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Women are amazing creatures. A wise man once said that women aren’t half as smart as they think they are, but way smarter than we give them credit for. This elementary ideology, while confusing to amateurs, offers the clearest, most concise insight as to understanding the inner-workings of the female species. Contrary to popular belief, women are complicated mechanisms that take years of study to even remotely comprehend. & even then, with a woman, you just never can tell.
I have a mother, wife, daughter, & baby’s mother. Granted, even though they all have separate places in my heart, for obvious reasons, they all share the common thread; instantaneous insanity. For no reason at all. After 34 years, spending substantial amounts of time around females in one capacity or another, I’m still real sketchy on a woman’s motive(s), which may or may not be dictated by her abilities. In other words, you can cheat on & lie to a stupid chick if only because she’s probably not swift-minded enough to out-talk you, evidence be damned. Believe me, I understand; I’ve ridden that short, yellow bus once or twice. However, with a chick who’s somewhat cognizant of her possible superheroine abilities, that same reckless behavior may be a recipe for destruction. Literally, because some broads don’t play that. God forbid you realize such things after said love interest gets (accidentally) pregnant. In that case, Godspeed & good luck. Truth be told, it’s usually just easier to do right by the person you’re with, or not even be with anyone at all, but that type of advice is generally lost on cats when the little head is in charge.
It seems that there are those who are in love, & those who are in love with the idea of being in love (& those who couldn’t give a rat’s ass either way, but that’s for another post). Women, unlike men, seem to embody a healthy mix of the 2. Even your jump-off wants to be loved, regardless of how she let’s you hit it. & not for nothing, but it would behoove y’all young cats to know the difference between love, lust & stupidity, before it’s too late. That discernment can save you a lot of grief & energy, lest you’re a drama queen & glutton for punishment.
I was reading about Nas, & how his ex-wife is going around saying they’re still friends, even though she’s made it clear she has little to no regard for dude’s well being, & subsequently, their son’s. Whether or not he falls for it is a testimony to how strong her ‘tang is (or isn’t), but hopefully he sees this for what it is. I was in a similar situation, where I was rope-a-doped into a false sense of security, only to turn around & have Child Protective Services knocking at my front door. Craziest part of these extreme love/hate relationships is that the catalyst was/is, more than likely, something insignificant & totally avoidable. That same 5 minute period it takes to fall in like/love/lust, is the same 5 minute period it takes to hate/loathe/despise. Just saying. Kind of a “same thing that makes you laugh, makes you cry” type scenario.
I look around at the trials & tribulations my homies go through behind women, & I’m glad I’m where I am in the race. Say what you want, but the finish line is much, much more satisfying & gratifying than the 67% divorce rate would have you believe.
My name is Tony Grands. I’m a career-long fan. I’ll even go so far as to call myself a stan. I remember when I met you in Los Angeles, back in ’94, at a CD signing you had at Music+ in the Ladera Center. I was the guy whose hand you wouldn’t shake, because you had that big ass diamond on your pinky finger. Remember, we looked awkwardly at each other for about 35 seconds, because I wouldn’t drop my hand? Finally, I settled for a fist pound (no homo), & an autograph. You always looked taller in your videos. I thought that was a nozzle way to treat a young admirer, but I know, stick up kids is out to tax & the whole nine. Even still, that is one of my favorite Hip Hop memories. By the way, ‘Illmatic‘ is the best rap album ever. Back in the day, I tried to implement “illmatic” into my slanguage, but no dice. It never grew legs.
I’m such a fan that my 7 year old son says you’re his favorite rapper. His favorite song is ‘NaS Is Like,’ which is funny because my 9 year old twins like ‘The New Boyz.’ But, forgive them, they don’t live with me. If you ever decide to drop a joint about jerkin’ in Queensbridge though, I’ll be sure to put them up on game. In fact, put a pin in that for a moment. We’ll come back to it.
I’ve been catching those leaks off of the ‘Distant Relatives‘ album, & I have to say it’s rounding out nicely. Also, I’ve been catching all the headlines you’ve been making in regards to your personal life, & more specifically, your “bills” that have been accumulating over the last couple of years. Now, this is just a thought, but you may want to amp up the “crossover” appeal of the music for the time being, if only for monetary purposes. Don’t get me wrong, NaS, by no means am I suggesting you dumb down the music, but let’s get back to that pin.
You’ve proven yourself to be a superb lyricist, if not a poetical prophet. That title can’t be taken from you. & you’ve also made it clear that you don’t half step or rest on your laurels when it comes to your music. All I’m saying is, music is a business. If you dropped something a little more user-friendly, sure, the die-hard fans may gripe a little, but your “die-hard” fans are roughly the same age as you, with similar responsibilities. We’d totally understand trying to make money over making a statement. I’m sure my advice is just another piece of hay in the stack, but as one of the few men whose lives I have a general interest in, I hate that it’s about what you can’t do, rather than the musical legacy that’s still being built. For the record, ‘You Owe Me‘ & ‘Oochie Wally‘ weren’t bad songs. They were just real random at that time. But, that was a different rap industry back then. The mere fact that you unfortunately hitched your wagon to such an unawesome culture vulture is reason enough for a lot of fans to support you. Don’t worry though, I doubt that her milkshake is bringing anything to the yard these days, except for maybe penicillin shots, what with it being expired & all.
One thing I’ve always appreciated was your attempts at shining lights for the blind, so to speak. Maybe this is, in some small way, reciprocity. I’m not telling you what to do, I’m just saying “smarten up, NaS.”
Sincerely A Fan,