New Music Fridays: LC ‘A Blind Eye’

What’s the word, good people? Yes, I know that I’ve been gone for a week or so. Look, I’m on vacation, son. Every now and then, a brother needs to breathe, man. In any case, I couldn’t let this year end without one last post, fam. In addition, it’s only right that my last post for 2017 is a New Music Fridays thingamajig. With that being said, let’s get to the music, bruh. As always, folks can listen to “A Blind Eye” below. Per usual, the track can be streamed/downloaded on SoundCloud and streamed on YouTube. Now, let’s keep the proceedings proceeding, people. Happy Holidays to everyone! LC out.

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RIP Combat Jack

So, for those who don’t know, I’m a big podcast guy, son. Like, for someone who’s a musician, I spend waaay more time listening to podcasts, man. In any case, out of all of the podcasts in the known universe, the Combat Jack Show is always one of my go-to listens. With that being said, I’m sad to hear about the death of Reggie Ossé aka Combat Jack. Now, while I was aware of his cancer diagnosis, I didn’t expect him to go so soon, fam. All in all, Rest In Peace to one of Hip Hop‘s podcast pioneers, bruh.

Ok, back in October, Jack came out of the blue and told the world that he was recovering from colon cancer surgery. At the time, that news was shocking because us fans didn’t know he was sick. Anyway, in my eyes, even though I’ve personally seen the affects of cancer on loved ones, I thought Jack was going to be alright. Now, my sentiments were mainly based on Jack’s own demeanor. I mean, even though he knew he was in a precarious position, he still had a good attitude about everything. Real talk, he refused to let the cancer dim his light, son. All I know is, his outward composure was commendable as fuck, man.

Moving on, although Jack is now gone, his influence can’t be denied, fam. Listen, outside of his history as a prominent lawyer in Hip Hop, he founded one of the culture’s most recognizable podcast brands, fam. Hell, as of right now, who isn’t on the Loud Speakers Network, bruh? Currently, they have The Read with Kid Fury and Crissle, The Brilliant Idiots with Charlamagne Tha God and Andrew Schulz, Lip Service with Angela Yee and many more. In addition, they also had Tax Season with Taxstone before his unfortunate legal situation. Now, when I add on Mogul, his Chris Lighty documentary on Spotify, it’s clear that this man had a MAJOR impact on the zeitgeist, son.

In the end, shout-out to Mr. Ossé for everything he’s accomplished, man. Ultimately, I hope he realized his impact while he was here, fam. By and by, he was a real torchbearer for Hip Hop and that should never be forgotten. Once again, RIP to Combat Jack. LC out.

Did Joe Budden Really Leave ‘Everyday Struggle’?

So, as a longtime Joe Budden fan, I can’t say that I’m surprised, son. I mean, keeping it a buck, I’m shocked that his tenure on Everyday Struggle lasted this long, man. In any case, what is the show going to do without him, fam? Shit, he was basically the reason why anyone paid attention to Complex‘s show, bruh. All I know is, I’m going to miss his various kerfuffles and beefs with artists all around the industry.

Ok, for those who are unaware, Budden decided to leave the show he co-founded. Now, I’m not sure about all of the details (because I haven’t listened to the latest Joe Budden Podcast episode yet), but it appears that it all came down to money, son. Apparently, Budden and Complex couldn’t reach an agreement and Joey chose to walk. All in all, fans of the show knew something was up because Budden missed a couple of episodes in a row.

Now, during his absence, Complex tried to play it off like Budden was missing shows because of his newborn child with Cyn Santana. However; Joey took to Twitter and quickly refuted those claims, saying that he “knows [his] worth” and that “internal chaos” was responsible. All I can say is, Everyday Struggle is going to struggle everyday without Budden. Side bar, does everyone see what I did there? Man, I really make myself laugh, fam.

Anyway, Joe had ALL of the hot takes on the show and HE’S the one who kept eyes on the program. Look, how many artists did he piss off in the process, bruh? Shit, Migos and Lil Yachty JUST released a diss track because of Joey’s comments. I guess after all of their bickering, they thought this was the best way to get back at Joe. Listen, for someone who’s supposed to be “irrelevant,” he sure has a lot of people talking, son. On the real, irrelevant folks don’t cause this much traffic, man. It just is what it is, fam.

In the end, this probably won’t have much of an impact on Budden. Ultimately, I think Complex is taking an L with this move, bruh. By and by, I don’t think the show is going to end, but it damn sure won’t be as entertaining, son. At the end of the day, people like me will still be around whenever Joe decides to resurface with a new endeavor. In addition, the Joe Budden Podcast is still moving in these streets, so I’m sure he’ll be fine, man. Keeping it a buck, I’m just here for the fuckery, fam. That is all. LC out.

Black Thought Is Better Than All Of Us

So, I’m a firm believer in giving someone their flowers while they can smell them. With that being said, let’s talk about how Black Thought is one of the greatest rappers of all time. Keep in mind, I’m not just saying this because he went hamburger while freestyling for Funkmaster Flex on Hot 97. Nah, I’ve known about Thought’s prowess for like 20 years, son. Frankly, I’m just happy that folks are finally starting to catch up, man. All in all, Black Thought has been a better emcee than all of us for a long, long, LONG time.

Ok, before I continue, let me talk about my personal fandom of Black Thought. Now, at this point, everyone out there should know that I make music. Hell, in 2017 alone, I’ve dropped 15 songs on this very blog, fam. In any case, I’ve also mentioned the fact that I was in a band during my college years. Truth be told, The Roots were a MAJOR influence on the music we made as a group, bruh. On the real, outside of the virtuosic rapping, their Jazz-influenced compositions were a template for what my band, Melodesiac, could accomplish. Needless to say, Black Thought, Questlove and the rest of The Roots set the bar for live Hip Hop.

Now, I say all that to say that Thought has been the man since the early 1990s. Real talk, when I first heard “Proceed,” I knew that dude was different, son. Also, he continued to grow with each album. Keeping it a buck, anytime I thought he couldn’t get better, he did, man. He was better when “Concerto Of The Desperado” dropped. He was better when “Ain’t Sayin’ Nothin’ New” dropped. Shit, he was better when “Thought @ Work” dropped. Basically, he’s never slowed down, fam. I mean, he’s been a lyrical genius every step of the way, bruh.

Listen, with all of that being said, he absolutely blacked out on Hot 97, son. Fuck, he completely mangled Mobb Deep‘s “The Learning (Burn)” beat, man. Look, he started rapping as soon as the snare hit and he didn’t stop murdering shit for 10 minutes, fam. Keeping it a buck, I won’t even disgrace the man and try to quote any of his lines. All I know is, everyone out there should watch the massacre for themselves, bruh. By and by, THIS is how a rapper is supposed to rap, folks. All I can say is, I don’t want to hear anything to the contrary.

In the end, viva la Black Thought! Ultimately, everyone should take a second and watch the video below. As of now, nobody out there can claim ignorance about the ability of this man. Ok, yeah, some folks may recognize him because of Jimmy Fallon, but give this dude his proper respect, son. From what I see, legends never die and skills never diminish, man. That is all. LC out.

So… Net Neutrality, Huh?

So, this may be the end for this blog, son. Ok, yes, it may seem like I’m exaggerating, but after this net neutrality vote, I wouldn’t be surprised by anything, man. With that being said, everyone out there better enjoy my content while they can. All in all, thanks to the FCC and Ajit Pai, fair internet use may be coming to an end, fam. All I know is, this situation is yet another example of how Donald Trump‘s administration is trying to reshape the country in its image.

Ok, let me explain why everyone should be freaking out, bruh. Now, net neutrality was designed to keep broadband companies in check. The regulations prohibited companies from blocking websites, charging more for certain content or withholding high-quality service. Basically, net neutrality made sure that all content on the internet was given the same level of access. In any case, by shutting down net neutrality, the FCC has opened the door to companies controlling what people have access to and how much they can charge for it.

Look, I won’t lie, son. On the real, all of this shit is frightening, man. I mean, look at it this way, fam. Trump and the GOP have already been on a crusade to discredit the media and any other entity that speaks against them. Now, they’re putting the pieces in place to potentially stop people from accessing certain information. Bruh, they’re literally setting the stage to control what the citizens know and don’t know. Real talk, if anyone out there isn’t scared then they MUST NOT be paying attention!

Listen, at this point, I’m not sure about how to stop this, son. From what I understand, several states are planning to sue the FCC if this repeal actually goes into effect. In addition, several organizations are calling upon Congress to block this decision. In the end, I’m not sure if any of these tactics will work, but we need to try anyway, man. Ultimately, we can’t let our government dictate our access to information. By and by, that’s EXACTLY how they can assert a level of control that we wouldn’t be able to combat, man. *Sigh* These are fucking DANGEROUS times, fam! Keeping it a buck, we all need to keep our heads on a swivel, bruh. That is all. LC out.

Let’s All Laugh At Omarosa

So, I’ll be the first to admit, I’m not looking for facts here, son. Keeping it a buck, I’m strictly here for the jokes today, man. I mean, what’s funnier than the prospect of Omarosa Manigault-Newman getting physically thrown out of the White House, fam? Shit, after all of her nonsense and her Donald Trump-caping tomfoolery, this is EXACTLY the way the story should’ve ended, bruh. With that being said, let’s all collectively laugh at Omarosa for losing her job.

Ok, for those who missed it, apparently some fuckery went down yesterday. So, according to several reports, Omarosa got into a kerfuffle with Chief of Staff John Kelly. From there, she allegedly tried to get into the White House residence to see Trump and was physically removed from the building. Now, I don’t know if any of that is true, but it’s fucking hilarious nonetheless, son. Look, imagine the Secret Service putting Omarosa in an armbar and kicking her off of the premises, man. On the real, that’s just too funny for words, fam.

Now, as expected, all of this has been disputed, bruh. As it stands, both Omarosa and the Secret Service have denied reports that a physical confrontation took place. However; the Secret Service did confirm that all of her credentials have been revoked and she won’t be coming back to work. Real talk, that’s all I need to hear in order to get joy from this story, son. Listen, Omarosa’s been a clown since she was on The Apprentice with Trump. All in all, the fact that she ever held a government position is fucking preposterous, man. I’m just glad that this part of the science experiment is over, fam.

In the end, Trump’s team just keeps on dwindling, bruh. At this rate, by the time he reaches a year in office, he might not have any staff left, son. Ultimately, the Omarosa debacle is yet another example of the incompetence of this administration. By and by, the clown train just keeps on rolling, man. *Sigh* LC out.

Alabama Made The Right Decision

So, let me keep it a buck here, son. The Senate election in Alabama wasn’t about the Left versus the Right, man. This election wasn’t about the Democrats versus the Republicans. Frankly, this election was about right versus clear-cut wrong, fam. Look, if Alabama actually put Roy Moore in Congress, then they would’ve put a racist pedophile in an elected office. With that being said, Doug Jones was DEFINITELY the better choice, bruh. All in all, I’m just glad that Alabama didn’t do what I thought they were gonna do.

Ok, at this point, I shouldn’t have to explain how horrible of a person Moore is, son. I mean, I’ve already detailed his history of pedophilia and sexual abuse. In any case, he also has a strong, STRONG background of racism, man. Shit, just the other day, he got outed for saying that America was better when we had slavery. Somehow, Moore asserted that the family unit was stronger during a time when slaves didn’t have the right to have families. I… I didn’t even know how to respond to that when I heard it, fam.

Listen, the fact that Moore was even in this race says EVERYTHING about our country, bruh. Hell, I was watching MSNBC last night and there was a poll that said that 55% of Alabama voters didn’t care about the allegations against Moore. Good Lord, that’s fucking insane, son! On the real, these folks are so dedicated to the GOP that they were WILLFULLY looking the other way to Moore’s pedophilia. Real talk, that’s fucking FRIGHTENING, man! All I can say is, political allegiance is damn near as dangerous as religious zealotry, fam.

Now, with all of that being said, America needs to thank Black people… again. Taking it a step further, the country needs to thank Black women specifically, bruh. Based on the final voting numbers, Black women represented 18% of the total vote and 97% of them voted for Jones. In addition, Black men represented 12% of the total vote and 92% of them also voted for Jones. Basically, Black people saved everyone’s ass, son. All I know is, the Senate dynamic just got A LOT more interesting, man. Keeping it a buck, Congress desperately needs this balancing act, fam.

In the end, fuck Roy Moore, fuck Steve Bannon and fuck Donald Trump (word to YG). Ultimately, this nation has a TON of problems, but electing a racist pedophile shouldn’t be one of them, bruh. By and by, I’m just relieved that this race didn’t go a different way, son. Look, I know this country jumped the shark a long time ago. However; a Moore candidacy was nothing short of preposterous, man. That is all. LC out.