The Craziest Profit Model You Have Ever Seen: The Marriage of Russian Active Measures, Chaos and Organized Crime as Foreign Policy–PART ONE
Are you a music lover? I know I am.
I like Classical, Punk rock, New Wave, Big Band, Reggae, and so on. I have no problem listening to Black Flag or Alicia Keys or Johnny Cash one minute, Billie Holiday the next and Mozart’s Mass in C Minor or The Gypsy Kings right after that.
Music movements are historical markers. When I hear “To Begin the Beguine”, I immediately picture a Depression-era ballroom in my mind. If CCR’s “Senator’s Son” is playing on the radio, I think of U.S. soldiers jumping out the side door of a Huey in Vietnam.
Music movements come and go. But there’s one music movement that just never seems to go away. It has been going strong for over 30 years now. Can you guess which one that is?
You guessed it…”Gangster Rap”. I can already hear the cries of “RACISM!” from the peanut gallery…
But consider this…
We are not talking about an institution that promotes the finest, most redeeming qualities of the Black community. On the contrary, we are talking about an institution that promotes its lowest common denominators.
We are talking about the promotion and glorification of gang culture, drug trafficking and organized crime. This is a view that academics Michael Eric Dyson, Patricia Rose, Todd Boyd, Bakari Kitwana and Nelson George have also expressed concerns about.
But would it come as a surprise to most that Russia, perhaps the most racist nation on the planet, is associated with a 30+ year cash-cow campaign to portray American inner-city blacks as gang-banging, drug-peddling murderers and welfare recipients?
You may recall Vladislav Surkov’s recent comments, in response to U.S. sanctions against Russia:
“I see the decision by the administration in Washington as an acknowledgment of my service to Russia. It’s a big honor for me. I don’t have accounts abroad. The only things that interest me in the U.S. are Tupac Shakur, Allen Ginsberg, and Jackson Pollock. I don’t need a visa to access their work. I lose nothing.”
What Surkov is telling us is that Tupac Shakur represents an ECONOMIC component to Russia.
Let’s take a closer look at Tupac Shakur…
Although Wikipedia claims that Tupac Shakur (born Lesane Parish Crooks) took his stage name in honor of Túpac Amaru II, leader of the 1780 Peruvian rebellion against Spanish rule, details of Shakur’s life suggest that he instead had Peru’s Túpac Amaru Revolutionary Movement in mind. In fact, between the two sources Wikipedia references, only one even makes reference to Tupac Shakur the musician, and it associates him with the revolutionary organization. Tupac Shakur’s parents were Black Panthers and Shakur’s music was sympathetic to the organization.
- Yaki Kadafi (Muammar Gaddafi)
- Komani (Ayatollah Khomeini)
- Kastro (Fidel Castro)
- E.D.I. Mean (Idi Amin) and,
- Hussein Fatal (Saddam Hussein)
Walter Edward Hart, author of THE CULTURE INDUSTRY, HIP HOP MUSIC AND THE WHITE PERSPECTIVE: HOW ONE-DIMENSIONAL REPRESENTATION OF HIP HOP MUSIC HAS INFLUENCED WHITE RACIAL ATTITUDES, writes:
“Record label executives began to define the primary hip hop audience as white, suburban, wealthy, teenagers who, since 1991,have been estimated to purchase between 60 to 80 percent (a debated statistic) of all hip hop music (Kitwana 2005:82, Sullivan 2003). The record label executives also determined that this white audience was primarily interested in hip hop music which is produced in its one-dimensional negative formats of gangsta rap, misogynistic, materialistic, and violent (Rose2008). These one-dimensional representations of hip hop music began to be performed as if they were self generated from within the black community (Rose 2008) and performed as authentic representations of the Black culture (Neal 1997, Rose 2008).”