Rapper The Game says: 'A lot of people are going to be ready to ride' with Farrakhan - #JusticeOrElseBy FinalCall.com News | Last updated: Jun 30, 2015 - 9:26:02 AM
Ashahed M. Muhammad for The Final Call (FC:) You just heard Minister Farrakhan talking about justice for our people. What are your thoughts on what he shared and the theme “Justice…or Else!”?
The Game: For me it’s more of an intellectual battle first. I feel like if everybody could be sitting in a seat where I was sitting, it would be easier to kind of elevate as a people. I think the first thing is just getting the Minister doing what he is doing which is traveling. I just wish that it could be in front of a world audience. It’s good when a few hundred people are hearing it. But I think of the effect it would have if more people could get the message, and I’m sitting there and I’m thinking in my mind what could I do to help to spread the message and raise awareness for our people. Not only for our people, but also for others so that we can coexist in a righteous manner.
FC: Now a lot of people especially with the young generation, the young brothers who are in street organizations and in the Hip Hop community find the elders to be very judgmental. The Minister is not judgmental. He doesn’t place the blame on the rappers and youth nor does he place the blame on the street organizations, and that’s pretty much why they respond to him the way they respond; do you agree with that?
FC: You travel all around the globe performing, and what do you hear your young fans saying? What are you seeing out there?
The Game: I was just talking to one of my best friends right here—Sonic—that in this day and age, the reason that it’s hard to get the youth to listen and come aboard and be down and reverse the struggle is because a lot of the family values are lost. Number one is marriage and I’m talking about Black families. Marriage, family orientation, your mother and your father both being your life whether they’re together or not, it’s just lost. The art of family and that family organization is just lost and that’s where the youth get lost. It’s like everybody … the youth these days feel like it’s everybody for themselves, and with social media—which has its pros and cons—the number one negative thing that I got to say about social media is that it individualizes everyone, and so everyone feels like they’re a celebrity, they’re a star. So there’s no unity in that. And then you get one person over here going on this person’s page, hating on them, them coming back to hate on you. It’s so broken up I just wish that we can do something to sort of just bring it back where we believe in ourselves again. So I think we’re losing belief. We’re chasing other peoples dreams and not our own. I think a lot of youth out there are just lost.
FC: What about the ‘Black Lives Matter’ movement. It seems to be a battle we’re fighting on two fronts. There are protests and we’re upset when the police kill our people, but in many urban areas, we’re sometimes involved in these battles fighting and killing each other in Black on Black crime? It seems to be a point that’s causing many people to think.
FC: You’ve met Minister Farrakhan before, right?
The Game: I have.
FC: What are your thoughts about him as a brother, as a leader?
The Game: I think that he’s one of the last powerful real true leaders that we have and that people should take as many pictures and open their ears as much as they can before he decides to sit it down. I think it’s remarkable and I think when you talk about figures like the Honorable Elijah Muhammad and you talk about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and you talk about Brother Malcolm and just really amazing Black historical leaders, I feel like Minister Farrakhan is the last of that era, and it doesn’t need to be taken lightly.
FC: Thank you.