I don't want nobody to give me nothing
Just open up the door
I'll get it myself.
— James Brown, "I Don't Want Nobody to Give Me Nothing"
Fuck the world
Don't ask me for shit
Everything you get
You gotta work hard for it.
—The Notorious B.I.G. and Method Man, "The What"
Multiple tensions define the contemporary cultural expression of the truly disadvantaged Black male. Forwarding a defiant posture that eschews mainstream accommodation but is continually consumed by the mainstream suggests something at work that defies normal cultural representation.
In many ways, this contemporary situation is akin to the dilemma faced by John Hull, Lawrence Fishburne's character in Deep Cover. Hull, also known as Russell Stevens, is an undercover narcotics officer who is constantly shifting identities in a sting operation that not only compro