Drizzle: So, I'm listening to To Pimp a Butterfly. And the ending with Tupac spoke to me.
Speed: How so?
Drizzle: Well, the part with "niggas uprising is too easy for the times." But, the part where he said black men have a limited time to show maximum strength befor the system sucks it out of you. That resonated with me. Sidenote, I heard on Rickey Smiley that Kendrick was the only prophetic rapper left and TPAB was an album that'd make you a better person. I'd like to refute that.
Speed: As would I. But, then again, I'm both a Big K.R.I.T. fan and an artist who's pretty "I wanna lead people people to better shit if they actually get off their high horse and listen" myself. First, with regards to Big K.R.I.T., here's this man who's, like Kendrick, he's seen life from several windows. And he showcases that in his lyrics. He doesn't preach to you, though. That's something that artists such as Kendrick and Lupe tend to do at times. K.R.I.T., he just allows it to be said and leaves it up to you to heed his advice or ignore.
Advice, in my opinion, it's best given in that way. It's better heeded when it's less like a teacher scolding his students and more like a big brother offering up life lessons. That's another reason why Cole's latest shit resonates with me as well.
Drizzle: And that's the thing. J. Cole came out near the same time and was a better album. And he actually put out an album with an album which'd actually make you a better person, not preachy, but legit. But, I digress. I look at this #BlackLivesMatter movement and the only real soldiers are children. It's kids out there marching and pushing back against police.
Speed: This is true. The curfew in Baltimore was mostly brought on because of teens and young adults organizing on their own, for better or worse at times, not the so-called "leaders" organizing movements.
Drizzle: Our generation feels good arguing on social media, but these kids are face forward. They're inches away from the same police they believe will kill them. And I can smell two reasons for this. On our side anyway.
Speed: Ok, what are they?
Drizzle: One, we're worried about our personal status. Not just "oh, them cops gonna beat us." But, "oh, what will corporate America think?" Our generation is teeter-tottering on that hood versus corporate actions cusp.
Speed: This, I agree on. For instance, a friend of mine, she posted some stuff about Sandra Bland and #blacklivesmatter.
Her job found out about it, and she got shitcanned and became afraid to speak out.
Drizzle: We know we're being watched at our jobs because we're brown. We know they'll use any excuse to hit us. In or out of the office. Yeah, so we stay quiet. Them kids don't have that stopping them. Reason two is a little less flattering.
Speed: That's also true about kids. They don't give a shit and are typically--key word is, of course, "typically"--reactionary and have more of a mob mentality, especially about stuff of this nature. Even more so than older people.
Drizzle: We, the same generation that said "you can't brainwash me," we got brainwashed. You just showed it. Why are we judging children when they're better--
Speed: False. I'm not judging them. I'm stating a fact. They've a better ability to organize than we typically do.
Drizzle: "They" told us that fighting back is wrong so much that we believe them. Fuck the "mob mentality" bullshit. If something happened to your kids, you'd want an army at your back, too.
Speed: And we, the generation who's said you can't brainwash us, we're becoming mroe like the generations before us! Not exactly brainwashed, though. I'd say it's becoming that our generation is fucking lazy, complacent. We'll do the hashtags and shit. But, when it comes down to it? There's a gap between even us and teenagers. Why?
I don't think it has everything to do with being better. I think it's just that millennials, we tend to have a false sense of entitlement. We tend to have a "we're right, you're wrong if you don't follow us" mindset.
Drizzle: No, we are wrong. We're damn stupid. We accept calls of nonviolence from people who had guns pointed at other countries four times longer than we've been alive! We literally get told to "stay calm and let it go" from the same people who worship people who started an intercontinental war over fucking tea! What the hell!? We're not just dumb. We're insane!
Speed: So, what's your solution? Since, as Pac said, there's a time before we lose all of our fight. Or is it too late for the Millennials? Because if that's what you're getting at? I've got to kindly say "fuck that."
Drizzle: I was there for the Baltimore Riots. Those kids said something poignant. "Freddie Grey died walking to work. If they're gonna kill me for nothing, I have no problem getting killed trying to make 'em stop." Our generation doesn't have that.
Speed: Of course we don't. As you said, many of us have been neutered. But, I think there's still that spark. I just don't know what the fuck it'll take to ignite it. The #JusticeFor... hashtags are damn near limitless.
And here we are with people and celebrities crying and striking up task forces, pretty much, over a goddamned lion.
Animal rights are important, too. But come the fuck on!
Drizzle: We are selfish. Always looking out for Number One.
Speed: That we are. Until a #justicefor... hits close to home. Then? Then, it's the same song and dance. Just with a couple more protests.
Drizzle: I was in Ferguson too when shit went down, albeit by accident. Those people looked at Mike Brown dying like them dying. Like it was their son, their kin. That's why they exploded. We don't care about each other.
Speed: We barely care for ourselves. Like, legitimately care.
Drizzle: And let's not begin talking about how legal, peaceful protests don't work. My pops said straight up "we don't have a time in living memory when peaceful protests did work." And, we are not going to get one because the other side? They don't give a fuck about our opinions. They don't really give a fuck about our hashtags.
Speed: True. Look at the case of Zachary Hammond. Where are all the "#ALLLIVESMATTER" folks now? I mean, shit! Most of the other side? They'll just use a hashtag to turn the story back onto us in some way.
Drizzle: The fight has been taken from us. And it's sad. The fact that black people are saying "duhhhh, maybae if there was less black-on-black crime" is despicable. If you think cops shouldn't be held to a higher standard than random gang violence, then you're fucked up.
Speed: Every time a black person trots out the term "black-on-black crime" and quotes the stats to "justify" this shit? A devil gets his horns--
Drizzle: Damn right. Besides, it's not like we happy niggas is killin' other niggas.
Speed: True. I've got no reason to kill another black man. Unless, of course, he brings violence towards myself and my family.
Drizzle: Ah, the infamous hate cycle.
Speed: Gotta love it.
Drizzle: That's a convo for a different day.
Speed: This is true. We've got to save something for next time (laughs). But, seriously. We've been programmed to hate ourselves and praise anyone who makes light of this programming. We've been duped to say that anyone who laughs at this social construct which has been reconstructed to spew out venomous hate and further the path of self-hatred, they're a satirical genius. That's my main issue with fuckboys such as Lil' Dicky. That, and y'know, he's not all that good.
Drizzle: It's gonna take a nigga, whose kid got lit by a cop on national television, taking the fight into his own hands before shit happens.
Speed: So, essentially, like that one episode of Scandal. Even though Shonda Rhimes chose to neuter everyone involved in that episode because, well, you know. Ratings and shit.
Drizzle: Gotta appease the overlords. But, we've been brainwashed into thinking that us fighting back is bad. That we're destroying our own communities. Those aren't our communities. We own nothing in them.
Speed: The liquor stores are typically owned by Asian people and/or Middle-Eastern folks. The chain grocery stores and fast food, that's typically own by rich white America. Yeah, we may work in them. We may even get up to the point where we oversee one. But, we still don't own shit.
Drizzle: It ain't ours!
Speed: So, with that said, should we just support every black business? In your opinion.
Drizzle: No. Only the good ones. Black businesses can be dickholes, too. But, stop supporting other peoples' businesses if they're definitely dickholes. A white business in a black neighborhood is taking advantage of black people.
Speed: True. Usually because of what they have to offer to the neighborhood. For instance, over west Baltimore, on North Avenue [where the Freddie Grey riots and protests sparked], it's mostly businesses which are owned, after you break it down, by whites and non-blacks. And they offer junk and junk foods. Burger Kings. McDonald's. Liquor stores and check-cashing places by the assload. CVS offers no really healthy options in terms of nourishment--
Drizzle: But don't say "it's our community" if we don't own anything.
Speed: It's the community in which we reside, something like rats in a cage. But, that doesn't make it ours...
Drizzle: But, we keep acting like that's a reason--
Speed: Of course! We've been told to think that, by black folk and white folk.
Drizzle: Honestly, and I'm pro-gun here, the nation needs to hold the person who shot the gun accountable. Not the person who was shot. Why is it that, if I'm killed, I've got to go on trial for my own murder? Like, if I'm an asshole, that suddenly makes my death "ok." When there are actual assholes with actual body counts who get to sit, alive and well, in court?!
Speed: Because we've been taught to believe that, even if the person who's been shot is innocent, they must've done something to deserve it. Either they were "blooded out" with "gin" in their car, had "elevated" THC levels in their system, were connected to stealing some fucking rillos, et cetera, et cetera, et fucking cetera.
Drizzle: True. But, here's the dinger: it's our fault. No sarcasm.
Speed: I'm listening.
Drizzle: We tried to look threatening for, what, two decades? No wonder they're scared. But, that's not even how it's our fault. That's more because that's what made money. It's our fault because we tolerate intolerance. Whenever we have a chance to stand up for ourselves, whenever we have people's collective "approval" to fight back? We never do! We do one worse by condemning the few who have the courage to say "no more." I call it the Carlton Syndrome.
Speed: But, is there a solution? It's easy for us to sit here and point out flaws and fallacies in the way we handle this shit. But, is there a solution? Aside from, you know, the complete and utter eradication of the the human race from the face of the Earth?
Drizzle: Yep. Stop sucking! You ain't gotta go get arrested, but damn! Don't speak out against people who are fighting for their rights. Don't close your eyes and cover your ears! The fight was taken from us, though. The #BlackLivesMatter movement was just one example. Look at how many dudes are more willing to sit on the couch and puff weed than actually go out and take care of their issues?!
Speed: (sarcastically) Butbutbut, Afrocentricity and peacefulness.
Drizzle: If the fucking bank steals money out of my account, then there will be a 6'5" angry nigga at the bank. Now, I'm not shooting up no bank. I'll speak calmly and such, but I'm not just gonna sit back at home, puff some weed, and just take it.
Speed: True that. There's a way to go about these things. And all of them actually involve doing something. Just...DO IT!!!
Drizzle: Thank you. Stand up and be counted for. They will bamboozle you, lie to you, and hurt you. Don't just take it lying down!
Speed: You know who, or rather, what takes it lying down? And, no, I'm not going to say "a bitch." The dead. The dead take it lying down, because they physically can't do shit to protect themselves. We can. So, if someone's going to just lie down and take the abuse, they're proving the point that blacks and other minorities are subhuman. That they aren't even alive enough to be even halfway considered human. Fuck. That. Shit!
Drizzle: I mean, why don't they do it to white people? I'll tell you why. White people, they'll fight over everything. If Ms. Liebeck could sue McDonald's over hot coffee and not give up and win? You can argue when they steal from you. Sidenote, look at this shirt (shows Speed the following image).
If they knew we were coming when they hurt us, they'd stop hurting us.
Speed: Perhaps. Or they'd shoot everyone with a black fa--
Drizzle: Because they're not doing the latter already?
Speed: So, you alleviate any discretion as they've done. Ok, I'm listening.
Drizzle: You shoot at me? I'm coming. You robbed from me? I'm coming. You treated me different because I'm brown? I'm coming. You wronged me? I will ensure that you make it right. It is worth my time and it is worth my effort.
Speed: I mean, it's what Coffee Crotch did.
Drizzle: Exactly. Too many people wanna point the finger. Our people are the only ones unwilling to step up when it matters. But, you feel me, though, right?
Speed: Yeah, I agree.
Drizzle: I think we may piss people off with this one.
Speed: (pauses) And? What is our motto again? "If we haven't pissed you off in some way and make you think, we haven't done our jobs."