You know why I never sound super mushy about situations, even when they're going really good?
Because all those words bite you in the ass later. Seriously, when stuff starts going downhill, everything you’ve said will echo in your head like there isn’t a damn thing in your skull but space. And I know I can be silly and goofy and act a fool, but I hate actually feeling dumb.
I spent the day shooting the celebration Spike Lee threw for it…Joint was dope…hundreds of people just groovin’ to classics…A couple of MJ impersonators…couple of kids in MJ-esque attire dancing and grabbing themselves. It was great. I’m pretty sure some of those older folks haven’t moved like that in years…
Coolest part for me though was back stage talking to the camera crew…The guy I was working for and some other guy actually shot with concerts back in the day. They were telling stories about how he was back stage…all quiet and to himself…and then as soon as he stepped on stage he exploded with energy…it was just great to be around that…
“Like women, vaginas differ, so it’s important to pay some attention to the lay of the land before you dive in.”
I realize that I have male followers and most of the links I post are female oriented so I thought I’d post an article that was suitable for both men and women (women in the sense that it’s just funny to read this).
Guys take some advice from your fellow guys and read this article about oral pleasure. Once again, for guys this is informative for women this is just amusing.
You know wat sucks about these kind of things…I read them, and i’m like “Yea, that’s pretty interesting, I should try that”, then some hater ass voice in my head is like “With who muthaf*cka? Who?!” Then I’m like “damnit you’re right…” Then I go back to my drawing board like Brain after a failed world domination attempt…
Is having a blank address book…and getting text from people when I don’t recognize who they are.
Then I say, “I lost my phone and lost all my numbers, I have no clue who this is” And then they get upset.
I’m sorry “Hey wats up?” doesn’t make you distinct in my inbox. I don’t identify people by a seven digit code. I can’t even remember my mom’s cell phone number, gimme a break. Only numbers I remember by heart are the numbers I’ve been calling since I used my house phone and had to press the number in everytime I needed to call. Do not use my poor lost phone as an indicator for how I feel about you. That’s just dumb. I have no interest in playing the guessing game in the middle grieving over my blackberry.
Just say “It’s ___” and we can all return to our regularly scheduled programming.
I've been assisting in shoots and shooting events so much I've forgotten about my own ideas
I got access to a studio now but haven’t pushed model shoots yet. I need to continue my “Stupid Sneakerhead” series and I also wanna start my “Dead Sneakerhead” series…I don’t even have enough dunks for all this. I gotta figure this out.
…when there was no leaked tracks off an album? It was just whatever the artist gave to Hot97 (or whatever your local hip hop radio station)? Those were the days man. The anticipation, the countdown to the day of the album release because you knew you only heard 2 tracks from a 18 track cd. That left 16 things that you know for a fact you’ve never heard before. I remember that. Before the days of the internet and the bloggers and the leaked tracks. Niggas ain’t safe nowhere. Can’t even perform a new track at a show because by the time you get home somebody will have youtube’d it.
And I’m guilty of it myself, but that’s the world my career grew up in. Niggas didn’t want to hear about your vision of the album, and what you think your album will say to people, or none of that. It was all about the leak. “Lemme hear sum’n.” Then of course you couldn’t put shit on myspace cause cats is downloading and spreading MP3s from there. It’s just super ridiculous. Like damn son, you just can’t wait anymore? This ain’t even about the illegal downloading, but like if the album comes out 9/11 you can’t just wait until 9/11? You gotta hear everything now?
I think it totally destroys your concept of the album, when you already heard and formed an opinion about 6 of the 12 tracks. You no longer connect it as an album, it’s simply that track that you first heard on a blogsite somewhere. It’s no longer a piece to the big puzzle. I guess that can also be attributed to the fact that albums just aren’t albums anymore. They’re compilations. Almost like a “best of” of that artist at the time. And it’s sad because only 3 or 4 noteworthy tracks usually come from that. When you have a goal and an overall feel to the album usually the tracks tend to coincide and relate better.
And oh god, everybody wants to do a “concept album” with mad skits and song titles that propel the “story” along, even though the songs are the same old “clap ya hands, shake ya ass, drink ya liquor, throw money in the air, beat a nigga’s ass, sell drugs, be a thug, wear fly clothes” shit. But ya concept album is about aliens taking over the music industry? You fail dog. You fail hard. All you need is a logical progression and a similar theme.
I guess I said all that to say, as much as I love blogs and leaked tracks and all that, I think I appreciate albums more when I have absolutely no idea what will be on them.
Case in point: Everything MF Doom related except for “Born Like This”. I never heard a single Doom song until I downloaded Danger Doom and from there I got his discography. Still to this day one of my favorite artists to listen to.
Mighty Joseph - Empire State (all I knew was Vast Aire was apart.)
Esperanza Spalding - Esperanza (all I knew was she was a female bass player.)
I could go on forever, but I’m hungry and I caught a brain fart.
I agree…especially about hearing a bunch of songs early throwing off the flow of the album. Cause I know once I hear the leaked songs, then I actually get the album, I skip all the songs I’ve heard already. I already listened to it 10 times, I don’t wanna hear it now that I have all these new songs.
In response to Eric’s post, I’d like to say that being wack is a term of personal taste. Your opinion is definitely your opinion. You can’t possibly think that someone is defending any rapper based on their past because they like something that you don’t like. I’m still impressed by Hov, just as I used to be in the 90s and early 2000s. I don’t judge him based on his past. He’s still intense in my ears. I think that dude is an amazing lyricist today just as he was yesterday. Don’t you dare tell me, or anyone else for that matter, that I’m defending him because of what he’s done.
Speaking of what he’s done, there is nothing that you can tell me that will change my mind about not being able to compare an artist that doesn’t have one album to an artist with a catalog as deep as Jay-Z’s. It’s not fair to mention Drake, Blu, Wale, or Charles Hamilton as the best rapper alive without them having one album under their belt. That’s disrespectful, in my opinion. You can’t possibly tell me that Drake has put in the work right now to be considered the best rapper alive. The thing is, being the best rapper alive doesn’t come with a few hot songs this year; a rapper needs to prove that he can put together an album. Anyone can drop hot verses and a dope mixtape. Until an album is under your belt, that’s nothing. That’s like comparing an actor in plays to Denzel. This guy doesn’t have one movie under his belt. He had some dope plays, fine— but can he put together a decent film that would qualify him a mention in the “best actor alive” argument? Drake is dope, but can he put together an album and earn his ticket into that spot?
Again, I like Jay-Z based on what he’s doing today. I love all of the 5 songs that I’ve heard from Blueprint 3. I think they’re dope right now. Right this second. I don’t think they’re dope because of yesterday. Don’t insult my musicality. If I feel like Hov puts out a wack verse I’ll let you know. Until then, if I think it’s hot and you don’t— get over it. Lol, seriously.
I really did type out this whole thing where I went in depth with my opinion…but when I reread it I decided to summarize my own post before it was even posted…
Basically though, I agree with Eric in saying that Jay-z is one of those ppl that’s kinda touchy as a subject…you usually either have those ppl that like just about NOTHING he’s done…except maybe reasonable doubt or something…and then you have the ppl that like EVERYTHING he’s done, and will justify every song he’s ever made as an unreleased verse in the bible.
Between Drake and Jay-z though…I can’t see that as comparable, even in the sense of just this year. I can’t think on them without seeing where they’re coming from…Drake went pretty hard this year, because he had to, he was on a mission and had alot to prove. Jay-z didn’t go as hard, because he doesn’t need to, he’s already way ahead. And even with that he put out superb material. If I had to compare, I’d still say Jay came out on top of Drake this year, for the simple fact that I believe Jay-z could’ve made just about any song Drake did this year…whereas Drake couldn’t do the joints Hov did. (Though I am saying this without really listening to Drake very in-depth I’ll admit)
But still, to me comparing them is like matching up the kid with the high ass SAT score and 4.0 in the freshmen year of college to the valedictorian of the graduate class, who’s GPA was only 3.8. Just because the freshmen had a killer semester, I wouldn’t call him smarter.