While at A3C, I ran into Malice, who was signing copies of his book Wretched, Pitiful, Poor, Blind & Naked. As luck would have it, I had no cash on me to purchase it, but chopping it up with Mal was a memorable experience in its own. It’s always good to meet someone from Virginia who made it, but his newest vignette reveals not everyone feels the same sense of recognition.
Pending you’ve been keeping up Malice’s previous vlogs, this newest excerpt should especially hit home. Hometown love is amazing, but hometown hate is impossible to escape. This nearly four minute clip is a personal perspective of the type of negative reaction Mal and his brother received as they became bigger and bigger names on the Hip-Hop scene. We hear this sort of talk all the time at barbershops, everyday conversations with friends or just random experiences life places us in.
People speak of situations they’re unfamiliar with and hate what is not theirs. Such train of thought has been prevalent since history began documenting itself and, truthfully, will exist long after you, me and this site cease to exist. That crabs in a bucket mentality is too real.