Posts Tagged ‘Crunk

12
Jul
09

It’s Da Wrap Up Pt. 1: Michael Jackson

fiffloorlogoWhy do I feel like a deadbeat dad who only sees his children once a month or whenever he remembers they exist? Does anyone else see the correlation? I don’t blog as much as I should or could but Lady has done a wonderful job of maintaining Da Fif, and keeping our readers coming back each week. That’s all about to change. No longer will I be a half ass parent around here. I can’t promise I’ll post everyday or 4 or 5 times a week. Who really knows that sort of thing? What I can do is assure you’ll see more posts from me. Prepare yourself, my limited vocabulary, boring topics, and less than amusing sarcasm is back on the scene and it’s going down.

What better way to jump back into the swing of things than to touch on recent stories I missed and tie a nice crunk bow on top. Let’s double it up around here. I’m hitting you with two blogs touching on the tragic loss of legends, shocking signings and trades in the NBA, and why Lebron is not the king just yet. It time for me to drop my thoughts for the world and it’s going down right now.

 

The G.O.A.T. has gone home

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Twenty years ago if someone told me Michael Jackson died unexpectedly, I probably would’ve locked myself in my room and listened to Thriller on the record player, until my dad kicked the door in so he could sleep. That’s a testament to the musical brilliance Michael possessed. He’d hit you with songs that made you want to jump on the dance floor and get your boogie on. And when he felt it was time for mental stimulation and public awareness, there were songs for that too. We Are the World, Black or White, Man in the Mirror, Heal the World, Will You be There, and They Don’t Really Care About Us are possibly the most thought provoking songs released during my time. It’s undeniable that MJ was the greatest to ever release an album.

That being said, Michael was hit with a substantial amount of negative publicity the final years of life. But Da FiF isn’t a tabloid or TMZ type site. So I’m going to say this and be done with it. Several events and accusations have tarnished this man’s reputation. He brought it all on himself. Whether Michael molested any children or not, kids don’t belong in a grown man’s bed. They especially don’t belong in the bed of a grown man who calls himself Peter Pan. Also, Michael’s sexual preference isn’t and was never anyone else’s business but his own. But it’s quite simple to see he turned himself into a white metrosexual Ken doll. Those kids probably aren’t his biologically but he’s raised them from infancy, which makes them HIS children. If Debbie Rowe wants her cut, all she has to do is ask Katherine to break her off cause money is the only thing Debbie loves.

Enough about all that, let’s try not to dwell on his image like CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, and any other spineless news organization. The greatest artist and performer that’s ever done it, has left us. Focus on the musical legacy he’s left behind for us to share with our kids and their kids. Face it, this man really was the King of Pop music and culture. F*ck Elvis and the Beatles, Michael is the G.O.A.T.(Greatest Of All Time). Want proof? Just take a look at how he packed the Staples Center and Nokia Theatre for his funeral. The man does it just as big in death as he did while he walked among us.

 

A Tribute fit for a king.

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Imagine the most elegant and tasteful memorial service a man such as Michael Jackson deserved, and his service surpassed it. It wasn’t over the top like some people envisioned. There was no concert with has been artists performing Michael’s songs while drawing attention to themselves. Every performer checked their ego at the door and showed appreciation for the King of Pop. I’ll try to do a run through of the performances and moments that stood out to me.

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Michael’s Entrance – Wow….talk about a moment when you realized he was really gone. As a choir sang “We’re Going to See the King”, Michael’s casket was escorted by his brothers. Of course the mourners in attendance gave him a standing ovation. And if you were like me, you couldn’t look beyond his $25,000 bronze casket with 14 karat gold plated handles. Simply put, a casket fit for a king, 

Mariah Carey – Damn she fell off. She screamed her way to so many hits, yet I’ve always loved Mariah’s rendition of I’ll Be There. She said she was emotional due to Michael’s casket being in front of her. Don’t lie Mariah. Just admit you choked on the biggest possible stage any performer could be on.

Lionel Ritchie – Is it just me or does Dancing On the Ceiling pop in your head just from the mention of the dude’s name?

Queen Latifah – I’m not a Queen fan so I wasn’t trying to listen to her at first. Once she mentioned Maya Angelou asked Queen to share a poem she’d written, my ears perked up. Best line was the first line. “Beloved, now we know that we know nothing.” Maya speaks the truth. Let that simmer in your head and you’ll get it.

Berry Gordy – Where has Berry Gordy been all these years? I thought he was still reliving Motown 25 with his nursing home buddies. He did say one thing that made a lot of sense. Michael was the greatest entertainer that ever lived.

Steve Wonder – It’s time to get rid of those braids homie.

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Kobe Bryant & Magic Johnson – First thought when I heard Kobe would be involved in the memorial, “Kobe’s going to crossover the casket then dunk the ball through one the flower arrangements.” As always, that bastard denied me of my joy. Magic was cool cause he considered learning Michael Jackson ate Kentucky Fried Chicken, the greatest moment of his life. Really Magic? It wasn’t winning the ’79 national title or your 5 NBA titles, or even being a prominent member of the original Dream Team after being diagnosed with HIV. It was cool for a laugh but I doubt anyone believes you.

Jennifer Hudson – Will You Be There is a difficult song to sing. It requires more than having a great voice. You have to have a swagger about yourself. Jennifer walked with a baby in her belly and this look in her eyes, she proceeded to make that song her b*tch. I knew she could sing, but I was speechless while she performed. That was “shut it down” worthy.

Al Sharpton – He was Al…only shorter than usual.

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John Mayer – If you know me, you know I’m a John Mayer fan. Line up any other artists this decade and I’d take John Mayer and Alicia Keys into that battle. Anyway, Human Nature was out of his vocal range so he did what he does…shut it down with his guitar.

Brooke Shields – She’s aged well. Didn’t pay attention to most of what she said, but damn I wonder if MJ ever hit that.

Jermaine Jackson – Who knew Jermaine could sing like that? Very moving performance and you could hear the sorrow in his voice. You have to give the man respect for singing at his bother’s memorial.

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Usher – Jennifer Hudson did her thing but Usher was on top of his game. He did everything perfectly. The range was there, the presentation was there, and the wardrobe was there. He starts out chilling on a stool, then walks down the steps in the middle of the song to touch Michael’s casket. Wait, he didn’t stop there. The guy walks maybe 5 or 6 feet to the side of the casket to hit that long ass high note at the end. He finally brings it home by crying, then taking his shades off so you could see he really shed tears. Showman…Usher is a great showman. Don’t get me wrong, nothing he did was an act. I was just amazed how appropriate it all was. Big ups to Usher, he did the damn thing.

The Kid? – Who was that kid who did a pretty good job with Who’s Lovin’ You? Apparently his name is Shaheen Jafargholi. Way too long of a name for me to use so I’ll call him ShaJa for short. ShaJa has a bright future ahead of him. I said this was the biggest possible stage an artist can be on. You can sell out shows, in every city on your tour, and you wouldn’t come close to performing for as many people as those who watched Michael’s memorial. So this young man showed some spunk under the pressure. I’m looking forward to seeing how this kid’s career turns out.

The We Are the World/Heal the World Lady – Judith Hill, remember her name because you’ll be hearing it a lot over the next few weeks. If anyone benefited from performing at Michael’s memorial, it was Judith Hill. Before Tuesday the only Judith I knew of was Judith Light from Who’s the Boss. Now Rolling Stone, CNN, and every other news entity is talk about the “mystery singer” from Michael’s memorial. She has the look and the voice to do some things in the business, let’s wait and see how that goes.

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Paris Katherine Jackson – They just had to let the kid speak, didn’t they? Here I was just chilling and feeling a slight bit of sadness but nothing to bring me down. Then Paris spoke and I damn near shed a tear cause this little girl lost the only father she’s every known. She’s a cute kid and I hope Michael’s family can keep her on the straight and narrow.

Wonderful memorial for Michael, thanks to whoever put the whole thing together. The right artists were chosen to perform and it turned out magnificent.

 

BET took a L(oss)

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I was going to let this go since it was almost 2 weeks ago, except I couldn’t. For three days all I kept hearing about was the tribute BET had planned for their awards show. It’s like Arsenio Hall said before the show began, “The people who can honor Michael are in that building.” I admit, I was a little anxious to see what Debra Lee & co. had planned. I’m still waiting to see what they had planned because I refuse to believe what I saw was a tribute to Michael Jackson. I’m telling you, during the after party show I was getting so frustrated when Jamie Foxx was talking about how incredible the MJ tribute was. That was a bunch of bullsh*t. Maybe I missed some but let me try to remember the MJ tribute.

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New Edition – Yes, the dance steps aren’t there anymore but other than the Jackson 5, you can argue that New Edition was the most legendary black boy band. New Edition was our NSync and Backstreet Boys. And who came before them…the Jackson 5. So it was fitting to have them on the show.

Jamie’s Intro dance – He’s a comedian so I like that he went out there and talked about what MJ meant to him, and I respect Jamie for bringing his “A” game. “Half of yall can’t sell out a bathroom at Carl Jr’s.”, “Grown white men fainted”, “Camel toe”, and that busted moonwalk of his had me laughing my ass off.

Neyo – I don’t know what the hell he did cause his dome distracted me. When your head looks a king size milk dud, keep your hat on. I bet the light bounced off that damn thing and blinded the front row.

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Ciara – Why the f*ck would you have her non-singing ass out there? Alicia Freaking Keys was there, and so was a damn piano. Why put some little girl up there who can’t sing for sh*t to pay tribute to the greatest, when you have Ms. Keys in the audience? What in the hell was BET thinking?

KeKe Palmer – If she he ever sings in public again, somebody needs to beat her ass. After I heard her sing one line of Who’s Loving You, I pressed mute and cussed out the TV.

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Jamie & Neyo – That last performance was cool, but damn you’ve got to end the show better than that.

My biggest problem with the show was it was a poor tribute. I don’t want to hear young kids paying tribute to a legend. So many artists have sampled Mike’s music over the years. Why not have a medley, showing the artists who sampled his work. Bring out Rihanna, Mariah, Diddy, Kanye, etc to shut the show the down. Bring out REAL artists to do this man justice instead of your “C” squad.

Also, what did we love about MJ besides his music…his dancing. Where were the dancers? I know Usher was in London but I saw Ginuwine in the audience. Chris Brown is free so he could’ve been there. They invited Travis Barker to the show, pick up the phone and invite Justin Timberlake’s copycat ass if you were that desperate. I was hoping to see some dancing, and I didn’t see it. So for me, BET failed…big time.

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We’ll miss seeing the G.O.A.T. perform and make random appearances on TV. Hell, I’ll even miss seeing him on the cover of tabloids at the grocery stores. But like Jackson 5 hit said…I never can say goodbye.

R.I.P. MJ and thanks for the memories.

16
Apr
09

Lyrical Insomnia

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Have you ever listened to a song, and wondered if the artist was perched on a tree outside your window when they wrote it? That’s where I am right now. A female friend told me to check out the song Someone, by Musiq Soulchild. She had blasted it a couple times that day and figured she’d drop some much needed R&B in my life. As in most cases like this, I already had that particular album, but never really listened to it. Man, I wish I had listened to the song before now cause it’s left a brotha’s mind in knots.

Maybe “knots” is a bit over dramatic, but it’s damn near close. When I listen to music, the beat or lyrical content has to be on point, if not, I’m not feeling it. By lyrical content I mean, thought provoking lyrics that bring you inside the artist’s mind, and prompt you to “compare notes” so to speak, with your own life. I’m sure any man like me who hasn’t had much success when it comes to love, or even kats that have already found that special lady, can really identify with this song.

Here are the lyrics that really stood out to me the most.

  • See I always hope for a woman that’s so sure, emotionally secure, with spiritual faith. – If I’ve given you the pleasure of getting to know the real me, then you know how strong I feel about my relationship with the big man upstairs. The problem I often find with women is that they’re either spiritual weaklings, or just “go to church”. I’m not the church every week type, and can count on my hands how many times I go in a year. So when I ask a woman how she feels about God, and her response is, “I go to church.”, I’m out. Cause any true believer of the Word knows that spiritual growth starts in your own private time, and church is more like icing on the cake. The answer I’m still waiting for is, “I love the Lord, and can’t imagine where my life would be without him.” It’s emphatic and shows how confident she is in her faith and herself.
  • A woman that I can trust with all of my secrets, and even listen to all of my issues. – I trust about as often as I change dogs, and I’ve only had 4 dogs in my lifetime. So to say that I have trust issues is an understatement. I’ve seen where trusting the wrong women has gotten friends and male family members of mine. They’re broken-hearted, single, and either owe their ex’s alimony or child support. I’m not looking to follow in their footsteps so I have to trust selectively. But like every man out there, I’m looking for that woman who can break through the wall I have surrounding me.
  • Someone who will put up with the things, loving me can bring, but still be there to see us through. – Let me bring you inside my head for a moment. I’m a bit apprehensive when it comes anyone, especially women. Blame it on my upbringing, or past endeavors of the heart. But dealing with me is like driving backwards in traffic, one misstep and you’re royally screwed. Yes, I’m an ass sometimes, but I openly admit that. However, I don’t play games, but I will test the hell out of a woman. It’s never on purpose but I tend to push away them away just to see if they’ll stick around. I’ve had a couple who’ve let me know that they weren’t going anywhere, and that’s what I’m looking for.
  • All that I hope for a friendship that’s so pure, a girl I can talk to bout, whatever is on my heart. – I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard someone tell me that they could never date a friend, yet they want their significant other to be their friend once the relationship is serious. Those same people are single again after their plan blew up in their faces. If I can’t be friends with a woman from the start, I’m pretty sure things won’t work out. There’s a level of familiarity when you date a friend, and the potential to love that person is there because you know them & they know you so well. And the fact that you can talk to them openly is a major plus. Why waste time getting to know a stranger, when you can skip that process by dating someone who you don’t have to wait to bare your soul to.
  • A woman who bares her soul, who is willing to let go. That wants me to lead her but knows how to take control. – I have this thing about a woman not holding back with me, before I’ll return the sentiment. But you do have those women who are only as open as you are, and that’ll never work with me. And I could take the 2nd half of this lyric from a sexual perspective, but I wanna look at it more from a teamwork standpoint. The success of a team is based on how well the pieces compliment each other. I don’t know everything, and I’ve never claimed that I did. Having a woman whose strengths compensate for my weaknesses, seems ideal to me. As a man I want to take charge of most situations, but as a real man, I have no problem deferring to my woman when it’s in our best interest.

As you can tell, “Someone” really got the gears in my mind turning. It’s had somewhat of a double edged sword effect for me. While I wanna believe there are women out there that fit the description in the song, I know I’m gonna find myself using the lyrics as a checklist for women past and present in my life. It might be a good thing, then again it could be utterly terrible. No matter what, I’m gonna continue to be so crunk, yet so humble. And when that “someone” does come, I might keep her around.

For your listening pleasure……

13
Apr
09

Waz up world?

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Waz up world, it’s your boy Crunk coming to you from the back of an old school Cutlass Supreme, to drop a lil knowledge on Da FiF Floor. Da FiF is all about letting your voice be heard. Your message can’t reach others until you put it out there. Freedom of speech, Freedom of thought, freedom of whatever else is on your damn mind, that’s how it goes down at Da FiF.

 

There are no journalism majors here so if you’re hung up on proper grammar usage, then this isn’t the place for you. It’s real talk around here. There are will be times where you’ll absolutely love us, and others when you’ll wanna lynch us. Then there are those times where you won’t give a damn either way. But one thing that will never change is the honesty you’ll find here.

 

Until it’s posted, we never know what ww discuss here at Da FiF. We might talk about an insane dunk by Lebron one day and the impact religion has on our lives the next. Spontaneity, that’s how you keep things fresh.

 

And before we get comments asking why our logo has only 4 fingers, here’s a look into how we do it on Da FiF.

 

 

Thanks for stopping by, and happy reading.

 

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