Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Playing With Fire(Power)

I like guns. Like most dudes, there's something about them that just draws my attention. Dr. Francis Cress-Welsing wrote in her book 'The Isis Papers', they're phallic, symbolic of our penises, an extension-if you will, & we know that niggas love grabbing their junk for what the reason. Perhaps that's why whenever the opportunity presents itself to take pictures holding one, authentic or not, dudes jump on it. Really though, we all have flicks holding somebody's piece, mean-mugging, praying that shit doesn't go off. Fuck a manslaughter charge. My love affair with firearms started with my grand pops. He fought in WWII, & killed a german dude, took his pistol & brought it back to the states. He presented it to my dad like a trophy of his awesomeness. My dad still has it, & I'm sure one day he'll give it to me. He probably would've given it to me years ago, but you all know, I'm barely about 2 years into my recovery, so, yeah. God forbid I relapse with an old ass gun, & decide I don't appreciate some people as much as I think I do in sobriety. So, I understand. Hell, it's not even registered in this country. Just saying.


The infamous Ray Benzino has started a rather juvenile beef with Royce the 5'9", of the group Slaughterhouse, as of last week. Now normally, a couple of grown men exchanging insults via songs & Internet footage wouldn't be a reason to look twice. I mean, that's what Hip Hop is about these days, right? Too much testosterone, with a hint of misplaced emotional outbursts, & a twinge of personal attack, thanks to Curtis Jackson & company. What makes this incident a little more special than usual, is the fact that it didn't transpire to this point over the course of, say, a few months, or after a run-in somewhere, giving both of their weed carriers a chance to hoop & holler at one another as they "shoved" rent-a-cops out of the way. On the contrary, Benzino hit up the web, & immediately started talking guns, showing guns, & made several references to niggas getting killed. Rappers tossing empty threats around is common place. We should all be used to the requisite tough-talk that goes along with the music. Royce, being a veteran MC, should know the rules. Benzino is an attention-seeker. One of those dudes who goes out of his way to be seen, if only because without a gimmick, he'd be ignored, or heckled. The type of guy who the neighborhood kids throw rocks at his car, just because. Really though, I compare a lot of rap cats behaviors to that of my 6 year old son, & it doesn't take a rocket scientist to guess who fares higher on the maturity scale.


Royce displayed a massive amount of nigganometry, by not only responding to a Z-list rap guy, who's been chasing fame since 1973, but doing so, on camera, while brandishing a weapon. Not just any weapon, though. A. Rocket. Launcher. I've heard about Royce's battles with alcoholism, & maybe they should let home skillet play so much 'Call Of Duty', while he's drunk off his ass. Not only is he lining himself up for numerous legal repercussions, on top of telling on himself ahead of time, like this was the movie 'Minority Report', but, is it really that serious? Worst case scenario: Benzino goes to Detroit, to confront Royce face-to-face, & Royce-feeling as though there's something to prove-LAUNCHES A ROCKET at him, clearing out 1/3 of a city block, which may or may not be rife with people. WTF? Are we so far gone as a society, that grenades & rocket launchers are the new sticks & stones?


Sure, this is America, & we have the right to bare arms, but, let's be real about what's being protected? Our lives or our manhood(s). I wonder how long before one of these moronic Hip Hop stars kills somebody, or gets killed for the sake of "keepin' it real." Truth be told, I had my money on Young Jeezy & Gucci Mane. I still haven't taken my bet off the table for that one. I miss the good ol' days when a threat of violence was just that; words spoken out of frustration. Word to Biggie, things done changed. & shame on World Star Hip Hop for being the conduit for ignorance. Niggas always yelling about how Hip Hop deserves respect, then we get on camera & point guns at the lens. Backwards hustling, indeed.

12 comments:

shante carlan ; said...

I couldn't agree with you more. WSHH is the place to go to see the finest example of hoodboogers at their best. And I never understood what flashing a gun had to do with the point someone is trying to make. If you're not going to shoot at something/someone then put that shit away.

the things one would do for attention. SMH.

Curtis75Black said...

I'm glad someone decided to talk about it - realistically !!

Don said...

No pass for WSHH, but I saw the buffoonery on Nahright. I was amazed at the stupidity Royce showed but I know alcohol is a hell of a drug.

But this dude had WMD's. He made Trick & everyone around him hot (II).

"Ya big dummy"! ©Fred Sanford

Don said...

On a different note:

"In a statement he released after meeting with authorities Monday, Arenas said he took unloaded guns from his locker in a "misguided effort to play a joke" on a teammate".

"Gilbert Arenas was suspended INDEFINITELY without pay Wednesday by NBA commissioner David Stern, who determined the player's behavior made him "not currently fit to take the court".

Joke's on you jack. You just got fired.

Tony Grands said...

@$yk

I started 'Fire(power) pt2, then stopped. Figured I made my point, but this dude is an idiot, of 'Young Buck' proportions. Already in a position of submission with all the injuries, so he's NOT really earing his worth-& hasn't been in a couple of years, then thinking that, because he likes the smell of his own shit, nobody else is holding their nose(s). No dice. Crittenton's best friend said "he didn't not get "the joke"".

Commish Stern's been trying to de-thug the leauge since AI. He's not going to let this pompous hoodlum eff up the progress made. Hell, niggas wear suits on the sideline, & like it now!! That wasn't an overnight process.

Gibert Arenas is a fucking idiot, & may have possibly fucked up his lunch ticket. Time for bologna & hot cheetos...

Sidenote: he just fucked up the league. A little bit. Watch & see.

B-Boy Cult said...

yeah these niggas bullet proof in the DJ booth. but brandishing a weapon in a video does not constitute a cause for arrest. the video will give probable cause for a search warrant. a violation can only occurs with possession. they need the gun, or the rocket launcher, to make it stick.

that shit just may be really visible in the trunk. of any car or truck.

amazing. on the one hand, im like ok! somebody got real firepower should we have to arm ourselves in opposition to tyrannical government. but im forced to think that if we start the revolution all they probably do is squeal.

on the other hand im like WOW. u didnt just do all that for BENZINO? i used to work at the Source. i saw how he fucked it up from the inside. nigga in the offices smokin weed on Park Ave. this is not the guy u wanna get in shit with. he has no sense of consequences. and no kind of talent. i mean, thats if fuckin up doesnt count...

Don said...

@ Cult

I mean we all know the enforcement insiders have been looking at that camp since the Yung Bird nonsense (which members of the same team are seen recently sporting the chain in a video) AND the Jim Jones shooting incident, now this display will ensure that they will have turncoat implants around them. After all no other state has a "no fly zone" (good language for an indictment).

If anything invite a dude to party. It's easier that way to tap the pockets. Catch 'em when they're snoozing right?

@ Grands

ArenASS done went from lighting up the playoffs, to breaking his kneecaps, to STILL get a 100 mil contract, to not having to work for a year with guaranteed spending $, to have his wifey let Shaq hit it, to getting fired over gats in his locker. Like this rich f*** can't afford a storage room for that. Or a gun safe.

These dudes getting paper in the public eye are assholes, on the strength. Tired of these f****ers.

Like Plaxico needed to pack a gat for Latin Quarter. Nothing but Hispanic beauties there with a $15 cover charge. N*gga needed to pack condoms going there.

Matt said...

Ha...I though this drop was going to be about Gilbert Arenas. Shit, flashing rocket launchers is funny. That's how you dead the stupid gun-flashing in one swoop. I guess Benzino could now ride through Detroit in a tank, but he'd probably get profiled and pulled over before he got there.

But bringing unloaded pistols to a locker room, supposedly to play a "joke" on a dude that owes you money? The fuck? Dudes could use some guidance on how to spend some of that money to clean up their lifestyles and their image. I heard Arenas was getting paid $147,000 for every game he played and he's mad about some bullshit gambling debt? Too many questions and not enough answers.

--OG Matt Herbz--

BLESSD1 said...

LAWD...this post would be SO FUNNY if it weren't so truly tragic. Cats LOVE being tough guys in front of the camera, but for real, Royce? With the buzz he had going from the Slaughterhouse project, he should be keeping his nose clean and collecting as much money as he's able to off of that, b/c as much as I like him as an artist, he's not built for platinum stattus. Instead, he's beefing w/a dude that is a big, colassal fuck-up who's pettiness ran him out of the magazine that he started. Sheesh...Royce is too smart to be so dumb. And Arenas...man...the gun gestures he gave the other night before the game...why would you do some stupid shit like that KNOWING they were going to be watching your every move? These cats know how to fuck up some long paper, don't they?

Kiana said...

great post but I'm mad you said "nigganometry" that's worse than niggerrigged. And honestly, if this was TV and not real life, it would be hilarious. I'm just saying...this whole ordeal reads like a Chapelle show skit. Dude #1 brings out a gun. Dude #2 ups the ante and brings out a rocket launcher. a fucking ROCKET LAUNCHER. If it was soley entertainment it'd be classic. Too bad it's Royce, who I know nothing about - but i'm sure it's safe to say he's an idiot. He probably thought he was pawning Benzinos bishop (i hope that's a correct analogy, i don't know nothing about chess either lol) but instead he did something extremely dangerous and irresponsible.

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