Saturday, 30 May 2015

Cool? Wtf is "cool? Tell cool I said "your mum"

Funniest things you learn in life. Especially on Twitter where you can see opinions from people outside your social circle. In most cases, they're people you'll never meet so big up the internet.

I was listening to a podcast (Vlad TV with Lord Jamar and Star) after I listened to the latest Combat Jack (Jamillah Larrieux). As we know, the whole "system is designed to keep the black man down" is omnipresent in black American  conversation these days. But for some reason, I clocked something that sparked this post. It will go off in various directions 'cos I've got a few examples. Some are things I've said, some are things I've witnessed, but the thread is all the same. I'll wrap it up at the end. Just stick with me.

There are those sayings like "going against the grain" What is the flipping thing? It's all relative to the times, innit? 'Cos when you pree the thing properly, there are loads of things that were considered rebellious or against the grain once upon a time that are the grain now and vice-versa. Like, a few years ago marijuana was an illegal drug in US, today its legal in certain States of America. People who were saying it isn't that bad for you are more likely to be believed today than they were. Even further than that, smoking weed was a wasteman pastime. Now it's the in ting to be a stoner. Again. Comprendez? Just a little light example. Warm and easy.

Hey black British artists, reppin' your ends is the new black

(Generally speaking now. I can't be arsed to deal with people who say "Oh, but what about this artist?" cos it's stupid. There are always exceptions to the rule. But guess what? In the grand scheme of things, IT DOESN'T MATTER!)

I've been meaning to write this post for a couple of weeks, but I decided to start writing this when I watched Tinie Tempah's new video. Everything made sense again.

Saturday, 16 May 2015

That time they try tell me about black British history… looooool

Disclaimer: This post is inspired by a conversationThe people quoted in this post are who I believe are symptoms of, not the problem so please understand this isn't a personal attack - it's addressing a wider issue. They were quoted for context so readers could fully understand wah gwaan. Also, they are very up in certain aspects of black American and black British culture. Do not take them for some weak, any guys at aaaallll. The conversation wouldn't have been a conversation if that was the case. Respect them guys. And I'm speaking generally. If you don't feel like you fit the category, you probably don't. This isn't a black vs. white thing, it's a "there's a lot more to the story" thing. Bless up.

Before we proceed, I'd like to start this post by quoting BDL founder, Big Narstie. "Black man can't fool again, my lard." This is a history lesson outside of Black History Month *gasp*. That's about Black American history anyway, so you wouldn't get this kind of stuff anyway. Also, make sure you understand the disclaimer before you get worked up or start drawing your own conclusions.

A tweet I posted sparked a reaction yesterday. So much so, a long conversation followed (you can read it here). I was asked to admit I was chatting shit or got it wrong. Which part?! Wrong for using a word that offended soul heads cos they don't feel they were begs? Based on the fact a few missed the point, maybe, but the essence of the tweet is true. And as Bob Marley said "The truth is an offence but not a sin".

(Definition of "beg" in this instance: placing somebody else's culture higher than your own. Yes, I understand some people just prefer the music but you'll get me if you continue reading. Safe)

It's so mad; it went so left, people were bringing what they think I said based on who they think I am and what they think I know. Mate "You might see me on the tweets but homie, you don't know me".

Friday, 1 May 2015

Chronixx the bad guy? Reggae rates sell outs now?

Now let me set this off right, I've felt away about the reaction to this for a while but I didn't have the right words to say at the time. Now I've formulated all my thoughts, I present this post to you. I'm not late, I'm on Marvin's time. And there's no time like Marvin's time.

So if you aren't familiar with the story, Chronixx posted this the day everybody got a boner 'cos Obama said "Greeting's massive. Wah gwaan, Jamaica?" The picture was deleted not long after.

Loads of people got really upset by this. And I mean, REALLY UPSET. Like, ABSO LIVID, MATE! The young artists page was inundated with comments ranging from "How dare you call Obama a waste man" to "Your VISA should be revoked".  Woah, woah mate, slow down innit. Funniest comment was in response to said "revoke visa" comment, which said "Revoke yu madda…" Mi laugh so til.

(Basically, Jamaican artists require a visa to perform in America.)

The worst thing is said was missed by everyone. What did he mean by "race of good for nothings". That's only bit I thought was potentially a bad decision.

But anyway onto the real stuff...

Why Skepta is most important black British artist right now

Hear what, yeah, I said it. And I ain't taking back no talk. And I ain't a post-Kanye West and Drake co-sign Skepta fan. Nor am I a deeper grime fan so I'm not gonna go into bere specifics. Nor do I feel its necessary to go into grand detail. I'm just here to talk about the greater cause. Skepta has helped bring back what it means to be a black Londoner expressing him/herself through music and that good stuff.

(That's to prove I'm not a band wagon guy.)

You may remember I posted a little one man reasoning about why Fuse ODG is the best black British artist. He then went on to become the best selling black British artist of the year and it doing a tour bigger than most black men with a mic are currently able to (Hammersmith Apollo is like 4k capacity, most do under 2k). This is something I've been thinking and tweeting for a while now. Well, it's gone from Skepta is the best/king to the most important over time. Today I'm posting these thoughts.

(Little note: my disclaimer in the above Fuse post was "*subject to change when Skepta, Chip and/or Wretch drop some material.")

Skepta is like if all of a sudden New York ruled hip hop again. London's got its culture back. We were in some grim times (definitely not grime times). The focus had shifted to UK rap, which was pretty cool for a bit. Let's be honest, it was a lot better than the Wearing My Rolex, Oopsy Daisy and (Tinchy Stryder) Number 1 chasing by other respected artists who weren't capable of making those songs like the artists who did. That was until UK rap started rehashing American sounds, rhyme schemes and slang. Every week there were hundreds of freestyles of the latest American hip hop banger or everyone wanted to be Drake and those who didn't, wanted to be Rick Ross. And the worst thing is, people actually believed it was where we needed to go.