees' expectations. We see more Hip-Hop Artists in movies now than ever before, we see them building empires, influencing fashion and style and well, even the definition of 'cool'.

So, how come a creative medium of expression that began as a grass roots movement, which developed and flourished so successfully, is constantly under attack and seemingly always under the microscope of micro-analyzing critics? Is it the offensive language and how it diminishes women, the aggression in the content, the imagery of excessive materialism it proposes to our youth and the harsh depiction of current day under- developed neighborhoods of America that's to blame? Is it the MCees fault? Who's responsible for what is being diffused to our children? Are the parents to blame for not safeguarding their young ones from viewing such material? Really, why is America looking to blame Hip-Hop for the flaws of its infrastructure?

Think about it. Did violence exist before Hip-Hop? Of course, how do you think the United States of America came to Exist, by fighting for liberation from the British Empire. So, if violence existed before Hip-Hop, what about vulgarity and sexual profanity, did those exist too before? Open a history book, read up brother man or sister lady, yes they did. In no way, shape or form did Hip-Hop CREATE violence, prostitution or racism. Last time I checked, it was the white Masters who called their slaves 'Niggers', so who's to blame for that word? Rappers? Or the ones that imbedded that word into the minds of the Afro-American male or female? Man, these are questions that answer themselves so how come the media somehow always finds a way to point the finger at Hip-Hop?

We come full circle. The reason why Hip-Hop is America's scapegoat, is because it depicts the truth of America's streets, perhaps a bit exaggerated, nonetheless it is not far from the reality many have to face every morning, ever day, for the rest of their lives.

Now, don't get me wrong, I am not playing devil's advocate, but giving you my opinion not from an MC's point of view, but from a Human Being's point of view ya diiggzz?! Although, I do not advocate having to use profanity to make a song a hit, I also understand where most of Gangsta Rappers come from. One such MC is a veteran in the game and one of the pioneers of the Gangsta Rap genre, I am of course talking about Ice Cube. Now, most people would think by listening to his tracks that he promotes violence and brutality against the police, but all the brother is saying is: Don't take shit lying down, stand up for yourself, defend yourself if you have to and if it is necessary, given no other alternative, than violence is your last option. Thing is, it is not easy to convey that sort of message to extremely conservative individuals who will automatically associate his words in a negative way because they come across as such. It takes an open mind willing to decipher and analyze the lingo, which is known as ebonics a.k.a. street talk, in order to understand that such-and-such Rap Artist is speaking from personal experience.

Another great example is Tupac Shakur. His songs depicted various struggles found commonly in the ghettos of America, from teenage pregnancy, single mothers, women who disrespect themselves for money, to the gangs that run the streets and the unfavorable conditions a lot of under privileged family still have to live through. Is he to blame for the violence in America? Is he to blame for lunatic kids that shoot up schools? Is he to blame for the crime rate? No. He is a spokesperson of those who have no choice, but to do whatever they can to survive, because sometimes -if not, most times- the 'system' doesn't give them a better alternative. Listen carefully to his words, dig beyond the 'N' words, the 'B' words and any other offensive word, and you'll hear a message that says: This is what's going on in the streets, these are the symptoms, what are we gonna do about it??? He did what he did because he had to represent the struggle of every day Afro-Americans in America.

Now, it's been a decade since Pac's passing (Rest In Paradise, breddren), and it seems like Hip-Hop has digressed from being an art form of self expression, into meaningless commercial propaganda. How Come? Who are the one's signing MCees and giving them multi-million record deals in exchange for promoting such mind-numbing nonsense? When a corporation is hurting financially, who is/are the one(s) responsible? The CEO? The Board of Directors? The Stock holders? The employees? The consumer? The Anwer: All of the Above. There are way too many factors to consider, and the blame is distributed amongst each party involved. It could be the consumer's because the economy is slowing down and they're just spending less. It could be the Stock holder's who are less eager to buy more shares. It could be the Board of Directors for mishandling funds. It could be employees because they are over worked and under paid so they are less courteous to consumers as a result. It could also be the CEO who's not a keen decision maker.

Point being, America should blame America for its problems, not Hip-Hop, not Terrorists, not Arabs, not anyone else but itself. Hip-Hop is just a reflection of what's going on, that's it, that's all. Sure, they can cut out all the profanity, but why can't Hollywood cut out all the sexual imagery from its movies? See where I'm getting at. The problem is bigger than Hip-Hop, it starts at home, it starts within each and every American, and what each expects out of their government, their education system, their media coverage, their neighborhood's protection and well being, and how far are they going to go to make that CHANGE possible.

Blaming is something we do as children 'Mommy, look what so-and-so did to me!'. That's gotta stop. Accepting responsibilities and our duties as men and women, and our obligations towards our youth is what's more important and what needs to be focused on... and that's how your going to 'fix' the so-called problems that Hip-Hop depicts. End. Of. Story.

Here are some Vidz to consider in regards to this debate. Peace & Maximum Blessingz.
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Saturday, January 5, 2008

The World Needs a Leader, not another Politician (A Message to the American People)

The American Elections coming up should not be seen or treated as a joke.

Not only will this election determine the fate of Americans, but the entire world too. Who is the main 'superpower' at this moment? U.S.A. If you weren't sleeping in the last couple of decades or so, you would realize just how much American Domestic & Foreign Policies affects everyone, not just Americans.

The U.S. Government is being swallowed by Neo-Cons & Zionists (i.e. a group of people that use religion to push a secret agenda in order to achieve power and control-- sounds somewhat familiar, no?) that put some foreign country's interests ahead of those of it's own American Citizens. If you do not even see this, or maybe even think that it's some crazy 'conspiracy theory', you're a living in denial my friend. Pay close attention. Why aren't any of the candidates being asked how they will end the fighting in Israel? I believe both Hebrews and Arabs deserve to live in peace and coexist, yet as heated as that region of the world is, I have not heard (and you can correct me if I am wrong) a single peep about the strife in Israel-Palestine.

Since the U.S. Foreign Policies seem to dictate America as some 'World Police', over-riding the tenets and responsibilities of the United Nations (which is useless , thanks to the VETO), either America steps up to the plate and does a good honest job of maintaining peace abroad and at home... or, re-structure the U.N. so it is fair and transparent across the board for all it's members.

What does all this have to do with the War in Iraq you say? Well, it seems like most of the American Population is easily swayed -be it distracted- by political maneuvering of redirecting the people's attention to issues that won't go against the interest of a group of Elites, Neo-Cons and Zionists (i.e. note this is NOT an attack on Jewish people, I did not say Jewish, I said Zionists, there is a clear difference which you will discover once you do some research). However, Americans should realize that the War in Iraq should be THE number one concern, because that is where it's causing the American economy a lot of unnecessary woes. Think about it, why does it seem like the American economy is heading towards recession? Well, borrowing money from an Asian country to pay for this costly war (as costly in lives as in money, but lives are worth so much more) could probably be the case. The army, they are paid officers too, they are not putting their life in the line of danger for free. Of course it is to defend the ideas that's been sold to them (literally SOLD to them), but who's pocket is it coming out of? The President's? The Vice-Prisedent's? The Secretary of State's? Think hard but you don't need to because it is coming out of our pockets. Everyone around the world is paying for this war. Inflation, rising cost of gas prices, increasing cost of living, mortgages rates going up and taxes, where do you think these resulted from? The economy is not slowing down, it's drying up along with all the resources of this planet that we're excessively consuming. Brink of collapse? Many financial analysts will debate over that but some of their insight is shortened by their views of the global spectrum of this problem, the War in Iraq and Afghanistan and Israel-Palestine, that affect us all.

Now I am not saying that the War in Iraq is the only thing that's messing up the economy, but that it plays a larger role than most people think it does. Don't get fooled by politicians this time around. They are in the game of seeking authority over the population, in order to govern (control) their respective country, but what Americans should look for is not another politician, but an honest Leader who will Represent the People to the best of his or her fullest capacity. Leaders are harder to find, because most of the time, their voices are silenced... sometimes, sadly to say, by force. Politicians are a dime a dozen, but Leaders are rare since not everyone (or every politician as a matter of fact) have Leadership skills. Politicians are made, whilst Leaders are just born that way.

My message to the American population who plan to vote (and anyone who is eligible to vote should do so), is to look for and choose a Leader this time around because the last politician (i.e. the current 'head of state') screwed up a lot of things not just around the world but for Americans too.

God Bless the Whole World, may peace, justice, righteousness & equality prevail in 2008.