5 Reasons why “Man Dem” were at Rick Ross but not at the Student March
When historians look back on November 2010, many will remember the unprecedented student march riot earlier this month and the Royal Engagement. But there is a large minority (double entendre – Oxymoron – See what I did there?) from the hood that will never forget the night that Rick Rosay performed at the HMV Hamersmith Apollo. While all the ballers and shot callers were blowing money fast letting money fall from the balcony, opportunists downstairs such as myself were able to collect rent money for the next two months.
As I am sure you have heard by now, BMF was a catalyst to brothers making it rain, fist fights and baseball bats being drawn by Rosay’s security and the concert ending earlier than planned. It was at that moment that I had a mental spark.
The last time I was involved in such carnage, I was at the forefront at Millibank (Tory HQ). I remember looking around and realising I was one of the only brothers there; but at Rosay’s show we were there in full force -in Gucci and Louis-.
If all socio-economic indicators are taken into consideration, you would be wise to think that a demonstration against an increase in tuition fees would be an event that those of us from deprived communities would be supporting in an instant. But that wisdom will be overlooking some key reasons as to why “man dem” aren’t remotely interested in the policies that govern their lives. Who knows, maybe the knock on effect from the 20% VAT on the price of Moet come New Years night would conjure some interest in politics.
5 Reasons why the “Man Dem” were at Rick Ross but not at the Student March
5. The NUS pre-warned the Police of the march
In the organised and reasonable world; such a move to pre-warn the police of the march can be seen as the responsible thing to do. But where I come from its called snitching and “man dem” dont like snitches. I know dudes who went to church to repent their sins, but still witheld names from the pastor due to the code of the streets. With the NUS knowing the names of the 40 thousand+ students due to attend, “man dem” weren’t about to give their government names in case things got sticky awkward.
A pessimistic brother would tell you that once the situation turned sour, the police would use the NUS database to pinpoint the Jamals, Jermaines, Marlons, Tyrones, Kofis and Kunles through the same “fair and random process” used at Thorpe Park entrances.
4. Contradictory circumstance to Blow Money Fast
Can you imagine all the ballers and shot callers, “…brawlers – who be dipping in the Benz with the spoilers, on the low…” in attendance at the march?
I can just picture a gang of man dem with LV scarves covering their face to hide their identity; demonstrating tuition fee increase while throwing bottles of Crystal at the Police bought from the same student loan that they are demonstrating about… just wouldnt make sense.
3. It was daytime (Too bright to wear D&G Sunglasses)
Don’t really know where the influence comes from, but dudes are putting on their sunglasses at the entrance to the club. The funny thing is that there are probably dudes reading this blog in a dark room with candles (trying to cut back on the energy bill), wearing designer sunglasses.
2. No rival gang/or lighties in attendance
This is real talk, man dem dont go anywhere, be it a rave, carnival, or even church for a good time or spiritual cleansing but purely to handle beef or stunt on the light-skinned broads. I have heard stories of rival gangs trying to over spend the opposite crew in the communion bowl at church.
1. BBC was in attendance not GrimeDaily/SBTv
I can guarantee that if SBTv was giving out free F64s at the march, the turn out would have been a lot higher from the hood. Man dem wouldn’t even need 64 bars, just 2 bars to spit that bar that they have been writing for days.
MC Dela Ghetto: “Shout out to SBTv, mans got a quick F2 for all the students out there”
*The BMF beat drops in the background*
“Students roll together, whether jews or Christians/The swagger is in our genes (jeans) *pause* True Religion”
Man dem in the background: “Braaap Braap, say no more!”