Too $hort and E-40 are tired of the senseless violence that plagues rap, the genre they both love so much. The pair of West Coast OGs have used their platform to speak out and hope for a change by penning a powerful statement in Atlantic Ocean.
$hort and 40 are calling for an intervention in Hip Hop, believing that social media is a root cause of an increase in violence in the culture.
“The inner city is like the MMA Octagon – it’s the cage, the trap,” they wrote. “A lot of violent shit is going down, but it’s still home to a lot of hip-hop artists. And there’s still a lot of hope and hunger and love in the streets. We just have to find better ways to support each other. This is our generation’s responsibility as much much like it is for the young MCs.
“One reason why the violence has gotten worse is social media. Rappers try too hard to flex online to the detriment of their safety. These guys get money faster than we ever did. We’ve been to a strip club when a rapper sat with walls of money – like, walls: Each stack was three feet high.
“How can you drop that much money in one night? We have no idea. Some of these artists Spend thousands on an outfit and millions on jewelry, then jump in their Bugatti or whatever and show off so much money they can barely hold it in their hand for an Instagram photo.”
E-40 and Too $hort are not pointing the finger at one particular party, but believe that all aspects of the industry need to come together and find a better solution than what is going on right now.
“The industry needs change,” they argued. “Artists need to move more cautiously and strategically. Labels and music managers need to invest more in educational resources to protect the artists they work with. Managers need to hire skilled security teams that can effectively defuse tense situations. Rappers need to minimize their social media activity and be more vigilant when they are out of their house.”
Too $hort has firsthand experience with loss in Hip Hop. Too $hort saw 2Pac the night he was shot in Las Vegs, which he recalled below a 2021 episode of his YouTube series, $hort stories.
“I saw 2Pac the night he was shot in Vegas,” he said. “It was probably about a couple of hours, maybe, before it happened. I went to the fight, it was one of those classic Mike Tyson fights. He knocked him out in 90 seconds. I was staying at the Luxor and we were going to the hotel, and 2Pac, Suge and a small entourage, they had to go.
“We stopped and talked for a minute or so and he said, ‘We’re about to change suits and go to Club 662. It’s going to be open mic and everybody’s going to get on the mic.’ I said cool, ‘We’ll be there.’ He never made it.”