Yo this lustful obsession with beauty and selling sex in America is absolutely unbelievable. I can’t turn my head in a grocery store or book store without seeing a woman damn near butt naked on magazines, DVD jackets, CD jewel boxes, waffle cartons, strawberry crates and yogurt cups. Even the sticker on the Valencia oranges has been replaced with a semi-nude model named Valencia. Okay, well maybe I exaggerated about that last one… and maybe a few others, but you get the point. We’re in a world where the women in music videos get more attention than the actual artists and creativity song, often leading to a grave neglect of the original intent of the video in favor of gratuitous nudity. Reality shows have just become a launching pad for any and everybody interesting in being a “model” or “actress”.
I was thinking about this because last week I was in Border’s book and I went to pick up some magazines and almost every black magazine had a woman on the cover with an enormous posterior standing back to front and bent over with a smile while the caption above her read something to the effect of “The Sex Issue”. I just don’t get it. We have so much to offer the world, yet we don’t do better. Are we merely mindless sex addicts that only shine when it comes to enticing lust? Can someone explain it to me??
If you’re wondering, hecks nah I’m not gay by any means, but traveling to different parts of the world and just simply having friends from other races opens my eyes to the perception of Black America by others. Many people are quick to argue that it’s the media’s fault because of the way they portray us, but I would like to offer that they couldn’t do it if we weren’t willing. I’m not trying to make this about women or “video chicks” but I just wanted to site this issue as one of the many ways we continue to do ourselves and our reputation a dis-service in the eyes of the world and in our own communities. What’s worst is that were setting a terrible example for our children and I’m sure this creates a ripple effect for the future.
We simply have to do better. Check out Goodie Mob’s “Beautiful Black Skin”…
There are rumors floating around Atlanta that there will be an Outkast / Goodie Mob / Dungeon Family Reunion at the Fox Theatre on April 11 – 13 2007. I don’t know how true this is, but if it is you know ya boy will be all up in that piece screaming “Ben Hill… Been Real… Still Trill…. Southwest!!”. It’s definitely overdue. I even heard that Cee Lo won’t be the “Monkey Stopping the Show”. Everyone’s supposed to be there.
Rumors are also that they won’t even announce the event until a week or so before. I checked the Fox Theatre’s website and the only thing listed is Big Boi’s collaboration with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and the Atlanta Ballet. It’s looking like it really could happen! I kinda wanted to see the Ballet joint anyway, so I may just go ahead and get a ticket and just be prepared for what could happen….
“…but they be steady clappin’ when you talk about
bitches & switches & hoes & clothes & weed
let’s talk about time travelin’ rhyme javelin
somethin’ mind unravelin’ get down…” – Dre 3000
BREAK!!! I don’t think you guys can truly understand how happy I am right now. It looks like the Outkast I grew up on is back on the scene. This is one of the greatest moments in Atlanta hip hop history… The Return of the Gangsta! I’m sure it’s no surprise that I think the Atlanta music scene has been terribly misrepresented the last couple of years. It seems that our only hope of truly talented hip hop was T.I. and legal troubles took him out of the game. I was beginning to get worried that as history looked back on our city’s musical contributions from about 2006 to the present, there wouldn’t be much to balance the perception. Anyways, I just want you all to know that I see the light at the end of the iPod and there’s a shadow that greatly resembles Daddy Fat Sacks and Three Stacks. Check out this new song by Outkast featuring Raekwon called “Royal Flush”.
Hey, do you guys remember Pauly Shore? If not, it’s probably because he was never funny to me. A lot of other people found him to be hilarious. Anyways, I guess we can thank Barack because it’s definitely not popular to be Black right now (satire if you missed it). Anyways, check out this video and make your own assessments.
“People thinkin M.C. is short hand for misconception….” -Talib Kweli
In my never ending struggle to keep the purest form of hip hop alive, I wanted to flash the lights back to BlackStar. Remember when everyone thought that Rawkus Records would be the home to all of the greatest overlooked talent in the game? Remember when you thought that all of your favorite emcees finally had a chance to make music in a world of shiny suits and expensive non-related music videos? That’s when music was really good! Backpackers of the world unite! Anyways, BlackStar had to be one of the greatest duo’s ever in hip hop. Infectious beat and the absence of pointless or gratuitous sex. It was all about the music. This video is about 10 years old and still hotter than most of the stuff you see today. Their music was so hot that there are still a lot of people that salivate just over the thought of Mighty Mos, Kweli and High Tech making good music again. Wa wa wa wa wa wa wa wa wa watch me crank dat Black Star!
I know, I know this makes absolutely no sense. How can there be two quotes of the week?? Well this one is so crazy that I had to share it. It comes from Kory McFarren of Witchita, Kansas. When asked why he didn’t seek help sooner for his girlfriend that sat on the toilet for two years because of a phobia for leaving, he said:
“She is an adult; she made her own decision… I should have gotten help for her sooner; I admit that. But after a while, you kind of get used to it.”
Am I trippin? How the heck can you get used to somebody refusing to leave a toilet seat for two years??
This is an AFAR throwback video. We were in Valencia, Venezuela and we had just finished the show. Anybody that knows Jahah knows that he’s a Sneaker Pimp. Here’s his ode to buying shows backed by me and BlackFist… Dinero was making his cinematographic debut…
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