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Rap performer’s the issue, not gays and lesbians
Ja Rule makes yet another attempt at a comeback and takes aim at gays to fuel the fire

by Jasmyne A. Cannick

Ja Rule would do well by following his own advice and taking a good long look in the mirror. 
And I quote:
“Dating shows that’s showing two guys or two girls in mid-afternoon. Let’s talk about sh-t like that! If that’s not f—king up America, I don’t know what is.”

Funny, all this time I thought President Bush was f—king up America. Go figure.
The statement above is from rapper Ja Rule on the September 25th Congressional hearing on the lyrical content and imagery of African-American women in hip-hop.

According to SOHH.com, in a recent interview with Complex magazine, Ja Rule decided to get political.

“They got my man Doug Morris under fire and sh-t, they got him going down to go speak to Congress about hip-hop lyrics, are you f—king serious?” Ja said. “There’s a f—king black kid right now about to get 25 years for having a fight with some white kids over hanging the nooses over the white tree, let’s get to that. Let’s get into sh-t like that, because that’s what’s tearing up America, not me calling a woman a b-tch or a h-e on my rap songs.”

“And if it is, then we need to go step to Paramount, and f—king MGM, and all of these other motherf—kers that’s making all of these movies and we need to go step to MTV and Viacom, and lets talk about all these f—king shows that they have on MTV that is promoting homosexuality, that my kids can’t watch this sh-t,” he continued. “Dating shows that’s showing two guys or two girls in mid-afternoon. Let’s talk about s—t like that! If that’s not f—king up America, I don’t know what is.”

“There’s a lot of issues we can address besides hip-hop, but they want to put everything on us like we’re the problem,” Rule added. “This is going to be a shameless f—king plug, but I said, ‘when everyone wants to point the finger, and ask why there’s so much corruption, they only need to look in the mirror.’ It starts with themselves.”

Oh where to start?
Ja Rule is right in his reference to the Jena 6 case going on in Louisiana right now regarding the six black kids on trial after a fight broke out regarding the hanging of nooses on their school campus.

However, that doesn’t mitigate the fact that Ja Rule calling women b-tches and h-s in his rap songs is contributing to the destruction of the black race. Not only are his lyrics being heard by black children who then, by virtue of the song’s popularity, began to use those same words when referring to women, but he’s also holding the same door open that Don Imus stepped through. Ja Rule and rappers like him who condone the use of derogatory terms to refer to women, in particular black women, are telling not only black America that it’s okay to use those words but they’re also giving the okay to people of other races to use the same language when referring to black women.

I remember clearly the endless arguments from whites on national television during the Imus controversy about it being ok because “they,” meaning blacks, use the same words.
As for MTV promoting gays, Ja Rule clearly has an issue with gay people and it’s a poor argument and an even poorer comparison.

Instead of taking responsibility for using these words, Ja Rule wants to point the finger at the gay community and blame gays for all that ails America.

But what Ja Rule fails to recognize is that the Congressional hearing is about the stereotypes and degradation of black women (key word) in hip-hop and the entertainment industry, and not about gays on television.

Before Ja Rule started talking out the left side of his mouth, he might have taken some time to come up with a better argument. Perhaps focusing on the film studios for the limited roles available to black women. Why do black female actors always end up playing roles of prostitutes, drug addicts, welfare mothers, etc?

Gays aren’t the reason that many black families live below the poverty line. Lesbians aren’t the reason that our prisons are overflowing with young black men and women. Can’t blame gays for the senseless gang violence in our neighborhoods that continues to take the lives of many black men.

And it’s unfair to blame gays for the number of blacks that are unemployed in America. Oh, and gays weren’t the reason in 2003 that Ja Rule punched a man in Toronto for shouting at him in a crowd because of the 50 Cent feud.  Nor were they the reason that in 2004, police investigated whether a feud involving The Inc. led to a fatal shooting outside a nightclub party hosted by Ja Rule.

But what about little 10-year-old Jerome Jenkins who is sitting in the back seat of the car singing along with his mom while she’s bumping Ja Rule’s last hit song from 2001 “Livin’ It Up?”

Work with me for a minute:
Baby, this ain’t your typical, everyday, one night thing
It’s a physical, I’ma f-ck you tonight thing.
F-ck knowin’ your name, jump yo’ ass in the Range.
And roll over, gettin blown while blowin the doja,
bring head to a closure — that’s a good b-tch.
Before it’s all over, I’ma meat this b-tch.
Probably treat this b-tch, mo’ betta.
‘Cause if you ain’t know, thugs and ladies go together.
Poppin’ my collar potnah — who in the spot?
Baby, Rule in the spot; and the mug and the watch ugly.
Half the h-s hate me, half them love me.
The ones that hate me only hate me ’cause they ain’t f-cked me.
And they say I’m lucky; you think I got time
to f-ck all these h-s and do all these shows?
Or flight in the llama chargin’ white Rolls.
Uhh-oh, another episode…
B-tches just wanna hold a name that’s active.
That’s why they suck di-k with mo’ passion than average.
And I ain’t mad at’cha; never leave you alone,
‘cause we f-ck when I’m home, phone sex when I’m gone.
We both grown, both got minds of our own.
Plus I freaks off like O-Dog in “Love Jones.”
Been in many zones, baby one h—s, two h—s,
from prissy b-tches to h-s that do porno.
But you know, the Rule be livin’ it up,
and got all these h-s givin’ it up.
I like a little ‘ooh baby.’ How cute are you?
With a body that rides on sexual I got a stick, I’ll ride right next to you.
Do a doughnut and cut, then I’ll open it up
on the freeway,d-ck in the mouth, foot on the clutch.
Rule b-tch, not givin’ a f-ck.

That was Rule in 2001. Just imagine what words he’s added to his vocabulary in the last six years?

So, little Jerome, thanks in part to Ja Rule (but mostly to his mother for playing it around him), learns at a young age that women are b-tches and h-s and are to be f—cked. And hey, if momma is singing it and saying it, it must be so. Right?

Now if you ask me, that’s what’s contributing to bringing down black America. Our kids are being taught from a young age the lyrics of rappers like Ja Rule’s by parents who care more about bumpin’ their song than the effects that hearing those lyrics day after day have on their children.

Ja Rule will be releasing his seventh solo album and sixth attempt at a comeback this fall entitled “The Mirror,” thanks to Universal Motown Records.

I’d like to say that Ja Rule would do well by taking his own advice and taking a good long look in the mirror. There’s got to be a reason why he’s been attempting a successful comeback album almost every year since the release of his first album. Perhaps if he spent more time focusing on his own personal self-development and left the politics of hip-hop to artists who actually make it onto the charts he wouldn’t have to stage a comeback year after year.

There’s an old saying that goes, “if you’re not part of the solution, you’re part of the problem.” Somebody must have lied and told Ja Rule he had the solution.

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