I watching the ring ceremony for the Boston Celtics the other night. The ring ceremony is when the Celtics, who won the NBA Championship last season, were given their championship rings. They were presented the rings before their fans before the start of their first game of the NBA season. The ring ceremony is also the last time that you are celebrated for the previous years success. This is a new season. Time to defend the title.
Watching the ceremony, I was able to reflect back to the day when I played football for South Carolina State University. During my junior year, we won our conference as well as the Black College National Championship. We were awarded the ring that you see above a few months after our magical season was over. I was blown away when i first saw it (yes..those diamonds are real. LOL.)
Much like the Celtics, through the experiences that we went through...it has created a bond between me and my teammates that will never be broken. We all have strong bonds. We have bonds with our family, crew, hood, frat/sorority, etc. There are only maybe a hundred people who have gone through some of the same experiences that I did to get that ring. I can't put into words how special that bond is. It's not like the bond that I have with my crew or my family. It's strong...but just different. And like the Celtics, when I see or talk to an old teammate...we can reminisce about what we accomplished and what we went through.
Like the Celtics, every teammate isn't gonna be your best friend. Shoot, you might not even like some of your teammates. Some dudes you wouldn't have a drink with. LOL. But at the end of the day, we share that common bond b/c of the experience that we shared together. When we see each other, it's all love...just like the Celtics. There are a select few of your teammates who become like brothers to you. Like I said before...it's a very unique bond.
So...in many ways...we're just like the the Celtics and the bond that we share with others can only be described in one word...CHAMPIONS!
Friday, October 31, 2008
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
NBA is here! I'm ready!
Can you imagine going to work and getting a staph infection?
Tomorrow marks the 4 year anniversary of the death of Jam Master Jay. We miss you, JMJ.
This Curve is addictive. I haven't put it down yet.
I want to take a moment to apologize to you for neglecting you. I've spent a great deal of time online (job searching, blogging, etc). We will get together very soon. I haven't forgotten about you. I miss you...xbox360
One of my boys has internet dialup! Really! C'mon bruh...catch up with the times
Never understood why dudes (and chicks) get wings when they are at the shoe show (aka strip club). Too much clappin and shakin going on. I don't want no "germs" on my wings.
Nia Long...Nia Long...Nia Long
Speaking of Nia Long, my boy Rezidl had dinner with her at the Thurgood Marshall dinner and he neglected to give her my number! Why?
If he didn't giver her my number, the least that he could have done would be to give her my blog address!
Fellas...remember thinking..."If her period comes on...I promise that I won't do that again."
Ladies...remember thinking..."If my period comes on...I promise that I won't do that again."
One week away from making history. Are you ready?
I'm not a fan of chocolate candy. What about you!
Lauren London...Lauren London...Lauren London
If your job told you that they will triple your salary starting tomorrow. Would you work harder?
I'm not anti-social...maybe I just don't like my co-workers
I love black people
Pray for Jennifer Hudson and her family. I can't imagine what she's going through.
Cold weather is here to stay.
Have you ever locker yourself out of your house or car?
Between the 12th Planet, twitter, and facebook...I'm a media mogul. LoL
If you're interested in somebody...tell em! We're too old to be playing games.
It's cool when you "find" money unexpectedly in your pockets.
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
I am a consumer
So are you.
We all have a desire to have our consumer needs to be met.
I am a huge stickler for good customer service. Nothing frustrates me more than to try to conduct a business transaction and having to deal with bad customer service. For example, if I call for technical support help with my DSL...I would like to speak with somebody who speaks ENGLISH. I don't care about outsourcing...gimme a dude who understands what the hell I'm saying. Period! That's not asking a lot
I've learned that if you wanna get something accomplished while completing a business transaction, then you have to be courteous no matter how bad the service. Sometimes...it's not a good idea to cuss folks out when you're trying to handle business.
Bad customer service. Do you have a story?
Monday, October 27, 2008
R U OLD SKOOL?????
Black Steel in the Hour of Chaos
Naughty By Nature
Salt N Pepa
Big Daddy Kane
Ain't No Half Steppin'
Heavy D and the Boyz
How was your weekend? Mine was pretty good. My Falcons lost yesterday but South Carolina State crushed Hampton. We are one step closer to winning the MEAC title and a bid to the playoffs.
Friday, October 24, 2008
Thanks for comin out tonight
You coulda been anywhere in the world, but you're here with me
I appreciate that
Jay Z Izzo (H.O.V.A.)
It started here.
I took me like 5 hours to write that 1st post. Just me and my computer. Not sure where I was gonna go or what I was gonna say. I had only been blogging since Nov '07. But I didn't have my own blog. I would comment on other blogs but the idea of having my own blog was downright scary to me. At the time, I didn't have a job. Downsized from the imploding mortgage industry, I needed an outlet.
Much like Reasonable Doubt...there was supposed to only be one post and then I was gonna quit. I just wanted to see if I could do it. It started out with one and today I celebrate my 200th post! Not bad for a dude who was gonna quit after one post b/c nobody commented on my first post. LOL
I am happy to have reached 200 posts. The 12th Planet has become something special for me. First and foremost, I've gotta thank my boy Weja and my girl LRenee. If you had never suggested that I create my own blog, then I probably never would have done it. Also gotta thank Don and Eb the Celeb. I don't know where Don is (i used to see him around but i don't know if he's still bloggin) but if he had never come to my blog then I would have never met the trillion people who read his blog. Thanks to Eb for the vodoo (lol) shout out back then on RBW. Despite the fact that you like the Cowboys and you went to A&T...you aiiight with me, sis. LOL
I could make an attempt right now to shout out to everybody who has been at the 12th Planet. But if I give a shout out and forget ONE person...I'll be getting an email saying "you didn't give me a shout out! I've been reading since '85." LOL. So, lemme just thank errrrrybody who reads and comments. From those of you in the blog crew...to those who read every day and comment...to those who read and NEVER comment. I really do appreciate you for vibing and hollerinatchaboi each day.
I appreciate the friendships that have been formed through the 12th Planet. I don't take that for granted. Most of you read this blog everyday and I have close friends who've NEVER read my blog. LOL. And I'm cool with that. Over a period of time, I've come to believe that you do one thing...blog for you. Period. It's your thoughts. If you blog for you, you'll be fine. It doesn't matter who reads it. One day I may wanna talk about Obama and the next day I may wanna talk about frogs. And that's cool. Blog for you...and people will read. Even if they don't read it...let it be your method of expression.
200 posts...pop bottles!!!
Have a good weekend!!!!
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
C'mon Larry Johnson. I don't care what happened...you don't spit on anybody (especially a woman). You've got pending cases about domestic abuse toward women. Wonder what the NFL is gonna say about that?
Speaking of the NFL, I wonder if they want to hear that one of its stars is smackin' women. Do you get a stiffer penalty for fighting dogs or smackin' women?
Speaking of domestic abuse, Don Cornelius (Soul Train) smacked up a woman over the weekend. He's 73. Why is he smackin a woman?
Usher is going through a separation. Good! I dunno what he saw in that "man" any way. LoL
I think I'm gonna vote early. I just don't want no bs.
I really wish Granny was around to see Obama win this election. She'd be proud.
Ask an elderly person what they think about Obama and I'm sure they'll smile with pride
BET Hip Hop Awards will be on tv...I'll pass
I'm kinda nervous about this new Jay Z cd. Might be time for Jigga to let it go.
Eva Mendes...Eva Mendes...Eva Mendes
Have you ever had a part of your body that hurts when it gets cold?
My pinky is hurting now. And it's Rezidl's fault! He dislocated it when we were in college. Thanks a lot bruh,
Nuffin worse than seeing a dude with chewing tobacco in his mouth.
Nuffin worse than seeing a chick who smokes cigarettes. Complete turnoff.
Have you ever gone to a store and been overwhelmed with merchandise in there? I'm like that at Home Depot sometimes
Everytime I drive past the gas station, the price changes. It keeps going down. I should be happy...but I feel pimped
Why does ESPN air the World Series of Poker? Who watches that? Maybe they should air the Great Spades Tournament? Or a Dominos Tournament?
I love playing Monopoly but that game takes too long
Gabby Union and Dwayne Wade are a couple. Hmmmm. Good to see he got rid of Star Jones.
The NBA season starts next week. Who's your team?
Mary J Blige...Mary J Blige...Mary J Blige
How many bad dates have you been on...less than 5...6-10...15-20?
I've only been on 1.
Big ^ to errrybody from Wilson High who came back for homecoming this past weekend. It was off the chain.
Memo to the Class of 91...we gotta get it together...and we WILL.
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
The other day I stumbled as I entered our walk in closet.
I didn't stumble b/c I'm clumsy.
I tripped over a pair of shoes.
The shoes weren't mine. They belonged to Mrs12. She has a gazillion shoes. I understand that a woman should have a lotta shoes. I get that.
Sometimes you gotta keep it simple, tho. I don't get caught in that name brand stuff but I know what I like
For me, there's 3 pair of shoes that I need.
1. Black Cole Haan dress shoes- sleek...can go with any suit
2. White Air Force Ones- it's hard to find a white pair of tennis shoes but these kicks can go with anything
3. Wheat Timberlands- I've always had a fresh pair of wheat Timbs. One of my favorite shoes of all time
What about you? Could you condense your shoe game to 3 shoes? (prolly virtually impossible for some of you...but work with me here.lol)
Monday, October 20, 2008
Rebirth Of Slick (Cool Like Dat)
Crush On You
The Rain (Supa Dupa Fly)
Shook Ones Pt. II
happy bday to Dessex! enjoy your day homie
To my football headz...how did your teams do this weekend? My teams, South Carolina State and the Atlanta Falcons, were both idle this weekend.
Sunday, October 19, 2008
was mad from the rib of a man
she was not created from his head~to the top of him
nor from his feet~to be stepped upon
She was made
from his side~to be equal to him:
from beneath his arm~to be protected by him:
near his heart~to be loved by him
Friday, October 17, 2008
have you ever lost the remote control to your tv and you spent 5 mins looking for it instead of walking to the tv to turn the channel?
word on the street is that janet jackson has dumped jermaine dupri. good! hey penny...hollatchaboi!
i love going to the mailbox and seeing that there are no bills in there
i shop in less than an hour. get in...get out. i don't know 1 woman who spends less than an hour shopping.
what happened to the "dirty" kid in your elementary class?
speaking of kids, i heard some 5th graders the other day cussin like sailors. i was blown away. they cussed like i wasn't even standing there.
where's your next vacation gonna be? i wanna hit LA for at least a week.
quick poll...how many hours do you sleep? I need about 5 and i'm good
mcshame looked like a bitter old man the other night. he sounded like the old dude on your block who didn't want you to walk in his yard. "you kids stay off my lawn!"
the problem that he has with obama is that obama has money and he doesn't. obama's money is longer than mcshame's arms
wonder if joe the plumber got some booty the other night? they mentioned so many times that you know that he has to be using that to his advantage
is obama cool or what?
ever been in church and the preacher says "in conclusion..." but preaches 15 more minutes?
claudia jordan...claudia jordan...claudia jordan (sorry e)
pacman jones...you are an idiot! i don't feel for you
do you go to lunch with your co-workers? i don't. lol
when you go to lunch with your co-workers...why is the one person that nobody likes is always the one who wants to ride with you?
thank GOD. period
why do white folk work so hard to get a tan? do you really wanna be black?
clinton portis...i know you read yesterday's blog. now go register to vote. sucka!
can i bring these two sayings back..."jive turkey" and "right on"? lol
where my atl bloggers at? we gotta get together soon!!
let's get a game of spades!
paula patton...paula patton...paula patton
the nba season is right around the corner!!! i can't wait. let's go hawks
christmas is right around the corner. wowwwwwww
wonder how long it'd take me to become fluent in spanish?
have a great weekend!!!
Thursday, October 16, 2008
"I don't think I'm going to vote. I'm caught in the middle. I come from a family of Democrats who need my vote. But I have Republican money. So, I'm kinda stuck." - Clinton Portis
The above quote was uttered by Washington Redskins running back Clinton Portis. I was a bit surprised that he made the comment. Everybody knows that I'm for Obama. I don't begrudge those of you who want to vote for mcshame and pale-lynn. It's your choice. I just find it irresponsible for a black man who does NOT vote. I don't need to give you a history lesson on what voting means to our people. Well...maybe I should give a lesson to Clinton Portis.
He may have "Republican money" but he didn't come from wealth. This year, Portis will make more that 7 million dollars from playing football for the Washington Redskins. Obama's tax plans would hit him in his pockets harder than it would for us. However, Portis may have forgotten about how his decision NOT to vote may hurt his kids or his grandchildren. People fought and died for his right to vote. Maybe somebody should tell him that.
This election has brought out some heavy hitters. We've seen athletes and entertainers donate their money to their political candidate. Just a few weeks ago, NBA superstar LeBron James was seen at a rally for Obama in Ohio. Entertainers like Mary J Blige, Big Boi from Outkast, and Jay Z have publicly backed Obama as well. Recently, the Cleveland Browns head coach, Romeo Crennel (who is black), banned all political talk from the team's locker room because it had gotten intense between players.
Something tells me that Portis is not alone in his thoughts about not voting. His political affiliation...just like mine...is nobody's business. However, he opened his mouth and now I got something to say about it. I think you have to vote. I don't care who you vote for or how much money you make. I don't care if he wrote his OWN name in for president and made Flavor Flav his VP. Just vote. Jay Z has a whole lot more money than Portis but he's gonna vote. I think you'd be a fool NOT to vote.
Your thoughts. Do you really care about your favorite athlete or entertainer's political view?
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
First...I wanna thank errrybody for their comments, concerns, thoughts, prayers, and threats to do bodily harm (lol) from yesterday's post. I have to say that I was flattered at your concerns for ya boy and my family.
Yesterday's post was totally FICTION. Not true...at all. It was a scenario that I created. Now...before you get mad lemme explain my thought process.
I actually got the idea from a statement that was made by my girl Jaded NYer. A few days ago, she made mention of an ex that found her online. She mentioned that she might be "overexposed". That got me to thinking. Although I don't have a myspace page (too old for that...lol), I have a blog...I'm on twitter, facebook, AIM, BBerry Messenger, etc. Much like you, I have divulged a great deal of personal information to those of you who read what I write. Scary when you think about it. It'd be cool if it were only read by the 25-30 people who comment each day. But I dunno how many people actually read this blog. In these days of information technology, we are all overexposed to some degree.
That said...I don't live in fear of somebody stalking me. I just don't. I ain't that important. LOL. However, I am concerned when I think about some of my sisters who could run into an overzealous "STAN" or "CANDI". I did this post just to show that sometimes we have to be careful about the information that we put out there. I don't think anybody should sensor their blogs but you should be careful about how you "put stuff out there". Information may not always be received the way that you intend it to be received.
Once again, thanks for your concern. I hope that I didn't raise your blood pressure yesterday. LOL. I think even Keisha the Kitten was on the verge of cussin'. LOL. And I believe that all of you who stated that you would "get busy" to defend me!!! LOL. Y'all are ride or die for real!!! Good to know that y'all got my back. Trust me...i'd do the same for y'all.
Lastly, if "Candi" had rang the doorbell to my house...that would have been the last doorbell that she would have touched in her life. Mrs12 would have whupped her azz on the spot. LMAO!!!
Have you ever been stalked, blog stalked, or other wise bothered by someone of the opposite or same sex?
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
You better watch what you say and what you do
Cause you never really know who got they eyes on you
They be plotting, scheming, eyeing, scoping
Waiting for the day they get you out in the open
You better watch what you say and what you do
Cause sometimes it's hard to tell what's fake and what's true
They plotting, harassing, scheming when they spot you
One wrong move homeboy and then they got you
Little Brother (What They Do)
It started with an email.
The email read... "Hello Kyle. I've been reading your blog for a few months now but I've never commented. Just wanted to let you know that I enjoy your work and the vibe on your blog. Candi "
I responded...just as a do to almost everybody..."Thanks for reading. Thanks for coming thru. It's ok to comment...we don't bite."
I was glad that she reached out to me. I didn't think much about it until she commented on my blog 3 days later. I greeted her as I do everybody when they first make a comment on my page. "Welcome to the 12th Planet. Make sure that you come back. We have a good time over here. We're here every day..." (you know the rest...LOL). Later that day, she sent me another email to thank me for responding to her comment. In the email, she also let me know that she also lived in Atlanta. I thought that was cool b/c I like to know where all the local bloggers are so that we can co-ordinate the upcoming ATL blogger event. Nevertheless, I would get emails from Candi for next month. I'd usually get a few a week. Nothing big. Just chit chat. I found her to be very cool. She was a hip hop head and a sports fan like me. That's mostly what we'd talk about. I made nothing of it. I viewed her as a friend.
One day I received a friend request on Facebook from Candi. I accepted without hesitation. The next day, I received an email letting me know that she was following me on twitter. No problem for me. It was innocent in my eyes. A few days later, I received an email from Candi that said..."Hey, I know that you're in marketing. I need some help with a business plan that I have developed for my company. Can we meet for lunch. My treat. And yes...I'll pay you for your services. Here's my number (404) xxx-xxxx. Send me yours and we can meet at Nan in midtown for lunch."
I accepted without hesitation. Who wouldn't want some additional cash? I'm all about that paper. LOL. Anyway, we agreed to meet at Nan on a Friday afternoon. As soon as I walked in the restaurant, she was there to greet me with a hug. Candi was cuter than her profile picture. As we waited for our table, she told me how nice my suit looked. After we grabbed a table, I reviewed her plan and made some suggestions. We talked about the Falcons and the Hawks. Then, she asked if we could hang out again. "Yeah. You bring a date and I'll bring Mrs12 and we can kick it." She laughed and said that she wanted to hang with just me. That was the sign to me that something might be wrong but I brushed it off. We left the restaurant and agreed that we'd keep in touch. I told my boy Clark about her b/c I had planned to introduce him to her since they are both single. Well, I got an email from her at 3:12 am that said that she enjoyed lunch and she wanted to see me again.
I read the email on my blackberry the next morning. I ignored it. Then later on that day, I got a phone call from her while I was at Kameron's football practice.
"Hey. Did you get my email?"
"Yeah. I did. Candi, you know that I am married. You've read my blog. I'm all about my wife and my sons. I think you're cool. I dunno what's going on in your head...but I don't get down like that. You feel me?
"Yeah. I understand." Click. She hung up.
Three days later, I get an email from Candi that caught my eye. Well...the subject line said it all...YOU AINT SHIT!!!!!! I read the email where she accused me of leading her on. She called me a dog. She said that I was a womanizer. She said that she was gonna get on my blog and tell the world what kinda person I was. I read it and laughed my head off!!!! Everybody who knows me know that I'm drama free. I deleted the email. The next day I see her BMW in the parking lot next to my office. How did she know where I worked? Then, she kept calling my cell phone and hanging up. I'm thinking..."what the hell is wrong with her?"
I called her the next day. She didn't answer so I left her a voicemail. "Candi, I dunno what kind of games you're playing but I don't play games. You need to fall back. Or else!"
No response from her. In fact, I didn't hear anything for a week. Then, I get an email from her at 8:30 pm. I was leaving practice with Kameron. The email read...
"How would you like it if I told your wife about us? BTW...you have nice house. I like the black shutters on the white house. Maybe I should go and ring the doorbell? I know that your wife is home b/c I saw her with your sons in the yard earlier today."
How the fuck did I get here??????
Monday, October 13, 2008
Tribe Called Quest
Slum Village f/Dwele
For my football headz...how was your weekend? Mine was great. My alma mater, South Carolina State, won our homecoming game vs Norfolk State 24-23. Also, my Atlanta Falcons won a thriller over the Bears on a last second field goal.
Friday, October 10, 2008
The anticipation arose as time froze
I stared off the stage with my eyes closed and dove
into the deep cosmos
The impact pushed back, the first five rows
But before the raw live shows
I remember I'se a little snot-nosed
Rockin Gazelle, goggles and Izod clothes
Learnin the ropes of ghetto survival
Peepin out the situation I had to slide through
Had to watch my back my front plus my sides too
When it came to gettin mine I ain't tryin, to argue
Sometimes I wouldn'ta made it if it wasn't for you
Hip-Hop, you the love of my life and that's true
When I was handlin the shit I had to do
It was all for you, from the door for you
Speak through you, gettin paper on tour for you
From the start, Thought was down by law for you
Used to hit up every corner store wall for you
We ripped shit, and kept it hardcore for you
I remember late nights, steady rockin the mic
Hip-Hop, you the love of my life
Black Thought (Act Too.. The Love of My Life)
As we conclude hip hop week, I want to take a second to thank you for reading and participating. This has been a lotta fun. As you can tell, I have a deep rooted love for hip hop. I am hip hop. And so are you.
Today...I'ma keep it simple. I wanna get your opinions on who you think is overrated or underrated as a LYRICIST. I'm not talking about how they look or who they are sleeping with. I'm talking strictly on their skills on the mic. I would ask you to list just one but I know that ShellyShell and The F$%k It List won't listen and they'll name 30 people. LOL
LL Cool J (2008 version)
Styles P (LOX)
Phonte (Little Brother)
Who makes your list????
Thursday, October 9, 2008
What, what, what?
Jay-Z, Big' Smalls, nigga shit ya drawers
Brooklyn represent y'all, hit you fold
You crazy, think your little bit of rhymes can play me?
I'm from Marcy, I'm varsity, chump, you're JV
.. and Bigga baby!
My Bed-Stuy flow's malicious, delicious
Fuck three wishes, made my road to riches
from 62's, gem stars, my moms dishes
Gram choppin, police van dockin
D's at my doors knockin
Jay Z featuring Biggie (Brooklyn's Finest)
Some times hip hop takes you back. Listening to certain songs makes you wonder what happened or the vibe the day that a song was recorded.
One of my favorite songs off Jay Z's debut cd, Reasonable Doubt, was this duet with Biggie called Brooklyn's Finest. I would have loved to have been a fly on the wall that day. I would have liked to have seen what the vibe was like in the studio the day that it was recorded.
Shoot...I would have chopped my arm off for the opportunity to rhyme along side 2 of my favorite MCs of all time.
What about you? If you had to go back in time, what hip hop song would you want to be a part of??? Why
Wednesday, October 8, 2008
random thoughts about hip hop...
Wonder what Jay Z saw in Amil?? He signed her but not Foxy Brown? Makes no sense to me
Biggie's and Tupac's murders are STILL unsolved
I remember when Master P was a bigger mogul than Puffy and Jay Z
Maybe there should be a "age limit" when rappers get in their 40s. LoL
Not hating on him...but...LL Cool J has had a nose job.
I've always had a crush on MC Lyte.
I remember when my mom heard me listening to the cuss words of NWA. She told me to "take that shit out of her damn house." Haaaaa
Never under estimate the influence that Luke Skyywalker (aka Uncle Luke aka Luther Campbell) has had on the game of hip hop.
Funny how people complain about the "influence of hip hop" but hip hop is used to sell everything from bras to dish detergent
Hip hop is the new "N" word. It's a way of saying it without saying it. For example..."Those in the hip hop culture embrace the thug life attitude."
The NBA instituted a dress code for its players because they were dressed "too much like rappers." But if you go to an NBA game...the only thing that you'll hear in the areana is hip hop music!??!
I've always been a fan of "backpack rappers" like Common, Talib Kweli, The Roots, Mos Def, and Little Brother
Ok...who's cuter...Salt, Pepa, or Spinderella?
Remember Yo MTV Raps hosted by Fab 5 Freddy?
Rememver when Rap City was hosted by Chris Thomas aka Da Mayor. Then it was hosted by Prince Da'Jur aka the dude with the "Good Hair" lol
There is a difference between rap and hip hop
People used to hate on Hammer for selling a lotta records. Nowadays, you had BETTA sell a lotta records...or else!
Long live the memory of Jay Dilla. Gone but not forgotten.
My sons only know him as "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air" or as Will Smith...not The Fresh Prince.
Hip hop was supposed to be a passing fad in the early 80s. And look at it now.
Lil Wayne is a good rapper. The best alive??? Nooooo, Wayne's not even in the top 30
Nas beat Jay Z in their battle. It took me a while to admit that.
KRS-One is one of the best MCs to ever grab a mic. He also has one of the biggest noses that I've ever seen in my life.
Roxanne, Roxanne...I wanna be yo man
You have to admire the longevity of some MCs who've remained relevant
I hated to see EPMD break up! Same with Eric B and Rakim
There is a generation of kids who know Flavor Flav from tv and not from the days with Public Enemy.
I'm from the South. I live in the South. But I can't identify with most of the music that is coming from the South right now. It's not music...its noise.
Goodie Mob came out before Outkast. Ever wonder why they didn't blow up like them?
Love Wu-Tang Clan. Most people don't understand them. I do
The great thing about hip hop was that it took you places mentally. I could listen to BDP, Geto Boys, or NWA and be in the Bronx, Houston, or LA...even though I had never been there before.
Where have all of the great female MCs gone? MC Lyte never had to take most of her clothes off to get attention.
"Thanks for coming out. God bless you. Goodnight." - Russell Simmons (the GodFather of hip hop)
Tuesday, October 7, 2008
VH-1 recently came up with a list for the top 100 songs in hip hop history. I'm nor really sure what the criteria was to be on this list. And I'm not sure who made VH-1 the authority on hip hop to even DO a list. I mean, BET should have done this. As much as I despise that network, they probably could have come up with a better list
Nevertheless, I understand that lists like this are all subjective. But I need to see what YOU think about it. With that said...take a look at the list. YOU be the judge...
100 Biz Markie: Just A Friend
99 Lil Jon & The East Side Boyz ft/ Ying Yang Twins: Get Low
98 Warren G ft. Nate Dogg: Regulate
97 Eve: Who's that Girl
96 DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince: Parents Just Don't Understand
95 L'Trimm: Cars With The Boom
94 Master P ft. Sikk, Fiend, Mia-x and Mystical: Make 'Em Say Ugh
93 N.E.R.D. ft. Lee Harvey and Vida: Lapdance
92 Yo-Yo: Can't Play with my Yo-Yo
91 Chamillionaire ft. Krayzie Bone: Ridin'
90 Pete Rock & CL Smooth: They Reminisce Over You (T.R.O.Y)
89 Cam'ron: Oh Boy
88 Jungle Brothers: What U Waitin' 4
87 Wyclef Jean ft. Refugee All Stars: We Tryin' to Stay Alive
86 Heavy D. and the Boyz: Now That We Found Love
85 Black Star: Definition
84 UTFO: Roxanne Roxanne
83 2 Live Crew: Me So Horny
82 Chubb Rock: Treat 'Em Right
81 PM Dawn: Set Adrift On Memory Bliss
80 Three 6 Mafia ft. Paula Campbell- Hard Out Here For A Pimp
79 DMX: Ruff Ryders' Anthem (Stop Drop)
78 Arrested Development: Tennessee
77 Cold Crush Brothers: Cold Crush Bros. at the Dixie
76 Big Punisher ft. Joe- Still Not A Player
75 Lil' Kim ft. Lil' Cease- Crush on You
74 EPMD: You Gots To Chill
73 Black Sheep: The Choice Is Yours
72 J.J. Fad: Supersonic
71 Whodini: Freaks Come Out at Night
70 3rd Bass: Pop Goes the Weasel
69 Common: I Used to Love H.E.R.
68 T.I.: What You Know
67 Mase: Feel So Good
66 House Of Pain: Jump Around
65 Spoonie Gee and The Treacherous Three: Love Rap
64 The Roots: What They Do
63 Kid 'n Play: Rollin' With Kid N Play
62 Digable Planets: Rebirth of Slick (Cool Like Dat)
61 Slick Rick: Children's Story
60 L.L. Cool J: I Need Love
59 Ol' Dirty Bastard: Shimmy Shimmy Ya
58 Ludacris ft. Shawna- What's Your Fantasy
57 Big Daddy Kane: I Get the Job Done
56 Busta Rhymes: Woo-Ha! Got You All In Check
55 Terror Squad ft/ Fat Joe and Remy: Lean Back
54 MC Lyte: Cha Cha Cha
53 Lox ft. DMX and Lil' Kim: Money, Power, Respect
52 Foxy Brown ft. Jay-Z: I'll Be
51 Doug E. Fresh & the Get Fresh Crew: The Show
50 Lil' Wayne: Tha Block Is Hot
49 Boogie Down Productions: My Philosophy
48 Nas: One Love
47 Young MC: Bust A Move
46 De La Soul: Me, Myself, And I
45 Geto Boys: Mind Playing Tricks On Me
44 Method Man ft/ Mary J. Blige: I'll Be There For You/You're All I Need to Get By
43 Game, The ft. 50 Cent: Hate It or Love It
42 Roxanne Shante: Roxanne's Revenge
41 Funky 4 + 1: That's the Joint
40 Run-DMC: It's Like That
39 Tone-Loc: Wild Thing
38 Coolio: Gangsta's Paradise
37 Rob Base & DJ E-Z Rock: It Takes Two
36 Nelly: Hot In Herre
35 Queen Latifah ft. Monie Love: Ladies First
34 Cypress Hill: Insane In The Brain
33 Bone Thugs-N-Harmony: Tha Crossroads
32 Puff Daddy & The Family ft/ Notorious B.I.G., Lil' Kim and The Lox: It's All About The Benjamins
31 Kool Moe Dee: How Ya Like Me Now
30 Tribe Called Quest: Check the Rhime
29 Digital Underground: The Humpty Dance
28 Ice Cube: It Was A Good Day
27 Beastie Boys: Hold it Now, Hit it
26 MC Hammer: U Can't Touch This
25 Fugees: Killing Me Softly
24 Eric B and Rakim: Paid in Full
23 Outkast: B.O.B.
22 Naughty By Nature: OPP
21 Afrika Bambaataa & Soul Sonic Force- Planet Rock
20 Kanye West ft/ Jamie Foxx: Gold Digger
19 Ice T: Colors
18 50 Cent: In Da Club
17 Sir Mix-A-Lot: Baby Got Back
16 Missy Elliott: Get Ur Freak On
15 Eminem: Stan
14 Tupac: I Get Around
13 Wu-Tang Clan: C.R.E.A.M.
12 L.L. Cool J: I Can't Live Without My Radio
11 Jay-Z: Hard Knock Life
10 Kurtis Blow: The Breaks
09 Salt-N-Pepa: Push It
08 Snoop Doggy Dogg: Gin and Juice
07 Notorious B.I.G.: Juicy
06 N.W.A.: Straight Outta Compton
05 Grandmaster Flash & the Furious Five: The Message
04 Run-DMC ft/ Aerosmith: Walk This Way
03 Dr. Dre: Nuthin But A 'G' Thang
02 Sugarhill Gang: Rapper's Delight
01 Public Enemy: Fight The Power
Monday, October 6, 2008
Eric B & Rakim
I Ain't No Joke
King of Rock
Pete Rock & CL Smooth
They Reminisce Over You (T.R.O.Y.)
The Choice is Yours (this or that)
Rob Base & DJ EZ Rock
It Takes Two
We have to kick off hip hop week with a mixtape monday. How was your weekend? How did your teams do this weekend? SC State beat FAMU on Saturday. And the Falcons beat the Green Bay Packers yesterday. It was a great weekend. As I mentioned yesterday, this will be hip hop week on the 12th Planet. Hope you enjoy it.
Sunday, October 5, 2008
Join me this week in celebrating something that is near and dear to me...hip hop.
Each posts will be enjoyable and entertaining...like every other post that I do. LoL
Enjoy the ride
Happy Sunday to ya
Quotes of the week...
"Faith makes it possible to achieve that which man's mind can conceive and believe." - Bruce Lee
"Great ideas often receive violent opposition from mediocre minds."- Albert Einstein
"The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong."- Gandhi
"Love is not something you learn, love is something you know but don't realize until you have it."- Anonymous
"The battles that count aren't the ones for gold medals. The struggles within yourself--the invisible battles inside all of us--that's where it's at."- Jesse Owens
Friday, October 3, 2008
I wasn't sure what I was gonna post about today.
Then...I got this email from my boy, Pat. You remember Pat...the brutha with a college degree and no job who has women paying his way on expensive trips to various places. Pat...the aspiring 35 year old rapper.
Yeah. Dat dude. LOL
Anyway...he sent this to me and I wanted to share with my peeps
34 Reasons To Have Sex
1. Shag your guy's ticker into shape. According to a study at Queens University in Belfast, men who have sex three or more times a week can cut their risk of heart attack in half.
2. According to that same study, regular romps will also halve your man's chances of suffering a stroke.
3. Work off that Rice Krispies Treat without hitting the treadmill. One 30-minute roll in the hay burns about 200 calories.
4. Curb irritability. "Tactile stimulation soothes nerves," says Evelyn Resh, M.P.H., certified nurse midwife and director of health services at Canyon Ranch spa in Lenox, Massachusetts.
5. Kick colds to the curb. Researchers at Wilkes University in Pennsylvania found that having sex once or twice a week boosts the immune system by 30 percent.
6. I Skip the Botox. In his book, Secrets of the Superyoung, neurophysiologist David Weeks, M.D., of Scotland's Royal Edinburgh Hospital, writes: "An active sex life slows the aging process."
7. Get more z's. A little sensual massage followed by some dancing in the sheets releases sleep-inducing endorphins
8. Wake up and smell the roses. Post-romp, you'll experience a surge in the hormone prolactin, which develops new neurons in the brain's olfactory bulb, improving your sense of smell.
9. Watch a Lost DVD marathon without constant bathroom breaks. Sex tones the pelvic muscles that support your uterus, bladder, and bowel, meaning better pee control.
10. No pain, all gain. Right after your big O, you'll be practically swimming in oxytocin (we're talking a seriously intense surge). The overload releases endorphins, which help alleviate pain from arthritis and -- hallelujah! -- menstrual cramps.
11. Put more pep in your step. Rhode Island-based relationship expert Scott Haltzman, M.D., says that women absorb some of the testosterone men secrete in their ejaculate. The payoff: "The increased testosterone can have energy-boosting effects in women."
12. Blow him away in your bikini. According to researchers, regular shagging can tighten your tummy...and firm your bum
13. Aunt Flow, we meet again. Endocrinologists at Columbia and Stanford universities found that women who have sex at least once a week have more-regular menstrual cycles than those who do it once in a blue moon.
14. Forget flowers and the flat-screen: Sex is an easier (and cheaper) way to make up after a fight.
15. Improve your communication skills. Speaking up about what's working (or not) in the sack can help you express yourself in other parts of your life.
16. Sex can trigger the onset of labor when you're at term. "Semen contains prostaglandins," Resh says. "When they're against the cervix, prostaglandins help it dilate and induce natural labor."
17. Getting busy on the regular can improve your flexibility.
18. Love the skin you're in. For some people, gettin' busy can boost body image, Resh says.
19. Yes, tonight, honey--I have a headache. Recent studies have shown that doing the horizontal hustle can bring temporary headache relief.
20. Add your share of smut to the girls' night cocktail chatter. Even bad sex is fun to dish about.
21. Use it or lose it. Says marriage therapist Michele Weiner Davis, author of The Sex-Starved Wife: "The more you have sex, the more likely you'll be to continue to produce testosterone, one of the primary hormones responsible for sexual desire."
22. Give your guy a helping hand. According to the Journal of the American Medical Association, the more he ejaculates, the less likely he is to develop prostate cancer.
23. Strengthen your core -- it's like Pilates without the annoyingly perfect instructor.
24. "Increase the amount and quality of cuddle time," says psychologist Laurie Mintz, Ph.D, a professor at the University of Missouri. "The best comes immediately after the orgasm."
25. "Good sex creates more love each time," Mintz says. "That's why it's called 'making love.'"
26. Best excuse in the world for pricey, pretty, frilly, silky lingerie.
27. Two words: "I'm preggers!"
28. Feel the power. "When things go well in the bed and you're pleasing your partner," says San Francisco sex therapist Sandor Gardos, Ph.D., founder of MyPleasure.com, "you feel more confident and powerful in other parts of your life."
29. Activate your taste buds. "Your sensitivities are heightened after sexual intercourse," Gardos says. "That bottle of wine or chocolate bar will taste even better."
30. Stir creative juices. "When people are together long-term, sex can become boring," Resh says. "Coming up with new ways to keep things interesting improves the imagination."
31. Seriously pissed? Instead of screaming your head off, save your voice and have sex. It's a great way to release tension.
32. Take him to your level. According to family therapist Michael Gurian, author of What Could He Be Thinking?: How a Man's Mind Really Works, the one time a man's oxytocin level can match ours is after his happy ending.
33. Vitalize the vag. Increases in blood flow to the pelvis keep the oven in good order, says Lana Holstein, M.D., managing director of sexuality programs at Miraval Resort
34. Come on, do you really need a reason?
hollatchaboi!!!! have a great weekend
Thursday, October 2, 2008
1. respect or reverence paid or rendered
Today, I'm gonna pay homage to a place. A place that I knew very well but never got a chance to REALLY experience it like my friends did.
It was a place that was etched in my memory beginning in 1991 (freshman year of college)
Unfortunately, the place no longer exists. It is gone... but not forgotten
The place that I want to pay homage to is...
Kick Booty Liquor Store
Yes. That was the name of the liquor store. Kick Booty. (i know that you're laughing but i'm telling the truth)
It was located in the town where I went to college...Orangeburg, SC
I never really got a chance to enjoy Kick Booty b/c when I was in college...I didn't drink. In fact, I didn't take my first drink until I was like 25. But I took many trips to Kick Booty b/c I was always the designated driver when I hung out with my teammates. We'd go to Kick Booty and they'd buy liquor. Keep in mind that Kick Booty had a policy...they DID NOT care how old you were. They never checked IDs or anything. If you had a mustache...you could purchase beer. LOL. And you could get liquor at 9 am!!!
A few years ago, Kick Booty burned down. Dunno what happened. There is a place called Kick Booty Motorsports located in the same town. I wonder if it's owned by the same dude that owned the liquor store? It amazes me that the store operated the way that it did and no one was ever busted for selling booze to underage college kids.
After taking my friends to Kick Booty, we'd ride around and they'd get drunk which was comical to me. They'd tell stories about great they were in high school and I'd laugh. Then, they'd tell me how they felt about me..."(slurring) Kyle, you mah nikka! Youz a good dude. I like you, man. You got a lottttta heart." I used to call it Drunken Confessions. Those were the days when I wish I had my camera. It'd be on reality tv or on youTube. LMAO!!!
So today...I pay homage to the one and only...Kick Booty Liquor Store.
Anybody else have a place like this where some shenanigans would go down???
Wednesday, October 1, 2008
first things first...gotta thank my peeps, The Jaded NYer, for allowing me to co-host on her show on blog talk radio. In case you missed it...you can check it out
have you ever sat down and said..."i'm only gonna blog for 10-15 mins." we all know that's not possible.
the oakland raiders fired their head coach...over the telephone!!! then they told him that he wasn't gonna see a dime of the 3 million that they owed him. wow! wonder what would've happened if he was black??? think he would have showed out?? haaaa
why do people almost run you off the road in the morning on their way to work? they are rushing to a job that they really do hate!
remember when you were young and your momma told you not to touch the hot stove but you did any way? same thing applies when you get that man/woman that you know is not good for you. you're gonna get burned
janet jackson was hospitalized and had to postpone her concert. damn. i hope it wasn't from morning sickness
whutchuknobout the ruff draft ep?
mcshame...you were wrong for not looking at obama during the debate. it's all good. i prolly wouldn't look at the man who was kickin my azz either.
sarah pale-lynn...i could use this time to tell the world how dumb and unprepared you are but i'll let you open your mouth and do it.
tichina arnold...tichina arnold...tichina arnold
at what age do people stop having sex? i'm curious
singing with brandon...i love you...you love me...we're a happy family...with a great big hug and a kiss from me to you...won't you say you love me, too.
banks are failing left and right. gas shortages. chaos in washington. financial markets in ruins. can't say that you don't have nuffin to pray about. haaaa
there are no black shows on abc, nbc, and cbs. that's a shame
i heard that BET has canceled rap city. good! can BET cancel BET???
can you dance? yes or no
all black people don't have rhythm. trust me!
what was the last cd that you BOUGHT?
oj is back on trial. dummmmeeeeeeeeeeee
what was rollo lawson's (sanford and son) momma's name?
singing with brandon ...abcdefg...hijklmnop...qrs...tuv...wx...y and z. now i know my abc's...next time won't you sing with me?
remember when you heard busta rhymes on "scenario"? you knew that he was gonna go solo after that
reagan gomez...reagan gomez...reagan gomez
don't you just hate it when a co-worker brings some stink food to work and cooks it in the microwave?
i've never been a fan of taco bell. i think the food sucks
remember this...it's not always what you say...but how you say it.
thanks for coming thru to check out my spot. i can't say it enough.
i probably should stop it but i'm on a grape soda kick right now.
wanna read some hot album reviews on some hip hop albums??? peep this blog
just got the report cards...deion had a's and b's...kameron had all a's. i'm proud of both of them