Doing Good In the Hood: John Forte is back

March 11, 2009 at 8:37 pm (Doing good in the hood, East Coast, Hip Hop, Music) (, , , , , )

forteAfter being pardoned from prison, former Fugees affiliate John Forte has hit the ground running. Starting on March 31, he will work as a teacher at The City College of New York where he will work as part of the outreach program “In Arms Reach”, a group designed to help children of incarcerated parents. Forte will be teaching music composition as a means of dealing with negativity.

“John hopes that the catharsis of song composition will help children deal with the stigma of having a family member who is incarcerated and rebuild the spirit of those who have been traumatized or abandoned,” a representative for Forte told AllHipHop.com about the course.

Forte had received 14 years for drug possession when he was caught with 31 pounds of liquid cocaine. He had served almost half of the sentence when president Bush gave him a pardon last November. He’s also active on the music front too, doing music with Kanye West and Talib Kweli. He is also in the studio working on a third studio album. It’s good to see him doing even more for society even after paying his debt to it. Hopefully this won’t be the last we see of Forte, and he’ll continue to look out for his community and make music. Heck, maybe he can even get back with Wyclef and them.

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43 Year Old Douchebag Defaces Tupac Statue

June 24, 2008 at 3:18 pm (Bay Area, Hip Hop, Music, Politics) (, , , , , , , )

Last October, they caught Kenneth Anthony Wilson, the guy who defaced a statue of Tupac Shakur. As part of his ‘war on gangsta rap’, the 43 year old fucktard stuck several handbills with threats against the Tupac Center of the Arts, other rappers, and other rap labels. Recently, he released a manifesto explaining himself. Here is the part that got me laughing:

Wilson, who refers to himself as a “writer,” “artist,” and “Supa-hero,” claims the defacement was “my way of declaring an intellectual and artistic war against the gangsta rap community.”

Wilson justified his actions through his belief that Tupac and his mother Afeni Shakur are misleading the youth through Tupac’s image and message.

Lets see, you claim Tupac and gangsta rap is a bad influence, so he responds by speaking ill of a dead man, insulting his mother, threatening others simply because he disagrees with what they say, and defacing private property. While Tupac and other gangsta rappers certainly are far from perfect, Mr. Wilson doesn’t set a very good alternative for the youth that he accuses gangsta rappers of corrupting, and at 43 years of age, one is way too old to be doing juvenile things like this anyway. If he really wanted to be a ‘supa hero’, then why not try more positive things, such as opening his own art center (since he claims to be an ‘artist’), become a teacher, or become a little league coach? Instead he comes off as immature and hypocritical. It’s sad that while many of the gangsta rappers he despises so much have been known for giving back to their communities, the best he can do to lead the youth away from them is simply vandalize a statue of a dead man.

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