Thursday, March 30, 2006

Totally Prince'd Out


I never thought that in a million years I would be Prince'd out. As the music industry and legions of fans across celebrate his 3121 as the number one album in the country, my attitude is nonchalant. You would think that I would be excited and ready to throw a "Purple Party" in his honor, but I feel like "whatever." How did it come to this? Why now? What happened? I'll break it down.

Recently, I attended the Tamar featuring Prince concert and it was by far the worst concert experience of my life. I have been to many a bad concerts, and eventually found something to redeem my sense of purpose for being there. With this latest Prince show, I was the least bit impressed with standing in a long line for hours just to see him play second fiddle to an up-and-coming vocalist. A friend of mine and I actually walked out; confused and disoriented about what we just saw. My image of Prince was a bit distorted and hazy and I was upset and angry and trying to find the reason why and it hit me: I had placed him on too big of a pedestal. When he didn't live up to the expectations that I had set for him, it was disappointing. For years I had marveled at his genius and considered him this god of music and forgetting that he's mere mortal like the rest of us.

Plus it didn't help that since he dropped the Musicology disc back in 2004, I was literally feeding myself a musical diet of nothing but Prince. I would listen to music by other artists every now and then, but a Prince CD was always in the chamber and ready for it's spin. It didn't help that a buddy of mine sent me in excess of 30 Prince discs full of unreleased material. It was a Prince overload and I gorged myself full of Vanity, Apollonia, the Time, and even Carmen Electra. If it was produced by Prince or had any type of Prince overtones, I had to have it. I could care less if it was Dale Bozzio or Madhouse 24, I had to have it. I've been told that too much of something is not always good and it's funny, because I never applied that to music. I figured you could take a piece of music or something by an artist and enjoy to your heart's fulfillment. Not so. I've listened to the unreleased Dream Factory so many times that the thought of hearing it again is making me cringe. I can't believe I allowed myself to be consumed with Vanity 6, knowing all the while that it was a horrible project even for someone considered eye candy. And Mayte? Lord forgive me for I have sinned!

I will always admire Prince. His music has provided the soundtrack for my life. I got my first kiss to a Prince song, and I fell in love with the woman who is now my wife at a Prince party. But deep down inside, I know I have consumed so much of the music that I have to take a step back. 3121? I have to admit -- I'm not feeling it. For some reason, it just doesn't rock my boat. I was so excited when Musicology dropped because for the first time in years, it was Prince. None of that TAFKAP or One Night Alone business. It was back to being Prince and it was back to guitars and thumping basslines. It was the stuff that used to move me, have me bobbing my head to the beat. This new stuff is a throwback to a Prince era that's long gone. "Black Sweat" has 1982 written all over it. I went into this new CD wanting a fresh new sound, some innovative grooves, and some banging tracks. I don't think I've been this letdown over an artist's CD since Michael Jackson's HIStory.

Prince, I love you man but the time has come for a long overdue break. That means putting Purple Rain away for a moment and stop trying to figure out the meaning to Grafitti Bridge. I'll always be an admirer, but I am missing out on other artists with great material as well. I'm putting Camille on the shelf and boxing away Vanity. Time to move on.

Wednesday, March 22, 2006

Impeach the President!

Seriously... is there any way we can get rid of this asshole? At this point, I really could care less what I say about the guy and they can tap me all they want. If anything happens to me -- fucking Bush did it!

So we're gonna be in Iraq for a few more years, eh? Why? What has this war proved? What are we doing over there? What is all this proving? That we can go and fuck up another country and be Billy Bad Asses? This is all insanity. However, notice how North Korea says that they got missles that can hit us with the quickness and no one in Washington has said jack shit!

I was checking out the Pres' speech and he mentioned that this shit will drag on way after he's gone. In other words, the next Commander-in-Chief has to come in and clean this shit up. So he's started a war that he knows he won't be able to finish. I take it to mean that he know's he has fucked himself and is gonna leave his dirty work for someone else to take over. Unbelieveable.

I'm a young cat. However, I'm wise enough to acknowledge that the powers that be have literally fucked us all. I am still trying to figure out just how in the hell did this clown get in office? Did he have that much pull? Who's ass did he suck to get where he is today? It's been more fuck-ups in his administration than Clinton could've ever done. Let's face it and just say that Clinton got his wang-wang polished by an intern. But we all had jobs and could afford to have a piece of this American Dream. We will definitely look back on Bush and see just total bullshit.

Can we impeach this guy? Serious? Can we get him outta there? As much as I would love to see this guy pack his bags, I am afraid of who's gonna take his place. The Democrats don't have any direction right now and the Republicans? Goodness. As long as it ain't another goddamn Bush!

Friday, March 03, 2006

Nigga, Please! My Thoughts on Damon Wayans


Seriously... I thought it was a sick joke. I didn't think much of it until I looked at the headlines today and it said the following: "Actor Damon Wayans Seeks to Trademark Hip-Hop Term 'Nigga'." So I get to reading and I am stunned that the homes has been on a 14 month quest to get the word "nigga" patented for a clothing line and a retail store. Note to Damon Wayans: ARE YOU FUCKING FOR REAL, MAN?

Who in their God-given right mind would want to trademark a term that some view as derogatory? Okay, let me rephrase that one: what possessed this cat to wake up one day with this lame-ass idea? But at the same time, should I really be surprised? This is Damon Wayans we're talking about, part of the biggest and most buffoonish family to ever come out of Hollywood. Before I allowed myself to get ticked off any further, I had to be cautious of the fact that this is a family who has given us "White Chicks" and fucking "Marci X."

I think it's dumb and just pure ignorance. Bad enough that him and Spike tried to insult my intelligence with that God-awful horrible piece of cinema called "Bamboozled" and now we get "Nigga Gear!" Maybe it's not enough that the youth are subjected to some of the most negative images in the history of the media and now, we can floss in some "Nigga Jeans." Motherfuck me, man! Is this what it's really come to? Iced out grilles and "Nigga Shirts?"

I think I'm pissed off because you have someone of Damon Wayans celebrity who would entertain something like this. If some silly ass rapper tried to attempt this, maybe I wouldn't be so bent out of shape. But after the so-called success of "My Wife and Kids" and "413 Hope St" (people forget about that one!), this is what you will do with your creativity and clout? It's a slap in the face, man! No way in hell do I wish to go to anyone's outlet and see "Nigga" stitched across the back of any jeans or scrawled on a shirt. Not to mention the shit will cost $75 and made overseas by some kid making pennies for an 18 hour day in a sweatshop, a'la Sean John.

(yeah... I went there!)

And what's with this "Hip-Hop" term shit? Is that to say that the word "nigga" is now associated with hip-hop and rap music? Again, the media hard at work. Such bullshit.

I'm sick of this shit. I am honestly sick and tired of "niggas" and "nigga" shit. I am tired of the word and I am guilty of using it, but the truth is it still stings. Regardless of who says it. I'm tired of acting like that word has no meaning and all this talk of "it's a term of endearment" is crap. So if I want to make a change for the better and dead that word, then I will start with me.
As for Mr. Wayans, you sunk to the lowest of lows on this one, chief. For someone who says he admired Richard Pryor so much, trust me when I say that ol' Richie Rich is beaming from the sky at the thought of "Nigga Gear."

Yeah, the ancestors are real proud. Look at how far we have come.