Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Elm Street Blues

From Dracula to the Boogie Man, Jason to Michael Myers there’s always been these symbols of horror designed to scare us. As children our parents wouldn’t allow us to watch scary movies late at night (though we’d sneak and watch anyway) for fear it would give us nightmares. (And sometimes it did) They tried to protect us from having those fears...and they didn’t want us trying to sleep with them in their room.

We would try to pretend that those things never bothered us. “Nothing can scare me” would be the motto to stay up late and watch a movie I probably wasn’t quite ready for, to keep pace with my older brothers. I’d watch with them feeling fine until bedtime. I can remember being a small child and turning off the light then running down the hallway in the dark and jumping into bed. I didn't believe I was being just made me feel better. As cool and collected as he was movie time, my brother had a thing with being afraid to sleep with an open closet door. We were children and these things were normal. We eventually grew out of it and were no longer afraid. Freddy Krueger wasn’t coming to get us.

Funny thing is, as I’ve grown older I’ve come to meet some real life Freddy’s. Only instead of wanting to kill me, they wanted to kill my dreams, murder my goals. We’ve all met these people, no they may not be sporting the tight Christmas Coogi sweater or have the bladed glove and burned up face, but they are just as creative and determined to destroy. They pop up when we feel like things are genuinely going well and try their best to slash away all feelings of hope and accomplishment.

They might as well put on the dirty brown hat as they shift from dream to dream set on being an ambition assassin. They will try to break up our relationships, hinder us from bettering ourselves or just plain try to prevent us from changing. They don’t want us to progress or succeed and they’ll stop at nothing to make that happen. We can try to ignore them or set ourselves out to prove them wrong but in the end they must be eradicated…they have to go. We can’t give them the option of getting their little rusty glove on something we hold dear. All they’re looking for is an opportunity…a chance to bring us down.

I’ve also come to learn that these aren’t people to fear as much as to pity. Like Freddy they’re born from a place of pain, frustration and confusion. Lacking the strength or ability to pull themselves up they would rather keep us down. They will come in all forms from our parents, siblings, friends even significant others. They only know misery and we all know misery loves company. They will try their best to convince us that we’ll “never make it” or we’re “not good enough”. Phrases like “why don’t you just quit and do something else?” Or even “you can’t do it” can slice through the most driven of us and bring us down. That’s why we have to defeat them head on. Leaving them around in any capacity will only give them a chance for a sequel so they can’t be allowed to survive this film.

We may have grown up and dismissed the idea of a machete wielding maniac with a hockey mask but we do need to identify the real life monsters in our world. My dreams are important to me. I value them and will fight to protect them. We can’t be afraid to remove the cancerous people in our lives…even if we do walk a little faster after we turn off the hallway light.

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Monday, December 19, 2011

A Musical Moment: Gengis Khan

Gengis Khan (GK), lyrically paints a portrait with creativity, raw passion, and a diverse flow. He has the ability to captivate crowds with his energy, charisma, and intelligent wordplay. His freestyle, one of his signature traits, showcases his talent in a way rarely seen. GK represents not only hip hop, but…music. Whether he’s bringing you the gritty realities of the street, to the lavish tales of success and all that come with it, GK speaks the truth.

Originally from San Francisco, CA, GK has never lost touch of his Bay Area roots. He proudly acknowledges his hometown, never forgetting where he came from. Though a product of California, that is not all that defines him. His complex layers are displayed throughout his rhymes, and are for everyone.

His love of music came at a young age when he first heard and was inspired by Eric B. & Rakim. Even back then he knew hip hop was going to be his forum for expression. Being a lover of all music, only added to the dynamic fashion in which he would do it. When you listen to GK, you can not only hear, but feel his raw emotion and power through his lyrics. With this passion, he has excelled in not only his versatility but abilities. With a flawless “freestyle” and smooth delivery he commands respect in any circle.

With over 10 years under his belt GK has been working hard to bring his message to the people. Dedicated he has weathered the storm of past business relationships and issues that have held him back never letting them defeat him. In true warrior fashion he used those setbacks as fuel to push him that much harder…and it’s paying off.

2011 was big for GK as he received placements on nearly 20 projects with some of the industry’s finest such as Dorrough, Hopsin, Killah Priest, G-Unit & Ace Hood. His contribution to “The Faction” a compilation of nationwide hip hop and r&b artists was consistently labeled as a standout and one of the true gems of the project. He’s quickly been gaining respect in many circles and as he approaches the release of his solo project all eyes will definitely be on him.

His first single “Blaze It Up” from his forthcoming project Khanquest is already making some noise early in its release. Produced by Aristotle, Gengis Khan cleverly rides the beat always delivering, “40 days & 40 nights with the burning bush/I feel like Moses in the mountains but I’m burning Kush.” “Blaze It Up” an anthem of appreciation for one of nature’s wonders will have the head of the most avid non-smoker bobbin’ and reaching for a lighter.

Verse by verse, stage by stage the Khanquest is coming.

With several projects set to release in 2012 the world better get ready for the Gengis Khan invasion!

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Give Me 10: 10 Signs That You Might Be A Hoe!

Give me 10: 10 reasons, examples or indicators of a certain behavior. Take the time to use the checklist…you may need to check yourself. Today‘s list: 10 signs that you might be a hoe!

10# If you’ve ever woken up naked alongside someone and had to ask them their name.

9# If you see sex with professional athletes as an opportunity for career advancement.

8# Before you go out your kids ask if you have “protection”.

7# If the reason why you don’t take a “one night stand” back to your place is because your current man/woman is there sleeping.

6# If after taking the “walk of shame” you step outside and realize you don’t know where you are and have to turn around and walk back.

5# If you’ve ever introduced yourself to someone you’ve previously slept with.

4# Ladies: If you and ALL of your children ALL have different last names, yet you’ve never been married.

3# If your morning routine consists of “bump watch”.

2# If you view STD’s as “Collateral Damage”.

…And the 1# sign that you might be a hoe…

To fall asleep at night you count your number of sexual partners.

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Thursday, December 8, 2011

To All The Girls I've Loved Before...

During the course of my life I have been fortunate to have known and loved some pretty amazing women. They all brought something into my life that I continue to carry with me to this day, no nothing that requires ointment…a better sense of me and who I am.

It has been said that, “you can judge a man by his woman.” Who he chooses to be with and how he treats her is really a good indicator of how he sees and treats himself. I agree with this. If a man finds a woman that for all intensive purposes is worthless and treats him poorly he obviously doesn’t think that highly of himself. The same could be said for a man that has a good woman yet drastically under-values his mate and is not kind to her.

Honestly, I’ve done both; I’ve dated and walked away from women most men would kill for, as I have pursued women that weren’t worth the piece of paper their number was written on. Crazy as it seemed at times, all of those experiences were necessary for me. It was part of my maturation process, my development into a man. It’s how I learned the difference between good and bad women…and this world has plenty of both.

Before any of you women start with the, “what about good and bad men?” Save it. We’re talking about you today.

That’s right; we’re talking about you devoted, honest, loving, committed, nurturing, passionate, deranged, psychotic, petty, vindictive, evil, crazy women…every last one of you.

“A man doesn’t know who he is until he figures out what kind of woman he wants, or if he even wants one at all.” True, we as men decide if we’re going to focus on ourselves and put relationships on the back burner, if we’re going to pursue the life of a family man or if we’re just going to hoe it up and see what happens. In any event our plan is based around a woman. Ladies do you see how influential you are to a man’s world? All of the talk you hear about having strength and being the center of the universe is true. You are not only the deciding factor but the equation to a man’s existence.

With that, a lot of you are messing up the game right now! Get your ish together! Stop trying to live the real life version of “America’s Next Real Baby-Mama of Atlanta for the Love of Basketball”! Yes you ass hanging out, breasts to your neck, pregnant but fighting in the club, 3 baby daddy having, auditioning for Miss World Star Hip Hop 2011, tire slashing, brick throwing, poking holes in the condom to get a baller, uneducated females! You are screwing it up for not only men but yourselves! “Messy” women have always had their place in our society. Whether we called them hoochies, hoes, sluts, loose, ratchets, groupies, stunts or jump offs we properly identified them and made a special place and exception for them. Now women are trying to claim dual roles and that plain doesn’t work.

Women have moved away from the “lady in the streets & a freak in the bed” mentality. Freaks have evolved and don’t just come out at night anymore. Women have a pound of caked on make-up and skin tight clothes like they’re performing in Vegas at 2 p.m. on a Tuesday in Wal-Mart…pushing a stroller! More are trying to claim hoochie liberties and still demand lady respect, in the words of Puff Daddy “eh, eh”. Sorry it doesn’t work that way. If you want us to see you and treat you with respect and class you’ve got to walk the walk, and not in clear heels.

Yes we men will be attracted to you but not on “keeper” status, and you don’t want us to be. As more and more men begin to try to settle down with these hot messes the overall consensus is forming that “this is the best out there”. Men are beginning to work under the belief that these extras from a Ray J video are today’s woman, and women of class and morals don’t exist anymore.

Ladies this is going to require some in-house cleaning. I get it that it’s fun to be sexy and flirty, that having all eyes on you at the club and being the center of male attention puts your self esteem on superstar status, but like any other drug you all have to kick this habit. These young men don’t know the difference between good and bad women. They think these hoes out here are the prototype and it reflects in the way they are and will treat the rest of you. Get these “Nicki Kardashians” under control! Doing the most for the least has never been good business.

Keeping it 100, a man is ultimately held accountable for the woman he chooses. If his wife “smashed the homey” it was his bad for picking her. The problem and why this hurts you is he’ll just see all of you that way and continue to pick bad women. Like a kid that will eat nothing but candy until his teeth rot or a gold fish that will eat until it dies, ladies this is another case of where you have to save a man from himself. You need to remove some of the Butterfingers and put some celery in front of him.

It is your responsibility as a unit. We need at least one good girl for every 3 hoes. That’s the ratio. In a group of 4, 3 of you get to work the hoochie spectrum and 1 of you has to hold it down for good women. Figure out which one you are and pick your friends accordingly!

I say this to you because I know there is a wide range of amazing women out there. I know so many of you are beautiful, intelligent, amazing creatures, but I’m not the one that needs the convincing. Men are losing faith in you. A man NEEDS his woman in his eyes to be greater than himself. He has to look at her as his motivation and his reason to try harder. We don’t see or do that for women we don’t respect. Similar to the armed forces, we’re looking for a few good women. Ladies we need more of you enlisting to fight this war against the devaluing of women and the increase in male Bitchassness. This war cannot be fought from the sidelines. We need you to be the designated drivers, the cock blockers, the prudes, the mothers, the haters, the good friends…the future. You maintain the balance. We can win this.

To all the women currently taking one for the team…

And to all the girls I’ve loved before…

Thank you.

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