Grammy-winning rapper Lupe Fiasco has stepped forward to speak out on the relationship between violence and aggressive music, claiming artists should stop avoiding the facts.
Fiasco hopped onto his Twitter page to iron out his issues with people downplaying the impact violent music has on society.
“Q: Does violence in music promote/cause/support/influence violence in the world and society? A: Of course it does.,” Fiasco tweeted March 24th.
“Violent music (and all violent media) effectively says its “ok” to be violent. It provides positive reinforcement for negative actions.”
“If you rap and make violent music then own up to it. Stop hiding behind “art imitating life” as a way to evade the guilt.”
“”How the hell you gonna tell this man not 2 be violent?, Cuz he dont need to go the same route that I did” -Eminem & Dr. Dre “Choices””
“Sorry…”Bad Meets Evil”…”
“correct title of the song aside, U know what I meant! The issue stands that violent music puts violence into this world one way or another.”
“It creates the atmosphere that violence is an acceptable means to an end. Agree or disagree doesnt really matter at this point honestly.”
“But to not even acknowledge the possibility that violent music has even the most minute effect on violence in the world is frankly bullshit.” (Lupe Fiasco’s Twitter)
Lupe went on to reference the horrific shooting in Georgia last week where two teens took the life of a 13-month-old baby.
“Ive made violent music. Done violent things. Most my friends are violent. Lived in violent neighbors. Seen violence first hand.”
“A certain point you start to get tired of it. You ask why? why is it like this? what is causing this? why is this ok to live like this?”
“Then you turn on the news and see that a 12 month old got shot in the face by two teenagers in Georgia for no reason at all.”
“Then you hear a song on the radio talking about “shooting everyone in sight”…bad times man…fuck…”
“you may not give two shits about the next man and his troubles and thats cool with me…live you life…but I do and most people I know do”
“but dont sit there and act like high ass inner city murder rates are just falling from the sky for absolutely no reason…”
“everything plays a part…EVERYTHING. Take responsibility for the part you play. motherfuckers can at least start there.”
“yeah I got issues. My hood aint been safe in 25 years! At the point now u can die for nothing. just random death and disregard. tired of it”
“I know you don’t hear me. I guess its the LAST desperate act of a desperate man in desperate times. On one…peace…” (Lupe Fiasco’s Twitter)
Fiasco’s comments came shortly after G-Unit’s 50 Cent appeared on “CBS Sunday Morning” and denied his music encourages violence.
“No,” Fif said when asked if he thinks his music glorifies gun violence. “I think that the actual films, like, I’m flattered actually when they say that to me because it would mean that I’m so, I have such a strong hold on the youth or people in general that it completely changes their thought process — the music is that powerful. [Rap’s more than discussing guns and violence]. Yeah, it’s a lot more. It’s writing. If you were doing that and didn’t actually experience it, I would say you’re glorifying it. If you’re drawing from something from your actual experience, isn’t art imitating life?” (“CBS Sunday Morning”)
Last week, the rap star penned a tribute track to six-month-old baby Jonylah Watkins after she was fatally shot multiple times in his Chicago hometown.
Earlier in the week on Monday, a six month old infant girl named Jonylah Watkins died after being shot 5 times in Southside Chicago while her Father was changing her diaper. Lupe Fiasco took to Twitter today to release a new track titled ‘Jonylah Forever’ as a dedication and tribute to that six month old girl. Powerful and emotional song from Lupe, who is a Chicago native himself. Lupe also left us with a short message: “Not a song but a life. Be respectful. Please keep negative comments to yourself. #lovelifechitownforever,”. Produced by Soundtrakk. Take a listen to ‘Jonylah Forever’ below. Rest in Peace. (Direct Lyrics)