Word on the streets is kids about 11 and up are listening to 2 Chainz Crack song which is based on a true story according to him. I will not ridicule or criticize his lyrics or anything but I’m amazed at the age group that are listening to it. But he’s not the only one doing trap music. Trap is the stamp to state your street credibility and you’ve paid your dues saling drugs in the street life. Trap seems different from gansta music because gansta music had a more organized catching body vibe to it. Lyrics say your pretty much and “about that life” (you live that life).
So I ask these young impressionable what are you guys listening to and talking about lately.
They said happily, “well everybody’s talking about 2 Chainz Crack Song it’s a true story. ”
I say, “really” so I check it out on youtube. The content not to descriptive but just a repetition of the chorus and a pretty short, simple, but clever word play.
I asked them “what do you think about it?”
They answer, “I think nothing of it. While repeatedly singing the hooks to the song—yeah I got cra naaaack yeah… I got cra naaaack, starting from the trap now I rap”
Now these kids are not hardened kids and they haven’t been exposed to anything that could distort their innocent view of life yet. I’ve observed these groups of children admires and feel that the grown up version of the hardened kids are ultra cool. As for the hardened children, well, it’s just a way of life. It’s their neighborhood. It’s their story. It’s what they see and hear everyday. Based on research and archives into the news and past crime rates these hardened children are probably descendants of hardened parents.
There are cities with the reputation of decades of violence like South central, LA; Chicago, Illinois; Newark, NJ and the backwoods of Virginia. Now the smiiiiiit that goes on in the backwoods may be worse than any hood because it gets grizzly. Some have improved a bit compared to 10 plus years ago. But there are also hardened kids in better neighborhoods based on home life factors such as hidden abuse, drugs making way into their homes, divorce, neglect, feeling of abandonment and being misunderstood.
How do they hear this music without the parents knowing you ask?
Asking questions everyday like you have an invested interest in their lives is key but not overbearing and don’t betray their trust. I found that kids and technology go hand in hand. I have to learn technology and they seem to auto-compute everything and anything technical. Now do not let me not get into how I learned a 7-year-old was hacking into things while supposedly watching children cartoons and a roblox video game shutting down my computer with a virus. Kids share information and have different levels of access into technology like smartphones.
There is no specific formulas in my book I just suggest that you know or get to know the child and make no assumptions about them. Being careful to use wisdom. If you live in a box get out of it because you will be left in the dark on what is going on in there lives. I’ve learned over time and experience that well-mannered children who say “yes maam, no maam” can do the same dirt the other kids do just more secretly. They do explore and do make mistakes. They have outside influences and one day will be on their own. What’s tempting in there lives is what will test them. They may grow up to never drink, steal do drugs like teachers and parents say. They may think they’re great people because they don’t do the latter but may be racist, cheaters and mock people. They may think it’s okay because it’s simply a gray area.
The 2 chainz Crack Song is a gray area to these young impressionable right now. This one boy only like the beat and the word play. He only knows it’s a drug. His pain isn’t so deep that he thinks it’s an escape option for his life yet. His world isn’t a struggle financially where he’s thinking by any means necessary yet. Right now he’s innocent to that world and just enjoys simply the music.
Another knows some information and giggles about a relatives actions and simularly doesn’t care for the drugs yet. But they both are still in a dangerous place because ways of fun and childhood will depleted and they will yearn for that childhood like Michael Jackson. And the simplicity will disappear. And now they are privvy to this information that this cool popular guy says is ok. Balance is very necessary. This is fact people do drugs because it feels good to them but that feeling does not last and in the long run will ruin you. The harder the drug the bigger the problems and effects on your body.