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If the person is white…

Most people have no idea what’s going on behind these records. Despite the rhetoric and the flash of money, the actual lives of these rappers aren’t being portrayed.

They are in danger.

in the underground economy.

This is rock and roll of the past. Cash business, but much more dangerous.

I didn’t know that much until I read Joe Coscarelli’s book Rap Capital: The Atlanta Story: https://amzn.to/3Ns7PMl and chatted with him on the podcast: https://bit.ly/3haAadK

First of all, we have a huge incarceration problem in America, which disproportionately targets black people. It’s amazing how many of these eventually famous rappers were in and out of jail. If you think racism is outdated, you have to be in the Supreme Court. In some parts of Georgia, the rapper has been put on alert by prominent white police crackdowns on petty crimes.

As for wages…

From the outside, everything seems simple. There are record company royalties and concerts. But it’s more complicated than that. There are tons of cash gigs and the IRS misses not only rich CEOs but rappers who are sometimes very rich themselves because of this economy and you show up at clubs doing rap stalking and… you can Doing multiple shows in one night. That’s another amazing thing about Coscarelli’s book, how rich some of these rappers are.

Not that careers are guaranteed. It’s one thing to get hit, it’s another to persevere.

Not only the underground economy, but also Fortune 500 companies. They know that rappers have the most credibility with their target audience, let alone popularity, so they do business with them. It used to be that you had to have some success before the company came calling, but now they’re involved from the start.

Many actions are one-offs. and eventually return to where they came from. Never mind the fact that many don’t make it.

While rockers and old blowhards are still trying to figure out the internet, it’s been embraced by the hip-hop community since its inception. Rappers know you have to give to get what you get, like a drug dealer. They know it’s about making big money, not small money. Ergo mixtape. These recordings endeared them to the audiences they connected with. If you have fans, there will be a lot of money in the future.

And culture.

Also, this culture involves a lot of posturing and violence.

Whites and mainstream media may report it, but they don’t condemn it.

Rappers get shot and rightfully so. Why?

Well, we can go to the source and ask why black people don’t have more opportunities. Coscarelli writes about college graduates who end up in manual labor. But affirmative action is taboo because someone may gain an advantage that is already integrated into the majority. I mean you have to fix this at some point.

Let’s be clear, it’s not what you learn at Harvard or Yale that matters, it’s the people you meet who become part of your network. JD Vance was a hillbilly who went to Yale Law School, made connections, worked with Peter Thiel, and ended up writing a crooked book as a platform to run for the Ohio Senate. Where are the concomitant advantages of black people?

Trust me, the upper middle class knows all the tricks. But even the middle class has no clue, top educational institutions need to be blind, if you can get in, you’re broke and you don’t have to pay a dime.

America’s information gap, right there.

So think about all the people who profit from rap. White-run labels, TV and streaming companies, the aforementioned Fortune 500, but none of them raised their hands against violence in the culture, they didn’t even bother to condemn it.

This is racism incarnate.

As for George Floyd…all the companies that came out to support black people…then and now, the end result is far from significant, as it has always been.

So if a white rapper gets shot and his family gets on the front page, their disaster. There will be investigative articles in the media asking how this happened. How this righteous citizen of a good family was strangled. Yes, they would whitewash the deceased’s background and read an obituary saying that the deceased was an arrogant punk?

All government leaders meet to discuss action.

Meanwhile, where is the story of the Takeoff family? An insight into where his past life was?

Where is the anger!

We could start with gun control…but it seems to be going in the other direction. I would think twice about moving to Texas where everyone can carry a gun without a license. Touting so-called economic advantages to me all day, they don’t mean much when you’re dead.

The truth is that white people and the mainstream community don’t care if another black man dies. Just one less mouth to feed. Yes, that’s how they see it, black people are takers, always want more, and the government has to stop supporting them.

And when they do, why don’t they take all the money the government disproportionately gives the red states, right?

A developed society pays attention to those on the lower end of the economy. in most western countries. But during the Clinton administration, welfare was in limbo, and the idea that black women had just given birth and had government support was untrue. You think someone must have taken your money and you should pay less tax, but when a natural disaster strikes, you need immediate federal relief.

Yes, there must be a scapegoat. Black people are number one.

Even if their school is ineligible. The right side says that there should be school choice, and poor schools should be closed, but good schools do not have enough space for all disadvantaged groups to attend! In fact, it’s just a ruse to advance the cause of religious schools, which aren’t free, if you’re not a believer…

Let’s not equate every rapper with Kanye. They’re not that rich, and they’re not that crazy. They just want to live.

So, we have to get the guns off the street. Enough for us to put our hands in the air. You go crazy when your kids get shot, what about other people’s kids?

and how to discredit violence. Why are gangs and violence portrayed as cool? Many kids join gangs not because they’re cool, but to survive. Gangs and others take the law into their own hands due to police incompetence. And since there are so few opportunities, kids will be on drugs, and for such a quick cash, I mean how long will they live?

That’s what struck me in “Basketball Dream”. They throw a huge birthday party for the player, because living to be eighteen is such an achievement. Do we feel the same way as white people? Is just being alive something to celebrate?

Often, they find the perpetrators of this violence and lock them up, but it’s not much of a deterrent because they don’t feel like they have much of a future in the first place. Honor and image are everything, as if we were living in the feudal past.

All these talent agencies and clothing makers could throw Kanye away, but what if they throw away the people involved in the violence. Trust me, if you take away a few opportunities, it changes the culture.

As for clubs and strippers, let it rain…

Everyone can choose the lifestyle they want, but we give cash to these big-name athletes who aren’t educated on how to spend their money, and then they screw up and end up going broke and eventually dying of CTE. But players are one-offs, like rappers. Heck, most players in the NFL don’t even have guaranteed contracts! If you are hurt, you go out. We don’t care about you. Life is hard. Meanwhile, bad actor billionaire bosses continue to rape and pillage not only in business, but in their personal lives.

It’s a way that you can show your status by earning and spending money.

In fact, on TikTok, all these videos are talking about money, the economics of buying a new car, investing. Maybe people who come up will see them, but we don’t even teach economic skills in school because if we do, sellers can’t cast a shadow in the eyes of these customers. Dollar stores, payday loans…they’re outrageous, but if you’re broke, sometimes you have no choice.

Somehow, America has changed dramatically, and it is white people who are disadvantaged. What about the poor child? Instead of playing in a rock band, be a rapper! It’s one of the few high-paying jobs for disadvantaged youth, aside from drug dealing.

But we demonized these people because we profited from their backs.

Come on, black people are culturally far above their weight. And, unfortunately, this culture of gun violence affects not only them but also white people because it looks so cool!

Let me tell you, nothing is cool when you die. Finito. ended. The challenge is to stay alive. Heck, the government should give every rapper who lives to forty a million dollars. Even better, everyone has a guaranteed income, including black people.

But no one wants to pay for it! I don’t understand, do you want to live in Venezuela? I’ve been there, rich people live in houses on the hills surrounded by concrete walls with hexagonal wire.

You think you are immune, but you are not. We live in a big society. You are part of it, you are vulnerable. If you don’t take care of your siblings and lift them up, it can affect you negatively.

But you have all these executives who say they make billions and they don’t admit they have nothing without customers!

The consumer is king. But that’s not how our society sees it. We admire the rich and criticize the poor, ignoring what is going on in their minds.

When it comes to hip-hop, it’s all about creativity. You don’t reach the top by accident. So why can’t we just admit it, no one is watching except at the awards show?

Granted, everything disappears almost instantly these days. But after taking off, I haven’t seen any elected official comment on it. I don’t see any protests. At best, he shrugged.

This will not work.

Something has to be paid. If you don’t fix the underlying problem, it will affect you.

Please, is no one angry that this guy was shot?

I guess not.

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