On Sundays, most people relax and get ready for the week ahead. However, rapper Lupe Fiasco took the day to reflect on the state of lyrics in the world of Hip Hop.
Heading to Twitter, Lupe decided to express himself by elaborating on the issue, firing out 19 tweets about the use of violent lyrics in Hip Hop music. Fiasco says he feels that violent lyrics give rappers “positive reinforcement” to carry out negative acts.
“Violent music (and all violent media) effectively says its ‘OK’ to be violent. It provides positive reinforcement for negative actions,” Lupe said in a tweet. “If you rap and make violent music then own up to it. Stop hiding behind ‘art imitating life’ as a way to evade the guilt.”
Lupe Fiasco also made reference to a Dr.Dre line in Eminem’s song “Guilty Conscience” quoting, “How the hell you gonna tell this man not 2 be violent?, Cuz he dont need to go the same route that I did.” Lupe’s most current Twitter anthology could be connected to 50 Cent’s appearance on CBS Sunday Morning program in which the Queens rapper said that his music doesn’t praise violence. Lupe acknowledged that he too has made violent music and committed violent acts in the past but questions why individuals continue to do the same.
“Ive made violent music. Done violent things. Most my friends are violent. Lived in violent neighbors. Seen violence first hand,” he said. “A certain point you start to get tired of it. You ask why? Why is it like this? What is causing this? Why is this ok to live like this? Then you turn on the news and see that a 12 month old got shot in the face by two teenagers in Georgia for no reason at all.”