One of the artists who is breathing life back into gangsta rap is one of the few rappers in recent memory to speak in favor of gun control.
In a new interview with Montreality, ScHoolboy Q said the one evil he would rid the world of is guns.
“That gun law shit is real. We’ll never stop. That’s probably the only thing I agree about. The law and all that political shit that’s been going on. Niggas need to take away guns. From officers, from everybody. It shouldn’t be no guns.”
He then said that with the amount of guns that are already out there (at least 300 million), that “it’s impossible to take all the guns. So, what I want is the impossible to happen. Because it’ll never happen.”
Many may be confused about the statement coming from Q, since he’s one of the most visible artists in what appears to be a bubbling resurgence of gangsta rap. On “John Muir,” a song from his new album Blank Face LP, Q talks about getting his first gun at age 13 after joining the Hoover Crip gang. And he mentions busting guns in plenty of his songs, like the Vince Staples-assisted “Ride Out.”
But Q has also spoken repeatedly about how he had to leave banging behind to find a new life and to take care of his daughter in a legal, productive way. On another Blank Face highlight, “Black THoughts,” he says, “let’s put the rags down and raise our kids, let’s put the guns down and blaze a spliff.” So his raps don’t necessarily oppose the stance.
Still, encouraging fellow bangers to put their guns away is a big step away from saying that everyone, police officers included, shouldn’t have guns. Even if his following statement about it being “impossible” would invalidate the original statement in the eyes of others.
ScHoolboy Q isn’t the only rapper to speak about control. Pharoahe Monch spoke out against the accessibility of guns with the music video and campaign for his 2007 song “Gun Draws,” and Chicago native Vic Mensa spoke about the need for gun restriction in an interview with CNN shortly after the mass shooting at a gay club in Orlando that killed 49 people and injured 53. On the flip side, David Banner has remained adamant about his right to own guns, as has Killer Mike.
With repeated mass shootings happening during a contentious election year, gun control and rights issues should remain in the national conversation for some time to come. For now we'll simply watch and wait to see if any other rappers speak up about the issue.
By William Ketchum III, aka @WEKetchum
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