[With today marking his slain brother’s birthday, ex-Cash Money Records artist Turk asks SOHH readers and fans alike to cease the violence.]
In a statement, Turk paid homage to his brother and said people should be appreciative toward life.
Whoever f*ck with me, share this message!! Happy [birthday] to my baby brother!! Stop killing and start living. Rest in peace my lil’ brother. I lost my brother in the streets of New Orleans while I was in prison and I never thought in a million years when I called home I would receive news that somebody killed him. Today is his birthday. YNT in 12/20/86. YNT out in 2/22/10.” (SOHH)
Last summer, fellow Louisiana rapper Webbie told SOHH the best advice he had for younger generations is to focus on education and steer clear of potentially dangerous situations.
“You know, I’m from Baton Rouge, New Orleans is about an hour away,” Webbie told SOHH. “Shout-out to the Hot Boys. Hurricane Katrina went through New Orleans, it went through Baton Rouge, and violence goes on everywhere. Baton Rouge is murder capital of the world. Shout-out to all the kids, all I can do is tell them to stay in school and try to be somebody. It’s real out here. If you ain’t real, don’t go out there. It’s crazy. It’s crazy, man. Pray up. You have to stay prayed up and focused, man.” (SOHH)
Recently, Chicago rapper Lupe Fiasco suggested the perception of violence had changed and was largely embraced in music.
“I think for us you had the separation when I was growing up, you had the violence and then you had your fun. We’re talking about Chicago people. I’m not talking about Baltimore or Philly or New York or whatever. I’m talking about Chicago. You had the violence and the violence had its place and then you had the fun. I think what we’re having now, and now this is outside of Chicago, this is Boston, this is Philly, this is everywhere, is people are having fun with violence. I think thats the difference. The songs now, or the pasttime now is to knock somebody out. That’s just from my personal experience. Chicago was super violent in the early 1990’s and even the late 80’s. It was kinda crazy. There were a lot of gang wars – but for me, we were still kind of away from it, if that makes any kind of sense. There were certain neighborhoods that were kind of in it but where I grew up – it was cool – you heard the gun shots on the next block.” (“Whoolywood Shuffle”)
Mega producer Swizz Beatz previously said neglecting the youth could lead to violence.
“I think it’s bigger than him. Chief Keef is just a name people can relate to because he’s in the entertainment business. But, I think the real reason is the youth, period, with nowhere to go, no plans, and they’re just resorting to living however they want to live. You go to a different country and they don’t have no support, no food, it’s the same thing. It’s just that we’re knowing about it more because there’s a celebrity name involved, but I wouldn’t even put that on him. This has been going on for years. They shut down the whole Cabrini-Green a long time ago. This been happening. But the key thing is how is it going to stop happening? Is it arts? Is it music? That’s the thing to figure out.” (Global Grind)
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