Yep, you read that headline correctly.
Street thug & sh-thead extraordinaire 50 Cent has been named Songwriter of the year by ASCAP... The official professional organization of the music industry. Each year, music industry insiders vote for their peers within the industry. This just goes to show how low the bar has been lowered in the music business these days. The current U.S. music industry is almost void of any real, meaningful & substantive Art/talent. It's all about who can show the most skin, shake the most a**, and write the most trashy, nonsensical song lyrics.
This is one of the reasons why the quality of R&B (Rhythm & Bullshit) music has declined so drastically over the last decade or so. Little talent is required.... and Art is definitely no longer required for a "hit". Just look at the list of recent ASCAP honorees. It's a complete joke.
What really kills me is the hero status that street thugs like 50 Cent have garnered from the so-called "Black Community" in America. It's beyond disgusting at this point. Just look at the young women.... ask them what their ideal "man" is today. The answer that you will get most often is the 50 cent character....or some variation of the "thug". Thuggery has become an honorable, accepted, and often preferred lifestyle for Black folks. Just mention names likes Tupac, 50 Cent, or Snoop Dog.... and women go crazy. For young black men... these street thugs have become idols and heroes that they look up to. And people are scratching their heads about the high black unemployment rate, high black dropout rates, high AIDS rates, etc? Much of it stems from this vile Rap Culture and the values & lifestyle that it represents. It is a culture that reinforces the negative behaviors and stereotypes that lead to many of the problems I mentioned....by leading young folks, Blacks in particular, to make bad choices. And this is the kind of nonsense that is rewarded by the American "Arts" establishment? It's no wonder that American "Art" is not really taken seriously outside of the borders of this country. The truth is ASCAP has little to do with real Art and has a whole lot to do with measuring sales and popularity.
This is one of the reasons why I am troubled by modern Black culture. Sometimes I just want to crawl out of my own skin. Why hate the skin i'm in? Being a part of modern "Black Culture" today, usually means supporting some of the most degenerate and most vile things in the society. It means so many negative things these days. I'm embarrassed everytime I pick up the newspaper and read about the latest antics from a rapper or R&B performer, or when i'm flipping through the channels and I see a trashy video on that Black cable television network.... I think it's called Buffoon Entertainment Television. This ignorant and degenerate subculture has become the image of Black folks worldwide, and has even become what it means to be Black. And the White establishment reinforces these negative images by rewarding them. Just take a look at what song took the top honors in the 2006 Academy Awards. This was a moment that should have been embarrassing for African Americans across the country. A group of criminals and street thugs from Memphis Tennessee were awarded best Song honors for the Minstrel tune entitled "It's Hard Out Here For a Pimp". White America laughed in our faces that night, as a group of Blacks made fools out of themselves on an international stage. Needless the say, this is a culture that I can't get far enough away from.
At least this isn't quite as bad as child rapist R. Kelly being awarded honors by the NAACP, or rapper Nelly being honored by the King family. Yes, even Blacks are getting in on the act by celebrating their own degradation. But an NAACP award may already be in the works for 50 Cent for his great contributions to the Black image (the NAACP Awards ARE referred to as the "image awards" by the way). These thugs and the lifestyle & behavior that they promote, are held in high esteem by the "Black Community"... even by Black elites.... who sold their souls a long time ago. I would not be surprised if such an award were given. In fact, I wouldn't be surprised at much of anything that comes from "Black America" at this point. I'm at the point now where I really don't care anymore. I just don't want to be a part of it. Whatever "IT" may be.
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