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2013: A Shitty Year for Black Music and Black People

January 16, 2014

When I visited a local Books-A-Million, two magazines proved how shitty 2013 was for black music and black people. White guy Macklemore was on the cover of hip-hop magazine The Source.  With Janelle Monae, white guy Robin Thicke was on the cover of Vibe magazine.

I placed the two magazines side by side and photographed them with my cell phone.

Macklemore on Source Cover and Robin Thicke on Vibe Cover

With both magazines centering around black culture, white dudes are on the cover. First, I got beef with Robin Thicke. His recent hit “Blurred Lines” sounds just like Marvin Gaye’s “Got to Give It Up”. Anyone who doesn’t think so should schedule a visit to the ear doctor.


Because he produced “Blurred Lines”, all thanks goes to black man Pharrell Williams for helping white people steal from the legendary Marvin Gaye.

Yet, my anger towards Thicke does not compare towards my anger against Macklemore. On the cover of Source magazine, a magazine many would consider the most important hip-hop mag ever, Macklemore possessed the audacity to pose sporting gold teeth and a pimp hat. Not only that, he sports gold chains.

I photographed The Source separately and Instagramed the photo.

Macklemore on Source Cover

Is Macklemore trying to make fun of hip-hop? As mainstream media continually licks his ass, this shit isn’t funny. I am reminded of the days white people painted their faces black and sung their interpretations of black music.

During these days, many white people hated black people so damned bad, they were willing to pay money to see imitation black people. Looking at the success of Robin Thicke and Macklemore, I guess that still rings true.

The Source increases my rage even more. This magazine spent most of it’s lifetime critiquing black artists. Yet, here they are naming a modern-day minstrel Man of The Year.

That did it with The Source and me. I’ll never buy that fuckin’ magazine ever again.

2013 was the surrealistic black experience. A white girl with no booty was crowned the Queen of Twerking, a booty shake dance that existed in the hood for more than a decade. Also, in my Florida hometown, an idiot was found not guilty for killing an unarmed black teenager. Then, a black guy helped a white guy steal from Marvin Gaye. Oh yea, on the Billboard Pop Charts,not one black person had a number one single in 2013. To top it off, The Source named an imitation black man Man of the Year. Here’s hoping 2014 would be a better year for black people.

J Cole’s “Crooked Smile” is What Hip-Hop Needed

December 4, 2013

Music purists (pretentious fuckers) are always downing Top 40. After hearing ignorant shit all summer, I can understand the complaint. I love the song “UEONO”.  Heard it all summer in the nightclub I used to photograph for.  Yet, Rick Ross fucked it up with his rhyme about putting Molly in a woman’s drink and having his way with her.

Personally, my track record with women is awful. Looking back at my past behavior towards women, I now understand why things always go wrong with me in the romantic department.  Yet, no way in hell would I write a poem or a rhyme romanticizing DATE RAPE! That’s the kind of shit you let white rappers rhyme about.

Speaking of white rappers, someone in the hip-hop community finally rhymed what I had been feeling for years. First , let me get this out of the way. What pisses me off about current hip-hop and some African-Americans in general is this; it’s easy to make money going off on your own people. Just ask Chris Rock and Tommy Sotomayor. For too long, black rappers littered their songs with the n-word, aiming their anger at other African-Americans. Plus, still constantly calling women bitches. With them being black, has it ever occurred to these rappers folks automatically assume they’re talking about black women? Also, do they realize the way they talk about black women makes non-black people think that’s how black women really are? For years, black rappers chose to aim their anger at other African-Americans and black women. I’m not telling people what to say in their music. I’m just putting this out for thought.

Now, after all these years, rapper J Cole finally said what I had been stressing for a long time. In his song “Crooked Smile”, he says these lyrics. “I aksed if my skin pale/would I then sell like Eminem or Adele?” Finally, someone in hip-hop brought up the benefits white artist receive over black artists, especially when they perform music created by black people. It isn’t as if I never thought the artists weren’t talented. Yet, the bullshit is obvious; everytime a white artist performs like a “nigger”, they receive more praise than the niggers themselves. Bring this up and folks want say you’re the one being racist.

Hip-hop used to be more outspoken. I think what killed “dropping science” was too many people dropping science. Too much of one thing kills the market for it.

Still, right along with the crunk music in the past decade, I still kept buying Public Enemy, one of the forefathers of dropping hip-hop science.

J Cole’s lyrics is a breath of fresh air. Finally, someone in hip-hop decided to challenge the still racist mainstream media. For those who badmouth Top 40, they’re just not listening to the right music.

Penguin Gangsta Rap

April 21, 2013

Last Tuesday, I performed another DJ gig at The Peacock Room, an Orlando bar.  During my gig, a guy named The Shinobi MC was scheduled to perform.  Truth be known, I was expecting another MC with the name Shinobi.  Yet, this Shinobi’s performance did not disappoint.

white nerdcore rapper

 

The highlight of the evening was his performance with MC Shammers, an MC whose performance I witnessed before at a nerdcore event.

white nerdcore rapper

As the instrumental of Notorious B.I.G.’s “Ten Crack Commandments” played, the two rhymed about being gangsta penguins.