“I shot a man in Reno, just to watch him die.” Take a wild guess at what song this bar came from. I bet you’re going to attempt to name a rap song because that shit gets really graphic right? Wrong! Arkansas’s very own Mr. Johnny Cash wrote that and we all know he doesn’t rap. It’s no secret that rap has strong ties with violence and it’s dangerous lifestyle. Now it didn’t start out that way but through time we lost our way because, in the beginning, it started out positive but got lost in the pursuit of riches. Plus on a drunken weekend at the club who really wants to listen to some uplifting music but that’s not neither here nor there. We want to blame rap music for the spike in crime around our city and to a certain extent we can but when do we hold ourselves accountable? Do we go out and react every movie we see? No, we don’t that’s foolish! We understand movies are just entertainment and that’s it. At times we do have some lost souls that try it and lose out. Why do black people get excited when they believe their favorite artists are living the lives they claim to have in their rhythms but if they get caught and go to jail then we call them dumb for risking it all when they had it all. That mentality needs to die! Also, we need to check these club owners. I understand shit happens and we can’t control everything but 28 shots in a club? That’s unacceptable and fucking crazy! How does that happen? Let me try to guess. Poor security! We need to hire credible people for this job. The number 1 job of a club owner is the safety of the people at your establishment. Also, a dress code needs to be enforced and not that collar t-shirt bullshit either. Bottom line! I won’t tell you how many times I’ve been at a club and I knew for a fact they weren’t checking for guns and you couldn’t count the guns in the building! Lucky I was cool with the people in there so I wasn’t in danger per say but what would’ve happened if someone dropped a gun and it discharged? I’m saying all this to say we can ban the music all we want but nothing will change! We need better police and people relationships! Us as blacks need to get rid of the “Fuck the police” mindset. Why don’t we get people we know and trust to become cops to protect us because this ” No Snitching” bullshit is killing us and we aren’t winning with it. To clear up some shit it’s a huge difference in snitching and telling information to save your own ass when you’re just as wrong or telling unnecessary details. That’s a lesson for another time. These are small suggest something to get the wheels turning. Those concerts were small ways to help curve crime because it gave people something entertaining. Now we take that away so guess what we have more time to do?