What’s good, brethren? On this (delayed) episode, Randi B. and I were back on Facebook Live talking about the presidential debate, COVID-19 and Breonna Taylor. It evolved into a conversation that included too many other topics to name. Check it out on YouTube below. Let’s go!
So, let me begin this post by saying that this is not an attack on Lil Baby. If anything, I’m just a man who’s 10 years his senior and would like a better explanation for his newfound apathy. The way I see it, we live in a time when we need every voice we have. All in all, the Black community at large would greatly benefit from more stars speaking on issues that directly affect us.
Ok, for those who missed it, Lil Baby just conducted an interview with GQ and he spoke about a variety of topics. However, I just want to talk about one of the comments he made. Now, as a refresher, Lil Baby dropped a song called “The Bigger Picture” back in June. In the wake of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and Black Lives Matter as a whole, Lil Baby decided to show solidarity with the people. In the process, he achieved his highest charting single as a musician. On the real, I thought he was turning a dope corner, son.
However, all of those thoughts were dashed in one interview, man. The truth is, Lil Baby has no interest in being “political” in his music. According to him, he doesn’t “want to be no Malcolm X or Martin Luther King.” All I can say is, I’m really disappointed in that statement, fam. Look, I’m not out here expecting everyone to be an activist or a social justice warrior. But, I really believe that a lot of our ideals are misplaced, bruh.
I mean, what are our priorities really, son? Like, whether we’re talking about music, film or television, we have no problem being drug sellers, drug users and gun toters who enjoy material possessions and watching women twerk. We have no problem glorifying the “party life” or the “street life,” despite the fact that the streets don’t love anyone. But, talking about the plight of our people is where we draw the line? On top of that, I can’t take that “I’m not into politics” stance that a lot of artists have. Fam, I said the same thing in this post from four years ago. Listen, politics ain’t got shit to do with our brothers and sisters getting shot down like animals. Frankly, that statement is a weak ass excuse for folks to absolve themselves of any meaningful responsibility.
In the end, I would just like to see more from Lil Baby and other people in his position. Ultimately, individuals like him are in rarefied air. By and by, for every Lil Baby that makes it, there are scores more who don’t get a chance to ascend that high. At the end of the day, the community deserves more from every single one of us. That is all. LC out.
Disclaimer: I’m sure there are going to be some spoilers in here. With that being said, act accordingly, brethren.
So, let’s just skip the formalities and get straight to the point, son. Over the weekend, my wife and I finally watched The Social Dilemma on Netflix. All I know is, based on my own social media habits, these programming bastards are right, man. I mean, a LARGE number of us are completely addicted to these sites and apps, fam. The way I see it, it’s high time that we unplug from the Matrix, bruh.
Ok, for those who are unaware, Netflix just released a documentary that chronicles our dependency on social media. Now, to further the point, the doc interviews a number of developers and business folk who were/are intimately involved with companies like Google, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, etc. From there, these individuals outline the deliberate ways in which these companies design their products to keep users engaged. At the core, they don’t believe that there were nefarious intentions with these algorithms. However, our society has been irreparably changed by the developments.
As an example, one of the developers interviewed was part of the team that created the Like Button on Facebook. At the time, they thought it was just a cool little idea. They really didn’t envision a time when people would do outlandish shit for this type of attention. They didn’t envision a time when folks, especially preteens and teens, would harm themselves or commit suicide because of a lack of acknowledgement. Frankly, these sites have WAY too much control over our thoughts and emotions.
Now, I’m not going to sit here and pretend like I’m exempt from all of this. On the real, I’m OUTRAGEOUSLY addicted to Instagram. Shit, my Explore Page always keeps me engaged with copious amounts of music, MMA and Jiu Jitsu posts. Side note, there are also a few posts of women, but like I tell my wife, I don’t know how they got there! Anyway, these developers and programmers make it a point to study us. Based on our activity, they know EXACTLY what we want to see. From there, they keep us overstimulated on these apps and sell our data to the highest bidder. Hell, even the action of pulling down the screen to refresh the page was designed to affect us psychologically. All in all, a bunch of tech heads have complete control over our brains.
In the end, I highly recommend this documentary. On one hand, I think some of the background music and the dramatizations are a little overdone. On the other hand, I’m blown away by all of the ways that these companies play us like puppets. Eventually, there’s going to come a time where I unplug completely. All I can say is, the minute that I no longer need social media to promote this blog, I’m gone, son. That is all. LC out.
So, I won’t lie, son. On the real, I’m not surprised about Donald Trump‘s taxes. If anything, The New York Times‘ article confirmed two things that I already knew: our tax system is a joke and Trump isn’t NEARLY as successful as he pretends to be. In any case, this may some crazy, but I’m not even that mad at Trump. Honestly, I find all of this funnier than I probably should, man. The fact of the matter is, he was able to fleece the IRS because the system is fucking broken. Or, rather, it’s working exactly the way it was designed for the 1 Percent.
Ok, for those who missed it, The Times just exposed like two decades of Trump’s tax returns. Now, as expected, there are shenanigans galore, fam. Essentially, in 10 of the last 15 years, Trump hadn’t paid ANY federal taxes. In addition, in two of those other years, he only paid $750 each year. Yes, that’s correct, bruh. Donald Trump, the 45th President of the United States, paid these same United States $1500 in taxes across two years. In addition, he’s continually claimed losses and even collected a $72.9 million refund once. All in all, Trump’s finances are chock-full of all manners of fuckery, son.
Now, just in case people don’t understand how absurd this is, attorney Max Kennerly compared Trump’s 2017 tax return to Joe Biden, Kamala Harris, Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren. During that year, Biden paid the government about $3.7 million. Harris paid roughly $500K, Sanders paid $300K and Warren paid $270K. So, the man who’s leading the “free world” and supposedly more successful than his competitors is paying EXPONENTIALLY less than everyone else. Frankly, it’s disgusting, man.
All I know is, THIS type of shit is why there’s a backlash against capitalism and the wealthy. The truth is, A LOT of these motherfuckers just don’t pay their fair share, fam. I mean, it’d be one thing if they paid their taxes and gave their employees a decent wage. Instead, they bleed the average American dry AND leave us to carry the country’s tax burden. Keeping it a buck, Trump may be one of the most egregious examples, but he’s FAR from the only one who takes advantage of this system.
In the end, what else do people need to know, bruh? Ultimately, a number of Trump supporters voted for him because he’s “good for business.” By and by, this false narrative “allowed” them to look past the blatant racism and xenophobia. However, the numbers are cut and dry, son. He ruined a good economy, which he inherited, AND he’s been losing money for EONS. At the end of the day, EVERYONE knows what they need to do in November, man. Fuck this guy, fam. That is all. LC out.
What’s good, brethren? On this episode, Randi B. and I were back on Facebook Live talking about Breonna Taylor, Daniel Cameron and the future of blogging. It evolved into a conversation that included Charles Barkley, Tomi Lahren, Candace Owens, George Floyd, Derek Chauvin, Trayvon Martin, Tamir Rice, Justine Damond, Cardi B, Rodney King, Navid Afkari, Donald Trump, Dana White, Kyle Rittenhouse and Walter Scott. Check it out on YouTube below. Yessir!
So, I won’t lie, son. On the real, I never expected any justice for Breonna Taylor. After all of these months, the original fraudulent charges against Kenneth Walker, the failed plot to sully her name with Jamarcus Glover, the end of the no-knock warrant, the resulting settlement with the family AND the anticipation of “riots” by the police, I knew that they were going to screw her. With all of that being said, the “charges” that Daniel Cameron and company decided to go with are ABSOLUTELY disrespectful, man.
Ok, for those who missed it, a Kentucky grand jury decided to charge ONE of the officers involved in Taylor’s murder. However, it’s not for a crime that anyone would’ve guessed, fam. In fact, Brett Hankison wasn’t charged for her murder at all. Instead, he was charged for wanton endangerment due to the bullets that went into a neighbor’s apartment. Like, I don’t even know how to express my anger in words, bruh.
I mean, what the ENTIRE fuck, son?! So, on top of the fact that NONE of the other officers are facing charges, THIS is what they came up with?! If I’m reading this right, the possible “endangerment” of a neighbor is more important than the ACTUAL murder of a Black woman? For God’s sake, I don’t even know how to respond, man! The way I see it, the jury was better off charging Hankison with nothing. In my eyes, this is a BLATANT slap in the face, fam.
Real talk, I had a real feeling of hopelessness last night. Shit, the outcome is bad enough, but seeing some of the ignorant reactions just pushed me to the limit, bruh. Like, I legitimately saw a White woman argue that Walker should be charged for Taylor’s murder because he fired at the cops. Never mind the fact that they ran up in their apartment without even identifying themselves. That’s EXACTLY why they got rid of the fucking no-knock warrant. All I can say is, I’m at the point where I don’t have faith in people anymore. So, fuck trying to reason with them. From now on, I’m just focusing on building generational wealth for my family. Frankly, fuck the opinion of the peanut gallery on the internet, son.
In the end, fuck all of this shit, man. Ultimately, I’m not even sure that I want to blog anymore. By and by, what’s the fucking point, fam? At the end of the day, I feel like I’m just preaching to the choir, bruh. Like, the ones who get it, get it, and the ones who don’t simply refuse to see it. All I know is, we need more representation among our elected officials. I might seriously consider that someday soon. That might be the only way to hold some of these criminals accountable. That is all. LC out.
What’s good, brethren? On this episode, Randi B. and I were back on Facebook Live talking about Breonna Taylor, Bob Woodward and Cardi B. It evolved into a conversation that included immigration, Kalief Browder, police training, Eric Garner, Terence Crutcher, the Central Park Five, the Kansas City Chiefs and remote learning. Check it out on YouTube below. Let’s go!
So, I won’t lie, son. On the real, deep thoughts can surface at the weirdest times, man. Somehow, UFC-sponsored violence led my brain to the Black Lives Matter and Blue Lives Matter delegations. Shit, the bad blood between Tyron Woodley and Colby Covington brought out all of the social media warriors, fam. But, after wading through scores of unnecessary comments, I have a real question for the Blue Lives Matter crowd: do y’all really believe that cops are infallible?
Ok, as a quick summary, here’s what led me to this post. Now, Covington, a fighter in the UFC’s Welterweight division, is an avid Donald Trump fan and MAGA supporter. Woodley, the former Welterweight champion, took it upon himself to represent BLM. In the lead-up to the fight, Covington took to Twitter to say that he’s representing all police and military officers who’ve been “vilified.” In addition, after Covington put a thorough beating on Woodley, he proceeded to call BLM a “terrorist organization” and that Woodley was a “Marxist.”
Now, here’s where my confusion comes in. Real talk, I’ll never understand why (mostly) White people believe that BLM is some affront to law enforcement. Like, we’re literally asking for them to stop killing us and to be held accountable for misdeeds. That’s all. That’s literally all. Frankly, I don’t understand why they can’t support cops AND acknowledge when they do something wrong. Bruh, it’s ACTUALLY possible to do both. The way I see it, if Blues Live Matter really supported the police, they would want them to be fair and balanced with ALL of America‘s citizens.
I mean, why can’t people support cops and still admit that they fucked up when they killed Amadou Diallo? Why can’t people support cops and still admit that they fucked up when they killed Tamir Rice? Why can’t people support cops and still admit that they fucked up when they killed Botham Jean? Why can’t people support cops and still admit that they fucked up when they killed Philando Castile? Hell, the police KNOW that they fucked up with Breonna Taylor because they got rid of the no-knock warrant AND paid her family $12 million. Still, the Blue Lives Matter crowd won’t acknowledge ANY wrongdoing. It’s fucking baffling, son.
In the end, the division is this country is beyond toxic, man. Ultimately, we can’t agree on ANYTHING. By and by, we can’t even agree that unjustly killing people is wrong. At the end of the day, I’m reaching the point where I’m starting to believe that this nation is beyond saving. All in all, I’m just worried about making as much money as possible and contributing to Black generational wealth. Fuck all of this other shit, fam. That is all. LC out.
So, to the best of my ability, I’m going to try and keep this post short today. Yeah, I say that all of the time, but I “mean it” right now. In any case, I really hate the trend that happens in this country. Black and Brown people describe systemic mistreatment by law enforcement, our cries fall on deaf ears, some loser takes unnecessary action against unassuming officers and the national conversation goes back to ground zero. All in all, I’m tired of the cycle, son. The way I see it, the dialogue isn’t black and white. There is a grey area, man. Frankly, I don’t want cops shot either.
Ok, for those who are living under a rock, some wild shit went down in Los Angeles this past Saturday. Essentially, some random dude just walked up to a police car in Compton and shot two cops from the passenger side. No warning, no provocation, nothing. Just opened fire out of nowhere. Luckily, both officers are expected to survive after coming out of surgery. Now, I won’t lie, fam. On the real, this situation has caused an interesting schism on social media. One side sees how troubling incidents like these are. Another side is celebrating violence against officers. All I know is, the latter is a dangerous ideal to embrace, bruh.
Look, I know what some people may be thinking. Yes, it’s EXTREMELY disheartening to see law enforcement CONSTANTLY get away with murder. In that sense, it’s natural to desire retribution and retaliation. Especially since we can’t depend on the law to protect us from the law. But, everyone needs to see the bigger picture, son. I mean, just look at how this always plays out. Anytime we make some headway with depicting our pain, some idiot pulls a stunt like this and erases any chance of change. Instead of seeing the humanity in innocent minorities, detractors just use a situation like this shooting to ignore our narrative. The fact is, it’s fucking counterproductive, man.
Like, what do we really want, fam? Do we want the authorities to be held accountable for their actions or do we want to go to war with the cops? Seriously, I want to know. I’m all about the liberation of my people, but I’m also a proponent of strategy. Just bucking off on the police is NOT a recipe for success, bruh. Shit, motherfuckers like Donald Trump can’t WAIT to send the National Guard and the Army into our communities, son. All I can say is, the little handguns and semiautomatic rifles we have ain’t gonna do shit against tanks and drones, man.
Listen, maybe I’m oversimplifying this, but the solution is clear to me: officers need to feel the pain for committing murder. Yeah, yeah, yeah, it’s A LOT easier said that done, brethren. But, just hear me out. Take Breonna Taylor‘s case, for example. Word is, the city just settled with her family for $12 million. Now, just imagine that the money had to come out of the guilty officers’ pensions. I guarantee that cops would think twice before pulling these triggers. Imagine if more than 1% of officers were actually convicted of murder. I guarantee they’d think twice before pulling these triggers. The truth is, they’re so brazen with their misconduct because they know that NOTHING will happen to them. At the end of the day, REAL consequence will beget an adjustment in behavior.
In the end, I’m sure that there are a number of people out there who disagree with me. Ultimately, everyone is entitled to their opinion. By and by, I’m not the guy who doesn’t see the value in protection. Hell, I really wish that New York would loosen their gun laws, but that’s another story. However, I’m not down with just recklessly shooting cops and thinking it’s going to have a position outcome. If anything, it takes away from our REAL message and puts MORE minorities in harm’s way. *Sigh* All of this is just exhausting, fam. Fucking exhausting. That is all. LC out.
Ok, today’s post is going to be a little different, son. Now, anyone who knows me knows that I live in my head. Like, I spend a GREAT deal of time just analyzing any and everything, man. With all of that being said, the future of this blog has been on my mind for a while now. So, I want to pose a question to everyone out there: should I find a blogging niche?
Now, as a quick history lesson, I started this blog back in 2011. At the time, I was experiencing SEVERE writer’s block with my music and I wasn’t sure if I was ever going to perform again. In any case, while I was trying to figure out my next move, my then-girlfriend/now-wife made a suggestion: start a blog. Since I’ve always been a highly-opinionated person, she figured that it would be a cool endeavor to undertake. So, I Can’t Be Famous was born. All I can say is, I never really expected anyone to read it. Needless to say, I’m actually shocked that I have an audience at all, fam.
Moving on, despite the fact that the blog does fairly well in terms of readership, I’m actively thinking about growth. Yes, I’ve been able to amass a pretty cool audience by being random, but I wonder if a niche can push me even further. Now, if that’s the case, then what should that niche be? That’s where all of the good folks reading this come in. Frankly, I’ve talked about A LOT of topics on this blog. If I chose to veer in a certain direction, what would people prefer? Basically, I’m just thinking out loud and trying to gauge the community. So, holla at me!
In the end, there’s nothing else to say, bruh. Ultimately, I’m just out here trying to figure out the future, son. By and by, I value the opinion of the brethren who read this. So, let me know what’s good, man. Talk to me. Let’s go! LC out.