Guest Star: "Suge Knight Had A Great Idea, Hire The F*cking Police"
Monday, Jan 24, 2011 2:05PM
[In light of rappers like Ja Rule, DMX, T.I. and Gucci Mane clocking time behind bars, Killer Mike explains why he believes there is a government counter-plot against hip-hop.]
I really think [rappers in jail] is all a part of a conspiracy. And I don't mean it in a spooky type of way, but what I mean is you controlled the black masses in the early 1900's by hangings from trees. You would hang black men from trees. That's the way you kept fear in the black community, that's the way you kept oppression, and I believe if you infringe upon the law, you can be locked up. We all know that it's black men [being targeted].
We also know we're more likely to be pointed out by the law for being infringed upon. The thing about it is, black people don't realize the threat they pose. We just think we're rapping, making money and we're having fun. But the ideal that you have, the fact that you employ 10 to 15 other black males, the fact that you don't have to answer directly to anyone, you're free in your artistry represents a threat. It represents a threat in the same way the Black Panthers were feeding kids before they went to school.
If the Panthers were an example of who feeds you in the morning, you're not gonna listen to your d*mn teacher at noon telling you you're not as good as they are. If rappers are telling you you could live free, be your own, you can work hard and you can achieve these things, if rappers do that and can be in total control of their lives, that's gonna inspire you to do that sh*t.
The only way they have a control of you is showing you, "N*gga, you not a rapper." They take the rapper you look up to, the guy that you love and put their a** in jail. Their money can't help them in jail, their partners and posses can't help them in jail and I think as rappers, we need to start moving wiser. If you're gonna be moving and going into certain cities with guns, we need to hire these same lame a** policemen that are locking us up because when it comes to getting busted then, they're gonna get busted moonlighting too. Suge Knight had a great idea, hire the f*cking police. Every cop ain't gonna lock you up.
What he gets on regular salary, he's not gonna give a f*ck how much weed you smoke. He's gonna tell his homeboys to get off you. So we gotta start moving wiser. I just think rappers need to stop being a part of the conspiracy to make they a** hanging examples of what will happen to black men who get money.
Young men need to know their rights, they need to know how to [conduct themselves with] police and the biggest fear government has is that rappers are gonna start rapping about that sh*t again. They don't want an Ice Cube again. They don't want a Scarface again. They don't want a Chuck D. They don't want a Paris. They don't want a Schoolly D. They don't want a BDP. They want post-gangster rap gangster sh*t with all of the fire and none of the thinking into it.
Rappers are being a part of the conspiracy to hold all black men down. Unfortunately, it's by making stupid decisions. But I do think there is a conservative effort to lock up rappers who are on top. I think that just keeps the people who listens to them in place.
And for everyone that's [reading] this and that's gonna say, "Ah, conspiracy, hokey-pokey. Mike's crazy." The photographer who photographed Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. 50 years ago worked for the FBI. So think about it n*gga.
Killer Mike aka Mike Bigga is a rapper signed to Grind Time Official through the SMC/Fontana Distribution. He made his debut on "Snappin' and Trappin'" on OutKast's 2000 LP Stankonia, and also appeared on the Grammy-winning song, "The Whole World", the single from OutKast's greatest hits album Big Boi and Dre Present...OutKast. He was featured in the movies 20 Funerals, Idlewild, and ATL.