DJ Khaled’s Hot 97 Interview – Energy on Energy on Energy!

By nature a DJ is supposed to be inspirational. Their job is to feel the crowd and create an environment that inspires it to move. So, it should come as no surprise that I was moved mentally and physically by DJ Khaled’s Hot 97 interview.

I’ve seen him interviewed before, but he was in rare form in this one. I love his confidence, his braggadocio, his energy. He hyped me up about him and about myself. He made me want to grow and be better. It’s a gift to make people feel that way.

In this video, he puts me in the mind of Puffy. Someone whose energy is so great that they make you feel better about yourself and your potential because of how they feel about themselves. People who are giving of their energy in such a positive way that you can’t help but to catch the wave. Even if for a moment. That’s all life is, a series of moments.

Here’s the video. I was in here cracking up. That good kind of laugh when you have to clap your hands.  My dude said, “special cloth alert.”  I don’t know what that means, but it had me dying!  And he did some straight Raekwon ish and made up a new word, “accreate,” his version of accurate. I love his energy, love his humor, and respect his hustle

Enjoy!

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Say Word!!! Only Built 4 Cuban Linx 20th Anniversary Tour!

So, I’m a little too hyped right now, because I just read the Raekwon and Ghostface are going on tour. WHAT???!!! Man, how time flies!  I remember college when the Purple Tape came out.  I still have mine.  I have the tape and the CD.  I wore that Purple Tape out!

Hopefully the tickets won’t go on sale before I can buy them.  The  tour is passing through my new home, New Orleans, in August.  I am so there!

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I have so many great memories of Only Built 4 Cuban Linx.  Those were some good times.  I can’t believe it was that many moons ago.

I have my fingers crossed that I’ll make it to this concert.  I have to get in!!!

Check out the tour dates here.

Thanks for reading!

Peace.

Common Interview on the Breakfast Club

Take a look at wonderfully talented Common on The Breakfast Club. He talks about winning the Oscar, his aspirations of EGOTing (my 30 Roc fans know about that) and playing the Green Lantern.

He is just so charming and secure in himself. Humble, while still acknowledging how awesome he is. That is a beautiful combination.

Thank you for reading!

Peace.

Review of Kendrick Lamar’s “The Blacker the Berry”

Kendrick Lamar just killed the game with the release, a few hours ago, of, “The Blacker the Berry.”  From the title I thought I was finally getting an ode to dark skin women (HA!)  But this was just as good.  Better.  “I’m African American, I’m African, I’m black as the moon/heritage of a small village, pardon my residence. Came from the bottom of mankind/ my hair is nappy, my dick is big my nose is round and wide/you hate me don’t you? You hate my people, your plan is to terminate my culture…” WOOO!!!

I’m not sure if he said, “heritage” or “heretic”.  It works either way.   I’ve listened to this song several times over the past two th (4)hours.  Not since the 90s have I heard a rapper go the fuck off with raw pride about his blackness.  I take that back.  Not since Styles P’s “I’m Black”.

His bravado, his confidence, his pure grandiloquence is just…it’s quite sexy.  How old is he again? He’s over 21 right?

I loved the way he freaked this track.  It’s not a beat that I even like, but he murdered it lyrically, so much so that he made me like the beat.

He spoke truth in each line of every verse.  Straight up no chaser, he articulated what I and others feel with no apologies.  Things we say, but no one hears us.  He has the platform and he used it.  “I’m black as the heart of a fucking Aryan/black as the name of Tyrone and Darius”  Son, you’re killing me!  And the coup de gras…  the part that sat me back was his last verse which he ended with “…so why did I weep when Trayvon Martin was in the street, when gangbanging make me kill a nigga blacker than me? Hypocrite” LOVE IT!

He goes from showing the pride, to calling bullshit on whites and blacks.  The hypocrisy of us being mad about others killing us, but then killing each other.  Get it Kendrick!

th (5)To know me, is to know that I don’t subscribe to the term “black on black crime.” Not until white on white crime is equally addressed.  People commit crimes against those closest in proximity to them, which is usually someone of the same color.  But, I definitely acknowledge that since we have an active populous of not all, but enough, whites who hate, fear, loathe, envy, and despise us, that we need to be more humane with each other, since are quick to be inhumane to us.  We’re not going to make it if we keep damaging each other.

Every minority that’s come to this country has had unity and that’s why they make it.  The biggest difference between us and them (which is the difference that makes all the difference in the world) is that they chose to come to this country.  They decide to leave their old world and come to this new one, still with their languages, culture and customs intact, and they use those things to their advantage.  The descendants of Africans enslaved in the Americas did not have that luxury.  We are descendants of various nations that were thrown together and forced to integrate in the face of an oppressor who could care less about our varied heritages. Our languages, cultures and customs were ripped from us, and thusly we developed the truest American culture, African American culture.

Ok, I went deeper into that than I intended.  But that’s what great art causes. Deep thought and long conversations. And make no mistake, this is a work of art.  This is hip hop as I’ve always known it.  An instrument of great thought, emotion and vainglorious verbal slapping.

I can look past that king of NY thing, because when I hear him, his lyrical excellence garners my respect.  The things he says in this song makes me want to put aside every silly disagreement, and just build.  That’s some powerful stuff right there.

I anticipate his new album.  Between this, “I”, and his performance on SNL, I just can’t wait to see what he comes up with next.  He gives me that anticipatory feeling I have whenever I know Nas is dropping something, which is the biggest compliment any rapper can get from me.

And I’m glad he didn’t go to the Grammy’s especially since he won.  I remember when the Grammy’s wouldn’t even let the rap acts on the show.  That was a fat middle finger, with a “rotate on it” stamp.

It’s a little after midnight EST.  I need to get to bed before I write a novella about this song.

Thank you for reading!

Peace.

Review: Chris Rock’s “Top Five”

thZGKD46E7Two of my favorite things in the world are comedy and hip hop. Add a non-cheesy love story, black consciousness and social commentary to the mix, and you have Chris Rock’s outstandingly, wonderful film Top Five. I can’t say enough good things about this movie. I want to see it again! As soon as it’s available I’m buying it.

thCM48VEG9It had some great surprises, and at this stage in my movie-watching-life it is hard to surprise me. It had loads of cameos too by people who I love. Some whom Hollywood often overlooks. I don’t even want to give any spoilers. It’s so good, I just want you to go see it and find out for yourself! This may be the first movie that I’ve ever felt that away about, where I don’t want to give anything away. I will say this; DMX had me literally crying laughing.

I haven’t been so affected by a movie in years. It made me want to become a better writer. It was so real and true and earnest.

Top-5-Trailer-611x341This is one of those movies that I’m glad I experienced in the theater, with my popcorn and people around me who seemed to enjoy it as much as I did. People in the audience were agreeing, loudly, whenever someone on screen listed their top five. As any hip hop head knows, your top five is a major definition of who you are. I just love the fact that Chris Rock knows that, and that he chose to use that as the movie title.

Might I add, JB Smoove had a great role. He shined. Rosario Dawson is one of my favorite actresses and I just adored her in this movie.

Top Five gets five of five stars.

In case you care to know, my top five are:

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My sixth men are:

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The order of the players are subject to change, depending on my mood–except for my top three. They are always in the top three.

Who are your top five?

Thank you for reading!

Peace.

My MCM – Common

thV35CWCDMCommon is just all around dope. His lyrical prowess makes him one of my favorite hip hop artists. He was the first Chicago rapper that I’d ever encountered, when his “Soul by the Pound” video debuted on Video Music Box.

Of course he was Common Sense back then. He had Q-tip, Grand Puba and Red Man infused in the hook, which is what made me pay attention to the song in the first place. I enjoyed the beat, thought he was cute, but honestly, I was a NYC snob at the time, so I wasn’t really checking for him. That was in ‘92.

thBMW2MJI2 (2)Then, “I Used to Love H.E.R.” came out and killed it! That song is amazing! Lyrically it was so well put together, the whole concept was ill, and I love the video. That’s when I became a fan.

Common has gone on to become one of the most important figures in hip hop. I appreciate that he’s not afraid to take chances with his music. He’s a true artist.

th (2)He’s a conscious brother which is always a plus. He seems to just be an all-around good human being.

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I freaking loved that he didn’t back down when Cube came at him, and he hit back with “The Bitch in Yoo”

And to top it all off, he is so fine. OMG! That is a gorgeous man.

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Thanks for reading!

Peace.

RZA Weighs In on Kendrick Lamar’s Ol’ Dirty Bastard Inspired SNL Performance

thMTAOYGM4Kendrick Lamar’s “i” performance on SNL, definitely seemed to pay homage to ODB. As a Wu fan I immediately noticed the hair, and movements, as reminiscent of one of my favorite performers.

RZA took notice as well, and shared the following in a video interview, courtesy of MTV News (You can also catch the performance in the article):

by Rob Markman

thG02S2AH8Kendrick Lamar made hip-hop fans everywhere take notice last week when he performed “i” on “Saturday Night Live.” K-Dot, with his half-braided head of hair, all-black contact lenses and spastic movements, definitely caught the attention of Wu-Tang Clan’s RZA.

th2UBMYOS7When Lamar was performing, RZA was out in Los Angeles celebrating the birthday of his cousin and fellow Wu-Tanger Ol’ Dirty Bastard, who passed away 10 years ago in 2004. “We celebrated in L.A., we had a kung-fu night in a movie theatre. We showed ’5 Deadly Venoms’ and we had a special ODB cake made,” the Wu leader told MTV News on Thursday” read more…