New Video: L. Charlemagne ‘Hell or High Water’

Here we are, people! My brethren at Aleph Media Network helped me make a video for “Hell or High Water,” a joint off of my Mastermind album. So, what else needs to be said, son? Go ahead and watch the video on YouTube below. We’ve got a lot more on the horizon, y’all. Let’s go!

Andrew Cuomo Is Out Here Wilin’

So, there’s no way to cut it or slice it, son. Andrew Cuomo, governor of my state (New York), is out here wilin’, man. I mean, name it and he’s probably been accused of it, fam. At this point, I’m sure that he’s wishing it was still the early days of the pandemic, when the public “liked” him. Shit, in less than a year, Cuomo has gone from an elected official “battling” the Coronavirus to a creep who doesn’t give a shit about old people. All I can say is, life comes at you fast, bruh.

Ok, for those who are unaware, Cuomo is in all types of shit, son. Now, let’s start with the debacle in the nursing homes. Apparently, Cuomo and his administration has been lying about how many people have died from COVID-19 in nursing homes around the state. Basically, a bunch of elderly people were perishing from the virus and they neglected to tell anyone. In any case, the investigation began when Melissa DeRosa, Cuomo’s aide, let the truth slip. All in all, that’s fucking reprehensible, man. Hell, even if I didn’t have a grandmother in a nursing home, I would’ve still be mortified, man. Frankly, that’s no way to treat anyone, let alone the defenseless, fam.

Moving on, let’s talk about Cuomo’s creepiness around women. Now, according to Lindsey Boylan, Charlotte Bennett and Anna Ruch, Cuomo has a history of unwanted advances and general touchy-feely-ness. Furthermore, it’s been stated by numerous people that he’s created a work atmosphere that thrives on “bullying” and all sorts of sexual harassment. With all of that being said, I believe all of it, bruh. Why? Not only because of the testimonies of these women, but by Cuomo’s own words. Listen, anytime someone says shit like “I acknowledge some of the things I have said have been misinterpreted as an unwanted flirtation,” they did that shit, son. Real talk, all his statement did was try to downplay the creepo shit that he was doing in his office. The way I see it, we don’t believe you, you need more people.

In the end, there’s nothing else to say, man. Ultimately, it’s time for Cuomo to go. By and by, he can’t continue to abuse his position and think that there won’t be any repercussions, fam. At the end of the day, I really think that he thought he could skate because of how he was handling the Coronavirus publicly. Now, I say “publicly” because we all know the truth now, bruh. When it’s all said and done, he was letting elderly people die while fondling his staff. Yeah, adios, Cuomo. Let’s see if Chris Cuomo will keep it a buck about that. That is all. LC out.

My Album Is Out!

My album is out! I repeat, my album is officially out! After months of letting my OCPD run amok, the day has finally come, son. Real talk, I’ve made music for years upon years. But, this is the first time that a project of mine sounds exactly like what I heard in my head. So, what else needs to be said, brethren? Head on over to Spotify, Apple Music, Tidal, Pandora, YouTube or wherever you get your music. I truly appreciate the support and I’ve got some visuals on the way. Let’s go!

https://music.apple.com/us/album/mastermind/1542442916

I Don’t Want Cops Shot Either

So, to the best of my ability, I’m going to try and keep this post short today. Yeah, I say that all of the time, but I “mean it” right now. In any case, I really hate the trend that happens in this country. Black and Brown people describe systemic mistreatment by law enforcement, our cries fall on deaf ears, some loser takes unnecessary action against unassuming officers and the national conversation goes back to ground zero. All in all, I’m tired of the cycle, son. The way I see it, the dialogue isn’t black and white. There is a grey area, man. Frankly, I don’t want cops shot either.

Ok, for those who are living under a rock, some wild shit went down in Los Angeles this past Saturday. Essentially, some random dude just walked up to a police car in Compton and shot two cops from the passenger side. No warning, no provocation, nothing. Just opened fire out of nowhere. Luckily, both officers are expected to survive after coming out of surgery. Now, I won’t lie, fam. On the real, this situation has caused an interesting schism on social media. One side sees how troubling incidents like these are. Another side is celebrating violence against officers. All I know is, the latter is a dangerous ideal to embrace, bruh.

Look, I know what some people may be thinking. Yes, it’s EXTREMELY disheartening to see law enforcement CONSTANTLY get away with murder. In that sense, it’s natural to desire retribution and retaliation. Especially since we can’t depend on the law to protect us from the law. But, everyone needs to see the bigger picture, son. I mean, just look at how this always plays out. Anytime we make some headway with depicting our pain, some idiot pulls a stunt like this and erases any chance of change. Instead of seeing the humanity in innocent minorities, detractors just use a situation like this shooting to ignore our narrative. The fact is, it’s fucking counterproductive, man.

Like, what do we really want, fam? Do we want the authorities to be held accountable for their actions or do we want to go to war with the cops? Seriously, I want to know. I’m all about the liberation of my people, but I’m also a proponent of strategy. Just bucking off on the police is NOT a recipe for success, bruh. Shit, motherfuckers like Donald Trump can’t WAIT to send the National Guard and the Army into our communities, son. All I can say is, the little handguns and semiautomatic rifles we have ain’t gonna do shit against tanks and drones, man.

Listen, maybe I’m oversimplifying this, but the solution is clear to me: officers need to feel the pain for committing murder. Yeah, yeah, yeah, it’s A LOT easier said that done, brethren. But, just hear me out. Take Breonna Taylor‘s case, for example. Word is, the city just settled with her family for $12 million. Now, just imagine that the money had to come out of the guilty officers’ pensions. I guarantee that cops would think twice before pulling these triggers. Imagine if more than 1% of officers were actually convicted of murder. I guarantee they’d think twice before pulling these triggers. The truth is, they’re so brazen with their misconduct because they know that NOTHING will happen to them. At the end of the day, REAL consequence will beget an adjustment in behavior.

In the end, I’m sure that there are a number of people out there who disagree with me. Ultimately, everyone is entitled to their opinion. By and by, I’m not the guy who doesn’t see the value in protection. Hell, I really wish that New York would loosen their gun laws, but that’s another story. However, I’m not down with just recklessly shooting cops and thinking it’s going to have a position outcome. If anything, it takes away from our REAL message and puts MORE minorities in harm’s way. *Sigh* All of this is just exhausting, fam. Fucking exhausting. That is all. LC out.

New Video: LC ‘Two Eyes’

Look, let’s just skip the formalities and get straight to the point, son. The fact is, I made a music video and it’s out right now. My kinfolk over at Aleph Media Network filmed a visual for “Two Eyes,” a song off of my The Charlemagne Renaissance album. So, what else is there to say, fam? Go ahead and watch the video on YouTube below. Outside of that, expect more videos and more music in the near future, brethren. Let’s go!

Chill Out With The F*cking Fireworks!

So, I won’t lie, son. On the real, I’m pretty fucking heated right now. Ok, yes, as a native New Yorker, I understand how folks get down with the fireworks in the summer. However, shit is beyond egregious this year. Like, motherfuckers have completely lost their minds with these fireworks, man. I mean, every night, fam? Every fucking night?! All I know is, everybody needs to chill the fuck out with these cotdamn explosions, bruh.

Ok, for those who are deaf, in a city near you, folks are absolutely bugging with the fireworks. Now, at first, I thought it was just an NYC thing. Shit, I’m from the Bronx, son. Frankly, the minute that June hits, I’m used to cats letting off the illegal Rockets and Roman Candles. But, this year has been different, man. Look, maybe it’s because of the quarantine and the fact that people are beyond restless. However, every single night, for hours on end, fools are outside blasting every firework in existence, fam.

Hell, just look at the numbers, bruh. In major cities all across America, fireworks complaints are up as much as 4000% compared to last year. Son, shit has gotten so bad that I seriously considered going outside and beating people with my belt buckle. All I can say is, I have no idea why people chose this particular summer to go totally haywire. Now, like I’ve said before, maybe this is the fallout from the coronavirus and all of the social distancing, man. But, why the fuck do these idiots think this is the solution? Fam, newfound freedom shouldn’t be infringing on anyone’s peace of mind. Yeah, I’m the old, washed and ornery guy now. Fuck it.

In the end, I need everyone to just shut the fuck up. Ultimately, NO ONE wants to hear fireworks all night long. By and by, a few of us are one step away from shoving a Roman Candle up someone’s ass and seeing if they take off like a jetpack. At the end of the day, all of this feels like a conspiracy. However, I have no clue what the endgame is. That is all. LC out.

The Coronavirus Isn’t Over Just Because You Want It To Be

So, before I begin, let me say that this is probably going to be a very New York-centric post. Mostly because my state has the most coronavirus cases in America. But, the more that time passes, the more I see folks using super questionable judgment. Ok, yes, I know that people are tired of being in the house. But, the virus isn’t gone just because people want it to be.

Now, before I continue, I’ll admit that this COVID-19 shit is old, son. Like, folks have been social distancing for about two months now and it’s having some real consequences. Shit, as of right now, nearly 40 million Americans have lost their jobs, man. Frankly, businesses are tanking, the stock market is all over the fucking place and the economy can’t take anymore of this shit. So, I completely understand the need to “reopen” the country. However, folks need to be waaaaaay more calculated about all of this, fam.

Look, on my block right now, people are sitting on stoops, not wearing masks and congregating in sizable groups. All I can say is, folks are operating with a complete disregard for their health or the health of others. Real talk, I would love nothing more than to vandalize a happy hour, bruh. But, I’m also a man with a mother who contracted this virus with only minimal exposure to the outside world. Meaning, this sickness is still incredibly insidious, son. The truth is, I would love to run amok outside, but we need to handle this situation intelligently, man.

In the end, I don’t know what else to say, fam. Ultimately, I wholeheartedly agree that we need to get the nation up and running again. However, we all need to be responsible, bruh. By and by, it feels like cats are trying to reach herd immunity the fucked up way. At the end of the day, without a vaccine, the only way to get to herd immunity is for all of us to catch this shit. Keeping it a buck, the way people are moving, that’s exactly what’s going to happen, son. *Sigh* That is all. LC out.

Dudes Need To Chill, If I D’ussé So Myself

*Sigh* Another day, another dude accused of some tomfoolery against women. Like, at this point, I’m running out of things to say on these issues, son. I mean, I’ve literally never understood why it’s so hard for some men to comprehend consent. For God‘s sake, there are so many women who are down for the get-down. There’s NO need to force any action with anyone. With all of that being said, ChriStylezz from D’ussé Palooza is the latest guy to be held to the fire.

Ok, for those who are unaware, Christopher Samuels, better known as ChriStylezz, is in some shit. Now, as one of the (former) hosts for D’ussé Palooza, Samuels was popular on the party scene. Shit, as a native New Yorker, I’ve been down with Palooza since it was Henny Palooza. Real talk, I’ve watched the brand grow from house parties in the city to Jay-Z partnerships and events at the Barclays Center. Needless to say, I was disheartened to hear the stories that some women had to say about Samuels.

Now, I’m not going to sit here and pretend like I’m an expert on this situation. However, multiple women have told similar stories about Samuels. Apparently, he’s notorious for pressuring women into having sex with him and he’s admittedly disrespectful during the process. Hell, homie even got on his own Instagram page to speak about “being an asshole.” Oddly enough, he also implored women to “bring [him] to justice” if he ever raped them. All in all, I don’t even think it’s a question of “if” he did something wrong. Clearly, even HE feels like his behavior was suspect.

To make matters worse, my homegirl showed me another post from a woman who’s making claims against Kameron McCullough, the founder of D’ussé Palooza. In addition, I’ve seen yet ANOTHER story about questionable actions by BlogXilla from Global Grind. Now, I can’t definitively say that these situations happened. So, I have to throw the word “allegedly” in there. But, nothing would surprise me because this type of behavior is frighteningly commonplace. All I can say is, I’m genuinely sad for the victims and perplexed that these incidents still occur.

In the end, I’m tired of having this conversation, man. Ultimately, I’m tired of women being taken advantage of. Fam, in one Twitter post, Samuels actually asked if it’s wrong to ask a woman for sex to give her a job. Even worse, half of the people who responded didn’t see an issue with this. *Sigh* All I know is, I’m running out of way to this say, bruh. Listen, men, consent is consent is consent. There’s no need to pressure a woman, there’s no need to threaten a woman and there’s no need to trick a woman. At the end of the day, just find someone who wants the same thing. It’s fucking simple, people. That is all. LC out.

RIP Fred The Godson

So, I’m going to keep this post super short today. All I want to say is, Rest In Peace to Fred The Godson. On the real, as much as people try to deny the coronavirus‘ impact, this should be a wake-up call. The fact is, this virus doesn’t discriminate, man. It doesn’t care about race, gender or political affiliation. All in all, we MUST take the necessary precautions to keep each other as safe as possible.

Ok, for those who missed it, Bronx rapper Fred The Godson was dealing with the virus for the last month or so. Shit, I knew that things were suspect when he went to the hospital and needed a ventilator. Even then, I still didn’t think that he’d actually die, fam. All I know is, there has been so much misinformation about this illness. One faction says that only elderly people get it. Another faction actually believes that Black people can’t really get it. Look, all of that shit is nonsense, son. The truth is, ALL of us need to do our best to strengthen our immune systems. Yes, that includes diet and exercise, brethren. Now, I’m not going to front like this guarantees safety, but it surely helps, folks.

In the end, prayers to Fred’s family and friends. Ultimately, I’m fucked up because we’re roughly the same age and I’ve met him more than once on my music journey. All I can say is, this shit hits waaaay too close to home, son. By and by, let’s not play fast and loose with this disease. At the end of the day, ALL of our lives are at stake, man. That is all. LC out.

Scottie Pippen Got Royally Screwed

So, I won’t lie, son. On the real, the basketball fan in me is ECSTATIC that The Last Dance is finally airing on ESPN. I mean, as a lifelong New York Knicks fan, I have a weird relationship with Michael Jordan‘s legacy. On one hand, he’s my favorite player ever. On the other hand, he’s almost solely responsible for my childhood anguish. Like, he broke my team’s heart EVERY FUCKING SEASON! In any case, the first two episodes of the documentary shine a light on another important topic: Scottie Pippen getting royally fucked by Chicago Bulls management.

Ok, before I continue, let me say that Pippen deserves some of the blame here. Now, apparently, everyone told him not to sign that 7-year/$18 million deal. Everyone told him that Jerry Krause, the general manager of the Bulls, wouldn’t renegotiate his contract later. So, with all of that being said, Pippen shot himself in the foot with that deal. However, Krause and company are still assholes for not upping Pippen’s cut, man. At a certain point, the sum they were paying him was fucking disrespectful, fam.

Look, by the time the 1997-98 season came around, Pippen was the 122nd highest-paid player in the NBA. In addition, he was 6th highest-paid player on the Bulls. Keep in mind, he was either 2nd or 1st in every statistical category for that team. Despite all of that, he was getting paid less than Jordan, Toni Kukoč, Ron Harper, Dennis Rodman AND Luc Longley. Now, MJ, I get it. The rest of them muhfuckas, hell nah, son. All I can say is, I completely understand why Pippen wasn’t so hyped to get back with the team, man. Hell, I wouldn’t break my back either for a squad that didn’t value me.

In the end, I can’t fucking wait to watch the rest of this documentary, fam. Ultimately, this is the era that I came up in. By and by, I want to see how real ESPN is going to keep it. Are they really going to talk about Jordan’s gambling? Are they going to show him punching Steve Kerr in the face? Either way, I’m ready to go, fam. All in all, I just fucking love basketball, bruh. That is all. LC out.