Dare Iz A Darkside - Redman
De La Soul Is Dead - De La Soul
Songs In The Key of Life - Stevie Wonder
Love Alive 1 - Walter Hawkins
Resurrection - Common (Sense)
Mama's Gun - Erykah Badu
Amerikkka's Most Wanted - Ice Cube
It Takes A Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back - Public Enemy
Black Star - Mos Def and Talib Kweli
Benny Carter Meets Oscar Peterson - Benny Carter and Oscar Peterson
Song selection: 10
Old School Reinterpretation: 9
Tramaine-goes-off Song: 10
Get-down song: 10
Replay Value: 10
Congregation Participation: 10
Song selection: 8
Old School Reinterpretation: 10
Tramaine-goes-off Song: 10
Get-Down song: 10
Replay Value: 9
Congregation Participation: 9
I'll be what is known as a bandit You gotta hand it to me when you truly understand it Cause if you fail to see, read it in braile It'll still be funky -- so what's next is the flex of a genius, my rapid-stutter-steppin if you seen this dope, you hope that I don't really mean this But if played, made the grade a high-top fade Is not my trademark when I get loose in the dark You guess it was a test of a different style It's just another motherfucker on the pile Drivin your ass with the flow of your tongue You hung yourself short, the after-knowledge was brung to your attention, by the hardest motherfuckin artist that is know for lynchin any sucker in a minute Stagger 'em all When I start flowin like Niagara Falls Ice Cube is equipped to rip shit in a battle Move like a snake when I'm mad; and then my tail rattle I get low on the flow so let your kids know When I bust, parental discretion is a mustOr from the brother song, The Grand Finale, from The D.O.C.'s sublime No One Can Do It Better
Picture a nigga that's raw Amplify his ass and what you see is what's on Muthafuckas I slaughter, blow em out the water Word to me, fuck the father My medley is deadly as a pin in a handgrenade 5 seconds before you get played You can't throw me, I guess you'll blow up Ever see a sucker scatter, it'll make ya throw up Then I take advantage, you can't manage To get up, all you can do is sit up, I get lit up Hit up, Ice Cube tearing shit up Like a dude you can bet on Collide like a head on Collision, stutter steppin is an incision Of a nigga saying exactly what I vision Because I'm gone, you think I left you all But I stay in yo' ass like cholesterol When I blast some solid as alcatraz And if you escape, you better swim fast 'Cause I'll catch ya, physically and mentally And the capital punishment's the penalty Sit in the electric chair, grab a hold Pull the switch, yo' body twitch, your eyes explode Out your skull 'cause being dull on a flow Is an N-O, niggas didn't know that I can go Off and show off to throw off the law Turn, take 10 paces then draw What's left is a muthafucka dead in the alley Ice Cube is the shit on the grand finaleKool Moe Dee only gave cube an 80 on battle skills, but I beg to differ. Jheri Curl Cube was a MONSTER. Personally, I think Rakim was the best that ever did it, although I have to acknowledge that KRS-1 has a legitimate claim as well. And if Big Daddy Kane was not quite on the same tier as those two, he's only micrometers below. In any case, Jheri Curl Cube would give any of those dudes fits. The craziest part is that they were all at the top of their games in the same time period. These young cats try to tell me that '94 was the year, or '98 or somethin'...naw, dawg. '89 was the number. I'm not even gonna bring Chuck D into the discussion. For all Cube's work with NWA, it's when he broke camp and recorded solo that he became simply devestating. Amerikkka's Most Wanted was by almost all accounts an instant classic. I remember getting a letter from my friend that summer. He was like, "That's the hardest nigga I ever heard. I'd hate to run into him in an alley." But it wasn't just that. It was hard and funny and thought-provoking all at the same time. See, to tip my hand on the 2Pac argument, in addition to the elements I described before, a big part of Pac's reachability, of his "everyman-ness" was the fact that he wasn't an outsanding lyricist. He was approachable in that way. Cube, on the other hand, the average listener knew...there was no way they could ever get it like that.
A suburban Chicago man is in court today facing charges he raped a female dog, facing up to nine years in prison and $75,000 in fines if convicted. Joyner faces one to three years in prison and fines up to $25,000 if convicted on each of three charges. The dog, which suffered physical injury during the attack, is reportedly recovering in its owner's care.What I wanna know is, what was he on? I've seen guys leave the club with "dogs", but I've never seen one go into the kennel to pick her up.
Chicago in four years has brought together black and white, Asian and hispanic, male and female, the young, the old, the disabled, gays and lesbians, Moslems, Christians and Jews, business leaders and neighborhood activists, bankers and trade unionists--all have come together to mix and contend, to aruge and to reason, to confront our problems and not merely to contain them.
"I think this is really the end of an era of race and politics," said Angela Dillard, a history professor at New York University whose specialty is race and politics. "Something's shifting and changing, and people like Sharpton can't change with it, and something new and different is being created and it is about people like Obama." The old model of the black protest leader making demands no longer makes sense in an age tapped out and tired of race, Dillard said. But Obama can argue for policies virtually indistinguishable from Sharpton's in cooler, nonracial terms, while still affirming a message of racial identity and uplift implicit in his very being.Like I highlighted in the Q-Tip interview, it's as much about style as it is substance. I don't mean that in the superficial sense here. I mean that how a person comes across is just as important as what they bring. The book of Proverbs is full of admonitions about just that very thing. It's not just about race any more, it's about the complete package the candidate brings to the table. For all I know, Obama may be to the left of Al Sharpton. No matter what his ideology, I like the fact that he's not taking it to the old 1960's style technique. Now, I don't know what's being planned for the Republican convention, or who's gonna be speaking or what, but for some reason I don't suspect that a Black Republican candidate of the same "star" quality would get quite the same type of coverage. Invariably, there would be some mention of a difficulty reconciling Blackness and Republican-ness, like they're mutually exclusive. Maybe I'm being unnecessarily pessimistic about that. I doubt it, though. Thinking about the Black Republican politicians I have seen, they definitely did not follow the Dinosaur (read: NAACP) model, but they tended to be rejected out of hand because they didn't drink the Kool-Aid and vote Democratic. We'll see what happens.
Q: You hear two things all the time on the internet. One is that, whenever a rapper is up for a role in a movie, people get up in arms about that casting. The other is when someone, like Jadakiss, speaks out, people say “Why should I listen to a rapper?” Hip hop has been around over twenty years. Why is it not getting the respect that rock n’ roll got? Q-Tip: There’s a couple of reasons. I would be naïve to say that it had nothing to do with the fact that the rappers are African-American males and the majority of this country is white. If you can hear the music and not see the face, if you can just hear the message you can have empathy, but sometimes if you see the face it becomes a different thing. We all unfortunately have a bit of racism in us, I think the other part of is the things we endow ourselves with. Jay Z is quick to call himself a pimp. Tupac was quick to call himself a thug. L’il Kim is quick to call herself a bitch. When you start saying these things about yourself that are clearly negative, it’s going to be like a magnet. You attract those things to you. You’re going to bring all that commentary to you and what you do. Being that those images are probably the most prevalent in the form – the hustler, the pimp – it’s going to bring all the commentary. What’s going to happen is that when cats don’t get to first base, they’re going to be disgruntled. “Why is motherfuckers hatin’ on us? Knowhuyahmean? You just lucky I ain’t out robbin’ you all.” I speak on that because I’m from the same situation. I grew up right in it, watching my uncle and them squeeze off and mainline and shit, seeing hypodermic needles and hearing gunshots. I grew up in the same New York City that a lot of us did, but I just knew that I was better than all of that. I didn’t want to project any of that. I think that those things are relevant, and they are important, but there’s a tact, and there’s a creative way that you approach it. He's dead right. I think there's definitely a degree to which these personae that rappers have taken on have severely limited their ability to effectively speak on certain issues. Right now I'm thinking specifically of when Jay-Z couldn't move into that apartment building because the other residents were concerned about what might happen. On the one hand, that reaction is foul. At that time, and probably even moreso now, Jigga could probably buy the building if it came down to it. Nevertheless, it's his own fault. If Q-Tip had had that type of money, I don't think there would have been as big a problem (although there may have been. Who knows?) because he has never projected that hustler/pimp image. And the truth is, Jigga may not even have that much going on in his life; certainly he did at one time, but this is Jigga we're talking about, not Beanie. I'm thinking that Hov is smarter than that. The thing is, it's not just about the substance, it's about the presentation. (This is partially the appeal of Obama. I'll get to him a little later.)
Those may certainly represent some major components of the situation, but I think there is a more pressing aspect. "I think it's kind of appealing for girls who don't see a lot of positive future options," she said. Young, black women need more opportunities, Davies said.Researchers didn't look at why the girls wanted to get pregnant, but past studies have suggested that young women sought babies so someone would love them or so they would have someone to love. Studies also have suggested that young women wanted children to heal scars from their own childhood or to be independent of their families.
I did some research on teen pregnancy when I was in undergrad and I came to a similar conclusion. People who can't see the future get caught up in the present. The pregnancy rates among girls who had solid plans for the future were significantly lower, as was the age of first intercourse. Obviously, anybody who's active can get pregnant, and sometimes it happens to the girls who have the most to lose, but more often than not, the girls who are already struggling to see tomorrow wind up with babies today. I think lack of vision is clearly the culprit here, because not only do the girls fail to see the benefits of forestalling their activity, they fail to see the consequences of having a baby. Like Common said, "Young girls with weak minds, but they butt strong." So what's the solution? Yeah, abstinence training should be an integral part of whatever is being done, but that has to be done within a context. You can't just tell a kid "Don't." and expect that to be it. No matter what a given person's reason for not-doing anything is, it's based in the future. If a person is celibate for Jesus, that celibacy is based on something beyond the present. It's not just being celibate for the sake of being celibate. The sooner we realize that, the better. We can't just go in there talking about, "You shouldn't be active because you shouldn't." Well we could, but we'd be getting the same results we are now. I think this is another example of the type of opportunities I was talking about the other day. A large abstinence program...while it may be effective, does not have quite the same impact as a person speaking to a person, woman-to-girl (preferably) and not so much stressing the act of abstinence as the benefits of it; really, not even stressing abstinence so much as stressing the limitless possibilities that can be realized with patience and the willingness to delay certain gratifications. But it's more than that. The point is not just to go somewhere and talk, but to be able to model it; not necessarily model abstinence, but model the possibilities of a future worth waiting for.
To begin, California is banning soda in middle or junior high schools during regular school hours. They also require that elementary schools serve only water, milk, and juice drinks that are at least half fruit juice with no sweeteners. Sure, sugar isn't healthy in large quantities, but shouldn't parents and school cafeterias be allowed to make those decisions themselvesThe problem is not that the California legislature is taking pop machines out of the school, it's that they never should have let them in there in the first place. Take my word for it, I know that under-funded (or perhaps properly funded but inefficiently managed) school districts need all the money they can get their hands on, but selling sugar water to kids who are already likely to have poor dietary habits is not the way to do it. Some kinds of legislation really are intrusive and really do constitute governmental micromanaging of the citizens' lives. At the same time, certain things just ought not be, whether the market will allow it or not. However… If we take the argument made in this article out to its extreme, it goes to a very libertarian stance. In fact, the author praises the state of Ohio and the Comonwealth of Virginia (she could've added Pennsylvania too) for allowing liquor to be sold on Sundays. But what I want to know is, why stop there? And I'm not being facetious here, these are just things I would really like to know: Exactly why is marijuana illegal? When get back home, I'm gonna run back through the book, Reefer Madness and highlight some points on the timeline that got us to where we are today. Yes, it's an intoxicant and a carcinogen, but since when have those factors alone been grounds for illegality? Hard drugs are one thing, marijuana is another. And let's not get into the question over the legality of hemp. Like I said, I'll make a note of this one so I can pay some attention to it when I get back. Exactly why is prostitution illegal? Illegal and immoral are two different things. And again, I'm not talking about whether people should go to prostitutes, or what the potential damage to the family structure is or whatever, because that's a bogus argument anyway. I don't have any hard numbers in front of me, but I'm sure there are more "homewreckers" who give it away free than there are who charge for their services. All that to say, if anybody wants to answer, keep it on point: why is it legal for John to buy Trixie dinner and then go somewhere and do the grown-up, but illegal for him to give her the same amount of money and skip the dinner? And for that matter, why is it illegal for Goldie to take the money from Trixie after she gets it from John? I just wanna know. Can anybody help me? **** Training camp starts in a week. I've already talked to one friend, who's a Redskins fan, who thinks the Skins are gonna go 10-6. I'm don't know about all that, but I do know that the NFC East is going to be a tough conference this year. I don't know what it would take for me to get excited about the Eagles again this year (probably watching two wins), but I'm not gonna let them break my heart again. It ain't gonna go like it did last year…or the year before that. (I'm talking all this stuff now, but watch around November, when they're 8-2 or whatever. I'm gonna be geeked up just like it was January 2002 and none of those NFC Championship losses had never happened.) Speaking of football, Madden 2005 comes out on August 12th. Look out.
Rapist – n. a male who possess a broad sexual appeal to women who have a weaknessess for misogynistic losers "Yo, dude, I caught Snoop Dog’s concert last night. Man, that guy is the biggest rapist in the game! Stalker n. – term used to denote a person who often associates with celebrities. Busted for public lewdness– caught associating with famous Democratic celebrities such as Barbara Streisand or Whoopi Goldberg. "Did you hear about the head of MTV’s programming? I read in People magazine that stalker was busted for public lewdness."This is interesting, but I think a pimp is different from those other characters in some substantial ways. Now, what follows is not a veneration of pimps, nor is it a justification for what they do. It's just an analysis of why "pimp" has taken the linguistic turn that it has, and why other sexual predator terms cannot. [autobiographical] For about 3 weeks when I was in 11th grade, I actually thought I wanted to be a pimp. Not for any malicious reasons, but just because I wondered what it must be like to have that much game. What in the world could you possibly say that would make a woman have sex and then give YOU the money? The whole prospect of that was just mind-boggling to me, especially since I had ZERO game in high school. That ended when my fool behind actually TOLD MY MOTHER. [/autobiographical] The biggest difference between the pimp and other sexual predators, the main element that allows the pimp to be viewed as an anti-hero is the thing that fascinated me: a pimp cannot be a pimp if he has no game. For the uninitiated, game is simply the ability to get somebody to do what you want them to do, primarily through persuasive means. It usually includes some measure of deception, but that's not necessarily the case. Don't get caught up on the deception, because that's not the point. The fact that a man lies to a woman or uses circumlocution doesn't make him a pimp. Game is part message, but just as much delivery. It's not what he says, it's how he says it. Even when the pimp says things that make no sense in the real world, it sounds fly. "I told the ho you better get in where you fit in before you get a check-up from the neck up." No real substance there, and both of those phrases are pretty much clichés now, but when the first pimp spat that line, it was literally unheard of. In a way, the inverse of the pimp is the preacher. Not the degreed, college educated, lecturing-type minister. He may deliver the Word, but he ain't no preacher. It's not just what's being said, it's the style in which it's being delivered. In the Black church tradition, there are certain stylistic elements that go along with delivering a sermon. Furthermore, there is a school of thought which disdains the use of prepared notes, preferring that the minister "freesermon" to borrow a phrase I've seen elsewhere. The preacher who can freesermon (rapping off the top of the head (coherently, for an extended period of time. Making up a three-line cat-hat-mat rhyme does not qualify) is called freestyling, so the preacher is freestyling a sermon.) is the flip side of a pimp in the verbal sense. (There are probably some other elements I could go into, but I'm not trying to write a dissertation here, just make a couple points.) The other thing that a pimp has to have is style. Actually, game would probably come under the heading of having style, but I've heard of pimps who wear t-shirts and baseball caps. They don't have style, but they have game. Anyway, style. No pimping with out style. Now saying that a pimp has style does not necessarily mean that I think what he's doing is stylish, but it is an acknowledgement that there is a degree of preparation and flair that a "square" does not put into his clothing choices. For instance, just about everybody has a mental image of what a pimp's outfit would look like. Whether it's fashionable or not, it's ostentatious. That's the point. In the animal kingdom, the male is always more adorned than females. Think peacocks. The whole point for the pimp is to "get chose," or have a ho decide that she's going to give him her money. The more prosperous the pimp, the better his chances of getting "chose." So even in the parody I'm Gonna Get You Sucka, when Fly Guy came out of jail with the stacks with goldfish in the heels, the point was that at one point, he was at the top of the pile. Goldfish in his shoes? Are you kidding? That's big pimpin', baby. But a pimp's clothing style was only penultimate. The real deal was his ride. It wasn't enough for a pimp to have an expensive car, he had to have it tricked out something fierce. Again, think of the stereotypes: ain't no pimp driving a hooptie. That "diamond in the back, sunroof top…" that's a pimp-mobile, baby. So when MTV talks calls their show "Pimp My Ride," they mean "take my car and floss it out like a pimp would do his Caddy." Like I said at the beginning, I'm not trying to make pimping legitimate in any way, shape, or form, but I do think that in order to look at the ways the use of the word "pimp" has changed, it's necessary to understand the elements of game and style. In all honesty, I think much of the use of the term has actually gotten it twisted. Some people think that a person is pimping if he's successfully (?) juggling several women. In that respect, they're using it to signify having a degree of "control" over women. But like a good friend of mine broke it down for me, "You ain't pimpin unless you gettin paid." So in one sense, most of the people talkin' about pimpin' ain't doin' it. .
When people talk about soul music, they only talk about gospel and R&B coming together. That's accurate about a lot of soul, but if you are going to talk about mine, you have to remember the jazz in it. That's what made my music so different and allowed it to change and grow."He's right. There's a tendency treat jazz and R&B/soul as separate entities, like they had no influence on each other, but that's oh-so not the case. Especially considering the background of James' musicians. Not just James, though, the influence of jazz was everywhere in Soul music. Like I said, I'll be getting into that in more detail a little later on, though. Once, a reader asked me what happened to the Funk, or something like that. When I scratch this up, hopefully I'll be able to answer that fully and see whether Funk as we know it is on its death bed.
I know that everyone would like to believe in the American dream, that if we work hard we can overcome our conditions, no matter how low on the totem pole we start out. But I've been at the bottom and I just want to go on record to say it's just not that easy. At one point in my life, I was once what some people might have and probably did classify as a welfare queen. I know just how hard it is to pull yourself out of that station, and the so-called "assistance" measures that are in place were at times more a hindrance than help. The welfare system as it stands today is full of reverse incentives — most notably the fact that you are generally penalized for trying to save money — and provides little or no help to families transitioning out of poverty. It can feel very much like a trap because there is really no legitimate way to get out of it unscathed and with money in the bank.What? Easy and possible are not mutually exclusive. I think that's the whole problem, people think that it's supposed to be easy to move up. The American dream is not that "everybody will" it's that "anybody can." There's a big difference between the two. But here's the clincher:
For people like me and Bill Cosby and the millionaire athletes he accuses of being illiterate, we were able to escape poverty because we have gifts that not everyone has. For me, though I am far from the millionaire bracket (for now) my writing career enabled me to quadruple my income in five years time, but for most people, that just doesn't happen. People like Cosby and pro athletes have exceptional talents that in addition to hard work got them out of the projects. In reality, it oversimplifies the matter to think that a strong work ethic is enough to get anyone out of poverty, especially when "the system" does so much to keep you there. This is not the assessment of an uber-liberal black who wants desperately to blame white people for my or anyone else's problems — I'm speaking from experience here. No matter what color you are, it works the same. Just try and save money for Shaniqua or little Bill to go to college — you'll lose your childcare voucher and your rent will go up, and you'll be right back at square one, jack.Now, I'll be the first one to admit that childcare can confound any attempts to make forward progress, but let's keep it real. First, that's a result of an active choice. Some choices just make it harder to make the right decision later on. That's life. Ain't no good times without scratchin' and survivin'. My bigger problem is the elitist attitude that masquerades itself as being one of the people. If I'm everybody and everybody is me, then the only differences between where I am and where they are are 1) the grace of God and 2) the choices I've made. I've always believed that I'm no different than the average person. I'm not in some special category that makes me exempt from the things that every other brother goes through. I've made choices that have kept me out of some situatuations and gotten me into some other ones, but that's about it. Anybody else has the same opportunities that I have. The way I see it, it's not elitist to say, "I did somethin' with what I have, now you do somethin' with yours." That's keeping it real and demanding responsibility from a person. In the biblical parable, the dude with the one talent didn't get absolved because he only had one talent. He was supposed to do something with the one talent he had. Nowadays, we come off like, "Of course he couldn't do anything. He only had one talent." Wrong. What's elitist is to say, "I came out of those circumstances, but I'm different. The rest of 'em can't do what I did." What we need to be saying is, "I made it out and you can too. Here's how." Maybe at some point I'll talk extensively about how liberal types have made the poor a different kind of "untouchable" and what that really suggests.
Church leaders have gotten into the act, as well. In the presence of Kurtis Blow, one of rap's founding fathers, Suffragan Bishop Catherine Roskam concluded the mass July 2 by encouraging "all my homies and peeps" to "keep your head up, holla back, and go forth and tell it like it is."I'm not sure how I want to react. Part of me wants to bust out laughing. Part of it is just that I'm not used to hearing that construction in that context. Forget whether it's valid or not, I'm just not used to it. I have to concede that. At the same time, do we really need to take it there? Personally, I think it would be one thing if there was a groundswell movement by Christian hip-hoppers who started their own congregations and held services like these. While I would still have my qualms about it, at least it would be legitimate effluence and not a gimmick. Yeah, the apostle Paul mentioned becoming all things to all people, but Jesus don't need no gimmicks. What makes it gimmicky is not the hip-hop element, however, it's that the people in charge don't even have the hip-hop cadence down. When Jesus met the apostles, he spoke to them in terms they were familiar with and could understand. I'm thinking that he was probably not unfamilar with those terms himself, though. With my background in funk, soul, and hip-hop, I'm probably not the best one to start some type of heavy metal outreach ministry. I don't know the lingo, I don't have a rubric for evaluating what's good, and I don't know what's popular. Hip-hop has the (dis)advantage of being very accessible. Because most people think it's all about rhyming couplets with a stress on the last word, as popularized by Melle Melle in the early 80's, just about everybody thinks they can rap. Because it's the number one genre worldwide in terms of sales and media attention, everybody has contact with it, and many people think they really know something about it. Hence, we get all these commentators who wouldn't know Rakim from Radio Raheem, talking about hip-hop this and hip-hop that, as if that little smidgen they know represents the sum total of what hip-hop is about. Unless a person deals with it and understands it at more than a cursory 'I-saw-it-on-the-idiot-box' level, they probably shouldn't fool with it, either to critique it as a whole or to try to use it as a tool. Take some time, learn about it, understand the lingo, get some historical perspective, then start trying to deal with it. All that to say I don't think it's necessarily a bad idea to use hip-hop as a tool in spreading the gospel, but I think it's probably better left to people who have already built up their dexterity.
Historically, the black church hasn't been too keen on dealing with HIV/AIDS or issues of sexuality, particularly homosexuality. But look at the statistics: In Chicago, 15,900 people have the disease, with African-Americans making up 56 percent of the total; nationally blacks make up 12 percent of the population but account for more than half of all new HIV infections.I don't think it's that the church has been reluctant to deal with issues of sexuality - especially homosexuality - I think it's that the church has been reluctant to accept homosexuality. There's a difference. It's the church. It's not the NAACP. I have been ragging on the NAACP for two days, so let me say this right here: I don't think the NAACP as an organization is unnecessary, but I do think it has lost its way. The NAACP should be the social institution that people keep trying to make out of the church. The church, as a biblically-based instituion, has no business endorsing homosexuality. That's simply inconsistent with what the church is founded on. (Now, if some alternative church-type organization arises and tries to claim that the mainstream denominations are misinterpreting the Bible or whatever, then that's on them. That's between them and the Lord.) The church doesn't have any business accepting homosexuality, explicitly or implicitly, any more than it does accepting heterosexual fornication or murder or anything else on the list in Rom. 1:29-31. The 2ACP, on the other hand, has none of those restrictions. That's where people of varying sexual orientations and political persuasions and whatever other differences there might be should be able to debate and hash out ideas and ideals and work out a social vision and a plan for getting there. The NAACP should be the place for ecumenical conversations. Not the church. Now, I'm not saying that the church should act as if HIV/AIDS don't exist. Christians are supposed to visit the sick and care for the needy. That's our job. Conservative, liberal, apolitical, or anywhere in between, the fact that you're not fornicating is moot if you can walk around and act like you don't give a ...um... like you don't care about the sick and the poor and the hungry. Like the old song says, "everybody talkin bout Heaven ain't goin." What's more, that statement is probably more self-reflexive than most people realize. So again, the church has a responsibility to stand in the gap for people with HIV/AIDS. They just shouldn't neglect their spiritual foundation to do so. The church mentioned in Turner-Trice's article, Trinity United Church of Christ, seems to do that. "They focus on abstinence, but they also talk about healthy sexual behavior," she writes. That's a pretty muted description, but I'm guessing that it would sound a lot like this description of the AIDS prevention program at work in Uganda (thanks La Shawn)
The Ugandan leader credited with slashing HIV rates in his country insisted Monday that condoms are not the ultimate solution to fighting the AIDS scourge, saying abstinence and loving relationships in marriage are even more crucial.Now that's how it should be done.
Teacher: Now when you rhyme, you hafta say that you smoke blunts. *underlines on chalkboard* Also you hafta mention that you drink 40's. You hafta mention that you carry a 9 millimeter, a tec-9, a mac 10, a M16, or an Uzi. *underlines on chalkboard* Does anybody have any questions? Student: Excuse me, but I don't have a gun. Teacher: It's not IMPORTANT if you have a gun or not. Just ACT LIKE you have a gun.That's followed by the title song, which is in two parts. First is a parody of a gangsta act which features two MCs, MC Negro and the Ig'nant MC. Following that comes Ace, literally setting the record straight and mapping out the focus of the album. One of the strongest element's of Ace's skills is his ability to really paint a picture of what's going on in a neighborhood. Not that ludicrous Ludacris/Nelly/NWA reality where everybody's either shooting somebody or getting some at every moment of the day, but in the Village Ghetto Land sense of describing what's there. This, from Late Model Sedan:
Cause my man Shiloh, is out on the prowl With some East Medina, brothers that's foul Lookin to protect, the streets that our mothers Have to walk on, from black young brothers It's bad enough, that if I walk through a white Neighborhood, that, I gotta be prepared for a fight Why should I be scared of the dark Skin on a brother that be lurkin in the park I oughta be safe in a black neighborhood But someone's always up to no good Niggaz ain't never gonna make no progress Killin one another, but you know I guess I'm feelin thirsty, I'm goin to the store If anybody calls, I went to the store!Oh. And somebody should spit this to Kweisi while he's trying to get at Black conservatives:
As I walk through Brooklyn, Compton or whatever, I wonder why black folks don't wanna stick together. We talk about justice, and how little we get, yet black men be killin' black men for talkin' shit... (right...right...) (";Here's the one, that one that always talkin' shit...";) [gun shots] How the hell we supposed to wage war against the powers that be when we are still our own worst enemy?Instead of worrying about the laws going back to 1963, how about trying to get the murder rate and out-of-wedlock birth rate to where they were in 1963?