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Cant C Me

Posted in music, Old School Flava, poetry, social commentary with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 28, 2010 by joelle blackstarr

There probably has not been a more loyal fan of Tupac Shakur than yours truly.  First, though, a few “despites” –

despite the fact that I hate the “N” word and the “B” word, and

despite the fact that I am not an advocate of either profanity or violence, and

despite the fact that I am anti-drug abuse, I have always been in awe of Tupac and his musical genius.

Perhaps the one song that makes him stand out from the crowd more than any other song is “Can’t C Me”., from the CD “All Eyez On Me”.  The entire song is the epitome of his musical genius, but, let’s forget the entire song – the opening verse is the ultimate in word manipulation and lyrical sculpting.  In the event that you aren’t familiar with the song, you can click >HERE<  for the lyrics.















Although there are probably many depths to his genius, I believe that his greatest assets were threefold – lyrics, music, and the ability to spit words out as easily as you and I breathe air.  He had a peculiar penchant for re-using lyrics from previously recorded songs.  Other artists have done this before him, but the way in which he did it and the meaning that his re-used lyrics brought to the songs took on a life of its own.

I cited this song from his collection because it is my favorite rap song ever, but, his repertoire was seemingly endless when it came to great lyrics, music, and spitting.  A few that come to mind which, in my humble opinion, that come close to the greatness of “Can’t C Me” are “Hit “Em Up”, “Death Around The Corner” and he even did a few love songs that were worth mentioning, which included “Can You Get Away?”.

There you have it – my short and sweet tribute to Tupac.  You owe it to yourself to check out this song .  You can find it on Youtube, of course.  Unfortunately, I couldn’t get it to load here.  In the event that you want to save time, here’s a link to the song from  Can’t C Me.  Perhaps you’ll be as impressed I have been all these years.

Afeni, wherever you are, thank you.  Peace.


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The Sounds of Silence

Posted in social commentary with tags , , , , , , , , on December 29, 2008 by joelle blackstarr

eaglesp-2I have more respect for those who jump on the bandwagon and shout “Go Eagles!” than I do for my “fair-weather-EAGLE-fan” (FWEF) friends.  All they ever do is complain about His 5-ness and A. Reid.  Every time something goes wrong, all you can hear is their mouths.  The EAGLES started out slowly with two wins and three losses.  My FWEF friends said “That’s it – you may as well throw in the towel.  Your season’s over.” WHAT??  There’s eleven more games to be played!  How the H*ll is the season over?  They won three straight games and guess what we heard?  The sounds of silence.

There was nada, nothing, nathan, zip, zilch, and zero.

You couldn’t get a peep out of them.  Then came the infamous tie.  Out of the woodworks came the FWEF friends, spouting venom about dipping His 5-ness and A. Reid in tar, rolling them in feathers, and running them out of town.  They complained that A. Reid’s play calling was the worst ever.  They intimated that His 5-ness had seen better days and won’t be seeing more.  We went on to win three in a row . . . again, and once more, there was the silence of the slams.

There was nada, nothing, nathan, zip, zilch, and zero.

I finally came to realize that all they wanted was a reason to complain.  Well, The Lions ended up with zero wins friends-01and sixteen losses!  Pack your bags, move to Detroit, and complain away.  I’m sick and tired of all the nonsense.  Those of you who wish to just sit back and comment on every bad thing that happens, then please – find another team to root for – leave us loyal fans alone.  Here we are, once again, headed for the playoffs.  A. Reid hasn’t changed his play-calling one bit.  His 5-ness is still doing what he does and it’s that same strategy that has gotten them to this point.  It would be nice to see them go all the way.  But the reality of it all is that I don’t care if they don’t win another game.  I don’t care if this coming weekend sees them go down in flames.  They beat the SNOT out of the DALLAS Cowbums – a whopping 44-6!! They have made the playoffs for seven out of ten seasons.  There are some teams who are still waiting for their first chance at a playoff game, a chance to play post-season.  There are those who have never won their division.  There are those who have never won the NFC Championship.  Among those that haven’t, you will not find the EAGLES . . . because they have!  They have gone to The Superbowl . . . twice.  Before there was a Superbowl, they won three back-to-back championships – the last two being the only two back-to-back shutouts . . . EVER!

detroit-lions-01I’ll say it again:  If you want something to complain about, pack your bags and move to Detroit.  You’ll have plenty to grumble about.  For now, continue with your silence and allow me to enjoy the EAGLES’ days of glory in peace.  I had the perfect song for you FWEF friends, but, I decided not to post it as there are no expletives deleted and it might just get me into hot water.  So, go to the CD entitled “R U Still Down? (Remember Me)”, play track number eleven (11) on the first of the two CD’s and you’ll get a feel for what I REALLY have to say to you all.  Peace.

BTW – did I tell you that I was in . . .

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She just sways me!!!

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“The Sounds Of Silence” by Simon & Garfunkel