Thursday, May 3, 2007

Shit's Only Gone Downhill Since He Cuts the Dreads

Busta Rhymes was arrested in New York under suspicion of driving while intoxicated. Now, last year, he was arrested for assaulting his driver, driving with a suspended license, and beating up a guy who spat on his car. While the dude who spat on the car had it coming, the other ones most likely could have been avoided. Regardless, all of these issues came after cutting his dreads off and making Touch It. Now, Touch It is a pretty hot track on a very weak album. Regardless, this track ended up with a bodyguard dead in Brooklyn and a crusade to stifle creative license in hip-hop music. Before all of you start tripping and shit, I have no problem with rap policing itself, which it needs to do so it can cut out all of the bullshit rappers talking about nothing and rapping on yachts. But, I have a larger problem with the government regulating rap music, which is what many would like following the Imus fiasco. Because when the government gets involved, it removes culpability from the parents for being more involved in their children's lives by doing things such as learning what they are listening to, seeing what they are watching, and finding out who they are running with. Busta Rhymes is one of the people at the forefront of this plague of rap even though Leaders of the New School didn't promote a lot of junk. I don't know if Busta Rhymes is trying to solidify his street cred or something, but he didn't have these problems before shaving his dreads off.