Do you think knowledge is power?
Absolutely! Knowledge is power.
My mom tells me all of the time, “When you know better, you do better.” Or was it Oprah?
Yesterday, I discovered information that I did not know. Part of the reason that I didn’t know what that it happened pre-Internet in 1991.At the time, my parents didn’t have cable either. I missed out on a lot of news back then.
I did not know that Dr. Dre was abusive towards women. He beat women. He beat women in public. He apologized two days ago. Two days. It took him 24 years to apologize.
When I found out I felt a little sick to my stomach. I felt like I had been slapped in the face. Here is someone that was so influential musically, while I was in high school and college and now I know that he is not as great as everyone thinks. It’s really disappointing.
On top of all that, since I had my first daughter in 2001, I have really been rethinking the attitude towards women in rap. There’s that idea that women are bitches and hos. It’s not a new idea. It’s still around though. The fact that the attitude hasn’t changed is also disappointing.
I haven’t bought a rap CD in a really long time. I don’t think I have to give money or my support as a fan to people that think women are bitches and hos.
I’m pretty sure I’m not going to buy Dr. Dre’s newest CD or see “Straight Outta Compton.” It’s not as if he’s really going to miss my $20. It’s all about principle. I don’t really want to be a fan of somebody that has to resort to violence to win the argument.