America, As Told By Childish Gambino

So, I’m not going to lie, son. Real talk, I have no interest in writing some elaborate think piece, man. I mean, at this point, A TON has already been said about Donald Glover‘s, excuse me, Childish Gambino‘s “This Is America” video. Frankly, there’s no way for me to add any new insight to the zeitgeist, fam. Side note, Blavity has my favorite write-up about the video so far. Feel free to check it out, folks. In any case, instead of trying to break new ground, I’d much rather speak on what resonates with me. All in all, there are a lot of gems in this joint. Allow me to speak about my favorites, bruh.

Ok, the first thing that jumps out at me is the dancing. Now, the actual moves that Gambino and the children are doing aren’t important, son. In actuality, they’re just a distraction from all of the fuckery going on in the background. On the real, it’s a perfect metaphor for this current generation, man. Look, these days, people only seem to be concerned with turning up, doing drugs and getting money. All the while, racism and classism have engulfed so much around us. All I know is, either we’re not paying attention or we’re just looking for an escape, fam.

Now, the next thing that jumps out at me is the gun violence. Namely, the fact that guns are treated better than people. Shit, after Gambino shoots a guitar player in the head, the gun is safely placed in a cloth. Meanwhile, the dead body is callously hauled away. Next, Gambino murders an entire church choir, but the AK-47 is delicately placed in another cloth. All I can say is, we all live in a country where the Second Amendment is more important than our lives. Keeping it a buck, I low key gave up on the idea of gun reform after Sandy Hook. Listen, if twenty dead children doesn’t inspire action, then what the fuck will, bruh? *Sigh* We can’t continue on like this, son.

Lastly, on a more positive note, I’m presently surprised by the vocals of Young Thug, 21 Savage, Slim Jxmmi, Quavo and BlocBoy JB. Being honest, I didn’t hear them at first, man. I guess I was too enthralled by what I was watching. Anyway, after hearing their adlibs, I’m excited by the fact they contributed to a song like this. Look, it can be said that artists like them have a heavy hand in the issues outlined in the second paragraph. But, they allow themselves to be part of a bigger cause. Now, I don’t know what that means going forward, but it’s super dope in the moment, fam.

In the end, well done, Childish Gambino! Ultimately, I dig the fact that he’s using his platform in such a manner. By and by, it’s easier to be “safe,” bruh. It’s easier to do what’s comfortable for the masses. At the end of the day, it’s much harder to jump off of the ledge, unsure of where the chips may fall. So, shout-out to Glover for not being safe. The way I see it, the times are waaaay too dangerous for that. Good day. LC out.

P.S. Since this post is about Glover, I also want to quickly discuss something else. Look, can Black people kill the narrative that a person can’t be pro-Black and date outside of the race? Listen, who gives a fuck if Glover’s significant other isn’t Black? Oh, is he suddenly clueless about minority issues because he fell in love with someone? Is he suddenly blind to systemic racism because he has a connection with someone? Knock it the fuck off, people! Everyone should be free to love who they love AND work towards community empowerment. That is all.

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So… Nicki Minaj DOES Have A Problem With Cardi B

Well, well, well, what do we have here, son? After all of the speculation, theories and innuendo, it DOES appear that there’s tension between Nicki Minaj and Cardi B. However; the way I see it, the beef is one-sided, man. On one hand, Cardi seems to be steering clear of any potential conflict. On the other hand, Nicki is telling us that she’s been hurt by Cardi. All I know is, after her interview with Zane Lowe, no one can tell me that Nicki didn’t drop these new songs out of spite, fam.

Ok, so, where do we start with this story, bruh? Now, every since Cardi broke out on the music scene, she’s been compared to Nicki, son. I mean, it makes sense because Nicki is the biggest female rapper in the game. Frankly, she’s the beacon that every other woman gets compared to. Shit, with all of her hits, she’s earned that right, man. However; this feud always seemed weird because it never appeared like Cardi was shading Nicki. On the real, it always looked like Nicki was salty towards Cardi, fam.

Look, if I’m being honest, I can’t recall one time when Cardi said anything negative about Nicki. Hell, even when it came to the “Motorsport” debacle, all Cardi said was she never heard Nicki’s entire verse and that Nicki couldn’t make it to the video because of scheduling. Now, maybe I’m dumb, but I don’t hear a diss anywhere in there, bruh. But, while talking to Lowe, Nicki said that Cardi and Migos made her “look like a liar” and that Cardi was “[playing] the victim.” Please note, all of this was said days after Cardi told Ebro Darden that the beef between her and Nicki was fictional and made-up by the media.

Listen, let’s just cut through all of the bullshit, son. Keeping it a buck, everyone knows what this is really about, man. Look, Nicki also told Lowe that she never felt like Cardi gave her “genuine love.” Now, in layman’s terms, she believes that Cardi should be paying more homage to her. The funny thing is, this is EXACTLY the same issue that Lil’ Kim had with Nicki about a decade ago. Shit, it’s amazing how cycles just repeat themselves, fam. Nicki has now become the veteran that craves reverence. However; people thought Kim was a clown for wanting the same damn thing, bruh. *Sigh* All of this is hypocrisy at its finest, folks.

In the end, Nicki is waaaaay too successful to be this bitter, son. Ultimately, her spot in history is solidified, man. By and by, she should just let Cardi cook, fam. In addition, despite everything I’ve just said, Nicki’s new “Chun-Li” song is hard as fuck, bruh. Now, I may be a little indifferent to “Barbie Tingz,” but I’ll definitely keep that “Chun-Li” in rotation, people. At the end of the day, there’s room for everyone to eat, brethren. Just make good music and let nature take its course. That is all. LC out.

Did Joe Budden Really Leave ‘Everyday Struggle’?

So, as a longtime Joe Budden fan, I can’t say that I’m surprised, son. I mean, keeping it a buck, I’m shocked that his tenure on Everyday Struggle lasted this long, man. In any case, what is the show going to do without him, fam? Shit, he was basically the reason why anyone paid attention to Complex‘s show, bruh. All I know is, I’m going to miss his various kerfuffles and beefs with artists all around the industry.

Ok, for those who are unaware, Budden decided to leave the show he co-founded. Now, I’m not sure about all of the details (because I haven’t listened to the latest Joe Budden Podcast episode yet), but it appears that it all came down to money, son. Apparently, Budden and Complex couldn’t reach an agreement and Joey chose to walk. All in all, fans of the show knew something was up because Budden missed a couple of episodes in a row.

Now, during his absence, Complex tried to play it off like Budden was missing shows because of his newborn child with Cyn Santana. However; Joey took to Twitter and quickly refuted those claims, saying that he “knows [his] worth” and that “internal chaos” was responsible. All I can say is, Everyday Struggle is going to struggle everyday without Budden. Side bar, does everyone see what I did there? Man, I really make myself laugh, fam.

Anyway, Joe had ALL of the hot takes on the show and HE’S the one who kept eyes on the program. Look, how many artists did he piss off in the process, bruh? Shit, Migos and Lil Yachty JUST released a diss track because of Joey’s comments. I guess after all of their bickering, they thought this was the best way to get back at Joe. Listen, for someone who’s supposed to be “irrelevant,” he sure has a lot of people talking, son. On the real, irrelevant folks don’t cause this much traffic, man. It just is what it is, fam.

In the end, this probably won’t have much of an impact on Budden. Ultimately, I think Complex is taking an L with this move, bruh. By and by, I don’t think the show is going to end, but it damn sure won’t be as entertaining, son. At the end of the day, people like me will still be around whenever Joe decides to resurface with a new endeavor. In addition, the Joe Budden Podcast is still moving in these streets, so I’m sure he’ll be fine, man. Keeping it a buck, I’m just here for the fuckery, fam. That is all. LC out.

Joe Budden Needs To Chill

Look, I’m actually a Joe Budden fan, man. I mean, I’ve already expressed that sentiment on this very blog. However; at this point, there is something that Joe needs to learn: chill the fuck out, fam! Damn, this dude finds himself in some bullshit every time he steps outside. Listen, whether it’s his feud with Drake or his on-air clash with Lil Yachty, Joe always ends up in some unnecessary tomfoolery. Now, with all of that being said, after his wild interview with Migos, Joe needs to either curb his attitude or pick a different career path.

So, shit went left while Joe, DJ Akademiks and Nadeska Alexis interviewed Migos at the 2017 BET Awards. Joe and company were all representing Everyday Struggle, a show on Complex. During the conversation, Akademiks asked Takeoff, one-third of Migos, how he felt about being left off of “Bad and Boujee,” the group’s biggest hit. For some reason, Takeoff said he wasn’t left off of the track. Umm, maybe he confused himself with Lil Uzi Vert, son.

In any case, Ak asked him to repeat himself a number of times and Joe stated that he wanted to wrap up the interview. From there, Quavo responded to Joe’s comment, then Joe suddenly got up and dropped his mic. Needless to say, Migos and company wanted to slap the beard off of Joe’s face.

Now, here’s my thing: why was any of this necessary, son? Ok, yes, Joe is known as an ornery rapper. Yes, he’s known to snap at Ak on a regular basis. But, he’s supposed to be a damn media personality now, man! If the interview isn’t going well, either switch up the line of questioning or find a smoother way to end the talk. Why the fuck would he just get up and drop his mic? Man, if I was in Migos, I would’ve felt a way too. Like, the entire situation was unprofessional, fam. Anger is not the way to solve every fucking problem, bruh! Joe needs to learn some fucking couth and a little patience.

Frankly, I don’t know who Joe was pissed at. Was it Ak or was it Migos? Now, my money is on Ak, but even still, there’s a better way to handle this situation, son. Shit, look at what almost happened, man! One flippant act almost got Joe stomped out by an entire entourage. On the real, the shit doesn’t make any sense, fam. Joe just needs to relax, bruh.

In the end, Joe needs to make a decision. Does he really want to be a media personality? If not, he can go home and be mad inside his house with Cyn Santana. If he does, then he needs to learn how to handle these incidents better. Ultimately, nobody should get their ass kicked over a “Bad and Boujee” question, son. That is all. LC out.

P.S. Offset is the dopest member of Migos, man. Yes, I know, that has nothing to do with nothing, but I just had to say that, fam. Peace.

What The F*ck Did Ja Rule Do?!

So, am I wrong for laughing at this Fyre Festival situation? Son, this is Joanne The Scammer on a million! What the fuck were Ja Rule and Billy McFarland thinking, man?! First off, the idea of a “luxury music festival” is preposterous. Has anyone actually been to a real music festival? Shit, “organized chaos” is the best way to describe it, son. In any case, this proposition was clearly doomed from the start. However; no one could’ve guessed this idea would turn into this much of a shit-show, fam. Anyway, let’s just take a moment to make fun of everyone involved.

To begin, who in their right mind would pay five or six figures for a music festival? I mean, will God come down from Heaven and play a mean guitar solo? Will Buddha rise from the dead and offer everyone the finest of hallucinogens? Will Noah construct villas for everyone from the same material he used to make The Ark? Bruh, how could these dummies not see the scam in action? Look, Bella Hadid was never coming to the shindig, son. Anyone who believed otherwise is a plum fool, man.

Now, with all of that being said, Ja Rule and McFarland are still foul, fam. They literally tried to finesse all of their patrons with disaster relief tents, yellow school buses and cheese sandwiches. Listen, they essentially created an overpriced refugee camp. I mean, we could basically call it “Fyre Festival sponsored by FEMA.” Man, it’s no wonder they’re being sued for $100 million right now. Shit, if I was the plaintiff, an ass whooping would be part of my settlement, son. I should be allowed to punch Ja Rule and McFarland in their respective mouths, man. I guarantee that would ensure they wouldn’t try this fuck shit again, bruh.

Ultimately, I don’t feel sorry for anyone here. This shit is just funny, man. Next time, how about everyone just stick to the well-known music festivals? That way, everyone is aware of what they’re really getting ahead of time. LC out.

Migos Needs To Drop Their Album NOW!

Look, let’s be clear here: Migos‘ “Bad and Boojee” is the best song ever. Donald Glover already told everyone this during the Golden Globes, son. Ok, it may be a stretch to say it’s the best song ever, but dammit, I enjoy EVERYTHING about that joint, man. Shit, I even enjoy Lil Uzi Vert‘s verse and I’m not the biggest fan of his music. With that being said, all I know is, Migos needs to drop their Culture album right this second! Their buzz can’t get any higher, son. It’s go time, bro!

Now, as of yesterday, “Bad and Boujee” is the number-one song on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. That makes it the number-one Pop song in the country. That means a song that references cooking dope in a crockpot is the most played song in America, son. Now, I don’t know about anyone else, but that tidbit makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside, man. While Quavo may be the most visible member of Migos, Offset is the star of this song and has all of the memorable catchphrases. Hell, the hook of the song ain’t even really a hook, man. It’s just another Offset verse where he gets to stunt in preposterous ways. Man, what’s not to love about this fucking song, son?

I mean, that’s all, folks. I’m just happy that a song I enjoy so much has topped the charts. While I’m at it, shout-out to Metro Boomin for producing damn near every jam over the last three years and finally getting his first number-one song. For me, his work on 21 Savage‘s Savage Mode makes me want to kick small puppies and throw hamsters like I’m playing shot put. All in all, it’s songs like this that keep me sane in this world, son. Everyone needs to get on the train. Good day.

Let’s Talk About The Blackity-Black Golden Globes

I’m Black, y’all, and I’m Black, y’all, and I’m Blackity-Black and I’m Black, y’all. Man, if anyone watched the Golden Globes last night, they would’ve probably heard those CB4 lyrics cycling in the background. All jokes aside, last night’s awards show was a great time for Black actors and actresses. After a year of exceptional work in both television and film, multiple Black stars were honored for their respective performances. Accolades were doled out for achievements both in front of and behind the camera. With that being said, let’s keep the party going and talk about all of our winners, son. Ohledoit!

Now, if we’re starting with television, we’ve got to give major props to both Donald Glover and Tracee Ellis Ross. First off, let’s talk about the fact that Ross is the first Black woman to win the award for Best Actress – Musical or Comedy since Debbie Allen. To put this into perspective, Allen won that award back in 1983 for Fame. To give even MORE perspective, Allen won that award before I was born and I’m in my early 30’s. Needless to say, it’s been a long fucking time, son. Ross has been killing it on black-ish for a while now. This honor is long overdue, man. Massive congrats to her.

Next, let’s talk about Donald Glover, aka Childish Gambino. This dude had an incredible night, man. Shiiiit, if we’re counting his “Awaken, My Love!” album and his soon-to-be stint as Star WarsLando Calrissian, Glover had an incredible 2016, son. In any case, not only did he win the award for Best Actor – Musical or Comedy, but his show, Atlanta, also won Best Series – Musical or Comedy.

Keeping it a buck, Atlanta and Issa Rae’s Insecure were my two favorite shows of the past year. Both Glover and Rae made shows that were unapologetically Black and dared the mainstream to get onboard. Keep in mind, when I say “unapologetically Black,” I’m not referring to any stereotypical depictions of Black people. Both shows displayed the nuances of our community and depicted the fact that we’re not all a monolith. So, with a show like Atlanta being respected, it shows us all that we don’t have to dilute ourselves for recognition.

Moving on, let’s get to these movies, son. All I know is, all praises are due to Viola Davis and Moonlight. Davis won the award for Best Supporting Actress – Drama, Musical or Comedy for her role in Fences and Moonlight won Best Motion Picture – Drama. Now, even though I believe Davis should’ve been in the Best Actress category, it’s about time Hollywood recognized she’s one of the best in the game. She’s been a deity for quite some time now, man. They’re officially late to the party, son.

Also, to keep it going, Moonlight was the best movie I watched last year. If we’re being real, homosexuality can be a taboo subject in the Black community. However; this film does any amazing job of chronicling a man’s journey through self-realization and self-acceptance. There was nothing cliché about the storyline and it’s impossible to not be emotionally invested in the characters. Side note, I love absolutely EVERYTHING about Janelle Monáe. I’d find a way to marry her if my wife wouldn’t kill me first.

In the end, while we don’t need Hollywood’s acceptance to do great work, it’s still good to see them acknowledge our awesomeness. With or without their help, we need to continue pushing OUR art forward and telling OUR stories. That’s the only real way to shape our own narrative. Once again, congrats to all of last night’s winners, man. Good day.

P.S. I hate to end this post on a critical note, but someone tell the Golden Globes that Hidden Figures and Fences are two different movies. No, White people, we don’t all look alike and we don’t all act in the same movies. That is all.

P.P.S. Shout-out to Glover again for showing love to Migos‘ “Bad and Boujee“. That song is without a doubt the most enjoyable thing on the planet right now. Rain drop… LC out.