Lost Boyz – Channel Zero


Man I’m trying to blow
But yet this record shit is so slow”

Watching that Kanye show at MSG on Tidal yesterday, I realized that rap came a long way from the days of one of Queen’s finest rap groups: Lost Boyz.

The Lost Boyz represented an area of NYC that had long been overlooked, but that suffered from the same disparities in equality that The Bronx and Brooklyn had. They were poor, undereducated, and gang fights and shootings were a very common occurrence everyday in their lives.

I’m growing up in the ghetto
And there was nobody happy”

Picture an East Coast version of the film “Boyz n the Hood“, and here you have the daily lives of the Lost Boyz.

It’s getting harder day after day
Somebody gots to pay
And in my closet lays an AK
A newborn is found dead
Plus money killed the girl
And put the gun to his own head
You never hear this on the 6:00 news
When my niggas get killed in the street over tennis shoes”

Watching that Yeezy Season 3 show last night, I realized that Hip-Hop has also misplaced its humble beginnings somewhere along the way. It forgot about the message it was supposed to get across.

Decades later the world hasn’t changed much. Gas prices are about to drop back down to their 2002-2003 prices. Cops are now shooting us to death instead of beating us. Unemployment and homelessness are higher, regardless of The Establishment‘s attempt to tell us different. ‘We know better Mr. & Mrs. Establishment.’

We see the homeless on the streets, on church stairs in cardboard boxes along Fifth Ave. We see them sleeping on the trains. We hear of our friend’s friends and their family members losing jobs. We figured you were lying to us once we realized that you only gave us the number of jobs gained in your reporting, but never the amount of jobs lost over that same time. Why would you? I mean, at the most minimal levels, at least we do know how to conduct basic math. Shout out to our educational system. Which is SO flawless that we probably do the least in that area when it comes to funding, in order to improve it.

Yea. It doesn’t seem like the world has changed much to me either. But somehow, we forgot all of that and each other back at the forefronts of this revolution that still has yet to be satisfied. We’ve let society divide us yet again; just after we nearly almost had it. Here we are, NOT spreading the message. Too busy instagramming our newest sneakers and Hermes belts. Too busy snapchatting the successes of others.

Aren’t you tired of the same, too? Because I’m pretty fed up of nothing really changing after all these years. I’d sincerely like to see some significant changes, soon.

We need something different running our country. We also need someone back in rap who is going to represent the poor in America right now, too. Not a bunch of wannabe one-percenters with nothing to contribute to our people (the average American citizen). We clearly have enough of those.

Oh, and if you’re a Mark Wahlberg fan you just might want to skip this one…

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