So I just got wind of the news that Dr. Dre is in the process of selling his Beats earphones to Apple for $3.2 billion, making his the first “hip hop billionaire.” (Although not quite…Forbes says he’s worth $800 million, but who’s really counting when it’s that much dough?)
On the one hand, I think it’s GREAT that this black man parlayed from being just a performer to a boss, and it really does show the genius that often lays dormant in my people. What I think is HORRIBLE is that this is the same Dr. Dre that was instrumental in the degradation of black womanhood, and has contributed to decades of damage to MY image. So while I celebrate black business innovation, and proof offered that we are capable of more than shucking and jiving, it is tempered knowing that this man did so at my sister’s expense. I refuse to give props to a black man who got rich because of his vitriolic hatred of my image and perpetrated violence and murder within his own community. That $3.2 billion is blood money, plain and simple.
This is the time when I ponder life’s fairness when I see bad people, who do bad things to people on a massive scale prosper. How is it that a man who pioneered rap music that degraded black girls and women and celebrated and perpetuated mass violence across America get to be a billionaire? Only in America can a man bash his own and prosper, and then turn around and be celebrated and emulated by the very group he sold down the river.
Let’s take a brief stroll down memory lane, shall we?
Back in the 80’s Dr. Dre was a member of NWA (Niggas With Attitudes) They came on the scene glorifying drug dealing, the exploitation and degradation of the black female body, and the celebration of MURDER via drive by shootings. That group was pioneered West Coast gangster rap, and they have oceans and oceans of blood on their hands. How much you wanna bet some blood or crip had one of those songs blaring when he rained bullets on a house in Compton and killed a baby sleeping in her crib?
Does anyone remember Dr. Dre beat the crap out of rap journalist, Dee Barnes for some nonsense reason and got away with only having to pay a $2500 fine and 200 hours of community service. Basic message: When you’re a hip hop “artist” you can beat the shit out of a black woman with little or no consequences. But you hit “Becky” and it’s under the jail for you, Sambo.
Understand the magnitude of what I’m about to say, ladies. Dr. Dre and by extension, NWA is RESPONSIBLE for the degradation of black woman hatred in hip hop. They literally wrote the book on it.
Artist: N.W.A. Album: N.W.A. and the Posse/Greatest Hits Song: A Bitch is a Bitch Typed by: OHHLA Webmaster DJ Flash [Eazy-E] Oh, shit - I guess there's one less bitch you gotta worry about [Narrator] Let's describe a certain female A female with the disease of character and attitude If you will, a snob However, in the view of N.W.A... [Ice Cube] A bitch is a bitch (bitch) so if I'm poor or rich (word up) I talk in the exact same pitch Now the title bitch, don't apply to all women But all women have a little bitch in 'em (yeah) It's like a disease that plagues they character Takin the women of America (yeah) And it starts with a letter B It makes a girl like that think she better than me (bitch) See some get mad, and some just bear it But yo, if the shoe fits wear it (wear it) It makes 'em go deaf in the ear That's why when you say 'hi' she won't say 'hi' Are you the kind that think, you're too damn fly? Bitch eat shit and die (ha ha ha..) Ice cube comin at you at crazy pitch (Why?) I think a bitch is a bitch "Who the fuck you think you callin a bitch you little sorry muthafucka? I dunno who the fuck you think you talkin to Let me tell you one muthafuckin thang, I'm not no..." [Eazy-E] Bitch, shut the fuck up [Ice Cube] Yo, you can tell a girl that's out for the money (How?) She look good and the bitch walk funny She ain't no dummy, she's rather connivin Yo bitch, fuck when I'm drivin~! See a young nigga that's strivin You're through, without a BMW That's why, a bitch is a bitch I guess Or either P-M-S Here, test the girl that's kinda snobby (aight) And I bet you dissin niggaz is her hobby And after she finish the test Grade today of B, I, T-C-H And watch her get mad cause she know it's true (she know it) But a nigga like me'll say 'fuck you' Do like Ice Cube, slam her ass in a ditch (slam her ass) Cause a bitch is a bitch "Why I got to be a bitch?" I ain't call you no bitch If you'd listen to a goddamn song it'd tell you what a bitch is "Fuck the song cause I'm not no muthafuckin bitch" I didn't say you was a bitch If you stopped actin like a goddamn bitch "Fuck you, lil punk-ass lil nigga!" Fuck you, bitch! "Fuck you! Who the fuck you think you are?" Little sorry-ass scandalous-ass ho "Yeah I'ma bring ma bitch" Fuck you! Suck my dick, bitch! Lil scandalous-ass doody dogg breath smoking... [Ice Cube] I once knew a bitch who got slack Cause she played me, like she was all that A bitch can be your best friend talkin behind your back (yeah) About who's fuckin who and who's gettin fat Look at yourself for me (look bitch) Now do you fall, in this category? Are you the kind that won't blink Cause you don't think, yo' shit stink? Lucky I haven't had a drink Cause I'd down you ass, then I'd clown your ass Cause the niggas I hang with ain't rich (I ain't rich) We'll all say "Fuck you bitch!" (Word up!) Now, what I can do with a ho like you Bend your ass over and then I'm through (get the fuck out) Cause you see Ice Cube ain't takin' no shit (Why?) Cause I think, a bitch is a bitch [Narrator] There you have it - the description of a bitch Now ask yourself, are they talking about you? Are you that funky, dirty, money-hungry, scandalous stuck-up, hair piece contact wearing bitch? Yep, you probably are - HAHAHAHAHAHAHA~! "Bitch!"