Archive | July 2012

Hip Hop Is Dead

  Nas said it best a few years ago and he was absolutely right. Hip hop is dead. I never thought it would come to this, but it’s to the point where I can’t stand new rap artists, or should I say, where rap has gone (there are some older artists who I can’t stand now that I could tolerate years ago). I can’t even listen to the radio now without being totally disgusted. For example, who the hell made a song called “Booty Meat”? And why do they have a record deal? Sit down, shut up, and take out a book!

I’ve always been told that I’m an old soul, but I think many people will agree with me that rap has reached a new level of ridiculous-ness. All you need is one line to repeat over and over with a decent beat, plus a lot of bass and you’ve got a hit record. But my question is this… what happened to having talent?

Now before anybody gets uptight, I’m airing out my frustrations about rap because I listen to primarily rap and R&B. Currently, it’s moreso artists who have been in the rap game for years. I’m disappointed where rap is today and what it’s doing to Black youth. After working in the school system for years, I saw it firsthand. I cringe every time I hear someone under fourteen singing a song like “Lollipop” by Lil Wayne word for word or see a child pop, locking, and dropping it (I’ll address the parents who ALLOW their children to do this or think this is cute in a future blog). Children, whether they understand the lyrics or not, sing along to these highly provocative songs because they are the hottest songs at the moment. But they don’t know that these songs are garbage.

Can we just go back to where any and everybody can’t get a bubble gum record deal? Where you had to have real talent in order to step foot into a studio? Where the women in videos had on clothes? Where rappers rapped about substance? Where there was a certified message?  Is this too much to ask for?

Things That Make You Say Hmm…

   Below are some quotes that I believe are worth sharing. Feel free to add some that you believe in or live by. Enjoy:)

Worry is a total waste of time. It doesn’t change anything. All it does is taint your mind and steal your joy.

Unknown

Be not afraid of growing slowly; be afraid only of standing still.
Chinese Proverb

When one door of happiness closes, another opens, but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one that has been opened for us.
Helen Keller

Dreams are the touchstones of our character.
Henry David Thoreau

Most of the shadows of this life are caused by our standing in our own sunshine.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Don’t count the days, make the days count.

Muhammad Ali

How far you go in life depends on your being tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving, and tolerant of the weak and strong. Because someday in your life you will have been all of these.

George Washington Carver

Everything in your world is created by what you think.

Oprah Winfrey

Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.

Barack Obama

It’s not the load that breaks you down, it’s the way you carry it.

Lena Horne

The Rubric

  How do you know what a “perfect” marriage looks like if you don’t have a role model in your life? Should you model after what you see on television or the big screen? Cliff and Claire Huxtable perhaps? Or does a couple like this even exist? Well, yes and no. Of course the Huxtables are fictional characters, but it’s what some families strive to be- successful, loving, and positive. But is their marriage realistic?

Fortunately, the African-American community has a couple who shares the same qualities as the Huxtables and more: Michelle and Barack Obama. Of course as an outsider, they have what you could call a “perfect” marriage. A strong foundation, mutual respect, love, and they sincerely like each other. Another couple that would have fit the mold was Ruby Dee and Ossie Davis.

The rubric is therefore created by the people whom you are closest to that you can observe what it really takes to be successful in a relationship. So, we have famous couples who lead successful marriages, but what about ‘for real for real’ couples that we know personally; our parents, grandparents, siblings, uncles, aunts, cousins, etc. Are the people who do know someone close who can model prosperous relationships better off than the people who don’t? And for those who don’t, are you left to follow after fictional characters or unattainable people which may or may not lead the life the media portrays?

What’s your opinion?