Tag Archives: 2Pac

6.21.17 Thoughts

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1. First, as a Hip-Hop fan, I have to start this off by giving a 21 Gun salute to Prodigy of Mobb Deep. He passed away yesterday at the age of 42 due to complications from Sickle Cell Anemia. Prodigy reminded me of my older cousin Ted which is probably why I was even more of a fan back in the day. Prodigy had one of the nicest pens in rap and without a doubt was one of New York’s most influential emcees. 1995’s The Infamous album introduced me to how ill he and Havoc were on joints like “Shook Ones Pt. II”, “Temperature’s Rising” and “Give Up The Goods” then came Hell on Earth the following year with “G.O.D. Part III” and the alleged Pac diss “Drop A Gem On Em”. Somedays I feel like 1999’s Murda Muzik could be my favorite Mobb Deep album but it’s a tough decision to make. And as a solo artist, he proved that he could still be a formidable force with one of the illest tracks “Keep It Thoro” and it’s memorable intro: “Oh y’all n***as killers now, oh word?”. His follow up projects like Return of the Mac, Bumpy Johnson, and Albert Einstein with Alchemist kept my attention as a fan while other emcees from the golden era fell off. Summerjam screen or not, you could never front on him. Rest in Peace, P! Continue reading

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For The Day: Spice 1 “Trigga Gots No Heart”

“187 is an art because the Trigger gots no heart”

I haven’t watched Menace II Society in eons but the soundtrack, most notably Spice 1’s contribution gets infinite plays. Even though East coasts rappers/emcees had aggressive content in their music in the early to mid 90s, I’ll always equate “gangsta rap” to the West Coast artists mostly because they were actually in gangs. Their raps just seemed to be very direct, sometimes callous and cold. How could you not believe what those brothers were talking about in their songs when their delivery was so damn convincing.

“Ain’t No Love, Trick!”

BTW, it was during the shooting of this music video that the infamous fight between 2Pac and Allen Hughes of the Hughes Brothers occurred which led to Pac spending 15 days in jail.

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5.30.17 Thoughts

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1. A very dope 1993 Dennis Rodman write up in Sports Illustrated “Demolition Man“.

2. Over the Memorial Day Weekend, I watched a series on Netflix titled The Keepers and every episode baffled me. I heard about it via a friend on Facebook and I decided to give it a watch. I initially thought that it would focus on a nun’s disappearance but it went deeper in the corruption of Baltimore’s archdiocese. I binged watched all 7 episodes and there wasn’t a dull moment. Check it out! Continue reading

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I Don’t Care…

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“I used to give a fuck, now I give a fuck less.” – Jay-Z “Success”

We are all guilty of caring about the wrong things. We have priorities in our lives that we will willfully ignore just to worry about something stupid that doesn’t matter. I was the king of that shit and I’m not proud of it. I own it but it’s a filthy habit that I want no parts of. It’s like that girl/guy that you hook up with after a party. Yeah they gave you a bit of activity but you know that you were dead wrong for getting intimate with them in the first place. If you know better then you do better. Continue reading

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2.6.17 Thoughts

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I woke up like this….

1. I didn’t watch the Super Bowl because I didn’t care plus the Eagles aren’t in it so you know… whatever.

2. Ralph Tresvant’s 2nd album, 1994’s It’s Going Down had a few jams on it. My current favorite is “The Booty Affair”. And no, The Booty Affair in question isn’t a Pirate convention.

3. Instead of the Super Bowl, I watch The Nice Guys with Ryan Gosling and Russell Crowe and I do believe that I made the right choice. And Yaya DaCosta has been physically blessed.

4. Netflix’s Imperial Dreams was a dope flick. John Boyega is going to be a problem in Hollywood. It had a pretty solid cast. Also, Brits can switch to an American accent and talk better than we can. Diabolical geniuses. Shout out to Flying Lotus for the musical contributions.

5. I want more tattoos. I have the same amount as 2Pac (18 joints!) but there’s more to get but I’m running out of space on my arms.

6. To be young and to think that you know it all is THEE WORST. I have Facebook acquaintances that watched like 2 minutes of a James Baldwin speech and poof! they are automatically experts on everything related to black culture. Facebook needs a “Sit that ass down and shut up!” button.

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DJ Quik’s “Visualism”

The wonderful things that you can find on YouTube is mind boggling. I didn’t even know that this existed. I searched for “Quik’s Groove” for my previous post and this appeared in the suggestion column. Quik’s “Visualism” DVD gives a look into his creative process, his tour life, collaborations with artists like Suga Free, Nate Dogg, Hi-C, and Mausberg, who died shortly after the release of Quik’s Balance & Option’s album in 2000. Rap Tour life seemed like so much fun 17 years ago. There weren’t a thousand cellphones, social media wasn’t at all what it is today. I found myself reflecting on the good ol’ days of a time that’s long gone. Continue reading

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Anger…

Pissed off. I, like many of you who were tuned into CNN or any other source of media this week, witnessed an ignored injustice. The grand jury decided NOT to indict Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson in the wrongful killing death of Michael Brown. I wasn’t surprised. I’ve seen it before with Sean Bell, Oscar Grant, Amadou Diallo, and so many others in this country. Enough is Enough. I’ve grown very tired of seeing young black lives lost due to fear. It’s crazy to think about bringing children into a world where the color of your skin comes with an expensive price that my ancestors paid for with blood, sweat, tears, and constant frustration. What am I supposed to do? Complaining about the intangible and screaming at invisible bullies won’t do anything but increase my personal stress levels. I can’t have faith in a judicial system that refuses to treat all of its citizens equally. Continue reading

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Thisis50: Jack Thriller interviews Dave Hollister

BLACKstreet had jams back in the 90s. Teddy Riley was one of the most renowned producers during that era with consistent hits. Though BLACKstreet was Teddy Riley’s group, Dave Hollister’s vocals made him the focal point of the group. Jack Thriller of ThisIs50 had a great and very hilarious interview with Dave Hollister, who’s debut album Chicago ’85 still gets play in my iTunes. Check out the rest of the interviews below for more cool music stories. Continue reading

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Good Music: Kleeer “Intimate Connection”

Props to my main man @FastTimesAtRF for today’s music choice. I’ve been a fan of Kleeer’s music for a while ever since Diamond D sampled “Intimate Connection” for “Confused” off of his 1992 Stunts, Blunts, and Hip-Hop album. DJ Quik and 2Pac also have Kleeer samples on a few of their hits as well. Good music never dies.

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