Hiero’s ‘Gun Fever’ Adds to Hip Hop’s Long Debate on Gun Control

Hiero Says No to GunsWas peeping this recent video from Hiero directed by Casual who recently did a song and video addressing gun violence in their native Oakland..The song added to the nationwide highly controversial debate about gun control.

“We are not promoting guns or violence,” explains Tajai (Hieroglyphics / Souls Of Mischief), “but simply expressing our thoughts on the issue and encouraging further dialogue.”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n3WOy4MTc2I

Adding to the conversation is Snoop Dogg aka Snoop Lion who teamed up with Drake and his daughter Cori B to give their take on gun violence.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jqo9gPxT6A8

In watching those two video,¬† I got to thinking about how divided folks within Hip Hop have been on this topic over the years. While its probably safe to say, when asked very few would advocate violence, but there have been quite a few artists ranging from¬† Ice T to Spice 1 who have said absolutely ‘No’ to retiring their guns..While rap peers like Pharaoh Monch and Nas have given voice to the harms of hot led flying through our community.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-GwIbyp4xBU

Of course we had last year’s famous twitter debate between NRA member Killer Mike and Boston emcee Akrobatik. This is the fullexchange which was captured by the good folks over at The Rap Up.

Killer Mike debate

Killer Mike debate pt 2.

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That debate reminds of the ones that jumped off back in the days when Ice Cube’s old group, Da Lench Mob, made it clear that the AK-47 was essential for us to get our freedom… How many of y’all remember this video and these searing lyrics?

An AK talks but bullshit runs
I wish I had time to count all my guns
‘Cause a nigga is runnin’ out of funds
But H.Rap says “Freedom got a strap!”
[I wish I was in dixie Ak Ak
Then shit wouldn’t have been bad in the sixties
No way No way]

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U9YVOzwXyfA

We also have long time gun enthusiast Bay Area rapper E-A-Ski who came on my radio show and got into a heated debate with gun control folks..He like Killer Mike who came on the scene years after, has long argued against banning guns. He did this popular song back in the days called ‘Blast if I Have To

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=11pJxHbo1FA

 

 

Snoop Speaks about reconciling w/ Suge Knight & Becoming Snoop Lion

snoop-lionThis is a pretty good interview w/ Snoop Dogg done by the homie DJ Skee.. Here snoop talks about his transition from Snoop Dogg to Snoop Lion.. He talks about the life circumstances that led to him digging reggae. Snoop explains he’s long wanted to express himself in a variety of ways including wanting to sing..He also notes that he’s become more spiritually grounded..He now puts family first and music second.. It took a while for him to evolve to that mindset..

In this interview speaks about the new album he’s working on and the folks he has involved..He explains why he made the assertion about being Bob Marley incarnate..

Many were curious as to how and why Snoop was willing to reconcile with former Death Row CEO Suge Knight.. He says that Suge gave him a voice early on in his career and no matter what their differences , that fact can’t be changed or overlooked. He said it was important to be the bigger man and spark peace.. A lot of ground gets covered in this interview. The only question missing was why Snoop who is a die-hard Steelers fam was in the Ice Cube 30 /30 documentary on the Raiders sporting a silver and black jersey..

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1y1jytNetV8

The Epic Rap Battle of History: Santa Claus vs Moses featuring Snoop Dogg

Screen shot 2012-12-11 at 6.22.14 AMHere’s a a fun song for the holidays… Epic Rap Battles of History..Santa vs Moses..featuring Snoop Dogg. Just in time for the holidays.. I ain’t mad at Snoop for this.. I wish we could see more creativity like this where folks are having fun and going beyond the usual fare..For folks who wanna get more info on Epic Rap Battles.. heead on over to http://epicrapbattlesofhistory.com/

Santa vs Moses

After you laugh at the Moses vs Santa video check out the Michael Jackson vs Elvis

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=0M0RbaPxq2k#!