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Gangs of Hip-Hop
Posted by Emanuel Wallace at Tuesday, November 10th, 2009 at 5:15PM :: Email this article :: Print this article

From Udub News:

When Young Jeezy proclaimed, "Catch me walking through the club with my black flag" on the track, "Bang" off his debut LP, "Let's Get It: Thug Motivation 101"- it had the distinct resonance of a checkered past. That flag, a black bandana, and the words that followed, "If you don't like it do something nigga, where I'm from if you don't like it you do something nigga" leaves an ominous residue. Hip-Hop culture, once a beacon of hope for communities decimated by government ploys and internal struggles, now is in a severe role reversal phase:life imitating art. 

In 1999, President Clinton asked the Federal Trade Commission and the Department of Justice to conduct a study on whether firms in the movie, music recording and video game industries were marketing violent materials to young people. This study came partially from the statistics of the time: 7 youth were gunned down everyday in America in 1999. FTC Chairman, Robert Pitofsky referenced the words of Sissela Bok from her book, ‘Mayhem: Violence As Public Entertainment, "is it alarmist or merely sensible to ask what happens to the souls of children nurtured, as in no past society, on images of rape, torture, bombings and massacre that are channeled into their homes from infancy?" As more and more youth begin to shape their decisions based on entertainment nuances it is overdue that gang and hip-hop history is again explored within present-day context. 

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