Tragedy just has a way of coming around at the most unwarranted times. The month of June was a tough one for the hip-hop community. Multiple lives were lost to senseless violence and it definitely shook the hip-hop community. Now in July, the narrative is once again the same. Senseless violence. And because of it another young life is lost and multiple lives are ruined. Twenty-one year-old rapper and Toronto native “Smoke Dawg”, was shot and killed in his hometown of Toronto this week. He was an up and coming rap artist with major potential. Prior to his death he had already worked with people like ‘Drake’ and ‘Skepta’ and was getting ready to realize a project of his own. I just don’t get it. Why must young people continue to die? Something has to change. Maybe if the “O.G’s” in the game started being more vocal about stopping the violence, the young people will listen. These heinous acts are being committed by children, to be honest. Most of these kids aren’t even in their mid-twenties yet. Some haven’t even reached twenty-one. The notion being “hard” or “tough in the streets” has to stop being glorified as well. I think that is a major part of the problem that we as a society are facing. Loving each other as human beings, no matter what, needs to be what is glorified. Lifting someone up should be the new mold, not everyone for themselves. Or “I want what they have, so I’ll just take it.” There is no honor in being a coward, and that is exactly what you are when you commit such acts like the ones we’ve seen in the last three weeks. The conversation of “loving each other” needs to be started. What do you think? I’m sure the people would like to leave their two cents on the matter as well, so do send this thread and circulate the CURRENT-cy.

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