I’m sure most of our readers are already familiar with World Star Hip Hop. I’m not the first person to criticize it for it’s ignorance, I don’t think I need to explain what their website is about, so I’m just going to get right into it and ask the question: who told you that it’s gangster to produce self-incriminating evidence, and release it for the world to see?
I’ll be real, I try to avoid all that street shit, it’s not my ideal way of living. I don’t need the stress and drama that comes with being gangster, but I did come up with some people who really do that shit, and can honestly say that this level of idiocy would have never been tolerated by any of them, on any level.
I’m sorry if calling you an idiot offends you, but that’s the only way to put it. It’s an idiotic thing to do.
Filming your crew doing dumb shit, and putting it on the internet for millions to see, means you lack foresight, and it’s safe to say you’re being a shitty friend. Seriously, I’d hate to have you as a friend. You’re the type of person that ruins the lives of everyone around you.
The owner of World Star Hip Hop cooperates with the government on this stuff, but stupid ass internet thugs are too caught up in their virtual chest puffing to understand it. If you’re stupid enough to upload your crime to World Star Hip Hop – a site that is no doubt under surveillance, because it serves as a well known magnet for millions of idiots — then you should probably give up your life of crime, because it’s clearly not your calling. You were made for something else; go learn a skill and find a new lifestyle. Try to better yourself before it’s too late.
Maybe I should shut up though, maybe it’s a good thing for morons to voluntarily upload their own evidence. Our society is probably better off with you behind bars. At least if you stay locked up you won’t have a chance to breed, and future generations won’t have to worry about the kids that you will most likely fail at raising. Let me be clear, I’m not saying all prisoners are bad fathers — I would never say that — but any dumbass that this rant applies to, probably lacks the brain to raise a child responsibly if they don’t get their shit together quickly.
I find it ironic that people with this mentality have commandeered the phrase “survival of the fittest”, and twisted it to mean “fuck with me, and I’ll kill you”. From a naturalistic point of view, survival of the fittest doesn’t necessarily have to be brute strength. It simply means you’ve evolved in a way that increases your survivability — any number of flaws in that development can cause you to die off.
In our case, how does it increase our survivability to promote a culture of hyper aggression, that turns our communities into war zones?
Earlier this year there was a report that more Americans have been killed in Chicago, than in Afghanistan. Let that settle in for a second, then think about Chief Keef, tweeting his laughter over the murder of Lil JoJo and calling it “#richniggashit”. How many of his impressionable fans will soak that up and continue to contribute to this cycle? Cheif Keef isn’t the first, he learned it from others who came before him and glorified it just like he does.
I won’t blame World Star Hip Hop or any artist for the entirety of the problem, I’m aware of the other socio-economic factors that contribute to it, but they do play their roles. Some people really are impressionable, especially young kids who are struggling to find their identity. We can’t afford to dismiss it and make excuses as if promoters of ignorance are the victims; they need to be held accountable. While it is possible to be a victim of circumstance, sometimes we only have ourselves to blame.
A cycle of self-destruction is not compatible with survival. A snake with a craving for it’s own tail will not live long. How does creating a mecca for ignorance, benefit us?
I worry about shit like this becoming more accepted in our culture. While I don’t condone gangster behavior, at least I grew up on guys like Scarface (the rapper) saying “real gangsta ass niggas don’t flex nuts, cause real gangsta ass niggas know they got em”. Ice T was the Original Gangster, but still made songs like “Colors” to warn against gang violence. That was reality as I saw it, I never felt the need to prove anything. I didn’t have to make videos to let the world know how tough I thought I was.
When you think about it, the need for that kind of acceptance and validation is kind of pathetic. It’s a projection of your insecurities as a man.
My problem with World Star Hip Hop goes beyond the internet thugs though, there is plenty of other videos that promote our cultural and moral decay. It’s the only place where I’ve seen videos of moms booty popping with their daughters on camera, while the son is filming it. There is videos of mothers getting their babies high, and crack heads doing all kids of crazy stuff. If you read the comment sections, it’s not uncommon to see white supremacists who use the site as a source of validation, this factory of never ending ignorance lends fuel to their hatred.
Why doesn’t world star Hip Hop offer any counter balance that can be used to disarm the racist’s feelings of validation? All it would take is some positive examples to balance things out. If all you show is the negative side, then you are unwittingly playing into their hand, you are arming your enemy by not equipping us to challenge their ignorance.
I can’t find one good thing that comes from World Star Hip Hop, but do find plenty of nihilistic cowards who continue to justify it.
One of the most annoying defenses I constantly see for Q and this website, is “he’s making money, stop being a hater, he’s giving people what they want”. To that I say, Pimps who sell underage kids are also making money, and giving some people what they want. Slave traders also made money. If you think making money makes exploitation okay, then you’re a part of the problem.
These people don’t care about you, if they did they wouldn’t continue to promote the behaviors that are currently making your life worse. They get the money, and we get the suffering. I think Quadir Lateef was correct in his video criticism where he said Q is making blood money.
Here’s a great example of Q’s sleazy heartless mentality as recalled by Vibe.com.
In fact, Q rarely misses an opportunity to squeeze a buck from his brand and beyond. One girl begged him to take down a clip in which she stripped naked while rapping along to Nicki Minaj’s verse from “Monster.” Like many humiliating moments inspired by alcohol and caught on camera, the clip ended up on WorldStarHipHop.com.She was desperate to get the footage off the Web, so she contacted Q and tearfully begged him to remove the clip. “She had been disowned, kicked out of her house,” Q remembers, sounding sympathetic. Eventually he relented and took down the video, but only after she coughed up $500. “She had to pay up!” he cackles, rubbing his thumb and forefinger together.
Does anybody really respect that? Yea he is making money, but he is also a despicably callous human being. It’s no surprise that someone with this lack of decency would create a site that serves as nothing more than a blight on humanity.
Q says people like the site because they “relate to the realness”, I think it’s more accurate to say people like his site because they enjoy watching human train wrecks.
Why have we allowed our standard for “real” to be reduced to random acts of idiocy? Yes this shit really happens, but when we put out the suggestion that this is how real people act, it becomes an expectation that can lead to problems similar to what social psychologists know as the “stereotype threat”. The stereotype threat is “the experience of anxiety or concern in a situation where a person has the potential to confirm a negative stereotype about their social group”. So when people get into these situations that Q calls “real”, they may actually feel a subconscious pressure to conform in a way that’s expected of them, and it becomes a bit of self-fulfilling prophecy.
Some people may have a problem with the fact that I’m making criticisms and passing judgement, but I think at some point criticism must be made. If we make a habit out of avoiding all criticism then we become enablers. I know it’s an unpopular thing to do, but sometimes it is necessary to hold up a mirror and force people to look. It won’t fix every problem we face, but fixing ourselves is a good place to start.
It’s time for Hip-Hop as a whole to grow up and stop letting ourselves be poisoned by this nonsense. I say fuck WorldStarHipHop and everything it represents. That website has little to do with hip-hop, it should be renamed WorldStarStereotypeReenforcement.com, or maybe drop the “WorldStar” and just become LoseHopeInHumanity.com because this is nothing but poison for the mind. Nothing good has ever come out of it or the part of our culture it promotes.
Just for good measure, I’m gonna end it with a video of Method Man adding his opinion on WorldStar.