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Saving Black Culture

Updated: Jul 24, 2023

August 28 2021

Asking for a friend; Yesterday a lawyer friend of mine, Paul asked me if I had ever heard or read the lyrics to Cardi B’s WAP song, incredibly it is an award-winning song, I told him I had not read them and could not tell what she was saying, he asked me to Google the lyrics. Music is a major medium of expression and information in the black community especially, a measure of our cultural state, it’s our finger on the pulse of black society. It was used to communicate distress, rebellion, and religion. What I read in the Cardi B lyrics was so bizarre, Paul asked me to read it line by line, he would stop me at certain sections to discuss what it might mean to young women in our community. I was astounded by the word garbage strung together by clever beats, double entendre, and innuendo. It’s a dumpster full of vile nastiness and word garbage, I can’t imagine that black little girls know the words, and their mothers don’t protest. Juxtapose this over the picture in this post below. I suppose things have changed a lot, what was nasty and unthinkable in music is now the norm. Black Rap music wants to shatter all boundaries of normalcy and respect. When the primary lyrics include the P-word, the N-word, the D-word, and of course the description of every sex act imaginable. We will perhaps never go back to measuring full-body swimsuits, nobody wants that, butt floss is here to stay perhaps to the chagrin of many mothers and fathers that know their daughters are going to the public beach with their boyfriends with only their FUPA covered. Today a greeting of black rappers includes “hey my N-word”. When a young black lady looks great she’s told she’s DOPE. Try this on…… Whores in this house There's some whores in this house There's some whores in this house There's some whores in this house (Hol' up) I said certified freak, seven days a week Wet ass pu--y, make that pullout game weak, woo (ah) Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah Yeah, you f-ckin' with some wet ass pu--y Bring a bucket and a mop for this wet ass pu--y Give me everything you got for this wet ass p--y Beat it up, ni--a, catch a charge Extra large and extra hard Put this pu--y right in yo' face Swipe your nose like a credit card Hop on top, I want a ride I do a kegel while it's inside Spit in my mouth, look at my eyes This pu--y is wet, come take a dive Tie me up like I'm surprised Let's roleplay, I wear a disguise I want you to park that big Mack truck right in this little garage Make it cream, make me scream Out in public, make a scene I don't cook, I don't clean But let me tell you, I got this ring (ayy, ayy) Gobble me, swallow me, drip down the side of me (yeah) Quick, jump out 'fore you let it get inside of me (yeah) I tell him where to put it, never tell him where I'm 'bout to be I run down on him 'fore I have a ni--a runnin' me Talk yo' shit, bite your lip (yeah) Ask for a car while you ride that d-ck (while you ride that d-ck) You really ain't never gotta f-ck him for a thing He already made his mind up 'fore he came Song/Lyrics by Cardi B. Makes sense eh? Let’s juxtapose that norm shattering vileness against the other major messaging medium, politics, like Cardi B, Donald Trump shattered the norms with vile nastiness, name-calling, lying, and cheating, he spouted word garbage daily by tweet and by any medium he could flood the airwaves with, like Cardi B he respected no norms, he trashed all those that respected norms as losers and suckers, he made the opening phrase “many people say” the new announcement for here comes to a great big damn lie. He was finally deleted by some platforms, it was just too much. He, like Cardi B was the shock purveyor like the shock jocks of the 80s that would say bad words and insults to get millions of radio fans, or like nasty Limbaugh that found that nastiness and insults sell because some Americans found his message was their message, his nastiness was their nastiness and they think it is normal. Well I guess it is the new normal, Cardi B got an award for non-sense word garbage, Trump got 70 plus million votes, Limbaugh got a presidential medal award even though he was a vile despicable bigot. To wit; Music and Politics are two of the most pervasive methods of reaching listeners, they are a measure of our society and our culture, Cardi B’s new award-winning normal is disheartening as a parent and grandparent, Donald Trump’s nastiness normal at least helped us know what some of our friends and neighbors really think of us. Then we turn on the news and see that the Taliban shot a young lady in the forehead for attending school, they decapitate them for smiling at men or leaving the house without a man present, they did that under the guise of defending and preserving their norms, culture, and customs. Paul thought enough of this Cardi B issue that he drove to my home to chat with me about it, he stops by often to talk politics and other issues, today he wanted to talk Cardi B. Our new normal is troublesome indeed, true black culture is worth preserving, any ideas on how we defend our norms, cultures, and customs, and stop this lyrical garbage truck from crashing into the young ladies in our village?

Darryl King


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