Friday, November 27, 2015

RAPPER: Slug (Atmosphere)

I love hip hop, and Atmosphere is my favorite rap group. Slug (Sean Daley) is the rapper and Ant (Anthony Davis) is the DJ. They've had plenty of other amazing rappers, DJ's, guitarists and pianists on their songs as well. But Slug and Ant are the core, with Rhymesayers Entertainment. Some other amazing rappers like Aesop Rock, Blueprint, El-P, Eyedea, Freeway, Murs, Musab, and a bunch more that I can't think of, are on this label and it's a really cool thing to see all of these great rappers working together in a solid foundation.

What I love about Slug is his sincerity and his honesty. Conscious rap. A lot of new rap is not 'conscious', but focused around the flashiness and cockiness of wealth and women. Or 'trash rap', it's a different style and genre, the mainstream seems to like it for some reason. That's why they play it at sporting events and weddings and all that other horse malarkey.

Conscious rap is about life and it's struggles, and Slug has been taking that to crowds for decades and has earned the respect he deserves. His lyrics are truly poetic, yet he is only "labeled" as a rapper.

I started listening to him about six years ago and it has really changed my life and inspired me. Discovering his life story scattered throughout his music, his upbringing is truly unique.
His mother died in a car crash when he was twelve, and his father committed suicide a year later. This is not confirmed in any solid way to me, but there are references to it throughout his songs. "Nothing But Sunshine." is primarily about it. I saw it on Wikipedia but cannot find it,,, I still believe it.

I've seen him five times and he is such a great performer. Controlling the crowd, and engaging us with him and ourselves. At North Coast this September 6th of 2015 (1 day before his birthday), he had everyone in the crowd holding hands and hugging. I was reluctant at first, along with the guy whos hand I was holding... But when we finally gave in it was a beautiful moment to be apart of, as I'm sure it was for the rest of the crowd.

His transformation of introspection is really awe inspiring. In his early years in the 90's,  he often rapped about his struggles with women, and was generally more angry at the world. Over the past two decades he's brought himself out of his own darkness through his art. With some very philosophically uplifting and self reflective lyrics.

He speaks to me in an indescribable way, and I feel like I know him personally. That's what makes him such a great entertainer. A lot of new rap is about money and hoes, and not their personal struggles as human beings. Which to me, is the root of all great entertainers, actors, comedians, writers etc. included. Taking our struggles, and uncertainties into art to influence and inspire others.
And at the expense of letting others see you naked, completely exposing yourself with the risk of peoples hatred and rejection. Yet it is met with love and admiration to the people who appreciate this kind of unselfish gift giving. It's really a heroic and noble way to make a living.

I could go on and on about Slug because I love and respect him so much, and if I ever met him I would not be able to get enough words out to interpret my appreciation for him.

Also, Ant just has the dopest beats around town. Let's be hones.

Sunday, November 22, 2015

COMEDIAN: Patrice O'Neal

He was one of the greatest comedians of all time. A true martyr to Stand up Comedy and he epitomized creative integrity. He never compromised and never catered to anyone. As a black comic he had a totally unique view on race. He did not make you feel bad for being white. But reminded us white folk to acknowledge racism and not to pretend like it doesn't exist anymore.

That was only one element of his comedy. He had the ability to break a person down on sight and dismantle them in a completely honest and funny way. This gave a lot of people including myself a bad first impression of him. He also has a logically misogynistic side to him that most women do not like, but I enjoy it from time to time.

As I got to know him better through his Stand up and Opie and Anthony clips, I learned that he really was a sweet and kind person. You can hear his childlike giggles in this clip... 
The Roast of Early Jim Norton I listen to this every few weeks, it always cracks me up.

When he scanned a person and pointed out their flaws, it was an attempt to help them. It came across as mean because most people are not used to such brutal honesty. Deep down he wanted to help others and change the world.

Plus he was seriously hilarious, he could transition without any notice from silly to serious topics. He was always a courageous comic who said what was on his and everyone else's mind without hesitation.

I did not know about Patrice until after he died. People started talking about him when he died, and a lot of comics I enjoyed knew and respected him. So I watched his last special Elephant in the Room, and it totally changed my life regarding comedy.

He is a huge part of my life and my comedy education. He still has a tremendous body of work out there that keeps his legacy alive. I suggest him to anyone who loves comedy, he is a dose of reality that EVERYONE should have in their lives.

Patrice goes to jail

^^^This clip shows why Patrice does the material he does, and why he has his perspective on social justice and fearlessness.

Patrice is smart

^^^This shows Patrice's INSANE intelligence, and his first hand defense of comedy versus Political correctness.

Elephant in the Room

^^^This is his last special, my first impression of him, and his last imprint on the world.

I really love everything that Patrice stood for... Honesty and integrity in his humor. He's amazing and deeply missed by everyone intelligent who believes in the freedom of speech.

RIP Patrice O'Neal. 

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Sorry, I'm trying to be so deep. I'll just try to be funny.

I'm not really sure what I want this "blog" to be about. I've never blogged, or looked at anyone else's blog before this. I've only heard negative stereotypes of bloggers being cowardly critics. People that feel the need to shame comedians (and others) for going too far. Or people that point out inappropriate behavior just so they can seem like they are concerned for humanity's sake.

If you've ever said "My heart aches for America", based off of some joke a comedian made... You should shoot right back into your mothers cunt, you DOUCHE. Don't pretend that you're better than everyone else. Don't  try to speak on behalf of "the nation" for what you deem appropriate for US. It's annoying.

Like hecklers in comedy clubs, they think they're funny and they think they should be up on stage getting laughs. But they're not, and they try to ruin the show because they're cowards... And if you act outraged at something offensive that is personal to you. You have no credibility if you've been laughing at all of the other inappropriate jokes that weren't personal to you.

In the movie Heckler all types of entertainers were interviewed. George Lucas said it the best... "Their are two type of people in the world. The creators and the destroyers."
Sooo... If you blog about politically incorrect comedy, and how it's affecting the youth of America negatively, you already know what kind of person you are. Sure, you're creating , but you're trying to destroy the entertainers hard work, by putting it down, like an ASS.

Movie and play critics are the worst. YEARS and YEARS of hard work are put into making a movie or a play. Then theses pompous piss flaps have the gall to bash it based on seeing it once or twice. They're destroyers, who probably hate themselves, and masturbate more often than most would deem appropriate.

I haven't made a blog for a long time because of it's negative stigma. The Internet in general is very negative. A bunch of people that are allowed to be ass holes behind a screen because there is no real consequence. Just some harsh words to deal with. So I don't want to be one of those kind of blogs is what I'm trying to say.

I like to discuss and debate and converse with people... But with the immediacy of the Internet, peoples knee jerk reactions are to name call or to act as if they're experts on what is right and wrong.

I don't know why I'm trying to get so deep. I've been doing that a lot lately. I'd rather just be funny, but I dislike most things. For the most part, people just want to laugh, so they can forget about how much they dislike most things.

But people that try to put a lid on comedy are only making comedians push back harder. Jokes will always be made about rape, cancer, AIDS, incest, school shootings, etc. etc. etc. Because that is the purpose of humor in our existence. Life would be too hard to take everything serious, people need to laugh, that's why it feels so good and is "the best medicine."

My acting teacher told me a story. Her friend had a baby and it only had it's thumb and pinkie, and they were both sticking out. The father held this thing in his arms and said, "Well at least he can pick his nose and his ear at the same time."  That was their way of dealing with this misfortune.

So lighten up you nasty bloggers, look at someone you think is inappropriate and accept that they're a human being that exists and move on with your life. 

Or write them a displeasing letter and shoot it back up ya motha's cunt when you jump back in there. I'm sure they'll find it there.

I'll only write about movies/TV/Actors/Writers/Comedians that I like. Why I think they are so good and how they changed my life. Stuff that I don't like is not worth my time writing about. Because their are so many amazing entertainers that make me laugh and help me dislike everything so much.
 


Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Good TV Shows

Some people don't know what next show to watch... What?!?! There's so much good stuff out there. I have too many things I have to watch. Here is a list of all of my favorite TV shows, or shows that I would like to watch at some point.  I like to think that I have good taste. I'm sure there are also plenty of other good shows out there I didn't mention. I just had fun making this list.

Netflix
Comedy
It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia
Trailer Park Boys
Louie
Maron
Legit
Derek
An Idiot Abroad
The Office (U.S. and U.K. )
Malcolm in the Middle
Portlandia
Arrested Development
The League
Wilfred
The IT Crowd
The Birthday Boys
Cheers
MASH
Freaks and Geeks
Peep Show
3rd Rock from the Sun
Bob's Burgers
Family Guy
Master of None
W/ Bob and David
The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret
Comedy Bang Bang
Blue Mountain State
Short Poppies
The Boondocks
Wet Hot American Summer
30 Rock
Parks & Recreations
The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
Bojack Horesman
Garfunkel & Oates
The Munsters
Drama
Breaking Bad 
The Walking Dead
A Young Doctor's Notebook
Weeds
Doctor Who
Rescue Me
Dexter
Twin Peaks
American Horror Story
Narcos
Black Mirror
Sons of Anarchy
Gotham
Hitler & the Nazis
House of Cards
Damages
House
Fringe
Peaky Blinders

HBO
Comedy
Curb Your Enthusiasm
Bored To Death
Silicon Valley
Hello Ladies
Eastbound and Down
Summer Heights High
Extras
Tenacious D
Funny or Die Presents
Lucky Louie
Veep
Flight of the Concords
The Brink
Entourage
Life's Too Short
Drama
Five Days
Boardwalk Empire
Band of Brothers
Game of Thrones
Oz
The Sopranos
Deadwood
The Wire
Six Feet Under
True Detective

Cartoon Network
Regular Show
Adventure Time
Rick and Morty (Also on Hulu)
Uncle Grandpa
(Older)
Ed Edd 'n Eddy
Dexter's Laboratory
Courage the Cowardly Dog
The Grim adventures  of Billy & Mandy
(Classics)
Looney Tunes
Tom & Jerry
There's always something weird and funny on Adult Swim.

Impractical Jokers on TruTV (Or thetenderloins on YouTube.)

Spaced: A show that Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, and Edgar Wright made before making movies.
Snuff Box: A hilarious esoteric British sketch show.
The Whitest Kids 'U Know (All on YouTube)

 YouTube is also a great source for anything. This is just TV, I'll put some movies up soon, Yaaay!!


Monday, November 9, 2015

Hey there, Mr. Big Tough Guy.

I am not a fighter. I am what most people would call a 'vagina with legs'. Not really, most people call me Princess Pussy-hair. The masculine form at its core (to me) is to take what you want, and rid of anyone/thing in your way. To be superior to other men and not to be disrespected. Some shit like that, that 's why men look at Al Capone and Frank Lucas with some amount of admiration. They are the ultimate form of masculinity: Power, respect, money, women. In the eyes of the masculine vein, that is king.

I have always been ashamed of never having been in a fight. There were two instances where I was playing recreational football and a bigger kid started something with me. I backed down both times. They were bigger than me, I was scared. All of my adrenaline was fueled by anxiety and my flight took over my fight. More like stand there and be embarrassed.

I look back on these moments and feel like I should have been the hero. The smaller kid who beats up the bully, or at least attempts to beat him up. But I wasn't willing to fight, and dealt with the shame and embarrassment of backing down or being called a 'pussy' in front of a large group.

However, I have always had a fascination with fighting, I remember watching fight scenes over and over in movies like Fight Club, The Godfather, The Warriors. I love the UFC. I used to make fake fight videos with my friends all the time! In a lot of ways it's cool and respectable to battle someone toe to toe and win or go down swinging.
I have taken some boxing/kickboxing classes and had a lot of fun in them. I sparred with a few people and got banged up a bit and it felt good. That type of fighting comes out of respect and learning, and that's what's so cool about MMA.
 I've never used any of these things I've learned to hurt people, but now I am more confident in my ability to talk things out. Rather than using any of those learned techniques to hurt somebody. 

I feel that it is boiled down to ego. When a guy feels that he is being bad mouthed, or disrespected. His male ego won't allow him to brush it off, but to take it personally, and to fight to prove his masculinity. A lot of men fight over girls, they want to defend the girl. But primarily it's that their ego is hurt due to the girl screwing around or a guy making an inappropriate pass at her. He would look 'weak' if he let that slide and his manhood is on the line! No... Fighting over a promiscuous girl is not worth whatever bull shit will follow from that.

I am not defending my unwillingness to fight to my lack of an ego. I genuinely did not want to get hurt. But now I am able to talk things out, and realize that my masculinity is not at stake. And I can come off looking more admirable for not fighting and trying to reason or make peace.

On the contrary, I am not necessarily a pacifist. There was an instance where I was playing basketball and this kid kept fouling me. Throughout the game he was slapping and bumping me. Then he started jibber jabbering and he eventually tripped me. I lost it and swung an elbow at him... I know, I'm a crazed and violent maniac... I missed, he kept talking a little bit, and I shot a beautiful rainbow swoosh over him to win the game. The he shut up.
He was asking for a fight, and he got a rise out of me. I was confident in being bigger than him and being in the right about my actions. That to me is one of the few instances where defending yourself is okay. Defending yourself and others is always important to me when there is a resolvable injustice. In that case I lost my temper, it seemed that my only option was to scare him. I don't consider that a fight though...
I was still pissed off at him for being such a cunt basket, even though I won, technically. My ego was letting that kid affect me, and I was upset, and thinking of what else I could have done.

Because I am a very sensitive guy and things bother me more than they should, I dwell in the past, and let things linger in my mind longer than they should. That is where these points of view are coming from. I don't want anyone to get hurt or bothered by my actions, so I just try to be nice. Therefore, I won't be exposed as the fragile, delicate, vaginal legged weirdo that I am.

Occasionally,  I still think about those fighting opportunities, and feel like I should have stood up for myself. But ultimately, those two guys apologized to me, because I  wasn't a jizz turkey that deserved to have his face punched in... And neither were they.

If I see the kid from that basketball game again, I won't attack again, maybe I'll just try to figure out why he's such a cunt basket. Then we can be friends.!