@Troubleman31 Instagram Post Gets Negative Backlash for ‘Shad Da God’ Stix Music Video #BlackLivesDoMatter

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What responsibility do celebrities have to the youth? It has always been a loaded question, especially when you get to talking about music. Even more so when you discuss rap music. Because many of the contributors to the genre come from less than desirable backgrounds, there tends to be lyrics about drugs, guns and violence.

The endgame for many rappers that come from this environment is to ultimately get not only themselves out the struggle but their family as well. Only a select few make it out that environment through rap music and even fewer maintain sustained success from rap as well.

Clifford ‘T.I.’ Harris is one of those very select few. Not only has he been able to get out the hood and become one of the biggest entertainers today,  he done it all by showcasing his family along the way,for the most part. One has to question why T.I. would promote at this stage in his career, music and rappers that many consider basic and violent?

T.I. came up and help popularize trap music, we all know his background is authentic. There is a clear hypocrisy in place however. All money is not good money, and it seems T.I. was able to figure that out when he distanced himself from the negative publicity rod that is Iggy Azalea. Yet, he it finds it okay, enough at least, to still promote gun culture in hip hop.

Shad Da God

Shad Da God

Hip Hop is not synonymous with gun culture and never has been. Can you find a plethora of rappers talking about shooting a liquor store up? Of course you can, but when making a rap song never has it been a necessity to rap about such. What separated T.I.and even Young Jeezy for that matter was how they operated. There was a clear sense of the surroundings they rapped about was not okay and their music grew and reflected not only those conditions but suggestions of how to get out.

So for T.I. who would not let any of his children dare shoot a video in the manner Shad Da God has is wrong. Portraying an image is one discussion for another time, the clear embracing of the gun culture is another, because then you are blending those lines that help paint stereotypes of the culture, and that directly affects minorities.

All this is not to say that hip hop needs to be clean-cut, as there clearly is a market and honestly a need for street records. If you are going to make a street record and promote it to the youth then there is an added responsibility to have at least a disclaimer. T.I. appears to be having an identity crisis, wanting to grow up and be responsible to a new generation while being viewed as ‘hip’ or ‘hood’.

The reason T.I. gets the most heat for this is because he has presented a persona that is far removed from the life of a dope dealer and tells his kids that is not the lifestyle to live. He then turns around and promotes a video snippet of one of his acts wielding an automatic weapon saying it is for the ‘whole team’. That is where your liability lays and why you are more responsible for what you portray. You can not have your cake and eat it too, while there are many fathers who take care of their children and wives, not too many shoot videos in the hood.

Rapper Clifford "T.I." Harris poses for a portrait while promoting the show "T.I.'s Road To Redemption" in New York

Those who took offense to the King of the south supporting this type of rap were pretty harsh and the comments on @troubleman31 were quite blistering:

One thing is for sure, if you are not part of the solution, you are clearly a part of the problem. #BlackLivesDoMatter

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