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Spike Lee Releases Song “WGDB” from Chi-Raq Soundtrack. Misses Point. Offends People.

Oh, Spike.

Everybody is currently aware that in a few weeks, Spike Lee’s latest foray into Black hypertension, “Chi-Raq” will be released. The trailer hit the Internet with a bang and had the e-streets and the real streets talking. Some folks are already offended by the movie because of the implied depiction of Chicago. Others think that the movie could have promise despite interesting casting choices (Nick Cannon is always an interesting casting choice), and the use of a term that has been largely panned by actual residents of Chicago. Most of us just think Teyonah Parris looks good.

Spike in typical “fuck your couch” fashion has answered back to critics of his upcoming movie – that most us haven’t seen yet – with an interview intended to address a lot of the backlash. We’ve already learned that Spike doesn’t give a fuck. And since we know this, Spike was like, why not throw out a music video to go along with the trailer that already caused some ruckus.

WGDB – Kevon Carter from 40 Acres and a Mule Filmworks on Vimeo.

What we got was a fancy video for a (not so good) song called “WGDB” from the Chi-Raq soundtrack. Richard Sherman would be proud. “WGDB” is a song about Black-on-Black crime. It opens up talking about about how we care about Bill Cosby, but we forget about the innocent kids killed by other Black people.

The line, “we’re the only race that shoots and kills themselves,” actually ends the first stanza.

I’m not sure I even have to address HOW in accurate that line is by itself. But fuckin’ wow. The point is clear: Black people are out here claiming #BlackLivesMatter and fighting against injustice all the while we go back home from one of those rallies and shoot one of our neighbors.

I will never understand how any reading person, especially of color, doesn’t understand that the Black-on-Black crime issue and the fight of #BlackLivesMatter aren’t two separate battles. Is Black-on-Black crime an issue? No. CRIME is an issue. And most people commit crimes against people that look like them. It’s heartbreaking every time we hear a story about an innocent child murdered in the streets. And it would be heartbreaking no matter who pulled the trigger. Chicago is one of those cities where the death tallies are staggering and it is sad that these young men are out here killing one another and destroying the community by robbing mothers of sons and wives of husbands and children of fathers. And it does suck that these are Black people killing one another over neighborhood beefs and gang problems. All of that is terrible. And yes, most of them are Black and committing crimes, not because the other people are Black, but because those are the people they have problems with and these cats believe in collateral damage. And they happen to be neighbors.

That is ALTOGETHER a different issue than being concerned about a social justice system that is inherently unequal that has proven in various locales from coast to coast to value the lives of a Black suspect much less than a white one. It’s a whole separate matter that Black people feel a certain fear whenever engaging in any type of contact with a member of law enforcement, knowing that you could end up being the next rallying cry of the #BlackLivesMatter movement. Wanting equal treatment and respect is a human issue and right. Asking how we can say that #BlackLivesMatter – a rallying cry aimed at the powers that be in media and law enforcement – when Black people are killing each other in the streets completely mixes messages and misses the point.

But here Spike goes with his video for this song that effectively equates the two and lobs in the common mistaken refrain that states that Black people aren’t any better than the police.

We got to do better. We need to stop killing each other first before we request equal rights and treatment under the law. Okay, Spike. Your video is cute. It’s stupid, but cute. You talked this poor cat into singing too many words in some lines to make the point that we’re all worried about the wrong things and that nobody else will respect us until we respect ourselves. Don Lemon and Spike should do a travelling tour at this point.

This song is dumb because it misses the point. It’s the same reason people are concerned about the movie. Spike has made it clear that he does think that Blacks need to clean house first before we worry about others coming into (and killing us, but I ain’t one to gossip so you ain’t heard that from me). Implying that people care more about what happens to people we don’t know because we’re so used to killing each other is dangerous, stupid, and frankly irresponsible. It’s no wonder why people in Chicago aren’t fans of his, no matter what he tries to convince us of.

Again, I haven’t seen it yet, but I’m starting to get the feeling that this movie and songs like “WGDB” are Spike’s versions of Bill Cosby’s “pound cake” speech. Innocent children are getting killed in Chicago because we’re too busy worried about Meek Mill and Drake. I could have saved somebody’s life if I valued it over the life of people I don’t know, instead I’m telling police that Black lives matter, when the truth is, I don’t care as much as I think I do.

I guess I got to do better.

Panama Jackson

Panama Jackson is pretty fly (and gorgeous) for a light guy. He used to ship his frito to Tito in the District, but shipping prices increased so he moved there to save money. He refuses to eat cocaine chicken. When he's not saving humanity with his words or making music with his mouth, you can find him at your mama's mama's house drinking her fine liquors. Most importantly, he believes the children are our future. You can hit him on his hitter at panamadjackson@gmail.com.

  • miss t-lee

    I still don’t believe homeboy is a real artist, and that this is a real song. It’s all so terrible.
    I feel like Spike is trolling.

    • Suchalady

      Yeah, that music video has to be some kind of satire because…

      • miss t-lee

        Seriously.

    • Val

      I hope you’re right.

      • miss t-lee

        *fingers crossed*

    • Oh, I’m sure he’s real. I would rather see another Sean Fury video than hear that again.

      • miss t-lee

        Sean Fury was at least entertaining…lol

    • Soula Powa

      This is exactly what I thought when I watched the video. Spike made Bamboozled, the most important and well done satire film in the past 2 decades. He’s playing with us before he drops the truth hammer. #ITrustInSpike

      • miss t-lee

        Man…you’re so optimistic!

  • I still say Jaleel White is playing a mean piano.

    • QuirlyGirly

      *goes back to look- Hollers-

      You aint right man! you aint right

    • miss t-lee

      *screams*

    • PaddyfotePrincess

      And on that note, I’m going to pack up my stuff and head on home.

    • Whyyyyy?

      Got me doing a silent shoulder shake of laughter on these metro escalators.

    • SirKnows DevoidofPunk

      You men STEFAWN!!!

      • I always hated that punk. Hated Laura for even playing my nerd brotha like that.

        • SirKnows DevoidofPunk

          Nerds won, tho. I’m shocked no network has done an adult Eurkel given the success of all these white nerd shows on multiple cable channels.

          • PDL – Cape Girl

            Noooooooooooooooooooooo! Just no!

  • Jaeda Laurez

    I hate everything. He looks like a Terrance J that hit Golden Corral for a year. I’d strangle him with those stupid beads, but then I’d be part of the problem, because black-on-black crime, amirite? Because god forbid you care about an kid getting killed AND Bill Cosby raping 50 women AND police brutality.

    • QuirlyGirly

      He made it seem like those three are on the same level and they just aren’t.

      And that is why WDGB is the worst song of the year.

      I would throw tomatoes at this song but I don’t want to waste fruit. Cause I was told in the other thread fruit is does a body good. LOL

    • StillSuga

      Ma’am. When these arguments about what we should be caring about go up and down my timeline, I just smh and go back to multitasking my outrage. There is plenty to be upset about and plenty of work to do, and just because violence against women is my ministry doesn’t mean I can’t support you in yours of getting gang members off the streets. People act like it’s all or nothing. No it’s EVERYTHING at the same dang time.

      • heyheyno

        cosign

  • NonyaB

    “we’re the only race that shoots and kills themselves”is where I stopped watching/listening. Wack Spack should consider diving into a vat of hot oil and staying there.

  • Asiyah

    “The line, “we’re the only race that shoots and kills themselves,” actually ends the first stanza.
    I’m not sure I even have to address HOW in accurate that line is by itself. But fuckin’ wow.”

    My sentiments exactly. How stupid does a person have to be to actually believe that. So White people don’t kill each other? Because there is a lot of White-on-White crime. Just yesterday, four suicide bombers targeted a neighborhood on the South side (pun intended, but yes, it was the South side) of Beirut. That’s Muslims killing Muslims. Italian mob families used to kill each other ALL THE TIME for the same reasons that some in Chi-town are killing each other. Same with the Irish in Northern Ireland. Chinese don’t kill each other? Latinos don’t kill each other? Yes, I know those aren’t races but Spike and all of these other people harping on about Black-on-Black crime act like the only people who kill their own kind are Blacks. Shut up with that already. THAT’S FALSE. It’s such a dumb, stupid, ignorant, and inaccurate way of deflecting from the bigger, more important point of systematic oppression and racism. So tired of it.

    • Val

      “How stupid does a person have to be to actually believe that”

      Some of us are brainwashed into believing that. Others want to believe it. Everything the larger society tells us about ourselves says we are different in a bad way and suffer from a pathology that only afflicts us.

      This is just more media re-enforcing all of those gross stereotypes and lies. One thing I know for sure is you can’t win a war if you don’t know who the enemy is and this country is h@llbent on making sure most of us don’t.

      • Asiyah

        I’m convinced that the people making that argument about Black people being the only ones shooting and killing themselves aren’t the brainwashed ones; rather, they’re the ones doing the brainwashing. They know it’s a fallacy but want to keep saying that because they are in a position of power and/or privilege and the truth is a threat to that power/privilege.

        “Freedom is participation in power.” (Cicero)
        “Knowledge is power” (common idiom)
        Then freedom is participation in knowledge. Honesty endangers that freedom.

  • SirKnows DevoidofPunk

    Kevon Carter is somewhere between Craig Robinson: https://youtu.be/U5PJq21BzpY

    and Yung Humma.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xt5ghXdq6Z0

    • QuirlyGirly

      *shakes head and walks out of the thread.

    • TeeChantel

      Yooo. Rachmo put me onto this about a year ago. I had no idea this was a real thing.

      • SirKnows DevoidofPunk

        c’mon’ girl!!!! this that classic ish!

        *drops Funkmaster Flex bomb*

    • I can’t stand for this Yung Humma libel.

      What would Flynt Flossy do?

      • SirKnows DevoidofPunk

        Chi Raq is about women withholding the “smang” for peace.

        Smang or Gangbang, but you can’t do both.

        • lol Fair enough. Yung Humma’s art unites us as one smanging collective while Kevon’s divides us. The two shouldn’t be compared.

          But I hope “Smang or Gangbang” is a hidden feature on the Chi Raq soundtrack.

    • Cleojonz

      Yaaaaas! I tried to watch his show which I assume got canceled already. The songs were just horrible!

  • SirKnows DevoidofPunk

    “we’re the only race that shoots and kills themselves”

    ===

    According to the Department of Justice, 84% of Whites that are murdered each year are killed by… wait for it…

    White People.

    Same applies for robberies, rapes… Most White people victimized by rape are raped by other White People. Most Whites who use drugs by their drugs from other White people.

    But hey.let’s ignore the facts and keep the spoonfed Black Pathology myths going in the name of pseudo enlightememt

    • Unkel Ruckus

      Yep.

      • Oluseyi

        Control for income and education, then get back to me. Amateur.

  • This was right on time. I can’t for the life of me understand how any reasonable person can attempt to equate “black-on-black” crime, which is JUST plain old crime to institutional racism, which is what at the heart of things I believe is the issue #BlackLivesMatter is addressing. Like come one. MOST people commit crimes against people who look like them because MOST people commit crimes of violence against people they know and MOST people are surrounded by people who look like them. That’s just going to naturally happen. I hate that refrain so passionately. “what about black on black crime?” Like…what about it, generally when blacks kill each other…or anyone else for that matter the justice system is SWIFT to make sure they get what’s coming to them.

    • It’s also a product of the inability to see the connection between cause and effect.

      There are gangs in black neighborhoods, and there are people young and old who are willing to kill, and engage in borderline terroristic acts to maintain their power in their territory. That’s a given, and such people exist among all races and all groups of people through out history. The point of law enforcement is that it’s supposed to serve as a government institution that ensures that the law is obeyed and order is maintained, as well it serves the function of using legal means and a justice system to fight criminals without a community falling into anarchy, where the only means of survival is to be armed and prepared to kill without mercy.

      When the law enforcement kills those who aren’t criminals, disrespect the members of the community who actually need their help, and many times fail to protect those who do stand up and try to take a stand against crime, what else is supposed to be the byproduct, but by the rule of amoral sociopaths? After all, in most high-crime areas, it is pretty much against the law to arm oneself and engage in self-defense. The lack of respect for black people in community, and the tendency and persistence to view those much in need as worthy of the same treatment as criminals is the cause of the vast majority of violence that is often propagandized as “black on black crime.” Cause and Effect.

  • Ari

    Spike been cosigning on the Pound Cake speech and Bill ‘n them since 2004.

  • Is this the little dude who was perched on the steps at the Mission College Homecoming Pageant singing in the kufi?

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