Thursday, December 22, 2011

Saturn's Return

Like everyone else, the coming of a new year brings about a flurry of thoughts and emotions. Aging continually or dying slow, however you’d prefer to phrase the inevitable, can be haughting at the end of yet another year. That dark shadow lurking behind you, right over your shoulder like a monkey on your back. Amongst the depressing, is also the good, thankfully. The changing in a great way, achieving some goals, progressing to the next level, or just figuring things out. For most, when the positives out number the negatives the year has technically been a success. I’d argue it depends on the quality of those positives. Until recentely, in my opinion, my negatives have been most prominent. Don’t get me wrong, I completely understand that things could be worse, but hey, I’d like to believe I set high standards for myself. I never anticipated it would take untill my late 20s to finally begin to grasp who I am and ultimately who I want to be. It feels good though.

There’s an astrological theory referred to as Saturn’s Return that I’ve recently become familiar with. It’s a phenomenon described as influencing a person’s life development at 27 -30 year intervals. Which is around the time it takes for Saturn to complete an orbit (29.4 years). As wikipedia puts it: 

a person crosses over a major threshold and enters the next stage of life. With the first Saturn return, a person leaves youth behind and enters adulthood. With the second return, maturity. And with the third and usually final return, a person enters wise old age. These periods are estimated to occur at roughly the ages of 28-30, 56-60 and 84-90. A fourth return occurs for only a few people, at age 114-118.

This may explain the pressure that I, and some others, seem to be feeling now days to make either major moves or drastic changes. Neither of which is negative of course. I’m not necessarily giving this theory my official stamp of approval but it’s without a doubt interesting.

I assume the new emotions ill settle in to. The longing for a stable relationship, eagerness to start a family, and hope for a much more financially stuntin-on-other-people future, so to speak. In due time, right? Regardless, I anticipate greatness with this coming year. Tasks will become easier, goals will become more achievable, and ladies even more puddy in Ya boy’s hands. Moral of the story, stay positive, aggressive, and never settling for less. Bring on 2012. Good luck to you all.


Thursday, December 8, 2011

Who Said Hip Hop is Dead??

I thought I’d drop off another list of dope music. I’m going to avoid listing any albums that I listed in a previous post of mine, Music or lose it. I thoroughly contemplated adding Kendrick Lamar’s Section 80 again, because I love it that much, but didn’t. This isn’t an “Albums of the year” List, though quite a few of these are true contenders, especially the first album mentioned. This is just a list of some great LPs that I’m currently listening to. Also, check out my previous music post if you haven’t yet because those albums are also still in constant rotation. Enjoy.

                                                                  The Roots – Undun

They did it again. May I add, in a manner that exceeded my expectations. They are currently standing strong as my second favorite group of all time behind Outkast but are really making a run for that #1 spot, word to Luda. I compliment them on their excellent use of Bilal on this album, who is hands down my favorite singer right now. With all biases aside, this album is amazing. Though it won’t get the love it deserves like most Roots material, I think it will stand as one of the best albums of the year.

                                                             Childish Gambino – Camp

Childish Gambino is who most of you may know as Donald Glover from the sitcom Community. He’s the black guy. I heard him say in a few interviews that he rapped but definitely didn’t take him seriously. Well, the joke was on me. This actor is an emcee and this album is great. He’s rapping from a very unique perspective with an intense hunger that I can’t help but love. His success in comedy and acting is similar to that of drake’s. In fact, the two seem very much alike, in regards to career paths. You couldn’t tell by their music though, they are very different. Childish Gambino is much less braggadocious and not at all sing-y. Allow this to be the “put on” and go get the album.

                                                     Danger Mouse & Daniele Luppi – Rome
Danger Mouse consistently knows how to make me happy. In fact, he rarely lets me down. No matter who he’s working with. Whether it’s Cee-lo, The Rapture, Beck, Broken Bells, Gorillaz, The black Keys, and now Daniele luppi, he’s always the perfect addition to a great stew. Why doesn’t everyone want to do an album with Danger Mouse? A few years back I heard he was supposed to be doing an album with Roots Crew front man himself, Black Thought. The album was supposed to be called Dangerous Thoughts. I’m still masterbating to the thought of that coming out. Please guys, make that happen.

                                                                Evidence – Cats & Dogs

I don’t want to say that I was presently surprised by Evidence’s lastest opus, because I wasn’t. I knew it would be great. The beats, the rhymes, and the album itself is flawless in so many ways. It’s emcees like evidence, and his lack of commercial exposure that make me despise the puppeteers pulling the strings at these radio stations and cable networks. This guy should be a household name and this album is evidence, no pun intended, of that fact.

                                                    A$AP Rocky – Live.Love.A$AP (Mixtape)

I recently heard the great ?uestlove (obviously I love the roots) say that hip hop is all about movements. He said that to explain their entrance into the game, coming out with folks like Erykah, Common, Mos def, Kweli and others. I think we’re witnessing another movement now. Acts like Odd future and now “The A$AP crew” immediately come to mind when I think movement. They’re young, hungry, slightly disrespectful (not all), but definitely talented. ASAP Rocky’s Mixtape, is quite the breath of fresh air. ASAP Rocky’s Peso affected me in the same way that Tyler, the Creator’s Yonkers did. Both original and both also making me feel like hip hop could be going in the right direction.

                                                                   Danny Brown – XXX

This dude’s style is so great. He might be a little too much for some of you but I definitely recommend giving him a shot. Once you get pass his missing teeth, permed Mohawk, and skinny jeans you’ll realize that he’s quite the talent. “Die like a rock star” is officially my treadmill anthem. When that song comes on I immediately push the speed up to 9.0! Ok 6.5, you got me. I can’t think of one single artist that I could compare this guy to. He’s super original. And the album is Fire! 

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

The Misadventures of.....

I’d like to apologize to those who have been checking this blog to only have realized that I hadn’t posted anything new. I’m not one for excuses, I should have been blogging. Unfortunately, I let other (stupid) things, like work, moving, and limited time, get in the way. Though, I assure you that during my absence, getting back to writing was consistently on my mind. That thoroughly excites me. I’m witnessing my passion for "this writing thing" grow tremendously. Consistency is the goal.

My days of non-bloggingness weren’t completely consumed by work, my move, and just all around lack of time. I also treated myself to an evening (late night/morning) of, what in my opinion, is quite the therapeutic environment. The strip club! Where a brotha like me likes to go and Ball on a Budget. Or at least pretend to. Making it rain to me is watering my plants. At the strip club, I make it look like I’m going to make it rain. This is an effective method for getting some personal attention from the beautiful, and very talented, employees of the club. They’re such sweet girls. And it’s funny, they all seem to really like me *Forrest Gump Voice*… so I give them money. Go fig. All in all, it was a great time.

What really made this night special was what happen. The event that took place. For all that don’t know the strip club is magical place. I was told this in the past but brushed it off like it was nonsense. Well I’m here to vouch for that truth evidenced by my own revelation. I did what hundreds of time I was told not to do. I looked a stripper in the eyes. Directly. Direct eye contact!! This action was immediately followed by my being sucked into THE PORTAL OF ALL KNOWING. Yes folks, the portal of all knowing. For the first few seconds, i was placed onto an empty valley, where the grass was made of dollars and the trees were silver and shiny. While in this portal, I knew the answer to every question ever asked. So I contemplated the meaning of life… Why the word abbreviates is such a long word…. Why doesn’t glue stick to the inside of the bottle, and all sorts of life long questions needing answers. It was great. My skin appeared unblemished and I felt as though I took a shot of joy directly into my blood stream. Unfortunately this portion of the adventure didn’t last that long. Beyond the valley was the sadness of the stripper. The ever-so-slight looks of disgust in her eyes and thoughts of goals unaccomplished, undeodorized customers, and children waiting at home. It wasn’t a good place for me. I was then thrown out of the portal and awakened with a stripper on my lap and a tear in my eye. I wanted to take care of her forever. T-Pain is quite the Oracle! I indeed fell in love with a stripper…. So I gave her more money, she finished the lap dance and walked away. Go fig.

Women, Women, Women… How I love them so. 

I guess I’ll leave you with this. When asked for permission to set him up on a blind date, Hank Moody (David Duchovny's character in Californication) responded with the following quote:

“It’s my purgatory, really – dinner, drinks, whatever.  I’m never really all that interested, but I find myself telling her how beautiful she is anyway. ‘Cause it’s true, all women are, in one way or another. You know, there’s always something about every damn one of you, it’s a smile, a curve, a secret. You ladies really are the most amazing creatures, my life’s work. But then there’s the morning after, a hangover, and the realization that I’m not quite as available as I thought I was the night before. And then she’s gone, and I’m haunted by yet another road not taken.” –Hank Moody

I love that quote. I haven’t related to a quote as much as I do that one in a long time. I wish I wrote it. 

Moral of the story: Fellas, Tip well… especially if you get a dance from MY WOMAN!!!