View Full Version : T.I. Needs a Weed Carrier

09-06-2010, 04:41 PM
Today I look at this recent T.I. arrest on the larger scale of the police vs. hip hop.


The only reason to see Takers aside from Stringer Bell just got arrested (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/09/01/ti-arrested-rapper-cliffo_n_703111.html) for having trees in California, uh….didn’t California legalize that shit? That’s what Thugnificient said (http://www.2dopeboyz.com/2010/07/19/the-boondocks-mr-medicinal-video/) at least. Either way, as anyone who is privileged to have some knowledge of the justice system (as the government sure does a damn good job of confusing you, but not helping you, every chance they get), getting popped, even for trees (just got the update….pills too? uh……), while on parole, is a problem. The question now is how much of a problem will it be for Tip? Regardless of the outcome, the whole situation speaks to a much bigger issue regarding the divide between police and citizens, specifically within hip hop.

A major reason why hip hop has come under fire since day one has been its attitude towards law enforcement. Rap has been pretty blunt about their sentiments towards cops, “Fuck the Police” (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1M8vei3L0L8). Now the militants carrying shields and a number of violent weapons (http://reason.com/blog/2010/05/05/video-of-swat-raid-on-missouri) will tell you that they are just doing their job against rebellious troublemaking youths, even though much of police brutality is completely unwarranted (http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/news/localnews/crime/stories/032609dnmetcopstop.3e9c080.html) and unjustified (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nl9GrPNEdyU). No other genre of music has had such a hatred of police because no other genre of music has come up so significantly in a time where police brutality has been swept under the rug much like institutionalized racism. We have a form of music that outwardly expresses anger towards unfair situations that its people have come up in, and the police are right up at the top of that list, but does that give the police the right to target rappers? Or should the rappers know to watch themselves when it comes to being anywhere near those whose salaries we pay to protect and serve us (http://www.freedomsphoenix.com/Uploads/Graphics/173-0607120520-police_dees.jpg)?

Granted the mafucka made an illegal u-turn, had a car that stunk of trees and had either ecstasy or meth (which don’t look anything alike by the way, but whatever) so there’s obvious blame here on the part of T.I. But I always look at a situation like this and ask if you put someone else there what the outcome would have been. Because of rappers’ abilities to tell the truth with regard to the corrupt actions of (most) police, the 5-0 don’t really care much for these verbal experts, so any chance they get, they dick these people around (like really who the FUCK actually gets charged with perjury? Lil’ Kim probably the first in decades). Whether or not the police wanna accept it, they actually perpetuate the cycle of behavior, from the cops mercilessly beating the shit out of young black males, to those same young black males channeling their anger into something positive like hip hop, only to have the cops accuse the rappers of being the violent ones.

Shaquille O’Neal (like it or not, he’s an MC) spit a pretty hilarious freestyle (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iDXKjHVtHGM) about Kobe Bryant after the Boston Celtics (http://www.sportsmemorabilia.com/files/cache/paul-pierce-nba-finals-mvp-celtics-8x10_9be4cc072d6400aacae30dc2ae8d67c3.jpg) embarrassed the Lakers team back in 2008 (http://www.nba.com/media/finals2008/lakers_490_20080620.jpg). Shaq was subsequently (http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/news/story?id=3459208) “relieved” of his duties as a deputy in Florida. I wonder if him singing a folk song would have had the same result. It’s not that these artists aren’t necessarily doing nothing wrong, again, being on parole and carrying drugs is not the best decision, but it seems almost too convenient that here is this young black rapper, making something positive out of a negative experience, and almost as quick as he gets out he’s now facing a chance at going back in, all because a cop gave that much of a shit about an illegal u-turn. Only in hip hop would the slightest of traffic violations turn into such an investigation, because only in hip hop are the artists constantly targeted by police, yes the hip hop cops are real (http://www.mtv.com/news/photos/j/jmj_personnel/final/flip4.jpg), and once again they’re trying to destroy the culture. Fuck the police.