Lake Worth Rapper Sparks Debate About Crime on Facebook

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It's hard to be black in Lake Worth. At least that's how the rapper 28 Gramz tells it. The 27-year-old self-described "King of Palm Beach County" wants people who live east of Dixie Highway to understand his struggle.

This past June, he released "Living in Lake Worth" through Smokeface Entertainment. In the video, Gramz raps in front of Lake Worth Community Gymnasium about poverty, imprisoned family members, and being raised by the streets. A sample lyric: "Money is everything when you living in the hood/Tell that to the rich folks, because they be burning it like wood."

That's the exact kind of sentiment that's enraged Rosemary Kerttula. She's been living in Lake Worth since she was an infant, although she's planning to leave. On Saturday, the 41-year-old posted 28 Gramz's video on a Lake Worth community Facebook page with the comment: "just wanted to share what is going on the south side since some college park people have no clue."

It started a debate over the city's crime rate, which is about four times higher than that of the average city in Florida.

"We would all love to live in a crime free beautiful city, old pipes and pot holes are not the problem," commented Orlando Fernandez. "The problems begin at home, teach children manners and respect, something I feel is lost."

Lake Worth is about 19 percent African-American and 65 percent white, according to the 2000 census. The rap video riled up a debate about how to "fix" the community.

"If these kids want to have a glimmer of hope we HAVE to fix our schools," wrote Theresa Cavanaugh. "Drive down any main street in Lake Worth and look at the graffiti and gang signs everywhere. This is the youth of our city."

28 Gramz, who attended Lake Worth Community High School, also ignited a debate about the influence of hip-hop culture on impoverished youths.

"The JayZ's and Beyonce's create this false delusion that promotes the opposite of working hard and getting educated," chimed in Mark Parrilla. "Success is now equivalent to selling drugs, getting shot or going to jail and you'll become a rap star. Boy is he in for a rude awakening."

28 Gramz did not respond to a request for comment about his video. Neither did Kerttula, the woman who considers it a reason to move out of dodge.

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Also most of the impressive video clips were stolen from a local videographer who has already requested that they remove his work they used without licensing rights or consent and they still have not complied.

frankd4 topcommenter

.............ACTUALLY,  IF the retail environment is dominated by PAWN SHOPs, and LIQUOR STOREs, and LAUNDRO-MATs and second-tier FAST FOOD like POPEYEs and KFC and PAY-DAY loans places exist then sorry but your neighborhood is already GONE

long ago northeastern SLUM LORDs used to have to burn poor people out of their apartments after the hold-outs held-on typically BLACK tenants whose water and electricity had been turned off, no heat in winter, no trash removal or pick-up creating rat and roach infested buildings and finally allowing drug gangs in to terrorize everyone into leaving - the owner simply could make MORE money selling luxury high rise condo units to uber-wealthy WHITE people who wanted city residences - CABRINI GREEN was the greatest gentrification of poor BLACK to rich WHITEs in the country

the solution in the olde dayz was SECTION 8 HOUSING VOUCHER which allowed elderly poor folks to leave and transfer their rent-subsidized benefits elsewhere - so the ELDERLY wouldn't have to be torched-out by greedy owners looking to demolish the building nor suddenly and inhumanely be dropped into horrid city shelters after getting burnt-out of their apartments

BLACKs killing BLACKS, lily WHITE cops killing or arresting BLACKS, riots, marches, are all MUSIC to real-estate developers ears because within a dozen years or so their high rise luxury dreams will be realized as ALL the riff-raff will have been flushed out and the ELDERLY displaced humanely

everywhere there is BLACK disenfranchisement today there will be LUXURY high rise owner-occupied units in the FUTURE


...I love the Pulp!! And besides, with so many (and there's quite a few) so called "refuges" successfully working their way up a little bit at a time, 28 gramz looks like just another whiner, what ever point they had is lost.....

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