Boosie Badazz recently sought enlightenment from Snoop Dogg after admitting his lack of knowledge regarding the significance behind the Fourth of July.
While many Americans celebrated Independence Day on July 4th, the Baton Rouge rapper took to Instagram, acknowledging his ignorance and reaching out to his followers for an understanding of the complex racial history associated with this annual holiday, which he had only recently become aware of.
In a video captured during a haircut session in preparation for his Fourth of July festivities, Boosie said, “Aye, I need somebody to educate me on July 4th,” Boosie said while getting a haircut in time for his Fourth of July festivities. “Everybody in my DM saying I should not celebrate Fourth of July if I love my Black people. But I don’t really know the meaning of Fourth of July. I always thought it was some war sh**.”
Expressing his eagerness to learn, Boosie continued, “I need to be educated on the Fourth of July, bro. Because I’ve been celebrating the Fourth of July in the hood with fireworks since I was born. If I’m celebrating some wrong shit, I need to be educated.”
He emphasized his confusion, stating, “So hit my DM with a paragraph letting me know what’s going on because I’m lost. I am, I’m lost like a muthafucka. I got all my people who I love, my Black people, they on my ass. I don’t fucking know!”
In the caption accompanying his post, Boosie wrote, “HOW IM A [SELL] OUT? I ACTUALLY DONT KNOW‼️ ALL I KNOW IS FIREWORKS.” His followers promptly responded to his request, flocking to the comments section to enlighten him about the significance of the Fourth of July. Snoop Dogg, among others, stepped in and offered a brief history lesson, suggesting that Boosie instead celebrate Juneteenth, an annual June holiday commemorating the emancipation of enslaved African-Americans.
Snoop shared, “It’s ya oppresses freedom celebration we weren’t free yet, and that’s why call me Nefew I’ll game u up. Juneteenth is our holiday of last free slaves.” Another user went into greater detail, explaining, “The Fourth of July was established in 1776 to celebrate America’s ‘Freedom’ from Great Britain. However, we, black people in America, weren’t free until 1863. Essentially, America celebrated their freedom right in the faces of our ancestors while they were still enslaved and in chains. So why should we celebrate?”
Nevertheless, some individuals pushed back against the criticism surrounding the Fourth of July, encouraging Boosie to simply enjoy the festivities with his family.
One person argued, “These holidays were never meant for us, but honestly, all holidays have deep-rooted connections to racism. If you’re spending time with your family and enjoying yourself, that’s what truly matters. Everything in this world is intertwined with racism, so the best thing to do is cherish your family. There’s nothing wrong with that!”
True to their words, the head of Badazz Music Syndicate celebrated the holiday with his loved ones, posting photos and videos of his Fourth of July gathering at his residence.