The possible dangers of hip-hop have become a hot topic of conversation recently. Jim Jones even went so far to say that "being a rapper was more dangerous than being a soldier," while Blueface said in the wake of Pop Smoke's death that artists should connect with people from Los Angeles before coming to the city.
Waka Flocka Flame, however, believes hip-hop as a genre and culture should not be labeled as dangerous.
"I've got to say this real quick, I'll probably—and I'm gonna delete this shit, but: Please stop saying rap is dangerous," Waka said in a quick video he filmed from his car. "Y'all n***as is falling into the trap. 'Cause if hip-hop is dangerous, they gon' stop booking shows around each state, stop making hip-hop popular. The fuck are y'all doing, bro?"
Waka indicated that the true dangers aren't rap but gang culture and the drug trade. "Hip-hop ain't dangerous, bro. This shit making more money outta any genre in the world. Hip-hop is beautiful, bro. To be a gangbanging rapper is fuckin' dangerous, to be a drug-dealing rapper is dangerous, anything that's negative is dangerous, idiotics. Fuck is y'all talking about, bro? ... It ain't dangerous, y'all folks really about to cut y'all fuckin' hustle out. Fool-ass n****as, man."
He didn't explain what exactly prompted him to share the video, which he called a "PSfuckingA" in his caption, but it's clear he wants to focus on the positives.
Waka made similar in-car remarks recently. “Y’all actually gon make that shit dangerous and y’all gon make these folks make laws stopping hip-hop music and stopping y’all from performing,” he said. He went on to add, “The way you moving is dangerous, the way you acting is dangerous, the people you choose to keep around you is fuckin’ dangerous. … God gave you a career where you don’t have to live dangerously.
“So if you hang around criminals," he concluded, "you not doing your job correctly, because you supposed to get the fuck out the streets.”
In a this week's interview on Red Table Talk, Snoop Dogg also warned rappers to have "the right representation," especially when it comes to those representing a certain persona on and off record.