Remembering Baltimore Rapper Lor Scoota

Lor ScootaJune 28, 2016 – Segment 2

Our guests reflect upon Saturday’s tragic killing of Baltimore Rapper and activist Lor Scoota. With: DevRock, Minister of Culture for Leaders of a Beautiful Struggle; Mothyna James-Brightful, Director of Community Education and Training with Turn Around Inc., and Director of operations for Heal a Woman Heal a Nation; and D Watkins, columnist for, professor of Creative Writing at the University of Baltimore, founder of the BMORE Writers Project, and author of The Cook Up: A Crack Rock Memoir.

Written by Marc Steiner

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  1. David Eberhardt says:

    wanted to listen to program on Lor Scotta- got a black sort of screen w bass man talking- what is the prob lem?
    i used to support you all
    response requested

    ‘ 410-235-7507

  2. david eberhardt says:

    i can leave a reply but how to access the podcast? i have been a supporter- but have often had trouble accessing
    appreciate help- i am interested still
    i click on the picture- see no way to listen
    are you suppopsed to click on the the blue title? why not offer instructions?
    cc marc
    dave eberhardt- 41-235-7507

  3. Marc Steiner says:

    Under the blue title, you should see an audio player that you can press play on to start the podcast. If you don’t see that, you may need to update your web browser and/or plugins. If you have an outdated version of something, it’s possible that the player may not be visible. If you’re still having trouble accessing the podcast, here is a direct link to the audio file that should play when you click it:

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  4. david eberhardt says:

    Scattered reflections on two insightful reactions to the murder of Lor Scoota- a Baltimore rapper- one from Marc Steiner and his Marc Steiner Show on WEDAA radio and the other, an article in the Baltimore Sunpapers by Sedrick Smith, a professor at City College- “Get out and Give back”.

    Scoota’s murder as that of Freddie Grey illuminates so much about Baltimore’s worst problems.

    I feel that the issue is complex and that there are contradictions and deeper causes we need to explore. Most media, most people do not want to go deeper.

    from Marc Steiner re Scoota:

    “This is the voice of the dispossessed who are completely locked out of society. You walk out the door from a stable loving place and the streets hit you from all sides. You have to walk through the gangs in saggy pants and those in blue and badges. Sometimes you have to partake just to survive. People are in the trade, as it is called, because they have to eat, take care of children, keep a roof over their and stomachs filled. It’s $10.00 sweating away in a bullshit fast food kitchen or tax free 20 grand a year slinging in the street. Take your pick … it is a reality we must change …

    A couple of my friends respond:

    Michael W. Kohlman “ But the job won’t get you killed, and really it is only a starting point in training not only a person to attain a better wage by going the next step, but in getting them to understand not only what the world can offer, but your roll in it all.

    Edwin Robinette “My Dad put the work world in a ‘real’ perspective for me….he said..”If you don’t work, you don’t eat, it’s as simple as that”!!!! My first job was McDonalds in 1963, worked there 3 years, then joined the Navy…then worked until 2014, then retired. He was right…I never went hungry!!!!! Then I realized that ‘ANYONE’ can do this!!! It is not the fact that you are sweating away in a fast food joint…that is just a starting point and you need the will power to keep going and building yourself up from there! Anything else than that is just a poor excuse!!! By the way….I know a man who started at McDonalds, sweated his way up to 90 grand a year with his own store! Sounds pretty good to me! “

    And regarding the Sedrick Smith column: “Get out and give back”. I want to find out more about how Lor “gave back” and not just dismiss him out of hand for thug life playing the dozens (insults to other rappers) and dirt bike boasting. Maybe there are more positive songs that he wrote- we must check the lyrics. As a poet I admire “Bird Life” and find it far and away better than the anemic/academic pale poetry we get in magazines like the New Yorker. It is poetry with immediacy and attitude- it’s poetry from a battle zone.

    I hope Lor’s murderer is soon caught and will follow the case to find out who the murderer is- possible motives- whether the problem was over drug territory? money? jealousy of fame, a girl? There could be several reasons, and they too would shed light on life in the hood.

    My first reaction was here’s a person so immersed in the life, it rubbed off- as with Tu Pak or Biggie (two other, more famous rappers who were murdered) . But what are the complexities? Friends have told me- about Tyriece Watson’s (his real name) being set up as he came from a peace rally- “Talking out of two sides of his mouth”, or How can you diss the life at the same time that you’re in it.”

    And yet, Lester Spence, Professor at Hopkins points to the fact that artists often will write about violence without practicing or condoning it. Lor Scotta’s biggest hit, “Bird Flue” clearly glamorizes drugs and dealing.

    One poster vents “He didn’t have the luxury to condemn violence”?

    People on Marc’s show stated that the root cause of Lor’s death is poverty. And what causes the poverty? In my opinion- it’s capitalism- a conclusion you would not find in the Sun or on Marc’s show.Nor does the Sun, a right of center paper, want to cover the hood or get at the root of its problems- it would hurt their advertisers or readers in Hagerstown.

    They will not be publishing my thoughts- as progressives are rarely represented on their pages.

    Because of their sponsors, the city’s media cannot dig deep into such questions as , where do the guns come from or the drugs. What money is made and how is it laundered (if that much money actually is made).One never sees such coverage- and has to wonder, whose toes are they avoiding?

    Was Lor moving towards more progress for his community- and is rap a good vehicle? Or was he talking about peace while at the same time “beefing” (feuding) with neighborhood thugs?

    He had been charged with theft, robbery and assault, according to online court records. The most recent charges were in 2015. One charge has him at the airport with a gun with the serial numbers erased!

    From City Paper article “King Me”: “The day after Scoota’s death, over at Penn-North, activists, artists, rappers, and West Baltimore community members gathered for a Unity Rally against street violence to pay tribute to Scoota. Organized in part by Darrell Carter, who raps as 3D, and fellow rapper Tyree Colion, activists including PFK Boom, Shorty Davis, Abdul Salaam, and members of Leaders of a Beautiful Struggle showed up. The group organized a quick “photo op” (their words) in which the group briefly shut down traffic for about five minutes and posed for a picture embodying unity.

    “We’re gonna be the blueprint for what we want to be,” said activist PFK Boom before the group entered the street. And he reflected on his own past. “A lot of people are hurting. I’ve hurt people. Physically, mentally, spiritually,” he confessed.

    Once the group entered the street and spread out, they raised their fists and shouted, “We all we got, we all we need.”

    Colion paced through the group and spoke and tied Scoota’s death to many others within the community.

    “It’s about us killing us,” he said.

    As the gathering turned into a small block party, Salaam declared, “Let’s go home and love somebody.” PFK Boom added, “Hug somebody you ain’t hugged before you came here.”
    Also from City Paper: “And then there’s Scoota hunched forward holding a children’s book about Martin Luther King Jr., a bunch of Samuel Coleridge Elementary School students staring up at him.
    As he finishes reading one of the pages announcing the victories of the civil rights movement, he offers up his own take before turning to the next page.
    “So, all that marching, Martin Luther King everything he was doing for us,” he says. “They finally agreed to just let us all sit wherever we want, eat wherever want, drink from whatever water fountain we want, because we didn’t use violence and stuff.”
    These sentiments, of ending cycles of violence, connecting with people previously unknown, would dominate the many Scoota memorial events throughout the week.

    The media gives us very little positive on rap music. It wants the sensational- something it can call a riot rather than an uprising.

    But Marc Steiner’s shows, at least and actually, unlike any other media in Baltimore, deal with the problems of such a death and panelists and callers offer real solutions- such as strengthening education, strengthening the family, strengthening the spiritual and as always number one- more jobs.

    The “hood” (slang for the ghetto) is not the only spiritually dead zone (in an America where the NRA and military industrial complex calls the shots- the suburbs and country side is also spiritually bereft).

    Baltimore Police Commissioner, Kevin Davis goes to the Maryland legislature in Annapolis each year to try to get certain handgun crimes deemed felonies. The legislators would rather allow them to remain misdemeanors!

    Money in the City flows to such projects as Port Covington which will benefit the wealthy- rather than to poor neighborhoods that are removed from the waterfront.

    Any poet knows about poete maudit- that is doomed poets who die early but leave startling, original and immortal works-Keats, Plath, Rimbaud- Thomas- maybe the age of death has just gotten younger as we “progress”?Poet dave does a tribute to Lor- in his style
    rip rapper Lor Scoota- fellow baltimore poet- see video Bird Flue
    sorrta makes want to go packin- u got sumpin to say?
    great lyrics- powerful- orange, yellows, blacks- note commentators on media lamenting passing of such a talent- yes- but- this was the thug life- they won’t say tho- they won’t even show u the lyrics- the thug life might as well b sponsored by the nra- or the manufacturers of mollies, etc- get real commentators- get real those making money off the pain- show the pain
    but better yet- show the militancy needed to over come it
    violent or non violent
    rapper dave says
    i gotta piece rally
    u aint in the life
    les u in it
    r u strapped? welcome to it
    my glock talks
    while u walk
    i got mollees
    r u wid it

    Dave Eberhardt, 410-235-7507

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