‘Whose Mans Is This?’: My Thoughts On The Kanye West & Charlamagne Tha God Interview

So, I’m not going to lie, son. Real talk, I’m going to cheat with today’s post, man. I mean, at this point, I’ve said everything I could possibly say about Kanye West and his coonery, fam. All in all, his sit-down with Charlamagne Tha God hasn’t changed anything for me, bruh. Frankly, Ye has done a TERRIBLE job of eloquently expressing his thoughts and opinions. Side note, I think that’s because, as he proved with T.I., he doesn’t really know what the FUCK he’s talking about.

In any case, today’s plan is to simply re-post several articles I’ve already written about Kanye. On the real, I feel like they all still apply right now, folks. In addition, I’m going to post his interview with Charlamagne and let people take from it what they will. At the end of the day, I really might be out of words, people. Keeping it a buck, I don’t know what else to say about Kanye West. So, I’ll just let my previous words do the talking. *Sigh* People can click on my hyperlinks below. That’s all I’ve got for now, brethren. LC out.

P.S. I have no words whatsoever for Kanye’s interview with TMZ. I… *Sigh* Shout-out to Van Lathan, though. He said everything that needed to be said. Bye.

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My Brief Review Of J. Cole’s ‘KOD’

So, I’m going to TRY and keep today’s post short, son. I mean, at the end of the day, music is subjective, man. Frankly, I don’t believe in the idea of an album review influencing anyone’s opinion. Ok, yes, I’m well aware of the fact that this makes me sound like a complete hypocrite, fam. Shit, I’ve talked about a number of albums on this very site, bruh. But, I never said that I always make sense, folks. Anyway, let me cut the tomfoolery and give my brief review of J. Cole‘s KOD album.

Ok, I’m going to be real, son. I feel like this album is the tale of two halves. Look, in my opinion, the second half of the record is MUCH better than the first, man. The way I see it, the more meaningful songs surface towards the end of the album. Now, while songs like “KOD” and “ATM” have the right bop, the project goes up a level when “Brackets” comes on. Real talk, I feel like he properly expresses his overall message in “Brackets,” “Once an Addict,” “Friends,” “Window Pain” and “1985.”

Now, let me take a step back for a second, fam. So, for those who are unaware, Cole has a couple of visions for this album. In any case, the “KOD” acronym stands for “Kids on Drugs,” “King Overdose” and “Kill Our Demons.” As expected, the “Kids on Drugs” portion speaks about the prevalence of drug abuse in today’s youth culture. The “King Overdose” portion speaks about his own battles with addiction and escapism. Lastly, the “Kill Our Demons” portion speaks about our overall need to break free of the perils that shackle us. With all of that being said, I feel like he does a better job of touching all of those bases in the last five songs.

For example, he very eloquently depicts his mother’s struggles on “Once an Addict.” In addition, he’s able to address the general fuckery of our youth on “1985.” Side note, I think it’s amazing that clowns like Lil Pump and Smokepurpp are in their feelings about this song. Listen, Pump LITERALLY has a song called “Fuck J. Cole,” but he’s upset that he got a response? Bruh, get these little dudes the fuck from ’round me, son. In any case, Cole is able to get more thoughts across on the latter half of the album, man.

Moving on, another issue I have with the album is the production, fam. Now, Cole has never been a bad producer, bruh. However, at this point in his career, I feel like I’ve heard every type of beat he’s capable of making. Keeping it a buck, I’ve always wondered what a Cole project would sound like if he let someone else produce it. Hell, take a look at what No I.D. was able to do for Jay-Z on 4:44. Based on old interviews, Cole apparently has a great relationship with No I.D. Son, I could only imagine what an entire album would sound like if these two collaborated, man. *Sigh* I guess that’s just wishful thinking, fam. Regardless, he’s winning the way he’s doing it. So, who am I to criticize?

In the end, I think the album is just okay. I don’t think it’s wack, but I also don’t think it’s the best he can do. Ultimately, he doesn’t need to listen to any of the shit I’ve just said, bruh. I mean, he’s out here breaking streaming records on Apple Music and Spotify, son. By and by, J. Cole is prospering by being J. Cole. At the end of the day, I’m just speaking as a fan who would like to see more, man. That is all. LC out.

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.

Donald Trump Ain’t Help Black Unemployment

*Sigh* Fuckery like this is why I box, son. I mean, it’s much better for me to hit a heavy bag than hit a stupid person, man. On the real, it’s truly frustrating to watch Donald Trump and company just mangle information, fam. Like, Trump invented the phrase “fake news,” but literally EVERYTHING that comes out of his mouth is a GROSS inaccuracy. Case in point, his take on the unemployment numbers of Black Americans. All in all, if anyone actually believes that Trump is responsible for our progress, then they’re more fraudulent than Melania Trump‘s work visa.

Ok, for those who missed it, Trump is engaged in a feud with Jay-Z. Now, Hov recently did an interview with Van Jones on CNN. This was part of Jones’s new show, the Van Jones Show. In any case, while speaking about a variety of topics, Trump’s name came up. As expected, Jay criticized 45 for his consistent nonsense. Furthermore, during a convo about unemployment, Hov said that “money doesn’t equate to happiness” and that the President fails to treat people like human beings. With all of that being said, Trump reacted as expected and let the guns go on Twitter. In a response to Jay, Trump claimed that Black unemployment is at an all-time low and we should all be thanking him.

Now, is Trump correct? Is Black unemployment at an all-time low? Well, at 6.8%, Black unemployment is the lowest it’s been in nearly five decades. Anyway, does Trump deserve credit for that? FUCK NO, SON! Good fucking Lord, is the GOP going to keep pretending like Barack Obama didn’t exist? Look, back in 2010, Black unemployment was at 16.8%. Over the next seven years, the rate consistently declined. As a matter of fact, by the time Trump entered the White House, the rate was already down to 7.8%. Meaning, during Obama’s presidency, the percentage went down by 9 points. So, Trump had literally NOTHING to do with the downward trend, man! Real talk, he doesn’t get to claim Obama’s progress, fam! Fuck ALL of that, bruh!

In the end, I have nothing else to say, son. Ultimately, I’m just tired of all of the political bullshit, man. Keeping it a buck, the only reason shit like this bothers me is because there are hoards of people who don’t know any better. Frankly, they just take anything Trump says as gospel. By and by, change will never be made in this country because truth is no longer a real concept. At the end of the day, it’s all about who can spin their story better. *Sigh* Sometimes, I just hate everything and everyone, fam. That is all. LC out.

Mase Got Cam’ron

Now, anybody who knows me knows that I am a MASSIVE Cam’ron fan. I mean, if anyone is a fan of my music, then they owe Cameron Giles a huge thank you, son. Real talk, a large part of the reason I rap the way I do is directly because of Killa Cam. In any case, I wouldn’t be me if I wasn’t objective, man. With that being said, his rap battle with Mase didn’t work in his favor, fam. All in all, when it comes to their beef, Mase got one up on Cam, bruh.

Ok, when it comes to the tumultuous history between these two men, where do I start, son? So, the squabble between these dudes has been going on for damn near two decades now. On the real, I’m not going to explain the entire situation because it would take too long and because Google exists, man. In any case, they were friends, some shit happened, Mase became a preacher and they’ve been throwing jabs at each other ever since. Keeping it a buck, I thought this feud was dead until I heard “It’s Killa” on Cam’s The Program mixtape.

So, on that particular track, shit goes left from the first lyric, fam. In the first verse, Cam tells a story about how he saved Mase from getting ran up on by some dudes while stuck at a girl’s house. Now, for his troubles, Mase allegedly gave Cam $100. Needless to say, Cam wasn’t happy and decided to no longer fuck with Mase. In any case, that situation combined with some other hood shit caused Cam to question everything about Mase’s character. I mean, if we’re being real, people have been questioning Mase’s character for years now.

Moving on, I guess Mase didn’t want to let this shit slide. So, in retaliation, he released “The Oracle,” a full-blown diss track to Cam. On the record, he raps over the Jay-Z “Blueprint 2” beat, which Hov previously used to throw more shots at Nas. Anyway, over the course of four minutes, Mase goes hamburger on Cam. He talks about the time that Cam ran as Jim Jones fought Junior M.A.F.I.A. by himself in Rucker Park. He talks about the time that Cam got his chain jacked by Tru Life. Shit, he even alleges that Cam fucked his own sister (which was disputed because he doesn’t have a sister). All I know is, that track is brutal, bruh.

Fast forward a day, Cam came back with his own response. He put out “Dinner Time,” which was produced by The Heatmakerz, the longtime production crew for The Diplomats. Real talk, the beat is hard and Cam has some lines, but they don’t sting like Mase’s words do. Now, I wouldn’t say the song is trash, but it isn’t rough enough to counter Mase. Basically, as much as it pains me to say, Mase sonned Cam, man. Look, even though Cam is a musical hero of mine, I have to call a spade a spade, son.

In the end, I’ve got to give Mase his credit, fam. Listen, he may be a studio gangster/fraudulent pastor, but that dude could always rap, bruh. Ultimately, Cam picked a fight and didn’t deliver on the backend. By and by, this riff probably doesn’t even matter in the grand scheme of things. Hell, these dudes have already made up with each other on social media. So, what the hell do I know, son? All I can say is, I’m about to go listen to Purple Haze and scrub this shit from my mind, man. LC out.

There’s No Race To ‘Wokeness’

So, today’s post is sort of like a public service announcement. Now, even though I kind of hate the word “woke,” I do need to clarify something about the concept. Look, there’s no race to “wokeness,” son. Meaning, no one gets a prize for being the first one to embrace Black issues. Frankly, anyone who argues about someone else’s “wokeness” is missing the whole damn point, man. All in all, the goal should be for our entire community to contribute to our empowerment.

Now, I won’t lie, a comment I saw on Instagram inspired this post, fam. In any case, I know some folks might be thinking “people always say dumb shit on social media, LC.” Ok, yes, while this is absolutely true, this one comment just irked me, bruh. Basically, a woman posted a still frame from Jay-Z‘s “The Story of O.J.” video. In her caption, she told people to pay attention to the message in the song. From there, some dude wrote “shit is so standard only dumb niggas woke by this.” For whatever reason, that statement pissed me off, man. On the real, if the song inspires someone to do better, why does it matter when they came to this realization?

Look, this is a problem I have with so-called “knowledgeable” people. Keeping it a buck, I feel like they care more about seeming smart than actually helping their fellow man or woman. Fam, Black people are historically disenfranchised in this country. Real talk, we legitimately need everyone onboard if we’re really going to make any strides in America. Whether we’re talking about politics, social issues or financial literacy, the community needs to be on one accord when it comes creating change. Ultimately, it doesn’t help the cause when some clown thinks he’s ahead of the curve.

In the end, instead of criticizing people for when they “woke” up, this dude should be happy that folks are making improvements. He should be happy that an artist like Jay is finally using his voice to speak about these issues. By and by, having these conversations in a vacuum doesn’t help anyone. The only way to inspire real change is for these ideas to permeate throughout the entire community. All in all, that’s the real definition of “woke,” man. LC out.

Beyoncé Didn’t Make Jay-Z

So, I won’t lie, son. I’m well aware of the fact that I need to tread carefully with this post, man. Look, the BeyHive is NOT the entity a sane person should want to fuck with, fam. Shit, just ask Keri Hilson. With that being said, I need to get something off of my chest. Listen, I need people to stop acting like Beyoncé made Jay-Z. Ok, yes, everyone loves Mrs. Knowles-Carter. However; let’s not pretend like Hov isn’t a fucking legend, bruh. I mean, there’s a reason why a lot of people, including myself, consider him the greatest rapper of all time.

Wait, to be clear, I’m not writing this to slight Bey in any shape, form or fashion, man. Fam, the woman is coming off of back-to-back classic albums. I can’t possibly take anything away from her, son. But, this new generation likes to act like Jigga is the slouch in the relationship. Now, for those uninformed people, I’d like to take a brief trip down memory lane.

Ok, while no one knows exactly when Hov and Beyoncé started dating, I think “’03 Bonnie & Clyde” is a good place to start. Now, although my memory sucks, I believe that song came out in 2002. It served as the lead single for Hov’s The Blueprint 2: The Gift & The Curse album. Anyway, if we’re keeping score here, by this time, Jigga had already released three classic albums, son. I mean, Reasonable Doubt, Vol. 2… Hard Knock Life and The Blueprint were already under his belt by the time him and Bey became an item. Shit, Beyoncé hadn’t even released a solo album at that point, man! Good Lord, can we keep it a buck for a second, fam?

Moving on, even before we get to 4:44, Hov managed to add two more classics to his discography: The Black Album and American Gangster. Side note, I’m open to arguing about the classic status of American Gangster, but regardless, it’s a fantastic album. In any case, Jay was still making relevant art independent of his marriage to Bey. All in all, Jay would’ve still been in the history books even if he didn’t marry Beyoncé.

In the end, I need the BeyHive to chill, son. Please, don’t scalp me or give my nuts the “James Bond in Casino Royaletreatment. All I’m saying is, Beyoncé is not responsible for Hov’s success. Now, have they both helped each other’s careers? Absolutely. Is Beyoncé more relevant in music and pop culture right now? Absolutely. However; that doesn’t take away from the groundwork Jay has already laid down, fam. By and by, his position was already solidified, man. Now, let me get back to 4:44. LC out.