Tuesday, December 26, 2006
Saturday, December 23, 2006
“I’m too far along in my life and in my career to really give a question like that any type of dignified answer,” says Diggs, who was raised in black, middle-class Rochester, N.Y. “When I was in high school, maybe. College, maybe. But I’m a grown-ass man and if people have a difficult time dealing with that, then I welcome them to see a movie with Omar Epps or Denzel Washington or some of those other brothers that have chosen to spend the rest of their lives with sisters."
I dunno. I'm on the fence about this one. I usually don't give a damn about interracial dating and all that. So I don't know if I have any beef with him over his personal life decisions moreso than I do over his horrible acting abilities, but do black women have a valid reason to be mad at him?
One thing I DO disagree with him over was his choice to NOT DATE BLACK WOMEN AT ALL, putting all black women in a box and saying he doesn't like their attitudes. That's pretty bold for a dude that initially built his career in "black" movies and building a loyal fan base of black women. Black women spending money to see Stella..., The Wood, and The Best Man etc. is why he is where he is today.
Am I wrong???
Ignorance: Damn he coulda at least got a hot white chick...
Friday, December 22, 2006
But it did get its ass kicked...
Why has rap become super negative and aggressive? Why can all rap lines from popular rap songs be placed in one of the following categories: Cars, Money, Sex, Alcohol, Drugs and Violence. Before the typical rap song is halfway finished, my life has already been threatened 7, 8 times and whoever's rapping has alread flipped 4 or 5 bricks. Subject matter in hip hop/rap is extremely limited.
To make things worse, I was checking out somebody else's blog yesterday and there's actually a popular song out called "Do the Heisman on that Ho"... The dance culminates with the chanting about "if your bitch acts up, do the Heisman on that Ho" all while... you guessed it... striking the the Heisman pose... Let's add coonery to the above list, shall we?
When did this shift occur? I remember my first tape was De La Soul's "3 Feet High and Rising" in 1990. This album was considered a classic by The Source (which at the time was THE rap Bible) and the hip hop community as a whole. Their music was about peace and just having fun. I think their single "Buddy" was as close as you would get to talking about "bitches."
Fast forward to 1998 and beyond and you have rappers like DMX talking about dumping your body in a pond and it being found by "some old man fishing"...Arf! Arf! Just yesterday I heard a 50 Cent song talking about how his slugs will rip your body apart. And this dude lives in suburban Connecticut.
If the cats in the above video are over 20, they were probably saying "Fight the Power" right along with Public Enemy or "Can I Kick It" with A Tribe Called Quest back in the day. Now everybody has a "40 Cal" on 'em.
Things change...true. But when did it become cool to be destructive to yourself and your community? Why has this trend not ended? Will it? I refuse to believe that with all the subjects that comprises life, we in the hip hop world are confined to a destructive box.
If artist like Little Brother can rap about real life issues like growing up fatherless and not making the same mistakes with their children, or Jay-Z can rap about Hurrican Katrina (better late than never) or Nas can put on a bad Sherlock Holmes imitation and play detective as to who killed hip hop, why does 50 Cent have to continuously sing about killing more people than George Bush, or Jeezy have to flip coke over an entire album?
But fuck it! I'm no better than these guys I suppose. I bought Jeezy's album. I guess I'm part of the reason.