SVU’s take on RiRi & Breezy: Part 1
Tonight, I just finished watching Law and Order: SVU’s episode entitled “Funny Valentine”. I heard Wendy talking about her guest appearance, so I saved the date. This was one of their ripped from the headlines plots, which was based off of the domestic dispute between Rihanna and Chris Brown.
Ok, without any spoilers, it just kept getting more intense every ten minutes. And they did their best to squeeze in as much horrible “turns for the worst” as they could muster up. I was exhausted by the end. Being an SVU fan, I know that these ripped plots are always exaggerated accounts of the real life occurrence they mimic. Still, I wondered why they had to make Caleb (the Chris-esque character) be so cocky, hot headed and foolish while everyone, including Mischa (the almost Ri), be so willing to accommodate the behaviour! Then I flashed back to the Larry King interview of Chris Brown where he was damn near giggling (silly bow-tie). Soon after, he looked super humble on a later interview with Wendy Williams as he premiered his song “Crawl”.
Maybe SVU found it necessary to increase the abuser’s bad light and the victim’s naïveté since the real life couple haven’t spent “enough” time (whatever that may be) in the spotlight repenting and being remorseful. We saw Ri and Breezy immediately reconcile, and then we saw them split. I think the split should be credited to the restraining order and not primarily of RiRi wanting to free herself of an unhealthy relationship. We saw Ri transition into more of a bad girl; in my world, that translates to someone who has been hurt and doesn’t know how to heal. This persona has been confused with being a rude gal in reference to her Caribbean ancestry, which has helped to shoot her to celestial fame, but I maintain that these are too different things. We saw Chris attempt to be apologetic as his acclaim was being ripped from him. Eventually, he got into another serious relationship (Wasn’t you trying to win Ri back? Got tired, huh, I dig.). Even though he was growing as an artist, he has become the poster boy for a wife beater, which always takes points off of everything he does. Now, they’re back together and as much as Ri’s fans adore her and Chris’ fans begs everyone else to forgive him, we all still have a, varying, bad taste in our mouth.
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I Wish Music Were Free
“Wrist on froze, thanks to the stove. Mattress financial, banks never close…”
Fat Joe, 2010- If It Ain’t About Money
“I’ma ballaholic, like my money never ending…”
Roscoe Dash, 2009-Show Out
The music business is a business and a rather viable one for many people today, especially if you hit it big in the popular genres. I’m at the point where I would appreciate if music wasn’t so money-motivated. Artists are highly encouraged to write/perform the songs that will sell, not write/perform the songs that speaks for the purpose of uplifting their crowd.
I was looking at various artists who have transformed their initial “persona” into a more sexier, seductive performer to boost sales/compensate for other lacking aspects of talent. If you’re sexy for the sake of it, then do you. If you’re sexy for the money then unfortunately…I won’t go any further.
I wish there were more successful/popular artists who would still be as dedicated to their craft if they never made a dime off of it. The kind that would still work on their flow in their free time, perform at local clubs around the city and keep a day job as not to mix monetary motivations with artistic creativity. Mind you, I understand that it takes money to compensate the musicians and back up singers. It takes money to secure a venue and to advertise. It takes money to have a shelter and to provide for family. It takes money to travel and experience new things to provide content to write about. Money is not the enemy in the music industry. It is a vehicle that should be used to enable the goal, not be the primary focus of your album or for making an album. You should be compensated for your value to your audience. Your audience should value you for what you can do for them.
Guess who was the dopest musician in heaven…the devil. Yep. Unfortunately, he got gassed (Cyphah DON’T GET…). He thought he was doper than everything up there, so he was dismissed and has been causing havoc ever since. Ironic that when he was on his A game, he was a highly rated servant. He provided music to help others worship (worship is kind of a big thing up there). When he started wanting the praise for himself, he lost the benefits of his talent. Even though he became leader of the anti-God, he is still so much less than what he should have been. You may gain status by compromising your values, but your artistry will be functioning so much lower than what you are capable of.
For all you artists; music, dance, art, etc; that have talent and love what you do, keep it up. Appreciate the ability to be able to speak directly to another spirit; when your songs sweet talk us into falling in love or your portrait remind us of fond memories. Use it for the good.
As for those who only talk about making money regardless of the illegal means (and not for the purpose of encouraging hustlers to leave the game) or the singers in the video doing butt flexes (you know who I’m talking about): I hope your records start to flop:::righteous hater mode::: or that you start to use your voice for good. Thanks a millie. : )
Originally Posted on June 19, 2010