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Posted by J. Tinsley on June 25, 2009

While we were down yesterday, something crazy happened. Maurice Garland had been commenting on this video from Atlanta rapper, Pill, and how much controversy would surround it. Little did anyone know how graphic the visual would actually be. Don’t ever expect to Rocsi and Terrance J introduce this as the “new joint of the day” because, quite frankly, if BET, or any station for that matter, had the gall to air this, they’d be blasted with so many lawsuits they’d probably cease to exist.

Here’s what Mo’ had to say:

Like I told ya’ll before, this video was completely unscripted and has no actors. Whatever got caught on camera, just happened. From the pipe to the girl dancing in the street. If you were to go in these neighborhoods, I guarantee that you’ll see these same people right now.

Indeed. Call this ignorant, and while it very well may be, there happens to be a method to the madness, at least to Pill. I’m never one to place judgment on a person and keeping it 100, I like this video, a lot. Hip-hop has always presented itself as “the hood’s CNN” and to the reporting here is honest. Those are the exact type of activities which happen everyday in hood’s across America. Think about it, someone is getting high off crack or heroin right now. Enough preaching, hit the jump to read Pill’s account on the imagery and inspiration behind the visual.

We hope that this video shocks your conscience. If it does, we have succeeded in our goal. The fact that this video is nearly terrifying in its graphic nature means that it is doing exactly what it is supposed to do – terrify. These conditions that our people live in are terrifying, and we seek to expose what so many have forgotten.

We are essentially reporting live from neighborhoods and communities long forgotten, and, in Atlanta, recently torn down. It seems as though our city and our people place no importance on our community any longer. These are the places you never visit. These are the places that hip-hop claims to care about. These are the people that most of gangsta rap music fraudulently portrays. This video is one hundred percent real and unstaged.

You can try to chock this up as exploitation – it will not work. Nobody was put up to any scene in this video. As a matter of fact, everybody in the video volunteered themselves, for the sake of our mission.

The song has an upbeat and happy tone. When you’re in these situations, you do not feel as though what you are doing is wrong. When you are making money in the underground economy, it does not feel wrong. Our goal is to reflect the psychology of someone who turned to drug dealing as a means of survival, and got caught up with the addiction of making money in the underworld.

Pill still lives in this situation, and we will continue to kick, scream, and make music until we can provide a better way. Until then, we will continue to expose our truths.

Our mission is to bring REALITY back to street music. I hope this a first step towards accomplishing our goal.


The Educated Villains


3 Responses to “PILL – "TRAP GOIN' HAM" (VIDEO)”

  1. YM said

    Yea u right this video will never make the light of day on BET, THIS JOINT IS RAW!!!!!

  2. T. Adeyemi said

    Damn, I confused as to whether or not I believe this was another straight outta the “Trap” video or were they actually attempting to “expose truths.” If they were, then they definitely succeeded. If they werent, then damn life in Atlanta seems even more rough than EVERY other ATL rapper has previously portrayed it.

    All I know is judging by the video alone, minus the explination I just feel like this video will get into the wrong hands and someone will take it for what it looks like. To be frank, some WHITE person will take this video and attempt to use it as an example of what Hip Hop truly is. The day that happens, not only Hip Hop but Black people take a step back as a race once again.

  3. Justin said

    If by white and wrong you mean Bill O’Reilly, then yeah you’re exactly right.

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