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I think I was in high school when Selena Quintanilla-Perez was shot and killed by her fan club president.  Her death shocked the Latino community almost in the same way Elvis’ death shocked white America – a huge loss musically. … Continue reading

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All Eyez On Me

Finally!  Antoine Fuqua, the director of Training Day, has confirmed that he will do a Tupac biopic.   After a two-year legal battle between Tupac’s mother and a production company, Fuqua has been given the right to work his magic.

Last year many of you ran to the theaters to see Biggie Smalls biopic, Notorious.  I was running with you.  I LOVE Biggie much more than I enjoyed that film but it served its purpose.   It was entertaining.  Although I love Biggie to death and think his Ready to Die album is one of the greatest albums in hip hop, did he need a biopic?  No.  *ducks*  His body of work nor his life was biopic certified.  I’m sorry.  What should have been a movie is his death, the cover ups and the mishandling and corruption from the police. 

I feel a little differently about Tupac.  We have a son of former Black Panthers, his godfather is Geronimo Pratt, he spent most of his time in his mother’s womb behind bars, he studied jazz, ballet and poetry at a Baltimore school for arts, he’s in the  Guinness Book of World Records for the highest selling rap artist in history,  he was probably the most misunderstood rapper of our time, and his untimely unsolved murder.  People have testified that his I.Q. level was much higher than the average person.  Pac was brilliant.  Lets not forget his performance in “Juice”.  I remember getting chills watching specific scenes of that movie.  His double cd, “All Eyez On Me” was phenomenal.  That’s biopic worthy.

Fuqua begins this long overdue journey in September.  But do not expect an all-star cast.  He’s looking for fresh new talent to play Pac and the rest of the cast.  I CAN NOT WAIT!

Lil Wayne: Artist or Modern Day Minstrel?

minstrelToday I’m handing out awards. The category: 21st Century Steppin’ Fetchit Coonin’ Buck Singing Shining Modern Day Minstrel.

And the award goes too…

*drumroll*

Lil Wayne!

The crowd goes crazy and stands to their feet!black-white-minstrel-showAs a lover of hip-hop; a lover of lyricists; a lover of artists such as Common, Mos Def, Talib Kweli, KRS One, Kane, A Tribe Called Quest, De La Soul, The Roots, Slick Rick, Brand Nubians, Eric B. and Rakim, LL Cool J, Mc Lyte, K Solo, Roxanne Shante, Pete Rock and CL Smooth, Dead Prez, Latifah the list goes on and on and on, I have been totally disgusted with this generation of rap. 90% of the rappers out now are WACK lyrically. 95% of the rappers out now are OUT OF THIS WORLD mentally. 98% of them are not in it, emotionally. This recipe is only built for disaster and Armageddon has hit the rap world.

Our 21st Century Steppin’ Fetchit Coonin’ Buck Singing Shining Modern Day Minstrel award recipient, Lil Wayne, has a song titled “Whip It Like a Slave.” I would not have known this because I do not own a SINGLE Lil Wayne album but through hearsay, it was brought to my attention.Lil%20Wayne

Long hair pretty eyes light skin fine legs,
Phat a**, skinny stomach, pretty feet, pretty woman
Walking down the street cause I put her out my jeep,
I don’t save em, I slave em, they want weezy f,I bad grade em,
I don’t degrade em, I serenade em,
100 on the charm
100 on the arm
Rings so thick I can’t even make a fist
Nigga f*ck how you do it cause I do it like this
Yeah, and I just do my wayne
And every time I do it I do my thang,
say I do it how I do it when I do it everyday

and I whip it like a slave like a mother f***in slave
yes I whip it like a slave yes I whip it like a slave
I whip it like a slave like a mother f***in slave
yea I whip it like a slave like a mother f***in slave
then I beat it I beat it I beat it I beat it
I beat that….block
I beat that block like it misbehaved

then I whip it, I whip it, I whip it, like a slave

There are a number of things wrong with this passage. Most of these things have plagued blacks for generations and it is clear as day that Weazy f baby is directly affected by these things. His reference to light skin, the misogynistic tone, the trivialness of the insurmountable cost of the Trans-Atlantic slave trade and the downplaying of the damage drugs did to black communities are some to name a few.

My friends and I discussed our issues about this song over the weekend. Some believe that one of the many white music conglomerates that’s been pimping these artists suggested the title and Wayne, like a puppet, a 21st Century Steppin’ Fetchit Coonin’ Buck Singing Shining Modern Day Minstrel puppet, just did as his masters told him. Other’s go by Wayne’s history and chops it up as they think he’s that ignorant and stupid enough to make a song like this. I believe it could happen both ways. The point is, it happened. If he thought of it himself, that’s a problem. If the powers-that-be suggested it and he agreed, that’s a problem as well.

Lil Wayne is not the only Coon artist out there. He’s not the only one poisoning our airways with this garbage. So why do I feel so fired up about this song? Because no one else seems to be fired up about it. Why?

Oh, wait! I just figured it out. Lil Wayne is black. Had this song been created by a white artist, black folks would be ready to take it to the streets. If Bill O’Reilly uttered “whip it like a slave” on his national TV show, we would be ready to burn down the Fox network. I can hear Rev. Al Sharpton, Warren Ballentine (by the way I loooooooove Mr. Ballentine), Michael Baisden, Michael Eric Dyson, Dr. Cornel West and the countless other old school and new school ‘leaders’ (I use the word loosely for some) talking about this subject. I can hear the buzz in chat rooms across the World Wide Web. The blog world would be on fire had New Kids On The Block sang this song. I can almost imagine the diss records that would be in immediate production if Eminem had made this song instead of Lil Wayne. But all I hear are cricketts.

I guess because the man uttering these repulsive words is black means its ok, huh?

When little Johnny comes beep-bopping down his suburban street and ventures out to the urban streets with earphones in ear chanting “I whip it like a slave, I whip it like a slave” what’s going to happen? This song will mess around and get Little Johnny dived on. But because we have become so far removed from the impact of slavery, racism, the Civil Rights movement, our parents being hosed and not knowing your grandfather because he was lynched for looking a white man in the eye etc. etc. etc, we accept this garbage as ‘our own’ therefore making it acceptable for others to think the same. Sounds like what has happened with the word nigger, doesn’t it?

So what are you going to do about it? Probably nothing. You’ll probably continue to support Wayne or his label or anything affiliated with the production and execution of this song. You’ll probably send your child to his upcoming tour. You’ll probably still make him one of the most downloaded artist for ringtones and Itunes. You’ll continue to make the music conglomerates that sign off on this crap, conglomerates. As usual, you will not do anything but sit by and accept it. I, on the other hand, plan on letting as many people know that this shit will not be tolerated.  Enough is enough already.

Behind the Music Returns with Lil’ Wayne

Although I’m not the biggest fan of his life choices or his 2008-2009 music catalog, the fact of the matter is Lil’ Wayne is the hottest artist in the industry right now.  This Behind the Music is sure to be interesting, engaging, informative and of course, drama filled. 

It airs at 9 pm tonight on VH1 and is sure to play 20 more times before Sunday night falls.  Let us know what you think.

Album Review: Jay-Z The Blueprint 3/IHipHop.com

If you’re a lover of hip hop then you too are probably excited about Jay-z’s next project.  Read the full review of Jiggaman’s upcoming album release written by an old college friend at ihiphop.com.  Serge Fleury, the newly appointed Editor-In-Chief… and ladies, might I add the very sexy newly appointed Editor-In-Chief has this to say about The Blueprint 3:

Written by Serge Fleury
Wednesday, September 2nd, 2009 at 4:55 pm
http://www.ihiphop.com/?p=27633

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Being at the top of the Hip-Hop food chain has its perks, like becoming a mainstay on the Forbes list, having ten #1 albums, and oh yeah—sharing your bed with the hottest chick in the game, who happens to be wearing your chain.

But on the flipside, it also comes unwanted aspects like high expectations, and natural jealousy amongst other things.

There lies the dilemma of Shawn Corey Carter AKA Jay-Z, as he enters another chapter in his storied musical career with his latest opus, The Blueprint 3.

After giving skeptics a Mike Tyson-esque uppercut with 2007’s American Gangster, the man that the entire Hip-Hop community anointed as the heir-apparent after B.I.G.’s death returns back to the brand (The Blueprint) that helped to establish him early on in his career.

Longtime Jay-Z associates like Swizz Beatz, Timbaland, The Neptunes, and of course Kanye West, alongside his mentor No I.D. score placements on one of, if not thee most anticipated Hip-Hop album of the year.

Besides the mandatory Drake feature, other artists joining in are fellow newcomers Kid Cudi, and J. Cole [Click for J. Cole video interview]. Veterans come in form of Alicia Keys, Young Jeezy, and Pharrell.

Hov gets right down to business with ‘What We Talkin’ About,’ (feat. Luke Steele of Empire Of The Sun) which was first heard as a freestyle diss at a live performance a few months back.

He then gives himself a pat on the back with ‘Thank You,and reminds people of his stat sheet with lines like, “Please don’t bow in my presence/how am I a legend/I just got ten #1 albums/maybe now 11.”

Jay-Z then uses ‘Empire State Of Mind’ (feat. Alicia Keys) to get descriptive about the city that raised him. Hip-Hop’s adlib king in Young Jeezy makes his way onto ‘As Real As It Gets, as they both trade verses on the slow drawn-out track provided by The Inkredibles.

From there, Hov incorporates the lost art form of concept songs with ‘A Star Is Born’ (feat. J. Cole), as he runs through the list of MC’s who have made an impact on the genre.

Kid Cudi is held to hook duties on the Kanye West-produced ‘Already Home,as Jay-Z addresses those who want him to bow out, and the people who refer to him as a camel:

“Now these n*ggas is mad/oh they call me a camel/but I mastered the drought/what the f*ck, I’m an animal/half man, half mammal/my sign is a Sage/this is just what I planned to do/oh don’t be mad.”

The duo of Jay-Z and Pharrell reunite on ‘So Ambitious, which can be considered as a motivational song for the listeners, and that also includes a subliminal shot at one-time partner in crime Dame Dash:

“N*ggas probably thought I’d fall without old buddy/oh buddy/what I do is make more money.”

Other songs constructed by Hip-Hop’s biggest architect are tunes like ‘On To The Next One’ (feat. Swizz Beatz), ‘Forever Young,’ ‘Hate’ (feat. Kanye West), and ‘Reminder.

When it comes to the breaking down The Blueprint 3, it’s clear to see that the project is not the best piece of work Marcy’s most famous son has manufactured, but it’s far from the worst as well.

The street-slick metaphors, that everyone in every ‘hood could once relate to have been replaced with material that only people in his tax bracket can comprehend—and that’s a bracket his diehard fan base will never reach.

But in his defense, it’s difficult to continue on talking about your past history when your present history includes people like Coldplay’s Chris Martin and his Oscar-winning wife, Gwyneth Paltrow amongst those on your speed dial list.

Some might argue that Jay-Z lost a step, and others will say it’s just sign of him maturing, and growing a part from the immaturity that Hip-Hop sometimes brings.

Whatever the case may be, it will probably be a lot easier for you to make your own assumptions after you take in the third installment of the Blueprint series for yourself. And regardless of what your opinion is then- most likely he’ll just brush it off his shoulder, like he’s been doing his whole career…

Rating: 3.5

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