Busta Rhymes Video Shot Up
Monday - February 6, 2006
The set where Busta Rhymes was shooting a new video was lit up with gunshots early Sunday morning. The shooting, which was in the relatively safe Greenpoint section of Brooklyn, NY, left 29-year-old Israel Ramirez dead.While Busta was in the studio at the time, nearly 200 people were gathered outside of the Kiss the Cactus studio for the shoot when 14 shots were fired. According to reports, the shots were fired from an AK-47.Israel Ramirez, who was on set as bodyguard, was pronounced dead shortly after receiving a single shot to the chest. There is no word yet as to whether the shooting has a connection to Busta, but IÂm sure the mainstream media will refer to him as a Âgangsta rapper.Â BustaÂs 7th album The Big Bang is due out on Aftermath/Interscope this year.
I have said it before and I will say it again. As long as things like this happen like this to hiphop artist and hip hop events, it will never be totally respected as a music genre. There should not be violence in what is supposed to be a an artform. This kind of thing just doesn't happen in any other music. I have been listening to hip hop since I was 8 or 9 years old in New Orleans. It used to be fun and creative and it reflected where I was in my life as a young black man in America. Now, its turning into a bunch of ignorant negroes bragging about stuff I can't afford and a money laundering mechanism for hustlers with no real talent. Between this, the Biggie duets album (which if he was alive and made would drop his all time rank to #7) and Paul Wall, the culture is officially on the way to becoming the Jazz of the millenium......stolen and watered down. We might as well get ready for that Kenny G and Kevin Federline collaboration produced by Lil John coming anytime now.