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So! You're Mad at the South? Tough Shyt!

So! You’re Mad at the South?

Tough Shyt!

Let’s face one harsh hip-hop reality (for a lot of folks)! The South is runnin’ the rap game and has been for the last few years! One of the main reasons that the South has the rap game on lock is because there is UNITY! Sure, the South has had its share of beefs. Young Jeezy had beef with Gucci Mane (squashed!). T.I. had beef with Ludacris (squashed!). T.I. had beef with Lil Flip (passé’!). Shawty Lo tryna start beef with T.I. (easy win for T.I.). Khia has beef with Trina (Who cares?) A couple of Texas rappers had some issues. Petty stuff! When we think about Southern hip-hop, “beef” doesn’t come to mind. Southern rappers collaborate on more mixtapes, albums, and videos. Imagine trying to get all the New York rappers on a hip-hop magazine cover like those Texas rappers! It ain’t gonna happen.

These Northern rappers are all over the beef place! 5o Cent vs. Ja Rule, The Game, Cam’ron, Fat Joe, Jadakiss, Jr. Mafia vs. Dipset, Jay-Z vs. Nas, Jim Jones, Uncle Murder vs. Papoose and Big Truck, Fat Joe vs. Papoose, Maino vs. Lil Cease, Nycks (Oh you mad ‘cause I’m Stylin’ On You!) vs. E-N-J, etc., etc. etc. These Northern rappers are your classic “crabs-in-a-barrel.” Instead of bringing back that Northern lyricism and hit-making sound that the world has come to know as rap music, they are stuck in internecine struggle (in-fighting!). Meanwhile, the South is getting that money!

Don’t get me wrong! I’ll never hate on the North! I’m rooting for the North! LL Cool J, Run DMC, Jay-Z, Nas, and Biggie are among the greatest! But I also think that Lil Wayne, T.I., Ludacris, Rick Ross, and Clipse, (to name a
few) are the shyt too! I’ll go on record and say that before it’s all said and done Lil Wayne will become “Rakim-esque” or “Tupac-esque.”

I’m not stuck in regional hip-hop la-la land! I’m a Dirty South brotha, raised in Miami, but Miami does not define my taste in rap music, because I understand that we are all one people—Black, White, Hispanic, Jewish, Asian, etc. Lucy/Eve is our eponymous mother. You feel me? Every black person in New York is only a generation or two removed from the South! So why are you hatin’? Your daddy’s daddy’s daddy’s nut-sack is of Southern origin! The South is the backbone of the African-American experience! The South is the cradle of black folks’ existence! The South is the womb of Northern progressiveness! The South is the birthplace of Call and Response, Ragtime, Jazz, Gospel, R&B… and by extension—RAP/HIP-HOP! The South has a rich heritage of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU’s), as seen in movies such as Stomp The Yard—a movie depicting the wonderful rhythmic intricacies of black college fraternity and sorority “stepping,” which is an extension of the African drum and dance tradition with hip-hop and krump dance—and Drumline—a movie which displays the awesome power of black marching bands like the world has never seen! “Band geek?” Puhleazzzee! Not in the South! Get that country bumpkin mentality out of your mind! You have not seen a marching band until you’ve seen the Florida A&M Marching 100! (F.A.M.U.)—Eight Drum Majors—360 members—Death March cadence into a 100 step per minute march called “the Rattler!” Super Bowl XLI halftime appearance with Prince!

(Florida A&M Marching 100 Band...ain't no such-a thang as band-geek in da South!)

The South birthed the Civil Rights Movement, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Stokely Carmichael (Kwame Toure of Black Power/S.N.C.C./Black Panther Party), Elijah Muhammad (founder of the Nation of Islam and spiritual teacher of Northern Malcolm X and Louis Farrakhan, Five Percent Nation), Muhammad Ali and many, many other notables! As Fat Joe raps, “Why is everybody mad at the South…?” Don’t get it twisted! The SOUTH Bronx may be the literal birthplace of hip-hop, but its roots lie in the Dirty-Dirty (the South). And by the way, can somebody please explain where the South is? You know… the Civil War, the Emancipation Proclamation and which states were under Southern Confederate rule under president Jefferson Davis, the Mason-Dixon Line, time zones and all of that other ignant crap he was pontificating about that he should have learned in junior high school history and civics class! Just for your information, if you check the history books, the “TRUE SOUTH” is Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Arkansas and Tennessee!!! Virginia, Kentucky, Florida and TEXAS are considered “secondary” Southern states! Texas is part of the “pseudo-South”! Check your history! If ATL is not the South, then Texas is not a part of America!

Let’s face it! Ever since Tupac put the strong pimp-hand down on New York with “Hit ‘em Up” the North hasn’t been the same! Tupac exposed New York as the “Suge Knight” (bully) of rap and set into motion the thought that brothas in the South and other areas could actually have a voice independent of what their Northern counterparts were rapping. Instead of hatin’ and bitchin’ and bloggin’ and showing your bitchassness on the South, figure out a way to get it poppin’ in the North ‘cause at the end of the day, we’re all in the SAME GAME! Until then, tough shyt!

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