Sunday, September 30, 2007

Dead Are My People...

Dead Are My People, Gone Are My People
And Yet I Exist
Lamenting In My Solitude

Thursday, September 27, 2007

Money Well Spent

To All Women

Real Women - UGK (Feat. Talib Kweli & Raheem Devaughn)

Cuz That’s My Heart
… ya’ll still trippin off that little stuff
At times, we get caught up.
We work
We go to class
We play
We drink
We smoke
We fuck
We make love, but only sometimes
But we don’t feel the same pain
You don’t get that call every day.
You didn’t see the love of your life lose her hair.
You didn’t take her to the oncology clinic.
She didn’t birth you
She didn’t dress you
She didn’t teach you
She doesn’t love you.
So …
We work hard to together
We study hard together.
We play hard together
We say that we love each other.
But I don’t love you.
I love her, she’s my heart

Say hello to number 2

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Watch Me

Watch Me - Little Brother

This is one of those reflective joints. Roll with it.

Think about where you were two years ago.

That picture was about a year and a half ago. Since then, I've gone from in love, to out of love, to sort of in love again, to anti-love. I went from wanting to be a marketing genius, to thinking about changing my major to African-American history, and spending free time making love to the words of Nikki Giovanni. At that time, I was listening to a lot of Lupe Fiasco, and had just gotten my hands on Game Theory. I thought snapping fingers was stupid, and acted like a stiff when a song like that came on. Since college started, I learned how to have fun. There's a lot wrong with me. I drink, I smoke, I gamble. None to levels which I would consider excessive, but still. On the other hand, I work almost 30 hours a week, pay for everything myself, and still manage to try and get good grades.

So, Watch Me. I have a good feeling about how this is gonna turn out.

And my verse didn't rhyme.

"Racism still alive...

...they just be concealin' it"

Except, they're not even concealing it anymore. It makes me sad, and at the same time angry.

Monday, September 24, 2007

Take Your Pick Vol. Group History

So I was thinking, what are some songs with great groups that collaborate together.

De La Soul & Beastie Boys - Squat!


Outkast & UGK (Prod. by 36 Mafia) - Int'l Players Anthem

Thursday, September 20, 2007

Don't grow up too fast..

because it could leave you in pain. For instance, don't try to play on the 12 year old basketball team if you're 9... bigger kids might hurt you. The same goes for real life, that is to say, you should probably wait until you're ready before you throw yourself into new situations. However... don't let yourself get too caught up in thinking about whether or not you might be ready for a new situations, those are the only ways you can grow and learn about yourself, other people, and the world around us. This is me just rambling...

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

I Get Money

This is just sad.

50, Diddy, and Jay.

Jay has a notable Michael Vick reference. I'm sure everybody else will have one too, just give it some time.

Diddy is humorous, mainly because I know he's not taking himself seriously.

Curt, on the other hand is unbearable. Yes, this song is on my playlist entitled "Party & Bullsh*t" but that is only because some girls like the song, and if I turn the sub all the way up, I can't hear Curt's "lyrics"

So Now Bun B Is Jocking My Style

That's my hat, by the way.

UGK - Underground Kingz

Monday, September 17, 2007

Take Your Pick Vol. Hov

Bringing this back because I liked it, and I think it's fun.

Jay-Z - Song Cry


Jay-Z - Heart of the City

Good luck choosing

Steaddddyyyy Mobbin'

So since the start of September, it's been tough times. School has been demanding, work is always demanding, and I've made a few costly mistakes. So, since that time, I've been out trying to keep it movin'. I've had no time to sit back and think about the stuff that has happened, and now I do.

I've got 20 minutes before class, and I realize something that my mom always tells me - "If it doesn't kill you, it makes you stronger."

I'll save you the Denzel quote, but if things are looking down, just keep grinding. It works.

Other than that - Do work.

Getting my Tom Brady on.

Saturday, September 15, 2007

Kids These Days

Me- Lil Wayne isn't top 10 out right now
Rahsaan- Name 10 people.
Me- Nas, Jay, Kanye, Little Brother
Rahsaan- Who's Little Brother

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

I'm Not A Biter

but this video is herfect ... pun intended.

Friday, September 7, 2007

The Rookies

These people are not necessarily real "rookies" in the "game" of music, but they are young/new faces compared to others. I also think they have the potential to be the greatest in their respective skill sets. I'm going to connect them with a veteran with a similar skill set.

Lil Wayne - Biggie

The thing about these guys is that they say the things you wish you thought of. They say the things that you will repeat for months/years/decades. Point blank, they're catchy. Oh, and those voices. Biggie says "Biggie!", and you immediately stop what you're doing. Wayne will begin a track with a laugh, and you know who it is off the top. What will make Wayne step into those B.I.G. shoes, I don't really know, but when it happens I'll run for cover.

Justin Timberlake - Michael Jackson

Singer, Dancer, Actor, Crowd Pleaser. Justin has the ability to make your mother invite him over for dinner, the ability to make your sister invite him over for "movies", and the ability to make your older cousin invite him to go with her to the club. He transcends boundaries, as did Michael, just without the crazy streak.

Lupe Fiasco - Slick Rick

Swag. It's what these guys have. The ability to ride the beat and tell a story. The ability to switch up the flow. The thing that will make Lupe stick around is the fact that he has a message behind all his raps. People have to listen to him 30 times before they fully grasp what he MEANS. On top of that, he's a really smooth nerd, which mixes together to make his fan base far reaching.

Robin Thicke - Prince

Robin Thicke makes all the girls go "ooh". Prince makes all the girls go "ooh". period. Paula Patton/Mayte makes all the men go "damn". If we get a few more albums out of Robin, we'll be chaining up our wives and girlfriends.

Gym Class Heroes - Jimi Hendrix and the Experience

Travis and Jimi are black rock stars. They do a lot of drugs. They make good music. The biggest difference is that Travis also Raps. I like that though, it looks like the future of music. I would compare GCH to The Roots, but I don't really thing their styles are the same, although they are the other group I thought of for GCH.

more coming soon...

How To Save Some Money

Sell Rocks.


Ok, kidding.

I can't tell you how to make money, because hard work is the only real secret. You have to always be hustling to do that.

I can tell you how to save some though.

First, don't eat out. You can eat great food for a week on 50 bucks. Eat out every day, and you spend at least 15 a day. Unless you are just eating once a day, in which case you'll die from malnutrition. Or, if you are doing the dollar menu hustle, which is just a general bad idea. Another side benefit to that is that cooking may help you with the ladies, which could translate into a woman buying you all your stuff. Caution, this is highly unlikely, but we can dream right.

Don't go out. I'm not saying sit in your house all the time, I'm saying that you don't really need to drop 50 at the club one night when you can just go to a house party and spend no money. I'm not saying don't take that girl out to the movies, but ordering a classic DVD off amazon for 6 bucks, then knocking out a nice meal in the kitchen is so much better. (Also, she is much closer to your bedroom, not like that's your goal or anything, just saying)

Spend your money. Huh, how does spending help me save. Because, when you spend it, you realize how much you enjoy having it, and you will do things to keep it in your pocket. For example, I bought a PS3, and I'm now amazingly satisfied with doing nothing but playing videogames. Thus, saving gas money, club money, eating out money, etc.

Last. Pay your stuff on time. Overdraft fees, late fees and other miscellaneous fees that banks and companies love to drop on you are a quick way to run out of money.

Thank me later.

[andre3000] Don't Do It ...

Reconsider [/andre3000]

Here's the semi-regular installment of stuff you are best off not doing.

1. Don't drink, then drive. Even if you are "good." Especially if you are under 21.

2. Don't get caught up. I can understand if you are in love, that's beautiful and stuff, but don't be dependent. You need to have your own life, and your significant other can enrich your life. If you can't live without them, then you are setting yourself up.

3. Don't ask questions. One thing I've learned in my short period of time in college, is that a lot of stuff happens, and you won't necessarily get all of the details. If you are like me, and you work, got to school and all that stuff, then you don't need to spend time trying to figure stuff out. Get your own (shameless) together and you will be ok.

Revision Re: Weezy

I don't hate Lil' Wayne as much as I say I do. I don't find him that annoying.
In the same sentence, he is not top 5 all time, he is not top 5 right now, he's not the best of all time, and he is nowhere close to the best rapper alive. I respect that he can spit some insane metaphors and be particularly entertaining. I won't bring up the whole kissing another man thing because that's not necessary. (I know you love how I brought it up by saying I wasn't going to bring it up ... and I'm not even a journalism major. a ha)

I will listen to Lil' Wayne. I will enjoy some of it; mostly the stuff where he doesn't say ridiculous stuff about how he can be your Harry Potter, and I will dislike some of it. The reason why I don't want to listen to Lil' Wayne is because "you people" try to shove his music down my throat like he's the next best thing. He's not B.I.G., he's not Pac, he's not Nas, he's not Jay. He doesn't have Song Cry, he doesn't have Juicy ... you see where I'm going with this.

Weezy says stuff like -
"Fly like a eagle but no,
I'm not Donovan
Boy ya better go eat some soup wit your mom and dem"

Catchy? Yes
Witty? Yes
Creative? Hell yeah
Meaningful? Not even close.

I enjoy music when someone can tell me a story that helps me feel their story. Wayne doesn't do that, he mixes punchline after punchline that makes you go "ooohhh" so many times before you realize that he hasn't said anything. Sort of akin to the young poet who uses great big words and metaphors but can't tie his pieces together into something that grabs the reader. He may mature, and become one of the best I've heard. As of right now, he simply isn't.

Entertaining? Yes
Good for his time? Yes
Staying power? Ehh, time will tell
"Sold it all from crack to opium" Timelessness? Not even close

Ah, but I hear your argument. "How can you compare Wayne to classic albums." My point exactly. If he can't stack up then he isn't the best out. At least that's how I see it.

Sidenote: I apologize for my Rolling Stones type writing where I try to be all cool and stuff. I want to get back to more "real" stuff but I can't right now.

Wednesday, September 5, 2007

Got Infiltrated ... Like Nino At The Carter

Everyday Struggle - Notorious B.I.G.

So you listen to song, and you hear BIG referenes.
Of the top of my head, Jay-Z, Nas, and Kanye West have all dropped B.I.G. references. And if those 3 aren't in your top 5, then you are either: 1. Stupid or 2. Dumb.

Biggie has the quotables, he has the stories, he has the party song. (Tell me you don't flip when you hear "Going Back To Cali" or "Big Poppa" at a party).

The thing I want to bring to the attention of the people, is that while we all say, "B.I.G. and Pac are top 2 all time no matter what," how many times have you sat down and given "Ready to Die" a full spin. Probably not that often. I did it the other day, and I realized that the art of putting together an actual album not just a random compilation of tracks. So, when you have a 40 minute car ride coming up, throw on some Frank White and enjoy it.

Now I'm On Top ...

And everybody on the scrotum.

Yes, Graduation is a nice CD. But, remember that this is the time of year where everyone's MySpace bulletins, MySpace headlines, Facebook status, Ringtones, and anything else where they can drop a quick rap lyrics is going to be Kanye West. I really like the CD, but I doubt I'll talk about it non-stop like many others will. And since they'll talk about, I'll let it [fab] breeeaattthhheee [/fab].

For the record, LR & CD are better.

Monday, September 3, 2007

Random Pics From My Life

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony? I think so.

Love & Hate on my wall.

Dave White above the PS3

Campus Rec -- one of my employers.

My room on a messy day.

More coming when blogger get's it together.

Preserving My Sexy

I'm sexy. So are you.
Everyone has their "mojo" or "swagger" or as hipster black folks who listen to weezy f. baby (and say the baby) would say "steez"

I'll throw out how I "preserve" my sexy, maybe as just a few tips to help you keep yours up.

1. Grooming is a must. If you can pull off the 5 o'clock shadow with no line-up look, more power too you. However, most of you "niggas" can't do that. I suggest heading to the shop every couple of weeks to get at least a line-up. I stay with the number 2 with the grain. It keeps me with some semblance of waves, and makes my hair long enough for the ladies to rub on.

Take a shower. You can't be stinking. Ever. Get yourself some body wash. That same bar of dial you've been using is manly as hell, but it ain't a good look when ol' girl uses your bathroom and sees an old bar of soap with a few loose strands of hair on it. Them microbead joints are off the chain too. Did I just say off the chain. I suppose that's better than "heezy fo sheezy."

2. Wear nice clothes. You don't have to spend a lot of money to do this, though that may help. In my situation, I'm in college, so I get clothes money from my jobs and from selling stuff that I don't wear. Either way, define your style, and keep it true. Essentially, XXXXL Pro Club one day, and smedium v-neck the next day is a bad look for you.

Same goes with shoes. Nobody is telling you to wear the freshest latest shoes out, but at least have a nice pair to rock when it's necessary. Also, please be functional. For example, I go to school in Tucson, Arizona, the middle of the desert. So if you go to school in a similar climate, do not wear Timbs to the club. If it was over 90 degrees during the day, you have no business whipping out the 6" boots from your closet. No reason whatsoever.

3. Be a gentleman. I understand that all men are bootyholes. I do some mean stuff, and I'm not necessarily proud of it. But, for the most part, I am a nice guy. You should do the same. Hold doors, pull out chairs, all that good stuff that mom told you to do. You are never too good to be a gentleman.

4. Party with nice girls. If you like to party, and meet nice looking young women, then hang out with the good ones. I can understand if a lady friend enjoys a few alcoholic beverages, but I would stay away from the one who seemingly always ends up passed out on the couch. Stick to the "nice" girls. The ones that sleep in their own beds on most nights. Not saying you have to, but associating yourself with "those" girls will make you look like one of "those" guys, and that ain't sexy.

5. Keep your space clean. You can have clothes everywhere. You can have shoes everywhere. Old bags of Taco Bell on your desk are a bad look. A bunch of empty Gatorade bottles under your bed, also a bad look. Oh, and if your bathroom ain't clean, then that's just nasty.

Bonus Tip - Look rich. Not all girls are gold diggers, but they may be more attracted to you if they think you have money. For example, I have an iPhone, girls always want to play with my phone. That HAS to help me somehow. But, I caution you. Debt is very unsexy. Having 4 credit cards maxed out, also unsexy. So keep that under control. Don't "ball on a budget." If you can't ball, you can't ball. Stop Frontin'

What I've Been Doing ...

1. Working. It seems like I spend all of my life at work. I work 5 days a week, between two jobs, and still need money. smh.
2. Going to class. I only have 4 classes so it isn't too bad but I have homework every day. I have my first test wednesday, so I guess it's time that I get to business.
3. Living on my own. I underestimated what it would be like to have an apartment. I totally forgot that food would come from me cooking it, not from walking to the union and swiping my catcard. I also didn't realize how much time I would spend cleaning.
4. Trying to have fun. I do my best. Whether it's playing some ball, or going to a friends house. I get my college life on .. with the worst of them.

With that said. I need to slow it down. I'm doing too many things at one time. I think this week needs to be calm. Just go to school, go to work, then come home, eat, study and play some videogames. I need a week off, and I think that's as close as I'll get. Then come saturday ... football game. chea.