The Public Outcry Over Chicago Boy’s Raunchy Rap Video.
Wednesday, August 15, 2012 by PointOfLu | 2 Comments; | Category: Entertainment, Gossip, Music, Rap, Sex Love Money
Before we begin, you can read Mary Mitchell’s article here. And while you’re at it, we might as well have Lil Mouse’s latest visual playing in the background. Enjoy.
Within an article published in Chicago’s Sun Times, Mary Mitchell and other deniers used harsh terms such as child pornography and abuse to describe Lil Mouse and the Hella Bandz movement.
Well, I consider their depiction……bullshit.
The excuse they pull from their ass is his the fact that he’s just the tender age of 13, and they believe that he should be playing freeze tag and selling lemonade with his neighborhood buddies. I begin to wonder if they even did any research about Mouse and his background before placing judgement. Did they account that he’s from Roseland, also known as The Wild Hundreds- one of Chicago’s notoriously violent neighborhoods? The same area where most of our youth won’t live to be the age of 22, because they’ll die due to bullet wounds from one.
Mitchell states, “When a 13-year-old boy shows up in a rap video cursing like a grown man, flashing money and posing with a gun, his parents and other adults involved are morally bankrupt.”
First things first, Lil Mouse never held the gun, and what’s wrong with flashing a couple hundred ones? Secondly, I find Lil Mouse’s music to be no different than the young children who are 13 and younger reciting the already easily accessible trap rap music that they currently hear on the radio and/or internet. I don’t know where Mary’s been for the last decade, but truth is- the media raises our kids, not their parents. It’s said that Lil Mouse’s uncles and mother were on his video set! What’s wrong with Mouse capitalizing from a “talent” that he obviously picked up from reciting rhymes written by his elders- in both aspects of the phrase?
Mitchell continues, “Still, there is such a thing as going too far and “Get Smoked” is a good example of where too far takes us. When young black males were exploited by the music industry to promote the gangster lifestyle, most of us said nothing.”
Exploited? It’s not as if he’s the only child in Chicago rapping like this! How about 17 year old Chief Keef, whom Kanye West- a “grown man,” has co-signed and worked with aforetime? Has Mitchell even stumbled upon Chicago’s young women who are doing the similar? Does she not realize that Katie Got Bandz, my guy?
How could she looked over TrapGurl Rae?
I can attest to this style of rap becoming an “epidemic” of sorts amongst our youth, however this is nothing new. The only difference is the new found simple accessibility to exposure. I truly believe that Lil Mouse and those surrounding him (with or without guns and drugs) are geniuses. How can you exploit a person who seems extremely comfortable with what they’re doing?
In the video above, he doesn’t seem to be manipulated or forced to do anything. He’s simply a mirror of his environment, and those who’ve never experienced such ordeals could never fully connect. In those surroundings, he’s probably forced to lead the life that a “grown man” must in order to survive! However, instead of selling drugs and becoming submerged in gang violence, he’s taken another approach to it and is exhaling the burdens of his societal norms via microphone. I actually prefer the latter. I’d rather read an article about him making an inappropriate video, than one about him being gunned down for nonsense.
Instead of placing time and energy into protesting an issue that isn’t doing to dissipate anytime soon- if ever, why not swivel the spotlight to positive things going on in the same community? Give them some attention.
We’ll close out my opinion with the video that started it all. Don’t fuck around with them fuck arounds, or you’ll fuck around and get smoked. Mouse!