Art and Culture #36: Cancel Culture Comes for Hip Hop Legend Xzibit

11 Apr

For the Uncensored!

Xzibit’s official response

As someone who is a major fan of Xzibit, including the show “Pimp my Ride”, responsible for hits such as “X” “Say my Name” “Mean Mugging” “Papparzi” “Bitch Please” 1 and 2, with countless albums. It’s probably no mistake why Cancel Culture is about as useless as putting a Explicit Content warning sign on your art because if you are listening to rap, you are no doubt trying to hear someone curse. With Rap it’s not just about finding some inner meaning or truth, but creating a bravado that makes you feel like an action hero/pimp at the same time. The Wu-Tang Clan have always found a way to represent the streets and talk about philosophical issues, but the West Coast capitalized on gangster “g-funk” sound with the help of Dr. Dre, and Xzibit, created some of the most authentic sounds and rap in the rap’s forty year legacy. 

            But with Xzibit (phonetically its pronounced Exhibit) there was always a bravado that had the ability to create gangster songs while being able to entertain the masses. But in a TMZ article that tried to call his weed dispensary company Napalm racist, it almost made me laugh. The upsetting thing about Cancel Culture is that it will use the word “racist” “sexist” “misogynist” when there is no meaning left behind the idea they are attacking.

            Xzibit, who is 50 years old, knows that he’s not racist. We all know that. It’s the cry baby leftists who don’t care about what freedom of expression means that art can make. Napalm is a liquid chemical used in the Vietnam war used against the Vietnamese soldiers. I think if people are mad about this, the lame stream has run out of things to attack people for. And the customers that complained, seem like people who have nothing left to complain about. 

            If Gawker represented the pinnacle of fake news, along with the lame stream media, why can’t  against entertainers (which deserves a rebirth because the lame stream worked so hard to destroy it, even if Gawker was taking there journalism to humorous standards) maybe TMZ is just a lighter version of that.

            To be clear, entertainers need to be criticized as well. I do criticize many entertainers for being woke activists that criticized Donald J. Trump. I am under the assumption that since Xzibit never really got too political during 2016-2020, it stands to reason, that by lame stream standards and fake news writers, that Xzibit’s company, Napalm is “racist.”

            I don’t share TMZ’s opinion, and I don’t take away there right to publish. I don’t wish for TMZ, or Xzibit to be censored. 

            I enjoy Xzibits music and how much he has inspired me. Art and Culture has to be allow freedom of expression for good ideas but also bad/good ideas that are told in entertaining ways. Art cannot survive without creating provocative material. Crime fiction exists at the forefront of the grime and sleeze, because like rap music, it can say things that some art can’t. It almost takes Hemingway’s macho and brief style of writing into poetic form. And by no means are rappers stupid, or unaware of what they are writing. XZIBIT also does this very well, as much as any Wu-Tang rapper can. 

TMZ is deceptive and while I don’t blame them for misinterpreting Xzibit’s intent. Whether or not Xzibit “apologize” is concerning, because if he does, then woke culture will never change. If he apologized, then that does speak volumes in the culture war. Apologies aren’t good enough for the woke mob either. 

            The point is: nothing you do will be good for anyone. Make your art, business and never apologize for it either. Just because you can be a positive part of society doesn’t mean you have to apologize for creative actions you make in art and commerce.

-Louis Bruno is the author of more than 15 books, including, The Michael Project, The Michael Project: Book 2: The Lost Children of Eve, Thy Kingdom Come, The Disintegrating Bloodline, Apocalypse Soldier, Hierarchy of Dwindling Sheep. His books can be found on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Lulu. He can be found on Gab, https://gab.com/thereallouistbruno, Minds https://www.minds.com/lbruno8063/, and Parlerhttps://parler.com/profile/therealLouistbruno/posts. Instagram @lbrruno8063 and @louisbrunoofficialbook. He has written for the Intellectual Conservative and Ephemere. Also, he writes on https://louisbruno.substack.com, where you can support him directly, and where he will post one article a day. Also he can be found on Our Freedom Book https://www.ourfreedombook.com/thereallouistbruno17 His latest, Come Home, Young One, a dark fantasy novel is out now at Lulu.com. Link is here: https://www.lulu.com/en/us/shop/louis-bruno/come-home-young-one/hardcover/product-pw8q7z.html?page=1&pageSize=4.  His next series, City of Sand, will be available sometime this year. As ever, thank you so much for reading.

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