Black People : Hip Hop's (Unspoken) Ten Commandments

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  1. OldSoul

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    Commandment I
    Thou must dis Black Women. You are allowed to distinguish between *******, hoes and "real sisters" only during interviews when asked to clarify your statements. You must talk about beating a woman up at least once on your CD or demo. On at least four (4) but no more than five (5) singles/demos you must talk about having rough and unprotected sex with a woman. You must also refer to your girlfriend or wife as a "*****" in an endearing way. All music videos must reflect the aforementioned notions. You can talk about doing things to other people's mothers as acts of creative statement. You may also refer endearingly to an unplanned child as a "bastard," "shorty," "lil *****," or "lil G." By honoring this commandment you vow to never rally behind black females or support a strong family bond. You see her only as an object for sex and to reap the repercussions of your rage. You also believe she is only out to get you.
    (Supplement for females)
    Thou must dis Black Men. Female rappers are allowed to distinguish between ******, bustas, scrubs and punk. You must lyrically emasculate them in every way possible. On at least one (1) CD or demo you must destroy his character by either calling him a homosexual or talking about his lack of money. You are allowed to refer to your boyfriend or husband as your "*****" in an endearing way. All music videos must reflect aforementioned notions. By honoring this Commandment you vow to never identify with the black male's struggle against white supremacy. You vow to never support a strong family bond. You also uphold the tenements that all of his problems are of his own doing. You see him as only an object for sex and money.
    You believe he is only out to get you.
    Commandment II
    Thou must kill. You must "lyrically" take the life of at least one other black person in order to secure a hit CD. This law does not promote the physical killing of another person. However, it is not against the law to assassinate another person on record. You must only talk about killing your own kind, however, or other cultures may sue you for inciting racial violence. You must express pleasure in the kill. The kill must be graphic and extensive in detail. The consumer must always be left with the feeling that taking a person's life (lyrically) was justified. Most of the lyrical murders must be done by guns; however creativity allows for poisoning, stabbings, beatings, stompings, and suffocating. You do not distinguish between male or female kills. By keeping this Commandment you vow to never claim acts of genocide publicly even when you are a victim of violent repression yourself. You also agree to "lyrical" acts of black-on-black violence, as well as prolific incidents of brutality.
    Commandment III
    Thou must covet. Thou must talk about lusting after things that do not belong to you. You must have an unusual craving for things that do not belong to you. Your desire must be so strong that you unwittingly uphold the second commandment. This law does not advocate you physically going after the material possessions of someone in your community. By keeping this commandment you vow to never promote a strong work ethic in your music or to speak against greed, lust and impulsive behavior. In fact, you now believe greed is healthy.
    Commandment IV
    Thou must have a lot of sex. You must have no fewer than three (3) songs on your CD or demo that promote sexual intercourse with one or a group of individuals. You cannot express a deep sense of love or marriage. Thou shalt not talk about commitment, bonding, and intimacy. You can only talk about sex in its purest and rawest terms. Do not use "make love," or "provide pleasure," or "pro-create." You must never mention a sexually transmitted disease in the context of these records. You can however discuss the use of contraceptives, but only if you're referring to sexual intercourse with a hoe. (See first Commandment). If you are under age 16, you may substitute sex with "flirting," and "fantasies about being intimate with your teacher, neighbor's child, or another rapper." You must be creative in your graphic detail of sexual intercourse so to leave nothing to the imagination. The details can be slightly skewered in order to circumvent radio censors. However, this does not excuse radio edits from removing references to sex. Therefore stay ahead of the game by using clever phrases with dual and triple meanings. By keeping this Commandment, you vow to never promote unconditional or agape love in your community; promote the black family in a positive light; or uplift male/female relationships.
    Commandment V
    Thou must celebrate the drug culture. Thou must condone and identify with the proliferation of drugs in the black community. You should create endearing lyrical expressions to identify various narcotics and mind-altering substances. Though you are not to personally distribute or purchase illegal substances, you may allude to it lyrically. (To protect industry investment, we discourage musical confessions to crimes where the statue of limitations have not run out.) You may allude to a war on drugs, but only as justification to carry out the second commandment. You must continually suggest that selling drugs or "slangin " produces the only legitimate income for impoverished black people. All music videos must either glamorize this lifestyle by showing the "success" of the narcotic trade, or glamorize prison living. You should refer to drug addicted citizens in comical terms that illicit disgust, laughter, fear, pity or retribution. You are never to question U.S. drug policy. You can never promote healthy living and thinking. Nor can you advocate moderation in tobacco and liquor consumption. By keeping this commandment, you vow to never discuss the impact of drug addiction among people of color or the community's overall health; its impact on the prison industrial complex or its impact on the black family.
    Commandment VI
    Thou must rarely talk about God and spirituality. You must lyrically condone atheism and a false belief system that negates the existences of a higher being. You must routinely question the existence of a god by lyrically challenging him/her/it to take your life or to grant you three wishes. You are to refer to yourself as a god who gives and takes life. You may lyrically create your own religion (see tenth commandment) based on a ghetto belief system. Thou shalt not talk about life and death as it relates to spirituality or a sense of purpose. You should never speak of scripture or religious texts. You are prohibited from acknowledging any spiritual beliefs that may have been instilled you by family. However, you may identify with a Jesus by wearing a large, diamond encrusted piece whereby you may brag about its costs. Under no circumstance are you to promote prayer, reflection, meditation, atonement, redemption, sacrifice, mercy or grace. The consumer fan base must identify with your lack of spiritual grounding by believing that the only gods are sex and money. By keeping this commandment you vow to limit your personal spiritual growth and development. You also vow to never been seen publicly in a church, synagogue, mosque, temple or other house of worship and reflection.
    Commandment VII
    Thou must promote capitalism. On no fewer than four (4) singles or demo records you must talk about money as if it were a living, breathing thing. You must talk about making it, taking it and the love of it. Your lyrics must always place money over love, over women, over religion (see sixth commandment). You must never talking about savings and investing. Thou can, however, say the words "currency exchange", "welfare check", "first of the month", and "food stamps". You must never talk about pooling of resources. Thou can never equate capitalism with poverty. You must never mention the IMF, WTO or Federal Reserve. In fact never mention banking or the stock market at all. Do not mention technology. Do not discuss taxing. Do not discuss the federal budget. (See Commandment V). You must promote individual wealth over community wealth. You should talk about all of your purchases, specifically naming makers/distributors of expensive jewelry, cars, clothing and liquor. Once you become a successful entertainer you should purchase a very big house and no fewer than three (3) expensive cars. Publicly, you should live within a lavish lifestyle in order to please your consumer fan base that now lives vicariously through your music. Your lifestyle should include, but not be limited to: living in exclusive communities, catering to huge entourages, routinely eating at expensive restaurants, flying to Europe for fashion shows, purchasing designer clothing only, ordering platinum and diamond encrusted jewelry for your body and teeth, purchasing expensive weapons and devices, frequent partying and purchasing big quantities of expensive liquor and tobacco/cigars. Thou should consistently ridicule those who cannot afford the aforementioned items. By keeping this commandment you vow to always promote a consumer culture vs. a producer culture.
    Commandment VIII
    Thou cannot have a sense of history. Never ever refer to any historical event that may cause the consumer to think about his/her relation to history. Your role is to entertain, not educate. Thou art prohibited from speaking of the following: Trans-Atlantic slave trade; African holocaust; Reconstruction; the civil rights movement; the Black Power Movement; the "real" Harlem Renaissance, and so forth. You can never mention the following people: Martin Luther King Jr, Hannibal, Mansa Musa, Harriet Tubman, Sojourner Truth, David Walker, Nat Turner, George Jackson, El-hajj Malik Shabazz (Malcolm X), Jesse Jackson, Patrice Lumumba, Nelson Mandela, Winnie Mandela, Steve Biko, Louis Farrakhan, Booker T. Washington, W.E.B. DuBois, Huey Newton, Fred Hampton, Bobby Seale, Kwame Ture, Ida B. Wells, Assata Shakur....unless you are making fun of their names, causes or crusaders. (i.e., Rah Digga's Harriet Thugman). Do not mention Africa, Brazil, the Caribbean or Asia, unless to disparage. By keeping this commandment you vow to never promote a sense of awareness, a knowledge of self or the consumer's global relationship to kindred spirits.
    Commandment IX
    Thou must not advocate. Thou art prohibited from advocacy of anything of social redeeming value. Your lyrics must reflect a detachment from the social, political and economic reality of your community. Your lyrics can occasionally ridicule people who march, protest and advocate social causes. The consumer should never assume that thou reads newspapers, magazines or books. In other words it must appear that nothing that happens in the "real" non-entertainment world, has any personal affect on your thinking. Nor should the consumer of your CD or demo walk away with the belief that you care about anything other than the Commandments IV and VII. Never talk about the "industry." By keeping this commandment understand you must never appear at a non-entertainment-related event, unless of course you are entertaining. You must never donate money, resources or materials to needy organizations, families or causes. When questioned about this you must defend your position by claiming you are an entertainer and that's all. You can never participate in interviews discussing relevant social issues. Thou art not responsible for the behavior encouraged by your music because thou art not responsible for marketing and sales to minor, unstable individuals, or mentally ill citizens. You understand that you cannot attend rallies, sermons, marches, and picnics, festivals or workshops that have nothing to do with entertainment or the recording industry.
    Commandment X
    Thou must promote all things ghetto. You may never define the word ghetto or discuss its creation. You must uphold its principals and create new creeds. You must lyrically create a fictional account of ghetto living that inspires comradeship and a sense of pride among its residents. Your lyrics must create a ghetto dweller that is proud to live in the ghetto and takes offense at others moving into it. You must celebrate ghetto life by reminiscing about days in poverty and your mothers on welfare and about your fathers who were not there. Additionally, your lyrics must offer the mainstream a rare glimpse inside a "socio-economic matrix" while allowing them psychologically off the hook for the ghetto's creation. You must celebrate ghetto language, ghetto living, ghetto housing, ghetto clothing, ghetto hairstyles, ghetto sexual habits, ghetto education, and ghetto economics and ghetto self-hatred. You must romanticize poverty with tales of sex, drugs, money, greed and fear. The ghetto must become a magical place. By keeping this commandment you vow to create and then instill pride in a false culture of poverty, crime, drugs, illegitimacy, ignorance and apathy. You also vow to attribute the ghetto only to Black people. You also vow to never leave the ghetto matrix psychologically, even when your economic status changes (see seventh commandment) In other words you will remember to "keep it real.."
    By keeping the aforementioned commandments we, "the industry," guarantee the following:
    1. Unlimited marketing success and cross-over appeal.
    2. A guaranteed income
    3. Fame beyond your wildest dreams
    4. Unlimited (but recoupable) industry resources
    5. Several music awards, citations and honors
    6. Protection from community repercussions
    This sacred scroll must be handed to every potential and current Black hip hop artist in the nation. While some sign, many others I am sure others have refused, as there is circumstantial evidence that supports that. Occasionally a break through performer will offer lyrics that make us think, act and believe as if we have purpose and are loved in this life. Yet the majority of our youth must be forced to sign, recite and then internalize these commandments in order to guarantee their market success. I imagine if they do not sign the doctrine, they are relegated to doing poetry readings at open mics, working menial jobs, fading into relative obscurity and living in the "ghetto matrix." This must be the answer, because the truth is surely a lot more painful.
    By stephanie mwandishi gadlin
    http://blackland.whgbetc.com/hiphopcommandments.html
     
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    surely da hip hop crap spoken is jave
    a self destructional bliss of mental beings
    to our own wit da beat down tongue from da
    sistah's & bruthas
    what happen to the clean cut ....!?
     
  3. Mike Ramey

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    Finally, a CLEAR Response!

    Man, I read the Ten Commandments of Hip Hop off here, and off the site.

    Finally, SOMEONE has CLEARLY articulated the problem.

    Rap/Hip Hop didn't start out this way...but it has been led this way in quest of the almighty dollar. Now, no one wants to 'fess up' that this MESS...is just MESS.

    Great Stuff.

    Mike Ramey
     
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    UbZoRbShUn Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    because

    that schyt sell records.... plain and simple
     
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    INDEED THEY DO BUT DIS NEW AGE HIP HOP IS BULLSHYT
    NO MEANINGS NO SOUL NO WISDOM JUST JUNK SLAP TOGETHER
     
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    I feel that rap/hip-hop produces a false image of the African American life. Growing up in the ghetto, smoking weed, being a gangster, half-assing through school, then when your 21 magicly become capable of buying a bently. Deep down nobody wants to live this style of life, and frankly it can't happen.
    Rap also produces an image that an African American who succeds in life is not a brother, but somebody who does not care about their race. Or, somebody who is "to good" to be black.
    I think that anybody who succeds in life through education is the one who really cares about their race.
     
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    NNQueen going above and beyond PREMIUM MEMBER

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    How has Snoop toned down, with his "College Girls Gone Wild" video? Just asking...
     
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    As Often I am

    And may continue to be, I am the voice of dissent here.

    If these are the only things you all get from hip/hop then you either came in with a biased opinion (that gangsta rap is horrible) or you don't listen to MOST rap...only those songs that fit into these so called 'commandments.'

    First let me say that I understand that many of the commercial 'big shots' subscribe to 1 or more of these commandmants. So, that is not in dispute. However, the premise that it is wrong for these young people to "take advantage" of a publc that is willing to pay to hear them rap about things that go on in their 'hoods' everyday is not only crazy it is hypocritical. There are very few of us ...given the opportunity....that would turn down the opportunity to make millions just for telling how things have gone in our lives. Now maybe our realities will not be as vulgar, disheartening, and criminal as theirs but we all have skeletons. And soon as someone offers us a million dollars to make songs about them in order to sell records we would be in the studio.

    There are plenty of rap artists that have intelligent messages. Nas, Eminem(even though you have to listen closely to get his) LL, Outcast, Jay Z, and many others tell you that yeah that was their life...but we should not have to go through that hell. It is a case of art (in some cases) imitating life.

    It is music. Music has always been and will always be a way for youth to rebel. They would sell half as many records if it didn't whip the adults into such a frenzy. The fact remains that this music(even gansta rap) does not hold a candle to Scarface, The Godfather, New Jack City, Rambo, Fast and the Furious, and the other movies that we let our youth watch while people are being killed, shot, blown up, and all the other carnal images they get to see large and in color.


    I concede that there are plenty of artists out there who don't want to do anything but make music that makes us dance...i.e. sell records. And with that comes this obscence obsession with material possessions, sex, and a party to you drop life style. But...even in fairness to them, no one had a problem with Prince, Rick James, Earth Wind & Fire, R. Kelly, and countless others that I can't name in the R&B industry that has done close to the same things for 20 years.

    Don't get me wrong, I am not defending the messages. I am defending the messengers. After all these are mostly kids trying to make a dollar like you and I and they see this as being their best shot. And apparently we haven't shown them any better way.
    Bottom line is...it is not up to those artists to motivate, teach, inspire, or be role models for our youth. It is up to us as parents and neighbors. It is up to us to teach our kids AND OTHER KIDS IN OUR COMMUNITIES that the life of excess that they see in videos and hear on CD's is not only pie in the sky but also short lived; and that their best bet to having anything resembliing a happy and fulfilled life is to educate themselves (formal and informal) and THINK themselves to their dreams not rap themselves there.
     
  9. Mike Ramey

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    Seems like you are the voice of...

    ...dissent with each of the posts I have seen of yours, lately. However, let's be a little honest...

    *EWF, Motown, Gladys, Aretha, etc. were mainly about the positive...if you rembember their songs, and...I like this part...could understand their words. Much of their music was an encouragement...not a discouragement!

    *I don't recall a SINGLE drive by shooting committed by the Supremes on the Pips! Nor do I remember BLACK performers ENCOURAGING the youth to NEGLECT their education...that 'good paper' you and I have talked about on line.

    *Many Rappers don't ALLOW their kids to listen to their 'hits'. This has been WELL documented.

    *Many Rappers have CRIMINAL RECORDS and FATALITIES.

    Oh, I could go on and on. But the proof is in the society:

    *More kids in the juvenile justice system.
    *More adults in prison.
    *More OOWs
    *More shootings, stabbings, etc.
    *LESS interest in education.

    Teen rebellion is nothing new. Some of the artists back in the day weren't all 'squeaky clean', and I am not covering for them. However, check out most of the old videos and compare them to what we see today. Factor in the tech advances of portable CDs, MP3s and the fact that kids pump this stuff into their heads before school, during school, and after school...and note that many parents do the same thing.

    It IS the messenger who makes the message what the message IS. These 'songs' don't just 'happen'. There IS a deliberate, calculated system in place.

    Now, if you like Rap...that's fine. If you play it in your house, that's your right. If you have allowed your kids to dress up (or undress up) to follow these Rappers in what they are saying, that's your right, too.

    However, its not what goes into a man or a woman that causes the problem...its how much goes into them and what comes out of them as a result.

    Then, let us not forget that many Rappers don't hang with each other because of the fear, bitterness, and envy in their genre. Plus, they don't have to take the time to be accomplished musicians...many of them couldn't find their way around a studio with a seeing-eye dog.

    Much of its junk. I know its junk. Most of the posters here know its junk. Much of the Rap community know its junk...until they start getting the checks.

    Just my humble opinion....Mike Ramey
     
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    I know Mike...lol

    Mike: *I don't recall a SINGLE drive by shooting committed by the Supremes on the Pips! Nor do I remember BLACK performers ENCOURAGING the youth to NEGLECT their education...that 'good paper' you and I have talked about on line.

    That's probably because it didn't happen back then. But trust me if it did and it sold records they would have been singing about it.

    Let me say that I understand where you all are coming from. But.. like i said before ..if that is all you get from rap you OBVIOUSLY don't listen to it all. There are plenty of POSITIVE messeges in rap. And many of our youth 'take them to heart'. The controversial raps that we hear about in the news and get radio play ONLY GET RADIO PLAY BECAUSE OF THE CONTROVERSY! If no one made a big deal about them they would fade into obscurity quick and without notice.

    MIKE:*Many Rappers have CRIMINAL RECORDS and FATALITIES.

    This is true...should that fact exclude them from making a living rapping? In fact...most of the rappers that have been to prison rap about the youth NOT making the same mistakes they did.

    Mike: Oh, I could go on and on. But the proof is in the society:

    *More kids in the juvenile justice system.
    *More adults in prison.
    *More OOWs
    *More shootings, stabbings, etc.
    *LESS interest in education.

    Is this a direct result of Rap music. 73 percent of all rap albums are purchased by White kids. If it is not affecting their communities....WHY would it affect ours in such a negative way? Cuz, we are not doing our jobs at home...maybe?

    Mike: Much of its junk. I know its junk. Most of the posters here know its junk. Much of the Rap community know its junk...until they start getting the checks.
    :toast:

    I couldn't agree with you more. I know given the same opportunity SOME of us could make a hit song or two. But the same can be said for R&B and Pop. Most of them don't even write their own songs....at least rappers do that...lol

    Let me say again that I understand what the problem is with rap. But..I would like to humbly submit...that there are plenty of positives in the rap game...if one does not focus on the gruff exterior.
     
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