MINISTER FARRAKHAN AND JA RULE PUT IN WORK: NOI leader wants peace brought to Hip-Hop before bloodshed.
Story Date: Oct. 31, 2003
The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan of the Nation of Islam has called a warning to Hip-Hop heavyweights as well as its listeners. "Hip hop is being threatened today…the future of it," Min. Farrakhan told Ja Rule. "And I don't want to see you lose your life or 50 Cent lose his life, or any of the rappers lose their life. I think we've paid a price now to go to a higher level, reports The Final Call."
The minister recently sat down with Ja Rule about the ongoing feud between Ja and 50 Cent. He expressed his fear in what he saw as an industry ploy to gain money for upper levels while rappers die on the street and cause a trickle down effect of violence amongst their fans.
He explained that those who govern and control see hip hop as a threat to their rule. The culture springing from the Hip-Hop movement is captivating the minds of all youth, regardless of class or color, and is causing them to reject the system of White supremacy.
"Hip hop has taken White children away from those who would shape them into oppressors," he said, adding that hip hop is a force the government can't control and so the government seeks to eliminate it.
Ja explained that part of his problem stems from his platinum plus album sales of his first album that put him at the center of jealousy.
"I made records that reflected real life," he shared. "I don't wake up every day angry. Sometimes, I wake up and I love my wife and I want to talk about that. So, I did and people embraced it in a way that was new and fresh in hip hop. And it kind of changed the \way things started moving. People started making more records that had more feeling, all the artists started making records about different aspects of life besides the criminal aspect."
The rapper revealed his struggle with the public and media's role in perpetuating tensions, while he wanted to focus on making good music.
"I'm bigger than that, I'm not even thinking about that," he recalled. "I'm like, 'Let's continue what we're doing as Black men.' But then, the public started to give me ridicule. I guess they were feeling like, since you're not saying anything, you're scared."
"The public makes it so that we have to keep assaulting each other," Ja noted. "They're not giving us room to say, 'I'm not thinking about him.' They're not giving us that space."
Farrakhan called the dispute an opportunity to breed a new dynamic into the culture of hip hop by gently teaching fans that there is something better than holding onto a "beef" that can only produce bloodshed.
At the very basis of the entire Hip-Hop problem as well as the music industry as a whole, Min. Farrakhan criticized the profiteering and control of the record companies regardless of what happens to the artists.
"We're tired of allowing people to use our pain to get rich and then watch us die and then hold our masters and keep making money for themselves and their families at our expense," he said.