In light of rappers like Jay-Z and Young Jeezy vouching their support for the Occupy Wall Street protests, SOHH hit up Houston’s Slim Thug to get his take on the movement.
While he supports the cause, Slim admitted he is not sure if peaceful protest is going to get the job done.
“I Tweeted some stuff about it but I don’t really know much about it,” Thugga told SOHH referring to the Occupy Wall Street protests. “I don’t really get the whole meaning behind it. They’re out there saying they don’t like banks ripping them off or they don’t have no jobs. The protests are real. I definitely think something is wrong. I don’t know if what they’re doing is effective enough. I’ve seen the police clearing them out in New York, handling them. I don’t know how to picture it. It’s definitely something f*cked up about 99 percent of people not getting paid [compared to the 1 percent of wealthy incomers gaining the majority of the concentration]. That’s definitely f*cked up, and I support that, but I just don’t know if that’s the right way [to have their demands met]. They’re too peaceful to me, they need to be a little bit more forceful. If you’re going to just put some tents out there, then just let the homeless people stay there and you can go home. They can just sleep in front of those buildings.” (SOHH)
Atlanta’s Young Jeezy echoed similar sentiments when he recently said he would also take matters to the next level.
“I would riot,” Jeezy said, cosigning the 99% (as the protestors refer to themselves), “because we gotta get the money out of Washington. This is real. When you got middle class people taking a stance– because we always took a stance by the way, we always stood in the middle of our projects, our ghetto, and took our stance and our stance was hustling, robbing, what have you, to suvive. So now they don’t have those same options, so they gotta go march…So if it’s gonna take some protests — motherf*ckers have protested about less, unions and busses and sh*t–so now is the time. I think everybody should take their a** down there. That’s what I say.” (XXL Mag)
Earlier this month, hip-hop impresario Russell Simmons addressed the launch of Jay-Z’s line of “Occupy All Streets” t-shirts.
“What’s wrong with selling goodness? There’s nothing wrong with it. It’s not the most preferred. In yogi scripture, at least, the highest form of giving is giving without expectation. Selfless. But a lot of people need incentive. You should sell things you’re happy about. You should sell products that you’re inspired by, that promote lasting and stable well-being. Give the world something or sell the world something that you’re proud of. Jay-Z didn’t make a T-shirt [that said] “F— the Bums on the Street.” He wrote a T-shirt “Occupy All Streets” – I’m happy, it furthers the movement, it inspires the movement. Listen, I’m going to get every corporation that wants to support us to get branding as part of the process. No one’s against business. We’re against business having too much control over our government.” (Billboard Biz)
G-Unit’s 50 Cent recently released a statement encouraging protestors to remain strong.
“I don’t want to do business with these f*ckers anymore. Do you? if a company isn’t giving back, stop buying from them. Buy a pair of shoes from TOMS (who give another pair to someone in need), look for companies that aren’t paying lip service to community/charity; we are more powerful than the big business and politiciansrealize…we have the power to stop buying their products, banking with them. your dollar, that you worked hard for, does have power. together we can say – WAKE UP A-HOLES! The game is over. 50 cent – want to shout out to Occupy Wall Street groups around the world. You are waking up the world, including me. Please keep up the peaceful protest, you are making a difference” (Facebook) [sic]
Check out Russell Simmons speaking on Occupy Wall Street below: