“Some how, some way, we gotta make it up out the hood one day”

Glorification

Glorification

So I was over at allhiphop earlier this morning reading an interview they had with Charles Cosby, the star of the new documentary, “Cocaine Cowboys 2”. The 2 part interview was interesting for two reasons: First were Cosby’s statements about how most of the drug dealer stories of guys like Alpo, Supreme and Freeway Rick are greatly exagerated. The only “hood dealer” he said that really was making millions a day was D.C. kingpin Rayful Edmond.

The second interesting part of the article was the interaction on the comments section of the second part of the interview. While allhiphop.com does have its faults, I enjoy it more than other hip hop websites because the people who comment aren’t five year olds who think typing in all caps and slaughtering the English language is the best way to get their point across*. In turn the comment section of this interview had some real good insight into where exactly the line between glorification and simply telling a story lies.

I want to give an accurate description of what was said so here are a couple of excerpts from comments that I felt were most interesting.

“WHEN NIGGAS GOING TO LEARN THAT THIS SHIT IS JUST GLORIFYING A LIFE OF DESTRUCTION FOR OUR YOUTH… HOW BOUT PROMOTE SOMETHING POSITIVE, BUT ALL YOU DOING IS PROMOTING THE SAME SHIT THAT IS KILLING OFF OUR NEIGHBORHOODS…..

ILL SEED WTF….TYPE OF COMMENT WAS THAT…INSTEAD OF AHH BEING THE MOST DANGEROUS SITE ITS BECOMING ANOTHER PUPPET FOR WHITE AMERICA…..

KRS 1 “YOU MUST LEARN”

In response to this someone who I am assuming works for the site wrote this :

Documentaries like this end up how they are supposed to : with everyone dead or in jail.  there are consequences in this life.  just like when you beat a chick with no rubber.  you coud get them pregnant you can get aids.  but everyone doesn’t bag up all the time.

When we publish positive stories you don’t read them.  That rockesteadyjoint published a day before got like a thousand hits.  This shit had 5000 before 3 hours.  i didn’t se eyou posting in any “positive” story we did.  Not for the entire Black Music Month or anythin gelse homeboy. Cat’s be couch revolutionaries.

I personally find the author of that comment to be fairly disingenuous with his assessment of his detractor. For one thing this story is the prominent feature on the site, complete with interesting picture and back story, so of course it will have more hits than a fluff pieceabout a black record company executive or a black music month article. Everyone is always trying to blame someone elsefor their own shit. They put out stories promoting gangsters because it gets more hits is the same logic a corner boy uses. If I don’tdo it, someone else will because the demand is still there.

I will readily admit that the inner workings of a multibillion dollar drug ring is ten times more interesting than any article that is “positive”. My problem is with the glorification of this Cosby character and the Rayful Edmond’s and the Alpo’s and Supreme’s, all of whom snitched by the way. The interviewer does not ask any tough questions and the article is littered with pictures of Cosby flashing money and cars and guns, all the while he is railing against being flashy and murdering people. I dontblame Cosby for this because he was saying some real shit, but allhiphop surely dropped the ball again on how to best report on this guy. He was a drug dealer who directly helped destroy the African American lower class and is even remorseful for his role in this. Yet he is treated like a hero in the interview. Some of us need to get a fuckin’ clue.

*Im looking at you WSHH and HiphopDX

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One Response to ““Some how, some way, we gotta make it up out the hood one day””

  1. Hi! I was surfing and found your blog post… nice! I love your blog. 🙂 Cheers! Sandra. R.

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