Boosie Turns His Back on His Brother 

“Nobody wins when the family feuds”

A few weeks ago Jay Z told us to stop fueding with our family. Not only did Boosie ignore Jay- Z’a request to stop putting money to his ear,but he also disowned his brother Taquari Hatch known as TQ. TQ was arrested for stealing at least $300k from Boosie’s bank account. Both Boosie and TQ went on Instagram to discuss  their side of the story. Hopefully the brothers can squash the beef.

Started Out in the Park


“Modern day Hip-Hop, this is what it’s supposed to be.” – Common; from the movie Fade to Black


Jay-Z’s latest album 4:44 has been out for 9 days. For the greater part of that 9 days it has had the attention of the entire culture.


Culture: The set of predominating attitudes and behavior that characterize a group or organization.


This polarizing body of work has put “the culture” on notice. There’s more and there should be less. Simultaneously. Meaning, there’s some other places we can take this thing of ours and there’s some habits we need to re-examine for the betterment of US. “No struggle, no progress”—Of course this message was met with opposition. I don’t want to be the guy who overlooks the positives because A LOT of fans and artists have applauded this album but the noise is always louder from the detractors. Jay-Z spoke a lot directly and indirectly on maturation and accountability. Two things that traditionally don’t necessarily get championed in Hip-Hop. “This is a young man’s game” has always been a tagline associated with Hip-Hop. The natural rebellious origin and nature of Hip-Hop has always been embedded into the thinking of who, what, and how we consume our music. So much so that our Legends often aren’t heard from until they get lifetime achievement honors. To the credit of us listeners, rappers tend to get to a certain age range where their music or message is dated because they don’t want to embrace new subject matter. They typically try to stick with what worked for them in the past or do whatever is trendy at the time. The old method doesn’t work anymore and the trendy message isn’t real to them, and you can feel that in the music. Jay-Z never had that problem. On this album, he touches {hip-hop} taboo topic after taboo topic. From his horrible spending habits and lack of financial foresight throughout his career, his mother’s bisexuality, his demonstrative and costly ego, and most surprisingly and profoundly, his regret for his infidelity in his marriage to Beyoncé. He also addressed “shucking and jiving” in a riveting metaphorical opus called “Story of O. J.” where he addressed his coonery coming up “I bought every V-12 engine, I wish I could take it back to the beginning” and then transitioned to some of the same misguided actions of this generation, “You on the gram holding money to your ear, there’s a disconnect, we don’t call that money over here”. Laced with signature bravado, Jay-Z is still sending a poignant message that some of the culprits took offense to. Future and Boosie most notably responded via Instagram in apparent resentment. So is it the message or the messenger? Does Hip-Hop not want to grow up?


“Everybody don’t have bank accounts.” This was part of Boosie’s defense against Jay-z criticizing the “money phone”. I couldn’t help but think immediately, “THAT’S THE POINT”. This album, granted I’m a huge Jay-Z fan, was about giving our culture, our people, our children, our men… information we’re not all privy to. We are a predominantly minority filled culture. A lot of come from impoverished communities, impoverished schools, and systematic exclusion from this information. But you can’t use that excuse when you’ve been told better, right?


“You know what’s more important than throw money in the strip club? CREDIT!!! You want to know how the Jews own all of the property in America? That’s how they did it!”


In my opinion, this wasn’t Jay-Z trying to upstage the artists or condemn them, this was him trying to teach. We’ve never seen an artist grow to this age or this level of success, and still be able to rap and convey messages this well. We’ve never had an artist get to this age that we still greatly anticipated what was being said. So do we want to get better, smarter, and more mature or do we just want to keep using the excuse of not knowing and keep partying. Jay-Z raised a generation and ingrained some of these bad habits that he’s speaking against now, but when you know better, you should do better.

-Travis Cochran