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I’m not even going to go in on Drake for telling the entire world, via an interview in the New York Times, that Rihanna broke his heart, after a brief encounter, & how he wrote a song about it.
Now, I’m sure Lil Wayne drugs his artists without their knowledge. Dropping Ecstacy pills in Drizzy’s hard lemonade & shit. Drake would’ve been better off beating her up for publicity purposes. Sloppy seconds notwithstanding.
I’m sure am glad that Boris Khodjoe is carrying guns & kissing broads on national television now. Drake is pushing us light skinned cats back to 1994 status.
Here’s a great excerpt from the interview:
“I was a pawn. You know what she was doing to me? She was doing exactly what I’ve done to so many women throughout my life, which is show them quality time, then disappear. I was like, ‘Wow, this feels terrible’”
This summer, Rihanna is kicking off her “Last Girl On Earth” tour with Ke$ha & Nicki Minaj. You remember Ke$ha, right? The current White face for Black culture. A female Justin Timberlake, if you will. Apparently, these 3 young ladies are taking over the industry & decided to align their stars to shine bright upon the impressionable girls & little gay boys of the country. Only one problem: at the last minute, like yesterday, Nicki opted to drop out of the concert.
She cancelled via Twitter, for the world to read, probably in an attempt to stave off a media blitz insinuating beef between the pop stars. You know how men love to instigate a cat fight. Never know, you might see boobs. Her reasoning for dropping out was that instead of going on tour with a moderate fan base, the time would be better spent finishing her album & jumping on the massive buzz she’s been building lately. Wow. That was surprisingly coherent & intelligent for a woman who, last summer, was famous for telling females to “step their pussy up.” Seriously dude, that shit doesn’t even make sense. That’s something you would yell at a burglar to completely fuck up his train of thought.
As much as I hate to admit it, that was the smartest move I’ve seen by a rapper in quite some time. The market for lady rap is wide open right now. Like Kat Stacks at a SummerJam after party. Ha. If any chick has the ability & accessibility to infiltrate the game right now, it’s Nicki. With the right producers & a generous ratio of nipples to ass dimples, she might be able to do something memorable with her career. The fact that she didn’t whore out her vajayjay (that we know of, yet) or shoot her homegirl in the torso makes any success hard-earned, & that much more respectable. Her only obstacle(s) would be her lyrics, or rather lack of, but rap seems to be just like reading & writing: for dumb people. So surely her mediocre style of lyricism would easily go under the radar, even if her voice is slightly annoying, but I digress.
As a matter of fact, if she’s as smart as I’m starting to believe she is, she’s at her condo, at this very moment, inventing some new ridiculous, gyrating Barbie doll dance for the babymommas, hoodrats & open minded emo-thugs to do every time their iPhone rings.
A lot of rappers would do well to take heed, if only just a little bit. She’s forecasting the future for longevity, as opposed to undergoing the present in the name of instant gratification. We don’t see that much nowadays. Kudos, Nicki (now hurry up & “leak” some naked pictures to the ‘Net…).
“I ain’t never really did this but right now I need all of my fans help. A lot of radio stations aren’t playing my records. They are not being that supportive and I wouldn’t expect them to. It’s on the fans and what you guys do in your power to bring me back. That’s all I need is you guys and nothing else will do that except for the fans.”-Chris Brown via SayNow.com
Not that I follow the careers of too many young men, but I never knew how popular Chris Brown was until a road trip to Louisiana last year. My nieces put on one of his albums, sang all the words & danced all the way through Arizona. Between that, & Omarion being on repeat, I felt like the toughest man in the world. If those girls were old enough, I don’t doubt that they would’ve thrown their panties at the CD player. Perhaps I’m just out of touch with the young folks these days. Or, I just have good taste in music. Go figure. This was months after he opened a bottle of ass kick, & sprayed it all over Rihanna’s face, so it just goes to show how women start tolerating domestic violence at such an early age. No shots.
Some months back, Chris went on Twitter, & accused the record industry of “blackballing” him, claiming some stores weren’t even attempting to sell his latest CD, ‘Graffiti’. Maybe he thought because the judge patted him on the back for not Gucci Mane-ing his community service, that the rest of society would give him a pass as well. No dice. America builds up their stars with the intention of one day tearing them down. All they need is a reason. Ask Lindsay Lohen. Brown is no exception, regardless how “special” his family told him he was as a kid.
Plenty of musicians struggle. That’s par for the course, per se. Nobody said it would be easy. & if they did, sue them for false representation or something. I’ll give rappers credit for the “never say die” attitude that usually, in essence, is what their careers thrive on. While Chris is busy whining into a camera about how he needs support, & can’t be an “underground artist,” dudes are gearing up to hit YouTube, Twitter, Myspace, etc., taking the proverbial bull by the horns. I’ve never become a fan of anyone, entertainer or otherwise, without them earning my respect first, or continued to be a fan without them providing product for my admiration. My time is valuable. To give it away all willy-nilly is counterproductive. It has to be earned, continually. That’s all I, or any fan, truly asks. & to think, he already had fans, some of which even switched chewing gums just because he said so. It’s one thing to feel obligated to be a big name act, but it’s something entirely different when you say you can’t be successful without being successful, so to speak. Apparently, those glasses he wears aren’t prescription, otherwise he’d see that struggle builds character, & absence makes the heart grow fonder. Mix that with some Michael Jackson-esque dance moves & odd love songs, & he’ll be back on top in no time. Kids these days have no patience.
What he should’ve done is lay low, & continue to make music. Instead, he told the industry to “kiss” his ass on Twitter, a/k/a the snitch machine, like the upper management wouldn’t get wind of such arrogance. At this point, the underground may be the only way to go. He didn’t lose fans, he lost momentum, but hanging around with Bow Wow may have clouded his judgment a tad bit. I feel sorry for him these days, & don’t feel weird about it in the slightest. It’s too bad I’m not a fan of his music, but I will, however, let my nieces know that he needs their help. Thats the least I can do.