My First A3C Festival

So, let me be real, son. I’m not here to talk about the nonsense that prematurely ended the A3C Festival, man. Frankly, I don’t want a couple minutes of idiocy to overshadow a great event, fam. Keeping it a buck, along with the A3C Conference, the entire week was fantastic for Hip-Hop and for Atlanta. All I know is, this may have been my first year attending, but it certainly won’t be my last, bruh.

Ok, before I continue, allow me to be honest, son. On the real, I didn’t get a chance to enjoy the whole conference, man. Now, if my memory is right, the conference portion started last Wednesday. However, I didn’t make it to the A until Friday. In any case, there were tons of panels and workshops to help aspiring artists reach their goals. There were a lot of great resources and a multitude of influential people who could do great things for an artist’s career.

Now, while I may have missed some of the good stuff, I was still involved in some dope shit, fam. First, thanks to my bro Mike Walbert, the Executive Director of A3C, I was able to meet members of the Wu-Tang Clan at a private art show for Atlanta artists. All I can say is, dapping up RZA was definitely a highlight for me, bruh. I mean, the Wu were/are a HUGE part of my musical identity, son. Needless to say, I was doing my best to not be a visibly overzealous stan, son.

Moving on, the festival itself was even better than advertised, man. Shit, in a two-night period, I got to see J.I.D, Talib Kweli, Wu-Tang and Dipset, fam. For God‘s sake, I don’t know how to explain how amped I was, bruh. Anyway, I didn’t get a chance to see Lil Wayne because I had a show of my own that night. Side note, shout-out to Scott Morris, Asia Golden, my dude Zeyi and the whole Mor.Bookings team for looking out. Shit was definitely live at iLounge, son.

In any case, I also missed the stupidity that prematurely ended Wayne’s set, man. However, based on the accounts of my folks in attendance, two dudes starting fighting in VIP, someone else incorrectly stated that they heard gunshots and then everybody started running. Hell, based on situations like the Las Vegas shooting, people don’t want to take that chance, fam. Sadly, a disagreement between two idiots ruined a show for EVERYONE! *Sigh* An entire week of awesomeness was dampened by the actions of a few. All in all, I hope this is not the only thing that people take away from this, bruh.

In the end, I don’t want folks to lose sight of the fact that A3C was/is a great time, son. Ultimately, I’ll be back next year and early enough to enjoy everything. By and by, these type of festivals are great for Hip-Hop, man. At the end of the day, two dumbasses can’t change that, fam. That is all. LC out.

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Police Only Kill Black People

Look, there are times when a story is so wild, I don’t even have the wherewithal to get mad, son. Like, sometimes I’m way too shocked to even be angry, man. All I know is, this is one of those times, fam. On the real, officers like Greg Abbott are why Black people don’t trust the police. Ultimately, I don’t give a fuck about context, bruh. His comments are an indictment of how the police view Black life.

Now, for those who missed it, back in July 2016, Abbott pulled a woman over for a DUI. During their exchange, Abbott asked the woman to pick up her cell phone. She resisted and said that she was afraid to move because she’s “seen way too many videos of cops.” In response, Abbott said “but, you’re not Black. Remember, we only shoot Black people. We only kill Black people, right? All the videos you’ve seen, have you seen the Black people get killed?

Fast forward to now, since the dash cam video was released, Abbott’s proponents have tried to do damage control. Lance LoRusso, Abbott’s lawyer, claimed that the comment was taken out of context and the officer was only trying to “de-escalate” the situation. First off, as Black people are fully aware, cops don’t know how to de-escalate situations. Second, if that was really the case, why the FUCK was that Abbott’s go-to move?! Since when is Black death something to joke about? When did the mutilation of our bodies become sarcastic fodder? Man, get the FUCK outta here, son!

Listen, Black people have a REAL fear of the police, fam. Hell, I’ve even detailed my own issues with the cops on this very site. Time after time after time, we have to watch footage of Black people being killed with no respect and no regard. What kind of animal would find humor in that, bruh?! Shit, keeping it a buck, I don’t even believe Abbott was joking, son. Honestly, he knows good and well that cops ALWAYS get away with murdering minorities. Frankly, he just felt comfortable enough to say what he said, man.

In the end, fuck the police, fam! Once again, the Boys in Blue have showed themselves, people. Ultimately, Black people don’t mean SHIT to the officers who are supposed to protect EVERYONE! All in all, our pain is their pleasure and our sorrow is their joy. By and by, I don’t even know what else to say here, man. That’s all I’ve got for today. *Sigh* LC out.

A Letter To People Who Regret Voting For Donald Trump

Dear Regretful Donald Trump Voters,

I’ve never been one to hold back or mince my words, so I’ll just get straight to the point. If you already regret voting for Trump, I don’t feel sorry for you. Sounds harsh, but I wholeheartedly mean that. If you’re one of the people who has suddenly realized Trump is a con artist, I have no sympathy for you. This man showed you who he was the entire election and you refused to believe him. So, every terrible thing he does from here on out is on YOUR head.

Look, at this point, I’m not even going to reiterate all of the awful things he’s said or done. I’ve done that enough times on this blog. However; let’s talk about all of the promises he made to YOU and already backtracked on.

First, there was all of the bullshit he said about Hillary Clinton. For the entire duration of his campaign, Trump claimed he was going to lock Clinton up for her “crimes.” What were her crimes exactly? Having a private email server. Regardless of the fact the FBI determined she had broken no laws, Trump still asserted that he was coming for her head. Now, since all of you Clinton-haters LOVED the idea of putting her in an orange jumpsuit, you flocked to the orange-faced clown. With all of that being said, what does he do when he wins? Completely abandon the notion of pursuing any charges against her. One point for you Trump supporters.

Next, there was his stance on Obamacare. For YEARS, he railed about how much of a failure the ACA was. His entire healthcare platform was built around repealing the law and replacing it with something “better.” In any case, just a few days after being elected, Trump talked about possibly keeping parts of Obamacare. Then, he switched course and said the law was going to be repealed and replaced simultaneously.

Now, here’s the problem: not only do your Republican reps not have a replacement plan, but they don’t even have enough votes to pass anything at all. It takes 60 votes to push a new plan through the Senate and the GOP only has 52 seats. Do you see the issue here? Once again, Trump made a promise he can’t possibly keep. Not to mention, after this past December‘s ACA enrollment period, the states with the highest coverage are the ones that voted for Trump. Are you guys really that stupid? I’ll just take that as a yes, son.

Ultimately, you guys are getting what you asked for. You asked for a liar to be your president and you got one. Let’s see if all of his billionaire cabinet friends will help drain that swamp for you. Good luck suffering through the mess you caused. I’m out.

Sincerely,

Your friendly neighborhood LC