BSO- A California high school football coach has been relieved of his duty, after he appeared in a rap music video, the Los Angeles Times reported.
Otis Newell, a father of two whose wife in the same school district, was fired as the defensive coordinator at Simi Valley High School because the district objected to his portrayal of a drug dealer operating out of an ice cream truck in a rap video.
Another coach who saw the hip-hop video, titled “U Need It, I Got It,” went to officials to complain.
Newell, raised in the Watts section of Los Angeles, explained that the depiction is what he saw as a youth.
“It’s a depiction of pretty much how I grew up, and there’s no secret that in the city where I come from, drugs and gang violence were everyday parts of my life,” he told KCAL 9 and sister station KCBS in Los Angeles.
Love it. Love everything about it. From the high school football coach that was fired for being a rapper that promoted selling drugs to his inability to comprehend why that's frowned upon. Comparing hustling drugs to hustling to make a tackle? GOLD. All hustles were created equal! Such a fantastic key word to throw out there in this situation. Who can argue with that logic? If that doesn't get him his job back, nothing will. I'll give him this, the guy is still chasing his dream. A high school defensive coordinator with a wife and two daughters still shooting music videos, with above average production value, might I add? That's dedication. Especially when you have to know that all it takes is one person to see that and you're fired. Probably not the most responsible thing to do as a family man, but I'll be damned if it ain't the gangsta thing to do. Fuck logic. This is hip hop baby!
I wish I was a fly on the wall for the firing...
"Umm, Otis, is this you selling drugs out of an ice cream truck in this rap video?"
"You know that you can't do that when you are in charge of a bunch of developing, impressionable kids, right?"
"Well, if they see an authority figure doing something like that they might think it's okay for them to do it too."
"You gotta hustle in this world."
"Otis, I like you. Please say something sensical and take down this video so I don't have to fire you."
"You need it, I got it."
"Sigh, pack our things Mr. Newell."
There's a lot of jobs that you can simultaneously do when you are involved in the rap game, but working at a high school is undoubtedly not on that list. In fact, it probably tops the list of jobs you can't do while rapping. He had to know he was going to get fired, right? Hell, I don't know, the guy has more degrees than I do, I would imagine he's got to have something up his sleeve. I guess the good news is that is that you're only one mediocre hit song away from fame in the new era of hip hop?