There is nothing more the rap community likes than having the opportunity to use their skills in putting down people they dislike or who they think have stepped out of line. With social media sites offering an instant platform to respond and make feelings known, the rap and hip-hop community is one which is continually on the brink of arguments, fall-outs and repercussions. When you live life close to the edge, there are times when you’ll fall off and sometimes many rappers and artists regret making a response in the heat of the moment.
There are some times though when this is the right thing to do and the rap community has not been slow in responding to the racial comments made by Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling. Anyone making racial comments should be shot down and held accountable for their actions but when the comments come from the head of a major company in a massive organisation that is loved and respected all over the world, action needs to be taken quickly.
NBA has acted swiftly
The NBA has acted quickly in condemning Sterling. They have banned Sterling for life, they have fined him $2.5m for his comments and they are exploring ways to force him to sell his shares in the basketball club. This has been fast and welcome action but even though the NBA have responded with the lightning pace you’d expect from a rapid breakaway move, rappers and the hip-hop community have acted even quicker.
Snoop Dogg was on Instagram straight away, providing a heartfelt expletive ridden diss towards Sterling and anyone that shares his beliefs. Snoop may have given the impression he leads a more laid-back lifestyle these days but it’s good to see he still carries the fire and anger in him when the situation calls for it.
Meek Mill also took to twitter very quickly although he was of the opinion that very little punishment would come the way of Sterling for his comments. Hopefully the punishment handed out to Sterling will meet the approval of Meek, and act as a warning to anyone else who feels that this sort of opinion is welcome. There will be people who say that education is important, and hopefully there will be further steps taken to eradicate this sort of thinking in the NBA and the wider community but there was clearly a need to ensure Sterling was severely punished for his remarks.
As Killer Mike pointed out on Twitter, the banning of Sterling by itself is some form of justice but it shouldn’t be considered as a victory or the end of the matter. The fact that there are people who still feel that making this sort of comment is okay in the modern world is the real issue and this is where there needs to be further exploration of the topic. You just know that there will be some people who feel that Sterling has been harshly dealt with and this is where the rap community would be best placing their focus in the weeks and months ahead.