Don’t be scared. There was a time when I wouldn’t listen an album like Supreme Blientele - a time I would only listen to “conscious rap” and reggae, specifically roots & culture. After all, why would I want to pay to listen to someone rap about robbing me, or shooting somebody? Why would I buy an album only to find the emcee is rapping about stealing “my” boo as though she were an object that can be possessed? Why would I want to listen to someone promote drug addiction, and violence against my own people? (not that this album does). It didn’t make sense to me, but I was overlooking something important. I overlooked the artistry in the music, and the literary function of rap which is simply to inform. Rap music is news of the streets. It’s what real (sometimes fake) people are going through, but rappers are the ones that put it out there into the world. Many teachers before me have already said that rap music is society’s mirror. It shows us what we are. The culture’s practitioners rap about and within the social structures that shape them. This genre was shaped into existence by the confines of poverty, racism, and exclusion. Many will hate on rap, but go and watch Kill Bill, or some horror flick. I will argue that there is no difference. Cinema and rap are both forms of art that utilize literary techniques to make audiences feel emotion. Art is art, and can show us the darkness—the gritty reality people experience. Long story short, if you’re mad at the messages and images in the music, then do something about the society that created the subjects emcees discuss. If you are mad at the objectification of woman in the music, don’t let a person that “grabs P***y” get elected; if you are tired about gun violence in the lyrics, then do something about gun violence in your community; if you don’t want to hear all the materialism, then do something about a society that is run by capitalists and product marketers. These rappers are showing us what we as a people have become whether you like it or not. Supreme Blientele is gritty, it’s cinematic, the images are vivid and powerful, and most of all it’s a story about survival and success in the face of great odds.