And I quote:
that's showing two guys or two girls in mid-afternoon.
Let's talk about shit like that! If that's not fucking up
America, I don't know what is." --Rapper Ja
Funny, all this
time I thought President Bush was fucking up America. Go
above is from rapper Ja Rule on the September 25
congressional hearing on the lyrical content and imagery of
African-American women in hip-hop.
In a recent
interview with Complex magazine, Ja Rule decided to get political.
"They got my man
Doug Morris under fire and shit, they got him going
down to go speak to Congress about hip-hop lyrics, are you
fucking serious?" Ja said. "There's a fucking black
kid right now about to get 25 years for having a fight
with some white kids over hanging the nooses over the
white tree, let's get to that. Let's get into shit like
that, because that's what's tearing up America, not me
calling a woman a bitch or a hoe on my rap songs."
"And if it is,
then we need to go step to Paramount, and fucking MGM,
and all of these other motherfuckers that's making all of
these movies and we need to go step to MTV and Viacom,
and let's talk about all these fucking shows that they
have on MTV that is promoting homosexuality, that my
kids can't watch this shit," he continued. "Dating shows
that's showing two guys or two girls in mid-afternoon. Let's
talk about shit like that! If that's not fucking up
America, I don't know what is."
"There's a lot of
issues we can address besides hip-hop, but they want
to put everything on us like we're the problem," Ja added.
"This is going to be a shameless fucking plug, but I said,
'when everyone wants to point the finger, and ask why
there's so much corruption, they only need to look in
the mirror.' It starts with themselves."
Oh, where to
Ja is right in
his reference to the Louisiana Jena 6 case, in
which six black kids are on trial after a fight broke
out over the hanging of nooses on their school campus.
doesn't mitigate the fact that Ja calling women bitches and
hos in his rap songs is contributing to the destruction of
the black race. Because not only are his lyrics being
heard by black children, who then by virtue of the
song's popularity use those same words when referring
to women, but he's also holding open the same door that Don
Imus stepped through. Ja Rule and rappers like him who
condone the use of derogatory terms to refer to women,
in particular black women, are not only telling black
America that it's OK to use those words but giving the
OK to people of other races to use the same language when
referring to black women.
clearly the endless arguments during the Imus controversy in
which whites said on national television that Imus's
language was OK because "they"--meaning
blacks--use the same words.
As for the idea
of MTV promoting gays, Ja, who clearly has an
issue with gay people, voices a poor argument and an
even poorer comparison.
Instead of taking
responsibility for using derogatory terms, Ja Rule
points his finger at gays and lesbians and blames
them for all that ails America.
But what Ja fails
to recognize is that the congressional hearing in
question is about stereotypes and degradation of black
women (key word) in hip-hop and the entertainment
industry--not about gays on television.
Before Ja started
talking out the left side of his mouth, he might have
taken some time to come up with a better argument. Perhaps
he could have faulted film studios for the limited
roles available to black women, as in, why do black
female actors so often end up playing prostitutes,
drug addicts, welfare mothers, etc?
Gays aren't the
reason many black families live below the poverty line.
Lesbians aren't the reason our prisons are overflowing with
young black men and women. He can't blame gays for the
senseless gang violence that continues to take the
lives of many black men in our neighborhoods. And it's
unfair to blame gays for the number of blacks who are
unemployed in America. Oh, and gays weren't the reason
he punched a man in a Toronto crowd in 2004 for
shouting out remarks about his feud with 50 Cent. Nor
were they the reason police that same year investigated
whether a feud involving the Inc. led to a fatal
shooting outside a nightclub party hosted by Ja Rule.
But what about
10-year-old Jerome Jenkins, sitting in the backseat of his
mother's car, singing along with her as she drives
while bumping Ja Rule's 2001 hit "Livin' It Up?"
Work with me for
Baby, this ain't
your typical, everyday, one night thing
It's a physical,
I'ma fuck you tonight thing
your name, jump yo' ass in the Range
And roll over,
gettin' blown while blowin' the doja
Bring head to a
closure--that's a good bitch
Before it's all
over, I'ma meat this bitch
Cause if you
ain't know, thugs and ladies go together
Poppin' my collar
partna--who in the spot?
Baby, Rule in the
spot; and the mug and the watch ugly
Half the hos hate
me, half them love me
The ones that
hate me only hate me cause they ain't fucked me
And they say I'm
lucky; you think I got time
to fuck all these
hos and do all these shows?
Or flight in the
lama, Dodge, and white Rolls
wanna hold a name that's active
That's why they
suck dick with mo' passion than average
And I ain't mad
at'cha; never leave you alone
Cause we fucks
when I'm home, phone sex when I'm gone
We both grown,
both got minds of our own
Plus I freaks off
like O-Dog in Love Jones
Been in, many
zones, baby one hos, two hos
bitches to hos that do porno
But you know, the
Rule be livin' it up
And got all these
hos, givin' it up
I like a, little
ooh baby, how cute are you?
With a body that
rides on sexual
I got a stick,
I'll ride right next to you
Do a doughnut,
and cut, then I'll open it up
On the freeway,
dick in the mouth, foot on the clutch
Rule bitch, not
givin' a fuck
That was Ja in
2001--just imagine what words he's added to his
vocabulary in the last six years?
So little Jerome,
thanks in part to Ja Rule but mostly to his mother for
playing it around him, learns at a young age that women are
bitches and hos and are to be fucked. And hey, if Mama
is singing it and saying it, it must be so. Right?
Now, if you ask
me, that's what's contributing to bringing down black
America. Our kids are being taught from a young age to
disrespect women, by the lyrics of rappers like Ja
Rule and by parents who care more about bumpin' their
song than about how its lyrics affect their children.
This fall Ja Rule
will release The Mirror, his seventh solo
album--and sixth attempt at a comeback--thanks
to Universal Motown.
But I'd like to
say that Ja Rule would do well to take his own advice and
take a good long look in the mirror. There's got to be a
reason all those past comeback attempts have
proven unsuccessful. Perhaps if he spent more time
focusing on self-development and left the politics of
hip-hop to artists who actually make the charts, he
wouldn't have to stage a comeback year after year.
There's an old
saying: If you're not part of the solution, you're part of
the problem. Somebody must have lied and told Ja he had the