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Asa Lovechild Says It’s Time To Wake Up ‘My Divorce From Hip Hop Is Final’

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by Asa Lovechild

Words cannot express my sadness over the loss of Chris Kelly of the 90s group Kriss Kross. The group shaped a generation and had everyone dancing to a different rhythm and going to school with the backwards trend. Upon meeting Kelly, years ago I would have never thought that it would come to this.  As an artist, it always concerns me and cuts to the core when someone’s life is snuffed out in an instant by something so meaningless.

 When blogging, I usually tend to stay away from talking about a death of a fellow entertainer, but the rapid and downward spiral of fellow entertainers in this industry lately has left me no choice. I cannot sit by and tell you that I am not angry, that I am not upset, that I am not confused by the sudden turn of events. As a young teenager I was shielded by family members that have seen the effects of the industry first hand, as they lost close entertainment colleagues due to the effects of drugs.

As an adult I have watched people snuff themselves into oblivion and get up and perform minutes later. Although other friends are still in denial about the death of one of my close colleagues and childhood friend, who shall remain nameless in an effort to protect his family, in 2007, I cannot lie to myself. I am certain that his untimely death had to do with his involvement with drugs and the company that he kept in this industry.

I look at artists like Lil Wayne and wonder why drugs and fame are so much more important than being around for his children. It seems that the younger hip hop generation has not learned a thing from those within the industry whose lives were spared but are now living with the aftermath of heavy drug abuse. Do you remember the Prince protégé, Vanity? Ask her why she is on dialysis for the rest of her life as a result of the choices that she made while riding high during her heyday.

For all of the success, I see a generation lost, who cannot seem to get a grip on reality.  Although I would like to think that this is an even further wake up call for those like Lil Wayne, it is not. It will not even faze them. The money that the industry provides is too rapid and the popularity is bigger than life itself. My heart goes out to the generation that follows ours. Already they are killing themselves for the love of money. Yet veteran entertainers continue to fuel the fire  by turning on deaf ears, worrying about sustaining their own riches and glory. This can no longer be looked at as something that “is what it is” in the industry. This has become an epidemic. The devil’s biggest playground. My heart hurts for hip-hop. I did not divorce hip-hop simply because of what I you see on the surface. I divorced hip-hop because of what I have seen and witnessed first-hand. What you see is only the short end of it. It is way deeper and harmful than what is exposed in the media. It’s time to wake-up.

Asa Lovechild is an accomplished actress and singer out of New York City and a supporter of  One Billion Rising

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  1. I have divorce hip hop long ago it no longer feels good, sound , i no longer appericate how its brain washings out black community, and degrades our black woman i can no longer hold on to something that has no hope and was.so lost so long ago. I love the whole essence of hip hop but i can no longer hold you down.

  2. This is truly a wake up call for those in the industry.

  3. I THINK IT’S BLACK PEOPLE USING DRUG’S PERIOD! THEY JUST WILL NOT LISTEN! EVEN SOME OF THE OLDER PEOPLE! THEY THINK LIFE IS AN GAME!

  4. I could never blame hip-hop for what is going on with this generation!! My kids grew up on hip-hop and I had the pleasure of witnessing the birth of hip-hop and all of its manifestations. Parents and guardians MUST do a better job in respect to guiding our young charges! It was never hip-hops responsibility to raise our kids and show them right from wrong!

  5. Hip hop is the temple of destruction.

  6. Sad state of affairs but what can you do? as some one mentioned black folks don’t seem to learn ,this incident is’nt the first nor will it be the last.Black folks need to wake up? Black folks should have woken up decades ago some just will not listen.

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  12. HIP HOP IS DEAD.

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  17. Unfortunately drugs have plagued the African American Community for many years. Not everyone has had parents or guardians to guide them responsibly. A lot of African American Children ended up and are still entering into the Foster Care System at alarming rates as a result of parental/guardian drug abuse, etc. A lot of children who were and that were not removed from their homes took/are taking on the role of raising themselves and their siblings in a lot cases. A lot of the younger generation looks up to Hip Hop Artists as role models and people to emulate. Hip Hop alone cannot single-handedly be blamed for the decline of the African American Community. There are a lot of mitigating factors that I don't need to go into. When we become concerned for others in our community and get involved with making changes, we will see positive outcomes in our community. To paraphrase what I heard T.D. Jakes say in one of his sermons, we have to go beyond my four and no more.

  18. moving piece. I completely understand.

  19. First of all Hip Hop is a culture and not just “rappers” paid by white people to make the black community look bad and give writers something too bicker about instead of keeping the pressure on the white industry. I think they own this “so called black” media page as-well. But I grew up and watch my community be taken over by racist agendas and then the black so called media take the cry baby and blame role that they always have so they can still have lunch with their white media owners at star bucks. Anyone who says they divorce Hip Hop because of what white media plays obviously does not know what hip hop culture really is and has not kept up with those who truly represent it. So trust no need for a divorce because you were never married in the first place or even in the building. I think you were in disney land watching justin beiber. WWIII is over and blacks have lost. the only time we unify is too cry and whine and hide. Salute too those of us who know who the real enemy is and are not Africa to speak up. Those people are normally in the HIP HOP COMMUNITY.

  20. First of all Hip Hop is a culture and not just “rappers” paid by white people to make the black community look bad and give writers something too bicker about instead of keeping the pressure on the white industry. I think they own this “so called black” media page as-well. But I grew up and watch my community be taken over by racist agendas and then the black so called media take the cry baby and blame role that they always have so they can still have lunch with their white media owners at star bucks. Anyone who says they divorce Hip Hop because of what white media plays obviously does not know what hip hop culture really is and has not kept up with those who truly represent it. So trust no need for a divorce because you were never married in the first place or even in the building. I think you were in disney land watching justin beiber. WWIII is over and blacks have lost. the only time we unify is too cry and whine and hide. Salute too those of us who know who the real enemy is and are not Africa to speak up. Those people are normally in the HIP HOP COMMUNITY.

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