I know that the last post was about DJ's in my local area and I stated at that time that the next post would be about the artists from my local area but I have something I have to share with you right now. I watched BET on Tuesday, December 5 at 10 PM and saw the American Gangster series Episode 2 about "Freeway" Ricky Ross. For those of you who only know of the name Rick Ross to be the rapper from Miami who made the song, "Hustlin" off of his release "Port Of Miami", this is the story about the REAL Rick Ross. On the "Port Of Miami" CD, almost every song is about selling drugs. The REAL Rick Ross is also called, "Freeway Ricky Ross" (Where do you think the artist, Freeway from Roc-A-Fella Records got his nickname?). Do your research. The real ballers don't live in the hood and they get pardons or suspended sentences, not REAL prison sentences.
The REAL Ricky Ross was a drug dealer in L.A. in the 80's who is now thought to have been protected as an asset by the CIA. Ross was convicted in 1996 of conspiring to buy more than 100 kilograms of cocaine from a police informant. He was initially sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole. A federal appeals court threw this decision out. Upon the trial judge's reconsideration he was sentenced 20 years. Ross has been in state prison for 10 years now. Between good behavior and completing a drug prevention program, he could be out in just two more.
There are so many artists in hip hop today writing songs about their drug dealing exploits, how much money, jewelry, clothes and cars they have and not enough are telling the real story about how the crack got in the hood in the first place and how much money is being made by locking US away in prisons all over the nation. Today's artists must be challenged to tell the whole story. There is a reason why heavier sentences are handed out to those convicted for selling crack as opposed to powder cocaine.
All I can say is . . . . If you are standing on a corner selling crack you are a prostitute and you need to find out who your pimp really is. The system is pimping YOU. Don't get pimped, pimp the system. The majority of the major record companies are giving heavy promotion to all of the artists who glorify drug dealing, materialism, degrading women, crime and violence. The people who need to know the truth the most want it the least and the record companies realize this. The people have been "hoodwinked, bamboozled and led astray for centuries. Find out who the REAL gangstas are in America. Below are pictures of some real, certified gangstas and some of them have never received prison sentences at all. Check the lineup below.
Check out more stories relating to the beginnings of the crack cocaine epidemic. Follow the links, read and learn. If you want to sell dope see what can happen if you make a whole lot of money at it. It can be gone in a heartbeat and you can be locked down forever. . . and ever. . . and ever. I believe Ice Cube said it best, "The Nigga Trap".CIA-Contra-Crack Cocaine Controversy
"I for one believe that if you give people a thorough understanding of what confronts them and the basic causes that produce it, they'll create their own program, and when the people create a program, you get action."- Malcolm X
I'll holla back at you later. Seek knowledge, understanding and wisdom. Look at the pictures below and realize that the key to the future is your knowledge of your past.
The Funkadelic Relic
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