Archive for the ‘Commentary’ Category

“Just Can’t Walk Away”

January 11, 2007

— January 11th, 2007 —

In high school, I wasn’t the most popular, didn’t get the most girls, wasn’t even the smartest — but I could always associate myself with those who were on top of their game.

But the one thing I was (and still am) regarded for is my dancing. There was/is one man who’s better than me and is name is Seth Stewart. Fuck the classically trained shit, dude is a b-boy from the heart and dancing was always his passion.

No Brokeback, homie, but I see the dude do a reverse worm on his back. Had the girlies going crazy. Now, he is making Paula DeAnda go crazy in her video, “Walk Away”…

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“Why Is He So Mad?”

January 10, 2007

— January 10th, 2007 —

Today marks the 2nd year that I’ve been professionally writing. YAY ME! But I am not the one who’s mad…

K-Solo is… Check out the interview at HipHopDX.com.

“Life And The Dead Guy”

January 9, 2007

— January 9th, 2007 —

There was a man in the corner of the room. His eyes spelled destruction. He spoke with a silver tongue, as his words caressed the joys of sin. But he looked at me with forgiveness and realized that I could never fill his shoes. I didn’t want to, but his story was seductive.

I know it doesn’t make sense, but I’m just writing, you dig…

But I am realizing that at 24-years-old, that I’m not the guy that I used to be. I’m not 19, past the 21 mark and looking down the barrel of 30’s gun as I keep trucking through life’s path. It’s scary when you know you’re not the “big dog” anymore. Even worst when you look back on your history and realize that you have never been the big dog. Your claim to fame is being able to write. Your friends are more popular than you’ll ever be. And the single defining moment of your legacy would be the fact that you’ve helped so many others get great grades, work through their relationship issues, and given aid when needed.

Whatta run, huh?

As I look into this mirror that reflects back to me all my faults, I realize that it hasn’t been that bad of a road. I could be Somalian. I could be homeless in New York. I could be mentally retarded. But I am not. I am single, intelligent, and driven to succeed in this big pond known as Earth. I dream big, but I take the steps needed to be able to make it in this world. The friends that I have are true. The Lord, the truth, all that would make it evident if it was otherwise.

I have been more honest with myself these past two years, than I have my entire existence. So, for that, I know that the being faced with my mortality is a means of growing. I know it doesn’t make sense to you, hell.. it doesn’t make sense to me. But that’s the pleasure in unknowning. The sweet satisfaction of finding out.

“Never Be The Same Again”

January 9, 2007

— January 9th, 2007 —

Seeing as none of your crocks read this trash, I pretty much have the free reign to say what I want.

I am happy, professionally, with my friends, spiritually, with my family… the whole shabang. But there is a void. A huge one. And I allowed it to be visible. I opened it up within myself to be seen and it bit me. So, I realized that there are rules to this game. I’ve never been one to play by them accordingly. Things’ll never be the same again and when I make up my mind — it’s pretty hard to change it back.

So, here’s to change… a beautiful destroyer of dreams!

“To Be Or Not To Be…”

January 7, 2007

— January 7th, 2007 —

That is the question. Even with no snow on the ground, the coldness of an empty bed can drive people insane from the loneliness or could be just the answer needed to get away from an annoying somebody. I am single. This February would mark a year of “freedom” from the trappings of being responsible for another person’s heart.

But as I embark on developing a healthy writing career, graduating from Kent State, and filming my footsteps — the heart calls out to me. Dating since getting over my last relationship was interesting to say the least. I wasn’t in need or in dire straits to find a significant other. It was rewarding to be able to have others who seemed to be on the level that I was on. Pet peeves aside, not too many people are around who I dated before.

Now, it’s 2007, and my goals are defined. Obtain my degree, stack up my money, diversify my writing portfolio, and move to the city of my dreams. Therein lies the problem… While still dating, feelings are to be cultivated, hope is a drug not to be taken likely. My moving could put a damper on a young lady’s parade. That’s not even trying to be Kanyé West cocky, it’s just how it is. My refusal to entertain the idea of being in a relationship makes some annoyed.

So, is it worth it? To be in a relationship or not to be…? To allow someone access into your world and to be able to let them hold your heart in their hand is a dangerous, yet, rewarding experience. The more you learn to love, not only yourself, but others as well — makes you appreciate the things that relationships have to offer. Yet, to also allow someone in, gives them the power to destroy.

What do you do? Stay single or stay inside with the one you “love”…? Hell, I’d just rather wait till the Summer comes! 🙂

“The Godfather of Soul”

December 25, 2006

— December 25th, 2006 —

Merry Christmas to all and I hope that everyone is blessed.

The news of James Brown’s death comes after the loss of a lot of our legends, like Gerald Levert and Ed Bradley. I will talk more about it tomorrow.

 R.I.P. James Brown

 1933 – 2006

“From My Town to Chi-Town”

December 2, 2006

— December 2nd, 2006 —

I have quite a dated interview with underground Chicago MC — Vakill — over at NobodySmiling.com. An interesting interview with Vida Guerra at HipHopDX.com. In it, she talks about The Game, her upbringing in Cuba, and her new album and DVD that’s set for release next year. Lastly, still at HHDX, I have an interview with Houston, Texas thoroughbred — Ms. Keagan.

Another Chicagoan who’s found himself in the headlines quite often is the brash superproducer — Kanyé West. There’s his rant at MTV Video Awards in Europe and now he’s calling mixed girls “mutts.

It feels like we’re on the verge of great social upheaval. Not because of Kanyé West, but because of the significant events that have been happening the past few years. Kanyé’s commentary will be scrutinized, not just because of who he is in the entertainment business, but even more so (in my opinion) — due to his comments during Hurricane Katrina. The thought is that now we’re sliding back in the days of self-loathing. The images can be seen everywhere. From Ms. PeachesIn The Tub” to the comments made by the media that we’re now living in the days of “minstrel rap”.

It can only get worst or it can get better. With those calling for a ban on the n-word (since the Michael Richards fracas) and others making a pledge to change their own ways, personally — we’ll see where this goes.

What’s Next?

Janelle Casanave from MTV’s The Real World, Rachel Reid, Jean Grae, Tracey Lee, Eightball, and Rich Boy are all up next.

“Engrained In The Membrane”

November 28, 2006

— November 27th, 2006 —

I tried to stay out of the Michael Richards fracas because I knew that it was going to get burn everywhere in the press and on blogs. But one of the things that I pointed out to a friend of mines was this:

Michael Richards has always been a racist.

Kent, Ohio is not known as the black populace of the world, but we do have our share of racists. It’s understandable and almost expected for the N-word to be thrown our way. For one of two reasons this always happens:

  1. The verbal assailant is just trying to get our goat by using the expletive.

Or…

2. They have no other way to insult us, unless they use the word.

When I saw the footage of Richards hurling insults at hecklers, I wasn’t surprised that he would resort to using such anugly word. The part that did it for me was when Richards said, “Fifty years ago we’d have you upside down with a f***ing fork up your ass.” That is deep-seeded racism. I’m not going to go too much into the where he may have got it from (his racist-ass daddy or moms), but thanks to the wonderful powers of the Internet and YouTube — this clip appeared on the site.

The clip is from the 1986 movie Whoops Apocalypse. Do you label one a racist due to a character portrayed on film? Or do you evaluate someone’s choices in roles and attribute it to their personal preferences? Richards’ secret is definitely out of the bag, but it has been leaking for 20 years now. As recent Robert McGruder Award Winner, Leonard Pitts, Jr. points out — there are bigger demons at the gate now that this has been exorcised and broadcasted. While Richards chooses to do his media rounds, hoping to salvage his career, and receive the “Mel Gibson pass” — the ones who felt the brunt of Cosmo’s outerspace rant are looking to sue.

“In the morning, when I wake up, I’ll still be rich… When you wake up, you’ll still be n@#$#*!”

Wooowwww…

But on the flipside, people feel that if these two gentlemen go to court and win — that the ripple effect will hurt everyone. This has turned into a discussion that has made its way onto YouTube.

What do you think?

Jealousy? Legal system out of control in favor of capitalism?

 

 

“She/He/It’s (Shhheeetttt’s) Back!”

November 20, 2006

— November 20th, 2006 —

I wrote about Mr. Sasquatch a while ago, I guess it’s true what Rick James (R.I.P.) said. I have nothing to say right now — just express yourself about this.

From Da Country

In The Tub

Oh… if you want to fuck your kid’s (if you got some) head up… Play this.

…and…

 

 

 

“Heaven Only Knows”

November 20, 2006

— November 19th, 2006 —

This post is brought to you by John Legend — because Heaven (God) truly only knows.

I don’t really have anything to talk about. I thought I did. I was going to write a poem. But I do that a lot… I think for right now… all I need to do is think. Because I am not so sure about a few things and only God can help me straighten things out.

Pray for me.

Be Blessed & Stay Righteous.