I remember hearing an old Too Short interview about 20 years ago, and he said something to the extent, "I say what you wish you could say...I say it for you."
And I remember thinking, "He's kinda right." Artist in general have a way of expressing things in ways that we can't and in doing so they get that much more closer to the essence of what we mean--beyond our words.
Anyways I want to dedicate this post to the beautiful black woman who went against the gravitational pull of my charm just to blaspheme the Intergalactic magnetism of Deepium.
I think it's been about 3 months since I've been getting kinda anxious for Eryka Badu's new album to drop, "New Amerykah Part 2: The Return of the Ankh." Not only have I always enjoyed her music, but I think I was cast into hypnotic trance when her first album "Baduizm" dropped in 1997...
...Yeah, those were the days when I liked head wraps, detested dairy products and was completely open to the surge consciousness that seemed to be saturating the young Black 20 something's. Back then Badu gave us a breath of fresh air that only seemed to be musically smogged out in the coming years by DMX, R. Kelly, Ludacris and other like "musicians/artists" etc...
Even though Badu continued to make, music dropping 4 studio albums in 13 years, each time I anticipated her albums to propel some sorta movement contrary to the "Lil'WayneSnoopDoggLil'Jon" of the moment music.
Well, I coped her album today and I can at least say that this is classic Badu. I like it. And even though I want more than the 12 tracks + 1 Bonus Track via itunes offers, I'll gratefully take all of what she has to share.
In other light, the first single from her "New Amerykah Part 2: The Return of the Ankh" album "Window Seat" has stirred up a lot of attention on the internet. It's bold. It's loud. It makes a statement that I can only associate with the courage of authentic character.
For starters she rolls up in a suicide door 1961-ish Lincoln Continental (much like the one Kennedy was riding in during his assassination) and takes a stroll along the same grassy knoll where Kennedy was shot and killed.
As I'm writing this I post I'm reminded that I was once a Young G on the public bus transportation in Oakland when I first caught wind of the living legend Too Short. I only saw him once on the bus and he said that if anybody would pay him $20 he'd return the next day with a rap about any "bitch" we wanted.
I admit I was amused, interested, and eager to hear what he could come up with, but I didn't have $5 to spare. But my friend had a dual tape deck, and he had a copy of Too Short's single Female Funk and "Girl (that's your life)" which meant I was soon to have a dubbed copy of Sir Too Short as well....
In 1985 we were fascinated with Short. He talked about women in ways that I couldn't even imagine and the girls loved it!
I never understood that. All the young girls in the day would give Too Short a stamp of approval when his music was played (well not all of them--but most).
And I'm not sure how my mother caught wind of Too Short, but she did and she found ad destroyed my tape that I proudly labeled "Too Short" in felt pen. In fact all of my friends parents kinda did the same thing: Too Short was outlawed. And the only way we could listen to Too Short was in secrecy at a very low volume.
But never did I imagine Too Short yelling "Biatch" on the radio behind a transparent "bleep" or camouflaged sound... But 2 years later "Bitch" is all over the radio. Too many songs and artist to mention.
I admit, i used to get a real kick out of it, and I still fight an ebb and flow of comfort and discomfort when I hear it. But in the end I'm blaming Black women for the proliferation of the word BITCH.
I don't see white men hollarin "Bitch" in country music etc.., Black women you've let this get outta hand. Don't let Brothas call you "bitch." This abuse will continue as long as you let it!
(Now, this is where I yell "Biatch," but you can turn on the radio and hear it for yourself).
Yup. Back from the dead. And i don't have AIDS, nor a criminal record, so I must be doing ah'ight.
Man... You jus don't know how many times I've sat at this keyboard and considered returning to "THE VERGE." Perhaps I was lying to myself, affirming that OTV was just a place of my past, but no... It's been all too close--arms reach in fact. And as much as I didn't want to return to this ambiguous place of frustration and coldness.... I'm back bitches.
And yeah I gotta speak the truth as only the Honorable DeePiuM sees it:
As a result I will do my best to walk the line On The Verge and stay on the path of the sane and living. Then again you never know what someone else has instore for you. It could be death, a wonderful life, or a simple sperm jack. Yes a sperm jack. I caint get into it right now, but I usually pill the real in due time so stay tuned on that note.
And then my man Michael Jackson. Man... That was a shoocker. And of course I got lots to say on my boy about that one. But I prefer to focus on what he left us, rather than the way he left us.
Nonetheless, I think it kinda bothers me that MJ left the majority of his financial legacy to 3 engineered white kids that obviouly weren't of his DNA. I mean, am I trippin? Is that racist of me? The way I see it, there are a lot of little black kids that I coulda easily plugged into that tragic/happy ending. I don't get that one Mike...
But I do know this: Mike was a loving and generous person. The amount of charity he demonstrated and the messages of love he illustrated in his music are lessons I seem to still be trying to swallow....
Moreover, I will miss knowing that Mike is among the land of the living. Nonetheless, I'm sure he's in a much better place. This I know. And This is what consoles me on THE VERGE.
I ain't even got to Barack yet. But trust me I will...
I gotta admit, I do fall in and out of love for hip hop with the ebb and flow of it on a mainstream level, but one thing remains consistent, G-Funk has a way of making me feel good at times. Sometimes, I can't listen to it, but it doesn't mean I don't like it.
For those unfamiliar with this Hip Hop genre, just think Snoop, Doc Dre, or Too Short. Sure these cats have all built a reputation on creating music that mainly--not always, but mainly--glamorizes the idea of women in a derogatory light, but it's slamming! Myabe I'd be a bit more bashful about the pleasure of G-funk, but it's hard when women flock to the dancefloor at the sound of it. I'm also sure I could make a real convincing argument about how G-Funk abuses the power of music. After all G-Funk comes from P-Funk which was pioneered by a crowd of geniuses like Bootsy Collins and George Clinton, and groups like Parliament.
Nonetheless, the creators of G-funk and P-funk often share the same stage in musical harmony, so they don't appear to be upset with each other..so neither will I.
Basically, I once heard Too Short say something in an interview that I not only agreed with, but I was thankful for it, "I say what you can't. If you ever get mad at your girl, don't call her bitch, just put in my CD."
Ah'ight, we all know of the drug challenges and seemingly ghetto mentality of Bobby Brown. This all came to light around 1986 when New Edition kicked Bobby out the group for doing drugs (rumor has it that was simply weed then..).
Nonetheless, he rose above the adversity around him and created one of the hottest albums to grace this Earth, "Don't Be Cruel" in 1990. Then he came out with "Dance. Ya' know it"--a remix of Don't be cruel and some other tracks--which did the impossible and eclipsed what I thought--at the time--was impossible: Producing something even close and better than his original debut solo album, "Don't Be Cruel."
My point is that in spite of the rumors, convictions, drugs and menthol cigarettes, Bobby and Whitney look to be happy and they don't appear to be hurting for nothing. The reality show "Being Bobby Brown" (yeah I peeped it) shows Whitney, Bobby and family as a loving and fun family.
And contrary to the rumors of Whitney's challenges with drugs, and her initial impression of an innocent, talented girl next door, she has evolved into a grown woman and unlike the Diddy & J-Lo, Demi Moore and Bruce Willis break-ups, she is still there by choice and for the most part happy with that.
In sum, I acknowledge their perseverance and obvious-innate love and acceptance for each other. I will keep them in my prayers in order for them to always to better. Nonetheless, I can't help but think that there is something that we all can learn about them in terms of being a loving partner and parent...Sumptin...Like if I could only find a woman kinda like Whitney, Lil' Kim and Oprah all mixed together...