Rap Game Dangerous (RIP Bankroll Fresh) | Controversy Corner

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Chiraq Online | Controversy Corner

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It’s no secret that law enforcement and federal agencies use social media to help them catch criminals. Whether we’re referring to hip hop cops or the actual FBI, social media has become a fully automated, artificially intelligent, self-snitching machine and if we, the users, are aware of this, we can only imagine what Big Brother knows.

There are dozens, if not hundreds of instances of social websites like Instagram being used to catch criminals. These criminals include felons who shouldn’t have guns, child molesters, and Peeping Toms. Technically, all criminals by law, but not necessarily the caliber of wrong-doer that the local police department’s technology unit should be dedicating a lot of man hours to.

More appropriately, there was a murderer caught thanks to his snapchat posts. He’s not the only murderer apprehended, either. There was an arrest in the murder of a Texas student because of something posted on Twitter.

These are but a few examples, but they are more than enough. Clearly, the information superhighway has roads traveling in all directions and your intended destination determines which lane you travel.

This current road takes us to Chicago, Illinois. Unless you live under a rock, you are well aware of the tumultuous shockwaves of violence that continually reverberate through the city. (Shootings in the city are up 200% from last year at this time.) A lot of folks will tell you that it’s not necessarily Chicago being ravaged by the seemingly nonstop string of shootings, but a sub-section of it referred to as the “Chiraq.” There is a Hip Hop Youtuber named DJ Akademics that graciously narrates Chiraq’s deadly crime scene from a Hip Hop perspective, and although he does so from a somewhat satiric stance, the coverage of what goes on that doesn’t make the news is both breaktaking and unbelievable. He gives personality and humanity to the robotic, emotionless, genocidal phenomenon.

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Chiraq’s mythology is propelled by its domestic soundtrack, Drill music. Drill has produced its fair share of popular rappers, namely Chief Keef and Lil Reese, but Drill rap, unbeknownst to quite a few, is murder music. It’s very tribal, cylindrical and intimate, if you know what you’re listening to. These guys, who have just as much talent as any other rappers, basically send messages of death and mayhem back and forth to one another in the form of rap songs. And while a fair amount of the guys and girls out are legitimately talented enough to make it as rap artists on the big stage, it looks like the name of that game is survival. If they don’t leave Chiraq, they may not ever leave Chiraq. In addition to DJ Akademics, check out KollegeKidd.com.

It seems to be a formula: make videos displaying all their weapons, detail their plans to whoever is in viewing vicinity, post these videos online, and in many, many instances, carry out the actions that were foretold. And even with the internet acting as the world’s most cooperative confidential informant, rarely do I ever hear about any of these dudes ever facing any sort of criminal charges. That’s very telling of a much larger problem that I’m starting to notice. At first, I thought it was just my normal perception: two parts paranoia, one part common sense, with a twist of pessimistic optimism. But now I believe it may be something different.

Peep game.

The current mayor, Rahm Emmanuel, appears to be inept and unequipped to handle Chicago’s crime climate. It almost looks as if he doesn’t care. Regardless of speeches and empty political rhetoric, he seems to be just as far removed from Chicago as the President has been during his campaign. The difference, however, is that President Obama isn’t in a position to play favorites. He has an entire country to babysit. Rahm, on the other hand, isn’t even able to maintain the little piece of America he is supposed to legally be responsible for. And clearly everyone being shot at or killed in “Chiraq” isn’t a rapper or gang member. Now, I’m no conspiracy theorist, but one has to wonder why there hasn’t been any saviors swooping from the Midwest skies to save the sorrowful souls in distress? Is it the same reason the the already proven successful tactics used to hunt down misdemeanor criminals online has yet to be applied to the terrorized back streets and front alleys of Chiraq?

If you ask me, I believe Chicago has been targeted. For what? I’m not sure yet.

Genocide maybe?

Perhaps there is some new psychedelic, mind altering weapon that has been developed and somehow Chicago was chosen to be its testing ground zero years ago.

Maybe this is all just man-made hyperbole, designed to distract us from some other, more sinister plot twist, like an alien invasion or the Zika outbreak.

Of course I’m an outsider, so my opinion should be taken with a grain of salt, but I’m also no dummy. Something is amiss. The cops have even begun to give up on the people. It’s a bit like the Flint Water Crisis, where a sect of people clearly need help and can’t rely on any of the local powers that be for asistance or support, which is eerily similar to the Black man’s plight in America. And somehow I don’t think any of that is coincidence.

Words by Tony Grands
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TGDC News: “Training Day” To Hit Small Screen

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Training Day is arguably Denzel Washington’s best movie. Hollywood agreed, because he won an Academy Award for playing a drugged-up, alcoholic, crooked, killer cop. This movie connected with the City of LA in a way that people hadn’t seen since “Colors.” Maybe not by industry standards, but in the court of public opinion, Training Day is definitely classic American cinema.

So we weren’t surprised to hear that CBS has picked up the legendary flick to be a dramatic series on the network. The show will be produced by Jerry Bruckheimer, who brought us the first two Bad Boys movies with Antoine Fuqua, Training Day‘s original director back behind the camera. The show is set in the future in Los Angeles and there hasn’t been any word on the cast of characters, but we can only hope that officer Hoyt stars as the main character. Who cares if it’s Ethan Hawke? Although, that would be pretty dope.

Before we get too excited, let’s remember the ill-fated Beverly Hills Cop TV show. After much fanfare and hoopla, the show was scrapped in exchange for a new movie project. Let’s hope that doesn’t happen.

Stay tuned for coming details Training Day, the television series.

— Tony Grands

TGDC News: The ‘Hood Weighs In On Kendrick Lamar’s Gang Truce Sneakers

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Kendrick Lamar, the world’s favorite bohemian rapper, announced a partnership betwixt himself and shoe giant Reebok earlier this year. No, he’s not selling out or anything remotely close to. Actually, it’s quite the opposite.

Kendrick stated that his intention with the shoe will be to unite the Crip and Blood gangs of Southern California.

While the shoes looks cheap and underwhelming, the intention is good. Kids will likely walk right past those sneakers for a pair of $275 fire engine red Lebrons, though, even with its much more sound price of $125. As the Black community knows all to well, unity is far from cheap…and we take our appearance extremely seriously. Kendrick may have fared better with an entire album and cojoining concert series dedicated to the stoppage of gang activity instead. Kids love new music, hate old shoes, but that’s neither here nor there.

I’m sure this is merely a baby step in the partnership between Kendrick/TDE/Reebok, and I expect great things in the future. This, obviously, is not one.

See how the hood feels about Kendrick x Reebok’s “Ventilator” as Jigga (not that one) & G Weed, a couple of LA double OGs, speak on the shoe from Ground Zero.

–Tony Grands