Did Hip-hop Really Kill Pop Smoke & Nipsey Hussle, look at Stop the Violence Movement 30yrs later

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Hip Hop Music Playing in background hey what’s up everybody it’s your boy
James “Kraze” Billings also known as Kraze the king of content and I’m about to
bring you back to a time in 1988 some of y’all are watching and probably saying
why 1988 well 1988 was a pivotal year for albums coming out but it was also a
time with hip hop needed some kind of structure black-on-black crime was so
prevalent at that time two things happen in 1988 one they had the fresh fest at
Nassau Coliseum in Long Island New York and two a black man got stabbed and
killed over a gold chain well that set off a chain of events and the two chain
of events that is settled directly was to stop the violence movement and the
self-destruction video thanks to artists like KRS-One Stetsasonic Just-ice and Big Daddy Kane and a whole host of others the self-destruction and stop
the violence movement was able to raise $100,000 toward black on black crime, and
donate it to the National Urban League here is a clip that’s going to show you
the importance of the stop the violence movement but I can’t take all the credit
for the footage I can only take credit for what I shot which is a recent
interview I did with the members of Stetsasonic and asked them how important the
self-destruction and stop the violence movement was thirty years later now that
other rare footage that I got comes from Video Music Box and one of my mentors
Ralph McDaniels and his partner Lionel Martin even
though I would love to take credit for their footage I cannot I’m glad those
brothers had the foresight to cover all the behind the scenes of the stop the
violence video and movement and self-destruction movement and we’re
going to get into that right now so take a look leave me some comments
and tell me what you think peace the next thing I know it’s just a whole
bunch people just crowded into the corridor but nothing happy yet so you
know there’s a one guy that saw me my gold on so he reached for one of my
bracelet my bracelet
because my hand was on a rail and he grabbed for one of my bracelets when I turned I grabbed him
once I grab him a whole crowd rushed behind his body planet I just ducked down and I didn’t realize I
was stabbed until he had thought everything had you know it was all over
but by this time my team I mean my bracelet is gone three chains was gone my
gold watch was gone friend of mine I got hit and because
he was trying to help me out next thing I know a friend of mine tells me all of
this blood is on my pants first aid office when I go into the
first aid office its crowed you know full of people that had this stabbed and cut
you know like going around you know pop pop pop one is shot who’s the blame
headline front page and raps to name MC the light here to state the bottom
line that black on black crime was waived before our time ah stop the world
needs top top top winning shot who’s the blame headline front page raps the name
MC delight here to state the bottom line the black on black crime was way before
its time now listen when you when you speak about that particular subject stop
the violence movement which was headed by Chris
chaos one from bdp Brooklyn Queens Manhattan Bronx that now in Long Island
Thursday in the house they started bugging what happened was just keep that
killed over a cold out of all the many things that went on
that night that seemed to be the zenith of the ignorance he died because of his
gold the way that I want four steps assigning to be remembered and stop the
violence movement you know I want you know not just for steady sonic but every
other artist that was you know on the record you know I’m saying not just the
record but the video because yeah guys like Big Daddy Kane showing support he
was in the video Red Alert Marley Marl tongue low you
know I’m saying so there was a lot of other artisans that that was showing
support for the stop the violence movement you know I’m saying and you
know that record it was something that had to be made because you know hip-hop
was getting a negative vibe and stuff you know and I also have to commend the
West Coast you know but for their version were all in the same game and
also the New York mentality of street life culture I mean the record really
reflects the fact that people in New York went through their gangster stage I
mean we don’t have the gangs in New York and the late eighties early nineties
that they have in other parts of the country some reason that the chemistry
here is not brought that about and so we have a lot more consciousness the whole
Malcolm X movement appleson Afrocentricity all these positive things
are understanding appreciation of Islam as part of the continuity of religion
and the Christian aim is not the only religion all these different things that
are going through black culture or you can see that reflected in
self-destruction and I think that’s one of the things that’s gonna be good about
the long run that is a document of a certain mentality that was going on Scott lorac was like the original
founder of would get opened up his time along with Chris and I’m you know it was
it was a real big loss and it was Karma he was common you know coming there for
me I would know together nobody out there knows I’m a Trent people will know
who Scott Scott was down you know under the same you know you really got an insight into how TV
works so he’s checked lis written out both
their parts flavors at flavor as well as his even the way it would be phrased it
was amazing and he cut his vocal without and even didn’t like flavors part in the
flavor came in and overdub one of the greatest projects I’m allowed was glad
to be a part of the video shoot Ralph McDaniels being a buddy of mine got him
a Lionel Martin a directed the video good friends of all of ours instances
Sonic and it was a great great great project we’re proud of it the record
went platinum so in we you know you know we put a hole in it still got a lot of
work to do we hoping that some of the young cats get together with us and do
we stop the violence too because we need it but it wasn’t it was a proud moment
it was a proud moment it was a proud moment for us and we’re very proud of
that project I’m proud to be a part of that video no I don’t think so I think I
think I think the self destruction record was a was a was a product of
someone getting killed and people blaming it on hip-hop remember I’m
saying we don’t really have fans we just got a bunch of haters
so anyway possible that they could make it look like we did something wrong they
would and so now that concept of y’all not music y’all not have y’all laugh at
all that is fading in the background now we’re getting played on radio and MTV is
starting except running them a little bit and all of that so now and we got a
secret weapon in the Beastie Boys you know I mean like so now the violence
thing comes up and something violent happens and and
so self-destruction is a call-and-response – no we didn’t do it
pop pop Wow who’s the bling headlines you know and wraps the name MC the light
here to stay at the bottom line that black on black crime was here way before
our time it never is we didn’t do it you know I’m
saying so so that’s what the self-destruction record is we didn’t do it will be will be managing a booking
agent a record carpenter excellent image the people in rap knew when it was about
immediately responsible we had to keep you off the record in order to try and
get it done that was that kind of response and that’s why were able to do
a video like music video because they got up early in the morning which
rappers in that no and to make the statement we just feel that one of
primary duties of a rapper in this day and age has become a positive role model
in the mind children a lot of these kids don’t have positive role models to look
up to and most neighborhood drug dealers the role mine
you know we continue to do like this I mean we will be the greatest we will when you speak about that can you get a
project that will inspire people to at least think about what they do you know
what I’m saying the lyrics that would was done through through that hole
through that whole song you know what I’m saying is something that people need
to take notes to don’t believe the hype about our community you know what I’m
saying about nothing but you know killing one
another I know that it goes on you know what I’m saying but there’s a reason why
it goes on because we’re not thinking you know point-blank we’re not thinking
about being our brother’s keeper if you actually any person on the street are
you mom are you your brother’s keep it in it they’re not going to say that you
know what I’m saying so the karate on that record was something that’s
unmatched the light was really again it aims a lot
of meetings was very involved said I mean his speech at these press
conference is one of the best just quite quite good and quite dedicated to the
idea I was impressed with that a lot stealing and robbing I’m not even
looking at the black on black thing they just you know going for their guru as
much money as I can and they’re not looking at what they’re doing to the
whole the most consistent person in hip-hop
and articulating a non-violent but realistic approach to dealing with a
business I mean pushing the violent imagery but it’s very clear in his music
unlike a lot of other thinking you buy it and it was a message and the 20
degrees violence Illustrated points make he’s very very good at doing and I mean
I don’t think it would have been a record see the light here state the bottom line
that black-on-black crime was here way before our time
it never is we didn’t do it you know I’m saying so so that’s what the self
destruction record is we didn’t do it for me it meant a lot but let me tell
you what it really meant to me I am a huge fan of hip-hop so you might hit me
say Andre Nikitina you might hate him me say e 40 in the clip you might have me
say Roscoe you might hit me say freestyle fellowship right I’m a fan of
hip-hop so it’s not just the stuff that people know and I’m Jeff you know so I’m
just as much fan of my canine as I am Big L um
what self-destruction meant to me was a record it’s one thing because it’s a
bunch of East Coast emcees on video it’s another thing if you look at that video
see me sitting next to Tom Lok in video it meant that we were beginning to be
this national force and that that’s that’s always been very inviting to me
because I felt like New York emcees were on their own that’s why I accepted
eazy-e god blessed day so well because I was like we’re not on our own that’s why
me and Luca France you know I mean that’s why me and scarf
friend because I felt great to not be on my own and I have to hold this thing you
know by myself so for me it meant that we’re finally expanding in some kind of
I mean it wasn’t international as it is now but we’re finally expanding in some
national kind of way and that that’s big death big moves that was big news to me
so the karate on that record was something that’s unmatched you know what
I’m saying a bunch of rappers coming from their groups or as a solo artists
or whatever the case may be just you know coming together for a common cause
much like how we did a fr ICA and golasa wait till Zimbabwe Tanzania Zambia
Mozambique and Botswana so let us speak about the motherland you know what I’m
saying and when you have that type of record to
go out there and touch people across the world as that wicked free South Africa
did because it became part of a school curriculum all across Africa you know
what I’m saying and that was something that is always needed because we got to
keep those messages in order to to stay within the same mind you know what I’m
saying cuz everybody’s just bugging out right now you know what I’m saying so
consciousness and start becoming very very important car that has saved rap music literally if
rap had have gone on with it’s egotistical sexist attitude it would be
dead right now you’d be talking the anthrax instead of hugging hum
productive but what happened was the consciousness of rappers who changed
duties movement and people are really whether it’s a bad or truth our people
are looking to find themselves and I think that’s one of the biggest changes specifically it was a movement it was a
fad it was an intelligence as a fact and fads the Lord Perry you know I’m saying
and you know that record it was something that had to be made because
you know hip-hop was getting a negative vibe and stuff you know and I also like
to commend the West Coast you know but for their version we’re all in the same
game love that record II got all pointing and stuff like that you know
what I’m saying but you know what I would like for everybody to be
remembered not just that’s a sonic you know I’m saying but everybody just on
having a positive vibe giving off a positive vibe and stuff you know what
I’m saying and you know that not all hip-hop is negative you know I’m saying
you got positive hip-hop still even till this day you know I’m saying I got
people coming up to me and stuff in the street no listen that you know and they
commend me and stuff like that you know and you know and I appreciate you know
what I’m saying I appreciate everybody that that you know that likes to record
stuff like that you know we got a lot of positive artists ‘iz on the record for
stuff like that and it was good to work with every single one of them and stuff
so the way I would like the step not just step two
remember that every other artists you know I just want them to be remembered
all of us you know just in the positive bra thank you all for watching my name
is James Crase Billings also known as crazed the king of content and that was
a highlight on the self-destruction stop the violence movement from 1988 hope you
enjoyed it I’ll be back with some more exclusive content but until then if you
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  1. Nobody wants to talk about all the gang culture in the music… And it's a ton of it
    and I'm not saying that to sound like an old head I'm saying I don't think it's a good idea to be gang gang and blicky blicky on a record anymore….

  2. https://youtu.be/Hb0vnuDNsk4

    RIP POP SMOKE, you inspired me to never be scared to show off your talent, that’s why I’m doing all I can to promote my friends freestyle off the dome, if you can like and comment.💯💯💯 the feedback will be greatly appreciated

  3. Hip Hop definitely kills people and especially the larger figures such as Pop Smoke, Nipsey Hussle and more.

    Let’s juxtapose hip hop and politics. If you want corruption to change it won’t. Only way it changes if the people who are outside of it are opposed to it. Same thing for hip hop; people don’t like to admit but our hip hop music is violent and fun. That’s a crazy combination because people in it don’t see an issue with it.

    I could go on and on but yea, hip hop insights a lot of the violence upon itself.

  4. Hip Hop needs a STOP THE VIOLENCE 2 for the younger generation to put a balance back in the game…This violence is senseless.

  5. The Fresh Fest is by far the most violent hip hop event I've ever been to… I've been around hip hop since the late 70's & there's always been violence at our functions.. from the legendary stick up crew The Casanovas in the late 70's to now… there were once house parties but people would start fighting & shooting in people's house so that ended..I was one of them.. can't say it's the music that brings violence to hip hop but it's always been part of the culture.. Grandmaster Flash has told me stories of crowds erupting into fights when he played certain records.. The Casanovas used to stick up entire parties & Sugarhill Records used to send them on tour to follow & rob the artists of their show money… so the violence isn't new to hip hop…

  6. Lot of these morons pretend to be "street" sing about it and get caught out.

    Violence is associated with the music, unfortunate as it. Won't go away as long there is a Sun in the skyI also believe things will get better when black men step up & act as fathers, not just produce children.

  7. I ain't never heard of this dude Smoke…I'm .jus sad another one of us has been subjected to the violence… lost my cuz last week. His twin brother killed in July but wasn't the real target, they got the one they wanted last Sat…

  8. Both were Crips. Gangbangers get killed all the time and a lot of the time it's people from their own sets who kill them over jealousy especially in the music business. If you are a celebrity claiming a gang you will have to pay dues in cash money or get got even Snoop had to pay, still has to pay the real OGs. And even if you pay they will still set you up to get robbed now and then. It's a dirty game- gangs and the music business.

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