Hip-Hop Is In A Good Place

So, I know the title alone will have some people in their feelings, son. I mean, I can already hear some of the comments, man: “fuck Mumble Rap” or “these new artists can’t rhyme” or “Hip-Hop isn’t what it used to be.” Look, I’m going to be real, fam. I don’t have time to focus on shit I don’t like, bruh. Real talk, I give everybody a chance, folks. Now, if I don’t like an artist’s music, then I just don’t come back to that shit, people. With that being said, I’d rather take a moment to give credit to the artists who are doing great things. All in all, Hip-Hop is actually in a good place at the moment.

Ok, to begin, let’s talk about Kendrick Lamar, son. Now, for those who missed it, this motherfucker just won a damn Pulitzer Prize, man! Listen, his DAMN. album took home the prize for music. To be clear, Pulitzer started giving out awards for music in 1943. Lamar is the FIRST rapper to ever win that award. On the real, that’s fucking insane, fam! Look, I’m not one of those people who believes that Black culture needs validation from White America in order to be treasured. But, it’s still dope when they recognize the influence we have on the world. Good shit, Lamar!

Now, let’s talk about Drake, bruh. Keeping it a buck, during my wedding week in Nevis, my boy Fabian and I had a candid conversation about Drake. Essentially, we talked about the fact that NO rapper has ever dominated mainstream music the way that Drake has. Look, I’m well aware of the success of artists like Eminem, Jay-Z and Kanye West. However; if we’re being honest here, Drake has been at the top of the charts for damn near a decade now. Son, So Far Gone came out in 2009, man. It’s 2018 now and this dude is replacing his own number-one Billboard Hot 100 song with another hit. Listen, “Nice For What” just replaced “God’s Plan” at the summit and his winning streak continues. All I know is, this type of success should be celebrated, fam.

Next, I want to talk about Cardi B, bruh. Now, I’m 100% a homer when it comes to Cardi, son. Look, I’m a Bronx dude to the core so I have to champion one of my own, man. In any case, we’ve all watched her make a steady transition from stripper to social media star to reality television star to Rap star. On top of that, her Invasion of Privacy album is actually dope, fam. All I can say is, I have no idea how someone could hate on her story, bruh. By and by, she elevated her situation while remaining true to herself. That type of shit is admirable, folks.

Lastly, I want to talk about Nicki Minaj. Now, I’m well aware of the fact that I gave her a hard time the other day. Honestly, that’s because I believe she’s above the petty shit she’s doing right now. Anyway, her new songs are tough, son! Look, I still favor “Chun-Li” over “Barbie Tingz,” but both songs knock, man! Despite all of the nonsense, she’s back to rapping and I’m happy about that, fam. In my eyes, it’s always better when the biggest artists in the game embrace lyrics. It helps to create an atmosphere where other artists will try to live up to that bar, pun intended.

In the end, instead of wasting energy on wack shit, let’s pay attention to the dope shit, bruh. Ultimately, I have nothing else to say, son. By and by, there’s a lot of good music out there right now, man. Let’s just focus on that, fam. That is all. LC out.

P.S. J. Cole is dropping a new album on Friday, bruh. This is yet another example of Hip-Hop being in a good place, son. Anyway, we’ll see what his K.O.D. album is hitting for when it drops. Good day.

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So… Nicki Minaj DOES Have A Problem With Cardi B

Well, well, well, what do we have here, son? After all of the speculation, theories and innuendo, it DOES appear that there’s tension between Nicki Minaj and Cardi B. However; the way I see it, the beef is one-sided, man. On one hand, Cardi seems to be steering clear of any potential conflict. On the other hand, Nicki is telling us that she’s been hurt by Cardi. All I know is, after her interview with Zane Lowe, no one can tell me that Nicki didn’t drop these new songs out of spite, fam.

Ok, so, where do we start with this story, bruh? Now, every since Cardi broke out on the music scene, she’s been compared to Nicki, son. I mean, it makes sense because Nicki is the biggest female rapper in the game. Frankly, she’s the beacon that every other woman gets compared to. Shit, with all of her hits, she’s earned that right, man. However; this feud always seemed weird because it never appeared like Cardi was shading Nicki. On the real, it always looked like Nicki was salty towards Cardi, fam.

Look, if I’m being honest, I can’t recall one time when Cardi said anything negative about Nicki. Hell, even when it came to the “Motorsport” debacle, all Cardi said was she never heard Nicki’s entire verse and that Nicki couldn’t make it to the video because of scheduling. Now, maybe I’m dumb, but I don’t hear a diss anywhere in there, bruh. But, while talking to Lowe, Nicki said that Cardi and Migos made her “look like a liar” and that Cardi was “[playing] the victim.” Please note, all of this was said days after Cardi told Ebro Darden that the beef between her and Nicki was fictional and made-up by the media.

Listen, let’s just cut through all of the bullshit, son. Keeping it a buck, everyone knows what this is really about, man. Look, Nicki also told Lowe that she never felt like Cardi gave her “genuine love.” Now, in layman’s terms, she believes that Cardi should be paying more homage to her. The funny thing is, this is EXACTLY the same issue that Lil’ Kim had with Nicki about a decade ago. Shit, it’s amazing how cycles just repeat themselves, fam. Nicki has now become the veteran that craves reverence. However; people thought Kim was a clown for wanting the same damn thing, bruh. *Sigh* All of this is hypocrisy at its finest, folks.

In the end, Nicki is waaaaay too successful to be this bitter, son. Ultimately, her spot in history is solidified, man. By and by, she should just let Cardi cook, fam. In addition, despite everything I’ve just said, Nicki’s new “Chun-Li” song is hard as fuck, bruh. Now, I may be a little indifferent to “Barbie Tingz,” but I’ll definitely keep that “Chun-Li” in rotation, people. At the end of the day, there’s room for everyone to eat, brethren. Just make good music and let nature take its course. That is all. LC out.

Cardi B Ethered Azealia Banks

Listen, can Azealia Banks please go away? I mean, for someone who actually has talent, she’s spent her entire career sabotaging herself. At this point, I can guarantee that people know her more for her fuckery than her actual music. Shit, just take a look at this list of tomfoolery, son. With that being said, she jumped out of the window again when she came for Cardi B. *Sigh* I really used to champion this chick, but now she needs to disappear forever (Cardi B voice).

Now, for those who missed it, while people like me were hyped that “Bodak Yellow” went number-one on the Billboard Hot 100, Banks was hating. Out of nowhere, Banks turned Cardi’s success into a race issue and her argument made no sense. She claimed that Black men were “too hype” for a Latina woman, but didn’t support artists like Remy Ma and Nicki Minaj in the same manner. In addition, when it comes to Nicki, Banks stated that Cardi is just a “poor man’s” version of the Queens rapper.

Ok, there are NUMEROUS things wrong with Banks’ logic, man. First, Cardi is half-Black. Common sense tells us that racism isn’t a good argument when the person being criticized has Black DNA. All in all, Cardi may be Dominican, but she’s also Trinidadian, fam. Meaning, Banks’ entire dissertation was invalid from its inception.

Second, when haven’t people supported Remy and Nicki? Hell, Nicki has a top 10 hit on the charts RIGHT NOW as part of Yo Gotti‘s “Rake It Up.” Also, Remy just had a major hit last year with “All The Way Up,” bruh. Ok, yeah, those two women have issues with each other, but that doesn’t have any impact on the fans supporting their music. So, what the fuck is Banks even talking about, son?

With all of that being said, Cardi had the perfect response to Banks’ nonsense. After all of the hate, she posted a video of Banks jamming HARD to “Bodak Yellow,” with the caption “one of the reasons Bodak Yellow went #1! Cuz even the HATERS love it!” Now, how can Banks justify her idiocy after that? She came out of left field to hate on Cardi and was a fan this whole time. All in all, stupid is as stupid does, man. Forrest Gump dropped that jewel back in 1994, fam.

In the end, hating is not a good career choice, bruh. Ultimately, Banks looks like a clown and has further sullied her already tarnished reputation. *Sigh* I guess some people really don’t want to prosper, son. By and by, Banks is hopeless now. LC out.

Long Live Cardi B!

So, to be clear, let me say something off the rip: there shall be no Bronx slander on my blog, son. In addition, there shall be no libel about Cardi B, man. Keeping it a buck, at this particular moment in time, she’s reached the pinnacle, fam. I mean, she’s literally changed the trajectory of her entire life with one song, bruh. Now, if that wasn’t enough, she’s also reached another milestone, people: with “Bodak Yellow” reaching number-one on the Billboard Hot 100, she’s become the first female rapper to reach the summit without a feature since Lauryn Hill.

Ok, before I continue, allow me to quickly paint a picture. Now, the year was 1998. At this time, I was a mere 13 years old. During that summer, I distinctly remember taking my The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill CD on a church retreat. As a matter of fact, I also remember that the aforementioned CD was stolen on said trip. Side note, I still don’t know who did it, son. Look, I know some of the youth from that era read this blog. Who stole my CD, man?! I want answers, people! In any case, that’s how long it’s been since Ms. Hill dropped her “Doo Wop (That Thing)” single. All in all, up until Cardi B, Ms. Hill was the last female rapper to solely top the charts.

Now, before I go any further, let me paint ANOTHER picture, fam. Since Hip Hop‘s inception, only FIVE female rappers have EVER topped the Hot 100, bruh. As it stands, Lauryn, Lil’ Kim (“Lady Marmalade“), Shawna (“Stand Up“), Iggy Azalea (“Fancy“) and now Cardi are the only ones to reach this feat. I mean, what else do I need to say about Cardi’s accomplishment, son?! Shit, that woman has come A LONG way from Sue’s Rendezvous and Love & Hip Hop, man! All jokes aside, how can anyone dislike this story, fam? Real talk, I can’t hate on anyone from the Bronx making moves, bruh. By and by, Cardi is my hero, folks.

In the end, long live Cardi B! Ultimately, I don’t know what else needs to be said, son. Viva la Belcalis Almanzar! That is all. LC out.

Do We Want The Righteous Or The Ratchet?

So, to begin, the above picture has little to do with the premise of this post. Frankly, I’m using the images of Ayesha Curry and Cardi B as a means of trolling. With that being said, I have a real question for all of my readers. Does everyone out there want the righteous or the ratchet? I ask that because I always notice the difference in response between posts about political/social issues and posts about pop culture. All I want to know is, is celebrity more important than the issues that affect our everyday lives?

Now, before I continue, let me keep it a buck. On the real, I’m thankful for ANYONE who reads this blog. I mean, I’m wholeheartedly surprised that folks pay attention to my random ramblings. In any case, as people could probably tell, I’ll talk about any and everything on this platform. Frankly, this blog is essentially a snapshot of my free association writing. So, I will continue to touch on a wide variety of topics. However; I do find it odd/slightly disheartening that people would rather read about things like Rap beef than police brutality.

Look, let me be clear, son. Regardless of what I write about, I’ve gained a base that will support me. I mean, that’s fucking beautiful, man! I check my analytics everyday and do the Carlton Dance out of pure joy. With that being said, it scares me that sensationalism seems to be more important than reality. While I thoroughly enjoy making fun of pop culture fuckery, I also want people to take a greater interest in substantial issues. Being honest, in the grand scheme of things, speculation about Kim Kardashian‘s ass shouldn’t trump healthcare, pun intended.

In the end, I’m sorry if I’m coming off a bit preachy here. On the real, that’s truly not my intention, man. Listen, I’m really no better than anyone else, son. Basically, I’m just a random dude with an internet connection who happens to care. Ultimately, my only goal is to make everyone out there aware of what’s happening around us. Now, don’t worry, I’ll keep making fun of our celebrities when they do dumb shit, fam. However; I just want people to care about the righteous as much as we seem to care about the ratchet. That is all. LC out.