Culture on the Cheap
Urban Gravestones: L’il Rich
Since my buddy over at Bed-Stuy Banana is cavorting around Canada right now I thought I would hit you up with an urban gravestone, north Brooklyn style. Those of you who live or have visited the Southside lately have probably noticed a couple of things:
- A seriously elevated police presence
- The above flier
I found this one on South 3rd Street along with newest urban gravestone to grace the Southside.
It features none other than L’il Rich himself.
Curious to know what happened, I asked a young man busy lighting candles to Rich’s memory what happened. His answer was as follows:
Was L’il Rich the victim of the latest wave of violence to blight the Southside? Perhaps. What people (myself included) tend to forget while reading about the latest shooting or stabbing is the human cost. While the victims may be nameless and faceless to you and me, they are and will continue to be sorely missed by their friends and loved ones. Nowhere else has this become so apparent to me than the outpouring grief over the death of L’il Rich. Whether he died from natural causes or otherwise is immaterial: he was clearly loved by his friends and neighbors. May he rest in peace.