MNR: Marathon (RIP Nip)
“And through it all a nigga ain’t scared of death...”
Prodigy, “Quiet Storm” (original)
3.31.19 shall forever be a day synonymous with infamy. Last Sunday we witnessed the death of a dream in nightmare fashion. Rap music and Black culture (hip hop) have been watered down for a long while now. We went from being exclusive to the streets and just us to the forefront of popular culture. I remember when MTV wouldn’t play anything hip hop. We needed Uncle Ralph and Video Music Box for that. With all due respect to Ed Lover, Dr. Dre (the other one) and Fab 5 Freddy, fuck MTV. They didn’t give two fux about us, our music, or our culture. The same can be said for the Grammys. Ask The Prince and Jazz. But that was back when. Most of you out there have no recollection of those times. Hip hop being the dominate culture is the only thing most of you have known. With that being said, most of you have not the slightest idea of how much our culture and art have been watered down. It’s all about money, bitches, drugs, and violence. Most of the rappers and voices of our culture promote one or all of the four. I’m not knocking it; for many of us it’s all we know (I guess). And whether you believe that last statement or not, it’s what’s promoted by the powers that be, the ones with the decision making ability and the safe combination. They put everything in your face that’s the opposite of Black positivity. They don’t want you to know about Black ownership/entrepreneurship. And I’m not talmbout alcohol distributors and nightclubs. I’m talmbout businesses and initiatives that support and empower the Black community. Well, we had a man that was all about that. He wanted better for his community. And he put his money where his mouth was. His name was Nipsey Hussle. He was taken from us Sunday evening by a snitch ass hater who played the role of the ultimate nightmare holder. He chose to play God and end the life of a man who sought and initiated change. I’m not gonna talk about how hurt I am that we lost Nipsey or how fucked up this shit is. Y’all don’t need me for that. I’d rather take the opportunity to remind y’all of the Marathon. Not the store, but the movement. Nip will live on in our hearts if we keep the Marathon going, and not just bumping and reciting his raps. They were superb. I knew that going back damn near a decade. But I mean the Marathon that consists of self education, Black love, and entrepreneurship. Use this tragedy as a positive. Impact the community. Study, whether it be in the classroom or on your own time. Learn. Purchase land. Purchase all the land and property you can, not cars and jewelry. Love your brother and sister. Hire them if they’re qualified and motivated to earn. Empower them. Pool your talent and resources together. Sacrifice short term for long term and sustained glory. That’s how you keep Nip alive and vibrant. If you love him you owe him that much. But I’m certain if he were still here he’d tell you that you owe it to yourself. Rest easy Nip. You were the greatest.
Sleep Easy Nipsey Hussle...
A lot of thoughts ran through my head after I heard the news of Hussle's untimely demise. The first being "damn, Nip ain't do shit to nobody". By no means is anything I have to say a condemnation of the man but just thoughts that passed through my mind. It's like a nigga can't have nothing man, nothing positive or negative, somebody or something always out to remind us that there is this metaphorical (and often literal) ball and chain holding us down . We all know the saying "you can take the nigga out the hood, but you can't take the hood out the nigga" Nip didn't want to leave the hood, he wanted to raise the hood up with him. Some coward, either someone trying to pump their chest up or some stooge hired by big pharma, didn't want to see that dream come true. Back when Kanye West was 'Ye he rapped about Dream Killers, and damned if they ain't out there. Part of me thinks whoever is orchestrating these nightmares feels like this type of action will discourage the righteous from attempting change. It won't. Poignantly written by my fellow crewMember @tymonday : "Nip will live on in our hearts if we keep the Marathon going..." Events like this tend to galvanize the righteous, so be ready for the revolution.
#2NNProductions MNR: Marathon (RIP Nip)