First off, I want to say I am absolutely ashamed of myself. Anyone who truly knows me knows I’m one of the biggest D’Angelo fans in the world. With that being said, I cannot believe I missed writing about his 40th birthday yesterday. My disappointment is so real, I almost want to go on a week hiatus and mourn my error. Ok, it’s not that serious, but I definitely need to make it up for missing out on the celebrations, son.
Now, while I could ramble on and on about why D’Angelo is my third favorite artist ever, I’d rather let the music tell it. Side note, Prince is my favorite artist and Michael Jackson is a close second. Yes, I put Prince above Michael. Big whoop, wanna fight about it? In any case, I’m going to spare you the details about his superior songwriting skills, superior musicianship and superior vocal ability. I won’t even mention his insane ability to consistently come up with complex harmonies. Wait, I’m starting to do exactly what I said I wouldn’t do. Let me actually adhere to my own rules and let the music do the talking.
Anyway, allow me to take the time to post a few of my favorite D’Angelo songs. Even though it’s redundant to say this, these tracks are incredible. They’re fucking incredible, son. Any other description could potentially subject you to copious amounts of “Sweet Chin Music.” Got it? Good. Enjoy!
While conversing with my brother BK about my The College Dropout post, we somehow got on the topic of Dave Chappelle and Chappelle’s Show. As we reminisced about all of the tomfoolery our crew engaged in during our freshman year, we also conversed about how Kanye West and Chappelle played a large role in shaping our viewpoints. In addition to the hilarious bits, Chappelle was dropping a ton of knowledge on social and political issues. However, I currently want to talk about some ignorant shit. With that being said, let’s celebrate the 10 year anniversary of one sketch in particular.
Although Chappelle’s Show actually debuted on Comedy Central in 2003, the legendary sketch about Rick James came out on this day 10 years ago. Side note, think about that shit for a second, son. The College Dropout was released on the 10th and then the very next day, this sketch scrolled across our televisions. The early 2000s need to come back ASAP, man! In any case, I distinctly remember watching this joint in my dorm room, pissing off my roommate because I had a large consortium of Negroes in our small living quarters. But shit, the hilarity of Charlie Murphy‘s monologues were well worth the bitch fit he threw after everyone left. Side note, we were cool, though. No “Stone Cold Stunners” had to be administered.
All in all, there’s nothing more for me to say about this. I’m positive we’ve all seen the show, so let’s just watch this shit, son. It’s a celebration! Enjoy yourselves, bitches!
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Well, well, well, what do we have here? Maybe my eyes have deceived me, but it appears Lorne Michaels and Saturday Night Live have actually hired a Black woman. With all of the backlash SNL and company have faced due to their “diversity issues,” they’ve decided to add Sasheer Zamata to the cast. While it does seem like an over-obvious ploy to stop the bleeding, only time will tell if it’ll all work out in the end.
Now, if you’re missing out on all of the SNL tomfoolery, here’s a quick recap: the 39th season of the show recently started, five new cast members were added, four of them are male, one is female and all of them are White. Needless to say, a few individuals were up in arms about the lack of diversity. To add fuel to the fire, Kenan Thompson stated there weren’t any Black women who were “ready” for the show. As I’m sure you can imagine, people weren’t too thrilled about that type of rhetoric. Side note, why is anyone even listening to Kenan in the first place? “Good Burger” was two decades ago and “What’s Up With That” is only funny because of Jason Sudeikis. With all of that being said, Kenan’s opinion doesn’t even remotely matter, son.
In any case, I’m ready to see what Ms. Zamata is made of. Given the circumstances around the situation, she’ll have a lot of eyes watching her and her performance. Hopefully, she can stand up to the pressure. In the meantime, you can check out some of her stand-up routines below. I like how she gets down, son. Chuuuch!