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04 Feb

This appeared on Thoughts On A String: 1/11/2006

Growing up on the Southside of Los Angeles, there are only a few conscious-filled songs I remember from the hip-hop nation. Songs like “The Message”, “Survival” and “Beat Street” from Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five, “19” (not exactly a hip-hop song, but if you’ve ever listened to it, very informative), “Self Destruction” and “We’re All In The Same Gang”. However, there is one tune older than the ones just mentioned. The title is a dead giveaway, but back in 1983 New York radio DJ Gary Byrd along with Steve Wonder came out with a song entitled, The Crown. Unlike most of our rap songs today in the 21st Century that speak on the influences of money, power and fast women and cars, The Crown was a song that encouraged those of us of African decent to be proud of our heritage, claiming the right to wear The Crown. As the Chorus sings:

You wear the crown

I wear the crown

so proud to say

that we all wear the crown

the crown!

I enjoy listening to this song (and still have it as part of my collection) because it’s different from the normal “‘bang bang’, there goes my enemy” messages our young people have been hypnotized by record companies, a few rappers and we, the public who enjoy listening to those types of records. I always stress alternatives and The Crown is a song that emphasizes on the positive, telling our kids to always strive for the best no matter what they do in life, whether it’s sports, or being a leader or even writing “like Langston Hughes or Our Miss Brooks“.

Think about it for a minute, our children growing up in these meaner streets today need to be told straight out they are precious, that they have something to live for and although we’re all children of God, royalty in the fact we’re blessed with minds that can create pyramids, make advances in science and given the proper tools, build companies that are consistent and prosperous such as the John Johnson empire, just to name a few. However, the dominant society would rather our children not hear those messages. It’s content to reinforce the notion our kids are good for sports, music and if you can’t cut it, then a life of crime. This is the 21st Century, it is time to say enough of this! Our children deserve a much, much, much better way of life than our first generation after the Civil Rights Movement have.

I wear the crown

you wear the crown

so proud to say

that we all wear the crown

the crown

Today political pundits make it a mental crime for our children to research their unique heritage, one that contributed to world and American history. These pundits will never understand that for all the negativity our kids face day to day in neighborhoods they don’t live in nor care about, children thirst for the positive, curious, and interested in other facets of history besides our own American story. Thank the Lord for the internet. Many websites have been created so they (and you) can look in to the African, and Americans of African decent and smile at the joys of what their ancestors have done, and cry at the injustices inflicted by a racist multitude.

I wear the crown

you wear the crown

so proud to say

that we all wear the crown

the crown

In Mr. Byrd’s song, many inaccuracies are challenged. Remember Inhotep from the “Mummy” movies? Well, that’s not the real Inhotep as described in history, nor as written before, the pyramids were created by aliens from outer space, and Mr. Byrd will have you know that even if you’re not of African decent, you still wear the crown. In case you need some proof, here it is:

And don’t let nobody confuse the fact

you don’t wear the crown just because you’re black

everybody in the world has a crown and place

that becomes their culture and their face

Would you rather let our children be influenced by positive messages of respect, education and self-pride or allow them to feel as if they’re nothing in this world which gets colder by the day? Should we continue to say they’re nothing but gangstas, thugs, high-balling G’s? Maybe Destiny’s Child is looking for a soldier, but I’m certain a lot of women, young and old, want a man who wears the crown of success, no matter what his station is in life. So what should we do? I’m hoping we do the right thing and tell our children how great they are, and if we do, continue. Then show them why and not wait until February.

You wear the crown

I wear the crown

so proud to say

that we all wear the crown

Get down!


 
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