Look, I ain’t advocating violence, but it’s about damn time something happened. It’s been boring as hell recently. I ain’t been writing shit but half-reviews of albums, bringing up shit from damn near 10 years ago just to complain about why an artist today ain’t never really gonna be shit, and I even recently scrapped an article that was basically just gonna be a reaction piece to some old ass dude who felt it necessary to write a review of an album he knew he was gonna hate but he still chose to take the time to listen to only to rip it apart for the most trivial of shit. When the frequent and tired rants of Lupe Fiasco damn near become the subject of 600 words from me, it means shit is dead. So yeah, I’m happy that something finally happened that’s worth discussing. I’m of course talking about the shooting at the BET Hip Hop Awards.
We don’t know much yet. We got a couple twitter statuses, and a short report from HipHopDX, but it seems that the boiling beef between Rick Ross and Young Jeezy finally reared its ugly head at an awards show that used to be awesome for the freestyle cyphers but after seeing this year’s lineup I give zero fucks about anybody except for RZA and maybe DMX (he could rip it, you never know). I was beginning to wonder how many more “fuck boys” would have to be uttered before Jeezy finally handled his business, and after I stopped counting at around 8 it’s nice to see that some shit finally came from this.
The history ain’t much. Rick Ross called Jeezy a fuck boy, Jeezy said Rick was disrespecting BMF, Rozay called Jeezy a fuck boy, then Jeezy made a better album while “We push nothing back but tops” Maybach Music delayed God Forgives, I Don’t for half a year. There were some more “fuck boys” in there but the point is, two artists who are easily a dream collaboration for me instead decided to hate each other, which is surprisingly since it’s usually the New York artists who can’t work together which is why NY is losing right now while the South is (was) winning.
Again, make no mistake, this shit ain’t good. Sure it’s entertaining for those of us who weren’t there, or have to deal with the repercussions. I read that the gunman was arrested and I never like hearing about people getting arrested so that ain’t cool. The chance for Fox News to decide to all of a sudden pay attention to hip hop again just so they can inevitably publish an article claiming rap is responsible for violence even though violence has been occurring in society for millions of years ain’t cool. The comments section of any news site that does cover this incident won’t be cool. But what is cool is that beef in hip hop is finally back. Call me ignorant, but as I sit here in the comfort of my apartment in a semi-safe neighborhood with the new Gibbs tape on repeat, I’m laughing at the fuckery going on in the hip hop world, as we’re finally seeing more than just subliminal bars and half denials of shit talking. After 50 Cent made it cool to diss everyone for no reason at all, and Jay-Z made it cool to never drop names or admit to calling out anyone ever (“tell them ordinary Joe’s
Budden button up”, come on) it’s kinda refreshing to know that all beefs don’t result in bitchassness like bottles being thrown and “fuck _____ and anybody who love ‘em” tweets. Ignorance is bliss, and I’m in hip hop paradise right now.