This probably shouldn’t be my first statement about the foolishness that erupted from Slim Thug’s mouth in his interview with Vibe magazine, but I have to ask 1) From what cemetery did Vibe dig him up? 2) Who thought it was a good idea to ask him anything about relationships? 3) Why? Plain and simple.
I didn’t want to tear through his idiotic statements line by line, because no one has time to dissect all of that, but here are a few of the shining gems:
“Most single Black women feel like they don’t want to settle for less. Their standards are too high right now. They have to understand that successful Black men are kind of extinct. We’re important. It’s hard to find us so Black women have to bow down and let it be known that they gotta start working hard; they gotta start cooking and being down for they man more. They can’t just be running around with their head up in the air and passing all of us.”
“It’s hard to trust a Black woman [sometimes] because a lot of Black women’s mind frame is that the man gotta do everything for her– he gotta pay for this, he gotta pay for that, and if it ain’t about money then a lot of them ain’t fucking with him.”
“My girl is Black and White. I guess the half White in her is where she still cooks and do all the shit that I say, so we make it. She just takes care of me and I like that.”
So just so I have this straight: it’s okay for the woman to take care of a man, but he can’t take of her? Successful Black men are extinct? And Black women need to bow down?
Besides what his blatant overgeneralizations have done to excite the interracial debate and black women’s ill will towards brothers who choose white women as romantic partners—well it could have if anyone really cared about what he had to say—I’m more concerned with the opportunistic way he chose to jump on the anti-single-woman bandwagon.
When, if ever, have we heard this man speak out on relationships or any issue of substance? I’m convinced the only reason that he let these words come out of his mouth is because what he attempted to reiterate through the poor grammar and ignorance is what’s popular at the moment. He might as well have closed his statement with a plug to “go green.”
As the statistics on the number of single black women steadily roll out, everyone has taken the time, unfortunately, to put their two cents in to let black women know why they are single, why they most likely will always be single, and what the small minority who have a chance of getting married should do if they ever want to beat the odds. While there is some merit to a lot of the opinions that both men and women have added to the single black woman discussion, the charges that Slim Thug makes in his interview are at best, careless.
It sounds like he attempted to round up all the things that he’s heard men say over a bottle of Hennessey at the crib and spit it out with his own H-town twist—no thanks. Successful Black men are kind of extinct? What successful black man would even say that? I know everyone who is doing their own thing seems to think they’re apart of some rare breed, but most wouldn’t go so far as to leave their fellow men hanging in the dust. He does attempt to harp on the men with:
“Black men are the ones that motherfuckers need [but] I think a lot of them need to step it up too. A Black man who gets a little bread will go make it rain in the club and be broke the next day or instead of him going to invest in a business he gonna go buy new jewelry or a new car and still live in the hood. Black peoples’ mentality is real fucked up in general [and] it’s affecting everything.”
I’ve heard that said a million times and I’m pretty sure we may have another case of hypocrisy on our hands because if memory serves me correctly, Slim’s music career and physical possessions just don’t match up.
In the final analysis though, I don’t know who I’m more disappointed with, Slim Thug or Vibe? Give a man a platform and he will run wild. My question is why was he given a platform in the first place?