America, As Told By Childish Gambino

So, I’m not going to lie, son. Real talk, I have no interest in writing some elaborate think piece, man. I mean, at this point, A TON has already been said about Donald Glover‘s, excuse me, Childish Gambino‘s “This Is America” video. Frankly, there’s no way for me to add any new insight to the zeitgeist, fam. Side note, Blavity has my favorite write-up about the video so far. Feel free to check it out, folks. In any case, instead of trying to break new ground, I’d much rather speak on what resonates with me. All in all, there are a lot of gems in this joint. Allow me to speak about my favorites, bruh.

Ok, the first thing that jumps out at me is the dancing. Now, the actual moves that Gambino and the children are doing aren’t important, son. In actuality, they’re just a distraction from all of the fuckery going on in the background. On the real, it’s a perfect metaphor for this current generation, man. Look, these days, people only seem to be concerned with turning up, doing drugs and getting money. All the while, racism and classism have engulfed so much around us. All I know is, either we’re not paying attention or we’re just looking for an escape, fam.

Now, the next thing that jumps out at me is the gun violence. Namely, the fact that guns are treated better than people. Shit, after Gambino shoots a guitar player in the head, the gun is safely placed in a cloth. Meanwhile, the dead body is callously hauled away. Next, Gambino murders an entire church choir, but the AK-47 is delicately placed in another cloth. All I can say is, we all live in a country where the Second Amendment is more important than our lives. Keeping it a buck, I low key gave up on the idea of gun reform after Sandy Hook. Listen, if twenty dead children doesn’t inspire action, then what the fuck will, bruh? *Sigh* We can’t continue on like this, son.

Lastly, on a more positive note, I’m presently surprised by the vocals of Young Thug, 21 Savage, Slim Jxmmi, Quavo and BlocBoy JB. Being honest, I didn’t hear them at first, man. I guess I was too enthralled by what I was watching. Anyway, after hearing their adlibs, I’m excited by the fact they contributed to a song like this. Look, it can be said that artists like them have a heavy hand in the issues outlined in the second paragraph. But, they allow themselves to be part of a bigger cause. Now, I don’t know what that means going forward, but it’s super dope in the moment, fam.

In the end, well done, Childish Gambino! Ultimately, I dig the fact that he’s using his platform in such a manner. By and by, it’s easier to be “safe,” bruh. It’s easier to do what’s comfortable for the masses. At the end of the day, it’s much harder to jump off of the ledge, unsure of where the chips may fall. So, shout-out to Glover for not being safe. The way I see it, the times are waaaay too dangerous for that. Good day. LC out.

P.S. Since this post is about Glover, I also want to quickly discuss something else. Look, can Black people kill the narrative that a person can’t be pro-Black and date outside of the race? Listen, who gives a fuck if Glover’s significant other isn’t Black? Oh, is he suddenly clueless about minority issues because he fell in love with someone? Is he suddenly blind to systemic racism because he has a connection with someone? Knock it the fuck off, people! Everyone should be free to love who they love AND work towards community empowerment. That is all.

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Is Post Malone Hip-Hop?

Look, off rip, let me be clear, son. This post has nothing to do with those “Real Hip-Hop” debates, man. I mean, I don’t think any person has the authority to define what “real” Rap is, fam. The way I see it, if the music is real to the rapper, then it’s real, bruh. But, that doesn’t mean I have to like the shit, folks. All in all, that’s why music is considered to be subjective. With all of that being said, I’m only questioning the Rap credentials of Post Malone for one reason: he doesn’t actually rap, people. So, why is his music categorized as Rap music?

Ok, let me be honest, son. Listen, I actually like Post Malone, man. Now, I’m well aware of the fact that he’s made problematic statements in the past. I’m aware of the fact that he stated there’s no substance in Rap lyrics. Real talk, I don’t even need to explain why those were some idiotic fucking words, fam. On the real, any man who made the song “Rockstar” can’t talk about substance, bruh. For God‘s sake, he’s talking about doing cocaine and smashing groupies in the fucking chorus! Frankly, he doesn’t have the clout to make those kind of assertions, people.

In any case, despite his occasional fuckery, I actually jam out to his tunes, son. Keeping it a buck, although “White Iverson” is meh, “Deja Vu” is dope and “Congratulations” is dope, along with “Psycho,” “Ball for Me” and “Sugar Wraith.” Moving on, regardless of my affinity for those tracks, they all have one thing in common: he doesn’t rap at all. Hell, he sings on EVERY song he makes. So, why do media outlets and streaming services label him as a rapper? Shit, I guess the bigger question is, in 2018, what the hell is Rap music? I ask because these newer artists are making it harder to define, man.

Listen, I had a similar question after listening to Birds in the Trap Sing McKnight by Travi$ Scott. Now, I know that he’s dropped bars in the past. But, on that particular album, it was damn near all harmonizing. So, what makes it Hip-Hop? Is it the 808‘s? Is it the fashion? Is it the jewelry? All I know is, I can’t put my finger on any of this shit anymore, fam. Look, I’m not complaining, especially since I’m a fan of some of these newer artists. However, I’m just pointing out something that’s a little weird, bruh.

In the end, I’m just thinking out loud, son. Ultimately, I’m not trying to tell anyone what to listen to, man. By and by, I just let people do whatever it is they do, fam. At the end of the day, it’s not my call, bruh. Anyway, let me get back to this Gospel, folks. Fred Hammond keeps me from assaulting people at work. Good day. LC out.

Migos Needs To Drop Their Album NOW!

Look, let’s be clear here: Migos‘ “Bad and Boojee” is the best song ever. Donald Glover already told everyone this during the Golden Globes, son. Ok, it may be a stretch to say it’s the best song ever, but dammit, I enjoy EVERYTHING about that joint, man. Shit, I even enjoy Lil Uzi Vert‘s verse and I’m not the biggest fan of his music. With that being said, all I know is, Migos needs to drop their Culture album right this second! Their buzz can’t get any higher, son. It’s go time, bro!

Now, as of yesterday, “Bad and Boujee” is the number-one song on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. That makes it the number-one Pop song in the country. That means a song that references cooking dope in a crockpot is the most played song in America, son. Now, I don’t know about anyone else, but that tidbit makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside, man. While Quavo may be the most visible member of Migos, Offset is the star of this song and has all of the memorable catchphrases. Hell, the hook of the song ain’t even really a hook, man. It’s just another Offset verse where he gets to stunt in preposterous ways. Man, what’s not to love about this fucking song, son?

I mean, that’s all, folks. I’m just happy that a song I enjoy so much has topped the charts. While I’m at it, shout-out to Metro Boomin for producing damn near every jam over the last three years and finally getting his first number-one song. For me, his work on 21 Savage‘s Savage Mode makes me want to kick small puppies and throw hamsters like I’m playing shot put. All in all, it’s songs like this that keep me sane in this world, son. Everyone needs to get on the train. Good day.