I Understand Gucci Mane

So, it actually happened, son. Somehow, Swizz Beatz and Timbaland convinced Jeezy and Gucci Mane to appear on Verzuz. Somehow, two (formerly?) mortal enemies occupied the same space for a “celebration of music.” All in all, I’m not really here to review the battle, son. To me, the winner is in the eye of the beholder. I mean, if someone values chart hits, then Jeezy was the winner. If someone values hood classics, then Gucci was the winner. In any case, I’m actually here to discuss the tension in the room. All I can say is, I understand Gucci Mane.

Ok, for those who missed it, the battle between Jeezy and Gucci set all kinds of Instagram records. From what I understand, this was far and away the most watched Live on the platform. Anyway, during the show, it was VERY clear that Gucci had a different type of energy than Jeezy. Shit, while Jeezy was being a reserved and dignified veteran, Gucci wanted ALL of the smoke, man. Because of this, social media was split over Gucci’s behavior. While half of the internet praised Jeezy and ridiculed Gucci for being “childish,” the other half understood where Gucci was coming from.

Real talk, I see both sides, fam. On one hand, I’m all for Black men in America promoting peace and ownership. The way I see it, these ideals are especially important in our current climate. With that being said, I’m not down for any violence amongst ourselves. Now, on the other hand, I definitely empathize with Gucci. Like, what would people do if they had to stand in a room with someone who potentially put their life in danger? Hell, people argue in comment sections all day but expect Gucci to act like Gandhi? Nah, bruh.

Now, for those who aren’t familiar with their history, let me explain. Basically, the beef between Jeezy and Gucci was VERY real in the mid-2000s. So, after squabbling over royalties from their song “Icy,” both artists took a lot of verbal shots at each other. This included Jeezy putting a $10,000 bounty on Gucci’s chain in his song “Stay Strapped.” From there, Pookie Loc, a homie of Jeezy, and three other men setup Gucci at a stripper’s house and tried to rob him. During the altercation, Gucci grabbed Pookie’s gun and killed him in self-defense. Moving on, to make a long story short, Gucci’s beef with Jeezy almost cost him his life.

With all of that being said, I absolutely understand why Gucci would still have hostility towards Jeezy. Keeping it a buck, I’m not even sure that I’d be level-headed enough to do the show. So, I honestly believe that Gucci deserves credit for even participating. On the real, if a dude was involved in a plot against me, then he can eat a couple of verbal insults.

In the end, I’m just glad that there was no violence. Like I said before, those type of shenanigans aren’t needed in this climate. Ultimately, outside of the tension, the show was a moment for Atlanta and a moment for Hip-Hop. By and by, I fucks with both of their discographies, bruh. At the end of the day, let’s applaud them while they’re here. Now, excuse me while I go play Jeezy’s “Do The Damn Thang.” That is all. LC out.

Randi B. & LC: The Presidential Election, Eva Longoria, Jeezy & Gucci Mane

What’s good, brethren? On this episode, Randi B. and I were back on Facebook Live talking about the presidential election, Eva Longoria, Jeezy and Gucci Mane. It evolved into a conversation that included a variety of other topics. Check it out on YouTube below. Let’s go!

Enough Of The Birkin Bag Talk

So, I won’t lie, son. On the real, Black people really annoy me sometimes on social media. Like, I swear, we pick the STUPIDEST fucking topics to argue over, man. Shit, with all of the REAL shenanigans going on in the world, Birkin bags are the reason for a civil war? All I know is, this bag debate has showcased a number of problematic ideals, fam. The way I see it, our priorities are ALL fucked up, bruh.

Ok, for those who missed it, a faction of minorities are arguing about Birkin bags on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter. Now, thanks to celebrities like Cardi B, Offset, Saweetie, Quavo, Yaya Mayweather and Queen Naija, there’s a sentiment going around that if men aren’t paying their women’s bills and buying them gifts like Birkin bags, then those dudes aren’t worth their salt. Furthermore, any statements to the contrary is a sign that these aforementioned men are “broke.”

Now, before I continue, let me preface this conversation. Listen, I’m a married man who’s been with the same woman for 12 years. With that being said, I have no idea how much money I’ve spent on her. Hell, I have no idea how much money she’s spent on me. Anyway, I pay bills, buy gifts and do plenty of things that men are “supposed” to do. But, in reality, my wife is my equal and we just do what works best for us. In my eyes, too many people online are adhering to gender “rules” and don’t actually understand what it takes to be in a relationship. Instead, their just playing a role to appear a certain way to other people on the internet.

Look, if a man can afford to buy his woman an expensive gift, then do it. No harm, no foul, brethren. However, it’s this “expectation” that throws me off, son. Like, my lady was with me when I was down and she’s with me when I’m up. I was with her when she was down and I’m with her when she’s up. Real talk, we mutually benefit from each other’s success. Frankly, she adds value to my life that can’t be monetarily measured. So, I have no issue buying her whatever she wants. But, I simply don’t believe in anyone dropping money JUST to secure someone else’s presence. Man or woman, everyone should have to prove their worth, man. And by worth, I don’t mean “net worth,” fam. All I can say is, money can’t buy a strong foundation. Plain and simple. Funds absolutely help, but there’s A LOT more to making a union work than that. Then again, I guess some people would rather “cry in a Phantom.”

Also, I want to talk specifically about those Birkin bags. Now, do Black people realize that Hermès makes these bags? The same Hermès that wouldn’t even allow Oprah Winfrey in their store back in 2005? For God‘s sake, we minorities LOVE cozying up to predominantly White companies that don’t give two shits about us. The truth is, this company does not deserve the publicity and THIS much of our attention. The sad part is, we never get this passionate about Black and Brown-owned brands. All in all, this conversation is a disserve to us in more ways than one.

In the end, there’s nothing else that needs to be said, man. Ultimately, the Birkin hoopla needs to die, fam. By and by, most of the people who are arguing can’t even afford the damn bag, bruh. At the end of the day, there are WAY more important topics to consider, son. With that being said, go vote, brethren. That is all. LC out.

My Wife Is Starting A Podcast

So, I won’t lie, son. On the real, I’ve been SUPER M.I.A. lately, man. I mean, between family, work, finishing my album and my general disinterest in the current state of politics, I haven’t been inspired to write, fam. In any case, I couldn’t let this moment pass without giving a shout-out to my wife, Triciah, and Alanna, our extended family. The ladies are starting a podcast called Loc’d & Lit.

Ok, as the name suggests, the podcast will be a celebration of literature, women of color, locs and everything in between. For the time being, everyone needs to follow the ladies on Instagram at @locd_and_lit. Once their website is up and running, I’ll let everyone know. Once they start dropping episodes, I’ll let everyone know. Shit, behind the scenes, they’re already handling things more professionally than I do.

In the end, nothing else needs to be said, bruh. Ultimately, I’m hyped to see this thing take off. By and by, Black women owning their own narrative is the wave, son. Let’s get it! That is all. LC out.

‘The Social Dilemma’ Is Great

Disclaimer: I’m sure there are going to be some spoilers in here. With that being said, act accordingly, brethren.

So, let’s just skip the formalities and get straight to the point, son. Over the weekend, my wife and I finally watched The Social Dilemma on Netflix. All I know is, based on my own social media habits, these programming bastards are right, man. I mean, a LARGE number of us are completely addicted to these sites and apps, fam. The way I see it, it’s high time that we unplug from the Matrix, bruh.

Ok, for those who are unaware, Netflix just released a documentary that chronicles our dependency on social media. Now, to further the point, the doc interviews a number of developers and business folk who were/are intimately involved with companies like Google, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, etc. From there, these individuals outline the deliberate ways in which these companies design their products to keep users engaged. At the core, they don’t believe that there were nefarious intentions with these algorithms. However, our society has been irreparably changed by the developments.

As an example, one of the developers interviewed was part of the team that created the Like Button on Facebook. At the time, they thought it was just a cool little idea. They really didn’t envision a time when people would do outlandish shit for this type of attention. They didn’t envision a time when folks, especially preteens and teens, would harm themselves or commit suicide because of a lack of acknowledgement. Frankly, these sites have WAY too much control over our thoughts and emotions.

Now, I’m not going to sit here and pretend like I’m exempt from all of this. On the real, I’m OUTRAGEOUSLY addicted to Instagram. Shit, my Explore Page always keeps me engaged with copious amounts of music, MMA and Jiu Jitsu posts. Side note, there are also a few posts of women, but like I tell my wife, I don’t know how they got there! Anyway, these developers and programmers make it a point to study us. Based on our activity, they know EXACTLY what we want to see. From there, they keep us overstimulated on these apps and sell our data to the highest bidder. Hell, even the action of pulling down the screen to refresh the page was designed to affect us psychologically. All in all, a bunch of tech heads have complete control over our brains.

In the end, I highly recommend this documentary. On one hand, I think some of the background music and the dramatizations are a little overdone. On the other hand, I’m blown away by all of the ways that these companies play us like puppets. Eventually, there’s going to come a time where I unplug completely. All I can say is, the minute that I no longer need social media to promote this blog, I’m gone, son. That is all. LC out.

Megan Thee Stallion Isn’t A Snitch

So, I won’t lie, son. On the real, a lot of folks are the internet are goofy, man. I mean, do cats even know what an actual snitch is? Like, the real street definition of the word “snitch”? If they did, then they’d know that this doesn’t apply to Megan Thee Stallion. The way I see it, all of this fake hood shit on social media is the absolute corniest, fam.

Ok, for those who missed it, the dingbats on social media are it again. Now, just a few days ago, Megan got on Instagram Live and publicly stated what we already knew: Tory Lanez shot her. Moving on, even though it’s obvious that she left out certain details about their argument, Megan still painted a pretty clear picture. So, according to her, she decided to finally speak her peace because of underhanded attacks that she felt were coming from Lanez’ camp. With that being said, she wanted to clarify a few things. Namely, that she never hit Lanez, the debacle wasn’t over Kylie Jenner and he apparently shot her from the back seat after she got out of their car.

Now, based on all of this new information, it remains to be seen what will happen legally. However, the response on the internet has been baffling, bruh. Like, there are really a number of people out there who are calling Megan a snitch. For real? A snitch? Are people fucking serious, son?! Listen, if Megan was committing crimes with Lanez and threw him under the bus for a reduced sentence, THEN she’d be snitching, man. Shit, that’s EXACTLY what 6ix9ine did and also why I don’t understand people’s sympathy for him. That clown was using his money to fund nefarious activities, he was putting hits out on other artists and THEN he told on everybody. Nah, these situations aren’t even remotely the same, fam. All I know is, Megan is a civilian and a domestic violence victim. She had/has every fucking right to tell on Lanez, brethren.

Even crazier, based on Megan’s account, she didn’t immediately tell the cops about what happened to her because she was scared for her life. She was scared for her life AND the livelihood of everyone else in the vehicle. Hell, from her perspective, telling the police that there was a gun in the car was an easy way to get murdered by the authorities. Now, think about that, son. This woman was already a gunshot victim and STILL didn’t trust the cops. THAT’S how much Black people don’t believe that they’ll do the right thing, man. All in all, this whole situation is a bucket of fuckery, fam.

In the end, I’m tired of the peanut gallery on the internet, bruh. Ultimately, people be so fucking strong and wrong, son. By and by, Megan Thee Stallion had/has NO obligation to hold Tory Lanez down. Frankly, his ass should’ve been in jail sooner, man. At the end of the day, there is NO excuse for what he did. Plain and simple. That is all. LC out.

A Lesson From ‘Kier & Them’ About Therapy

So, I’m going to try and keep this post short today, son. Ok, yes, I say that almost every time that I write and I never follow through, man. In any case, I wanted to briefly speak about an Instagram video that resonated with me. Both my wife and my broski BK sent me a video from Kier & Them that touched on therapy. More specifically, the video highlighted the fact that people, especially emotionally-distant men, will never truly be happy until they work through their past trauma.

Ok, anyone who’s ever read this blog knows that I’m a BIG advocate for therapy. I mean, as someone who’s dealt with various bouts of depression, I owe my life to getting help, fam. Shit, as I’ve mentioned on this site before, between the ages of 19 and 28, I was a fucking madman, bruh. I always felt isolated, I put an immense amount of pressure on myself and instead of talking my issues out, I drank. A lot. Like, a whole lot, brethren. Frankly, I wasn’t necessarily suicidal, but I also didn’t care if I lived or not. All I know this, that was a terrible feeling to have when I was supposed to be raising a child.

Now, it’s no secret that my wife was the main person who inspired me to get help. Yeah, my homie Mitch tried to get me to go to therapy in college, but I wasn’t ready then. It wasn’t until I was faced with the possibility of losing my family that I finally woke up. All in all, I wanted to be better for her. I wanted to be better for our son. More importantly, I wanted to be better for me. I was tired of feeling like a prisoner in my own head. I was tired of keeping my loved ones at arm’s length because I was waiting for shit to go wrong. I wanted to give my son the love that I never felt as a child. Yes, my mother absolutely loved me, but she wasn’t the best at showing it. This was because it was never really shown to her either. All I can say is, the cycle is fucking vicious, bruh.

Moving on, the Kier & Them video did a great job of explaining the importance of getting help. Hell, social media LOVES talking about “couple goals,” but never talks about the difficulties in maintaining a strong union. The truth is, my wife and I have been through some shit, son. Now, I’m not saying that relationships have to be painful, but I can attest that they aren’t a cakewalk either. The fact of the matter is, both parties involved need to check their own trauma before they bring it to their companion’s front door. The way I see it, a functional relationship recognizes dysfunction and works through it. Plain and simple.

In the end, shout-out to Kier & Them for that dope video. Ultimately, I hope people learn a valuable lesson here. By and by, let go of the stigma of therapy and let go of any baggage that is holding us back. At the end of the day, that’s the real pursuit of happiness. That is all. LC out.

Ain’t Sh*t Funny About Megan Thee Stallion Getting Shot

So, let me get straight to the point, son. The fact of the matter is, ain’t shit funny about a man shooting a woman, bruh. Like, who raised some of y’all muhfuckas, man? I swear, folks are so pressed about being “funny” on the internet, they’ll make memes and/or silly jokes about ANYTHING. All in all, let me break it down like this: if Tory Lanez really shot Megan Thee Stallion, then he’s the epitome of a bitch-made dude.

Ok, for those who are living under a rock, some wild shit happened in Los Angeles about two weeks ago. Now, after leaving a party that included Kylie Jenner, something happened in the SUV that was transporting Megan, Lanez and Megan’s friend, Kelsey Nicole. Originally, there was a rumor that Megan’s foot was injured due to broken glass, but she quickly debunked that story. In fact, she was the one who confirmed that she intentionally shot. That, coupled with Lanez’ arrest, made it pretty obvious that he’s the main suspect here.

Now, ever since this assault happened, the internet has been doing what the internet does: acting fucking goofy. One part of the internet (i.e. Adam22) has been alleging that Megan was either verbally or physically abusive to Lanez and this is why he shot her. Apparently, Lanez was getting too comfortable with Jenner and Megan didn’t like that. Look, before I continue, let me make this perfectly clear: unless Lanez’ life was in IMMEDIATE danger, there is NO justification for him shooting her. All I know is, when I say IMMEDIATE danger, unless she’s got a gun, a sword, a knife or the fucking Infinity Gauntlet, I don’t want to see ANYONE caping for Lanez, fam. Yes, people need to keep their hands to themselves, but hypothetically, even if she did hit him, bullets are still un-fucking-acceptable, bruh.

Anyway, ever since this debacle, another part of the internet has been making classless jokes. I mean, whether we’re talking about 50 Cent, Cam’ron or Draya Michele, some folks seem to think that violence against women is hilarious. Shit, I don’t even know how to articulate this further: MEGAN THEE STALLION GOT SHOT! Shot, son! Like, Lanez allegedly took a loaded fucking gun and violated her. For the life of me, I can’t understand how anyone can find that even remotely funny. Also, miss me with that “I have a mother, I have a sister, I have a daughter” type of talk. We shouldn’t need all of that to know that it’s fucking wrong to hit or shoot women.

In the end, I don’t even know what else to say, man. Ultimately, I find people’s lack of morals disturbing, fam. By and by, I’m slowly becoming more detached from social media because I think a lot of these cats are fucking bozos, bruh. At the end of the day, it seems like trolling is WAY more important than integrity. All I can say is, I don’t want any parts of that, brethren. That is all. LC out.

Mike Tyson & Roy Jones Jr. Need To Relax

So, here we are, son. After 15 years and a barrage of impressive training videos, Mike Tyson is returning to boxing. Not only that, he’s about to get it cracking against Roy Jones Jr. Now, before anyone gives me the side-eye, yes, this story is real, and no, this isn’t 1995. All I can say is, as much as I fucks with the both of them, they need to sit their asses down, man. On the real, they need to just enjoy being legends and leave the fighting to the young cats.

Ok, for those who missed it, an exhibition match between Tyson and Jones is about to go down. Now, according to reports, the two men will go at it for eight rounds on September 12th in Carson, California. In addition, on the undercard, former NBA player Nate Robinson is set to fight YouTube dude Jake Paul. All in all, I don’t know what the fuck is going on out here, fam? I mean, on the same night, we have a 54-year-old battling a 51-year-old and a basketball player squabbling with a vlogger. *Sigh* 2020 is so fucking weird, bruh.

Look, I have all of the respect in the world for Tyson and Jones, son. Like, they’re literally my two favorite boxers, man. However, this fight just doesn’t need to happen, fam. Ok, yes, Tyson has been looking otherworldly in his Instagram training videos, but there’s a reason he stepped away from the sport, bruh. Shit, I think it’s safe to say that they’re both past their primes, people. So, I don’t want to see either of them get hurt, brethren. In my eyes, none of this shit is remotely worth it.

In the end, I’m all for Tyson/Jones staying in shape and getting the blood pumping. But, boxing is an unforgiving sport, son. Ultimately, the phrase “you don’t play boxing” is accurate as fuck, man. By and by, I would’ve been HYPED for this shit in the mid-90s. However, the time has passed and the greats just need to let their legacies speak for themselves. That is all. LC out.

There Are Laws Against What Lil Boosie Did

*Sigh* I won’t lie, son. On the real, I’ve tried to avoid Lil Boosie, better known as Boosie Badazz, for a while now. I mean, I could’ve written about his comments regarding Dwyane and Zaya Wade, but I didn’t want to be bothered with his shenanigans. In addition, he already got appropriately roasted. However, enough is enough, man. Like, it’s one thing to (stupidly) question someone else’s parenting. It’s a completely different thing to freely admit to a crime on social media. All in all, Boosie just needs to make music and stop doing anything else.

Ok, for those who missed it, Boosie just copped to some seriously questionable behavior on Instagram. Now, while on Live, he talked about commissioning a grown ass woman to give oral sex to his son and nephews. The problem is, he readily admitted that the boys were around 12 or 13 years old when all of this went down. According to him, he’s “training these boys right.” Furthermore, he apparently knew which woman to ask because he’s been “serviced” by her before. So, the fact of the matter is, Boosie openly talked about facilitating statutory rape on a social platform.

Look, as a man raising two sons, I definitely want to be a resource as they discover sex. I absolutely plan on being there if they ever need any type of advice or guidance. But, there’s a HUGE difference between being a resource and forcing kids to adhere to our own vision of sexuality. Fam, who the fuck said that these boys were even ready for this type of experience? Shit, my oldest son is damn near 10 years old. As of right now, all he cares about is Zelda and Pokémon. So, who am I to impose my will on him? The truth is, adults can influence kids waaaay before they’re even mentally prepared for what we’re exposing them to.

Now, before I conclude, let me say that I’m taken aback by the amount of people who don’t see a problem with Boosie’s actions. All I want to know is, who the fuck raised y’all? Are folks really concerned with the sexual activity of children? Do people even hear themselves? Statistically speaking, puberty can occur in boys between the ages of 12 and 16. Puberty can occur in girls between the ages of 10 and 14. So, grown ass muhfuckas are cool with forcing kids to engage in sex before they’re physically and mentally ready? *Sigh* All of these bastards need to see some prison bars, bruh. People fucking disgust me, son.

In the end, I really need Boosie to go away, man. Ultimately, every time he opens his mouth, some brand new fuckity-fuck shit comes out. By and by, social media just keeps on exposing people for the weirdos that they really are. At the end of the day, it makes me want to quarantine from the internet, too. That is all. LC out.