The Bruno Mars Hate Doesn’t Make Sense

So, let me get straight to the point, son. The hate that Bruno Mars is receiving right now is pure nonsense, man. In my eyes, calling Mars a “cultural appropriator” is inaccurate, fam. From my vantage point, there’s a difference between inspiration and theft. Now, are a lot of Mars’ musical sources identifiable? Absolutely. However; the style of damn near EVERY artist can be traced to some predecessor. With that being said, what’s the real fucking beef with Mars, bruh?

Ok, for those who missed it, let me explain how all of this began. Now, in a video for The Grapevine, writer Seren Sensei went on a tangent about her disdain for Mars. According to her, Mars borrows too much from Black artists and shouldn’t be allowed to get a pass since he isn’t Black. In addition, she believes that he “plays up” his racial ambiguity in order to pull the wool over our eyes. All in all, she went full Super Saiyan on him and I think it’s a bit misguided, son.

Now, to me, a cultural appropriator is someone who doesn’t recognize or admit where they got their style from. By that definition, Mars doesn’t fit the mold, man. Honestly, all that guy does is give credit to the artists who came before him. Real talk, just take a look at his “Album of the Year” speech for 24K Magic at the Grammys. Fam, he literally thanked Babyface, Teddy Riley and Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis for inspiring him! On top of that, during an interview with Latina, he went into great detail about how all American music has its roots in Black music. So, if he’s actually giving credit to his sources, what’s the fucking problem, bruh?! I mean, are Black people the only ones who are allowed to embrace the Funk?

Look, if anybody doesn’t like Mars’ songs, then just say that, son. On the real, people are 100% entitled to their personal tastes. However; criticizing him for being a cultural appropriator or a vulture is just foolish, man. Real talk, all that dude does is give credit to Black musicians and Black artistry. Shit, just look at his band, fam! It’s literally nothing but Black and Brown players! What the hell else do people want, bruh?! In my eyes, this entire debate is fucking stupid, folks. At the end of the day, baseless accusations and name-calling won’t stop me from enjoying his discography.

In the end, let’s just chill out with the tomfoolery, son. Ultimately, we all have a choice, man: we can either enjoy Mars’ music or not. However; no one should be judged for digging his songs. By and by, the man is inspired by Black music and makes no secret of it. So, if he’s actually tipping his hat to his musical forefathers, then no one out there has a credible beef, fam. 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.

I Wish Dylann Roof The Absolute Worst

So, I, like many others, was always taught growing up to never wish ill on someone. “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you,” so on and so forth. However; some people deserve to have bad shit happen to them. Dylann Roof is one of those people, man. Keeping it a buck, I have nothing positive to say about that piece of shit and I genuinely, GENUINELY hope his time in prison is brutal.

Now, at this point, I shouldn’t have to tell everyone what this subhuman did. Anyone who isn’t aware of the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church massacre that happened in South Carolina must not care about people. In any case, Roof’s trial just wrapped up and he was found guilty on all counts. As of right now, he’s in the sentencing phase.

To be clear, his conviction is not why I’m writing this. Nah, what he said at his death penalty trial made my fucking blood boil, son. Not only did he fail to apologize for killing nine innocent people, but he also made some bullshit speech about why he “had” to do what he did. In his eyes, his deed was some sort of ridiculous retribution for all of the “innocent White children” who have to live in this country and all of the “innocent White people” killed by the “lower race.” He continued by saying he represented himself in court because he didn’t want his lawyers to question his mental stability. Apparently, there’s nothing wrong with this asshole.

*Sigh* I don’t even know where to start, man. Ok, let’s start with the fact that 84% of White people are killed by other White people. That stat comes directly from the FBI, man. So, who are all of these White people being killed by the “lower race?” This fucking devil based his entire rampage on a theory that doesn’t even fucking exist, man. This is no better than Donald Trump and Ann Coulter calling all Latinos “rapists” and the overall Islamophobia being perpetuated in this country. A misguided fear of the “other” is leading people to commit heinous crimes against innocent folks. There are never any facts to bolster a bigot’s argument, yet they feel like it’s their right to harm people who don’t look, act or believe like them. It’s absolutely fucking disgusting, man.

Ultimately, I’m one of the few people who doesn’t believe in the death penalty. Not because I think it’s wrong, but because I think life in prison is worse. I want Dylann Roof to spend the rest of his natural life in general population. I don’t want him to be protected from any of the other inmates. Let’s see how long he lacks remorse when his cellmates lack remorse for him. Let’s see how long he thinks he’s tough when he encounters some really tough people. Death is the easy way out for cowards like him. He needs to continually suffer until he understands the gravity of what he’s done. And even then, he should suffer some more. I’m out.

I’m Done With Kanye West

That’s it. I’m done, man. I’m over Kanye West and his constant brand of bullshit. As a DIEHARD fan, I’ve tried and tried and tried to look past his frequent barrage of nonsense. However; enough is enough, son! During his ten millionth rant last night in San Jose, Kanye told concertgoers that not only did he forgo voting, but if he did, he would’ve voted for Donald Trump. All I know is, for me, the artist I’ve supported all of these years is officially gone. Get this man the fuck outta here, son!

*Sigh* Where do I even start, man? So, during his recent concert, Kanye went on one of his customary rants and spoke about the recent presidential election. First, he emphasized the fact he didn’t vote. This is problem number one. For a man who once rhymed that his mother was arrested for a sit-in “at the tender age of six,” his decision to eschew voting is an absolute slap in her face. Side note, Rest In Peace to Donda West.

Now, the same man who spent countless songs on The College Dropout and Late Registration addressing systemic issues decided to avoid using his voice for something other than promoting clothes with holes in them. Honestly, it’s fucking disgusting, man. In my eyes, I don’t want to hear anyone talk about solving societal ills if they don’t engage with the individuals who govern our cities and states. That same message applies to Colin Kaepernick and his non-voting ass too!

Moving on, just when we thought that hot take was the extent of his fuckery, he then chose to offer up praise to our orange-faced President-elect. According to Kanye, he admires Trump’s “non-political” way of speaking and considers it a “futuristic” form of communication. In addition, he talked about how people just assumed he was a Democrat and how his friends advised him not to mention the fact he loved Trump’s “approach” to the debates.

Gosh, Kanye, what’s wrong with us, huh? Of COURSE a man who once proclaimed that George W. Bush didn’t care about Black people would embrace a man who’s shitted on us, Hispanics, Muslims, women and disabled people. Of COURSE a man who wrote songs like “All Falls Down” and “Crack Music” would openly support a divisive human being who used his hometown of Chicago as an example of why we need more “law and order.” We must be the crazy ones, right?

I mean, is this clown fucking serious, man?! Has he been a Kardashian for that long now? Has he forgotten that even if he’s in a Benz, he’s still a “nigga in a coupe”? Who the fuck is this man now?! I no longer see ANY shades of the dude who was once a champion of the people. I guess he’s too rich now to remember where he came from. That’s fine, because White America can have him now. I completely wash my hands of his persistent coonery.

In the end, I’m over all of the fuck shit, man. All of it! I have nothing else to say today. Fuck Kanye West, son! Fuck ’em! Good day.

No, This Isn’t Politics As Usual

So, this is another one of those posts where I need to talk to my fellow Black people. Frankly, I’m seeing a disturbing trend among some members of my community. The idea that the election of Donald Trump is just “politics as usual” is not only flippantly dismissive, but also very inaccurate. While bigotry of all forms has always been embedded in the fabric of our country, never before has someone so OPENLY embraced EVERY kind of hatred and actually made it to the most powerful seat in the world.

Now, at this point, I’m not going to run down every despicable thing Trump has ever said and done. I mean, I’ve already covered enough of that on this blog. However; I do want to reiterate a couple of key items. When we look at Trump, we’re looking at man who’s bragged about sexual assault, called the majority of Hispanics rapists and criminals, called more for “law and order” in response to the police killings of unarmed Black people, berated a Gold Star family, mocked a disabled reporter, asked to use nuclear weapons more than once and proposed a ban on Muslims. Please note, all of that happened within the last 18 months alone, son.

Keeping it all of the way real, that last paragraph doesn’t even include his history of demanding the execution of the Central Park Five in 1989, failing to pay federal taxes since I was in elementary school and fishing to discredit President Obama‘s citizenship for half a decade. Now, in case that’s not scary enough, this same man is now in control of Congress and the Supreme Court. So, no, this isn’t just politics as usual, man. This country was built on prejudice, but Trump’s lack of decorum and INCREDIBLE lack of basic intelligence is unprecedented, son.

Honestly, I could probably handle a bigot, son. However; a bigot who’s completely unaware of how his job actually works is fucking frightening, man. Anyone who doesn’t understand that is truly disconnected from what’s happening in this country. Yeah, there have been openly racist candidates before, like George Wallace and Barry Goldwater, but neither one of those clowns actually made it to the White House, man. Stop the shenanigans, son.

Ultimately, I don’t want to hear shit from anyone who doesn’t vote or participate in our political landscape. As I’ve stated before, even if people don’t completely see the value of presidential elections, if those same folks aren’t involved in down ballot or local elections, they are part of the fucking problem. Here’s an example: in New York City, our major chooses the police commissioner. The commissioner then, in turn, governs how the police department will engage with the community. I don’t want to hear anyone complain about changing the laws and punishments surrounding police brutality if they have no voting influence on the people who enact those policies. Enough of the fucking excuses, man! Let’s get to work! Good day.

P.S. Trump’s election has already caused White people to pretend like it’s the 1960s all over again. Just take a look at a couple of the racially-motivated attacks that have occurred since Tuesday. Look, I’ve said it before, man. Bigots can run up on me if they want to, but they’re going to catch this fade, son. My hand speed is impeccable, bro. I ain’t nonviolent. That is all.

Thank You, America

Thank you, America. Thank you for hating Hispanics. Thank you for hating Muslims. Thank you for hating Black people. Thank you for hating women. Thank you for hating the LGBTQ community. Thank you for hating disabled people. Thank you for hating every group of individuals Donald Trump has shitted on over the course of this election. America, you have emphatically shown us what type of despicable country you are and what you actually value: bigotry across all platforms. Bravo, America! Fucking bravo!

At this point, I could write two sentences or I could write an entire dissertation. I’m truly fucking confused by what happened last night. People, please tell me I’m dreaming. Please tell me Trump isn’t really the next president of our country. Please tell me we didn’t let an overwhelming wave of hate, irrational fear and stupidity guide the future of our nation. Look, I’m absolutely APPALLED by the people of this country. I just hope we’re all ready for a strong presence of racism, sexism, xenophobia, religious persecution and tax breaks for the rich. We’ve already seen bigots become way more emboldened as Trump gained power, and with him going to the Oval Office, I don’t see that weakening any time soon. When we add up a Republican presidency, Senate, House, and most likely, Supreme Court, that equals four years of unadulterated HELL!

In the end, I have nothing else to say, son. Nothing at all, man. All I know is, I’m not writing shit for the rest of this week, possibly longer. I’m done. Fucking done here. As my fiancée always says, “this country isn’t for us.” In this case, the “us” is literally EVERY disenfranchised group. Goodbye.

P.S. I don’t want to hear SHIT from anyone who didn’t vote or voted for a third-party candidate. They, along with a higher turnout of uneducated White voters, allowed this nonsense to happen. Thanks for absolutely nothing, y’all.