S.H.A.K.I.M.’s HOOD

They say that sex sells…so lame dudes is going gold…Everytime you turn on the radio..you’re hearing some pure trash…Hip Hop went beyond mainstream…our culture is not the same….But not all of it is garbage..There are still some lyricists male & female who are extremely nice with the wordplay and spit that shit that makes one thinks deeply and love the Hip Hop culture even more..

We barely get to hear those on the radio airwaves.

But what we do get to hear is the same BS that is setting trends, influencing and misinforming our youth and our culture. I’m a REALIST..and strive to fuck with niggahs that are my kind…REALISTS…Most of us move accordingly..are highly intelligent and strive for perfection..We are CEO’s that were in the wrong market…entrepreneur spirited Hustlers whose objectives & goals in life were unlimited…Our aims were high, but the target was sometimes an illusion and now we are reorganizing & regrouping, getting on point…Prison is a Universal University and some of us are taking advantage of that to sharpen our minds even more.

Some of us had Big names…some of us didnt..but we still moved with some precision and were cut from the same cloth [some of ya’ll niggahs were rags!!]

A lot of rappers of today’s generation like to use certain namesakes as creditability to their so called “gangsta”…like they were standing in the very same circles or moving in that crowd as that same name brand realist whose name they’re spitting in their lyrics…We hear that shit all the time from the so called top 5 rappers of radio “Hip Hop” [YOU KNOW WHO]

Some of these named dudes I broke bread with, ate with, or built relationships with since I’ve been traveling in these United States Federal Concrete and Steel Jungles…we hear the rapper slash spitter Rick Ross forever spitting about his “manz”..”Black aka Boobie” from the Infamous “Boobie Boyz” of Miami, Fl…I know Son very well..thats my dude… I asked him before..) said “Yo Black..that Rick Ross niggah can spit..Son is nice, but he screams your handle out like he was eating with you…whats up with Ross?”

Blackboy looked at me and smiled before breaking into a laugh..Black is very laid back and quiet dude..a strategist thinker “Yo. ShaKim. I fucks with you..No Doubt..so I’m say this…Rick Ross is Rick Ross..He reps..I dont know him..He checks for me..E Class is my peoples..that’s MY FAMILY right there”

He didnt have to say no more for me to overstand..I respected his answer…

I had to reach out to another one of my comrades that I fucks with. I asked him to give my readers his insight on a few things pertaining to this subject. He is also very well known throughout the Federal system and respected. He is a name brand dude from his city of Washington D.C. and when his name is mentioned real niggahs salute and lames stare to the ground and tuck in their tails. Dude is known in most major cities and for the past 15 years every street magazine from Asis, F.E.D.S. and Don Diva have been running him down for an interview, which he always & forever declines.

Seth Ferranti of Gorilla Convict asked him for his story and was turned down…but I reached out to him and asked him to come through for me…and without delay he agreed…but only to answer 2 questions…I speak on no other that Kevin Gray….Check out how we went back & forth and his message:

ShaKim Bio:…PEACE!!!! YO.KEV..WHATS GOOD? I NEED U TO COME THRU FOR ME ON THIS…SETH FROM GORILLACONVICT IS HOME..YOU KNOW I DO A MONTHLY COLUMN ON HIS BLOG TITLED “S.H.A.K.I.M.’s HOOD”..I KNOW HE ASKED YOU FOR A STORY AND YOU AINT WITH THAT, BUT I GOT SOMETHING ELSE I’M TRYING TO DO FOR MY PAGE..I NEED YOU TO SPEAK ON THIS TOPIC AND ANSWER THESE 2 QUESTIONS…1) DO YOU FEEL THAT OUR HIP HOP CULTURE CONTRIBUTES TO THE SNITCHING FACTOR OF TODAY?? AND 2) WHAT ADVICE DO YOU HAVE TO THE YOUTHS OF TODAY OUT THERE WHO ARE ATTRACTED TO STREET ACTIVITIES THAT MAY LEAD TO PRISON? I NEED YOU TO COME HARD ON THOSE ANSWERS AND I’M LET YOU SPEAK HOW YOU WANT, NO FIXING OR CORRECTIONS.

Check out his response.

Kevin Gray…PEACE GOD!!!! FIRST AND FOREMOST I’M DOING WELL..IT’S GOOD TO HEAR FROM YOU. I’M GOING TO DO THIS FOR YOU AS LONG AS ITS NOT GLORIFYING THE GAME, BECAUSE YOU KNOW I AINT WITH THE PROPAGANDA, BUT IM’A FUCK WITH YOU. GIVE SETH MY REGARDS. I HEARD FROM TIFF FROM DON DIVA ALSO. I THINK THEY HAVE A FEW PROJECTS IN THE WORKS THAT SHE WANTED ME TO JOIN IN, BUT YOU THE FIRST TO GET SOMETHING LIKE THIS FROM ME…YOUR PARTNER FROM DETROIT 313..TURK TOLD ME TO SEND HIS REGARDS TO YOU…ME AND TURK IS DOING THIS PROJECT ABOUT THE “DO’S AND DON’TS'” OF THE GAME TO SCHOOL THE YOUNGER GENERATION BECAUSE THEY ARE BEING TAUGHT WRONG. THEY ARE SO RECKLESS FROM BEING GUIDED BY THESE SO CALLED FAKE RAPPERS AND GANGSTERS..SO IM GOING TO ANSWER YOUR 2 QUESTIONS RIGHT NOW:

I FEEL AS THOUGH SOME RAPPERS CONTRIBUTE TO THE SNITCH FACTOR IN THEIR SONGS BY GLORIFYING DUDES THAT COOPERATED WITH THE GOVERNMENT…FOR EXAMPLE..WEBBIE GLORIFYING RAYFUL EDMONDS IN HIS RAP SONG…WHEN RAYFUL TESTIFIED AGAINST ME AND MANY MORE BROTHERS SERVING EXTENSIVE SENTENCES…ONCE A RAPPER GLORIFIES AN INDIVIDUAL THAT HE KNOWS NOTHING ABOUT, HE THROWS THEIR NAME OUT THERE TO YOUNGSTERS, WHO HAVE NO IDEA OF WHO THIS INDIVIDUAL IS OR WHAT THEY DID…AND FOR THE ONES THAT DO KNOW WHAT RAYFUL AND HIS KIND DID, THEY’LL START PICKING UP A RATS WAYS OF THINKING THAT..THATS THE WAY THINGS ARE SUPPOSE TO BE.

THEREFORE THEY TOO WILL START TURNING IN THEIR BROTHERS/SISTERS TO THE AUTHORITIES..VIRTUALLY DECIMATING OUR COMMUNITIES..A LOT OF RAPPERS OF TODAY ARE GLORIFYING THE WRONG INDIVIDUALS THE MEDIA THROWS NAMES OUT THERE LIKE NICKY BARNES AS A SOURCE OF INFLUENCE SO THAT THE YOUNGER GENERATIONS WILL HAVE A GUIDING SOURCE WHEN THEIR CAUGHT IN CRIME..THEREFORE, THEY WILL DO WHAT NICKY DID..WHAT THE HIP HOP COMMUNITY NEEDS TO DO AND SHOULD DO, IS REMAIN SOLID AND ONLY SPEAK ON SOLID INDIVIDUALS..YOU CANT GLORIFY A WEAK INDIVIDUAL, UNLESS YOU ARE WEAK YOURSELF..THEREFORE, KEEP IT REAL, KEEP IT SOLID AND MORE THAN ANYTHING, KEEP YOUR MOUTH CLOSED…AS FAR AS THOSE THAT ARE ATTRACTED TO STREET ACTIVITIES..WE’RE ALWAYS GOING TO LOSE A FEW GOOD MEN TO THE STREETS..ITS A SAD REALITY..EVERYONE IS NOT GOING TO FLY STRAIGHT..MY ADVICE FOR THE BROTHERS/SISTERS THAT WANT TO EMULATE THE STREETS IS TO KNOW WHAT YOUR GETTING INTO..STUDY THE RAMIFICATIONS OF WHAT YOUR GETTING INTO SO THAT YOU WILL KNOW EXACTLY WHAT YOUR UP AGAINST.

DON’T GET INTO A BUSINESS WITHOUT KNOWING ALL SIDES OF THAT BUSINESS..WHETHER ITS THE SENTENCING GUIDELINES, ETC, ETC..KNOW THE LAW AND LEARN WHAT YOUR UP AGAINST…ANOTHER THING I WANT TO ADD IS FOR YOU TO GIVE YOURSELF A CHANCE AT SOMETHING ELSE SO THAT YOU DON’T LIMIT YOURSELF TO THE STREETS…DON’T JUST FOLD YOUR LIFE IN ONE HAND..TRY TO BE BETTER..GET IT…TRY TO BE GREATER….PEACE!!

Shakim Bio: Good looking out on that.

Kevin Gray: No doubt..I got you..Yo. Im need you to help me out certain elements of this project out.

Shakim Bio: I got you..You can use my column S.H.A.K.I.M.’s HOOD

Kevin Gray: These rappers is steering our youths in the wrong direction, so I got to strive to get them on the right direction with know how..lm’a come through from time to time to you…especially when it comes to exposing these fake ass rappers who want to cling to the game…

Shakim Bio: No doubtful  Make sure you tell little ShaKim Bio aka “Lou Simms” that Dave East from Harlem got a song out called “MOBSTYLE” where he shouts Lou out on the Hook..

“IM MOBSTYLE LIKE WHIP WOP AND GANGTSA LOU”..Dave East is the Illest emcee out of Harlem right now…ask Lou if he heard the song and how he feels about it..

Kevin Gray: He needs to cut Lou a check!!! LOL SALUTES!!