Randi B. & LC: My Album, Parenthood, The COVID Vaccine & The Presidential Election

What’s good, brethren? On this episode, Randi B. and I were back on Facebook Live talking about my album (Mastermind by L. Charlemagne), parenthood, the COVID-19 vaccine and the presidential election. It evolved into a conversation that included a variety of other topics. Check it out on YouTube below. Yessir!

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 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.

What’s Wrong With Being ‘Political,’ Lil Baby?

So, let me begin this post by saying that this is not an attack on Lil Baby. If anything, I’m just a man who’s 10 years his senior and would like a better explanation for his newfound apathy. The way I see it, we live in a time when we need every voice we have. All in all, the Black community at large would greatly benefit from more stars speaking on issues that directly affect us.

Ok, for those who missed it, Lil Baby just conducted an interview with GQ and he spoke about a variety of topics. However, I just want to talk about one of the comments he made. Now, as a refresher, Lil Baby dropped a song called “The Bigger Picture” back in June. In the wake of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and Black Lives Matter as a whole, Lil Baby decided to show solidarity with the people. In the process, he achieved his highest charting single as a musician. On the real, I thought he was turning a dope corner, son.

However, all of those thoughts were dashed in one interview, man. The truth is, Lil Baby has no interest in being “political” in his music. According to him, he doesn’t “want to be no Malcolm X or Martin Luther King.” All I can say is, I’m really disappointed in that statement, fam. Look, I’m not out here expecting everyone to be an activist or a social justice warrior. But, I really believe that a lot of our ideals are misplaced, bruh.

I mean, what are our priorities really, son? Like, whether we’re talking about music, film or television, we have no problem being drug sellers, drug users and gun toters who enjoy material possessions and watching women twerk. We have no problem glorifying the “party life” or the “street life,” despite the fact that the streets don’t love anyone. But, talking about the plight of our people is where we draw the line? On top of that, I can’t take that “I’m not into politics” stance that a lot of artists have. Fam, I said the same thing in this post from four years ago. Listen, politics ain’t got shit to do with our brothers and sisters getting shot down like animals. Frankly, that statement is a weak ass excuse for folks to absolve themselves of any meaningful responsibility.

In the end, I would just like to see more from Lil Baby and other people in his position. Ultimately, individuals like him are in rarefied air. By and by, for every Lil Baby that makes it, there are scores more who don’t get a chance to ascend that high. At the end of the day, the community deserves more from every single one of us. That is all. LC out.

My Interview With ‘The Artistry’

So, I’m going to keep this extreeeeemely short today, son. The fact of the matter is, before a show I had this past Saturday, I did an interview with V-Henny from The Artistry. We talked about everything from quarantine to my upcoming album to changing my stage name from LC to L. Charlemagne. Check it out on YouTube below. Let’s go!

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.

This Nas ‘Ultra Black’ Song Is Fuego!

So, I won’t lie, son. On the real, I can’t count how many times I’ve said “I’m going to keep this post short today” and never did it. However, I shall be a man of my word today. The fact of the matter is, this new Nas song is fuego, man! All I can say is, if this song is an indicator of what his Hit-Boy-produced album will sound like, then I’m absolutely ready for it, fam.

Ok, for those who missed it, Nas is dropping an album called King’s Disease on August 21st. Now, the album is set to be produced by super producer Hit-Boy. In any case, Nas’ beat selection has always been his Achilles heel. Frankly, all I’ve ever wanted was for a producer to take over the reins from him. I mean, think about it, bruh. Illmatic was overseen by Large Professor and It Was Written was overseen by Trackmasters. It’s not a coincidence that they’re both classics, brethren. He’s also made amazing records when Rick Ross was picking the beats. Side note, I still want Ross to executive produce a Nas album. Son, the music would be fucking INCREDIBLE, man!

In any case, this new “Ultra Black” son is tough, fam. The beat is the right tempo, the piano is dope and the bars are sharp. Shit, he even got Doja Cat the fuck up outta here, which is always welcomed. With all of that being said, everyone can listen to the track below. At the end of the day, I can’t wait for next week, bruh. 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.

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!

New Music: LC ‘At What Age’

My new song, “At What Age,” can now be streamed on YouTube. Like I’ve said in a previous Instagram post, I saw the picture of that young protestor, thought of my own kids and it threw me for a loop. So, I’ve decided to express myself in a manner that’s most natural to me. In addition, although I’m actively contributing what I can to the families of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor and George Floyd, along with several bail funds, I also want to donate any money garnered from the streams of this song to the cause. With all of that being said, click the link below and feel free to share the song. I love my people.