A Message To Rappers With ‘Lil’ In Their Names

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Look, no matter how objective I am in this post, I know some people out there will call me a hater. Sadly, that’s how shit works in our current world. Any time someone has an opinion about something, they’re automatically labeled a hater. With that being said, fuck all of that because I have something to get off of my chest. So, I’m dedicating this post to some of these new rapper with “Lil” in their names.

Now, while I’ve already mentioned this on my blog before, I’ll freely admit I’m a 30-year-old Black dude. Actually, I’m lying, son. I just had a birthday a couple of week ago, so I’m 31 now. In any case, I still consume Rap music at a furious pace. Judging from my socially conscious and political material, it would be safe to assume I’m a big fan of artists like Kendrick Lamar and J. Cole. However; I’d be remiss if I didn’t speak about the virtues of Rae Sremmurd‘s sermons and also mention the fact I’m the treasurer of the FutureHive. I say all of that to say I have no beef with the current state of music. Well, I have SOME beef, but we can speak about that another time. In actuality, the main problem I have with some of these younger dudes is their plain lack of respect for the artists and producers who came before them. If anyone let them tell it, they’d probably insinuate that they’ve reached stardom completely independent of their predecessors.

To keep it all of the way trill, in this particular post, I’m specifically speaking about Lil Uzi Vert and Lil Yachty. While I’d never tell their fans to dismiss their music, I have a major gripe with the way they’ve responded to their musical elders. First, let me start with Lil Uzi. In an interview with Ebro In The Morning on Hot 97, my mind was blown when I saw Vert’s reaction to Ebro asking him to rhyme over a DJ Premier beat. Ok, I get it, this instrumental probably came out when he was a baby, but the look of disdain and confusion on his face was thoroughly baffling to me. Architects like Preemo were vital to the growth of Rap music, not only musically but also business wise. There was a time when ALL of the biggest rappers HAD to have a Premier beat in order for their album to be official. It’s perfectly ok for the sonic quality of an art form to evolve, but how dare this kid judge a legend of Preemo’s caliber! Ultimately, Uzi WISHES his legacy will last as long as his. Someone tell that dude to holla back in five years and see if he’s even still popping. By then, he’ll probably already be the “old shit” he’s looking down on now.

Next, let’s talk about Lil Yachty. In an interview with Real 92.3, Yachty went on a tangent about the irrelevance of having a “cold 16” and telling “old people” to get over the fact the music has changed. He went even further to let us know that no one was doing “spin moves on cardboard” anymore and he could make a hot song just saying “yah.” Ok, now, where do I start? First, this dude essentially said a rapper doesn’t actually need to be good at rapping anymore. Then, he randomly criticized breakdancing. Shit, that’s already two of the four original elements of Hip Hop, man! I’m surprised he didn’t turn around and tell his DJ he wasn’t shit.

Look, like I said regarding Uzi, there’s nothing wrong with progression. The issue here is these younger dudes literally have no respect for anyone who paved the way for them. Do they think they invented 808‘s or getting turnt? Hell, Juicy J had me wanting to fight people in the club since the ’90s, son. Show some fucking reverence for the people who laid the foundation. Because news flash to these newer artists: there’s literally NOTHING happening out here that doesn’t have an origin in something that preceded it.

In the end, I’ll keep playing my Trap music at ignorant levels in the car. Well, not Uzi or Yachty because I truthfully thought their music sucked even before they made their dumbass comments. Tell them to come talk to me when they’ve had a career even remotely as long as the artists they’re dissing. Good day.

Nate Parker vs. Nat Turner

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Look, I won’t lie to anyone out there. Writing this post hurts my soul for a variety of reasons. I’m struggling to find a way to convey my feelings about the entire situation without being problematic. Maybe that’s not a good way to start an article, but everyone who reads this blog knows I’m brutally honest in regards to my point of view. With that being said, I feel like there are two different conversations at play in this Nate Parker scenario: rape culture and Black equality. While I won’t be one to act like I have all of the answers, I would be remiss if I didn’t speak about this ordeal.

Now, before I get started, let’s just briefly talk about Parker. The 36-year-old actor and director is currently ascending to the apex of his film career. After performances in films such as Beyond the LightsRed Tails and The Great Debaters, Parker has reached the height of his critical acclaim with his newest film, The Birth of a Nation. After writing, directing and starring in the movie, his work gained the attention of Hollywood‘s power players after it received rave reviews and the largest deal in Sundance Film Festivahistory. However; while riding high from his newfound success, a very dark chapter of his history recently resurfaced.

Back in 1999, while attending Penn State University, Parker and his roommate, Jean Celestin, were charged with raping an 18-year-old classmate. Apparently, after a night of drinking, Parker brought the woman back to his apartment, and despite her physical state, engaged in sex with her. To make matters worse, Celestin, who was also in the apartment, decided to join in on the sexual assault. During the subsequent trial, several witnesses testified to the woman being visibly drunk, despite Parker and Celestin suggesting otherwise. In addition, in recorded phone calls that were used at trial, Parker can be heard telling the woman that she “put [herself] in that situation.” However; all of these factors weren’t enough to convict Parker. Based on the fact he and the woman had a consensual sexual encounter the night before, he avoided going down for his crime. Now, while Celestin was originally convicted for his involvement in this situation, he appealed his sentence and skated because the prosecution was unable to once again secure witness testimony.

The saddest part of this whole episode is the fact this woman was harassed by not only Parker and Celestin, but the Penn State campus as a whole. Since both men were star wrestlers at the school, they had plenty of people caping for them and coming to their defense. In classic “victim blaming” fashion, they questioned her character and the validity of her claims, all while championing the men who abused her. Ultimately, this caused her to attempt suicide twice before actually succeeding on her third try in 2012. While Parker recently tried to get ahead of the story and express his “regret” in a lengthy Facebook post, this doesn’t change the course of events or make them even remotely alright.

For me, the reaction from some Black people about this case is truly troubling. If anyone scours through social media, they’ll find various conspiracy theories of the “powers that be” trying to take down a successful Black man. These theories point to the fact the rape case against Parker only surfaced as he was gearing up to put out his aforementioned film about Nat Turner. Side note, for anyone who’s unaware, Turner was a historical figure who led a slave rebellion in 1831, which resulted in the deaths of about sixty five White people. Ultimately, Turner was captured and murdered for his insurgence.

In the eyes of Parker’s supporters, it comes as no surprise that the character of a Black director who decided to speak about a Black hero has come under attack. In the age of #OscarsSoWhite, Black people have frequently expressed the desire to be treated equally in Hollywood. Whether it comes down to securing better acting roles or more opportunities to direct big-budget films, Black people want to be looked at in the same light as their White counterparts. While this is also important to me, it does NOT excuse what Parker did, man. He violated a woman, belittled her plight in the aftermath, and even now, he speaks about how all of this has affected HIM. He’s not the victim here! In actuality, the real victim is dead because she couldn’t cope with how the justice system failed her. I’ve seen Bill Cosby‘s supporters use the same type of “conspiracy” defense, but why won’t we hold our own accountable for the fucked up shit they do? Overall racial inequality doesn’t give us the excuse to take advantage of other people. When it comes to both Parker and Cosby, they victimized people who couldn’t defend themselves. Individuals like that do NOT deserve our sympathy or support, regardless of what ideal we believe they represent.

In the end, I’m completely conflicted about seeing this movie. On one hand, I want Black people to excel in every facet, especially the historically segregated film industry. However; I find it very hard to give money to someone who has committed such an atrocity. Look, I’ve never been a hypocrite, son. I’ve cut off Cosby and R. Kelly for these same reasons. Ultimately, I guess I just wish a better human being were receiving Parker’s accolades. Good day.

What The F*ck Was Ryan Lochte Doing?!

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Let’s just skip the pleasantries here and get right to proceedings, son: Ryan LochteJimmy FeigenJack Conger and Gunnar Bentz are absolute imbeciles. Honestly, bro, what part of the game is lying about a robbery? On the real, why would these clowns even think that was acceptable behavior, man? While this post won’t be that long today, I can’t let this moment pass by without taking all of these mark ass tricks to task.

This past Sunday, Lochte and the other American swimmers claimed they were robbed at gunpoint. According to Lochte’s original story, their taxi cab was pulled over by gun-toting thieves and one of the perpetrators pointed a gun at Lochte’s forehead. Now, here’s where things start to unravel. At first, there were four perps and then it whittled down to one. Then, the gun went from being pointed at Lochte’s forehead to being aimed at his general direction. With this original account already sounding fishy, a surveillance video came out which put this entire ordeal in its proper perspective. These cowards weren’t robbed at all. In actuality, these drunk ass fools desecrated a bathroom, pissed on the walls and then got into an altercation with the security guards who approached them.

After rehashing that entire saga, I have so many questions, man. First, did they not realize there were cameras filming their fuckery? I mean, I know they were drunk, but come on, man. Seriously, most of the gas stations I know have some type of recording equipment to document this exact type of tomfoolery. Next, why didn’t these trick ass marks get their stories straight before they started lying to everyone? If the goal was to pull the wool over the people’s eyes, at least have the decency to be consistent with one another. Lastly, why would they accuse these innocent Brazilian people of such an act? The fucked up part is, I’m positive they knew everyone would readily believe their tale, especially due to false assumptions about countries like Brazil. Sadly, they were right because everyone sipped the Kool-Aid at first. Sure, why not just blame this vicious act on the native Brown people in order to hide juvenile behavior? I’m sure that sounded like a fantastic idea to them.

At this point, there’s nothing else to say, son. These dudes are losers, and frankly, they should have their medals taken away from them. While social media trolls rather aim their crosshairs at Gabby Douglas, their preferred athletes are really out here disgracing our country. In the end, I shouldn’t be surprised, though. Lochte must be used to losing at this point. Just go ask Michael Phelps. Good day.

Can I Live In Cam Newton’s America?


Let me start this post by saying, I’m not sure what America our good friend Cam Newton resides in, but shiiiiiiit, I’d love to live there. A country that’s beyond racism? That sounds phenomenal, son. Where can I sign up for a trip to this magical place? Oh, wait, he’s talking about this actual land we’re currently living in? Well, in that case, I’m thoroughly confused as all hell, man.

Now, recently, Cam did an interview with GQ Magazine. While speaking about a variety of different topics, the subject of race came up and that’s what caused my Rock eyebrow to raise. It’s no secret Cam has received his fair share of bad press, especially after the way his season ended post-Super Bowl. Even during the lead-up to the big game, Cam had to consistently field questions about being a Black quarterback in the NFL. With all of the varying attacks on his ability, temperament or whatever else critics tried to single out, for some reason, Cam doesn’t believe these shots were racially motivated at all. In fact, he stated that we’re “beyond that” as a nation. Wow, that’s news to me, son. Well, since his memory seems to be a little fuzzy, allow me to point out a few past situations and see whether his logic holds up.

Let’s start with the letter written to him by Rosemary Plorin. After a game where Newton’s Carolina Panthers trounced the Tennessee Titans, Plorin expressed her disappointment in Cam’s behavior during the game. In her eyes, he’s a role model who should never engage in any type of “showboating” behavior. In fact, she was so bothered by his actions, she expressed the idea she didn’t even know what to tell her 9-year-old daughter. Man, get the fuck out of here. This woman took her daughter to a game where grown men violently crash themselves into each other and she’s worried about the fact Cam likes to dab? Are you fucking kidding me, son? Last time I checked, Aaron Rodgers does that damn “Discount Double Check” every time he completes a first down and I can’t even count the amount of times I’ve seen footage of Rob Gronkowski acting a fool somewhere. Are these players also getting open letters written to them? If not, tell that woman to get off of her high horse and enjoy the game.

Now, let’s talk about Bill Romanowski. After the Panthers’ Super Bowl loss, detractors called out Cam for not being very forthcoming in his post-game interview. It was obvious from his attitude he didn’t want to answer any questions and his demeanor was the complete opposite of the celebratory character we saw all season. Now, I’ll be the first to admit, even I thought he was acting like a sore loser, but Romanowski took it a step further. In a tweet against Cam, he stated “you will never last in the NFL with that attitude. The world doesn’t revolve around you, boy!” Boy? Boy?! Maybe it’s just me, but I was pretty sure Cam was a 27-year-old grown ass man. No one can tell me there wasn’t even a tinge of racial prejudice behind that statement. Do I have to remind people about the history of White people calling Black people “boy” in this country? Honestly, I’d rather not, son. And besides, Google is everyone’s friend. Just go look it up.

At this point, I’m sure there are readers out there who aren’t sipping the Kool-Aid I’m serving right now. Honestly, that’s fine with me. We’ll just agree to disagree. With that being said, a Black public figure of his magnitude insisting we’re beyond race as a nation is still incredibly damaging. Were we beyond race when the Justice Department released a report stating the Baltimore police department regularly violated the rights of minorities? Were we beyond race when Dylann Roof shot night Black churchgoers in an attempt to start a race war? Were we beyond race when officers pulled Philando Castile over because he had a “wide set nose?” I didn’t think so, son. At this point, if Cam has nothing constructive to say on the subject, he needs to just shut the fuck up.

Ultimately, I guess Cam is doing his best O.J. Simpson impression. However; I’d warn him to be careful with that approach to life. We already saw how the O.J. story drastically veered off course. Good day.

The Revisionist History Of Barack Obama

Ok, look, I’m well aware of the fact everyone doesn’t agree with each other when it comes to ideology. However; there’s a HUGE difference between disagreeing with someone and flat out lying about them. Now, regardless of how anyone feels about President Barack Obama, it’s clear as day that individuals like Donald Trump, Rudy Giuliani and Katrina Pierson are essentially spreading falsehoods about the president and his record. With that being said, let’s take this time to relentlessly roast these clowns.

First, let’s talk about Donald Trump, the man we all know and love. Even though he’s already tried to backtrack from his comments, this past Friday, Trump entered yet another absurd statement into the zeitgeist. During one of his campaign speeches, Trump came right out and claimed Obama was the founder of ISIS. While he tried to chalk his foolishness up to “sarcasm,” other GOP pundits attempted to lay the blame on a supposed “power vacuum” created due to Obama removing the troops from Iraq. Either way, both factions are ridiculously wrong. On one hand, I’m about tired of a presidential nominee consistently making “sarcastic” remarks. This dude is running to be the leader of the free world and all he wants to do is make fucking jokes. At this point, I can name more lame wisecracks he’s made than actual policies he suggested. Now, for the individuals who think Obama created a power vacuum in Iraq, I’d like those dummies to look up the U.S.-Iraq Status of Forces Agreement. This agreement was signed by George W. Bush in 2008 and stated that America would remove combat forces from Iraqi cities by June 30, 2009 and be completely out of Iraq by December 31, 2011. So, if Republicans want to blame anybody for the fuckery happening in the Middle East, blame GW. He’s the one who actually created the aforementioned power vacuum.

Next, let’s address my former mayor, Rudy Giuliani. During a speech on Monday, Giuliani claimed there weren’t “any successful radical Islamic terrorist [attacks] in the United States” during the eight years preceding Obama’s tenure. Son, that is literally the DUMBEST thing I’ve ever heard in my entire life. Honestly, how can this clown forget that 9/11 happened while Bush was in office? Giuliani has built his entire mythology around the false idea he was some sort of hero after the attack on the World Trade Center. However; he conveniently forgot this fact while berating Obama. This man is such a clown, son. People like him want to believe their narrative so much, they will completely ignore basic facts in order to make a point. Look, will the media stop giving this fool a microphone? Please?

Finally, I need to acknowledge the consistent tomfoolery that comes out of Katrina Pierson‘s mouth. To be honest, I have no idea what her purpose in life is, but she’s always on someone’s news network, defying common logic with her stupidity. While I don’t have time to comment on EVERY ridiculous statement she’s made, I would like to talk about her memory of the war in Afghanistan. During an appearance on CNN, she insisted President Obama was responsible for invading the country. She even went so far as to call the conflict “Obama’s war.” Here’s the thing: the war in Afghanistan began in 2001, a good eight years before Obama even made it to the Oval Office. Once again, this was yet another incident that occurred under GW’s watch. Seriously, do Republicans forget Bush was in office for eight years too? Do they not remember any of the actions he took? Look, I just want to remind everyone out there, people like her are the ones supporting Trump. In my eyes, that should tell folks everything they need to know about his candidacy.

In the end, if someone out there wants to criticize another person, at least have the decency to be factual in the attacks being made. At the bare minimum, let the hate be grounded in something that can survive being fact-checked. Otherwise, shut the fuckidy-fuck up and get off of our television screens. Good day.

A Letter To Gabby Douglas


Dear Gabby Douglas,

While you may not know me, I wanted to take this time to write to you directly. During this crucial time in your life, I’m positive you have loved ones who are reassuring you that everything will be alright. With that being said, my words may not matter much at all. In any case, I still feel compelled to reach out to you. Despite all of the mean-spirited attacks being levied your way, I simply want to deliver one message to you: fuck the haters.

As sad as it is, we live in a society where people love being outraged and love tearing others down. Losers feed off of the emotions of the individuals around them, as if causing another human being pain adds value to their lives. This concept is one of the main problems with social media. Cowards who wouldn’t have the balls to utter such ugliness to their intended target in person just hide behind their computer screens and smartphones. They’d much rather feel powerful in the comments section of a website while wondering why they have no friends.

For me, the worst part about this entire situation is the fact you’ve been getting knocked down by people who look like you, in addition to all of the others. It’s absolutely disgusting that Black people can see you compete on the highest level of your sport and only think to comment on your hair. The self-hate is so visible when some misguided fools can criticize the way your hair grows NATURALLY out of your head. Do they believe their hair behaves any differently? Malcolm X asked the following question decades ago: who taught you to hate yourself? That’s a question your Black detractors need to ask themselves at this particular moment.

It’s also incredibly disheartening to see so many White people question your patriotism. Whether they’re attacking you for not putting your hand on your heart during the national anthem or not “cheering” for your teammates enough, the lack of empathy is ridiculous. Have they never been disappointed before? I know the results of a couple of Olympic events didn’t go the way you planned them, so I completely understand being upset by the outcome. When you want something so bad and don’t achieve it, the pain is very real and hard to hide. Do NOT feel bad for being human. You have every right to be emotional during these times, naysayers be damned. I wonder how any of your critics would feel if they were in a similar position. Would they feel chipper if they saw the intended finish line and didn’t cross it in the way they envisioned? It’s incredibly easy to be critical of someone else when that individual has nothing at stake.

In the end, all I can say is, you’ve represented this country to the best of your ability. If anyone out there can’t accept that, they didn’t deserve to have you on their side in the first place. Also, while you may be too proper to say things as plainly as you should, I do not have that problem. Soooooo, fuck any and everybody who has something malicious to say about you. I guarantee they haven’t done shit with their lives anyway. In any case, keep your head up and keep pushing, Gabby.

Sincerely,

Your friendly neighborhood LC

Michael Phelps & Some Black Chick

“Have you ever had something happen that was so racist that you didn’t even get mad? It’s like, ‘Goddamn, that was racist.’ I mean it was so blatant, you were just like ‘Wow!'” For those who are unaware, that stream of consciousness was uttered by the immortal Dave Chappelle. See, Dave perfectly encapsulated how a lot of Black people feel on a daily basis with that statement. Various things happen in our society and all we can do is make the Kermit the Frog face. Well, that’s exactly how I felt after I saw what The Mercury News did to Simone Manuel. It was racial bias at its finest, son. Sit back and enjoy.

Now, in case anyone missed it, Simone Manuel is fucking awesome. This 20-year-old young lady from Texas made history at the Rio Olympics. This past Thursday, after her performance in the 100-m freestyle, Manuel became the first African-American woman to win an individual swimming event at an Olympic Games. Wait, let me say that again. Manuel became the FIRST African-American woman to win an individual swimming event at an Olympic Games. So, how does The Mercury News honor this woman for her historic achievement? Solely add her as the racial component of a headline about Michael Phelps. Exhibit A: the photo embedded in this post.

Look, I’m not one to hate on Michael Phelps, man. Any dude who can win more Gold medals than most of the countries on this planet is a dude who deserves to be revered and respected. However; come the fuck on, man. This woman literally accomplished something no one else has ever done and she’s referred to as nothing more than an “African-American?” This is literally White patriarchy at its most potent. The White dude gets the distinction and the top billing while the Black woman isn’t even called by her name. In cases like this, I don’t even give a fuck about an apology, man. Yeah, someone can acknowledge they did something wrong, but that doesn’t change the fact they thought it was an appropriate action in the first place. THAT’S the real issue here. If people didn’t call them out on their bullshit, does anyone think The Mercury News would have apologized for their gaffe? I certainly don’t, son.

In the end, I’d like to thank America for being America. Even during the times when Black people are representing this God-forsaken land, the country always finds a way to remind minorities we’re not viewed in the same light as everyone else. Shit, don’t even get me started on the stupid outrage surrounding Gabby Douglas, son. She’s literally out there sacrificing her body for this country and all people want to talk about is why she didn’t put her hand over her heart during the national anthem. Get the flying fuck out of here, man! From my point of view, anyone who supports Donald Trump especially needs to shut the figgidy-fuck up. Why? Just take a look at this picture, man. Exactly, son. Good day.