Stop Talking, LaVar Ball

So, ever since the media put a microphone in front of LaVar Ball, he’s been nothing but a hot take machine. At this point, he’s made it a habit of saying something outlandish every single day. All I know is, he needs to shut the fuck up now. Look, I know the man loves his sons Lonzo, LiAngelo and LaMelo. However; if he doesn’t slow the fuck down, he’s going to doom those dudes before their careers even get started.

Now, before I continue, let me be clear on one thing. I’m not downing this man for believing in his children. Shit, I have two sons and I think the world of them too. I legitimately believe they can do anything and I actively try to instill that ideology in them. But, when it comes to LaVar, my issue is his own personal ego. The more he speaks to the media, the more it seems like he wants the attention for himself and not for his sons.

For example, just take a look at his comments about Michael Jordan and Charles Barkley. First, he claimed that he would “kill” MJ one-on-one. Now, this statement came from a man who averaged 2.2 points per game while playing Division II basketball. Bruh, I’m pretty sure that wouldn’t do shit against a former NCAA champion and former National Player of the Year. I mean, Jordan was a legend before he played an NBA game, son. Ball needs to sit the fuck down here.

Next, Ball stated that if Barkley thought like him, then maybe he would’ve won a championship. Once again, I point to the fact that homie was a highly subpar college player. What the fuck can Ball teach an all-time top 5 power forward about winning? Homie couldn’t even make it to a Division I school. Man, if this dude doesn’t get the fuckity-fuck outta here with the tomfoolery!

Moving on, pay attention to the fact that Ball’s sons weren’t the topic of conversation in any of those last two paragraphs. That’s my point, son. If Ball wants to hype his children up, then by all means, go right ahead. However; when Ball himself is the storyline, he’s doing his boys a disservice. Look, just calm the fuck down and let those dudes play basketball, man. Oh, and fix LaMelo’s shot, bruh. Keeping it a buck, he ain’t Lonzo, man. I’ve already written about the fact that I’m not the biggest fan of Melo’s game. But, that’s neither here nor there.

In the end, LaVar Ball just needs to be cool. Let his sons prove their worth on the court. Until then, his words don’t fucking matter. Lonzo can prove whether or not he’s better than Stephen Curry and LeBron James when he plays against them. However; after LeBron’s latest reaction, I wouldn’t be surprised if he has a chase-down block waiting for Lonzo. LC out.

Let’s All Laugh At Tomi Lahren

Well, well, well, what do we have here, son? Tomi Lahren actually got herself suspended by Glenn Beck and TheBlaze. The crazy thing is, she got put on ice for the least likely comment. So, out of all of the stooooooooopid things this woman has said, her show got temporarily pulled for being pro-choice on abortion rights? Ain’t that about a bitch, bruh? Now, maybe I’m petty, but I got a good chuckle out of this story, son. After eons of regurgitating stale conservative ideals, Lahren got suspended for actually having a thought of her own. Welp, with all of that being said, I think today is a good day to make fun of Tomi Lahren.

So, Lahren went on The View this past Friday and shared some of her useless worldly analysis. Now, while speaking about women’s rights, she stated that she is pro-choice because of her desire for “limited government.” Meaning, she believes the government shouldn’t be allowed to tell women what to do with their bodies. Needless to say, that didn’t go over well with her conservative base, son. I mean, pro-life is one of the tenants of right-wing ideology, man.

For example, when Rick Santorum ran for president, he flatly said that rape victims shouldn’t be allowed to have abortions. In his words, the baby would be a “gift from God.” Shit, if that ain’t an extreme belief, then I don’t know what is, bruh. On the real, too many grown ass men are fiercely invested in what women do with their own bodies. All in all, Lahren picked the wrong fight with the wrong group of irrational people.

Now, before I continue, I’d like everyone to keep one thing in mind. This woman isn’t pro-choice because she cares about her fellow women. In fact, she used the Republican template of “limited government” to support her beliefs. So, in actuality, she thought she was riding with her home team and it backfired. That’s hilarious because it’s so idiotic, son. She thought she had allies and her constituents were like “NOPE!” At this point, maybe if she had more real thoughts of her own, then she wouldn’t have to rely on half-cooked doctrines to survive. All I know is, she continuously showcases the fact that she has no idea what the fuck she’s talking about, man. *Sigh* Go home, Tomi, you’re drunk.

In the end, no one feels sorry for Lahren, man. People with common sense already couldn’t stand her and now she’s at odds with her own peers. Way to go, champ! Good luck trying to get back in the right-wing’s good graces. She’s going to have to go extra hard with the racism, sexism and xenophobia, son. All I can say is, I’m not looking forward to the nonsense, bruh. LC out.

P.S. I find it amazing that Lahren can compare Black Lives Matter to the Ku Klux Klan, but gets suspended for this. America is a wonderful place, isn’t it? Siiiiiiiiiiiike!

My Day At The National Museum Of African American History & Culture

First off, I want to give a major shout-out to the Christian Divas at the Epworth United Methodist Church in the Bronx, New York. My wife is a part of this group/church and they’re the ones who organized the trip to the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C.. Now, before I continue, let me make a public service announcement: everyone needs to go to this museum, man! It truly is a rich and detailed history of the Black experience in America. Meaning, it wholly documents the good, the bad, the ugly, the super ugly and the egregiously ugly. With that being said, I just want to talk about my day at the museum. Let’s go!

To begin, our group started from the building’s lower levels and worked our way to the top floor. The History Galleries occupy the bottom three floors and they tell our history from the 15th century until today. Now, I won’t lie, son. Walking through these exhibits can be very taxing on the soul. It’s incredibly infuriating to see how we were kings and queens, willfully trading goods with Europe, and ended up being the merchandise ourselves.

On the real, seeing actual chains, illustrations of how we were packed onto ships and quotes from some of our callous captors can be an absolute mind-fuck, son. In addition, seeing things like real slave auction blocks, Nat Turner’s Bible and authentic cowskin whips can leave the strongest people feeling deflated. However; looking at Emmett Till’s casket nearly did me in, man. For the life of me, I will NEVER understand how anyone could do that to a 14-year-old boy. So, for that, Carolyn Bryant Donham can burn in the deepest depths of Hell. Recanting her story does NOTHING to bring that boy back, man.

Moving on, walking through gallery after gallery started to take a toll on me. Seeing my people go from slavery to segregation to the prison industrial complex can be extremely heavy on the heart. With that being said, thank the Lord for the Community and Culture Galleries on the upper floors, son! Being the musician I am, I immediately found myself in the music section. How could I not be happy after taking pictures of J Dilla’s MPC, Funkadelic’s Mothership and Chuck Berry’s red Cadillac? Side note, Rest In Peace to Chuck Berry, man. Fuck what anyone else says, THAT MAN invented Rock & Roll, son! No ifs, ands, or buts about it. Anyway, walking through these galleries was exactly what I needed after the History Galleries.

In the end, I really enjoyed my time there. It was dope to bring my oldest son and watch him learn. I mean, it would be hard for him to grasp everything so soon, but I definitely wanted him to start learning about history. Ultimately, it doesn’t matter what ethnicity anyone is. Everyone needs to visit this museum, man. Well done, Smithsonian. Well done indeed. LC out.

P.S. Shout-out to singer-songwriter Kendra Foster. I ran into her at the museum and she was awesome to talk to. Outside of her dope self-titled debut album, she also helped D’Angelo write the lyrics to most of Black Messiah. Now, anyone who knows me knows how much of a D’Angelo stan I am. In any case, she’s awesome. That is all.

New Music Fridays: LC ‘Two Eyes’

So, anyone who knows me knows that I’m a musician at heart. I may talk about a lot of different topics on this site, but at my core, I’m an artist. Keeping it a buck, when I first started this blog, I started it because I was having writer’s block with the music. I figured this was a way for me to be creative while I figured out my next move. In any case, as the years progressed, I started to stray away from writing songs. Frankly, real life started getting in the way of my art.

With all of that being said, I’ve decided to do something about it. At first, I was going to release an entire album. I was recording a bunch of songs and figured I’d compile them into a complete project. Then, one day, I said fuck an album, just drop some records, son. So, that’s exactly what this is, man. This is LC‘s rendition of New Music Fridays. So, my plan is to release a new song every other Friday going forward. Now, I originally wanted to drop a new track every week, but c’mon son. I still have a wife, two kids and a full-time job. Ain’t enough hours in the day, bruh. Anyway, today is the first installment of my madness. Side note, someone needs to hold me to this, because I might say fuck it all tomorrow.

Ok, now that I’m done rambling, everyone can listen to “Two Eyes,” my new song below. It’s on both SoundCloud and YouTube, so the choice is up to the listener. Keep in mind, the song is downloadable on SoundCloud. Now, without further ado, here’s my unofficial official return to music. Or is it official unofficial? Whatever, son. Let’s back to business! LC out.

Did Miguel Violate A Woman?

So, to begin, I won’t hide the fact that I’m a HUGE Miguel fan. So, on face value, it would appear that I may be biased. However; I also pride myself on being objective, son. With that being said, if Xian Basssexual assault allegations against him are real, then I would lose A TON of respect for the man. All I know is, this isn’t a situation that should be taken lightly.

Now, for anyone who missed it, a fan just accused Miguel of gross misconduct. Xian Bass, a student at the University of New Mexico, alleged that after meeting Miguel, having a brief conversation with him and taking a selfie, he took one of her breasts out of her shirt and gave her a “disgusting look.” As expected, social media is split on the issue, with some believing Xian’s story, but many others calling shenanigans. I guess, when a popular musician is involved, the idea of rape culture is automatically dismissed. The weird thing is, athletes and entertainers have a long history of engaging in this type of behavior. In both cases, these individuals are not used to being told “no.” Shit, just ask Donald Trump, man.

Look, before I continue, let me make something clear. I believe that jumping to any conclusions is dangerous. On one hand, it’s bad to automatically believe this woman’s story without any discernible proof. On the other hand, it’s equally problematic to just dismiss her allegations because we like a singer’s music. While false accusations aren’t unheard of, women are also violated at alarming rates. In addition, our society has a terrible habit of blaming women for their own pain and agony.

In the end, I don’t know what to believe, son. I didn’t necessarily come here to offer any deep analysis. I just hope this story isn’t true. I would hate to think that an artist I have such respect for would violate a woman in this manner. Ultimately, while it’s no surprise that Nazanin Mandi, Miguel’s fiancée, would come to his aid, that still doesn’t tell the whole story. All in all, either Xian Bass is a liar or Miguel is a sexual abuser. Either way, it’s a bad situation all around. *Sigh* LC out.

Rachel Maddow Just Wasted Our Time

Look, here at I Can’t Be Famous, the Internet thuggery doesn’t discriminate, son. Anybody can get this work anytime and any place. With that being said, I need to take Rachel Maddow to task today. Now, after securing a portion of Donald Trump‘s 2005 tax returns, she got everyone hyped to see what they contained. However; after watching her show last night, I was pissed, man! I mean, she essentially wasted everyone’s time! There was nothing revealed that was noteworthy, bruh. All in all, I know just as much today as I did before her “breaking news.” *Sigh* Thanks for nothing, Rachel!

So, before all of the hoopla last night, I was just chilling in my living room. My wife called me from the bedroom like “babe, Rachel Maddow has Trump’s tax returns! She’s going to expose them on her show!” Now, as anyone could imagine, I was very intrigued, son. Fast forward to 9PM, I parked myself in front of the television, waiting for the scoop. Five minutes passed. Then ten minutes passed. Then twenty minutes passed. I’m listening and listening until I finally realized that Maddow hadn’t said shit yet. After all of the hype, she really only had two pages of his 2005 tax return.

Now, let’s step back for a second. To be clear, people like me want to see Trump’s tax returns to see if he has any interests that could influence his presidency. I mean, there’s no secret that Trump and his staff have had frequent communication with various individuals from Russia. With that being said, the goal is to get a better understanding of what the possible connection might be. In any case, Maddow’s “big revelation” was nothing more than a smoke screen, man. She literally presented no new information that could be used to unravel this mystery.

Keeping it a buck, I don’t give a fuck about what Russian dude bought Trump’s house in 2004. I don’t give a fuck about the fact that he made $150 million in 2005. I don’t give a fuck about the fact that he paid $38 million in taxes. Ok, yes, he paid a lower percentage of taxes than the average American, but what wealthy person doesn’t? I mean, isn’t that what Democrats and Republicans have been fighting about since the beginning of time? In addition, didn’t Trump already call himself “smart” for benefiting from the tax code during a debate against Hillary Clinton? Look, Maddow was doing nothing but preaching to the choir. All in all, we, the people, are no closer to the truth, man. Ultimately, she was just doing the most for ratings.

In the end, MSNBC played themselves, bruh. All I know is, the next time that network has some “breaking news,” I’ll just wait for the recap, son. *Sigh* What a bunch of malarkey, man. LC out.

Will Floyd Mayweather & Conor McGregor Just Fight Already?

Ok, so, I’m already tired of the saga between Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor. At this point, I just need these two dudes to fight. On the real, I’m done with the verbal jabs, son. The next jabs they throw better be inside of a ring. As it stands, Mayweather has now publicly proclaimed he’s coming out of retirement to fight McGregor. If that’s really the case, then let’s get to it, bruh! Enough is enough, man.

Now, for those who missed it, Mayweather officially challenged McGregor this past Saturday. He stated that he’s looking to fight McGregor in June. Well, as long as McGregor signs the paperwork. In any case, all of that shit sounds good, but both of these guys are full of hot air right now. If McGregor really wants to prove that he can take out Mayweather, then he needs to stop paying so much attention to the money. I mean, the way I see it, even if he’s shortchanged in this fight, McGregor will probably make more money than he ever could with UFC. Sorry, Dana White, but it’s simply the truth.

In the end, it’s time to put up or shut up. I want to see the shitshow, man. All I know is, this better not be another Manny Pacquiao situation. I mean, we got that fight five years too late, bruh. Es no bueno, hijo. LC out.