Every action has an equal and oppisite reaction. Or so i'm told. I watched and rewatched the sum and level of violence that Tekashi 69 endured. And now i'm second guessing the actions of those who chose violence. Yeah i get it, tekashi had it coming, he should of never snitched, blah blah blah. But i wonder now that are we a culture that now delivers it's own brand of punishment? If things don't work out in our favor, do we naturally call friends to "even" the score? Is this the existence of rap music in it's current form? it seems to be more questions than answers. So let's just follow the money when it comes to rap music. Lets say your a promoter, i in turn own a venue. You come to me and want to rent my venue for a rap concert. What would it take for you to be profitable.
Venue = $2000.00
Insurance = $10,000/ 1million in coverage
Artist = $ 30,000
Sound, Lights, DJ = $4000
Security = $1500
Bringing your cost to $47,500. At $20.00 a head you would need a venue that held at least 2500 to 3000 people to see a decent return on your investment. This in a city of this size and demographics, that's no small feat. But the cost of venues and insurance to do "rap" or "urban" events will continue to skyrocket when things like Tekashi's beat down makes the news. Because we as a culture will be viewed as such. The message we speak in rhymes over beats and bars could be drowned out by the costant spread of negativity throughout the culture.
In the midst of it all i still wonder ....was it justified. Which shows just how indoctrinated one can become just through social influence. No it wasn't justified. But there are still major faults on the side of 69 and the rap community aas a whole. That of course is a whole other blog.
Mixmaster Jones Capone is the Operations Manager of Power 99