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January 15, 2009

The question is…who is flying the planes? This is not meant to disrespect 911. It is a metaphor for an attack on a culture and a way of life. That culture is Hip-Hop and it is under attack.


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  1. KMAK permalink
    January 15, 2009 6:22 am

    fucking hiphop terrorist
    white exec’s, and a&r’s who wouldnt know original talent if they seem it…….money, and the greed that comes with……every mothafucka has a price……..older hip hop heads, why? because they anit passin down no history, no status quo…..when big daddy cane, rakim, g rap, brucey b, etc left the game they passed the torch right leading into a better era……. but when LL, b.i.g, jayz, nas, pac, wu tang, etc pass the torch hip hop will be left in shambles, more pop than hip hop…..i’m only 26 but i can remember when people expected rap not to radio friendly, when most rap was considered underground, and that’s prolly why people loved it more…….record sells……i remember when mothafucka’s had to show and prove with skills to be consider king of anything, now if you sell over two mill people think you must be the man, which is so untrue. listen hip hop we got the fucking internet now no censors,yet, it can be raw and uncut again, fuck the radio, fuck bet, and mtv, i remember when the only time you seen a rap video on mtv was on yo mtv raps, less than fifteen years ago that shit was almost all rock and roll…….truth be told hip hop died when people started looking at it as a business instead of a culture

  2. January 15, 2009 3:12 pm

    the fans might be flying those planes too….

  3. john garcia permalink
    January 15, 2009 6:05 pm

    i read your blog eryday…but i dont think equating almost 3000 innocent people dying on 9/11 to hip hop getting bad mouth in the media is the correct metaphor…I think people look 4 scapegoats and its easy to go at hip hop cuz of the lyrical content and 4 the fact that the white media is petrified of the angry black man, which is what most hip hop artist portray themselves to be. but alot of this is brought on ourselves, with hip hop artist getting into tustles like its wwf and diss records and all that otha bullshit that we equate with hip hop culture that gives us a bad rap. i think u could use a different metaphor tho. cuz even tho hip hop is criticized…it has nothing 2 do with innocent people dying for no reason

    • January 15, 2009 7:21 pm

      Maybe its not a fair metaphor. I think there is room to argue that it is, however.

  4. Banks permalink
    January 15, 2009 6:26 pm

    Fans in one plane, greed in the other…

  5. Marv permalink
    January 16, 2009 5:57 pm

    I know what you’re trying to say but it still in poor taste. 9.11 is still to fresh and tragic. You don’t hear many WWII or Vietnam references because they were traumatic. Hell you don’t ever hear about Desert Storm. Any way, a better metaphor would be the plan crash landing on the water yesterday. Hip Hop needs to find its “Sully”.

  6. mgm permalink
    January 16, 2009 7:17 pm

    why would u compare what happen to peoples family and friends on 9/11 to music dude?

  7. KMAK permalink
    January 16, 2009 9:23 pm

    since when are people”fans” of hip hop. your either a participant or your not……some are just listeners, most wanna be rappers, others break or do graffiti…… i think we forgot our to responsibility to stay active in this here culture of ours……..but of course you can be a fan of somebody else in hip hop, a star or some up in comer, but we need to stop watching hip hop and start becoming hiphop. when the last time you seen a public chyper going on, if not in your hood, then anywhere on tv? just nobody’s spittin raps to see who nice with they game, i gotta watch break dancers on youtube now, shit sucks, with whole bunch of corporate logo’s on every wall of the gym they be in. luckly i live in a city so graffiti is abundant here.

  8. KMAK permalink
    January 16, 2009 9:43 pm


  9. Jamille Malik permalink
    January 16, 2009 11:53 pm

    This is ILL.

    Real deep, only thing is What do we do now?

    My niggas be Ballin’!

  10. Jamille Malik permalink
    January 16, 2009 11:58 pm

    @ Kmak I feel ya Bruh, thangs just ain’t tha same for gangstas.

    80’s Babiez Stand UP!

  11. KiNG permalink
    January 18, 2009 12:49 pm

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    KING DIamondlife /

  12. VDubbaP permalink
    January 18, 2009 7:55 pm

    I used to read your blog everyday…. USED to… this will be the last time I visit your site. How could you even come up with some shameful, irresponsible bullshit like this. You are comparing the art of Hip Hop to a horrific, tragic, unforgettable event like 911. Think twice Illseed, you are a journalist to so many young people. Do you condone Dipset calling themselves the “Taliban?” I would hope not.

    I enjoy your gossip, I supported you when you supported Obama… but now I see the gap between your blogs and my reality.

  13. Nyerre pronounced (Nee-yair-ray) permalink
    January 20, 2009 3:18 am

    There are a number of inferences and parallels one could draw between the attacks on HIPHOP and the attacks of 9/11. (no disrespect this is just for arguments sake) The most important, however, is that much in the same way 9/11 was supposed to be an attack on AMERICA, many of the arguments against HIPHOP are supposed to be an attack against our culture. The thing is America, like HIPHOP, has not been destroyed or injured, nor will we ever, because of individuals or groups who do not agree with us or our way of life. I applaud ILLSEED for starting this discussion and providing a visual stimulant, but, it advites one to assume that all HIPHOP is or will be are the towers, or examples of our existence, when in fact, HIPHOP is not the towers, but the city below, the state, country and entire world within which we live. (I advise everyone to read an article in The Atlantic Monthly by Hua Hsu titled “The End Of White America”)
    HIPHOP is to this day one of the only true AMERICAN art forms, along with slave spirituals, jazz and that is literally all. It was created here and has spread throughout the modern world. Ten years ago, the fashion industry had no intention of acknowledging HIPHOP, yet today everyone from Marc Jacob to BAPE, to NIKE, Versace, Gucci, and literally every single designer has something in their lines with a direct HIPHOP influence, or owes a great deal to those who subscribe to the culture of HIPHOP, for making their brands successful. A good example of this is the relative success of sneaker retailers despite the current recession/depression. High end fashion designers are making hightop sneakers, hoodies and devoting a great deal of attention to denim jeans and tees, not because they are “coture” but because other cultures admire our culture without admitting to it. Instead they borrow or steal from us for their own capital gains. OUR CULTURE WILL NEVER DIE, NOR WILL ANY OF ITS MANIFESTATIONS!!!! As far as the music itself, like all forms of art, there are degrees of excellence. You cannot have Jay Z without (insert shitty rapper here). You cannot have the underground without the commercial. You cannot even have HIPHOP without R&B since one of the major reasons a lot of R&B artists are able to be as successful as they are is because they are usually smart enough to release that one or two tracks feat a HIPHOP artist to legetimize their project. ( Rhianna feat. T.I. “Live ur Life”, Usher feat. Jeezy “Love In The Club”, Beyonce & Jay Z any number of songs or her swag in general, you get the point). Or, they are smart enough to recognize the energy in what we do and get a HIPHOP producer to add something to their project. This is no coincidence. The problem, and what bothers me most is that because we as Black people and a culture, subscribe to many of the negative opinions and habits of those who oppose us. We live with a dual consciousness that permeates every inch of us. On one side, we want to rebel against the establishment that has tried to alienate us, while on the other side we try to be successful within the “limits” of our environment, something we have been successful in doing considering we have created for ourselves an entirely new genre of music which is no easy task. Still, we have those groups and individuals, some of whom look like us, who degrade us and deny our trade and culture as art. WE CANNOT FEED INTO THIS!!! HIPHOP is everywhere. In Cleveland, NY, ATL, LA, TX, Africa, Europe, etc. HIPHOP is those individuals who turn their favorite song up past levels cops are comfortable with. HIPHOP is the Cutlass Supreme with the trunk propped open with a flat screen so anyone riding behind can see what the business is. HIPHOP is our way of dress and our attitude, our swagger and our confidence. More importantly, HIPHOP is our keeness of intellect which allows us to pont out the hypocrasy in our communities and put it into rhyme. We must take ownership of what is ours. This does mean however, that we must acknowledge when there are faults in something we do. We cannot continue to project the thoughless images that have characterized our videos and song content without expecting ripples in our pond. Cause and effect. In short, HIPHOP WILL NEVER DIE!!!! EVER!!!
    I apologize if I went over 1000 words but FUCK IT!!!

  14. Nyerre pronounced (Nee-yair-ray) permalink
    January 20, 2009 3:27 am

    Oh yeah,

    as far as who the planes are…IT DOESN’T MATTER!!!! (i do not intend to reference the Wyclef song feat the Rock) There will always be attacks on us. Conflict is a fact of life and a necessary evil, but its how we respond. Also, artists we do not like are not the ones killing our culture, in fact they are many times the only ones other cultures are able to familiarize themselves with, i.e. Nelly, Chingy, or whoever. These individuals are ambassadors for our culture and should be treated as such. Some cannot appreciate or gain access to the work of Mobb Deep or the Clipse, so they must make do with what they can get their hands on. Further, its hard for the upper strata of AMERICA to understand what goes in the bowels of our country because they have never seen it. That would be like a child in grade school trying to read the Art of War. Thats why you have Dr. Seuss.

  15. Nyerre pronounced (Nee-yair-ray) permalink
    January 20, 2009 3:32 am

    Last Post I promise,

    We should also consider that we need to be a lil more sophisticated in everything we do. We have Barak (my apologies for adding to the OBAMAMANIA but it is what it is) so we have to grow the fk up and act like MEN and stop the pathology of fuckery that we hide behind because we’ve been cnditioned, in some cases to assume thats the only way to live.


  16. January 24, 2009 2:21 pm

    the only shithead in the planes who’s flying it, is money.

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