Wednesday, September 20, 2017

PODCAST: your daddy's hip hop




What happens when your teenage son gets hooked on old skool hip hop? Think it cannot happen? Listen to the latest podcast as I talk old skool hip hop with my 15 year old son, Kameron.

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PODCAST: do you remember your first...



We all have many experiences that shape our memories because it happened for the first time. Maybe it was your first car, the first day of school, or your first kiss? Check out the latest episode of the 12Kyle Podcast as we discuss many of these things. Feel free to comment in the comment section to share your experiences.
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Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Houston...




Houston is under water.

Literally...

The images and news of the destruction created by Hurricane Harvey has been mind blowing for me.

Like many people, I didn't realize the magnitude of this storm. There have been bigger hurricanes but none have dumped this much rain over an area than this one. This is one of those "once in a lifetime moments." It's hard to fathom...one of the biggest cities in the United States has been pounded with rainfall that could reach up to 50 inches in some areas. We watched the horrific images of Hurricane Katrina and how it ripped through New Orleans and the Gulf Coast. Now, Hurricane Harvey has done the same to Houston and South Texas. What can we do but watch?

I don't have any family that live in Houston. But I do have a few friends who live there. Fortunately, they are all safe and have not been flooded. But they know tons of people who live in their city who have been. I was glad to hear that my friends were ok. The last thing that you want is for something to happen to your friends. But you still feel some compassion for those who aren't as fortunate. You feel helpless. What can you do?

You could tell jokes. That seems to be the norm on social media. I've seen far too many jokes about Houston being flooded. What's funny about that? I'm not sure how anybody could find any of this funny. Some people have lost their homes, their cars, their possessions, and some...their lives. And folks think it's ok to post jokes about it on social media. I've blocked a few people on social media for doing that. I don't want to see it. Let's see...what else can you do?

You could complain and point your finger. Oh...that seems to happen a lot. People are blaming the mayor and city officials for not evacuating the city of Houston. I think there's about 6 million people in that city. You can't get them all to leave at once. That's not possible. Should people blame the mayor? I don't know. I don't live in Houston. That's not for me to decide. At this point, does blaming the mayor and city officials help? You could also blame megachurch pastor Joel Osteen for "initially being reluctant" to open up his church as a place of refuge for those who were displaced. His church can hold more than 15,000 people. He eventually opened the church up. Do I blame him? No, I don't know him or his church. At this point, does blaming him matter?

You could come up with "conspiracy theories" that the government broke the damns and levees around the city and made the flooding worse. Yes...I saw that actually being debated on social media. I had to block them, too. I think having 40+ inches of rain fall in less than week probably led to the flooding. Do I buy into these theories? Nah. Why should I? Especially if you don't hear it from somebody who lives in Houston. I've found it extremely interesting that the people who have the most to say about what did or didn't happen in Houston...don't live in Houston. What do THEY know?

This is a major natural disaster in one of the largest cities in the country. This ain't a small town that was flooded by the Mississippi River. This...or any other natural disaster could happen ANYWHERE. It could happen in your city and mine. If something like this happened, would you want people making jokes and pointing the finger?

When I drove home today, I pulled my car in my driveway and I looked at my house. Then, I imagined if the entire first floor was flooded and I had to gather my family and escape through my bedroom window. How would I get out? Where would I go? What would I take? These are the kind of decisions that people are making right now as you are reading this.

Anybody can tell jokes on twitter or complain on Facebook about Joel Osteen. Few will do what they SHOULD do...and that's shut up. If you're not a part of the solution, then you're a part of the problem. You can give money or you can donate clothes and supplies. I definitely plan to do that.

At the very least...we can all pray for those affected. And it's never too hard...or too late to pray.




Friday, August 18, 2017

PODCAST: my Top 10 video games of all time



Video games are a staple of your childhood. Most kids spend countless hours playing video games. No matter the era in which you grew up, video games played a huge role. Listen to latest podcast as I discuss MY Top 10 video games of all time. These are my personal favorites.

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Tuesday, August 15, 2017

in the face of hate...





In the face of hate...what do you do?

Do you condemn it?

Do you run from it?

Do you fight it?

Do you pretend that it doesn't exist?

Do you say "that's unfortunate"...but breathe a sigh of relief that it didn't happen in your town or city?

or do you say nothing?

Like many of you, I watched the horrific, racist, and terroristic events that transpired over this past weekend in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Hatred and bigotry spewed out right before our eyes.

Those scenes reminded me of the stories that I heard my parents tell me as a child. I heard stories about the Klan and what they thought about me and my people. Growing up in the South, you knew what it was. You knew what that confederate flag looked like. I remember my mom showing me places in my hometown, Florence, SC, where she couldn't go as a child. She showed me the places that had the "back entrance" for black customers. She even showed me where there were signs that read "FOR COLOREDS" that were posted over the water fountain. At the age of 10, I remember thinking "wow, they had it real bad back in those days."

Fast forward 34 years later...and you see me trying to explain this to my 10 year old son. I never thought I'd see anything that resembled the Jim Crow south. But it's on my tv screen. How do you explain that to a little black boy? How do you explain a world that you never thought you'd see? It's simple...you do what your parents did...you arm him with the truth.

Race is the 400 pound elephant in the room. It's in the room and most people want to ignore it. But they can't. Not only can they not ignore it, but many walk past it as if it doesn't exist. People seem to be "begging to have a discussion about race" but do they REALLY want to talk about it? No. They don't. And they few who want to talk about it, only want to talk until they begin to get uncomfortable. So, you can miss me with the attempts to talk. You either do or you don't. There is no in between.

I'm not surprised that these fools took to the campus of the University of Virginia. It's much safer for them there than it is Hampton Roads or Richmond. Am I surprised that these fools would come out and act this way? No. I am a little surprised that they didn't have their masks on. That's bold! Then again, their fearless leader has put the battery in their backs and given them the juice to act this way. I've often said that I don't worry about Chump...but I worry about the 50M people who voted for him. Many of those folks were in that crowd thinking of what they could do to scare folks. Those people may be the principal at your kid's school or the dude who you need to help you get a mortgage. These are the real domestic terrorist.

I couldn't help but also think about my big cousin. He's a UVa alum from their law school. His wife is an alum from the medical school. They have 2 kids who have recently graduated from there. Their 3 child...she will be attending school there this week. I pray for them...and I pray for her. They shouldn't have to deal with this. But here we are. She is armed with the truth. She will be just fine.

Lastly, I go back to my original statement. What are we going to do? More importantly, what are YOU going to do? Truth be told, most of the push needed for the Civil Rights came from white people who grew tired of watching black folks on tv every night being sprayed with fire hoses and being attacked by dogs. How far away are we from those days? If this current administration has anything to do with it...we are moving closer to those days. So...again...what are you going to do?

If your decision is to sit and do nothing...or say nothing...you are just as bad as those fools on tv. Your silence speaks volumes....

Friday, August 11, 2017

PODCAST: 10 signs he's into you...





Ladies...have you ever been interested in a man but you weren't sure about how serious he was about you? There are signs that he will help show you how he feels. I discuss them on this podcast

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Sunday, August 6, 2017

PODCAST: be happy...





Be happy. It sounds simple and easy to do. What is happiness? Listen to the latest podcast and I'll tell you what it is...and what it is not

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1000th post





This is post #1000

Wowww!!!

I didn't expect to make 1000 of these when I started back on January 10, 2008.

I called the first post The Genesis because it was the beginning.

I had no idea I'd keep this thing around this long.

I want to thank you for rocking with me. It doesn't matter if it's been for almost 10 years or 10 days. I appreciate it. I know I don't blog nearly as much as I used to. But there are more people who read it now than ever before. I definitely appreciate the love. I still have a lot to say.

How much longer will this go? As long as I feel like I have something to say!

PODCAST: 5 for 5 Hip Hop Summer Playlists w/@12kyle




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If you had to pick 5 songs for your Summer Hip Hop Playlist, which would you choose?

Choose something not so obvious, something that reminds you of summer, Hot weather, that good Hip Hop feeling, what do you have?

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PODCAST: 3 things (We wish we had growing up/didn't want w/@12kyle)


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What are you happy you didn't have to deal with growing up?

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Three things we WISH we had that kids have now

Three things we are HAPPY we didn't have

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PODCAST: Comparing NBA players to emcees (w/@12kyle)



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What emcee would you compare Magic Johnson to?

What about Lebron James?

Steph Curry?

Hakeem The Dream Olajuwon?

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Friday, July 28, 2017

PODCAST: What's the 411? - 25 Years Later



Mary J. Blige released her debut album on July 28th, 1992. On this episode of the 12kyle Podcast, we will discuss this album, breakdown the songs, and reveal why this album is significant.

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Tuesday, July 25, 2017

off tha dome




random thoughts...

remember when love songs were actually about LOVE and mad you think about that special person...

which chore would you rather do...wash dishes, sweep the floor, or take out the trash?

i've got a gazillion cds. i probably should convert them but i'm too lazy to do that

remember the game that you played as a kid called Jacks. what was the purpose of that game? it seemed dumb to me

the lady who plays tambourine at your church is ALWAYS a half beat off the rhythm. don't believe me...watch her the next time that she plays

i hate washing the dishes

my girlfriend is coming back...can't wait to see her

you know what's better than having paperless bills? no bills.

speaking of bills...i don't think i've written a check to pay a bill in like 2 years

Insecure is one of the best shows on tv. Period!





jay z's album 4:44 was good...not great. he could have been better. but i dug it

raise your hand if you had to be in the house by the time the street lights came on in the summertime...

i know it was hot when i was growing up in the 80s but i don't think it was THIS hot. this heat is brutal.

somebody said "jay z is the first to make a grown man hip hop album" whaaaaaaaattt? that's comically ignorant

i'm still trying to figure out how 50 million people voted for ya manz...smh

"It's too hot outside for us to go outside"...words we never said as kids growing up

Girls Trip was just as funny to me as The Hangover. I loved it and I'll see it again. Don't get it twisted, it's not just about 4 women...it's about their friendship. I found myself relating to a lot of the aspects of the movie.

i listen to a lot of podcasts. but i give them 5 mins. if you don't hook me in the first 5 mins, i'm done.

i don't understand how people drink coffee past 10am. i can't

"If You Only Knew" by Patti LaBelle...still incredibly dope after all of these years. love that song

the Golden State Warriors are scary

Patti LaBelle is one of my mom's favorite singers

i think iPhone purposely makes raggedy chargers. smh






"when I'm writing, i'm trapped in between the lines..."

always bet on yourself

i tell my kids not to bring their cellphones to the dinner table. that's the one place where we want to sit and talk as a family.

lemon pepper wings are sooooo good

has Sade ever come with some wack music? nope! never!

never warm up leftover fish in the microwave at work

fellas...there should be an empty space between men at a bathroom urinal

wait...should it be called a bathroom or restroom? especially when you're talking about one in public. you're not bathing nor are you resting...

Skyler and Brandon will soon be taking piano lessons. I'm happy. I took one lesson and quit

to suggest that this man should cut his afro is to suggest that he should be "less black". that's ignorant





i'm surprised that you are shocked that RKelly is still outchea being a pervert...

Usher? herpes? damn

white Macadamia cookies are so dope

some schools here in Metro Atlanta start school next week. damn...where did the summer go?




Monday, July 24, 2017

20 year Atlien...




July 24, 1997

I remember that day like it was yesterday.

It was the day that I loaded up all of my stuff on a moving truck and moved to Atlanta.

Twenty years have gone by fast. If you would have told me that I would be here for 20 years, I would have told you that you were crazy. I didn't plan to be here this long. Maybe I did...I just never thought about it.

I moved here 20 years ago today and didn't know one person in this city. I only knew my boy, JFresh, who rented a townhouse with me. JFresh and I have been friends since we were 6 years old. He had finished college and moved back to our hometown...Florence, SC. I had just graduated from South Carolina State University and I decided to move to Atlanta. At the time, I was young, energetic, ambitious, and ready to conquer the world. In this city, I found many people like me...young, gifted, and unapologetically black. I was a young bachelor with a pocket full of money. Life was beginning to start.

Life took off! I've had a successful career and I've grown as a person. More importantly, I've grown as a man. Little did I know that I would get married, buy a house, and have 3 incredible sons and 1 incredible daughter. I planted seeds here. Atlanta became home.

While I've grown up over these 20 years, I still appreciate the simple things that I love about this city...cruising down Peachtree Street with the windows down listening to hip hop (I do this at least once a week), stop by Fellini's pizza for a slice or 2, checking out the Hawks or Falcons games, a stroll through Lenox Mall to "people watch", a quiet dinner at Oceanaire, drinks at a few bars in Midtown and Atlantic Station, mad fun at Top Golf, or a solo visit to the Georgia Aquarium to check in on the animals (I love this place more than the kids do). This place has offered me alot. I've watched the city grow. I got here the summer after the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta. So much has changed. Then again...so have I.

I've realized that I've lived here longer than I have lived anywhere else in my life. It's weird...when I think about that...but it's true. I've flirted with the idea of living somewhere else...but I don't plan to leave. Atlanta is NOT the "home of the Atlanta Housewives". It is not the "home for Love & Hip Hop Atlanta". It's not the home for ratchet reality tv shows. It's the home of thousands of hard working people (like me) who make a living here and feel good about their city. It's funny to see this city have a firm grip on the hip hop industry. Twenty years ago, the hip hop scene was just starting to bubble with OutKast, Goodie MoB, and Ludacris.

When I moved here 20 years ago...

gas was 99 cents

I had a pager

nobody used this new thing called "the internet"

i had a kitchen table, a bed, and my tv sat on top of a box


Time flies. I've grown...as this city has grown. I have always felt at home here. This feels as much like home as does Florence or the campus of South Carolina State University.

This is home.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

PODCAST: Biggie & Tupac...



On this episode of the 12kyle Podcast, we take a look back at the life, death, and legacies of Biggie & Tupac...from a fan's perspective

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Friday, July 14, 2017

PODCAST: how to turn a woman off...



A friend of mine recently asked me about what he was doing to turn women off. I told him there are SEVERAL things that a man can do to turn a woman off. Here they are...how to turn a woman off

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Friday, July 7, 2017

PODCAST: Paid in Full...30 Years Later w/ @Tweetrhymeslife


On July 7, 1987 the greatest hip hop album of all time was released. Paid in Full, Eric B and Rakim's debut classic album, was soon widely regarded as the best hip hop album of all time. Listen to the latest episode of the 12Kyle Podcast as eclectik (@Tweetrhymeslife) stops by and as we discuss and break down this classic album. 

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Tuesday, July 4, 2017

PODCAST: 4:44 initial thoughts...with @Tweetrhymeslife




Listen to the latest episode of the 12Kyle Podcast as I sit down with my homie, eclectik (@Tweetrhymeslife) as we discuss our initial thoughts on listening to the new album from Jay Z, 4:44.

This is NOT an album review. This wasn't even supposed to be a podcast. We just got on this subject and it went from there.

Special guest appearance from my daughter, Skyler.

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Friday, June 30, 2017

PODCAST: The Boomerang Soundtrack...25 Years Later



On June 30th 1992, LaFace Records released one of the most popular and influential movie soundtracks of the 90s, The Boomerang Soundtrack. The album featured new music from Babyface, Toni Braxton, Johnny Gill, Boys II Men, A Tribe Called Quest, and many more. On this edition of the 12Kyle Podcast, we reflect and review this great album. The Boomerang Soundtrack...25 Years Later.

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Monday, June 26, 2017

summer vacation 2017





Two weeks ago, my whole family traveled to Hilton Head, SC to spend a week and bond as a family. It was an incredible week. I really can't put into words what it meant to spend time with my uncle, aunts, my mom, cousins, my brother, and our families. While we were there, I could feel the spirit of my grandmother, Gladys (Granny), who passed away when I was six years old. Her love, her spirit, and undying love for her family was flowing throughout our family. Spending time with your family is priceless. I thank God for my family. I am truly blessed.

During the week, I took a gazillion pictures! LOL. I posted a few on social media but they barely scratched the surface on what happened and what we did. We hung out together, ate, drank, played together, and shared stories. We truly enjoyed the company of each other. Here's a "few" of the gazillion pictures...




There was about 30 of us so we occupied the "compound" of the all 3 houses. Each house had like 7 bedrooms and could accommodate nearly 50 people. Urchin Manor...our home away from home. We also stayed here on a family vacation in 2012.



House 1



House 2




House 3





I took a few pictures in the house where I was. It's spacious and comfortable.





















The view from my second floor balcony






You look down and see the pool and jacuzzi to our house






The ocean was just 300 yards away









The view from my balcony to the house next door where my cousins were






Poolside fun


Deion and Skyler at the beach






Skyler, Brayden (my nephew), and me




Chillin and watching the NBA Finals game 5. The Warriors won the title





Skyler poses outside the Old Oyster Factory






Kameron is chillin...






I was on lifeguard duty










We also celebrated Deion's graduation...





My mom and Skyler


My mom and my Aunt Ruth


The fam...Kameron, Brandon, Sherice, Skyler, Deion, & me





my beautiful family





These four helped me make me the man that I am today. My aunts, Louise and Ruth...my uncle Don Don, and my mom. Also, my uncles Sonny & Ronnie who are no longer with us...but I carry them with me in my heart


My "little" cousin Lucky & his girlfriend Kate. My cousin Aja & her husband Andrew and their kids...Jamison & Kellen and Uncle Don Don. Not pictured...my other "little" cousin Donald who came the next day after we took these pictures. Also not pictured is my Aunt Maribel who left town the day that we took pictures.







Andrew, Aja, Jamison, and Kellen



Andrew, Aja, Jamison, Kellen, and their cousin Shawn


My Aunt Louise and her sons...Mike and Eric. Mike's girlfriend Sharon & Eric's wife, Angie


Aunt Louise and her grandkids...Mike's daughter Megan (2nd from left) and Eric's twin daughters, Kaitlyn & Laihlah and son, Arin






My brother, Damon, and his wife Johnya and their kids...Tyler, Brayden, and Taylor



The next generation...Deion is the oldest of this bunch. They will carry on our family legacy.






The second generation...Eric, Damon, Uncle Don Don, me, and Mike.







When we finished taking pictures, my uncle asked that we stand in a circle and hold hands as a family. He asked Mike to play Amazing Grace on the saxophone. He reminded us that we were standing not many miles south from where our ancestors had been brought to be slaves. He encouraged the younger ones to be the best they can be and to never forget where they came from. We are proud heritage of people. We are survivors. Greatness is within us. More importantly...WE ARE FAMILY.