12.15.2010

Wiz Khalifa song sparks controversy. Jasiri X weighs in with "The Real Huey Newton"


How much do you know think our young people truly know about Huey P. Newton?

One of my favorite Hip Hop artists, Jasiri X, sent me the latest video he put out in response to the recent controversy over a song by rappers Wiz Khalifa and Currensy. The duo put out a song titled "Huey Newton" that contains lyrics that do not have anything to do with the legacy and life of the Black Panther leader. It has the hip hop world, activists and thinkers scratching their heads and upset. Maybe we need to "Decode" the song and find the hidden connection.....you be the judge.

Here is the song by Wiz Khalifa "Huey Newton" featuring Currensy




Truth Minista Paul Scott of the Militant Mind Militia immeditaly went in on Wiz Kahifa and Currensy over the song "Huey Newton." He released this video. Was he correct in his analysis?




Jasiri wanted to look deeper into this and said:


"I saw the controversy over the Wiz Khalifa and Currensy song called Huey Newton, including the video response by Paul Scott of the Militant Mind Militia, and being that I know both Wiz and Paul I thought I should weigh in. I certainly understand why the conscious community would be upset with Wiz and Currensy considering the subject matter of the song, but I just wanted to offer some perspective. I grew up in a very conscious household, however in my early 20s, I dropped out of college and spent most of my days smoking weed, writing rhymes and hustling to support my habit. I figured I was gonna be an MC so I was gonna have as much fun as I could on the way to the top. Eventually, that lifestyle got old and by the grace of God I regained my conscious mind and began trying to use my talents and gifts to uplift humanity. Wiz grew up around conscious people and he's one of the most mature young men I've ever met. Where he is now...experiencing the tremendous highs of living his dream...does not mean he's going to stop growing as a person. I don't know Currensy, but I did find it interesting that Huey Newton was born in his home state of Louisiana. I don't think Paul Scott was wrong in expressing how he felt and his frustration with the state of Hip-Hop. Knowing Paul, I know he spoke out of sincere love for his people and a desire to see us do better. But, I felt like instead of creating more division, I could use this as a teachable moment, so I grabbed the instrumental and did what I do. Paradise recorded the session at James Webb Studios, we added a interview Huey Newton did with William Buckley plus one of his speeches and pieced together the video we called "The Real Huey Newton." 

Watch below.