Vinnie Dewayne, a rising Emcee from the St. John’s area of Portland, takes to the booth to deliver the powerful 'Page 37', where he tackles multiple issues relating to urban violence leading to senseless killings within the black community. Painting a portrait of this harsh and bitter reality, Vinnie Dewayne uses his personal experiences and reflection over the somber, melancholic music production from I.P. to quickly identify the root of this problem.
Quoted from Verse 1:
'...It ain't never gon' change, it's deep-rooted, Im seeing these niggas running off pride/ let me build my rank up before I die/ let em' show us all the homies "he aint the nigga to try"/most times see they enemies and shoot into the sky, I can tell when a nigga tryna fit into a crowd, rather than being built for that lifestyle."
And within just a few bars exemplifies a mere 'piece' of the main issue. Yes, this helps narrows it down for the listener... However as Dewayne states "...It ain't never gon' change, it's deep-rooted", there's actually historical proof within literature as to why this may forever reign true. As unfortunate as this is, it's undeniably orchestrated by the powers who designed these paradigms in the first place.
And to add, Dewayne mentions "Pride" as being one of the key downfalls in the Black community. Having a false sense of identifying one's "ego" versus "true-self" could lead to devastating outcomes, as painted in the music video above. Irrational, impulsive decisions are made from just this standpoint alone. Violence, is the typically the common resolve where ignorance is present.
Our hat goes off to Vinnie DeWayne for his plausible effort to lead the consciousness of listeners towards the real problem at hand, rather 'beating around the bush' - as most "so called" artists do. It just goes to show, real prophets still exist within Hip-Hop. True artistry never dies. A musical culture built on the foundation of 'enlightenment' can never be entirely stripped from it's natural design.
However, the question that still remains: what will the Black community do to lessen the problem of violence after they've been revealed an applicable solution?
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