Before I get into the music, I will say that your career as a music executive, producer, artist, and business mogul is truly inspiring to not only young black men growing up in poverty stricken neighborhoods, but the aspiring entrepreneur from any background. Your career is a level of success that some may wish to obtain.
Bottom line is, I don’t think your music inspired anything. With all due respect, just take a page from Kendrick Lamar’s latest album. That should be the foundation to any mainstream artist claiming they want to inspire the people. Maybe the question should be: Who specifically are you aiming to inspire? More drug dealers like Rich Porter from where you got the inspiration from the Dame Dash produced film, “Paid in Full”? “What if Mitch never died?”- you boastfully questioned in your interviews.
(Paid in Full is a great film in my opinion. I know it depicted the events that occurred surrounding a local drug dealer hailing from your hometown Harlem, New York.)
On your new release you say “I aint got no problem with money, money’s a problem.” Through your music Mr. Puff, one can only surmise that you are not in touch with America. According to the Census.gov, “In 2014, the official poverty rate was 14.8 percent. There were 46.7 million people in poverty. Neither the poverty rate nor the number of people in poverty were statistically different from the 2013 estimates” You clearly made this music to inspire your semi-rich friends or industry associates that look up to you, because your music does not reflect any inspiration that can reach even a percentage of nearly 50 million people in America.
During your interview with Ebro, you brought up some good points on the unfairness of the U.S. to quickly aid other countries during a natural disaster, but fail to provide aid needed in black communities. As much as it hurt me to hear you try so hard to articulate that, your words did not posses any power. There was no conviction. I have heard Azealia Banks speak with so much passion on how black artist are treated within the industry, that she was moved to tears. I’ve heard the personal growth of Waka Flocka on the Breakfast Club talking about real issues that the everyday person goes through–the people can connect with that.
From my perspective and most of America, the reason you could not articulate what your heart yearned to share is because, based on what you sell, promote, tweet, and post on Instagram, you are not connecting or in the trenches with the people. And if you are, we don’t hear it in your music.
I know everyone is not the spokes-person for the poor in America but your words have no weight where there is talk about you wanting to inspire the people. Let’s be real, you’ve been rich for a long time, so maybe that is where the disconnect is. The only thing that inspires me about you is how your children speak of you in the media and how you treat your children and the type of lifestyle you are able to give them. That’s inspiration!
I had an opportunity to meet you twice. Once was the first time I interviewed you when I was on the radio in Columbus, Ohio. This was right after your court case surrounding the shootout at the night club when you were with Jennifer Lopez and Shyne got locked up. All you did during the in-studio interview was talk on your phone. When the time came to go on air with me, you kept saying, “I want thank you all for your thoughts and prayers.” As soon as the mics were off, you were non conversational and back on your phone. From my perspective, it sounded like good public relations lip service to me. I can’t judge your heart because I don’t know your heart. However, I can discern and I will leave it at that.
The second time I met you was a brief passing backstage at the BET Awards in L.A. around 2010. We ran into each other, we spoke, you shook my hand and we kept it moving. My discernment at that moment was that you were a bit more humble.
I guess the point I’m trying to make is that the people love you. I really rock with you and many of your accomplishments, but to promote your new music as a means to inspire…I’m sorry Puffy but I believe you are out of touch with the type of inspiration that is needed now.
20 Year Radio Veteran, Sean Anthony is the Host of the syndicated talk show, “Flow of Wisdom Radio.” It airs live Sundays 3p-5p EST on the GCN Radio Networks (gcnlive.com.) Call in 877-300-7645. He is also the author of “Conversations With Hip Hop” available on Amazon.com