Have Folks Forgiven Justin Timberlake Yet?

So, I won’t lie, son. On the real, I’ve been a Justin Timberlake fan for over 20 years. I mean, I’ve been down since NSYNC dropped “I Want You Back” and “Tearin’ Up My Heart.” But, I really knew what time it was when they came out with “Gone.” At that point, I knew that Timberlake was different, man. Moving on, I was onboard when he released Justified, FutureSex/LoveSounds and The 20/20 Experience. Needless to say, I was super disappointed when that Man of the Woods fuckery came out. But, have we as a collective forgiven him for that train wreck of an album yet?

Ok, to be fair, there’s a segment of the (Black) population that was done with Timberlake after he threw Janet Jackson under the bus for that Super Bowl nipple. Real talk, I don’t blame anybody for that, fam. Like, that was still a hoe ass move on his part, bruh. However, as a voracious consumer of music, I’ve always championed Timberlake’s talent, son. Shit, even Man of the Woods had some jams on it, man. All I can say is, I stand by my previous assessment of “Filthy,” “Higher, Higher,” “Wave” and “Breeze Off the Pond.” But, given the departure in sound and the “White boy in flannel” promotion, a lot of folks turned in their Timberlake Fan Club pass.

Now, in all honesty, Timberlake’s new song with SZA is what inspired this post. All in all, I fucks with that track heavy and it feels like the sound that we’ve always loved from Timberlake. So, can we let him slide for Man of the Woods already? The way I see it, we can give him a pass for one trash ass album, brethren. For God‘s sake, he’s given us so many jams, son. In addition, if we’re going to blame him for that record, we also have to blame The Neptunes, Timbaland and Danja. Hell, they made those songs with him, man. Anyway, I’m willing to let bygones be bygones if he’s going to go back to making crack like “The Other Side.”

In the end, shout-out to Timberlake, SZA, Ludwig Göransson and Max Martin for making my current jam. Ultimately, this is the type of shit that I want from Timberlake, fam. By and by, everyone can peep the video below. At the end of the day, as long as he doesn’t try to mix banjos and 808‘s again, we’ll be good, bruh. That is all. LC out.

Donald Trump Stole Kim Kardashian’s Shine

*Sigh* Is this what time it is, son? Cats can’t even watch the Super Bowl without seeing some bullshit, man? So, instead of just seeing the Kansas City Chiefs knock off the San Francisco 49ers, I also have to see Donald Trump trump up some nonsense, fam? All in all, it’s great that Alice Marie Johnson was granted clemency. However, it’s fucking disgusting that Trump removed Kim Kardashian‘s contribution in an effort to pander to Black people.

Ok, for those who missed it, Trump and company secured some ad time during last night’s Super Bowl. Anyway, in the commercial, Trump tried to highlight his “mark” on criminal justice reform. Essentially, he took sole credit for freeing Johnson, a Black woman who served 21 years in prison for a nonviolent drug offense. Now, I’m not a hater and I give props were necessary. But, Kardashian wasn’t mentioned AT ALL in the ad and SHE was the one who brought this case to the public’s attention.

Listen, regardless of whether people like her or not, Kardashian has made it a point to advocate for federal prisoners. Hell, in addition to Johnson, Kardashian has helped fund the 90 Days of Freedom Campaign, which has freed 17 more prisoners that I know of since last year. In any case, this isn’t some random cause that she just breezed by, bruh. With that being said, Johnson’s case only entered Trump’s orbit because of Kardashian’s notoriety and persistence. Yes, Trump had to sign on the dotted line, but let’s not pretend like this was part of his criminal justice platform. Frankly, as a Black person, the pandering is fucking gross, son.

In the end, I feel like that ad was more for White people than for Black people. Ultimately, I believe that Trump wants to show his base that he “cares about minorities.” However, we’re not as dumb as he might think we are, man. By and by, people like me can read right through the tomfoolery, fam. At the end of the day, a publicity stunt should never be confused with an actual movement, bruh. The truth is, Donald Trump never gave a fuck about Alice Marie Johnson, brethren. He just thought it would be a good way to ingratiate himself with the Black community. All I know is, it ain’t fucking work, dummy. That is all. LC out.

Thanks For The Rings, Eli Manning

So, I won’t lie, son. On the real, I have a love-hate relationship with Eli Manning, man. I mean, there was literally NO middle ground with him, fam. Like, he was either a terrible quarterback or a Super Bowl champion, bruh. Either way, I greatly appreciate everything he’s done for my New York Giants, brethren. With all of that being said, the man can finally rest.

Ok, for those who missed it, after 16 seasons in the NFL, Manning has decided to retire. Now, as a fan, it’s been a rollercoaster ride with Manning as our quarterback, son. Real talk, we never knew which version of him we would get from season to season. Shit, one year, he might throw damn near as many interceptions as touchdowns. The next year, he might beat Tom Brady, Bill Belichick and the New England Patriots for the title. All I know is, Manning was as likely to give me a heart attack as he was to give me joy, man. But, I wouldn’t trade those two rings for less panic, fam.

In the end, there’s nothing else to say, bruh. Ultimately, I want to wish Eli Manning a peaceful retirement. By and by, he may have been inconsistent at times, but he also reached the mountaintop more than once. At the end of the day, he’s a fucking winner, son. All I can say is, his accomplishments can never be taken away from him, man. That is all. LC out.

Sorry, I Don’t Trust The NFL, Jay-Z

So, let me begin this post by saying that I don’t know. Like, I don’t know the details of Jay-Z‘s deal with the NFL and I don’t know what the long-term effects will be. All I can say is, this entire scenario makes me feel uncomfortable, son. I mean, the NFL doesn’t have a strong history of giving a fuck about social issues, man. With that being said, am I really supposed to believe that they have the best intentions, fam? Sorry, but I’m not rolling yet, bruh.

Ok, for those who missed it, Jay-Z’s Roc Nation just signed an exclusive deal with the league. Based on their partnership, Jay-Z and company will help the NFL choose performers for various events during the season, including the Super Bowl. In addition, Roc Nation will help the league with their social justice efforts. Now, I won’t lie, son. On the real, I have a ton of fucking questions, man. First, since when did the NFL give a flying fuckity-fuck about social justice? Second, why wasn’t Colin Kaepernick factored into any of this “reform,” fam?

Look, from a business standpoint, this looks like a coup for Jay-Z. Shit, he essentially controls the league’s entertainment brand, bruh. But, on face value, it looks like he put commerce over protest, son. Listen, it’s now a well-known fact that the NFL blackballed Kaepernick for kneeling. As of this minute, he STILL doesn’t have a job playing football, man. Furthermore, he basically had to bring a lawsuit against the league to expose their injustice against him. All the while, Jay-Z was apparently working with the NFL behind the scenes. Hell, the rumor is that this deal was being crystalized over the past year. Meaning, while Kaepernick was literally fighting with the league, Jay-Z was secretly working with them. Nah, I don’t feel good about any of that, man.

To make matters worse, I didn’t like Jay-Z’s response to the initial criticism. Fam, he literally said “We forget that Colin’s whole thing was to bring attention to social injustice. In that case, this is a success. This is the next phase. There are two parts of protesting. You go outside and you protest, and then the company or the individual says, ‘I hear you. What do we do next?… So what are we gonna do? You know what I’m saying? Help millions and millions of people, or we get stuck on Colin not having a job.” Bruh, Jay-Z can’t decide what the “next phase” is. Especially not when the original protester is still being treated unfairly.

Son, Kaepernick’s suit against the NFL literally concluded this year. Am I supposed to believe that after battling that man for so long, the league is actually sincere about social justice? Frankly, it’s easy for Jay-Z to say that we’re “past kneeling.” Real talk, he’s not the one who’s had his career destroyed in the process. Man, there are still a ton of owners in the league, like Jerry Jones, who hated everything that Kaepernick represented. On top of that, the owners are the ones who really control Commissioner Roger Goodell. So, sorry if I don’t believe that they want to alter anything about how they do business.

In the end, I really wish that something positive comes out of this situation. However, I’m not getting my hopes up, fam. Ultimately, the NFL has shown on countless occasions that they don’t give a fuck about social issues, bruh. By and by, I think Jay-Z is being a little flippant with his reaction to people’s questions. At the end of the day, Kaepernick was trying to bring awareness to racial injustice in America. Keeping it a buck, I don’t see how planning a Super Bowl Halftime Show will help with that, son. But, only time will tell. Just please, don’t disappoint us, Jay-Z. That is all. LC out.

Donald Trump Can’t Cancel A Nonexistent Visit

Look, the idea of “fake news” bothers the fuck out of me, son. On the real, it bothers me so much because the person who created the term, Donald Trump, is the BIGGEST proponent of fake news, man. Shit, that’s exactly why this entire Philadelphia Eagles saga is ridiculous, fam. I mean, Trump publicly cancelled a nonexistent White House visit just to perpetuate his false narrative about NFL players hating the troops. All in all, I just want to know if facts will ever start mattering again.

Ok, for those who missed it, Trump “uninvited” the Super Bowl champions to the White House because of the National Anthem protests. Now, here’s the thing: not ONE Eagles player kneeled during the Anthem last season. To make matters worse, Fox News found a picture of three Eagles players praying BEFORE the game and used it to try and prove Trump’s fraudulent point. So, not only did Trump lie on the Eagles, his minions at Fox News DELIBERATELY used propaganda to further his cause. Frankly, ALL of this shit is fucking disgusting, bruh!

At this point, I don’t care that Fox News apologized, son. Real talk, both Trump and the network have fully immersed themselves in smoke and mirrors, man. Like, they don’t even pretend to tell the truth anymore, fam. And for what? To energize a voting base that’s rooted in hatred? Keeping it a buck, it’s tiring trying to keep up with all of the lies, bruh. First, they lie about NFL players disrespecting the troops. Next, they lie about the actions of the Eagles, specifically. Then, they lie about the context of the photo they used to discredit the team. *Sigh* All of the deception is fucking mind-boggling, people!

In the end, I’m just sick of all of the fuckery, son. Ultimately, politics has become the most dangerous game in the world, man. By and by, everyone cares more about sticking to a side than being right, fam. At the end of the day, I wish I could divorce myself from this entire process, bruh. But, if I do that, then I’d REALLY have no say about who’s running this shit-show. *Sigh* I need a drink, folks. That is all. LC out.

Nah, This Album Ain’t It, Justin Timberlake

So, let me begin this post by saying that I’m a Justin Timberlake fan. Now, I’m a fan despite the fact that he dissed Prince (my hero) on Timbaland‘s “Give It To Me.” In addition, I’m a fan despite the fact that he left Janet Jackson out to dry after Super Bowl XXXVIII. In any case, regardless of his occasionally egregious behavior, I’ve always jammed out to his music. With that being said, I’m disappointed with this Man of the Woods album, son. All in all, I know he wanted to go for a specific sound on this new record. All I can say is, it ain’t really work out too well, man.

Ok, look, let me explain my beef with this album, fam. Now, based on the record’s production, it’s clear that JT tried to mix genres. On a lot of the songs, he mixed Country and Blues-inspired guitar riffs with 808‘s. Anyway, in theory, this may sound like a cool experiment. In actuality, I don’t really think the textures go together, bruh. Look, in my opinion, a bunch of these songs would’ve benefited more from real bass lines. However; producers like The Neptunes and Timbaland tried to substitute those bass licks with 808’s. For me, a lot of it didn’t work, folks.

Now, with all of that being said, I’m not insinuating that this album doesn’t have bangers, son. Keeping it a buck, my assessment of this record is only based on JT’s past music. Sonically, this joint is better than a lot of the shit out there in the zeitgeist. However; based on his own discography, this album is kinda lacking, man. In any case, I do have a few favorites on here, fam. In my eyes, “Filthy,” “Higher, Higher,” “Wave,” “Montana,” “Breeze Off the Pond” and the bridge on “Supplies” are all gold, bruh. Side note, I’m only taking the bridge on “Supplies” because the lyrics to the rest of the song are silly, people. “The world could end now, baby, we’ll be living in The Walking Dead“? Cut it out, JT!

In the end, it doesn’t really matter if people agree with me or not, son. Ultimately, I expect the best from Timberlake and he didn’t quite pull it off this time. By and by, this doesn’t really diminish him as an artist, man. I mean, he does deserve some credit for trying to cultivate a new sound, fam. Now, while I don’t think it necessarily worked, it did generate a few jams. At the end of the day, I’ll take it, bruh. Besides, I’m just happy that him, Pharrell and Chad Hugo are working together again. That is all. LC out.

The Giants Fan In Me Can’t Watch The Super Bowl

So, what’s a guy to do, son? Do I choose Satan or do I choose the Antichrist? I mean, that’s EXACTLY how I feel trying to pick between the New England Patriots and the Philadelphia Eagles. I mean, as a New York Giants fan, Super Bowl LII is the worst shit ever, man! Look, regardless of the outcome, a team I can’t stand is going to be the NFL champion. Shit, this is precisely how I felt back in 2005 when Donovan McNabb and Terrell Owens faced off against Tom Brady and Deion Branch. Either way, I’m not even sure if I can watch this shit, fam!

Listen, let’s skip the pretense, bruh. On the real, it’s simple mathematics, son. The Eagles are in the Giants’s division and the Patriots have been our Super Bowl nemesis. Look, there’s NO possible way for me to feel good about this championship game, man. As it stands, either the Eagles are going to win their first Super Bowl or Brady is going to get ring number six. Either way, the outcome is going to be the trashiest of the trash, fam. In addition, since Justin Timberlake seems to be embracing his inner MAGA, I can’t even look forward to the halftime show!

In the end, I have nothing else to give, bruh. Ultimately, I don’t give a fuck about what others may say. Yeah, I’m ABSOLUTELY salty, son! By and by, I haven’t supported the NFL all season for what they did to Colin Kaepernick and I will continue to sit on the sidelines. All I know is, I still have a trash ass Knicks team to root for and a ton of UFC fights to watch. That is all. LC out.

Don’t Ever Disrespect Eli Manning!

Man, I’m hot right now, son. Real talk, Ben McAdoo has some fucking nerve, fam! Like, how dare he treat Eli Manning like this?! How dare a second-year NFL head coach treat a New York Giants legend like this, bruh?! I mean, after everything Manning has done for this city, THIS is how the organization is going to do him in?! Keeping it a buck, NY always treats its legends poorly, man. Shit, look at what the Knicks did to Patrick Ewing. All I know is, Manning is unfairly taking the fall for the Giants’ shitty season.

Ok, let me be honest for a second, son. Yes, the Giants are fucking AWFUL this year. Look, nothing good comes out of a 2-9 record, man. Hell, we lost Odell Beckham Jr., lost a couple of close games and completely shit the bed against the Los Angeles Rams. With that being said, Manning has been stereotypically Manning all season. He’s completed 60% of his passes, has an 84 passer rating and a 2:1 touchdown-to-interception ratio. Side bar, he has fumbled the ball 8 times, though, and that’s no bueno, fam. In any case, Manning is NOT the sole reason why the Giants suck, bruh. So, why the FUCK would McAdoo bench him for Geno Smith?!

Listen, Manning gave this city TWO fucking championships, son! Shit, he’s the ONLY dude to ever beat Tom Brady, Bill Belichick and the New England Patriots in the Super Bowl, man. For that reason alone, he should at least be able to finish the damn season, fam! Now, here’s a thought, bruh: maybe the Giants suck because McAdoo sucks as a coach. Oh, has anyone ever thought of that? Look, former coach Tom Coughlin left the team and was able to help turn the Jacksonville Jaguars around. So, maybe McAdoo should look in the fucking mirror, people. All I can say is, he needs to stop taking his own ineptitude out on Manning.

In the end, fuck Ben McAdoo and the Giants coaching staff, son. Ultimately, Manning is the Gawd and deserves more respect than this. By and by, I can’t be mad at a Black dude for getting a shot at the starting job, but I wish it wasn’t at the expense of a legend, man. *Sigh* Ain’t no loyalty in sports, fam. That is all. LC out.

Get Michael Vick The F*ck Outta Here!

Man, let’s just get straight to the point here. Michael Vick is the LAST human being who should be advising Colin Kaepernick on ANYTHING, son. Like, this dude can’t be fucking serious, man! Now, maybe Vick is trying to play nice since a dark cloud has followed his entire NFL career. However; the mere suggestion that a haircut would improve Kaepernick’s standing shows that he’s an unadulterated clown. Fam, someone please get Michael Vick the fuck outta here!

So, the tomfoolery began when Vick appeared on Fox Sports 1‘s Speak for Yourself show. When the discussion turned to how Kaepernick could get another job in the league, Vick said the following:

The first thing we got to get Colin to do is cut his hair. I don’t think he should represent himself in that way in terms of the hairstyle. Just go clean cut. Why not? Perception and image is everything. I love the guy to death, but I want him to succeed in and off the field, and this has to be a start for him.”

Wait, what? Huh? How exactly is he representing himself, Vick? Last time I checked, that’s how hair grows out of a Black person’s scalp. So, is he insinuating that there’s something wrong with the natural state of his hair? Ohhhh, I get it! “Clean cut” is just another way of saying “acceptable for White people.” Yeah, I see what Vick is doing here. Basically, if Kaepernick wants another shot at football, he needs to appease the owners and the coaches. The same individuals who don’t understand his cause in the first place. Shit, fantastic advice, Vick!

To be clear, Kaepernick’s current status isn’t about his ability. Now, is he an elite quarterback? No. But, can someone honestly say that out of the 100+ total QB roles in the league, he can’t lock down ONE roster spot? Man, give me a fucking break, son! This man has played in a Super Bowl, fam! I don’t buy that line of reasoning at all, man.

The fact of the matter is, the powers that be hate what he stands for and don’t want to deal with him. Plain and simple, bruh. Hell, one NFL executive compared Kaepernick to Rae Carruth, a former player who MURDERED A WOMAN! Somehow, kneeling for the National Anthem is equivalent to homicide, man. With that being said, Vick’s comments are completely rooted in racial conditioning. He’s conditioned to think that Black people need to behave in a certain way to be welcomed by White people. By and by, fuck ALL of that, son!

In the end, Michael Vick has some nerve, fam. Frankly, ever since his dog fighting scandal, White people have hated him everywhere he went. Ultimately, the Black community has been the entity who has continued to champion him. In my eyes, he’s spitting in our faces by taking this stance. All in all, I hope he eventually learns the gravity of his fuckery. LC out.

P.S. Kaepernick is righteously petty for tweeting the definition of Stockholm syndrome. In the spirit of Bruce Lee, that’s the art of fighting without fighting. That is all.

’25’ Ain’t Got Sh*t On ‘Lemonade’

Look, son, I don’t need much evidence to prove my thesis. I mean, if anyone watched the Grammys last night, they’d know that even Adele knows 25 doesn’t hold a candle to Lemonade. During her speech for Album of the Year, Adele essentially told the Grammy committee and the world that Beyoncé deserved that award. Shit, outside of her “black friends” comment that she’s catching hell for, Adele was just trying to do the Lord‘s work, man. I mean, it’s not like the Grammys have an interest in doing the right thing. Needless to say, as last night showed, the Grammys got it wrong… again.

Now, I could make the argument that Black artists are consistently overlooked in all of the “General Field” categories. However; for today, I’m going to stick with Album of the Year. Namely because this is where the most egregious errors are normally made. Year after year after year, the highest award in music ends up going to the wrong fucking album, son. Ok, yes, Adele sells a lot of albums. We all know that, man. But Beyoncé’s album shifted culture… again.

Man, when she put out “Formation,” a million think pieces and White tears QUICKLY followed. Black people praised the optics of one of our biggest stars tackling social injustice. White pundits bemoaned the fact that a star of her caliber made them so uncomfortable. In addition, she shut the Super Bowl DOWN in all of her Black Panthersinspired glory. Now, Adele’s “Hello” was a great song, but it didn’t affect the world like Beyoncé. As for the rest of Adele’s album, it basically sounded like I’m Still 21. She essentially remade her previous album and cashed in. On the other hand, Beyoncé’s sound continued to evolve and she became more daring in her decision-making.

With all of that being said, I really don’t know why I’m acting surprised, man. This is what the Grammys does, son. They continually find a way to reward the less deserving. I mean, this is the same awards show that gave the Album of the Year trophy to Taylor Swift‘s 1989 over Kendrick Lamar‘s To Pimp a Butterfly. This is the same show that gave the trophy to Beck‘s Morning Phase over Beyoncé’s self-titled album. This is the same show that gave the trophy to Herbie Hancock‘s River: The Joni Letters over Kanye West‘s Graduation AND Amy Winehouse‘s Back to Black. Now, Herbie is an undisputed legend, but come the fuck on, man! Are we really playing this game right now? The list goes on and on and on, son. If I decided to look at any random year, odds are I’ll vehemently disagree with whoever got that award.

Ultimately, I believe in the Grammys… in theory. However; in actuality, it’s always a shit show, son. I love the idea of artists being rewarded for their work, but the night always ends up being a travesty. *Sigh* I don’t even know why I keep watching this show, man. In any case, I’ll probably be back at it next year. LC out.