Monday, February 21, 2011

No Words

I am literally speechless after watching this.

If you have any words, please leave them as a comment at the bottom of the page.

You are appreciated.

Rappers Better Than YG

I was sitting at home, chillin, flipping through channels, drinking water. I had no intentions of blogging today. I came across this picture though.

For those of you that don’t know, the magazine XXL releases a listing every year of the 10 new rappers they feel have the chance to achieve longevity in the industry. Usually they have a good run of picking artists with legitimate talent and enough buzz to keep their names active in the hip hop circle. Notable XXL Freshman alumni include Lupe Fiasco, Wiz Khalifa, Kid Cudi & B.o.B just to name a few.

Usually, there are a few questionable selections. A guy who has a mild buzz but you’re not really sure why they made the list. This could be due to regional bias and not hearing the artist’s music (i.e. Fashawn) or hearing the music and not being pleased (i.e. Ace Hood). However, this year’s list threw me for a loop, in that the number of questionable selections was much higher than recent years.

This year’s XXL Freshman list is in no particular order:
• Lil B
• Kendrick Lamar
• Mac Miller
• Lil Twist
• Diggy Simmons
• Big K.R.I.T.
• CyHi Da Prynce
• Yelawolf
• Meek Mill
• YG
• Fred Da Godson

If you’re keeping count in your head, yes that’s 11 artists this year. They managed to add one more questionable name to the list. I’m not exaggerating when I say I had never heard more than 5 songs from over half of the list. My iTunes currently has about 6,000 songs on it, and I’d never heard even one verse from Fred Da Godson before. I listened to Meek Mill earlier this week and erased both mixtapes within the same 24 hour period. If I wanted to listen to someone that sounds exactly like Ace Hood, I would just listen to Ace Hood.

One name I did recognize though was YG, who made one of my favorite songs ever with “Toot It & Boot It”. I love the message of the song, I love the video, I love the hook. I love everything about that song but the verses. Meaning I would have enjoyed the song just as good without YG on it. Yet he’s one of the best 11 artists 2011 has to offer. Yeah.

So, since I am a hater in every form of the word, I decided to make my own list. Just 10 artists who I feel are more deserving of that 2011 XXL Freshman spot that YG has. The only caveat is that they can’t have been named the honor of XXL Freshman before. Also, I’ll leave Fred Da Godson on there until I have a chance to listen to his material. I’m fair like that.

Without further ado: “Ten artists better than YG”

1. French Montana

While not being the most lyrical person on earth, French Montana makes good music. He’s taken the baton gracefully from Max B during his absence (Free Max B) and kept the torch going for New York artists. He deserves some recognition.

2. Dom Kennedy

Dom Kennedy has made FOUR (4!!!) projects that I can listen to from beginning to end without wanting to skip a single track. I can’t even listen to one YG song without wanting to skip through his verse.

3. Chip Tha Ripper

“The Cleveland Show” was an overlooked mixtape, but I thought it was super dope. Chip has a great flow and brings a lot of charisma to the mic. Still, gets no love.

4. Anyone from OFWGKTA

And I literally mean anyone. All these kids can spit. I’m sure most of you are familiar with Tyler The Creator after his “Yonkers” video, but this honor could equally be deserving of Hodgy Beats, Earl Sweatshirt or Mike G. Even Domo Genesis is better than YG and I’m not the biggest fan of his material.

5. Skyzoo

If this list was strictly based on lyrical talent, Skyzoo would have made the list 3 years ago. That being said, he still is more deserving than YG.

6. Thee Tom Hardy

This kid can rap circles around many rappers out today, but with 2 white rappers already in this year’s XXL list I guess he was the odd man left out. Seeing as he already has a record deal with 9th Wonder, one of the best producers out today, I think he doesn’t need a cosign from XXL.

7. Flynt Flossy

YG had one huge song this year. Flynt Flossy has been a part of at least 3 huge songs. Flynt Flossy is the headline act from the Turquoise Jeep crew and they even got a few tour dates before the year ended. F-Dot-Floss deserves his shine.

And I can’t tell whether that last paragraph was serious or a joke. All I know is YG is a joke.

8. Tyga

Young Money is the largest crew in rap music today, whether you want to admit it or not. They are trendsetters. And behind Lil Wayne, Drake & Nicki Minaj, Tyga is the next best member. Tyga lost out on this honor to his label mate Lil Twist, even though Tyga has consistently been putting out quality material. Well hey, at least it was Lil Twist they chose and not Jae Millz. Who?

9. Danny Brown

I was torn with this pick between Danny Brown & Black Milk but I decided to roll with Brown. “The Hybrid” is a great body of work and I listen to it at least once every other day. His animated flow while containing the realness in his lyrics makes for great music that never gets old.

10. Starlito

Recently released from his Cash Money contract, Star is now free to go where he pleases. Which should cause labels to come running because he’s easily the most charismatic, gifted emcee I’ve named so far. To quote Starlito, “I’ve done songs with everyone you look up to, we see eye-to-eye. Google Starlito, b**** I ain’t gotta lie”. And he’s right. Starlito has put in work for awhile, and he deserves some recognition for this. And, most importantly, he’s better than YG.

*Honorable mention to Playboy Tre, who is another new artist making waves.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

The 8th Seed

I said that if I ever had a classic rant I would blog it again. Well I had one. It's about ending up in the friend zone and about people who claim that their ex is their best friend. Without further ado:

I don't trust chicks who claim their ex is their best friend. Something about that just doesn't sit well with me

If the chick claims her ex is her best friend, I automatically imply 2 things: 1) She doesn't have any female friends, & 2) Her ex has residual income pussy on deck

There's no reason your ex should be picking you up from the airport

Fellas: If you offer to pick a chick up from the airport and she declines or says "I already have a ride", she doesn't want your dick

@AlluringShrew raised a point that it could be the case for anyone. That it doesn't mean something is awry when exes are friends

If that person is your ex that means you were in a relationship with them at some point. And if you were, you thought you had a future

Very few relationships have two people that don't think there is a future between them. Only sex. It happens, but its rare.

If you view this person as your best friend, you probably still wish that future was there. And secretly, probably wish yall were together

If a female has decided she wants to be with you, her vagina will always get wet for you. Always. Can't argue with nature.

Why do you think females stick around in abusive relationships? Just like dude's dick clouds their thoughts, women's vagina does the same

If she views her ex as her best friend, it's like telling that dude "My vagina will always be here, ready when you are"

He may not act upon it immediately, but trust the he knows the option exists in the back of his head

That's how you get in situations where she tries explaining it to you like "Yeah he spent the night, but we're like good friends now"

That nigga just put it through her back and she came back to you because he doesn't want a relationship. The minute he does, yall are a wrap

You can date a chick who claims her ex is her best friend only if you're comfortable with sharing the pussy. If not, go elsewhere.

Some dudes are comfortable with sharing the pussy. I'm not one of them.

RT @ShowinOut Most females stick around because theyre scared, have low self esteem, theyre comfortable, or have kids. Not just for sex

I'll take it one step further. Men can't be best friends with a female, unless he has zero intentions of fucking her

If either of you have contemplated what sex would be like between you, yall aren't best friends. Just lovers on hold.

You're on some permanent friend zone shit but you stick around hoping things will change.

The only way the situation will change in the dude's favor is if the female comes in contact with her own mortality.

If the female endures a horrible relationship, or has a kid, or some other live changing event, then she might say "He's been good to me"

After someone else wiped his ass with her heart, then she might give you a whiff of the pussy. Might.

Even if you get that whiff, you still will have that Friend Zone Scarlet Letter on you. Let a free agent land in the area, back to the bench

The Friend Zone is like spending your prime years as an athlete on a team that always loses in the first round of the playoffs

You're better off than other dude's who don't even know her, but then again, you're not getting a ring anytime soon

Would you rather spend your prime years putting up numbers on a horrible team or being a 8th seed & get swept every year?

That's a question you have to ask yourself. Do I want to stick around on this squad, or do I want to try my luck elsewhere?

Kevin Garnett on the Minnesota Timberwolves was the epitome of the Friend Zone athlete

He was a guaranteed Hall of Famer but was stuck in no-mans land. He needed a change of scenery before he finally got over the hump

That's what some of yall niggas need that's in the friend zone now. A change of scenery.

Sure, I bet it feels good to win 41 games a year, but why not try your luck somewhere else and try to win 50 games? or 60?

And I'm done ranting. The friend zone is no joke. But its something every man experiences in life. Just gotta stay strong.

Getting in the friend zone can be demoralizing. Especially if you're in the friend zone with a known ho. But that’s neither here nor there.

? RT @AlluringShrew girls get stuck in the "friend zone" sometimes too. And it sucks equally bad for us when that happens, trust me.

@AlluringShrew The only time a female is in the friend zone is if she's not attractive whatsoever

@AlluringShrew There are no other circumstances. If he has a chick in the friend zone he doesn't find her attractive

@AlluringShrew Men don't turn down pussy. If he turned down the pussy there has to be a reason

@NahImSerious Exactly. We can be friends if I never wanna see what that mouf do

I apologize for all the people in the friend zone that I'm crushing your dreams.
I'll stop with my rant now.

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Overnight Celebrity

This video is absolutely hilarious. I don’t know Kwame Brown personally, but I can’t think of a bigger waste of space on any athletic team. Maybe Brazilian soccer player Amauri, but that’s cutting it close.

• The 3 teams they were talking about all seemed like likely destinations for Kwame next season. Classic.
• Only in the NBA can you get by by just being big. You don’t have to have any other discernible skill set. Just be big and you can have a long career in the NBA.
• Wing players get washed away in the NBA everyday, but big men just kinda linger around. Juwan Howard was playing basketball while I was in elementary school, and the fact that he’s still in the league is both hilarious and sad.
• I will try to sneak this video into any post I can. And this one.

Am I My Brother's Keeper?

Recently, I’ve had less and less desire to go out bar hopping and club hopping all the time. I still enjoy hanging out with friends, and I still enjoy going out and people watching, just not as frequently as I used to do in my glory days. While in college, I would find any reason to justify going out. Usually, that reason ended up being “It’s college”. But now that I’m trying to become a productive member of society, things are slightly different.

A friend of mine hit me up yesterday like “Hey, let’s go grab a beer somewhere”. So I agree to meet up with them at a bar. I’m pulling up in the parking deck trying to find somewhere to park when there are few people walking in front of my car. I wait for them to pass when I notice something. One of the women walking in front of my car is visibly pregnant. Like 8 months “I might go into premature labor and deliver a gut full of human at any moment” pregnant.

I turn to my friend in the car and try to make sure that my eyes were not deceiving me. He agreed that yes, it was indeed a pregnant woman walking past us, heading into the bar. After our fit of laughter had died down, we decided to enter the bar looking for this woman. I wanted to find her and offer to buy her a drink, just to see what she would do. Unfortunately I didn’t find her, but it was still worth the laugh.

I woke up today and thought about the situation with less comedic lenses. I don’t like judging people, but it’s clear that that woman is lacking strong voices that have her best interests in mind. Even if he didn’t indulge in any drinking – I pray to God that she didn’t – she still was walking around a smoke-filled basement dive bar at 8 months pregnant. That can’t be the healthiest of locations.
She was accompanied by another female, so I’m guessing they were both out and about looking for men they deem acceptable. I can guarantee for a fact that she wasn’t still with the child’s father. There’s no way I would allow the woman carrying my seed to go to a bar. That is beyond idiotic. Then I had a moment of clarity surrounding the entire situation. That woman isn’t fit to be a parent.

Just because you can have sex doesn’t mean you should be a parent. Just like just because you are over a certain age doesn’t mean you should be married. Everyone is different, and every situation is a case by case basis, but some situations give off clear warning signs. Going to a bar at 8 months pregnant is clearly one of those situations. The same decision process she used to justify going to the bar at 8 months pregnant is going to be responsible for the rearing, disciplining and caring for another human being. And that doesn’t sit well with me at all.

The kids don’t stand a chance.

The Testimony

If the devil wasn’t alive Mack’ll be stressed
Riding around town in a bulletproof vest
Police everywhere armour cars and shhhhh
Worried about being another victim of a hit
But my relationship too strong. For real, I’m a saint
A child of God and if you hatin’ then you ain’t
He the only G I know to take it all with no triggers
So I put my faith in Him and never no niggas
As a result of that I’m cool, seem like I’m never nervous
So catch me Sunday mornings in that 8:30 service
Told me ride with me son and I’ll never leave you lonely
You have troubles for a reason ‘cause now you got a testimony

Most people get outrageous when they hit they knees
But I’ma thank you for the simple things, the grass and the trees
I’m grateful for everything, my fame and good wealth
I’m blessed with good money but most of all with good health
God if they don’t think I’m sincere they don’t know me, never knew me
And I tear up every time I think how good you been to me
I should’ve lost a few times and walked away without any pay
But I got favor with you and you gave it to me anyway
So when you blind in a situation believe He can show you
And if you ever need a hug then just believe He can hold you
So turn to the Lord for He’s the best to console you
And that’s the realest thing that Mack 10 ever told you

Thank you for letting me conquer my enemies and they plots
And thank you for letting my momma survive the 5 shots
It was up close and personal, a lot for a kid to see
All the stuff I been through how could I not be a G?
I know He got a purpose for me it ain’t no if ands or maybes
God in case I never told you I want to thank you for my babies
Although I’m a gangster rapper I’m pretty smart and well rounded
I never sell my soul and I promise to stay grounded
He said all you got to do is just speak it and believe it
And everything I prayed for I eventually receive it
While the devil work overtime the suckers stay doubting you
I’m aware of all my blessings and I know I’m nothing without you

Opposites Attract

And so he said
Why you gotta be so kind hearted?
Why you couldn’t be a con artist?
Why you couldn’t, why you couldn’t be mischievous or just a lil devious the moment that we first started?
Why you never ask for nothing, just a lil time?
Why you let me use yours ‘cause I don’t got mine?
Why you always lift me up, when I’m completely giving up?
Or when niggas holla what’s up, you give a dry response
Why you giving me your last knowing you ain’t got it?
Why you always buy me something when you going shopping?
Why you tell me that you love me?
Why you always thinking of me, want my company rather than going club hopping
Why you treating my momma like she your momma too?
Why you making promises that you’ll forever do?
Whatever just to make me happy, wanting us to have a family
These are exactly the reasons why I cheat on you

And so she said
Why you gotta be so mean to me?
Why you don’t know what you mean to me?
Why you always playing games?
Why I feel like you ashamed?
Out in public curse me out and make a scenery
Why you got other bitches rolling their eyes at me?
Why text messages poppin up saying “Hi Daddy”
Why you treat me like I’m nothing?
Why you always at a function?
I be wanting to go out but you don’t ever ask me
Why you slip and say her name when we having sex?
Why you always assuming that I still love my ex?
Everytime we get into it I’m the one that’s feeling stupid
You don’t need me, you can leave me, that’s your favorite threat
Why you never how it feel to be lonely?
Why I feel I’m the last option after your homies?
Why you always gotta know that I will never let you go
Even though you get violent and put your hands on me