Black Nerds! It’s Been A Year of BETTERTHANKANYE!

WOW time flies when you are hating on folks.  I started this blog up about a year ago and really appreciate the words of hate, love and general music and political discourse.  My posts have been getting a little scarce as I finished a book a few months ago and have been working on a novel of sorts.  I wanted it to be a dramatization of past relationships I’ve had but ironically you can’t inject anymore drama into most of these stories if you tried.  I wrote about 2,500 words today so its on its way.  I thought I’d repost some Kanye artwork from posts over the last year.  Oh and check out Generation Bizzle on LA TALK Live tomorrow at 4:30.  I’ll be talking about poetry, Drink Dream Scream and Betterthankanye!

Oh also also I read an article from my boy Pat about Kanye somehow paving the way for the black nerd.  First off Kanye isn’t a nerd.  He is a geek, a dweeb a dork that happens to have made a ton of money through having an insanely close pulse on pop culture.  You might dress like Urkel but you don’t act like Urkel.  Neil deGrasse Tyson is a black nerd (and also one of my heroes) If you don’t know google the shit out of him.  He is a badass astrophysicist and has been trying to time travel since before Kanye was born.  Kyp Malone, the high pitched singer from TV on the Radio is a Black Nerd. (Another one of my heroes) Donald Glover, from NBC’s Community is a Black Nerd. (again a hero)  Hell i’m sitting here blogging at 8:00 at night and take pictures of my self doing my best clint eastwood in the mirror.  I’m a Black Nerd!  Being a Black Nerd doesn’t mean putting on a skinny tie and black glasses when you are sitting up in VIP pouring champagne on some 19 year old video vixen.  Kanye capitalized on the rising popularity of step teams stemming primarily from Historically Black Universities and fashioned his first album to fit that market.  As much as I hate on him if you have read this blog enough you know that I don’t think he is talent-less by any means.  I love authentic heartfelt music and what Kanye does is take what other people feel as important and twists it, packaging it as his own authentic ideas and sell them back to folks that want to identify with those feelings.  Kanye is the kid no one picked to play kickball not because he was a nerd, but because he was most likely a socially awkward asshole.   Okay here are some images from past posts!  Thanks for the love and have a happy holiday!

Kanye gets married yall.



Special Powers!

Every time I feel ready to give up on humanity I am swiftly reminded how beautiful people can be. Usually this reminder is in the form of a woman. Or is it whiskey? A combination of women and whiskey…and sometimes tequila. Thank you Los Angeles for providing both.

Thanks for all the feedback on the Drake Sucks post. It seems many of you agree that Drake is garbage. I had an interesting conversation with David Scott about Kanye and Jay-z but i’ll go as far to say that Drake fits into this as well. He says Jay-Z and Kanye West make music for the 1%. I totally agree and I feel like that is just another way to articulate exactly why I don’t enjoy their music (specifically Kanye). Those messages we are globally coming together to reject are the fundamental building blocks to not only the lyrics of their music but in the construction of how said song is delivered to your world.

Live music often provides simple reminders as well. I started this blog because there are so many talented folks out there making art for the love of making art. We all gotta eat but when money starts driving you lose focus. This weekend I was at the world famous Viper Room to see Special Powers. I have written about some of the projects from members of the group before.  Music 4 The People.  These folks are a breath of fresh air and provide a sultry mix of hip hop, rock, and electronica via seductive female vocals, amazing musicians and a verbal assassin on the mic.  Definitely worth a listen.  Their latest EP, The Enabler is available now. Visit Special Powers on Facebook! Here is a video of Special Powers performing Space Cadet at the Viper Room, Nov. 19, 2011!
Special Powers – Space Cadet @ The Viper Room

Drake, Astro on X-Factor, Bieber and other Ramblings

So a few days ago I received a few messages asking me to write about Drake. I thought it was kind of out of the blue the multiple people would ask me to comment of young drizzie but maybe with his new album dropping soon his name is in the atmosphere again. I was first introduced to Drake through Degrassi, a show my sister watched and on occasion would get me to watch with her.

"Wheelchair Jimmy"

Degrassi was a Canadian show that had been on for a while and was kind of in the same vein as the BBC’s “Skins”. It was like an ABC afterschool special that just kept going and going. There was tons of drama and teenage issues. Basically its Saved By The Bell if Jesse Spano’s Caffeine Pill binge was really Meth and everyone got pregnant every episode. Drake was a black kid in a wheelchair that kinda got punked around. Next thing I know this dude is performing with Lil’ Wayne. My friend Marcus got me into the BET Awards a few years back and Drake was performing that “F*ck every girl in the World” song with Wayne. The performance was easily the most uncomfortable moment that night because they had a bunch of children on stage with them but what was even funnier was that Drake had torn is ACL or something so he couldn’t get up. He had to sit on a stool the entire show. Now I don’t think folks in wheelchairs or differently abled people should be made fun of because of their situations but the irony of Drake trying to abandon is Degrassi roots and rap with Lil’ Wayne only to find him self on stage with the same issues he portrayed on that very show IS HILARIOUSLY ironic. I didn’t think he was that good but in this post Kanye destruction of hip hop Drake was seen as the second coming. Anytime I get into an argument about hip hop someone brings up Drake. I am sorry but he is irrelevant to the form of hip hop that I hold dear to my heart. Drake is a decent writer and has great presence on stage but he is an ACTOR portraying a hip hop artist. Justin Bieber “freestyled” (I don’t think its a freestyle by anymeans…the 2011 freestyle is spitting something you memorized that no one else has heard you do before over a beat) and I liked it better than anything Drake has done. Justin Bieber isn’t a hip hop artist because he is capable of stringing together words in a particular style. He is just mimicking (very well) what he sees hip hop to be. Let me mention now that Justin is also Canadian.
What is sad is since the destruction of hip hop by Kanye West this is all hip hop stands to be anyway so in this cultural post Apocalypse maybe Drake IS the second coming. I dislike everything about him, his whiny drawl, his seizure-esq hand gestures, his blatant misogyny and sexism. After leaving Young Money it will be interesting to see how or if he changes. In my opinion hes a one trick pony and i’m ready for the end of the show. Now everyone’s hyped off this new album coming out and I am sleeping SOUNDLY off that mess.

Other than that are you watching X-Factor? This kid Astro, The Astronomical Kid is beyond the truth. Kids got mad east coast swag and truly loves HIP HOP. Not this crap we got going now. He writes his own verses every week and is competing as a hip hop artist against some amazing singers and still holding his own at like 13 years old. His last song was a love song to hip hop. If you haven’t give his a listen. I don’t know what old ass rapper died and took over this kids’s soul but He has restored my faith in the genre.Even over some crap Puffy shittyness.

Also check out my friends doin their thing thangs. DJ Dahi, The Hammer Bros., The Seshen

The seshen – Oblivion

Also Check out Special Powers at the Viper Room in Los Angeles Saturday, November 19. I’ll be there

My boy David Scott will be performing poetry this Saturday as well in Sacramento at the Kuumba Art Gallery. 1001 Del Paso Blvd, 6 pm.

I’ll be performing two poems from my book “Drink Dream Scream” on November 29th with Indelible Ink in Pasadena at the AKA Bistro. 41 Hugus Alley Pasadena California 91103.

Poetry yeah yeah

I had the amazing privilege and opportunity to perform poetry from my book “Drink Dream Scream” as the featured artist at the World Stage in Leimert Park this month. Thanks everyone who came through and there is more in the future where that came from. If you know of cheap/free/loving/intimate venue spaces in Los Angeles get at me. I want to begin to collaborate with other artists in the Los Angeles, California area and beyond.

Here is a poem I performed that night that I wrote illustrating some of my feelings/perceptions of spirit of the Occupy Movements happening around the world. Its the only one I did that isn’t in the book. HA. Follow the links on the right or go to the store to purchase your copy today!