I read a story the other day about a New Jersey police officer that makes gangsta rap videos. The worst part about this is that I am not the least bit shocked that someone entrusted to uphold the law is threatening to kill people to a beat. I have no problem with creative expression, but the only word I can use to describe this guy, Gat the Great, is “despicable.” He has reached Daffy Duck levels of despicability. You would actually need a cartoon duck to say “despicable” with the spit flying off his beak to properly capture my level of disdain.
Why so passionate about Mr. Murder Rap Cop, you ask? Here are my reasons:
This guy is the worst kind of sellout. If Gat the Great is a “felon for life” as he claims to be in his video, then he clearly lacks the necessary integrity to enforce the laws of the land. If he’s just saying he’s a thug to sell records, then he’s capitalizing on pushing negative imagery to his own people, then throwing them in jail for living the same life that he claims to in his music. Either way, he stands for nothing.
Unless you are the ghost of Christopher Dorner, I don’t want to hear you rap about murdering people if you’re a cop. I get it; Rick Ross paved the way for fake thug cops, Plies is allegedly a gangsta nurse, and “fake it to make it” is now a time-tested strategy for aspiring rappers. Despite the aforementioned credibility faux pas, we’re living in an era where it’s not necessary to make up a lifestyle to be successful anymore. With as many creative outlets as there are for musicians out there in 2013, if you are good enough at what you do, your talent should get you noticed, not some ridiculous made-up back story. I hope that Gat the Great is able to achieve his dreams of success someday; just not this way.
In the words of Mobb Deep, ain’t no such thing as halfway crooks. You know what? The irony of quoting a hip-hop ballerina on thug life is not lost on me. I will just leave this one alone.
Now that you all know how I feel about murder rap cops, I would like to know how you feel about them. I started to make a joke about how Gat the Great might someday get shot at by drug dealers listening to his own songs should his music generate a little buzz, but I decided that it was in poor taste. However, it does highlight the irony of someone claiming to live the lifestyle of those whom they’re getting paid to arrest. More importantly, how is any law-abiding citizen supposed to trust a man who brags about criminal activity to protect and serve them?Tweet