Thursday, May 5, 2011

The Devil's Advocate


Rappers love revolution, at least in concept.  Politically conscious rappers especially will advocate just about any historical figure that appears to have taken it to the man.  Ernesto "Che" Guevara and countless others have been lionized by Hip-Hop at one point or another.  Criminal figures like Ellsworth “Bumpy” Johnson and countless Cosa Nostra bosses have also been unofficially elevated to the status of “revolutionaries” if only because their violent criminal activities fly in the face of polite societies values.  Rappers, like Americans as a whole, tend to have selective memory when looking back at history.  This causes certain historical figures to be assigned a significance that is not befitting them.  Sometimes that tendency borders on lunacy, as truly evil men are allowed to be heroes.