Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Clowning.Take a Kala Nation Test'Are you a clown?'

Clowning is a form of entertainment that has appeared in some manner in virtually every culture.In most cultures the clown is a ritual character associated with festivals or rites of passage and is often very different from the most popular western form.In Europe,up until as late as the 19th century the clown was a typical everyday character,and often appeared in carnivals.The performance is symbolic of liminality -being outside the rules of society the clown is able to subvert the normal order.Most Black comedians are a perfect example of this.They can insult The White man because as a clown no none takes what they say seriously.At least the people in power are never offended this is the product of the minstrel culture in America.the basic premise of this contemperarily used by many activist to point out social absurdity.Example The Chapelle Show.
A popular early form of clown was the fool,a role that can be traced back as far as ancient Egypt and appears as the first card in the tarot deck.Most fools suffered from some physical or mental deformity,and were given to the local landlord as a charge,because their families were unable to look after them and the surrounding communities often feared them.They were the butt of jokes and their masters had the power to inflict violence upon them and even take their lives.Much like Jim Crow or Jim Jones take your pick.However t=being perceived idiots they were often the only people in court who enjoyed fee speech,and during he 16th century,especially in France actors began to train as fools often in order to have the ability to make satirical comment.There is evidence of the wise fool similar in function to the jester in many cultures.
A question that I am my fellow hip hop heads is "Are you a clown?A fool?An Idiot?A Buffoon?Remember just as clowning is a way to divert aggression away from a powerless person from a tormentor.Our existence in this country is based on assuming the clown role being satisfied with the status quo.Being the laughing stock of this civilization.Our Entertainers make millions from this role.In the words of neo minstrel rapper David Banner young niggas got to make money.The clown acting we see on MTV VH1 with shows like Hollyhood staring 36mafia and Flavor of Love with that clown Flavor Flav would not be that bad if their was a balance in the images the world sees of us.Clowns in the old days even in this country did so as a means of survival now it is celebrated as normal.I have 14 questions to ask you to see if you may be a clown.1)Do you talk to total strangers in public smiling laughing,joking like you've known them for years
2)Do you watch a rap video and run to the store and ask the clerk about some jersey or sneaker Lil Jon,50 cent, Lil Wayne,Camron had on.
3)Although you sold weed, a little X, maybe some crack you now rhyme about boats of kilos coming in from Columbia or Cuba.
4)You have more than one baby momma but never had sex with them and refuse to take a DNA test.
5)You've been on Maury Polvich
6)You have a record you've been pushing and your about to blow,and rap the rap game in a choke hold.
7)50 cent, Russell,Diddy,Jay Z,are rich so in your eyes they can do no wrong,even though you know they don't give a damn about you and what you think.
8)You are over the age of 22 and you still are pressured into joining a street gang. 9)At 35 you don't have enough life experience to draw intelligent choices on. 10)You at 25 still live with your folks.
11)At 25 you don't own a suit.
12)You try to use a hip hop site to holla at females.AKA internet stalker 13)Your waiting for your favorite rapper's CD to"drop"
14)Your rims are worth more than your car.

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Hustler vs Businessmen

In recent years there has been an attempt to legitimize drug dealing, thievery,car jacking money laundering ,prostitution,gambling you know all of the sins and vices.Through rap music and ,criminal activities are being legitimized even justified.The antics of Micheal Vick,Pacman Jones and others in sports and entertainment go unchallenged and unpunished.It seems as long as you have money all of your sins and flaws are forgiven.The more money you have dictates your place in this world.Not character or convictions.It is apparent no one wants to see a rich person rot in jail while millions sit in his or her bank account and goes unspent.We in our subconscious secretly root for the bad guy in the movies,and later feel guilty about it.The same law and order crowd will watch Sopranos,Ocean 11,read about Billy the kid,Jessie James was a hero to many.Why?Are we secretly evil?Are all of us prone to murder, robbery,kidnapping?Probably not.

A great American once said "The business of America is business".In simple terms it means we are here for the money nothing else.Hate it or love it everything in this world is moved by money it talks.A thug can get enough money and everyone will treat him with respect.

Just what is a business man? A hustler?A hustler can never be a good business why,because he doesn't take the time to develop himself for any long term commitment.A hustler want fast money. He only will venture into something where maximum profit can be made with minimum amount of risk.This is why it is a farce to believe that if given opportunity that street hustlers will become successful business people.I know you may say what about all of the rappers and moguls making millions of dollars selling records.If you notice there was already a market for the product they are selling so they are just filling a void.The big multinational music groups,the radio stations,music channels and internet control the flow or market these acts to the world.The mogul just puts their signature on the product as a sort of endorsement.Now don't get me wrong the style and design and trends do come from the moguls, but big mainstream corporation take their cut and control the marketing and advertising.Check out Toyota,Honda,Ford,GE,Bell,Kellogge ect,and see who controls their marketing mix from a-z.See that these are businessmen who shed many tears and in the end they delivered a product to the public.A hustler by nature does not like rules.So he often engages in criminal activities and find it hard to make the transition to legitimate enterprises.This is because in the criminal world deputes are settled through violence and intimidation.Trying to use courts to settle disputes or disagreements is the hallmark of a civilized people.A good business man does this and is patient,take for instance the shopkeeper who stays open even when not profit is being made.And the supermarket who takes a loss on an item just stocks it because customers need it.It is clear that a businessman may have to hustle to get ahead,and a hustler may need some business sense.But the two are clearly not the same .A businessman is a businessman and a hustler is just a hustler.

The Devil and David Banner

This is a tragedy of famous rapper who sold his soul to the devil for fortune and fame. One day David Banner was rapping in his room on a mic letting some pretty good flows come from his soul.He had an ability to touch people with his music and change lives for the better.He made the people around him feel proud that a man from their similar background had such gifts.As he sat in his room he saw friends rolling down the street in new Benzes, lexus, with dubs.They seemed like they had it all,the redbones jocking hard,power, respect, money.He wondered if he will ever make his fortune with his craft.While he was spitting his flows he was being watched and observed.A little man named Old Scratch artist the wicked turntableist was listening outside of his window.He observed how powerful his music was in moving the soul and wanted to know more.
A week later Banner was offered a record deal with a major record label.The label sent him on tour promoting his album but he didn't receive any money.Banner grilled his AnR about this and all he could say is that is the contract you signed.Well the real side of David Banner came out an he punched his AnR.Frustrated he goes home and starts to rap again.He looks outside of his window in his hood and sees children playing,an old lady carrying her groceries,people coming from work.Also he saw the gang bangers,drug pushers, prostitutes.Positive and negative there mixed together.He began to write about the children playing when suddenly he saw an old man in his backyard.He asked him what was he doing there he replied that he was listening to a genius that he could help.He tells him that he could get rid of his baby momma through a car accident so he would be free of child support.Banner agrees.The man introduces himself as Old Scratch artist the wicked turntableist .Banner say Ol Scratch my man!And gives him a pound.He also said he has millions of dollars waiting for him is he would come and work for him.There was always something wrong deep down inside with Banner even in his fathers church petty crimes,littles outburst foreshadowed the type of person that was buried deep in Banner.Banner asked Ol Scratch what was it he need to do.He said Banner my boy Rap!But rap about that,he was pointing to the negativity in his hood.He said do this and make people want to imitate what you rap about.Use your gift for me and I'll make you rich beyond your wildest dreams.So off to the studio went Banner pushing out the most violent degrading material ever to hit the airways.Banner blew up money ,women,jewelry,cars,jets,trips,fame he now has it.So he decides he has had enough.Ol Scratch says he wants more and that our deal is forever.Banner says no I am out.Scratch says we are forever and that he was coming back for his records.He said it better have verses about gangs killing rivals mothers.Banner said no way.Well hours past and Banner waited with his ghat for Ol Scratch to return.Looking outside his mansion he say someone approaching he shoots.It was one of his boys killed by accident by him.As the police came to investigate they decided to take him in for questioning.He gets in a patrol car and drives by the police station.He says hey where are you taking me?It was Ol Scratch driving.Banner pounded the window no one was hearing him.For Ol Scratch was the devil and he was taking Banner to hell.