I was waiting for Hip Hop apologist Russell Simmons to defend the latest incidence of senseless violence in Hip Hop, and Russell did not disappoint. Simmons is always quick to defend rappers who commit assault, rape and other offenses. This time he used a woman to do his dirty work for him.
In an editorial published on Simmons’ blog Global Grind, Evanka Williamson defended Chicago rapper Lil Reese’s actions in a viral video that shows him brutally beating a young woman last year. Reese is also under investigation in the shooting death of 16-year-old Chicago rapper Lil Jojo.
It’s worth noting that Lil Reese did not apologize for his violent behavior until radio program directors and DJs threatened to boycott his records.
Still, Miss Williamson cited Reese’s childhood growing up in a single mother household in Chicago as a contributing factor in his refusal to behave like a grown man.
“He is clearly a product of his environment, an environment that exists in our country,” she writes. “The South Side of Chicago, like many inner cities, has nothing for these kids to productively do with their time.”
There are barely any afterschool programs and more often than not, they are living in a single-parent home, with a working guardian who likely does not have the time to constantly shield their children from the drugs and gangs right outside of their front door.
She continues: “Is it so surprising that kids like Lil Reese could care less about life, or the consequences of their actions when the world seems to not care about them?”
Meanwhile, Sasha Johnson has created a Petition to let Def Jam know that consumers do not support artists who abuse women.
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