To Rep your city or NOT to Rep your City….

Detroit Financial District viewed from the Int...
Detroit Financial District viewed from the International Riverfront. David Stott Building stands in the distance in the middle looking down Griswold St. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Ok, So check it…

Danny Brown, an mc from Detroit, recently interviewed with HipHopDX  and expressed how he’s not repping the City and more so focused on getting up out of there. If you haven’t read the article yet you can check it out here—->Danny Brown distancing himself from Detroit’s Issues.

If you are unfamiliar with who Danny Brown is you can also check out one of the videos below. Me personally, I feel where he is coming from. Detroit, I do believe is just as bad as Cleveland, Chicago, Baltimore, Memphis, and the other troubled cities in the U.S. but for whatever reason Detroit is often times pegged as the most horrendous place as if no other city in the U.S. share these same issues. I have heard those close to me and distant from me bash Detroit but turn a blind eye to the crime and shady political dealings going on within their own home towns. Not cool.

So is there some kind of unwritten rule that says you MUST as an MC rep your city ’til the day you die? What if your hometown and the people in it did little to nothing to contribute to your success? What about all the critics that put more effort into pulling you down than building you up? Do you still rep your city then?  As a current resident of Southfield (Detroit is across the street from me) I have been trying to get out of this city since I was a teen. I have a always felt different from everyone else and after going away to college and moving back to the city I realize that I had outgrown my surroundings. One thing I just don’t understand is why natives take it so personal and resort to a ” FUCK YOU”  type attitude once someone gets opportunities to do bigger and better and move out. I heard the same thing with Big Sean. I just don’t get it. So I ask you do you rep your city anyway or move on somewhere where you can be around more like minded people?

Now Detroit can be both beautiful and hideous depending on the neighborhood and I do feel that there are several talented people with an immense amount of potential but the resources and opportunities are just not present. I absolutely love what Dan Gilbert with the help of Magic Johnson is doing to help build the city back up but I do feel that it will take some time for it to really show in other areas other than just downtown Detroit. If you are in the dark with what Dan Gilbert is doing then please check out the videos below.

I will be more comfortable elsewhere not because I hate the city but I reached my limit here and there is absolutely nothing wrong with acknowledging that you can accomplish more elsewhere. I don’t view it as putting oneself on a pedestal and that may be what many perceive it to be when someone fails to rep Detroit.  I would love to contribute to giving back to Detroit, particularly the youth and those that want more for themselves but that takes money to make resources available. I am particle to this city because it is my hometown and I am familiar with this struggle but do I owe this city anything? No! Whatever I choose to do is because I want to and I want to see my people do better and be better. I have big plans for myself and in order for them to become a reality it will require me to relocate and surround myself with like minded people and I just hope one day Detroit can be that place again that people migrate to for opportunities.

Thoughts, comments, questions, suggestions…please leave them below

Do you agree with Danny Brown?

With Love,

Mohna Lyssaa

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