A$AP Rocky, I Loathe You

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Monday night I had a mommy night and it felt gooooooooooood! My bestie took me to the Rihanna concert at the Verizon Center and I was geeked! I love Rihanna. Love.Her. I love her style, attitude and music. So obviously, even though I had the Monday blues and the never ending fatigue that plagues me, I was ready! We rushed to get there on time because we didn’t want to miss a thing, only to find out that we could’ve stayed at the restaurant for another hour really.

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Some dude name A$AP Rocky opened the show. Welcome to me feeling like I’m 50 instead of in my early 30s. I was HORRIFIED. I wanted to crawl under a rock and hide from the hideousness that was taking place on stage. The lyrics to his songs…I…well…uhhh…

I was baffled. I was even more baffled that all of these KIDS in the audience knew the lyrics and thought that crap was hot. That ain’t hot! I mean is this really what’s going on in the streets? Is this the world I have to raise my daughter in? I mean seriously, peep the lyrics to this song titled…wait for it…Fuckin’ Problems -_-

Hold up bitches simmer down
Takin’ hella long bitch give it to me now
Make that thing pop like a semi or a nine
Oh baby like it raw with a shimmy shimmy ya
Huh, ASAP get like me
Never met a mother fucker fresh like me
All these motherfuckers wanna dress like me
Put the chrome to your dome make you sweat like Keith
Cause I’m the nigga, the nigga nigga
Like how you figure?
Getting figures and fuckin bitches
She rollin swishers for her bitches
I bought my niggas they getting bent up off the liquor
She love my licorice, I let her lick it
They say money make a nigga act nigger-ish
But at least a nigga nigga rich
I be fuckin broads like I be fuckin bored
Turn a dyke bitch out have her fuckin boys
Beast

I love bad bitches that’s my fuckin problem
And yeah I like to fuck I got a fuckin problem
I love bad bitches that’s my fuckin problem
And yeah I like to fuck I got a fuckin problem
I love bad bitches that’s my fuckin problem
And yeah I like to fuck I got a fuckin problem
If findin somebody real is your fuckin problem
Bring ya girls to the crib maybe we can solve it

Dude…dude…duuuuuuuuuuuude! Miss Honeybee Free and I were like .

Straight up disgust and confusion. And all of these 13/14/15/16 year olds were acting like this was everything! No ma’am. Noooo! This is nothing! This is crap! You shouldn’t listen to it. You shouldn’t be allowed to listen to it. As a matter of fact, where are your parents???

Let me tell you something. It takes a village to raise a child right? Well VILLAGE, if you ever see Johanna out anywhere listening to crap like this, you have my permission to carryout the discipline that you see fit because that right there? Chile…

But seriously, I’m concerned. I hate this world that we brought Johanna into. I’m constantly thinking about how to combat the bad influences of those around her. How do I raise her with the Christian morals I was raised on, enforce them, and ensure that she follows through with them? That really bothers me. The influence of friends and society is very strong. Society accepts so much now, so much that goes against my moral fiber. Will she look at us like we’re the ones that are wrong because we don’t go with what society says is acceptable? That scares me. And my God, will her self esteem ever be so low as to think that the lyrics above are sexy? Are cool? Are hot? My God. My.God.

So needless to say, I’m in deep prayer about Johanna’s life and how I should raise her. I’m constantly asking the Lord to reveal to me what to do and help with the decisions that I make. I know my husband and I will make mistakes. I know we will fail at a lot. But dear God, I cried on the inside at the horror that was on that stage Monday night and at the little girls who were wowed by it. By the way, Johanna can’t even go to see an artist like Rihanna until she’s 18. No ma’am. Not going down. Not gon’ happen captain. Not on my watch.

What do you think? Am I being too strict and weird about this? Would you allow your teenager to go see A$AP Rocky?

~JM

3 thoughts on “A$AP Rocky, I Loathe You

  1. LOL This made me laugh. I’ve heard the song plenty of times and I like the beat. I’ve always said the key to listening to rap nowadays is to NOT listen to the lyrics. But teenagers know these songs word for word and I’m sure it is probably affecting them negatively. Whether you let Johanna listen to this or not, she will hear it….somewhere, someway, she’s gonna hear it. I think it’s just best to talk to our kids about stuff like this so that they are aware. Combat it with good quality music in the household. Listening to it isn’t the problem. Absorbing it and living it is. I’m an adult so I can listen to this and it not affect me one bit but a teenager who is easily influenced…yeah. I wouldn’t allow my teenager to go see A$AP no because I have to pay for it and I wouldn’t pay for that mess.

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  2. I grew up in a very strict household where I was not allowed to listen to anything except gospel and Christian music. Now that I’m an adult, I still will not disrespect my parents by listening to any secular music in their presence. But, even as a young child I enjoyed secular music and listened to it when my parents weren’t around. Every now and then I’ll listen to some rap music with very questionable lyrics, but I see it as entertainment and not a way of life. I was a teen in the “Back Dat Thang Up” and “Shake it Fast” days, but it didn’t mean I was behaving in that manner because my parents raised me better than that.

    We have to raise our children with the morals and values that we find important like the bible says in Proverbs 22:6 (NIV), “Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it.” We have a big influence on our children and even if our children rebel a little, they’ll always remember what we taught them. The world has been crazy and corrupt since the bible days, so we can’t expect the world to instill Christian values in our children. While we’re praying for our children, we shouldn’t worry about them because God’s power and influence is more than enough to cover them. Remember Philippians 4:6 (NIV), “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.”

    Little Miss Jo Jo will be just fine.

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  3. Your prayers were similar to mine when my daughter was a baby, toddler, school age, and continues into her teenage years. When I tell you I’m surprised by her choices, there are times that I stare at her in awe and think, this kids must have AMAZING parents. Oh wait, that’s my child and I know her parents are BSC. My daughter’s iPod playlist, is awesome! It’s so eclectic. Everything is on there from, radio safe Jay-z to RIcky Dillard. She knows that her dad and I WILL NOT let her listen to music that is overly raunchy, so she doesn’t bother. She knows Jay-z will have probably retired before she’ll be in the position to see him in concert, so she wouldn’t bother asking. Don’t get me wrong, she’s influenced by her peers, but the friends she’s chosen, mimic her core values. She makes mistakes, a LOT of them. But she needs the experience to learn. I’ve learned that it’s the subtle things that they absorb. I asked my daughter if she knew who A$AP Rocky was she said yes. I asked if she listened to him, she said sometimes. I asked why? This was her response: He’s not really mainstream, but I put him in the category of mainstream rappers. He could be a really good rapper, but he keeps putting out garbage. He has much more potential than that.

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