By Tom Z
12:33 PM EDT, September 13, 2012
Los Angeles rapper Jew’elz, who is equally unknown by his real name Ervin McKiness, died the other day when a car containing five rappers drove recklessly through an intersection and crashed into a residential backyard. The driver of the vehicle was drunk at the time. And now, in an ironic twist, it has been revealed that Jew’elz tweeted the phrase “YOLO” just before the crash. For the uninitiated, “YOLO” stands for “You Only Live Once,” a phrase that has become popular with “the kids.” The full tweet, which will wipe away any sadness you may have had over this guy’s death, can be seen above. The LA Weekly has more about the incident:
The vehicle, a 2005 Nissan Sentra, was reportedly being driven by 21-year-old Jonathan Watson, another young rapper who affiliates with Ontario rap crew Fly Rider$ on his Facebook profile. The car's three other passengers -- 23-year old Marquell Bogan, 23-year old JaJuan Bennett and 20-year-old Dylan George -- were likewise declared dead after the Sentra allegedly ran a red light and crashed into someone's backyard in suburban Ontario.
Even by the comically low standards to which our society holds rappers, this is a new low point in displaying good judgment. We should really change the phrase YOLO to YODO, “You Only Die Once.” People live for a long time, and you’ll have plenty of chances to have fun and make an impression on the world. But you only get one death. You should try to die as an old man, with a loving family who cherishes your memory for a long time. Or, if you’re gonna die young, it should be as a hero, on an Afghan battlefield or running into a burning building to save a child. You don’t want to use up your one death drinking Alize and driving your Sentra into someone’s barbeque pit. But hey, maybe I’m just too old to understand “YOLO” like the kids. It’s possible. I don’t really get Skillrex either.
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