I Don’t Know What To Make Of Shaun King

So, let me be honest, son. On the real, I’m not going to sit here and pretend like I’m a Shaun King expert. All I know is, I’ve heard many of the arguments for and against him. With that being said, DeRay Mckesson‘s exposé on him was fucking brutal, man. All in all, if Mckesson’s reporting is accurate, then King might be the fraudist of the frauds, fam. Side bar, I know that “fraudist” isn’t a word, but it felt right, bruh.

Ok, for those who missed it, Mckesson hit King with all of the bullets and Tomahawk missiles in his post on Medium. Now, the purpose of this piece was to bring light to King’s allegedly nefarious acts when it comes to fundraising. Shit, about a week ago, in an attempt to be transparent, King released a report outlining the $34 million he apparently raised since the beginning of the Black Lives Matter movement.

Needless to say, Mckesson wasn’t with the shits and picked apart King’s entire history. Apparently, King has been up to a wide-range of fuckery, son. Now, according to Mckesson, King has fired people who disagree with him, misappropriated large amounts of funds and taken credit for other people’s work. Hell, if I’m reading this article right, $20 million of the $34 million that King is claiming came from the Facebook fundraiser to reunite immigrant kids with their parents. All I can say is, ALL of this shit looks terrible for King, man.

Now, to shoot him some bail, I do believe that he’s used his platform to bring attention to pertinent subjects. However, I was also aware of shit like that Sherita Dixon-Cole situation, where she lied about being raped by a cop. The truth is, King has to take responsibility for any shitty reporting, fam. In any case, if these allegations are true, then King has no excuse for himself, bruh. Frankly, bringing attention to certain subjects doesn’t absolve him from any potential wrongdoing, son. Keeping it a buck, if he’s hiding money, threatening fellow activists or commandeering other people’s work, then a reckoning is certainly needed, man. The way I see it, an exhaustive report from friends and a co-sign from Michael Eric Dyson isn’t enough to alleviate people’s concerns, brethren.

In the end, I’m probably not doing this story justice, son. Ultimately, folks can read Mckesson’s article for themselves, man. By and by, there’s a ton of information to wrap our heads around, fam. At the end of the day, it’s great that the families of Nia WilsonPhilando CastileTerence Crutcher and Botham Jean feel supported by King. Honestly, all families of injustice deserve recognition, bruh. But, if King is also out here scamming muhfuckas, then he needs to be called out on the bullshit, people. That is all. LC out.

P.S. I’m actually sad that I had to write this article, son. Like, this is not the type of attention that BLM needs, man. The fact is, it’s a lot harder to destabilize a problematic system when we’re fighting amongst ourselves, fam. So, how about we all knock off the tomfoolery, bruh. Good day.

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The Truth About The Amazon Rainforest

*Sigh* On the real, I don’t even know where to begin, son. The fact is, human beings are basically parasites to the Earth, man. I mean, whatever we could possibly do to destroy our planet, we find a way to do it, fam. Now, despite a shocking lack of news coverage, we need to talk about the Amazon Rainforest. All in all, the world’s premier rainforest is being decimated and we need to do something about it ASAP.

Ok, before I continue, let me advise some of my social media kinfolk. Listen, people, some of the images that are being spread around on FacebookTwitter and Instagram are misleading, bruh. Like, yes, fires on the Brazil side of the rainforest are 80% higher this year than last year. However, some of the pictures floating around are either old or from a completely different place. So, folks need to be mindful of the information they’re spreading, son.

With all of that being said, we still have a major fucking problem, man. The truth is, millions upon millions of acres are being destroyed and the global impact will be massive, fam. Look, the trees in the Amazon Rainforest are responsible for about 20% of the world’s oxygen. Shit, let me say that again, bruh. THE TREES IN THE AMAZON RAINFOREST ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR ABOUT 20% OF THE WORLD’S OXYGEN! In addition, the rainforest puts loads of water into the atmosphere. Needless to say, we need that shit, son! However, our incessant need for farmland is literally killing the rainforest.

Now, if we’re being real, Brazil is a HUGE part of the fuckery, man. Listen, they make a ton of money off of cattle ranching. So, to further their business, they’re actually (illegally) burning down large portions of the rainforest. Keep in mind, cows are the cause for large amounts of greenhouse gas emissions like methane and carbon dioxide. In layman’s terms, Brazil is cutting off our oxygen while putting harmful shit in our atmosphere. For God‘s sake, there is absolutely NOTHING people won’t do for money, fam.

In the end, I don’t know what else to say, bruh. Ultimately, we’re killing the fucking planet and none of our governments seem to care, son. At the end of the day, this is why a phrase like “money is the root of all evil” exists, man. Hell, we’ll blatantly do shit that’s detrimental to our future as long as we can make a profit from it. In my eyes, none of that shit is worth it, fam. Before it’s all said and done, we might not have a planet left, brethren. That is all. LC out.

My Only Gripe With Nicki Minaj’s Interview With Joe Budden

So, I won’t lie, son. Real talk, I was trying my hardest to avoid this Nicki Minaj and Joe Budden situation, man. I mean, we have two people who like to shout and talk over people, fam. The fact is, shenanigans were damn near inevitable with these two in a room, bruh. Moving on, I’m not here to debate the validity of their respective arguments. On the real, I’m only here to talk about how she disrespected Rory, Budden’s podcast co-host.

*Sigh* Where do I start, son? Ok, the tomfoolery began when Budden went to Nicki’s Queen Radio show on Apple Music. Now, I think it’s safe to say that Nicki didn’t appreciate a lot of the narratives that Budden started on his show, The Joe Budden Podcast. Namely, she didn’t like the idea that she wasn’t knowledgeable about the smoke Cardi B had for her on Migos‘ “Motorsport.” In her eyes, people like Budden perpetuate the idea that she’s always being catty with other women rappers. In addition, she hated the fact that he suggested she was on drugs.

In any case, during the show, she went “hamburger helper” on Budden, man. Like, he couldn’t get a word in edgewise, fam. Shit, she basically shouted at him until security removed him from the premises, bruh. Needless to say, after this debacle, the internet lost its shit, son. However, this isn’t the end of the story, folks. Now, despite getting cursed out, Budden still had Nicki on as a guest on his podcast. From there, they continued their conversation about her place in the music industry.

Now, with all of that being said, let me get to the crux of the matter, man. Look, Nicki believes there’s a “hate train” against her. She believes that she’s unfairly maligned and constantly under public attack. Side bar, I personally think that a lot of it is bullshit and that she has an inability to critique her own behavior. But, that’s another story for another time, fam. Anyway, Budden’s podcast went off of the rails when she turned her cannons on Rory. Frankly, homie didn’t deserve the heat that came his way.

Basically, Rory tried to say that Nicki shouldn’t put so much of her focus on what people say about her on social media. From there, she bugged the fuck out, bruh. Hell, she proceeded to yell at him for the next ten minutes and insinuate that he was vilifying her for defending herself. Next, she suggested that she was going to make up a false rumor about Rory, just so he knew what it was like to be “lied” on.

Son, Rory’s entire point was that the opinion of random people on the internet should not matter to a person of her stature. Like, who gives a fuck about the Twitter account of someone with an egg avatar, man? At no point did he say that she was wrong for sticking up for herself. His only point was that internet trolls shouldn’t be given any power, fam. Responses fuel these idiots. Keeping it a buck, their thoughts don’t fucking matter, brethren. But, instead of comprehending what he was trying to say, she decided to shout at the top of her lungs and refuse to let him speak. Yeah, really mature, Nicki.

In the end, that podcast hurt my ears, bruh. Ultimately, if folks aren’t trying to have a civilized conversation, then there’s no point, son. By and by, I hope Nicki finds peace, man. All I know is, she’s one of the biggest artists in the world and shouldn’t pay this much attention to negativity, fam. At the end of the day, the music is all that matters, bruh. That is all. LC out.

P.S. What’s really good with Mal, son? Listen, I’ve heard him say NUMEROUS times on the podcast that cyber bulling isn’t real, man. Well, where was that hot take for Nicki, fam? Shit, he was quiet as a church mouse while she was on the rampage, bruh. All I can say is, if cyber bulling isn’t real, then Nicki’s problems aren’t real, brethren. The truth is, he should’ve kept that same energy. Good day.

The New & Improved JTW FIT

So, here’s the deal, son. My boys Jahkeen Washington and Thomas Boatswain are top-notch trainers that run JTW FIT. For a number of years, they’ve provided affordable and high-level fitness classes to folks in the Harlem area. Well, after years of operating out of another location, they’re officially opening their own studio. Needless to say, if anyone is in the vicinity of NYC, then go break a sweat, man.

Now, the studio is a couple of weeks away from its grand opening. So, in the meantime, everyone should first follow @jtwfit on FacebookTwitter and Instagram. Next, hit up jtwfit@gmail.com and join their mailing list, fam. Lastly, download the MINDBODY app and get in on these deals, bruh. Look, for the rest of August, the squad is offering some dope presale deals. Namely, $15 for the first class, $210 for a 10-class pass and $200 for unlimited classes over 30 days. On top of that, as of yesterday, they’ve dropped their official class schedule.

In the end, what else needs to be said, son? Ultimately, folks need to go get this workout in. In any case, the fitness studio will be located at 2235 Adam Clayton Powell Junior Boulevard, New York, NY 10027. By and by, folks will probably see me in there boxing on Thursday’s and Saturday’s. But, they’ve got the weights on deck, the row machines on deck and trainers that take pride in this shit. So, get to it, man! That is all. LC out.

P.S. My brother Kofi Ofori-Ansah from SOTBG (www.sotbglife.com) will also be training clients out of the studio. So, support all of my brethren, son. They all know what the fuck they’re doing, man. Good day.

Don’t Ever Disrespect Joe Budden’s Rapping Ability

So, I won’t lie, son. On the real, I always say that I’m going to keep a post short. But, I never do, man. Anyway, I’m going to try my hardest to keep my word today. The fact is, I’m only here to give Joe Budden his flowers for his rapping prowess, fam. Ok, yeah, I know it’s easy to make fun of Budden. Shit, he spends a great deal of time making fun of himself. However, one thing can never be debated, bruh: Joe Budden can rap his ass off.

Ok, for those who missed it, a list started circulated around the internet that got people up in arms. So, a podcast named The Brew Podcast put out a list of their top 50 rappers of all time. Moving on, the list had a lot of familiar faces that folks would be used to. But, shit took a turn when people saw who was listed in the number three spot. Now, as I’m sure everyone has figured out by now, the podcast listed Budden as the third greatest rapper in history. From there, social media lost its fucking mind, son.

Look, as soon as people got wind of this list, Budden was slandered to the mountaintop, man. I mean, damn near everybody tried to make the argument that Budden is trash as a rapper. The thing is, I can guarantee that 99% of the people who are shitting on him aren’t familiar with his catalog at all. Frankly, they only know about the reality TV star, who’s constantly having problems with women and has beefed with close to every rapper in the industry. In my eyes, all of Budden’s shenanigans have tainted the perception of his music, fam. Thankfully, I’m here to give folks a crash course, bruh.

Now, everyone can listen to some of my favorite Joe Budden songs below. In the end, do I think he’s the third best rapper of all time? Fuck no, son! That’s just ridiculous. But, his placement on that podcast’s list shouldn’t take away from the fact that he is one of the nicest emcees to ever do it. By and by, his detractors should actually know about the music they’re slandering before they utter a word, man. At the end of the day, don’t ever disrespect Joe Budden’s rapping ability, fam. That is all. LC out.

LC’s Mental Health Check-In

So, I won’t lie, son. On the real, I was scrolling through my Facebook News Feed, minding my own business and I came across this post. Basically, Awareness Act published an article back in 2017 about the habits of people with “concealed depression.” Now, it’s no secret that I deal with depression. Shit, I’ve talked about it more than once on this site, man. However, I was still taken aback by how many of the 15 habits applied to me, fam. All in all, I want everyone reading this to see if they also fit the bill, bruh.

Ok, before I continue, I want to list the habits outlined in the article. So, here we go, son:

  1. The are often quite talented and very expressive.
  2. They tend to search for purpose.
  3. Sometimes they make muted cries for help.
  4. They interpret substances differently.
  5. They often have a very involved perception of life and death.
  6. They have strange eating habits.
  7. They have abnormal sleeping habits.
  8. They have abandonment issues usually.
  9. They are professionals at coming up with “cover-up” stories.
  10. They might have habitual remedies.
  11. They are always making efforts to seem happy.
  12. They seek love and acceptance.
  13. They have trouble shutting off their brains.
  14. They hurt when other people hurt.
  15. They always think of the worst-case scenarios.

Now, if I’m being honest, about 11 of those habits apply to me, man. Shit, even when I’m in a “good” space, I still feel the effects of a bunch of these habits, fam. In any case, since I know how my brain operates, I try to be in tune with how I’m feeling, bruh. Real talk, my wife thinks I should still be in therapy right now, son. I mean, even when life is going well, it’s never a bad thing to be proactive about mental health, brethren.

In the end, this post is really for everyone out there. Seriously, how is everybody doing, son? The way I see it, if anything about that article resonates, it’s okay to go see someone, man. Ultimately, we can all benefit from some therapy, fam. Now, I’m not saying that folks need to start taking medication and shit. However, there’s nothing wrong with that either. Frankly, I just want people to take an inventory of themselves and take the necessary steps to be better. At the end of the day, mental health is not a battle that needs to be fought alone. That is all. LC out.

I Finally Got Hit By The Facebook Algorithm

Ah, Facebook. I mean, what can I say about this website, son? It can be extremely useful and the Devil at the same time, man. All in all, Facebook has been an integral part of my blog’s success since I started writing in 2010. In any case, after numerous changes over the years, I’m finally starting to get hit by Mark Zuckerberg‘s constant updates. With that being said, I’m not exactly sure what that means for the future of my blog.

Now, let’s be honest, fam. On the real, I shouldn’t have to explain the heat that Facebook has received over recent years. Frankly, given the disproportionate amount of “fake news” that’s been spread across the site, Zuckerberg and company have had their feet put to the fire, bruh. In response, the company has made sweeping changes to how content is curated. Namely, it’s more interested in interactions between individuals than promoting businesses and websites. Obviously, I fall into the latter, son.

Look, I wouldn’t be me if I wasn’t transparent, man. Real talk, in the early days of my blog, Facebook was responsible for about 60% of my traffic, fam. The way I see it, I wouldn’t have a following if it wasn’t for the site, bruh. Thankfully, those early years have helped me build a base that continues to support me. However, I’m starting to notice a massive drop-off in “reach,” son.

Shit, let’s talk about this “reach,” man. Basically, Facebook allows users with a dedicate page to see how many people were “reached” by their respective posts. Now, up until a few months ago, I was used to seeing hundreds/thousands of people “reached” by the content I was posting. Moving on, does anybody want to guess how many people “saw” my post yesterday? Eight, fam. Eight! So, out of all of my followers and all of the people in my Friends List, Facebook only showed my shit to eight people, bruh. Needless to say, I was fucking tiiiiiiight, son.

Honestly, I can actually point to the exact day the shift happened, man. So, back on May 15th, I wrote an article about the tomfoolery of the abortion laws in Alabama and Georgia. Anyway, Facebook told me it was “reached” by 1,078 people. The next day, I made a post about the Wu-Tang Clan documentary on Showtime. Facebook told me it was “reached” by 11 people. Ever since then, my shit has been drastically off, fam. In the span of a day, my engagement on that site decreased by 99%.

Thankfully, I have a dedicated fan base who’s been riding with me for years. So, my actual views are as strong as they’ve always been. Keeping it a buck, my original fans are the ones who are keeping my shit afloat, bruh. The problem is, it’s been harder for me to attract new people. But, LC will figure out a way around the bullshit, son. Hell, it’s impossible for me to walk away from shit that I care about, man.

In the end, that’s enough rambling from me for today. fam. Ultimately, I just want to thank everyone who’s held me down from the beginning. By and by, it’s a great thing that a lot of the legwork was done in the earlier days, bruh. All I know is, if I were starting a new blog today, I don’t even know how I would gain traction in this new system, son. At the end of the day, it’s a good thing that I don’t have to worry about that part of it, man. That is all. LC out.

P.S. I’m also not falling for the Facebook gaffle of paying to increase my “reach.” Fuck that, Zuckerberg! Fuck all of that, fam. Good day.