Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Little White Kids Get The Blues Too

This video is proof that real talent has no color and no boundaries.



This kid has raw talent and his voice is amazing. I got chills listening to this young boy belt out a blues song like he is a reincarnated delta blues singer from the 1920's. Maybe he is!

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

When Selling Drugs Out Of The Barbershop Goes Wrong!

The video confirms my belief that sometimes some people need their asses whooped.

In the video, the barbershop’s owner is confronting the employee he left in charge while he was away about selling drugs out of the shop. The employee acts unremorseful and smug about his actions. The employee’s reaction was the equivalent of the famous Rick James “Fuck your couch” sketch from The Chappelle Show, but in this case, he was saying “Fuck Your Barbershop Nigga!” The combination of not accepting responsibility for doing some stupid shit and not taking a serious situation seriously motivated the owner to beat the breaks off of dude’s ass. He folded dude up like a lawn chair, he Kimbo Sliced dude; he beat him like a dusty rug. He beat this kid out of his head band, literally.

I don’t think I would have reacted that way. I think I would have fired him and been done with him. But, I can understand the owner’s fear and anger about what he did. I get the sense that the owner was probably a criminal at some point in his life and this barber shop was his legitimate hustle, and the thought of losing it because some dumb ass didn’t respect what he worked so hard to achieve, made him feel disrespected. And when some people feel disrespected and scared assess get whooped.

The most disturbing part of this video was not the ass whoopin but the fact that a small child witnessed it. As the video is going off you hear a child saying “I want to see daddy fight” and the woman recording the beat down whom I assume is the owner’s wife/girlfriend/baby mama/jump off says “You don’t want to see that baby.” Sad thing is he’d already seen enough.

If brutality disturbs you don’t watch this:

Monday, July 25, 2011

Just Sex Please!

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In my legendary sexual history I don’t recall having a friendship with a woman where sex was involved without some kind of commitment--- whether it was expected or promised. Every woman that I remember doing the locomotion with, we were either in a relationship or she believed that giving me her passion pit was going to magically convince me that her juice box was better than all of the other juice boxes I’ve had before hers, resulting in me committing to her for fear of losing that sweet funky stuff to another dude.

Honestly, back in the day when I was a strapping young bull with tight skin and boundless energy, I really didn’t give a shit about commitments; my belief was she wouldn’t be doing this if she didn’t want to do it. I just wanted to get laid, fuck em and duck em, hit and run, stick it and quit it; I just had to release that liquid tension and get on with my life. And through persistent persuasion and Goldie like poetical pimp speak; I was able to convince those sweet young gherkins that I was all sincere and shit and deserved their holy treasure. But wait. They weren’t all sweet; some of them were sour and kosher dill, ok enough with the pickle comparisons.

Moving right along,

In today’s society, pop culture propaganda makes it appear that casual sex is the preferred practice in this generation. Thinking about it, maybe lots of people were unemotionally slanging P & D hard body back then and I just didn’t realize it because I was too busy trying to get laid to think about who other people were smashing. Truthfully, unless you’re a-sexual or physically and/or mentally incapable of doing the beef and broccoli, everybody likes a nice slab of sex sometimes (or all of the time depending on the individual). And if you can get it without all of the emotions, guilt trips and fake promises, it’s like winning the sexual sweepstakes (at least in my off-beat mind anyway), which brings me to the movie “Friends with Benefits.”

*Cue George Michael’s “I Want Your Sex”*

“Friends with Benefits” stars Justin Timberlake and Mila Kunis(with her sexy ass) as two people fresh out of disappointing relationships that decide to become sex buddies without all of the emotional stuff that usually comes along with getting broke off proper like. This is a Hollywood movie so of course things change and feelings surface because if they didn’t you wouldn’t really have a movie.

I liked Friends with Benefits. I liked it much better than No Strings Attached a movie that had an identical storyline. No Strings Attached suffered because the two leads didn’t have any sexual chemistry in my opinion, I just couldn’t imagine Natalie Portman going for Ashton Kutcher in real life. “Friends with Benefits” doesn’t suffer in that area because Justin Timberlake and Mila Kunis have great chemistry and are believable in the movie. There are some very funny moments and some very cheesy moments; it’s a rom-com without the romance if that makes any sense.

There are a few surprisingly emotional scenes as well; involving Justin Timberlake’s character’s father and Woody Harrelson is hilarious as Justin’s gay co-worker. I’ll even jump out the window and say he stole every scene he was in. “Friends with Benefits” wasn’t great but it was a good movie, the script was well written and pop culturish (yeah, I made that up.) and the cinematography was beautiful at times. While I was on my way to rescue my civic from the garage, I decided, I’m not mad that I paid money to see it. The plot was realistic and a lot of folks will relate to being in a convenient situation that suddenly becomes complicated because feeling got in the way.

What are your thoughts on casual sexual relationships? Have you ever been in a friend with benefits situation?

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Goodbye Amy Winehouse

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September 14, 1983 – July, 23 2011

Amy Winehouse was brilliant and expressive in a very real way. Her death is indeed tragic. She'll live on through her music.



"She walks away, the sun goes down" R.I.P Amy

Monday, July 18, 2011

Beats, Rhymes and Life: The Travels of a Tribe Called Quest

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Beats, Rhymes and Life is a documentary about A Tribe Called Quest one of the most popular hip-hop groups of the 90’s. At a time when gangster rap was prominent, A Tribe Called Quest along with The Jungle Brothers and De La Soul created the Native Tongues, a collective of hip-hop artist who preferred bohemian, earthy and jazzy vibes as opposed to Gangster rap’s tales of inner city hardships, violence and despair. Tribe’s playful and smooth outlook helped pioneer a jazz based sound when a majority of hip-hop acts at the time were still sampling loops from Parliament Funkadelic and James Brown records. Actor Michael Rapaport (Higher Learning, Bamboozled) in his directorial debut does an admirable job of recounting the group’s rise and explaining its unfortunate dissolution.

A large part of the film focuses on the relationship between Q-Tip and Phife, who grew up together in Queens, New York admiring other rappers from their borough like Run-DMC and LL Cool J. Other group members Jarobi White, (who left the group early to pursue a culinary career) and Ali Shaheed Muhammad (the quiet, independent one of the group) were caught in the middle of the mounting tension between Q-Tip and Phife, who bickered over everything from front man status to image control. Rapaport does a good job of getting each member’s point of view about the conflict that persisted throughout three classic albums and two good ones.

The dynamic between Q-Tip and Phife bought to mind other duos in legendary groups that were polar opposites but created magic together like John Lennon and Paul McCartney, Eddie Van Halen and David Lee Roth, Roger Daltrey and Pete Townsend to name a few. Although, early reviews reported that the documentary made Q-Tip look like an egotistical, controlling and self-centered diva, I didn’t see it that way at all. Q-Tip was the mad scientist of Tribe; He seemed extremely driven and focused. He is a perfectionist and he takes music very seriously, whereas Phife wasn't as passionate about the group as should've been, he was a good emcee that could’ve been great if he had took his craft more seriously. Phife came off more resentful and jealous because Q-Tip was a natural born leader and naturally got the most attention. Because of continuing conflict that included Phife’s medical issues, the group disbanded in 1998.

The group reunited in 2008 for the Rock the Bells tour largely in part to pay for Phife’s medical expenses, and we see that the animosity still exists between the two old friends which almost brings them to blows. The members of Tribe all seem to be doing well and have made peace with the past, no one was strung out on drugs or lost all of their money, no Behind the Music melodrama here, but the group fell victim to two of the members' stubbornness and sensitive egos.

Beats, Rhymes and Life is an entertaining, riveting and surprisingly emotional trip down memory lane about one of hip-hop’s most beloved, influential and pioneering acts. Now, a Public Enemy doc would be nice, I’m putting that out into the universe.

J


Side note: I know Q-Tip is a dope producer but I never gave much thought to him being the production genius that he is before I saw this documentary. I always viewed ATCQ as a unit that was equally responsible for the creation of their albums. After seeing the doc it became clear that Q-Tip was the visionary and the creative force behind the group. He is responsible for musically putting together the group’s most memorable songs. Think of your favorite Tribe song for a minute---more than likely Q-Tip created that beat and orchestrated the studio sessions that brought it to life. I have a renewed respect for him after seeing this movie. He is a bit eccentric and stubborn about his art but what highly creative person isn’t?