A Sudanese hip-hop musician who escaped a life as a child soldier takes rapper 50 Cent to task in an upcoming album, according to a report on antiMusic.
Emmanuel Jal (left), who was forced into the Sudanese People’s Liberation Army from age six to thirteen, said at a Harvard University conference on hip hop last week:
American hip-hop is still entwined with gang culture, drugs, sexual violence and greed. It’s a battleground.
A song titled “50 Cent” on on Jal’s new Warchild album, due for release in May takes the American rapper to task over his controversial Bulletproof video game. From Jal’s lyrics:
You have done enough damage selling crack cocaine now you got a kill a black man video game… There ain’t a Jewish or a white man Chinese or an Indian blowing up the brain of their own fellow man… We have lost a whole generation through this lifestyle now you want to put it in the game for a little child to play… Bugga bun 50 Cent.
Of his lyrics, Jal said:
I am a great fan of 50 Cent. But can’t help thinking that the generation that has grown up to respect and love him are not being given the right message. I feel that he could be professing more of a positive influence with his young fans.