Tekashi 6ix9ine HAS to snitch or he’s STOOOOPID

Tekashi 6ix9ine HAS to snitch or he’s STOOOOPID

Hip Hop fans often talk about the 90s and early 2000s being the Golden Era or Rap (they’re wrong btw) and they always ignore the issues of that time. The biggest one being Extortion! This leads me to one of my favorite movie quotes of all time “The more things change the more they stay the same” (Celie, The Color Purple, 1985) and trust me Extortion is real in the hip hop industry. What am I talking about? SHOTTI and Tr3y Way (Nine Trey Bloods) are extorting Tekashi 69 plain and simple and if we look at history we know exactly what’s going to happen.

Shotti is an affiliate of 69 contrary to popular belief he doesn’t manage the rap star, he’s basically the Suge Knight to Tekashi’s 2pac. I make this comparison because Pac was being finessed by Knight for money and Pac was trying to distance himself from Death Row weeks his murder. Tekashi was trying to do the same because Shotti and other Tr3yway members were booking shows for 69 and pocketing money! Tekashi’s stupid ass decided to stay “gang gang” and took his “test my gangsta” tour around the world with street folk. He was never tough, he was never gangsta, he was always a young troll that let his online life ruin his real life.

According to Akademiks and TMZ the Feds plan to go through his social media to build a case against him and with a 97% conviction rate, its over to the boy. The Keyboard Warriors won’t say but I Will: TEKASHI NEEDS TO SING LIKE ADELE ! SNITCH YOUR HEART OUT LIL BOIIII!!! What’s the point of money and fame if you can’t be free? So you’re going to protect the same people that robbed you months ago and tried to kill you? So you’re gonna protect people that threaten you openly in court? So you’re gonna spend life in prison because you’re “gang gang”? So you’re gonna silence yourself while someone in the crew was a confidential informant?

Or

Are you going to be smart and RAT ON ALL THESE SNAKE ASS NIGGAS! There is no honor among thieves and if you’re smart (he isn’t) Tekashi go to the feds and take the stand. My prediction is he won’t and we won’t see 69 till 2040…

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Perkins is so trash…that its good…

Perkins is so trash…that its good…

Let me preface this by saying that food reviews are not my thing, I review movies and music cause I know more about them but I’m also lowkey fat and food helped me get there. So if you’re expecting some Gordon Ramsey style food review, get outta here and watch this, but if you’re a real 1 keep reading and enjoy 🙂

Backstory: I was drunk at 3:30am and went to the Perkins at 1130 St Laurent

Type of Resto: American diner

What I ate: Steak Medallions & Shrimp, exchanged the broccoli for eggs, mashed potatoes for sausage. On the menu it looked like this: SteakMedaillio and Shrimp

But it came out like this

Steak Medallion and Shrimp

Taste: Steak was under cooked, I like mine medium and it wasn’t it chief. Shrimp was smaller than expected but the eggs balanced it out. Overall it tasted Aiiiiiiiiight, not good, not bad but Aiiiiiiiiiiight…

Service: Its 4am at Perkins, literally 5 staff (including kitchen) I wasn’t looking for extravagance. The waiter was nice and the host too, I tip 10% on average, good service gets 20% and I always tip, can’t be out here making black folk look bad.

Final Verdict: My issue is that it this spot is so basic and meh that I can’t knock it. It doesn’t stand out other than being 24 hours and a spot for degenerate folks that just left the club but feel too bougie for McDicks. It’s basically 2 steps above Rideau McDonald’s and that’s not saying much.

Rating: 2.5/5

Drunk Rating: 4/5

Thank you for reading, if you have any interesting Perkins stories let me know 🙂

“LoVE me NOw?” is the most “meh” album of the year

“LoVE me NOw?” is the most “meh” album of the year

Let’s be real we live in a generation of fast food music, where everything is the dollar menu instead of getting a perfect Junior Chicken we get trash McDoubles without enough pickles. That’s how I feel about rap these days, but a few guys stand out. These are the Young Thug’s, the Migos, the Tory Lanez that actually release a lot of quality music. Music that grows on you so I thought to myself “let me hear this album for a month and review it” LoVE me NOw came out October 26th 2018, here’s my track by track review

  1. Why DONT you LOVE me? : y’all know how I feel about intro’s, personally I find this one pretty weak but it tells us that Tory is going FULL R&B mode this time. I prefer R&B Tory over rapper Lanez so It sent my vibe and tone. Forgettable track tho
  2. SHE tOld Me : LOVE THIS TRACK, here we have rapper Lanez show up and it gives us “fuck my ex” aura, a stand out track.
  3. DucK my Ex : A Chris Brown feature is usually a banger off rip and adding 2 Chainz should make it pop but it seemed forced. Didn’t stand out.
  4. DrIp DrIp Drip: Hands down the best track on this album. Why? The chorus and hook are infectious and Meek Mill comes in to compliment the cloth talk, amazing.
  5. TAlk tO Me : After Drip Drip Drip you’d expect a fire follow up, nah fam. Tory goes middle of the road and Rich the Kid wastes time with weak bars…Not the weakest track but damn close
  6. FlEXiBle: Chris Breezy comes back and actually does his job: sing. When he isn’t doing a lines of coke this mans kills it! Lil Baby comes in with the smoothest verse skating on the track, amazing track.
  7. iF iT Ain’T rIGHt : This album has a trend, fire track then throwaways…and true of course this song follows that pattern. A Boogie delivers a saves this record.
  8. FeRRis WhEEL: This one felt more like a Trippie Redd track and I’m a big big Redd fan, personal favorite on this album. Tory gets out melodied (did I just make up that word?) This is a solid track!
  9. CuT me oFF: Take a guess…is this fire or trash? Does Nav save this track? Is the sky blue? Do you have ten toes? The answers are simple: Trash, No, Yes and Hopefully.
  10. ThE RUn oFF: One of the few solo tracks on this album, Tory uses too much auto tune but delivers a “smoke and vibe” track.
  11. YoU ThouGht WrOng:  Very forgettable track, some good rhyme schemes near the end of this one but extremely “meh”.
  12. MiAMi: At this point this album repeats the same formula, chorus, hook and first sing songy by Lanez and this formula usually works but it gets annoying at this track. Gunna does his thing but Tory shows out, this is a “meh” track.
  13. KeeP IN tOUcH: FIRE FIRE FIRE!!! Felt like a Trap Soul song with Bryson delivering the arguably the best track on this album. Tory comes with his best verse giving us “kissing on the couch then taking it to the room” vibes
  14. S.w.I.n.G: Another banger! Trey Songz comes with heat and PND Rock lacks the sauce but he’s not far, Tory doesn’t disappoint either.
  15. KJm: Unfortunately the outro track is extremely weak. Forgettable.

Final Thoughts: As we can tell by the album art Tory is having fun and it feels like he didn’t put as much thought in this album as his previous record. This felt more like a DJ Khaled compilation project with Lanez leading the way and even if we love Khaled he never releases a classic project and this is how I felt about Love Me Now?. I would have wanted a full Tory Lanez album instead of this, a hit and miss with about 4 memorable and a bunch of fillers.

2.9/5Why

Prisoner

Prisoner

I ran as fast as I could

On pavements, sands, hearts and wood

From them

As they chased me down like coke does rum

Caught and handcuffed in life’s euphoric drug

And trapped in the cage above

In my lowest lows and highest highs

Comfort came from food, sex, money, drugs and what did I do?

I ran as fast as I could

From them

and now I am them

with 23 to life, I am them, I am they, I am him

Yet I still run

From who?

Me.

A deeper dive: The Hate U Give

A deeper dive: The Hate U Give

When I wrote the review for The Hate U Give I had to restrain myself for many reasons, the first being AINT NOBODY GOT TIME FA THAT! My goal with movie reviews is to let my loyal readers know if it’s worth your money or nah and part of that is restricting my words, getting straight to the point. But this movie reminds me of Black Panther because of the layers it presents and I couldn’t just skim through that. The reason I gave this flick a high rating is because it’s not preachy in it’s messaging and trust me there is a lot to unpack. Instead of looking at the whole film I’ll be pointing out specific scenes that made me think and analyze my own life as a black man in modern north american society.

Police Brutality : The driving force of this entire movie is the killing of Khalil by a police officer in front of Starr and the repercussions of this event. With references to Mike Brown and  Trayvon Martin this movie has a clear stance, Police Brutality is real and evil especially in low income areas. This movie is political and has no shame in it, I LOVE THAT! This movie brought back memories of Ferguson and the reports of unarmed black men dying at the hands of trigger happy cops, what made this film different was the fact that Starr’s uncle (a positive Black male role model) is a police man. Starr struggles with this because in her mind she was raised to aware of her blackness in American society but she has love and respect for her cop Uncle. Khalil becomes a hashtag, the driving force behind a movement against Police Brutality but to Starr he is a best friend and lover murdered by the same enemy she was raised to hate! She is not struggling with twitter rage she is crying from real pain at the hands of injustice. Throughout the movie Starr changes, Death has that effect on people. She sees the dark side of police she sees the dark side of activists, she is reminded of the evils of the word and the hate that surrounds her. She sees her father get arrested for protecting her family and that broke my heart because as a 23 year old black man in North America I’ve experienced forms of Police brutality (HULL AND QUEBEC IN GENERAL!!!) I related to this movie on a spiritual level.

Police Brutality

 

The Black Family: When you see a tragedy like Mike Brown or Trayvon on conservative networks they always talk about black on black crime and the black family. This movie does not shy away from that. The opening scene is powerful because it sets the tone, Starr’s father is a prominent Black Panther activist and former gang leader, Maverick Carter teaches Starr and her brother, Seven Carter, about the dangers of being black in America. Here we see something rare in the black community, a father who is present in the life of his kids. Since I was 5 years old my father was never in my life and I can say the same for about 90% of the black people I know, fathers who are cowards and chose to leave their family or in this specific movie, taken away by the Prison Industrial Complex. Russell Hornsby who plays Maverick Carter delivers a soulful performance always sticking up for his children and being the father that every child wishes to have: a protector, a provider and caretaker. But what stands out here is the fact that Mav can’t protect his children from the evils of racism and violence. Garden Heights is still a dangerous place and the black family is hurt by its own people, for example at the end of the movie his shop is burned down and his youngest son, Sekani Carter, pulls out a gun to shoot King the drug dealer kingpin of the neighborhood. This kills the narrative that the black family is the cure to violence in the inner city! Despite Mavs best efforts to shield his family from problems there is still violence, hatred and evil in the hood. The underlying message is that poverty is the causes of violence. Starr nearly gets shot, Seven gets kidnapped, Sekani turns to gun violence and even his wife Lisa Carter struggles with prospect of living in the hood of Garden Heights.

BlackFamilyTHUG

Political Activism: Throughout this movie we see Starr in pain after the loss of her friend Khalil but we also see the evils of Political Activism. When Black Lives Matter was trending a few years ago I was skeptical of the cause for one specific reason, it seemed fake. The same people making hashtags were doing nothing for the cause, they used it as an excuse to look “woke” when in reality they didn’t care. Starr is faced with this exact situation when she finds out her best friends Hailey is fake. Hailey is the stereotypical white person that has one black friend and believes to be woke when in reality they are ignorant to the black struggle. They are sheep clothed in the warmth of “progressive” when in reality they’re wolves who give no fucks about the real pain black people feel. One scene that stands out, when Starr is watching news coverage about the trail for Khalil’s murder and she sympathizes with the cop. Starr gets mad and slams Hailey for her ignorance, instead of trying to understand Starr’s pain Hailey stands in her racism. This hit close to home because I go to uOttawa and the same white people who claim to woke are Hailey they don’t care about us, they just want to look progressive when in reality they don’t care. Another scene that stands out is when Hailey uses the Khalil protest as an excuse to skip her math test. This is common among white activists, a lot of them are fake! The Hate U Give also looks at the shallow aspect of Black Lives Matter especially with Issa Rae’s character April Ofrah who is an opportunist. Throughout the movie it seems like she has the right intentions but at the same time it is clear that she doesn’t care about Starr, she endangers her by putting her on a national news network when she’s clearly traumatized by the murder of her friend. Activists like her piss me off, they use the spotlight to boost their own aspirations, these are the Al Sharptons of the world. They care more about the “Look” and “Optics” than the people suffering, its fuckig pathetic. I remember in 2015-2016 when black folks would #BlackLivesMatter and never do anything else, go to zero meetings, never donate to community projects and literally do nothing to progress black people. Those people piss me off more than the Hailey’s of the world, they care more about their “look” than real solutions.

April THUG

Interracial Relationships: In recent memory I haven’t seen a movie that addresses interracial relationships between black women and white men, this one does. Starr is dating Chris, a white boy who claims to be down for the cause. We see this in every predominately white institution, the white boy that claims to be down for the culture and it comes off as fake. But it was a pleasant surprise that Chris is real! He is the opposite of Hailey, he actually cars for Starr and her struggles being a black women in modern society especially a white prep school. I can’t imagine how life is for a black woman, where being a woman and black puts you at a disadvantage in all categories. Starr and Chris struggle with being together, Chris wants to meet Starr’s family but she’s ashamed to introduce him to Mav. Starr struggles with being a minority in her school and white girls being jealous of her relationship. Interracial relationships are usually seen as black man and white woman but this shows a new perspective, it leads us to the same conclusion though, if the love is real things will work out. In a society that forgets black women, where love is hard to find (studies show that BW rarely get swiped right on tinder and other dating sites) and they are often neglected, it’s beautiful to see Starr find love regardless of race!

Star and Chris

Final Thoughts: If you made it this far I salute you LMAO! I could keep writing in this Starbucks table but I want to wrap this up with this small conclusion: The Hate U Give is more than just a movie it is a lesson. This is one of those films that should be shown in Sociology courses to analyze the impact of Police brutality on the black community. With themes and lessons that are everlasting this movie will stand out in my mind for a long time because of it’s bravery. Leaving 0 punches and knocking me out with knowledge!

Let me know what you think, I’d love to hear from you.

 

The Hate U Give is an instant classic watch it right now!

The Hate U Give is an instant classic watch it right now!

I don’t know what’s in the air these days but Black folks are putting out amazing movies! From Spike Lee’s Blackkk Klansman to the classic Marvel Black Panther we are in renaissance of black film. This feels like the 90s and I LOVE IT!

The Good

  • The Hate U Give is not afraid, it has balls why? Because it attacks everybody, Racist cops, Black Lives Matter activists, Social Justice Warriors, Thugs, the Black family, Modern Families and white feminism. I could dive deeper but not today cause Chileeeeeee y’all would be reading a 5000 word essay.
  • The Acting by Amandla Stenberg (yeah Rue from Hunger Games) as Starr and her father Mav played by Russell Hornsby steal every scene. I don’t cry in movies but both of em had me tearing up. They toe the line of intense drama and laugh out loud blackness, one of them deserves an Oscar.
  • It’s not a Cinderella story and I love that, often when we watch “conscious” movies especially with black folk we leave with a happy ending. Hell Nah and I like this, because the black experience is not always a happy ending, life is not a Cinderella story ain’t no glass shoes bih!

The Bad

  • The pace was quick and I’m sure they went over A LOT of parts because this was a 200+ page book. But I don’t care, it hit the core of the issue.

The Bottom Line

  • Did you read my title? or the first sentence? 5/5 I loved this movie and I recommend it to anyone.

*will be writing an Analysis and Spoiler review of this movie this week, stay up*

TBM (Throwback Movies) Belly review

TBM (Throwback Movies) Belly review

If you don’t think DMX is one of the most influential rappers in hip hop history then get the fuck off my blog! Same with Nas, but what happens when you put them both together on the big screen? A Classic? Nah but a great movie, here’s why…

The Good

  • Belly is authentic, so real that every time someone smoked on screen it was real kush! DMX doesn’t act, Nas barely acts, and Method Man is…Meth, you feel like this a real New York story. These artists have gone through it or know a few homies who did.
  • The Music is sublime, starting with Soul II Soul’s classic “How ever do you need me” with the most iconic opening sequence in cinematic history.
  • The violence in this movie serves a purpose. While X blasts his way throughout the movie he tones it down as his character develops and Nas uses violence as a driving narrative in his character’s journey, from a street dude to a humble father.
  • The Color Coordination in this movie is beautiful from start to finish Hype Williams plays with colors in a major way, check this scene out!

The Bad

  • Unfortunately this movie is very very dated, it feels like the late 90s because of the pace…it moves WAAAAAAY too quick and seems Out of Touch Why is Buns (DMX) in Atlanta so fast? Why is Sincere (Nas) always talking about Africa the whole movie but can’t name a single country?
  • It gets very very Preach-y which could be seen as a strength but it’s a weakness. There were rumors that Hype Williams had trouble putting scenes together and I believe it. One second Method Man is blasting folks in the face the next scene X is getting a sermon by a Nation of Islam pastor…

The Bottom Line

As a fan of hood movies Belly is definitely on the top list for me but far from the best. The impact it had on the careers of X and Nas can never be ignored, I would give it a 3.8/5 and a MUST-WATCH for all hip hop fans!