Violence has unfortunately been part of hip-hop seemingly from its inception. But the recent string of violence which claimed the lives of rappers King Von and Mo3 has shown just how sweeping the trend has become. These back-to-back tragedies have many within the hip-hop community calling for a cease to the violence. One such person is the rapper Ralo, who recently called into an Atlanta radio station to give his take on the current landscape.
Ralo expressed how regressive it is for rappers, and black people in a more general sense, to kill one another. He called for solidarity and for people to find value in collaboration as opposed to adversarial posturing. The clip of Ralo speaking on the matter was accompanied with the caption:
“DONT ALLOW THESE DEVILS TO KEEP TURNING US AGAINST EACH OTHER. EVERY WEEK I CONTINUE TO HEAR ANOTHER BROTHER OR SISTER KILLED. THAT SH** AINT GANGSTA DAWG. WE GOTTA HELP EACH OTHER INSTEAD OF HURT EACH OTHER”