Friday, November 27, 2020

Scottie Beam Song Lyrics Meaning - Freddie Gibbs, The Alchemist & Rick Ross


Read Freddie Gibbs, The Alchemist, Rick Ross - Scottie Beam Lyrics Song Meaning Explained.

Album: Alfredo
Release Date: May 29, 2020
Record Label: ESGN, ALC, Empire Records
Songwriter: Tipton, Maman, William Roberts III, Norman Virgil Whiteside
Producer: The Alchemist

This is a reference to the legendary 1971 Gil Scott-Heron song “The Revolution Will Not Be Televised.” Scott-Heron was sampled in the outro of the album’s previous track, “God Is Perfect.”

The “televised executions” Gibbs mentions are probably the numerous instances of police brutality that continue to surface since the advent smart phones, bringing attention the the long-enduring problem of disproportionate police violence against Black people.

Gibbs also appears to refer to the idea that the treatment of Black people throughout American History amounts to genocide. This includes atrocities committed under slavery, which have been called Maafa or the Black Holocaust, and the lynching, compulsory sterilization, and other forms of racist domestic terrorism carried out in the Jim Crow era. These prompted the famous “We Charge Genocide” petition to the United Nations in 1945.

More recently, institutional white supremacy continues to be interpreted as genocide, particularly the disproportional weight of the criminal justice system that is brought against African Americans.

This line was adopted by Black Lives Matter protesters following the release of “Scottie Beam,” as Gibbs documented in several IG posts. The line was also used on Hoodies, T-shirts and other merch, with profits going to the families of Ahmaud Arbery, George Floyd, and Breonna Taylor, according to Gibbs' IG.

This is likely a reference to former NBA player and Hall of Fame point guard Isiah Thomas, as Freddie uses the cross analogy again later in this verse when describing Allen Iverson.

Thomas was part of the Detroit Pistons team that was known as ‘The Bad Boys’, due to their incredibly physical style of play through which they would bully opposition players and attempt to cause injury. Thomas was seen as the franchise’s key player at the time, so if someone tried to pull something on him it is likely that one of the other bigger, more physical players like Bill Laimbeer or Dennis Rodman would exact revenge.

Freddie is commenting on how racial profiling is a huge issue in the United States. In The New Jim Crow Michelle Alexander cites research where it was found that only 15% of drivers on the New Jersey Turnpike were racial minorities, yet 42% of all stops and 73% of all arrests were of black motorist, despite the fact that whites and blacks were violating traffic laws at almost the same rate.

While the Supreme Court has found that race legally can be used as one contributing fact in discretionary decision making of law enforcement, it cannot be the only reason. Meaning that law enforcement can make claims in court such as “Your honor, we didn’t stop him just because he’s black: we stopped him because he also failed to use his turn signal at the right time.”

“Scottie Beam” was released while there were ongoing protests and riots all over America after police murdered George Floyd while he was being arrested. An officer were kneeling on his neck for 8 minutes while Floyd was pleading for air, and was later pronounced dead.

The speaker swears on his weapon made by Belgian arms manufacturer Fabrique National Herstal, maker of high-end firearms such as the FN Five-seveN, the Browning Hi-Power, the P90, and the SCAR assault rifle. Apparently, he his prepared to turn it on the police before fleeing.

Gibbs has also shouted out FN Herstal elsewhere, including on the Baby Face Killa track “On Me”:

Strapped up motherfucker better play it cool
FNH 5.7, that’s my favorite tool

and on the PiƱata track “Bomb”: Set the record straight, that FNH is what I’m holding.

Bubba Chuck is the childhood nickname of NBA Hall of Famer Allen Iverson, also known as “The Answer.” He was known for his quick crossover move and his most notorious crossover occurred during his rookie year in Philadelphia on March 12, 1997 at the expense of Chicago Bulls legend Michael Jordan:

Just as a rookie A.I. had no fear going against the greatest in the game, Freddie Gibbs also shows no fear towards his opposition, whether he has to go against them in the world of crime or the world of rhyme.

Following his mention of NBA Hall of Famer Allen Iverson, Freddie Gibbs mentions another NBA Hall of Famer, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, who began his pro career with the Milwaukee Bucks in the 1969-70 season. Kareem’s signature shot was the skyhook, and with him standing over seven-feet tall, his virtually unstoppable shot helped him become the all-time leading scorer in NBA history and helped him win six championships—one with Milwaukee and five with the Los Angeles Lakers after he was traded there in 1975.

With the ladies, Freddie Gibbs shoots his shot with wordplay, gets them hooked and takes all their cash (or bucks) as he scores over and over again from city to city like Kareem—but in that context, Freddie scores more like NBA legend Wilt Chamberlain, another former center for the Lakers.

In his desire to find one female like Scottie Beam—the model and media personality this song is named after—Freddie sampled many different women, likely leading him to have an ex-girlfriend who wants nothing to do with him. But he asserts that she wouldn’t have been winning and acquiring jewelry without him on her team, comparing their relationship to the working relationship between Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen in the 1990s.

Freddie is insinuating that he’s the Air Jordan of the relationship, as Jordan led the Bulls to three championship rings and left Scottie to be the leader; however, Pip couldn’t get another ring until he welcomed MJ back after more than a year away and they went on to win three more rings together.

Following the Chicago Bulls' first championship three-peat from 1991 to 1993, Michael Jordan abruptly retired from the NBA in October 1993 shortly before the start of the 1993-94 season and three months after his father was murdered. He went on to play minor league baseball with the Birmingham Barons in 1994 to give himself a new challenge while also honoring his father, a baseball fan who had MJ playing the sport when he was younger. With the departure of Jordan, Scottie Pippen became the top player on the team and he received more pressure to fill MJ’s Air Jordans.

While Scottie had another All-Star season where he increased his scoring from 18 to 22 points per game, the team lost to the New York Knicks in the second round of the playoffs. The Bulls were missing Batman to Scottie’s Robin, so Scottie threw out the “Bat signal” to MJ during a game.

While Jordan returned to the NBA towards the end of the 1994-95 season, the Bulls once again fell in the second round, this time to the Orlando Magic squad led by Shaquille O'Neal, Penny Hardaway, and former Bulls forward Horace Grant. Jordan used the loss as motivation, worked out in the offseason to get back in top notch basketball shape and led the team to another three-peat from 1996 to 1998 before he retired for a second time after the 1998 season—the last dance of the championship Bulls.