Tuesday, June 21, 2011

The Old Me is Better than the New Me...

That line was echoed from Drake on his groundbreaking mixtape, "So Far Gone". I believe the facetiousness of that line was to say, he hoped people wouldn't change on him as fame continued to claim him.

Well I'm calling Aubrey out. We didn't change, but you sure did! I somewhat gave him a pass on Thank Me Later, because it's his first album. Now, new tracks are leaking and it's all this 40-produced, melancholy, EMO, girl-why-can't-I-trust-you bullshit! Now let me be honest, Drake was asking that question on his mixtapes, but he did it with (forgive me for using this over-used word) swag! He had a hunger, a killer instinct on a track. He was a rapper, not this constantly emotional lava lounge singer he's turning into now!

I feel like he's turned into the "Can't Buy Me Love" dude, where he's the geek that gets a peek into the cool kids world, but now he can't handle it. He can't keep up the act. If all of those glorious mixtapes were an act, then he's a better actor than I gave him credit for. The best 16 he's done since So Far Gone, were the bars he laid on Kanye's "All of the Lights Remix"! Next thing I know, pictures of he and Rihanna kicking it in T Dot are popping up all over the place, and I realized that Drake is still at that age where he is attracted to destructive chicks. I like Rihanna's style, but it's no secret she's a maneater! Thus, we get songs like "Marvin's Room," and "Trust Issue's". How funny both have to do with the desperation of getting over/past the demons of a woman. He better take a page out of Chris Brown's book (Umm, not the violent one), and chuck up the deuces!

This is a slippery slope for me. I like that he doesn't come off completely misogynistic and whorish like most rappers. Yet, at the same time, he doesn't have to play the crying game either. He needs to find a happy medium. Balance. Hip-hop is already on shaky ground. Too many garbage rappers, with these okey doke, stereotypical raps. I feel like when Drake came along, people put hope in him that he would change the tide. However, there is still a lot of bad music out there, I just don't want him to be a contributor to it.

Listen to Trust Issues here.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

And the Winner Is...

So, unless you've been living under a rock, you now know that the Dallas Mavericks are the NBA Champions!

I will be honest. I think it was about a month before the season ended, Dallas went on like a six or seven game win-streak. Jason Terry was interviewed after the game and he boldly predicted on television that the Mavericks were going all the way to the Finals and were going to win.

I sat up on the couch and laughed out loud. "Look at this clown!" I quipped. There was no way at "that time" did I think the Mavs had a snowball's chance in hell of going to the Finals, let alone winning it. Yet, like a carefully crafted script, they swept the Lakers, then beat the Thunder and Texas two-stepped their way into the Finals against the Miami Heat, the team that kept them from hoisting the trophy five years earlier.

I still didn't believe. Five years ago, I watched in disappointment as Dallas gave away that Finals series to a Heat team with an over-achieving Wade and an ailing Shaq. But key players, this time, stepped up, effectively shutting down at least one of the Big Three all of the time. They earned it! And, they are the champions! While, this summer will surely be focused on LeBron James' surprising absence in the Finals. How he was missing in action everytime his team really needed him, Dallas will quietly celebrate being number one. Until next season...

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Did Weiner Cheat?

Representative Anthony Weiner (D)-NY, finally admitted to twitpic'ing pictures of his..."weiner"! Now personally, I could care less. He's actually one of the good congressmen in Congress, but clearly he had a lapse in judgment.

Twitter was in a frenzy yesterday when the news broke and he gave his tearful apology in a press conference. Did he steal money? No. Did he lie about important legislation? No. Did he send the pictures to an intern or secretary in his office? No. So, for those reasons, I don't think he should resign. He said as much in the presser.

However, he also said, that he and his wife would work through this, and would not be separating in any way. So, I ask, did he cheat?

This is a sticky situation because he never met any of the recipients, he just sexted, sent pictures and talked a lot of proverbial lascivious shit over the Intraweb. I ask this question almost rhetorically, because I'm not married, so it would be easy for me to say, oh she'll be upset for a little while, but they can definitely get past it. Yet, when I take a moment and think about it. He broke his wife's trust. Now, if he's working late, or is up on the computer all night, she probably won't be able to help but wonder if he's being inappropriate. A lot of men came to his defense, claimed it was harmless. Then Weiner admitted today, to there being at least 7 different women he communicated with, and shared pictures with. Is that worse? Better?

From a personal standpoint, I think it's safe to ask yourself how you would feel if the shoe was on the other foot, in situations like this. If the story that broke had been that his wife was sending pictures of herself nude to different men on the Intraweb, she would have been called a "scarlet", and "hussy", "jezebel" and everything under the sun. No question, her faithfulness would be questioned. Even still the question remains, did she cheat?

I don't know if cheat is the right word, but there is a definite betrayal of some kind here. I imagine when you're married, the last thing you want is for your spouse to start intimiate, sexual conversations with another person, even if it is over the computer.

My Song for Summer 2011!

So, this little gem popped up on my Twitter early this morning, and I have to say, I was feeling it immediately! This jawn, appropriately titled, "Party," features Beyonce', Andre 3000 and Kanye. It was produced by Ye and Consequence, and it has that late 90's R&B, hip-hop feel to it.

Check it out here!

Monday, June 6, 2011

Rihanna Should be Saying: "Woman Down"

When Rihanna first blew up, three years ago with the success of Umbrella-ella-ella-eh! I told my friends then, "$10 bucks, Rihanna pulls a Lindsay Lohan before it's all said and done." Now my friends tried to play the role and pretend I was talking about drug and alcohol abuse. I was more specific. I said then, and I'm saying it now, Rihanna wants a girlfriend. She was to bump bodies with a chick for at least a little while, and she wants to do it openly.

So, on a recent concert stop, she pulls a fan out of the audience for a lap dance (isn't everyone doing that these days) and lo and behold, it's a girl. Now, I am sure, all of the straight men who purchased tickets to her concert, felt a bit slighted having to watch her slow wind all over another girl. Again, like I always say, "when people show you and tell you who they are - BELIEVE THEM!"

Sidenote: I love how she didn't take a chance and pull a sista up there. She already knows, white girls love to have lezzie moments.

Thursday, June 2, 2011

So Long Shaq!

So yesterday, Shaquille O'Neal decided to retire. Insert applause. Now, I don't want to sound like a hater, because I am not. I have enjoyed Shaq through the years, but I feel that people base their opinions of him as a player on his off-the-court antics. Is Shaq funny? Without a doubt. He seems like the type of guy you want to party with at XS Nightclub in Las Vegas.

However, his work ethic on the court has absolutely befuddled me through the years, and all of these so-called experts crowning him the "most dominant center EVER"??? FOH! Sorry to burst their collective bubble, but in my Stephen A. Smith voice, "you gotta be kidding me!" Shaq is defiitely intimidating on the court. Bar none, there has been no one else in the league that stands 7'1", 350+ pounds. His sheer size will intimidate the average 6'4", 200 lb. player. However, to say he was the greatest, as I read in numerous tweets. Or to say he was the most dominant is just reaching.

When Shaq entered the league his rookie season, he was picked 1st in the 1992 draft by the expansion team, the Orlando Magic. Together with Penny Hardaway, Nick Anderson and Dennis Scott, they went all the way to the NBA Finals in the 94-95' season, but lost to the Houston Rockets. The following year, they were swept by the Bulls in the Eastern Conference Finals. That same year, Shaq became a free agent, and his team stepped up to the plate and offered him $115 MIL out the gate. However, Shaq did not accept this deal right away. He instead went on to play with the second dream team to a gold medal in the summer Olympics in Atlanta. I knew then that he was going to jump ship. He instead went to the bright lights of Los Angeles and $6 million more. At that moment, Shaq told the world who he was. He was a funny, easygoing big guy, who preferred fame, money and the spotlight over basketball. No one wanted to believe this, but it was true then, and it is true now. Shaq's time in L.A. proved to be exactly what I expected. We saw him in movies (Kazam), music videos (Fu Schnickens), and a sleugth of commercials and ads. He was steadily becoming the most marketable guy in the league. Almost! Jordan was still playing, and winning. By the time Jordan retired after the '97-'98 season. Shaq had taken that title. However, it was the bru ha ha on the court that got my attention.

At this time, I was NOT a fan of Kobe Bryant. He was young, arrogant and a loner, which doesn't quite fit in a team sport such as basketball. It seemed like the more fans and the media hated Kobe, the more they loved Shaq. We watched Shaq's waistline balloon, his conceited antics (him calling himself Superman and the greatest) grow, and we also began to watch these two personalities/egos clash with their coach Phil Jackson. Kobe took almost sole blame for this and was deemed the villain. By the '03-'04 season, the Lakers had won three titles in a row and barring injuries were looking to get a fourth title. However, the addition of Malone and Payton, not to mention the declining relationship with Kobe and Phil proved to be too much. The Lakers lost to the Pistons in the Finals. Kobe was coming off a rape charge and a fledgling endorsement career, and rumors that Phil Jackson was going to retire blew up. That off-season, Kobe became a free agent and the media hounded him about his return. Kobe said he would come back if: Phil returned, the Lakers brought in more people to build the team back up, and Shaq got his fat-ass into shape. I laughed about that statement for weeks. For the first time, I held a little admiration for Kobe. He didn't say he would return if they offered him $200 MIL! No, his concern was strictly about the direction of the team and the organization! You have to respect that. I knew. Shaq was leaving.

Shaq took his talents to South Beach for another $100 MIL + contract. He guaranteed that HE would bring a championship to Miami, and they held a parade for him. Shaq liked to party and was rich just like them, so he fit right in. Meanwhile, when the season began, he sat on the sidelines for inordinate amount of times with thumb and toe injuries while we watched Dwayne Wade kill himself to keep Miami in the running. As luck would have it, they played the Dallas "choke in the post-season" Mavericks in the Finals, and again, thanks to Wade, they won. However, Shaq took ALL OF THE CREDIT! The city of Miami gave Shaq a day, he was given the key to the city, and even became a police officer, seen chasing purse snatchers down the street. The following two seasons the team fell apart. Wade having killed himself to win that title almost singlehandedly, his body went down on him. Next thing you knew, they were being swept by the Baby Bulls in the first round of the playoffs. Where was the great Shaq then? Wade was barely 60% and desperately needed someone else to step up, Shaq was nowhere to be found. It was almost a repeat of the situation he had with Kobe, except Wade brooded silently.

Once again, questions loomed on other players. The Heat having picked up a declining but at times, reliable Antoine Walker, he took the blame for Shaq and it eventually cost him his job. I knew at the preseason presser when Riley went completely batshit about players coming back out of shape, that Shaq was leaving. The media railed on Walker, but no one was more out of shape than Shaq. He spent the start of the season, healing from yet another injury, getting back into shape and looking at what other team he wanted to go to. He ended up in Phoenix. After a few months, the Suns started picking up W's. Again, the media credited Shaq, then when they started losing and eventually fell apart in the playoffs to the Lakers no less, they blamed Amar'e Stoudemire. By the following season, it became harder to do that when teams who strengthened themselves in the middle were killing the Suns. No one wanted to say that Shaq looked slow, and out of sync, but it was bound to happen, not just because he'd gotten older. Hell, he was playing with Steve Nash! No Shaq looked bad because years of bad habits and a lazy work ethic were catching up to him. Showing up season after season out of shape, and having to try to push your body to get back into shape at the beginning of every season, which always leads to injuries, had caught up with Shaq.

By the summer of 2010 when everyone was focused on LeBron James and where he was going, Shaq was still requesting big money from teams. Realization hit when the preseason had begun and Shaq still didn't have a team. He settled for a lesser role with the Boston Celtics, but spent almost the entire season trying to rehab his body and get into shape. It was clear that his time had passed. My grandmother always says, time waits for no man. Shaq has had a career most players could only dream of. He has made an insane amount of money on and off the court. But I cannot and will not jump on the bandwagon and claim he is the greatest, because it's just not true. He never stuck with a team when they were down and then worked his way back up. Without a Robin, he never had a chance to be Batman, and anytime he won, he ALWAYS had a Robin! He was not as versatile, savvy or as quick as Hakeem Olajuwon, or as constant as a Bill Russell. He will be mentioned, he just isn't the greatest! So, farewell Shaq! It was fun and entertaining to watch!

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Flashback! 90's Edition!

So this song right here used to be my getting ready to go out song. It's a real laid back R&B midtempo, and sometimes I am in the mood to just zone out to this with a glass of wine. However, it's best in the car on your way to an event!


Foot Fetish! - Spring/Summer 2011 Edition

This season, the color is definitely NUDE! I couldn't be happier with the warm color because it basically goes with everything. You can get away with wearing nude heels with a little black dress. I've noticed many starlets wearing them with denim, bold colors and prints. Here are a few that turned my head this season thus far!