From the recent deaths of rap stars XXXTentacion and Jimmy Wopo, to the shooting of Chief Keef and the home invasion robbery that put Rich the Kid in the hospital, violence it would seem, in the hip-hop community is at an all time.
While the 90s saw the birth of gangster rap and the deaths of Tupac and Biggie, the millennial generation of rap stars aren’t just talking about gang life, drugs, and incarceration, they are living it, with open murder, battery, and sexual-assault cases, to prove it.
So is all hope lost, will violence beget more violence? Hip Hop star T.I. weighed in, telling HipHollywood the young rap stars have to grow up in order to end the bloodshed.
“Yeah there is more violence because there has been more violence introduced to our environment,” said the Grand Hustle head honcho. “Anytime something happens in the environment you’ll see a reflection in the music.”
“I think the generation has to make a conscious decision that this is enough,” he added. “Once they make that decision, we’ll see improvements and we’ll make progression.”
The self-proclaimed King Of The South, is certainly speaking from experience. After serving two terms in county jail, twice for probation violations and a federal prison bid for a U.S. federal weapons charge, the rapper was able clean up his image and become a respected businessman, actor and activist.
“I think the youngsters are in a growing phrase,” he explained. “A lot of them haven’t lived long enough to see their mid-twenties. I think once they get an opportunity to experience more, learn more, evolve more, grow as a man, things will kind of balance out.”