The name is Memphis and I ain’t like what everybody thinks. I’m in Tennessee, the deep south I know, but I’m different, my people are different.
I’m the Bluff City, Memphians are too, and we just can’t stand the misconceptions no more.
So, I’m finna tell y’all some trivial stuff and some serious stuff, and you can choose whether to continue or not.
I’m situated on the Mississippi River in southwest Tennessee. I am home to different groups of people, many who do not agree on more than one subject.
Many people believe that because of where I am, that I must be a predominantly racist place. That is a straight lie.
Well, yea, a few people here can be racists but really, I’m a pretty diverse place that has little room for messiness and hate.
I am actually on a large fault line that covers ‘bout seven states in total and if it goes off; as being made of mostly stone and concrete, for real, I will crumble.
It is something that I only found out not too long ago and it’s got a whole lotta people worried cause that thing been moving like molasses for almost a hundred years.
I’m also the third most dangerous city in the U.S. Probably told you too much of my business at this point but oh well.
This ain’t what I’m really trying to say though, cause here we bounce back quick as light, so we good. There’s so much that people just don’t get about me and I need to fix it.
In case there was some confusion, I ain’t racists, only the old white folks are and they dying anyway so, yea, get that out yo heads with a quickness.
The younger generations that are growing up with different people are very accepting and loving of each other with the exception of just plainly really annoying people.
Some young people that have grown up around hate try to start crap but they get shut down by most of us.
We not afraid of a whole lot, mostly ourselves, but if we trust anybody, it’s ourselves too. Now, here come the hard facts. I’m not just Graceland or good barbecue, I got people, good people.
Everybody stay sleepin’ on us cause we southern and we not that big but they missin’ real stuff.
I got a new generation and they gone change the world, mane, they gone do some great things for real.
Imma be for real now cause, they not all gone talk right or have the best attitudes; I’m a rough city with rough but fun people so they gone be hard-headed and goofy.
They gone be that and more but aye bruh, y’all gotta give’em a chance, they gone surely surprise you.
Since I’m on everybody’s head, Imma get on my own too. I’m dangerous, rude, and a little hateful. It’s me and I’m working on it, okay.
Violence is so normal here, people see it all the time and keep going without blinking twice.
Many cannot tell the difference between a firecracker and a gunshot, so holidays that involve either are very annoying.
The kids fighting, we stay cursing like sailors and groups of people still gather to promote hate, like why can’t we just love?
It’s really not the best place to be if you look at the bad side and you can’t just go into every neighborhood.
We don’t back down for what we believe is right but we don’t know when to listen that well either.
It takes a lot to find the good things if you aren’t completely oblivious to it but you can if there is patience.
I am Memphis and no, I ain’t great but I got potential and so do my people, My Memphians. I want to thank them ‘cause, even though they mess up quite often, they make me who I am.
I got a lot to be proud of because of them and I take pride in that.
I am the birthplace of rock n’ roll, the blues and soul music, I’m home to Graceland and the best barbecue, and the notorious Sun Studios all ‘cause of my people.
Some bad stuff has happened too, like the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King at the Lorraine Motel, and that divided us.
That monument is now a part of the Civil Rights Museum and people learn about how it used to be so we don’t go back to that.
Our history, both good and bad has made a change, the people are changing and so I gotta thank them for what they’ve done in bettering themselves and me.