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I Used To Get It In Atlanta…

Thursday, December 10th, 2015

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Editor’s note: I needed to return to my parent’s basement in order for me to get some spirit to touch up the keyboard hardbody again. I feel like I have said it all to y’all that needs to be said. No question I appreciate your time coming here and talking that shit with me day in day out, but now its time for me to return back to my life. One more for the road though. One more for all my peeps out there that remember these days when they actually happened and one more for those that inspired me to drop them on this page.

When you are as hard-headed as me it takes a few knocks upside your nugget for you to learn a lesson. I apparently hadn’t learned everything yet when it came to trying to live out the d-boy lifestyle. I made a jump to Atlanta in the beginning of 1993 to see my big homie from the Bronx who had relocated down there. All he would tell me about were the women that seemed to flock to the city in endless droves. Atlanta is a college town at heart, that is where her energy stems from, and the Black colleges in Atlanta recruit some of the baddest PYT’s from all across the country. One of the first times I really encountered a hardbody Detroit chick was from visiting my peoples in the A. Actually, shorty was from Flint which is even more hardbody than the D, but I digress…

I was jumping to Atlanta to mash up with my boy D-Block and dig a taste of the scene down there from his perspective. D-Block wasn’t a d-boy but he knew people that knew people. D-Block got his stacks in other ways but I’m not going to discuss his buisness in as much as I need to tell y’all about the fallout when people perceive you to be making too much money. D-Block made sure that we lived leisurely and lavishly when I was in town. Magic City and Club Nikki’s were the pre-game spots and then Al Capone’s or someone’s townhouse would be where we would end up. We would steady stay rolling back to his crib around sun up. Sleep alll day, play videogames and eat cereal untill 4pm then drive up to the Clark campus to holler at co-eds. This was my dudes lifestyle.

I was all too happy to play weedcarrier to my homey’s madness maybe because I was honestly the weedcarrier. I carried the weed and other sundry contraband.

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Sean Price Is Right…

Sunday, November 22nd, 2015

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props to ncberko for the photochop

I met up with Sean Price a few weeks ago to do a little grocery shopping. I thought that a play on the ‘Price Is Right’ theme would be funny. I didn’t think to myself as to whether this was some shit that Ruck had to hear from kids all of his life. Even though I have known this dude for over twenty years I realize now how little I know about him.

Sean Price is definitely a smart dude, but also a sensitive and considerate man [ll]. You don’t expect to connect those ideas with a hardcore rapper. I should be smarter than that. My father was one of the baddest motherfuckers I ever knew and he was also the most considerate and caring dudes I will ever meet. Sean Price is cut from a similar cloth.

I wanted to do a series of videos with Ruck (Sean P) to allow him to speak his mind. His recollections of growing up in the projects with a dysfunctional family are priceless. With all the things that would make any of us assume he was disadvantaged are where he lets us in and shows us how took that strife and made it work out for his gain.

The biggest credit that I have to give Sean Price is not about how well he rhymes, but about how hard he works. God gave him his mind. Sean P returns the blessing by putting in the constant work to get better as an emcee and as a man. His latest mixtape, Kimbo Price, was released today. I’m sure its available somewhere that you can help support his efforts.

Do that much for him. I’m sure he would do it for you.

Sean Price Is Right… from dallas penn on Vimeo.

A Soldier’s Story…

Wednesday, November 11th, 2015

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I just came home from Cypress Hill Cemetary where my dad is finally resting from his long journey.

Even though he was only on the planet for three score rotations around the sun, he had traveled to the ends of the planet and back again. He was hardbody and he had logged in a lot of mileage. I can remember him telling me how tired he was one evening as we sat on the deck in the back of his house. He was tired of the heavy lifting and the emotional baggage was dragging him down. In all of my life I had never heard my father sound so vulnerable. He was clairvoyant also because the following morning his heart failed him as he was leaving for work.

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If there are any U.S. servicemen overseas that can read my blog in their downtime I salute you men and women for your sacrifices. The ideal of America that you put your lives down for should represent you better than it has. Part of the problem is that we citizens don’t demand courage or compassion from our elected leaders. Instead we have rewarded complicit duplicitous cowardice. We are to blame for the senseless deaths of U.S. lives abroad as much as the greedy war mongering power brokers. As long as our lives are relatively easy and filled with leisure we will never demand justice for all of the people of this planet..

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After my father’s passing I discovered some of his old paperwork and keepsakes from his time in the U.S. Marines Corps. One of the most startling items was my dad’s draft induction letter. There was an NYC subway token taped to the top of the letter. The scotch tape was that industrial type from the 1960’s that could rip the hair off your arm. The imprint of the token was embedded in the tape’s glue, which was long dried solid.

It startled me that the Armed Forces was so dead serious about draftees making this induction physical so much so that they were mailing you the carfare if you didn’t have the means. My dad was always bitter about being drafted since he was in college at the time and there were plenty of people standing on the street corners or hiding behind their parents’ wealth that could have used the discipline that the Army provided.

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My dad actually did two tours of duty in Vietnam. When he returned home after his first tour in 1968 he found out that America was deadlier on a Black man than Vietnam was. MARTIN LUTHER KING Jr. had been assassinated earlier that year and the subsequent civil unrest that followed removed much of the opportunity that he had seen as being progressive for Blacks in America. He returned to Vietnam where the color of your skin meant little or nothing to all of the grunts that were over there just trying to survive another day.

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An interesting sidenote is that one of the men in these pics with my dad would be one of our neighbors in Queens where I was raised. He and my dad never shared more than a word with one another. I have no idea what those two men experienced and my father never volunteered any stories to me about his time spent in the Marines. My dad did take me to see ‘Apocalypse Now’ during the opening weekend in 1979 and he told me that it was an actual account of what Vietnam was like.

Suffice to say, I never completed my Selective Service registration. I sit here relieved of my duty because so many brave men and women have volunteered their freedom. Veterans and active servicemen deserve our unfailing support even if their captains and commanders are men with only the conviction for money and ill gained trappings. Without their sacrifice this blog would never have been possible.

Thanks dad.

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And We’re Back!!!

Thursday, August 14th, 2014

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My poor lil’ weblog is in dire need of an upgrade which I’ll have to administer in the immediate present, but the NFL Pick ‘Em Pool is back again for the true believers.

Leave your e-mail address in the comments section so I can send you an invite.

CHEA!

Champagne Aspirations, Malt Liquor Reality…

Thursday, June 12th, 2014

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I’m secretly dying a million deaths inside my mind right now. I desperately wanted the Air Jordan retro Championship pack and the release date is this weekend but all my BRed (you see it) is tied up in my wedding planning. Boo hoo. I can’t get down with the hype.

The Champagne and Cigar 6s looks to be one of the most legendary releases for the Jordan Brand in quite some time. Both pairs are premium leather with all kinds of details throughout the shoes. I’m most hyped for the gold aglets (lace tips) and the championship ring as a lacelock.

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If there is a sneaker god up in the sky I hope he watches my YouTubes and fux with the kid hardbody