EDITORIAL: AN OPEN LETTER TO LIL WAYNE
An Open Letter to Lil’ Wayne
You make me want to scream!!! No I am not a hater so please spare me the rap adages about how “I don’t understand because I’m not from the hood”, or “I want what you have, so I’m mad”. That could not be further from the truth. As a matter a fact I was a fan until about a week ago. Please allow me to explain.
Last week I heard a report that you don’t read books. You went on to say “I don’t believe any books. Not even the Bible. The only book I believe in is the dictionary”. First off, let me say anyone who does not believe the word of God is a species all of their own and may I suggest you skip this whole life thing and go straight to hell! It saddens me to know that you are one of the few people on this planet that has found their gift, does it well and actually has the opportunity to pursue it on a worldwide level. Where do you think this gift came from?! We were all sent here with a purpose and you have just discounted the man who sent you here to do so. But then again you don’t believe the Bible, so by all means continue to worship Birdman as your Holy Father. But for ‘Birdman’s’ sake, please just stop talking! I don’t know if you’re doing this shit for shock value or what and I know you and a slew of other rappers don’t want to be known as role models but the fact of the matter is YOU ARE. So when you say such asinine things about the demotion of books, children listen. Bottom line…
I thought your Tour de Dumbass was over until I listened to the radio this morning and find that you were given a rare opportunity to speak with the well revered Katie Couric. As the morning show host introduced the clip I said to myself, “Please Lord, let him say something intelligent” Please Lord, let him say something intelligent”. Man, I wish I would have prayed that prayer last week because; you blew it again; making Sarah Palin’s interview actually look like a scholarly exchange. When asked, if you have any questions for the former President George W. Bush concerning Hurricane Katrina you said, “Naw, gangstas don’t ask questions”. What the hell does that mean?! And if not on a nationally broadcast station, would you have said a full fledged, “Gangsta’s don’t ask questions, they shoot”. I thought we were over this whole gangsta façade. I thought we made a judicious decision as the hip-hop community that that wasn’t cool and gets you nowhere in life, other than jail and death?! If there has been some kind of change where that profession (if it is one) is worth putting your life on the line, then please let me know. If there have been some recent changes in the benefits of this career path then oblige me. Until then allow me to say, it is not cool dude! In fact, aside from being your tattoo artist it is the uncoolest profession in the history of man, you fool!
I know how this goes. In order for you to listen to me even in the least bit, I need some kinda street cred, right? Well if it makes you feel better, I live on Bankhead. Sorry, that’s all I got. In addition, I am and always have been an avid supporter of the rap community even when Al Sharpton was shitting all over us this time last year, I stood up for the creative use of the word nigger, the artistic expression that all artist are entitled to and I even blindly defended your open excessive drug use. But this is where my concern comes in… I am also big listener of AM right winged radio host. I do so in order to broaden my perspective of politics. Since you don’t read I’m just going to assume that you also don’t listen, so let me tell you what they say about us – they talk about us like dogs! It saddens me to hear them say things like, “from the White House to Runs House” while discussing the inaugural ball. My heart hurts when they have whites’ listeners call in mocking us, saying, “Hi my name is Leroy and I’m a black man and it’s over for whitey. This is a black planet now. There’s no stopping us”. I hate to hear them say how we have no idea what’s going on and that we just chant Obama’s change motto like zombies. I am enraged when I hear them discuss single family homes and how single mothers breed criminals and strippers. They go on to say how our children are raised with little character, direction and skill. Who gives them the right to say these things about us? You do Dewayne! You do! They watch us! Shit, the whole world is watching us right now. It is time to take advantage of this wonderful opportunity set before us and do as my President has instructed, “to take personal responsibility and put away childish things”. Just in case you missed it, I’d suggest you read the damn transcript!
-Destiny L. Stokes