Monday, September 13, 2004

How To Be Rich, Nigga

For all of you, like myself, in a dead end job this book is for you. Written by Gerard Spinks the The title speaks for itself, I want to give big props to Chris Sage for pointing me in this direction. To paraphrase Gerard "This shit is crazy, yo!" I am sorry for the length of this post but it deserves it. Here is an excerpt from the book:

This book is heavily inspired by Rufus Shaw who wrote the original "How To Be a Rich Nigger" in 1972. The book is now out of print as far as I can tell and I’ve been trying to contact Mr. Shaw to let him know that his work was not forgotten. From the year 2G-2G4, rap music has hit an all time high with artists selling and owning millions of records and pushing millions of dollars. It’s not every rapper though and I talk to young folks who think that they are somehow rich just because Cash Money Millionaires and their crew are rich.

Yeah, some niggas have made it but lots of niggas haven’t and do not even know where to begin. Niggas want money and want cash now. In 2004, at the time of this writing the U.S. economy is ridiculous. Niggas is broke. There are no jobs, no income, divorce is at an all time high and people are strung out. Not having income is a crime and disease that is punishable by eviction notices, divorce, people jumpin’ off bridges to end it all, and kids not knowin’ what to study in college since India can do all the technical work for $12 per hour.

Outsourcing is at an all time high and the average technical worker in the U.S. who gets a college degree doesn’t know if they can even get a decent enough job and wages to pay the rent next month or next year. To be blunt, this is ridiculous. There has got to be a better way. We got a crazy President who is reaping millions of dollars from going to war with Iraq and yet pretends that our economy is looking good. I say bullshit.

College folks getting degrees can’t find work. Seasoned workers who have been in the workforce can’t find work. Cats is going over to Iraq to be contractors and coming back with they heads chopped off in a body bag. The only reason why the cat was in Iraq contracting is cuz’ he couldn’t find a job in Philly or wherever. This shit is crazy yo! Pure stupidity! Now tell me what am I supposed to do? Niggas need to come up. Niggas need to learn other skills to rise up in some other way. Can’t everybody rap and earn multimillions just to throw the money away and pretend "money ain’t a thang". Shit, money is a THANG, nigga!

How To Be Rich, Nigga

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Dude, you're fucking tool. I grew up with Gerard and he is the brother of Jerome Spinks (an actor) and Juanita Spinks. He even writes about it in his intro.

Big Ell said...

Thanks for the correction.