As hip-hop continues remembering and honoring the life of the late Nipsey Hussle, Detroit emcee Big Sean has some thoughts for the man responsible for taking it away on that fateful day of March 31 and others like him.
In a moving message posted via IGTV, Sean shared an applaudable message on communication, violence and regression among Black men. He directly addressed Nipsey’s murderer, and without scorn or pontification, expressed the dire effects that his actions has not only on the family of the Crenshaw-bred L.A. icon, but the generational lineage of Black families everywhere.
"You know what I wanted to say was to the person who murdered Nipsey and to people like that who take somebody’s life out of impulse or for revenge or whatever the case may be—you’re making a permanent solution to a temporary problem," he began.
"Obviously that’s not how you solve problems. I don't know if we know the value of a life for real, because when you take somebody’s life, dog—you’re setting back their family. You’re setting the whole lineage back—generations.” Sean recollected his own family tree to exemplify his point, where he expressed that his grandmother’s life work was to secure his mother and her children. As a chart-topping rap artist and community philanthropist himself, he’s also working toward the same path for his own future children. “When you take somebody’s life, you’re setting all that back,” he explained. “And for what? For something that could have been communicated better?"
This wouldn’t be the first time that the I Decided rapper kept an open heart and mind on such a layered topic as of late, either. Upon his return to the music scene forefront, Sean revealed in March that he’d been struggling with depression. His battle resulted in a severance of communication and a relationship with his mother, which he was actively working toward remedying by focusing on his own spiritual and mental rehabilitation. For his latest video, Sean explained that he’s still working toward better communication and resolving internal conflict that might affect it. But while he realizes his own shortcomings, he believes the issue of poor communication exists on a larger scale and, as a result, has negatively impacted an entire demographic. "It takes a lot of effort,” he said. “I’ve noticed that men, and in Black men, we're taught to communicate certain ways. We're taught to be tough, we're taught to stand tough and get your revenge and retaliate through violence and all that type of shit. But you know, we’re going to keep losing kings!"
See a snippet from his important message to the masses below:
The man currently on trial for the murder of the Victory Lap artist is named as Eric Holder, though Sean doesn’t name him specifically. Holder is reportedly being held without bail as court proceedings develop.
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