Who's to blame for the anger and shame When the game is full of the pain Felt in the ghetto Heard on the stereo We vilify as they shed the light Close doors to old sores Letting it fester When really you never Gave them a chance But you judge how they dance. Heaping guilt onto A nation betrayed.
Soap boxes lead to obnoxious judgments of character and intent. People listen to hip-hop with biased ears, which ensures that it will do nothing but confirm their fears. Hip-hop is the voice of the voiceless. The people who society would rather existed somewhere in the background, where they wouldn't have to see it. The artists are telling you their experiences. They're putting their lives on a platter, and saying, "here it is." They live in hopelessness and despair. Guilt and self-hatred are prevalent. Many sell drugs to survive. Those who have "made it" revel in the success of leaving such a negative environment. And when they tell you how they grew up, they tell you what shaped them as the human beings you see today... They are blamed for circumstances they were born into. They are blamed for surviving. They are never praised for the attempt to improve the neighborhood, the courage and desire to succeed against all odds. None of this is recognized.
Our society has forced a situation upon a specific group of people. Rap is how a large number of those people make a living, and tell stories about their situation. There is genius is the words. Art in the poetry. Emotion in the music. The genre isn't perfect, not all of them are doing positive things off the mic, and not all of them are recording tracks to help people. Even in the worst songs, is a story. You may not like the story, but it's there, and it's real. A story of struggle, with a shining of light because not every day is a terrible day, even in the ghetto. We want these people to stay in their place... But we certainly do not want them to enjoy that place.
Open your ears. Hear the tears. Nobody is in the clear.
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