6.17.2009

Whip It Like A Slave


Yup, that's the title to the new Dem Franchize Boyz song with Lil'Wayne.
From what little information I gather about the song it was dropped a few weeks ago.
Now the reason I am posting this is because I need some discourse here people, Dem Franchize Boyz don't need me to help them with promotion.
As soon as I saw this title, I immediately felt like this song needed to be discussed.
Check my disposition: I am from the south. I was raised on southern Hip-Hop. I understand how we get down is kinda weird to some, but nevertheless, it's us.
I have friends that tell me they blame the south for the way commercial music is being made now, how they can't stand the way southern music scene is "dumbing down" the music industry now [in my opinion, the industry has been as dumb as nails since existence] and they we're all a bunch of monkeys with microphones-this, I don't agree with.
I can tell you what I do agree with: I agree with the fact that dance music has been around for ages and will continue to be popular just as long as humans want to shake their asses.
I agree with young folks who were at one point disadvantaged, getting their paper and being about business when given the opportunity to shine.
I agree with the making of good music with heart.
I don't agree with ignorance and real talk, I don't agree with this song.
Even though it's about cook-up, it just doesn't sit well with me.
Don't get it twist, I'm not looking for passages of Hemmingway and Edgar Allen Poe quotes from Dem Franchize Boyz, I've been bumping The Ecstatic by Mos Def for 2 weeks straight now.
I never even had a problem with Franchize at all, but I feel like this doesn't help us as a culture, as grown black folk nor as serious artists.
I respect Frachize Boyz, I have yet to have a hit like they have.
I don't know what it took for them to get to where they are so I don't undermine their grind.
But this is not progression folks, we REALLY don't need this right now.
Let me know what you think, I KNOW you got something to say.

"If I don't like it, I don't like it, that don't mean that I hate it."
-Common

2 comments:

  1. I completely support these statements. I was also born and bred in the south, but I don't support such references as they tend to undermine our struggle as a people. The group would never reference the Jewish Holocaust in a record, why, because it is unacceptable and would lead to their demise. As Black people we need to promote the same solidarity and seriousness. I refuse to even listen. I won't further corrupt my mind. I vote no.

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  2. I lived in the south for nine years. I grew to love southern music and still display a proud connection to the southern lineage of MCs and any other musicians that spring from below the Mason Dixon.

    I have at several points in my life fallen, willing victim to dance song all in the name of shaking my ass. But I was never comfortable with songs about trapping, or unnecessary violence. But nonetheless, I have been in clubs before shaking my ass with the rest of the masses mouthing the lyrics to "Meet me in the Trap" or "Yeah" because they are hot tunes. This doesn't excuse the message.

    I can see the merit and work put into music, whether it be by a producer,MC, rapper, singer, or instumental musician. With this in mind I appreciate all types of music, but as I'vesaid before Ican not condone a message that I don't agree with.
    In particular, "Whip it like a slave" is utterly unacceptable. I'm sure that the track is hot, and wayne probably has a dope verse on it, the song has a catchy hook and there are probably a hundred new dances mimicing whipping somone circulating through the club And this is where the problem is. People are too hungry for this shit. The demand for something this offensive, is too high. These artists are so huge that they can do something like this and get away with it. And the records will sell, because of the name,because of the dances, because people like us are few out of themany that would rather eat shit than taste freedom.

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