When Guns are Outlawed, Only Outlaws will have Rap Ambitions

Wrong, Sparky.

Wrong, Sparky.

We don’t mean to be cynical, but we’ve never heard of this happening to a classical harpsichordist.

The young man who was killed was identified by relatives as 21-year-old Treyvon Woods, who went by Tre Tre. An acquaintance of his was in the hospital undergoing surgery.

Ah, Treyvon. Given that there is no standard orthography among the functionally illiterate, sound it out and you’ll see it’s a name which lives (and dies) in infamy.

Sanatana Daniels, a cousin of Woods, said: “We ain’t taking it well but we’re keeping our head high. That’s all it is.”

Relatives say Woods was a rapper who was always looking out for others.

“He gave back to the ‘hood, bought the ‘hood ice cream. He loved the kids. Positive, outgoing person,” Daniels said.

Seems like there was an altercation in the back of the complex,” Ken Fregia, an HPD homicide detective, said. “Right now we don’t have any suspects.”

If our harpsichordist example was too insensitive, or suggests a racial angle to you, well, we can’t recall this happening to a Dixieland trumpeter, either. But the urban morgues of America are rich in aspiring rappers turned expiring rappers.

Could it be something thematic in the music?

12 thoughts on “When Guns are Outlawed, Only Outlaws will have Rap Ambitions

  1. Gray

    One of the counterintel portions of gang officer (think L.A. circa late 80’s) training and certification was to study explicit message within NWA’s Straight Outa… effort.

  2. James F.

    “Could it be something thematic in the music?” Yes, it definitely could.

    You know how Jody Chants, Hooah, Oorah or Hooyah shouting, and to a certain extent, THE BALLAD OF THE GREEN BERETS are supposed to affect your mind? Hip-hop and rap are like that, only backwards.

    It’s a form of self-hypnosis, and the thematic part is violence, misogyny (REAL misogyny, as in beatings and rapes are what women deserve) hatred of whites, and of mainstream society for being too white.

    Black middle-class intellectual John McWhorter wrote a thing CITY JOURNAL in 2003 called “How Hip-Hop Holds Blacks Back.”

    Here’s a sample of what he said:

    “Not long ago, I was having lunch in a KFC in Harlem, sitting near eight African-American boys, aged about 14. Since 1) it was 1:30 on a school day, 2) they were carrying book bags, and 3) they seemed to be in no hurry, I assumed they were skipping school. They were extremely loud and unruly, tossing food at one another and leaving it on the floor.

    Black people ran the restaurant and made up the bulk of the customers, but it was hard to see much healthy “black community” here. After repeatedly warning the boys to stop throwing food and keep quiet, the manager finally told them to leave. The kids ignored her. Only after she called a male security guard did they start slowly making their way out, tauntingly circling the restaurant before ambling off. These teens clearly weren’t monsters, but they seemed to consider themselves exempt from public norms of behavior—as if they had begun to check out of mainstream society.

    What struck me most, though, was how fully the boys’ music—hard-edged rap, preaching bone-deep dislike of authority—provided them with a continuing soundtrack to their antisocial behavior. So completely was rap ingrained in their consciousness that every so often, one or another of them would break into cocky, expletive-laden rap lyrics, accompanied by the angular, bellicose gestures typical of rap performance. A couple of his buddies would then join him. Rap was a running decoration in their conversation.”

    The people who promote this stuff aren’t doing blacks any favors–or non-blacks, either.

    You can read the whole thing at the link in the nickname.

    By the way, I’d say “Rap Aspirations” instead of “Ambitions”–when a guy is found dead from being shot by Some Guy, or tries and fails to kill a cop, or crashes a car he’s stolen, leading to one of those embarrassing fireball things, he’s always said to be an “aspiring rapper.”

        1. Hognose Post author

          Really. “The ME is done with the autopsy. The complainant died of acute hemothorax, exsanguination, and toxic popular culture.”

  3. Y.

    I suspect an environmental cause might be the culprit.

    Stores around here play music, and sometimes, the choice is left to the day manager. So it came to pass I was getting my groceries and got to hear some hip-hop. For some reason, hip hop and rap music cause murderous and very uncharitable thoughts in my head, so I remarked to a fellow shopper (he also had a sour look), saying… Having to listen to this music makes me think that damned French poet was right – European civilization did die at Stalingrad.

    What I heard back was “Well he was god-damned right!”
    Now, he was just an ordinary, greying, middle-aged guy, perhaps a bit less doughy than is the norm here.

    I have no difficulty believing anyone exposed to rap music for longer periods of time might become a violent maniac.

  4. Blackshoe

    Incidentally, a local shooter out here (story is in the link; he got some press attention when it happened) also had dreams of being a rapper.

    However, the jail cell you’re being held in for a triple murder probably isn’t the best place for the muse to strike…

  5. Docduracoat

    I have said this many times, that Rap music and hip hop culture are the source of much that is wrong in American inner cities.
    The media that push this on impressionable youngsters are toxic.
    A culture with music that glorified the important things in life could be the catalyst that turns these places around
    There is already a culture that does that, and it is best shown in a song called Stay Humble and Kind by Tim McGraw
    He sings don’t steal, don’t cheat, don’t lie…don’t expect a free ride, don’t hold a grudge…I love you ain’t no pick up line…when you get where you’re going turn back around help the next one in line, always stay humble and kind
    How can we get minority yout’ to listen to country music?

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