AMBUSH! Arts & Culture
“If you ask me what I came to do in this world, I, an artist, will answer you: I am here to live out loud.”
― Émile Zola
― Émile Zola
Rapper Overdoses on Xanax at 21
by Sage Addington '18
Lil Peep was born Gustav Ahr in Long Island on November 1, 1996. The rapper had a definitive sound, being able to smoothly blend the elements of contemporary hip-hop and the sentimentality of the emo genre. The rapper had first started out by posting his music on YouTube and SoundCloud until his following began to grow. Ahr used his childhood nickname, given to him by his mother, as his stage name. Dating back to his teenage years, the young man struggled with drug use and suicidal impulses, but channeled his emotions into his music. Sarah Stennett, chief executive officer of First Access Entertainment, claimed to be “shocked and heartbroken.” Stennett had said,
“I do not believe Peep wanted to die, this is so tragic. He had big goals and dreams for the future which he had shared with me, his team, his family and his friends. He was highly intelligent, hugely creative, massively charismatic, gentle, and charming. He had huge ambition and his career was flourishing.”
Native Lives Matter, Middle Schooler Killed
by Sage Addington '18
You have to be wary of the language used in police reports because how you tell a story determines how a situation is treated. The police report said the middle schooler lunged at the police with a knife, but in the words of Jason’s mother,
“I know that lunging could also mean taking a step. It’s all on what words they want to include in their report.”
In the statement the Jason is not called for what he was, baby faced with a boy’s voice; he is almost depicted as a man because the statement purposefully left out his age.
The eighth-grader was part of his school’s drumming circle and often wrote poetry. On his last day alive the boy had left school early because he felt ill; his family thought he may have contracted the flu. Alan Pero, Jason’s grandpa, shared the account of Jason’s uncle, saying,
“When he got home he went to the fridge, got a 7 UP, went to get his blanket as kids do, and then was watching TV.”
Alan not long after received a call saying Jason had been shot in front of the house. Curtis Redbird told station KBJR,
“Baby Jay, he was a real sweet kid. He always had a smile on his face. Nobody can believe that this happened to him because of the way he is, the way he was.”
Jason's grandpa said,
“He was a good kid, a happy kid. He loved being around family and friends. He was a jokester. His teachers loved him. Quite a bit of teachers came to the funeral and wake.”
Unfortunately, the fourteen year old is not the only native victim to be killed by law enforcement. According to CNN’s review of CDC data broken down by race, for everyone 1 million Native Americans, an average of 2.9 of them die annual as a result of “legal intervention.” The majority of those deaths are caused from police shootings, but a few other cases are attributed to manhandling. Many deaths in police encounters are likely under-reported because a large amount of natives are “not on the grid.” Native American mortality rates were under-reported by an estimated 21% because of inconsistencies in identifying natives on death certificates, according to the CDC. It doesn’t feel right that victims of police force are never-mentioned or brushed under the carpet. It can be hard to create/sustain attention for Native American cases, partially because many of the cases take place in small communities or remote areas, but the amount of deaths need to be called to attention.
Last Week's Poll Results!
Last week we asked Ambush! poll takers if they were interested in going to the student poetry slam at the ART123 Gallery on December 1st and 50% said they are interested in going, while 25% said they are thinking about it, and the remaining 25% said nah.