Sunday, November 24, 2013
Brazil..It's "Jus Lyke Compton"
I happened to "grow up" during the beginning era of "rap" and "hip-hop" so I vividly remember the premiere airing of "Yo! MTV Raps"...My ten year-old brain literally thought that life could get no better...in hindsight what a now sick and sad thought....glad I eventually learned better(and still learning).
At any rate, "Jus Lyke Compton"(1992) is the title of a rap/song performed by DJ Quik.
If you're familiar with the song, then this post's title immediately makes sense to you and you could probably stop reading here.
In the song, Quik tells a sick and sad tale of how all of the ghetto glorification that he experienced in his hometown of Compton was, to his surprise, to be found occurring in various other places that he toured throughout the US. From Compton, Calif, to Denver, to Missouri, to Texas, the story was the same.
No, he didn't label it "ghetto glorification" , and I'm doing so here to attempt to codify and put into context exactly what I heard him saying. His experience, as outlined in the song were not then unique, nor isolated, nor random, and definitely not normal. What I didn't realize then, and maybe he didn't either, was that the stage was being set to totally re-configure the thinking and behavior of untold numbers of easily impressionable young black males and steer them toward early death and/or very lengthy prison sentences.
And what about Brazil? How is it "Jus Lyke Compton"?
Well, read for yourself.
A black youth is 3.7 times more likely to be killed in Brazil than a white youth
From 2002-2010, 272,422 Afro-Brazilians murdered - Rates rise for blacks while falling for whites
Despite how things appear, these events do not occur within in a vacuum.....