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November 01, 2011

Real Gangsters

Man, I love this from Jasiri X. Keep your eye on this guy, just as I'm sure Homeland Security is doing already.

Jon 34X

—Jonathan Schwarz

Posted at November 1, 2011 01:25 PM

from Louis Farrakhan to George Carlin - i must say i am totally in agreement, to a certain extent

Posted by: Freddy el Desfibradddorf at November 1, 2011 03:19 PM

from Louis Farrakhan to George Carlin - i must say i am totally in agreement, to a certain extent

Posted by: Freddy el Desfibradddorf at November 1, 2011 03:19 PM

Love it!
The Truth!

Posted by: Chicago 7X at November 1, 2011 05:02 PM

Jon, it's very hard to pay attention to these people when one of them is wearing a Thundercats t-shirt.

Posted by: PaxSkeptica at November 1, 2011 06:03 PM

Hmm. Sorry but I don't see anything special really. I'm assuming you're not familiar with Immortal Technique, who has similar things to say but is much funnier and raw-er.

Posted by: LorenzoStDuBois at November 1, 2011 07:41 PM

Don't forget Brother Ali

Posted by: Sam at November 2, 2011 12:19 AM

I like Immortal Technique.

Posted by: godoggo at November 2, 2011 01:16 AM

And not that I'm like Steve Hip-Hop or anything, but I think what makes Technique different from most other political rappers is that he made his name doing freestyle battles. It makes a difference, I think.

Posted by: godoggo at November 2, 2011 02:15 AM

Well, I don't have a problem with the message, but that is some crappy hip-hop.

Posted by: Rojo at November 2, 2011 10:41 AM

I don't really understand the contrast between the "real" and "not-real" gangsters.

So a group of bankers, etc are actually criminals, but a group of drug traffickers who tote guns and murder people are NOT criminals? What are they, heroes and revolutionaries?

Why can't they all be considered gangsters?

Posted by: seth at November 2, 2011 01:37 PM

Oh, and from my adopted home and favorite city of Pittsburgh! Super-like!

Posted by: Aaron Datesman at November 2, 2011 04:34 PM

Yo seth, it ain' like that. He's saying that they aren't shit - as in, small time. It fits the hip-hop aesthetic, on the one hand, by dissing the criminal in the hood, and brings to the attention of the discerning listener that the small-time gangsta-dom is petty perpetuation of the same social ills caused by the master who masks himself as an un-hip, lilly-white conformist.

Posted by: davidly at November 2, 2011 06:06 PM

This is good, but the point is made to much better effect (and avoiding seth's confusion) by this track from the Coup (who ARE being watched by Homeland Security):

Posted by: saurabh at November 2, 2011 06:52 PM

If you listen to the above, the next track on the album, featuring the hip-hop stylings of J.P. Getty and David Rockefeller (complete with "those hand gestures") is mandatory listening:

Posted by: saurabh at November 2, 2011 06:54 PM

I go with Blue Scholars

Posted by: Bill Murray at November 3, 2011 12:43 AM

Don't forget brutha Dick, the greatest plunder gangsta of all.

Posted by: Dredd at November 3, 2011 10:48 AM