13-Year-Old Rapper's Video Stuns Chicago Columnist With Graphic Language, References To Violence
By Chuck Sudo in Arts & Entertainment on Aug 9, 2012 10:25PM
Move over, Chief Keef. You've got competition in the "too young to be rapping like that" sweepstakes. Thirteen-year-old Lil' Mouse, who is "REPN THE WILD WILD HUNDREDS," aka Roseland, dropped a track called "Get Smoked" filled with violent and misogynistic lyrics, cursing and waving a stack of dollar bills around. If Lil' Mouse is rapping about this now, we should be on the lookout for a 9-year-old rapper belittling women and making it rain.
It's shocking, sure, especially since it comes during one of the most violent summer's in Chicago history. And we may not have ever learned about the video if it wasn't for Chicago Sun-Times columnist Mary Mitchell, who took objection to Lil' Mouse's filth flarn filth and wondered what the hell is wrong is people.
When this kind of filth comes out of a child’s mouth, there’s no one to blame but the parents. Obviously, in neighborhoods where people are struggling to get by, having a kid break into the music industry is huge.
Still, there is such a thing as going too far and “Get Smoked” is a good example of where too far takes us. When young black males were exploited by the music industry to promote the gangster lifestyle, most of us said nothing.
Now the industry is hooking teenagers.
Rapper Che "Rhymefest" Smith told Mitchell he believes the song and video qualifies as child pornography. "(W)hen you have a 13-year-old child rapping about sex and about violence and drug selling, they are probably already under investigation."
Mitchell shining a light on the video has most involved with the filming scurrying to defend themselves. Director P. Noble said Mouse's mother and adult uncles were on the set, he made sure "Mouse did not have any guns and drugs on him," didn't realize there was a gun in the video because there was so much going on in front of the camera.
And as for the pint-sized MC? He's already defending himself like a seasoned entertainer.
DESPITE What People think,I'm just like any other entertainer,I'm just only 13,and everybody not gon understand mouse,my neighborhood or— The REAL Lil Mouse (@MouseMyers) August 9, 2012
surroundings,I rap about what I see and know,not what I glorify— The REAL Lil Mouse (@MouseMyers) August 9, 2012
We don't think "glorify" means what Lil' Mouse thinks it means.