RIP Craig Mack

Damn, son. *Sigh* Here we are again, man. Another day, another rapper from my childhood facing an untimely demise. Look, all I know is, Craig Mack never got the credit he deserved, fam. I mean, if we’re being real, he jumpstarted Diddy‘s career, bruh. Ok, yes, I’m well aware of Puff’s tenure at Uptown Records and his work with Jodeci/Mary J. Blige. However; Puff laid the foundation for Bad Boy Records on Mack’s back. Frankly, if it wasn’t for Mack, there might not have been a Bad Boy empire.

Ok, before I continue, let me get one thing out of the way, son. Listen, 46 years old is WAY too young to die from heart failure, man! Now, I have no idea what Mack’s health was like in his final days. But, as a 32-year-old dude, the thought of dying in 10 or so years is frightening, fam! Real talk, that’s one of the main reasons why I started getting back in shape, bruh. Yeah, looking good is nice and all, but I’m more so petrified of dying in poor health. So, stories like Mack scare the fuck out of me, folks! All in all, we need to make sure we’re taking the best care of ourselves.

Moving on, let’s talk about Mack’s legacy. Now, for those who are unaware, Mack legitimately started the Bad Boy run. I mean, not only was/is “Flava In Ya Ear” a classic song, but it was also Bad Boy’s first release. That’s right, people, The Notorious B.I.G. didn’t put out the label’s first music. Ok, yes, Ready To Die ending up coming out a week before Mack’s Project: Funk da World. But, Bad Boy’s momentum began with Mack. Real talk, if “Flava In Ya Ear” never took off, we might not have ever gotten the rest of the label’s discography. With that being said, everyone needs to put some respect on Mack’s name, son.

In the end, I don’t want Mack’s influence to go unrecognized. Ultimately, he’s important to Hip Hop‘s history, whether people know it or not. By and by, Rest In Peace to Craig Mack! At the end of the day, he died too young, man. That is all. LC out.

P.S. For anyone who’s in the dark about Mack’s music, go check out Project: Funk da World. Shit, “Flava In Ya Ear” is a given, but “Get Down” is also supremely fire, fam. Good day.


The Bruno Mars Hate Doesn’t Make Sense

So, let me get straight to the point, son. The hate that Bruno Mars is receiving right now is pure nonsense, man. In my eyes, calling Mars a “cultural appropriator” is inaccurate, fam. From my vantage point, there’s a difference between inspiration and theft. Now, are a lot of Mars’ musical sources identifiable? Absolutely. However; the style of damn near EVERY artist can be traced to some predecessor. With that being said, what’s the real fucking beef with Mars, bruh?

Ok, for those who missed it, let me explain how all of this began. Now, in a video for The Grapevine, writer Seren Sensei went on a tangent about her disdain for Mars. According to her, Mars borrows too much from Black artists and shouldn’t be allowed to get a pass since he isn’t Black. In addition, she believes that he “plays up” his racial ambiguity in order to pull the wool over our eyes. All in all, she went full Super Saiyan on him and I think it’s a bit misguided, son.

Now, to me, a cultural appropriator is someone who doesn’t recognize or admit where they got their style from. By that definition, Mars doesn’t fit the mold, man. Honestly, all that guy does is give credit to the artists who came before him. Real talk, just take a look at his “Album of the Year” speech for 24K Magic at the Grammys. Fam, he literally thanked Babyface, Teddy Riley and Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis for inspiring him! On top of that, during an interview with Latina, he went into great detail about how all American music has its roots in Black music. So, if he’s actually giving credit to his sources, what’s the fucking problem, bruh?! I mean, are Black people the only ones who are allowed to embrace the Funk?

Look, if anybody doesn’t like Mars’ songs, then just say that, son. On the real, people are 100% entitled to their personal tastes. However; criticizing him for being a cultural appropriator or a vulture is just foolish, man. Real talk, all that dude does is give credit to Black musicians and Black artistry. Shit, just look at his band, fam! It’s literally nothing but Black and Brown players! What the hell else do people want, bruh?! In my eyes, this entire debate is fucking stupid, folks. At the end of the day, baseless accusations and name-calling won’t stop me from enjoying his discography.

In the end, let’s just chill out with the tomfoolery, son. Ultimately, we all have a choice, man: we can either enjoy Mars’ music or not. However; no one should be judged for digging his songs. By and by, the man is inspired by Black music and makes no secret of it. So, if he’s actually tipping his hat to his musical forefathers, then no one out there has a credible beef, fam. That is all. LC out.

Why Do People Support 6ix9ine?

So, before I begin, let me make one thing clear: this post has nothing to do with music, son. To be honest, I haven’t listened to enough of 6ix9ine‘s songs to give an honest opinion. In any case, I’m still deeply troubled by the fact that he gets as much support as he does. In my eyes, any person who pled guilty to sexual assault should be ostracized, man. I mean, is there no fucking limit? All in all, how can anybody even remotely justify being a 6ix9ine fan?

Ok, let me explain what my beef is, fam. Now, like I said previously, I’m not really familiar with 6ix9ine’s music. So, I have no judgment, positive or negative, about his songs. In addition, I don’t care about his alleged affiliation with the Bloods gang. Shit, countless rappers have boasted about gang ties, whether they were real or not. Anyway, my issues arose when I heard about what he pled guilty to in 2015. Apparently, early that year, 6ix9ine was caught on video smacking a naked 13-year-old girl’s ass while she gave head to his friend. Keep in mind, 6ix9ine was 18 at the time. Bruh, how is anyone okay with this?! Real talk, this isn’t just some allegation, son! He pled guilty to that shit, man!

Look, based on that information, I can’t help but call out other rappers. I’m wholeheartedly judging Tory Lanez, Young Thug, Fetty Wap, A Boogie and Offset. Listen, ALL of those rappers, who I actually like, worked with 6ix9ine on his Day69 mixtape. On the real, I hope they didn’t know about his past when they worked with him. Keeping it a buck, if they did, then that means they’re condoning and co-signing the career of a sexual abuser. In my eyes, there’s no way to explain that, fam. *Sigh* I guess Trippie Redd is the only one with some sense. As of right now, he’s the only one to distance himself from 6ix9ine.

In the end, I don’t know what else to say here, bruh. Ultimately, I think all of this shit is cut and dry, son. The way I see it, 6ix9ine shouldn’t be championed. By and by, we have to have some semblance of standards, man. At the end of the day, people need to be held accountable for their actions. All I know is, sexual abusers shouldn’t be allowed to flourish, fam. That is all. LC out.

What Do Y’all Want From This Site?

So, today’s post is going to be a little bit different, son. Basically, I’d like to have a direct dialogue with my audience, man. With that being said, I want to ask a simple question: what does everyone want to see on this site? Now, at this point, I’ve spent a number of years just rambling about whatever crossed my mind. On the real, I’m super thankful for everybody who holds me down, fam. In any case, I’ve never really taken the time to cater to the needs of my supporters. Well, that changes today, bruh!

All in all, I’d like to hear from all of the fine folks out there. So, what kind of topics would people like to see me touch on? Is there a different format that I should consider embracing? Feel free to let me know on any of my platforms: Facebook, Instagram, Twitter or right here on this site. Side bar, my handle is “icbfdotcom” on all of those social media sites. Thanks a lot, brethren. LC out.

P.S. Shout-out to my wife Triciah for giving me the idea to do this. Love ya, babe!

Janelle Monáe’s Got Bars!

Yeeeeeeah, buddy! Janelle Monáe is back, son! She took time out from filming dope ass movies like Moonlight and Hidden Figures to bless us with that fuego, man. With that being said, I want to take this time to briefly talk about the two new joints she put out, fam. All in all, “Django Jane” and “Make Me Feel” showcase different aspects of Monáe’s artistry. Either way, LC has been JAMMIN’, bruh!

Ok, before I get to the Prince influences and Tessa Thompson goodness of the “Make Me Feel” video, let me talk about “Django Jane.” Now, all I know is, Monáe got bars, son! I mean, I knew she could rap from her “Tightrope (Wondamix)” track with Lupe Fiasco and B.o.B. However; she legit has punchlines on this new track, man! Look, as a rapper myself, I always appreciate good wordplay, fam. So, when I hear lines like “I cut ’em off like Van Gogh, now, pan right for the angle,” I get hyped, bruh! In addition, when I hear bars like “I got away with murder, no Scandal, cue the violins and the Viola‘s,” I can’t help but tip my cap, folks. At the end of the day, Monáe can rhyme for real, people!

Moving on, let’s speak about this “Make Me Feel” video. Now, I must say, I have a MASSIVE crush on Janelle Monáe. So, the rumors of her dating Tessa Thompson only suck because that eliminates my chances, son. Listen, I’m pretty sure my wife would say our marriage eliminates my chances, but she understands how hot Monáe is, man. Anyway, Thompson is prominently featured in the video and their chemistry has everybody talking. On top of that, the music is phenomenal, fam! Listen, when most artists attempt a Prince sound, they fuck it up. But, Monáe is able to take the Purple One’s template and make it her own. On the real, I’d bet money that he’s grooving to those guitar licks in Heaven, bruh.

In the end, what else can I say, son? Ultimately, Monáe is two-for-two with these new releases, man. By and by, I can’t wait for her Dirty Computer album, fam. Keeping it a buck, she’s one of the few artists that I truly believe is incapable of making wack shit. So, on that note, let’s jam to that new Dylan hot fire, bruh. That is all. LC out.

Nipsey Hussle’s Album Is HARD!

So, I’m going to keep this post short today, son. Basically, there’s only one thing people need to know, man: Nipsey Hussle‘s Victory Lap album is HARD! I mean, Nipsey has always put out high quality music, fam. But, he took his shit to another level on this record, bruh. All I know is, this entire album makes me want to slap innocent people for no discernible reason.

Now, I was inspired to write this post after a convo with my homegirl LeShay. She brought up the fact that on “Rap Niggas,” the hard ass bass line switches to a hard ass 808 and it got us HYPED! Shit, the entire album has moments like that, son. From a production standpoint, I can’t find one wack beat on here, man. Hell, regardless of how musical any given song is, the knock is ALWAYS there, fam. In addition, Nip is rapping his ass off on all of these tracks, bruh. All in all, he was able to successfully make a West Coast album for 2018.

In the end, I don’t know what else to say, son. Ultimately, the album rides, man. So, everyone needs to do themselves a favor and get acquainted with the chunes, fam. With that being said, folks can peep a couple of my favorite songs below. By and by, if anyone sees me outside gooning for no cotdamn reason, just blame this record, bruh. That is all. LC out.

Will Smith Has The Best Account On Instagram

So, let me be real, son. These days, I spend a lot of time talking about serious topics. I mean, there’s so much fuckity-fuck shit going on, I feel like I need to make sense of it all. In any case, I’d like to take this time to speak about something lighthearted. With that being said, let’s all touch base about Will Smith‘s awesome Instagram account. Real talk, his videos may be the best thing about IG right now, man. All in all, if anyone disagrees, do us all a favor and get acquainted with Willard’s greatness.

Ok, let me explain why I’m such a fan of Smith’s IG antics. Now, growing up, I was a HUGE fan of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. On the real, Smith was a cotdamn fool and it always made for entertaining television. Anyway, when I look at Smith’s IG page, it’s clear as day that he wasn’t acting on that show. Like, that’s REALLY his personality, fam. Look, I pretty much always knew that, but it’s dope as hell to see it in real time, bruh. Listen, this dude is one of the most successful people in the world and he’s still out here terrorizing his children and acting an ass. Yeah, we can wax poetically about his inspirational videos, which are great, but I’m also here for the jokes, people. Keeping it a buck, his tomfoolery encourages me to continue being my stupid ass self. Sorry in advance, kids.

In the end, there’s nothing else for me to say, son. Ultimately, I could describe my favorite posts from his feed, but I’d much rather show them, man. With that being said, folks can take a look at my favorite videos below. By and by, people can take a break from the twerking videos for a second. Yes, I know they’re wonderful, but they’ll still be there after we’re done here, fam. That is all. LC out.

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