A gathering planned for October 10th to mark the 20th anniversary of the Million Man March as legal troubles rise for Hip Hop artists who have met with the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan and pledged to support the #JusticeOrElse Movement.
July 8th, via social media, Minister Farrakhan spoke of the constant efforts by the enemy to prevent his words of guidance from reaching the youth through the influential and extensive global outreach of Hip Hop rappers. Min. Farrakhan has been watched for years but via his social media message, he explains his observations; “I have been watched by the members of the Anit-Defamation League of the B’nai B’rith, and their stalking of me and watching those who embrace me, I’ve noticed that if you come and sit with me and I give you good counsel, good advice, the next things I know my brother rappers has been arrested.” “Know that when you visit me or take a picture with me, it upsets them! I know that they are trying to put fear into you.”
It is no secret that members of the Hip Hop community and those associated, are watched closely by law enforcement officials. Police nationwide monitor YouTube videos for information related to suspected illegal activity. Lyrics by some artists have even been used as evidence against them in court. –Going back to the late 90’s and early 2000’s, it has been evident that there has been a strategic implementation of increased surveillance and harassment of Hip Hop artists as well as exaggerated treatment in the media, when crimes take place in the Hip Hop community. Mainstream media has always been conniving in the demonization of Hip Hop culture, which is a culture dominated by Black and Latino youth.
Cedric Muhammad, an economist and Forbes contributor, observed the work of the ADL during his time as the General Manager of Hip Hop group Wu-Tang Clan. “First, the gradual destruction of the music industry due to technological changes which have impacted its economic structure has freed artists from the control of powerful record lables, media outlets, managers and agents who often acted a barrier between Minister Farrakhan and many artists. Their new found independence has made artists their own managers, distributors and agents, allowing them to enjoy freedom of movement to think and do what they want and associate with whomever they want.” He added, “social media has now joined Hip Hop as the most threatening form of mass communication media.” This is the reason Min. Farrakhan’s grasp on social media is so threatening to the denied objectives of the ADL.
Why is the ADL so interested in Farrakhan’s Hip Hop connections?
Some say powerful members of the Jewish community orchestrated Professor Griff’s depart from the rap group Public Enemy, following comments Farrakhan made in a 1989 interview. Then in 1999, the group was under fire again, this time for their song titled “Swindler’s Lust.” ADL leader, Abraham Foxman said the song’s title was offensive and the lyrics suggested of old anti-Semitic themes and rhetoric. In a June 30th posting on their website, the ADL made a point to mention certain rappers and their social media followers who have “posted messages promoting Farrakhan or the Million Man March anniversary.”
Quickly examining the legal issues plaguing some of rappers that the ADL mentioned:
- Rapper Rick Ross, whose real name is Robert Williams, was released from Fayette County Jail July 6th. Roberts is accused of forcing a man into his Atlanta mansion June 7th and beating him with a handgun. Williams was arrested on June 24th, less than 48 hours after meeting with Minister Farrakhan.
- West Coast rapper, The Game, whose real name is Jayceon Taylor, has been charged with assaulting an off-duty Los Angeles police officer during an altercation at a basketball game. Taylor met with Min. Farrakhan June 17th, however, had pledged his support for the #JusticeOrElse Movement beforehand. Since releasing “Don’t Shoot” in 2014, as a tribute to Michael Jr. Brown, the teenager killed in Ferguson, Missouri, The Game faces charges of one felony count of making criminal threats and one count of misdemeanor assault and battery.
- Coincidentally, rapper 2 Chainz is also on the “Don’t Shoot” track. He is currently being sued over comments he made in a video posted, containing backstage footage at a concert in Charlotte, North Carolina, March of 2014. Christine Chisolm, the woman suing 2 Chainz, whose real name is Tauheed Epps, claims that he referred to her as a derogatory term. Epps met with Min. Farrakhan June 21st at the historic Hip Hop giants’ meeting at Tree Studios in Atlanta.
- Hip Hop mogul Sean Combs who goes by the name Diddy, was arrested June 22nd and charged with 3 counts of assault with a deadly weapon, battery and making terrorist threats.
- A member of rapper Young Thug’s road team was arrested for allegedly shooting at rapper Lil Wayne’s caravan early April of this year. Jeffery Williams, also known as Young Thug, was not directly involved in the shooting.
Mentioned above are only a few rappers and incidents in relation to the ADL and Min. Farrakhan. The ADL also shows interest in Kanye West. And although Jay Wayne Jenkins, AKA Young Jeezy was not mentioned by the ADL, Jeezy claims that once he started speaking out about what was happening in Ferguson, in 2014, “things started to get a little funny. When I just started to speak my mind about it, a lot of strange things started to happen around me.” Jeezy has also spoken openly about his admiration for Minister Farrakhan.
For decades, the ADL has kept a dossier on Min. Farrakhan, and several times, their efforts to halt his influence and the influence of the Nation of Islam, have been uncovered. They are regularly seen meddling in the affairs of the Black Community. A 1994 ADL Policy Background Report sheds light on the ADL’s strategic imperatives aimed at countering the Minister’s popularity, was titled “Mainstreaming Anti-Semitism: The Legitimation of Louis Farrakhan.
The ADL’s efforts have failed. Min. Farrakhan is now reaching young people. The ADL’s recent move has shown that they are keeping close tabs on political activism in the Hip Hop community. Those familiar with ADL’s strategies, believe their recent move is also a warning to other rappers and entertainers who are thinking about connecting with Min. Farrakhan and getting involved with the #JusticeOrElse Movement.
So what do you guys think? Are rappers being targeted? Is it due to them being a part of the Hip Hop community in general or is solely because the ADL knows that to successfully reach the youth, they must go through the rappers and entertainers of the Hip Hop community?
Fire off in the comments and let us know what you think!
Source: The Final Call Volume 34 Number 41.