There’s No Race To ‘Wokeness’

So, today’s post is sort of like a public service announcement. Now, even though I kind of hate the word “woke,” I do need to clarify something about the concept. Look, there’s no race to “wokeness,” son. Meaning, no one gets a prize for being the first one to embrace Black issues. Frankly, anyone who argues about someone else’s “wokeness” is missing the whole damn point, man. All in all, the goal should be for our entire community to contribute to our empowerment.

Now, I won’t lie, a comment I saw on Instagram inspired this post, fam. In any case, I know some folks might be thinking “people always say dumb shit on social media, LC.” Ok, yes, while this is absolutely true, this one comment just irked me, bruh. Basically, a woman posted a still frame from Jay-Z‘s “The Story of O.J.” video. In her caption, she told people to pay attention to the message in the song. From there, some dude wrote “shit is so standard only dumb niggas woke by this.” For whatever reason, that statement pissed me off, man. On the real, if the song inspires someone to do better, why does it matter when they came to this realization?

Look, this is a problem I have with so-called “knowledgeable” people. Keeping it a buck, I feel like they care more about seeming smart than actually helping their fellow man or woman. Fam, Black people are historically disenfranchised in this country. Real talk, we legitimately need everyone onboard if we’re really going to make any strides in America. Whether we’re talking about politics, social issues or financial literacy, the community needs to be on one accord when it comes creating change. Ultimately, it doesn’t help the cause when some clown thinks he’s ahead of the curve.

In the end, instead of criticizing people for when they “woke” up, this dude should be happy that folks are making improvements. He should be happy that an artist like Jay is finally using his voice to speak about these issues. By and by, having these conversations in a vacuum doesn’t help anyone. The only way to inspire real change is for these ideas to permeate throughout the entire community. All in all, that’s the real definition of “woke,” man. LC out.

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Jay-Z Made A ‘Grown A*s Man’ Album

So, I’ll admit, there are certain times when I’m happy to be wrong. As everyone may recall, just last week, I questioned whether we needed a new Jay-Z album. In my defense, it wasn’t because I’m not a Hov fan. In fact, I’m an obnoxiously HUGE Hov fan. Ultimately, I didn’t want him to drop some subpar shit, fam. Thankfully, 4:44 is fucking DOPE, man! On the real, Jigga made a “grown ass man” album. Whether he’s speaking about infidelity, finances or social issues, he’s poignantly discussing a variety of topics. All in all, good shit, Jay!

First, let me begin by talking about No I.D. Now, I did call this shit, son. Listen, Dion just doesn’t make wack beats, fam. Like, I actually believe he’s incapable of making questionable shit. I mean, he’s been in the game for over 20 years and he’s never released any trash. Look, even Bow Wow‘s “Let Me Hold You” knocks, man! In any case, No I.D. successfully bridges different eras in his beats. He’s able to remain true to his sampling roots, while programming his drums to fit into today’s musical climate. By and by, the sonics of this album are immaculate, son!

Next, let’s talk about Hov. Ok, yes, he finally addresses the cheating rumors. Wait, before I continue, was anyone actually confused by Beyoncé‘s Lemonade? Now, I thought she made it perfectly clear that Hov was sticking and moving around town. Frankly, I’m surprised by people being surprised on social media. Anyway, Jay drops all of the bombs in terms of his wayward behavior. In fact, at this point, the only thing we don’t know are the names of the outside chicks. Keeping it a buck, Hov gave us everything else, son. Shit, he even admits that his actions were the reason why Solange tried to go Liu Kang on him in that elevator.

Moving on, in addition to his Lemonade response, Hov also covers A TON of other subjects. He talks about financial literacy on “The Story of O.J.” He talks about supporting Diddy, another Black business owner, on “Family Feud.” He talks about accepting his mother’s sexuality on “Smile.” He even talks about Kanye West‘s fuckity-fuckery on “Kill Jay Z.” All I know is, it seems like Jay leaves no stone unturned on this album, bruh. Regardless, I approve of all of it, fam.

In the end, this new album is light years ahead of his last two records. Ultimately, it’s good to see that he still has some tricks up his sleeve. Now, let me get back to my listening experience, son. I’ll catch everyone on the rebound. LC out.

P.S. Never go Eric Benét, son. Bruh, I laughed really hard at that line, man. My bad, Eric. I’m sure he’s out here just trying to keep it cool. However; he’ll never live down the Halle Berry tomfoolery, fam. That is all.