IMO: Choosing Leaders

Maaaaan I watched live as Trump went off the rails today. I was just gonna tune into MSNBC when I realized my regularly scheduled program had been interrupted by “You Know Who”.  I just wish I had some popcorn. I don’t work in politics but DAMN SON! Even I know not to say THAT. I assume you’ve seen it.  ANYway I was on twitter watching the “shock and awe” when I came across this tweet from Joy Reid, its a quote from Octavia Butler.  After watching 45 last week and this week I think it”s so appropriate.

“Choose your leaders with wisdom and forethought.
To be led by a coward is to be controlled by all that the coward fears.
To be led by a fool is to be led by the opportunists who control the fool.
To be led by a thief is to offer up your most precious treasures to be stolen.
To be led by a liar is to ask to be told lies.
To be led by a tyrant is to sell yourself and those you love into slavery.”

― Octavia E. Butler, Parable of the Talents

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We’re Baaaaaaaaaack

Once again back it’s the incredible-
-Public Enemy

November 8, 2008, a truly historic date in the United States. The first African American President was elected. Ghettos cheered, impromptu parades broke out, block parties sprung up and a whole bunch of us just cried. Aww yes, it was a truly glorious time to be alive, If you were black.

Fast forward. Exactly 8 years later BAM! Wake up fools! The good ole U, S of A that you were used to has made a comeback. No need to replay the events. We all woke up and Barack Obama had been replaced with Donald Trump. If Barack was a New Hope we can see this time around The Empire Strikes Back.

After 8 blissful years of a man who is destined to be on every black person’s wall next to MLK, we have hit the sunken place. Because of this, we here at GHz HQ have decided it’s time to dust off the keyboards, hook up the DJ equipment, and reactivate all agents that had gone dark. With the Obama years behind us and at least 4 more years of YOU KNOW WHO Grownheadz is getting the band back together …sorta.

Folks have gotten older and time is a little harder to come by. Some of the band ain’t down for playing gigs anymore and some members well, let’s just say it’s complicated. ANYway we are going to start slow and build. All are old stuff is still sitting here in the archives for your perusal. In fact, we’ll probably pull some things out ourselves. There will be less written content and more of an emphasis on music for the adult hip hop fan. K-Rocka aka DJ Rock Major has a whole crew of DJ’s ready to post their mixes for your listening pleasure. And the rest of us are already scouring the interwebs for new music to post. So join us if you will as we do it one mo gin for the culture. Welcome (back) to Grownheadz.com

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Throwback Thursday: The BEGINNING (again)

This was our (my) first post waaaay back in February 2008.  As I read it now I’m now on the downside of my 40’s (DAMN!). BUT strangely or unfortunately most of the sentiments in the post are still true.  BTW I added the  Kev Hart meme to make it more interesting. He wasn’t fanous yet back then

Welcome to the first post! No need to mark your calendar or remember how it happened, or what you were wearing today. Just tell your friends, aiight?

First off, I am not a writer.

I’m a fan.

I grew up on hip hop. If you’re like me, when you kick back and reminisce, the soundtrack to those good and bad old days is hip hop. Yeah, there’s a little R&B in the mix, but the majority of it is beats and rhymes. I consider the Fatboys to be a serious rap group, remember when LL was a new jack, and can recall when RUN-DMC was the biggest rap group ever. The problem is I’m a little older now—not really a problem, it’s just a fact. But with age things change. There was a time when I had to have to work to hear a rap song on the radio, or wade through all sorts of rock videos just to see one rap artist or black artist.

Nowadays hip hop rules the land. As a teenager I never thought this day would come. Unfortunately, like myself, many of us older heads don’t feel at home in this brave new hip-hop world. What we see and hear; yeah, they call it hip hop, but it just ain’t hitting the same. When I get together with my friends and music comes up, we sound like our parents when somebody invariable says, “These kids today don’t know good music!”

But the question is “Do you still love hip-hop?”

I’m gonna guess yes, since you’re still checking out the site. Some of us have given up the fight, switched to smooth jazz, neo-soul, or just listen to Best of CDs from old school artists. But the new stuff? Hell to the naw. I felt the same way and I’m a DJ. But one day, I had an epiphany: I realized I’m not supposed to like the songs that the kids listen to today, ya know? Ask me why (pause).

Cause I’m grown! Think about it: when you were a teen did your mom or dad like your music? Nope. Couldn’t believe their ears. “What’s all that spittin’ and makin’ noise?” (beatboxin) or “I can’t understand what they’re saying.” Your parents, like my parents, were having the same conversations we are having today. What are these kids listening to? But that’s the conversation we’re supposed to have. To quote a wise comedian, I’m a grown-ass man! On the down side of my thirties, I shouldn’t like the same songs as a thirteen-year-old, or at the very least it shouldn’t mean the same thing to me.

When I realized this, I was straight. I didn’t take hip hop’s change so personally. I stopped being repulsed and disgusted when “Laffy Taffy” came on. Now does this all mean I’m done, that I’m going to leave hip hop behind? Not at all! I just have to take it back to the old school: go seek out what I like. Anyway, what is love if there isn’t some sort of test?

TO BE CONTINUED

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Hot 5: Songs for Halloween

Yeah, yeah its about that time of year and people are putting together their halloween mixtapes.  So we here at GHz figured we put in our 2 cents on how to get your hip hop spooky mood on. By the way these are in no particular order.

Kid Cudi – No One Believes Me
The newest song on the list comes from the Fright Night soundtrack. No not THAT Fright Night from 1985 we talkin about the remake with Colin Farrell that came out last year.  Missed the movie huh?  Well the song was nice and we looooved the video (alright just DJ A-See loooooved the video).

Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince – Nightmare on My Street
Back when he was still gettin payed for just rappin Big Will & Jazz  dropped this 3rd single from their huge crossover album He’s the Dj, I’m the Rapper.

Ice Cube and Dr. Dre – Natural Born Killers
This song sparked hopes and dreams that there might be some kinda reunion of  NWA or at least a collaboration between the two BEST members of NWA or something, something.  Little did we know that this was a harbinger of things too come.  Us, we, you , I and everybody else getting disappointed by what Dr. Dre was going to do.

Gravediggaz – Diary of A Madman
Only for the true heads in the building.  Most grownheadz SHOULD remember this group from 1994. It featured RZA, Prince Paul, Frukwan (from Stetsasonic) and Too Poetic.  It was for alot of folks their 1st exposure to “horrorcore”.  Geto Boys dabbled a little but the Gravediggaz went all in with the imagery, the rhymes, the theme the whole nine.   With RZA and Prince Paul on the beats the album was hot.  Sadly rapper Too Poetic died of colon cance in 2001.

Geto Boys – Mind Playing Tricks
No Halloween mixtape would be complete without this bonafide hip-hop classic.  THIS song truly put the Geto Boys on nationally.  They were already hot in the southern underground. After this release north, south, east and west knew about the 5th ward.

 

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