[Opinion] F*ck Lil Reese & Our Desensitization To Ignorance That World Star Hip Hop Has Created
This is personal.
If you co-sign Lil Reese or World Star Hip Hop, I’m judging you…harshly. Call me jaded or overreacting but as both an African American and a man, I’m ashamed of the atmosphere that has been created within our society. It’s an atmosphere that rewards ignorance and has become extraordinarily numb to violence. An atmosphere that is quicker to pull out an iPhone and record instances of extreme violent behavior in an effort to see their video on WSHH rather than pull out that very iPhone and dial 9-1-1 or do something to prevent it.
While it is true that American society has been a bloodthirsty group for decades, it has never gotten to the point where we feign no regret when we witness a savage beating on camera. Instead, violence is greeted with laughter and pageviews. I don’t blame WSHH for creating it, I blame them for endorsing it and giving it a platform that just so happens to have an African American behind it.
Furthermore, I blame the society that has ensured that WSHH is the #1 urban “hip hop” site (I use the term “hip hop” loosely) on the web because they cannot go a day without seeing a video where a male bus driver uppercuts a woman, or a random reality “star” (I also use that term loosely) taking off their clothes to extend their 15 minutes of fame, or minorities presenting themselves as a group of sexually charged savages who value ignorance over substance. It’s our fault for allowing this to be a sustained business model. We’ve done it to ourselves. But let’s be clear, we aren’t the only ones watching it.
Today you have Lil Reese and his relentless throttling of a young woman on camera and his unapologetic stance on the video hitting the public. If you haven’t seen it yet, Lil Reese — who is part of Chief Keef’s GBE crew — is caught on camera arguing with a female at a house party. The argument turns violent after the girl shoves away Reese’s hand as it pokes her in the face. What happens next is a jaw dropping display of violence where Reese pummels the young lady until she is prone on the ground. Even then, Reese is stomping the helpless girl as onlookers laugh and cheer him on.
I was sickened after witnessing this video. And my first thought was to take a long, hard look at the society that has met this kind of behavior with a record deal, fame and fortune. Meanwhile, Reese took an unapologetic stance on Twitter stating “The haters tryna see a mf Dwn lol Dey gotta b broke and bored wanna upload sum shit from years ago damnn we winnin it’s 2 late… #3hunna.” Right, good job indicting yourself. Shortly after, he followed up with this.