Archive for September, 2006

“Business Piece”

September 28, 2006

–September 27th, 2006 —

Big things are in motion with the whole crew (Starr, Ketchum, and yours truly) — I guess there will be more to that story as it develops.

But my editorial “Presidential Crisis” is up and running over at NobodySmiling.com. Check it out. Thanks to Bear Frazer and Willie Ketch for making it work out!

“Business Piece”

September 26, 2006

— September 26th, 2006 —

I love my job(s).

I got a chance to interview a good friend of mines and graduate of Kent State University. You may know him as… Blitz the Ambassador. But I know him as, “Baza”. You can read the interview in its entirety at AllHipHop.com.

I want to thank Melanie J. Cornish and Steve “Influenza” Raza (lol) — for putting me on. Blitz makes my third piece with the site and I hope that it leads to doing much more with the site. Be sure to check out my last pieces with C-Ride and PKT.

What’s Next?

I have a few editorials that’ll hopefully go up before the end of this month. I have an interview with Hoopz to run over at HHDX.com. As well as a new face for the Beauty & Brains section with Cali. As well as a few album reviews from Daz, Wade Water, and Kidz in the Hall (personal favorite). Also, there are quite a few big moves that I can’t really go into detail about right now (don’t want to jinx myself), but when they break out. The floodgates will be partially open. So, keep an eye out on Kevin L. Clark, apart of the new generation of Hip-Hop writers (Starr, Ketchum, Cornish, Bear Frazer, and others…)

*Update*

My interview with DJ Furious Styles (really humble cat, by the way) is up over at NobodySmiling.com. Go ‘head and get your shine on… everyone else is!

*Update #2*

The piece with Cali is running at HipHopDX.com. Thanks to everyone who commented there and here in support of Ms. Banks.

“Heartless…”

September 24, 2006

— September 24th, 2006 —

The culture that I love is steadily going down the toilet. Only because of garbage like “Chicken Noodle Soup”, “Snap Music”, and that “Fry That Chicken (see a few posts below) shit do I believe such a trend is happening. The champion, Bol Crawford goes into a lengthy diatribe about “Minstrel Rap Music” over at XXLMag.com. But I think that this music may be a detriment to us as men and women.

Snap music has grown men flickin’ their wrists and poppin’ harder than that Tip Drill video. Is that really acceptable in the hyper-masculine culture of Hip-Hop? The music, itself, is all fun for what it provides in the clubs — but the imagery poses an interesting question:

Are these dance-themed genres of Hip-Hop bringing the culture back to its roots? Or are they spitting in the face of their forefathers?

I did an interview a few months ago with DJ Webstar for NobodySmiling.com and what I found interesting was that Webstar (not Webster…) felt that he was providing a positive outlet for the youth of Harlem.

So, does this:

Resemble this:

As far as that “Fry That Chicken” video is concerned…

Lemme get my Ron Mexico on…

Ms. Peaches seems to be favoring Mr. Sausage… fuck what you heard! Whatever mosque s/he stole that purple kufi from the Fruit of Islam should find that thing and beat it for disrespecting the Qu’ran. Is it just me or does that RuPaul stunt double sound a little bit like a coked-out Lil’ Jon?

Yeeeaaaaahhhhhh!

So, Fat Albert and the Food Stamp Kids go to the backwoods to fry some chicken. Really?!!? PETA should be called in because this American Gladiator reject is showcasing her cruelty to animals. There’s no way that s/he should be doing this to these kids like that. I wonder what the production cost was for this monstrosity?

Oh, shit… The kids are dancing in the video. Bet you their parents are proud. YouTube won’t do these youngin’s any justice when/if they try to get some higher education. My guess is the lil’ fat boy was the one who made that Peachez sign at the beginning of the video. Let’s hope the kids weren’t excited when they came back to school. If any of these teachers had any sense they’d beat they asses.

If this shit makes it in the club I will not only Lee Harvey Oswald the DJ, but I’ll find Mr. T-Peachez and really give that thing something to dance about.

…Oh, I knew where I saw that “somethin” from… wasn’t that that beastly looking broadie from this season of Flavor of Love?

 

“Young Buck — I Know You Want Me”

September 24, 2006

— September 24th, 2006 —

I know you want me… But I know C-Dot wants Young Buck. Enjoy.

I’m going to get a lot of things off my chest later on. Just bear with me.

“Finger Lickin’ Good…”

September 22, 2006

— September 22nd, 2006 —

…We’re going to hell…

I’ll go into more about it a little bit later.

“Seven Questions with Cali”

September 21, 2006

— September 21st, 2006 —

I recently did an interview with this lovely lady by the name of Charlene (aka Cali). She was a delight to speak to. Found out that we had a few things in common. Not only does she like some of the same music, she’s a big martial arts flicks fan. So, I had to put her onto Tony Jaa and a few of his movies (Ong-Bak and The Protector).

Her interview has yet to run at HipHopDX.com, but I did convince her to do “Seven Questions…”

So with no further ado, heeeeerrrrrrreeeeeeeeee’ssssss Cali!!!!

 

RRR: If you could do any other profession other than what you’re doing now, what would it be and why?

Cali: I always wanted to be a veterinarian when I was younger just because I have a deep love for animals. Then I realized that not all situations in that profession end in happiness! I would probably go into a severe depression if an animal died under my hands. Yikes!

RRR: Being a model leaves you to be the subject of hate and speculation wherever you go. What has been one time where someone overstepped their place and you went Naomi Campbell on ‘em?

Cali: Well… I don’t feel that I’m at a level of being recognized as a model in public so it’s very seldom that I receive hatred off the bat like that. Now, when people are told or find out that I do model… the worst that has happened so far are just snickers or rude looks and that’s more so with women. Now with men, the worst has been obscene calls or texts. It gets irritating but I ‘m pretty calm for the most part. I don’t go off on anyone really and when I try, I end up saying something silly so no one takes it serious anyway [laughs].

RRR: It just seemed to be a coincidence (unless you’re stalking me) that we both ended up in New York at the same time. Can you go into a little bit of what you’re doing and what are your thoughts about NYC, since you’re coming from California?

Cali: I was out there to visit friends for the most part. It was a highly anticipated visit. From the small dose that I was able to take in, NYC is a great place, very alive, good times shopping, and a lot of attractive men. Not better or worse but there’s still no place like home.

RRR: The “urban” modeling scene is different in comparison to those of mainstream pageants. The “picturesque” woman is a totally alternate vision as to what we like to see. But knowing that probably didn’t limit your goals of wanting to be a model on the pages of Vogue. Name one time where someone in the modeling biz tried to smash your aspirations and what do you believe you’ve done so far to prove the doubters wrong?

 

<>Cali: Of course, as a young kid that was all I saw, Vogue Magazine and supermodels were “the video chicks” of that time. I am well aware of my physique and where it will work in this business and where it will not. So, I never dared to step to a huge fashion modeling agency and that’s not what I wanted to do when I got into the biz. However… even doing the urban modeling thing, I have ran into a few people who have said I didn’t have what it takes to get into videos or magazines and that I should just resort to porn. No… I don’t find myself trying to prove those doubters wrong. I do what makes me happy and I do what I feel will benefit me and hopefully others in a positive light. Doubters will be there regardless so I try my best to not invest in them.

<>RRR: Albeit that you’re single, beauty still attracts. Adding to that that you are a model, people can see all that you’re working with through your pictures and whatnot. I’m sure the celebrity’s come knocking. Who, in the industry, has ever tried to get on with you and were they successful in doing so?

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Cali: I’m not really out there like that to be honest. But living in Los Angeles, you can’t help but to run into a few people. I won’t give names but there have been a few. Some were comedians and there were a few who are NBA players in the league. They weren’t super successful, it was mostly just handshakes and hugs.

<>RRR: In your “About Me” section on your MySpace, you say that you want to be an “inspiration” to others through your modeling. How do you plan on achieving that goal? Also, what trials and tribulations have you went through in order to inspire those who wish to follow in your footsteps to a better path?

<>Cali: I plan to do it by not being conformed to just bootie shots. I am an artist too, I love to draw and I have done modeling work on more of an artistic avenue. So I want to show people that having a range is great and it can work. I want people to know that bringing a little bit of your own “self” into your work can be just as attractive and even more so meaningful.

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RRR: A lot of things are happening out here in the world. Most of us, young black folks, aren’t being hip to what’s going on – choosing to look at BET and MTV for our news. Do you believe that such a lack of knowledge of what’s happening can cripple us, as a race? If you do, and since you want to be an inspiration to others, what could you do to help aware our younger generation to what’s good?

<>Cali: I agree with that and yes I do believe that it’s crippling us as a people. No matter the race. Since television is never going away, I feel that we need to make a better effort in using it as an educational tool. Try to make it work for our advantage. Play CNN in the class rooms, cafeterias, and the workplace. I think parents should reach for documentaries and books instead of rewarding kids with sneakers and video games. You just need enough to spark that conversation and maybe that will generate movement. What’s going on in the world is definitely not all positive but I feel that people need to be aware and grasp an understanding to why things are going on.

<>I feel that we as a people have settled a bit, consumed with the materialistic and unreal. We have become afraid of having our own opinion, debating and comfortable in thinking what we know is just enough. I myself try to get involved in promoting or doing events that are for foundations or causes I support. Using the internet as an aid, I sometimes post blogs or bulletins on topics I feel are important; from global to community issues, news, health and even well being. Outside of that, my family and I send money to the Philippines to help build homes for the poor. I plan on extending that to helping kids go to school… especially my relatives there. That’s how I hope to inspire. Since moving to the South, I hope to get involved in some volunteering as well.

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“My Ambitionz as a Writer”

September 13, 2006

— September 13th, 2006 —

Before I go into the piece… check out my interview with C-Ride over at AllHipHop.com.

I first got hip to Tupac when my dad had finally got a CD player in his car. He wanted to buy some CDs to listen to. It was him, my little sister, and myself and we went over to Camelot Music (now FYE) to cop some new music to listen to. He bought some Muddy Waters, Minnie Ripperton, a lot of Motown joints.

Across the rack from where he was standing at were two CDs — “Strictly 4 My N.I.G.G.A.Z.” and “All Eyez on Me.” My dad copped them both. I had to beg because of the parental advisory sticker, claiming that ‘Pac wasn’t going to affect my brain negatively.

He really didn’t do it so much negatively… but he did influence me. Anyone who knows me knows that I am not the greatest 2Pac fan ever on the face of this planet. But there is something about that man’s music that puts an edge to the things that you do… think about… speak upon. A song called, “Pain” — was a song that I bumped through my teenage years. It appeared on the “Above the Rim” soundtrack and was a raw ass song, ’nuff said. I mean… even though we’re celebrating the 10th Anniversary of his passing, I can remember where I was when he was shot and where I was when he died.

He was our “Twin Towers.” No disrespect to those who passed on September 11th, 2001 — because I was there for that as well. It’s just that in our hearts, Tupac was us. I’ll go into a little bit more detail later. Right now, the cast of Black and White are about to hit the stage and I got to start filming.

“Cleaning Out My Closet”

September 13, 2006

— September 13th, 2006 —

I guess I’ll save my Tupac dialouge for a little bit later today. Some other things are on my chest. I feel burned out. It’s already the third week in the college semester and I feel like I am more than ready to take a permanent vacation.

Maybe school’s not in the cards for me. I already attempted and didn’t do such a smooth job of it the first go-around. Now it seems like I’m just not even motivated to get it. I really don’t want to be a “Rochelle” — but right now I really don’t have the umph to complete my tasks.

UHURU Magazine is running behind on a supreme lack on my part. I am changing that with the quickness, but in my heart of hearts I wonder if I can make it to the finish line this year. I want to graduate and go to Columbia for grad school. I am not focused on being “Big Man on Campus,” yet… I can’t escape the public eye. I haven’t really gone out to party and have only went to events like the cookout and tonight’s “Black and White” to support Black United Students’ programming.

I feel drained. The pizazz isn’t there. Some people can actually tell because it’s beginning to affect my disposition. I need to be able to succeed, because losing is not an option. So I guess I have to get schooled by the people from the past because I stepped into this position blindly and have since felt my way around.

So, my close friend and colleague, Ms. Tara Pringle (Jefferson… movin’ on up, I see?!) — I will be in touch with you soon.

What’s Next?

I have an interview with Sammie (yes, that Sammie…) today and I have to finish up my interview with DJ Furious Styles. I’ll talk about Tupac tonight after I get some studying done.

“Just A Few Things”

September 10, 2006

— Septemeber 10th, 2006 —

It’s been awhile, but ya boy has been a little bit busy. A few business pieces…

NobodySmiling.com

I have a few things going on over there. What’s up and running over there already is an interview with Harlem’s own DJ Webstar and the Tennessee Titans, Juicy J (of Three Six Mafia) and Project Pat.

HipHopDX.com

Real Talk is in the works being retooled. Look for it to be bi-weekly instead of every week. Two colleges students (what’s up, Willie Ketch?!) still grinding hard regardless. But anyways, doing this Beauty & Brains section is pretty lovely. I got a chance to sit down with Ms. Britni Cardosa. She was an absolute pleasure to talk to and she (just like all of the women featured in the section) is a lot smarter than the readers give credit for.

AllHipHop.com

A really deep and heartfelt thanks goes out to Melanie J. Cornish for landing me this gig. She said that it was time for me to go to that next level and I’m now a writer for AllHipHop.com’s Breeding Ground section. Which is pretty big for this kid from Ohio. But ultimately, this is just another cog in the machine. But my first piece for them was an interview with PKT. Shouts out to T. Piper and PKT for making the interview go so smooth. I know you got me when I come down to H-Town.

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Business things aside… school’s in session. Another issue of UHURU Magazine is in the works and life is just one beautiful motion picture. I recently came back from New York and it was a blast. Much love goes to everyone who I hung out with (Lucinda, Ryan, Danya, and others…) and everyone who I met (Kwasi, James, Matty B, and many others…). Everytime that I go out to New York, I have a blast. But this time when I came back home it just looked different. The Ohio landscape just seem blah in comparison to the city that never slept (nor did I for that matter).

I know that is where I am going to spend the rest of my days.

But until I return again (in October), it’s back to the daily grind. I have some chapters that I need to read, a couple of albums to review for NobodySmiling.com, a interview with C-Ride and a familiar face at AllHipHop.com, a few new beautiful faces for you to drool at over with the good folks at HipHopDX.com, and hopefully a guest column from yours truly at The Daily Kent Stater.

Enjoy the last of your weekend. I’m just going to work and keep bumpin’ this “Double Consciousness” by Blitz the Ambassador.