Written by Joni Caggiano
From the perspective of a young concert goer using hip-hop urban dialect.
losing myself between those repeated raw beats
ignoring and escaping the tizzle of the streets
reality spooning hardships like venomous glue
scrabbling out of my skin like thousands will do
braided red locks bouncing off tight curvy hips
singing freestyle, making up my own fly spits
small tired fingers got me new kicks and a ticket
crowd growing like an off the hook wild thicket
might meet a baller while I chillax with my crew
hope to get up close catch some Cactus Jack true
music, whips, kicks, and feeling rizzle on the fly
he got ghost I see people running next I see sky
breath going kicks on my chest timbs in the gut
can’t get no breath, my dark eyes slowing shut
being pulled on pavement gonna be a young 187
praying to God, hoping Mom knows I’ll be in heaven
Is it time to seriously reconsider certain aspects of large concerts? How many people have to die. This past November, ten people died from compression asphyxia at the Houston rap concert. It was a Travis Scott Festival called Astroworld. Travis Scott is a rapper. The youngest person who died was only nine years old. There was a sudden crowd rush. This type of tragedy is nothing new. In 1979 at a Who concert, eleven people died. An interesting note to show the extreme differences today versus 1969. During the famous Woodstock Festival, 450,000 plus people attended, and only two people died. One death was due to a drug overdose, and the other was a person sleeping underneath a tractor. The person driving the tractor was unaware of the individual’s whereabouts.
Text © Joni Caggiano
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