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    Feb 18, 2006
    Its Baltimore Baby
    I always keep it real. I want to give credit where it's due. I finally got a copy of the song,
    ....which happens to have been the inspiration for the site's name.
    Hope you enjoy it and feel it as much as I did! This song can be found on the new Gritty Gang compilation CD droppin in a few days.
    I am so upset that I missed Coppin's Homecoming concert on Thursday. How else was I going to get to see Keisha Cole (Who is being called the new Mary J. Blige) and Three Six Mafia (Hip Hop's "Least Likely" Oscar nominees) for $20 (I'm alum- Go Eagles!). I was too busy on Thursday....dammit! Anyways, Im sure someone will post about the show eventually ... and I'll be able to piece together a review.
    If anyone went...fill a sistah in.
    Lately, I have been going back and reviewing the notes and chapters I'd stashed away for a book I started a few years back. Its amazing how life takes us in many different directions. When I was in college I wanted to major in English and become a journalist, but realized that the money wasn't looking to good..LOL! Did the psyche thing and it worked out for me...and I still have the chance to write and be published. Life is great!
    Expect some short stories or something from me in the near future.
    posted by C Love "The Rap Addict" @ 2/18/2006 11:15:00 AM   0 comments
    Peace Talks
    A musician must make music, an artist must paint, a poet must write, if he is to be ultimately at peace with himself. What one can be, one must be.~ Abraham Maslow

    Above is Adisa Banjoko. Please check out his blog. This is a very deep brotha. I met him on a humble. I was having "one of those days" and needed someone to vent to. I read like three of his article's on Davey D's website and knew that he would be able to relate to my frustration. Now granted....I didn't even know this man....and I wrote him like a 3 page e-mail...LOL! (that is funny now in retrospect) but you know what! he wrote me back. Made me feel very good too. This was another example of how you never know how someone can impact a life. And that some people in the "industry" be frontin about how busy they are...LOL! Thank you Adisa aka The Bishop!!! SInce your weren't afraid to reach out...and b/c you understand the power hip hop has to unite us...I will do what I cam do to assist you on this side of the US. When back in this neck of the woods...please get with me. You have a fan!!! Look up his name...he is def a West Coast brotha walkin the walkin. A talented writer, martial artist....KRS One debate challenger , husband and scholar.....he has balls & I admire that tremendously. He has a new book coming out on 3/4/06 entitled Lyrical Swords Vol. 2: Westside Rebellion. More info can be obtained on his website.

    I really don't want beef...Can we all just get along?
    Was reading Lynne D Johnson's blog today and found an interesting entry on how "Stop Snitchin" has opened a whole new market place. I always crack up when I find a story on Stop Snitchin. Why the hell couldn't I have come up with that. I am always thinking PC...I need to start thinking money. People love ignorance and violence! Ima put that on a shirt, "Ignorance and Violence: The American Way" We are a gangsta ass country! Please check out the story...she raised some very good points. The Start Peace T is available on-line.

    posted by C Love "The Rap Addict" @ 2/18/2006 10:46:00 AM   0 comments
    Feb 17, 2006
    A lil bit of dis and dat

    The main reason I take pictures (at this point) is to really use my camera and put names out in the universe. The net is great for that! I want to free up some space on my pc so you get the pleasure of seeing pics of the people I knoe you've been wanting to know more about. The guy up there with the army vest and in the other picture bothering some poor lady while he should have been performing (j/k) is Ogun. Below is the soulful sensation Che Ray - mid note. He came through to perform the hook for their duet, "My Life". O's newest project is a Mixtape that will formally introduce the Gritty Gang to the masses. It features tracks from the entire R.O.P. Ent family as well as several other talented Baltimore MCs. I will be back with details! Oh the pics were taken at the Edens Lounge (Brown Sugar Sponsored by Golden Seal)

    Yall ain't living my life....yall don't heeeee eeeeaaar meeee!
    A new store opened downtown near the corner of Howard and Mullbery streets (across from Planned Parenthood -Downtown). It's call LONGEVITY. What a name! Stop in and ask for Chuck (Owner) before your next show or event. "He'll work something out with you!" He was so very courteous and gave me a grand tour of the newly remodeled storefront. It is amazing what he did with the place. Star Status Ent had a store/studio there less than a year ago and it looked nothing like the spot i was in that day. I was quite impressed with the layout. He had 2 live camens (baby alligator- I'd just missed them feeding it a rat- darn!) in the fishtank visible in the pic. Very upscale- plenty of smedium tees with ornate details. I must warn you if you only have enough budgeted for a white or black tee- maybe a lil airbrush-- run don't walk away from this store. HIGH END is exactly how it sounds. Specializing in clothing for the urban chic male, patrons understand that they are going to kick out before they even see the 3 plasma tvs, custom-made Cali-style bike in the middle of the store, private dressing room with leather couches....i won't go on. Custom studded Baseball caps (by a fancy designer who's name I don't know cause I am totally not fashion conscious in the trendy sense) start at $60. Very Cute! Ima go see if I can get the hook up!

    Ooh of Brown F.I.S.H. (@ the Soul Sonic Show)

    He will be hosting the first ever all female hip hop revenue on March 4th in the Belvedere Hotel's Inc Club (basement). Show starts at 9 and the hot tub will be on. Big Ups to Urban Visions (divine-ideals)!!! DJ P-Funk will be on the ones and twos. Performers include B Fly, Ms Kitty, Shellbe Raw, Golden Seal and I am sure more will be announced in the coming weeks. This is guarantted to he a hot show. Extrememly liberating! Come on out and support gyrl power - b gyrl power - that is!


    The N.O.M. Click are Baaaaack!!!

    Check E-Z (pictured white hat) out this week on 92Q's Tuesday Night Fight. He won last week (Congrats!) Dude is niiice with it! The N.O.M. Click's energy level is ALWAYS amazing. I love to watch them perform. They've been M.I.A. for a second, but are back with brand new material and a new member. Caught these guys along with Unreal at this week's Old School Mondays @ the 5 Seaons. They both kilt it! Unreal has a new mixtape on the streets. Visit his site... he has some cuts on there. I got mine from Bosslady...she is always on her grind!


    posted by C Love "The Rap Addict" @ 2/17/2006 06:18:00 PM   2 comments
    Feb 16, 2006
    Mixtapes, Cable TV and Undersound Hip Hop....
    I was just commenting to someone that I hadn't heard anything from Boss Man in a minute and voile' Not sure if this news is old to some, but it was news to me... Boss Man has a new CD hosted by Bigmike and DJ Envy. His last mixtape was hosted by Envy...I didnt get one. Damn! I must admit it was kinda cool when I stumbled upon this interview in a really indirect way. The internet is amazing. Check out the comments.
    PX has been everywhere lately. They performed at Style Warz then again at Old School Mondays at the 5 Seasons (Big Ups Star Status Entertainment and Sonny Brown). There may be another spot that I am leaving out because I have been running into these brothers alot. Congrats are in order- NEW PX -TRACKS -FEATURED ON FX'S #1 SHOW EMMY NOMINATED "THE SHEILD " NEW SEASON! (sorry the pic is so light. Then are a lil darker in person).Congrats to "Mr Back packers and Bentley's" Eyekon. With a new compilation CD and a distribution deal...I bet you have a lot to smile about these days. You can check out Eyekon (pictured with Zu Kenny and his pretty lady friend) on March, 13 2006 at Under Sound Music Presents: A Night w/ Zion I @ Sonar 407 Saratoga Street, Baltimore, MD 21202 Cost: $10 According to his myspace page: This is a special event brought to you by Under Sound Music and the folks at Sonar. The Bay Area's own Zion I for one night only in B'more featuring a supporting cast of Under Sound artists including Eyekon, Breaka, Days Dirges and Ab Rock. Join us as we present hip hop how it's supposed to be done.

    Sounds like a hot show. I'll no doubt be there!

    posted by C Love "The Rap Addict" @ 2/16/2006 04:39:00 PM   4 comments
    Feb 13, 2006
    Oh...how soon we forget!
    Wu Tang Clan Ain't Nothing to F*ck Wit!
    I think I told myself that I didn't want to go see the Wu Tang Clan perform (2/12/06 @ Sonar) partly because I couldn't see myself paying $50 for a ticket (ego) and partly because while I loved the New York thug imagery (mysterious articulate tough guy)...I wasn't caught up in the pandamonium that can only be described as Wu Mania. Naaaaaaaaaaaah, Lemme stop lying! Wu Tang! Wu Tang! Before I forget.....Many thanks Top of the Hill Records. Yall are my peoples for real! Don't get me wrong....I liked quite a few songs by them - together, but always thought their sound prolly resonated most with young rambunctious men. It wasn't until "Cuban Linx" that they made an obvious song for the women. Ice Cream was that heat! I always thought they were trendsetters -- long before people were willing to fuse hip hop with other mediums-they were doin it. Their unique lingo & slang (the Wu were some very conscious dudes when you break down the content)....that sexy accent.....the gritty, complex tales turned timeless anthems [that can still turn a party out--to this day!] combined with the RZA's unique take on sampling and beat construction...made them a red dress at a black tie affair (think about the times). There was nothing jiggly pop or flashy about them. I think it was during this era [the 90's] that hip hop became the new punk. The Wu [then later MOP] were hip hop rockers and really cultivated the need for their brand of music. While it is not commercial in the classic sense, their music resonates with a wide spectrum of people. Their hooks and diverse personas are what stand out in my mind when considering what makes them easy to digest. I am not sure what came first -- my appreciation for anime and kung fu flicks or Wu Tang really emphazing it with their names and titles- but the whole culture/artform is intriguing me. I would be lying if I said what they "said" had no impact on which movie I picked up and in many cases, became my favorite. Best Kung Fu Flick, "Born Invincible"....OMG! you have got to see it...if you've seen it, you owe me some dap. Its amazing how that many super stars joined forces to take their message global. Also, too...I noticed an absense of egos on their first album (after watching their set). Method Man who later went on to be the break out artist of the group (IMO)...mainly contributed his flavor to hooks only. That is amazing in retrospect.
    The Wu were scheduled to take the stage at 11:00pm. PorkChop (PC - 92Q Rap Attack) was holding it down as host for the evening and DJ Impulse was killin us softly on the tables. The crowd didnt seem to either know PC or care about him other than him being the one to introduce the Wu. I know he is not used to that-- everyone LOVES Pork. PC and Steez (Lander Sonar promotions) engaged in brotherly comraderie....hugging each other a few times! LOL! Dammit...if ever I needed a better camera. Impulse really did his thang!!! He all over the place with his musical selections, but I enjoyed how he made everything relevant. If I could have sat while he spun...it would have been so much better. He was on the stage rockin for the entire 3 hours or so before the Wu's DJ took ova. I was amazed at how cool he remained (and continue to not play Wu records...LOL!) .........through the repeated cycles of "WU WU WU WU WU WU WU WU WU WU" that would ripple through the warehouse every so often. I wonder if it was intentional? ....you know to make people want the Wu that much more? Touche' if you were playing with our head DJ Impulse.....it worked marvelousely darling. I will be looking for your name. I tell ya...the white boys can really spin. Not to descriminate...but its definitely a tribute to an educational system that encouraged an appreciation for all kinds of musical sounds (aka exposure). Another dude...Krucial (Third Kind)--BEAST!! Its time to integrate some more parties!!!
    All the wu were there ...when they finally took the stage about 11:45 PM ...One by one they filed out.... (not in actual order)
    Ol' Dirty Bastard (was most def their in spirit)
    Cappadona (who by the way....kilt it! He really is Wu!)
    They all looked really good too.
    Method Man is still the sexiest Wu. His energy and willingness to put it all on the line at a LIVE show is remarkable. He seemed to be going for the reaction everytime--whether it was balance beaming the edge of the stage (early on) ...crowd diving backwards (as the night progressed). And to think...I think he had on a thermal top & I still found him utterly irresistable. When he performed M-E-T-H-O-D MAN....I thought I was gonna fall out, but I was quickly snapped back into reality by several grown ass men thrashing into one another and me in the process of them showing their excitement. I realized last night that for many, The Wu were their first introduction to the "black subcultural" and under belly known as "poverty with pride". We all know pride can lead to some very distructive behavior. I remember the first time I heard Raekwon utter those now famous words (from C.R.E.A.M).......... I was hooked from the jump: (LOL! I know you can already hear ODB humming or chanting - whatever it is he was doing in the background)
    I grew up on the crime side, the New York Times side
    Staying alive was no jive
    Had second hands, moms bounced on old man
    So then we moved to Shaolin land
    A young youth, yo rockin the gold tooth, 'Lo goose
    Only way, I begin to G' off was drug loot
    And let's start it like this son, rollin with this one
    And that one, pullin out gats for fun
    But it was just a dream for the teen, who was a fiend
    Started smokin woolies at sixteen
    And running up in gates, and doing hits for high stakes
    Making my way on fire escapes
    No question I would speed, for cracks and weed
    The combination made my eyes bleed
    No question I would flow off, and try to get the dough off
    Sticking up white boys in ball courts
    My life got no better, same damn 'Lo sweater
    Times is ruff and tuff like leather
    Figured out I went the wrong route
    So I got with a sick ass click and went all out
    Catchin keys from across seas Rollin in MPV's,
    every week we made forty G's
    Yo nigga respect mine, or anger the tech nine
    Ch-chick-POW! Wu from the gate now
    Can you feel that?
    That description was so vivid....you could feel that man's pain. The Chef [on that day] was a master story teller (griot). He laid out a scenario and I could see it. Although I've heard the GZA describe the meager means with which they created their early works...it is that basement studio sounds that will forever define an era. You couldn't make a Wu 36 Chambers album today. One of the unexpected highlights of the evening. Ghostface had the DJ play "Laffy Taffy" and proceeded to make fun of it. Commenting on its mediocracy. While I wholeheartedly agreed, I had fun enciting the people around me by singing and dancing along with DL4. I think they are clowns and the song is so stupid, but it works. I think the North's problem is that they want to call the Southern rap music junk instead of working on good Northern music. You NEVER hear Southern artists go on a Northerm slur campaign. Humilty is in needed.....but none the less it was still funny to see Ghost's super sexy ass make fun of the song. His laugh was soooo hot! #%@$@&!*$^ I think I want to have his love child now...LOL! No body before them nor after (IMO) has made you want to know more about where they are from despite it being the grimiest of the grimiest. If only Bmore could perfect this art. I now see why people often compare the Dipset with the Wu. While I think its premature to really engage in any real debate about the validity of this opinion, I do think that the dipset is embraced for many of the same reasons Wu fans did with them early on. I wonder if DipSet considers the Wu as their role models. Now, how do we get these brothers to use that influence for good? (That is another topic!) The venacular (NYC baby! almost another language)...the pride in how they "get by" (whatever means required)....the "take me as I am" approach to packaging and marketing and cult like adoration of millions of fans is proof that selling records now-a-days is much more about have a message/movement that people can get behind. I noticed it similarily at the KRS One show...sadly, hip hop for a good majority of black people is the music of youth...But there is hope....the people I saw last night will ensure that (like The Grateful Dead or Rolling Stones) the Wu will live on forever.
    Back to the show.......my mind wanders
    I must report that there were few black people in the spot. For some that is a GREAT! ("No n*ggas...groovy hip hop vibes with love and positivity") or WTF? (How you gonna have a hip hop show --let alone the MF*IN WU???? & there be no colored folk in the front row???) The air in the spot was weird not sure the best way to explain it from my perspective. I'll just give you one scenario & ima let it go cause I don't want to offend the priets, right wing conservates, Bush cronnies and nice soccer moms who I'd like to continue reading my blog.
    Yall know how much the Wu say nigga....LOL!
    Just imagine a room full of people saying every last word and sound except nigga...LOL! That ish was hillarious...and the real self-conscious ones (the ones that haven't made up their minds about whether its a bad word or not or they've decided that they don't mean it in the "slave master to Toby" way)...were looking at me (an prolly the nearest colored person to see what the reaction was- at them saying it or leaving it out)...LOL! Next weird thing or "interesting" observation....white people enjoy "rowdy" music waaaaaaaaaaaaaay different that most African Americans. You could be my favorite act in the world....i could want so bad to tell my neighbor what a glorious sensation this person brings me (sounds like im in church -halelujah), but I won't. I still have to maintain my cool. Yall trust your fellow man a whole lot more than we do [on average...LOL!] Ima stay in the square I paid for and enjoy the show and be really really really offended if you get too close.......so it should come as no surprise when I say jumping around wild and uncontrollably while pumping your fists and swaying whenever compelled is WAAAAAAAAAAAAAY out of the freakin question. I got "a lil closer" to more people than I ever wanted. Some asshole got a free squeeze of my ba-dunk too...shit's so childish! Was I looking like some "feel me up" hoochie last night?
    There were several opening acts that can't really remember. The first group was very close to getting booed off the stage-literally. That was funny! -- sorry. Someone should have told them where they were...[WELCOME TO BALTIMORE CITY] especially the female accompaniment with the pink & orange mo hawk. See..I was feelin it...it was on a Philly Afro Punk - Macy Gray kinda groove. Very show bizzy and theatrical, but this was a Wu Reunion show...WOW! Who owed who $$$ and so they figured putting this group on would even the debt. They really enhanced the mood in the smoke filled room of die hard Wu fans waiting to thrash themselves [or another] around. It was all Tres' bizzare. Theodore Unit was in the buildin! They performed a song or 2...well the most popular member was there anyway...where were the rest of the guys- I don't know???
    The beauty of live performance is that it can make you want to learn more about the artist. I advise my clients to perform as much as possible. Last night makes me want to pull out the Wu Double album (that one had a few nice cuts on there) and wild out alone....looks like it might be kinda fun to do it...provided I can guaranteed I wont get hit with a stray elbow or hard foot on my big toe (some fool got me good last night!). I might even go out and buy 36 Chambers or Tical (that was my favorite Method Man album). Last night was a great night....hung out with my people from Top of the Hill Records (Bunnie and Tim--I will be writing something on them soon), Kelly (who I know got some pulitzer prize (for photo journalism)-- winning pics), Third Kind (Fat Boi and Robbenbeatz), Kariz (Bangin Beats) and even met up with my partner in rhyme...P-Funk! Wish I would have got to meet them or take a pic, but I still have time. The music was awesome despite a few sound glitches. I am so glad I was able to go. Oh &...........I know my pics suck...I am taking donations towards the camera I want...... anyways [smarty]....I went to the show..you didn't.... you should be happy im willing to share my joy...do you know how rare that is today...LOL!
    Jethro (liquor Box)

    Why did I post those?...... If you were there....you would respect these pics!!!! You would understand the drama I went through for them to be possible.....This TRULY was a historic event!

    WU FAN 4 LIFE!!!

    posted by C Love "The Rap Addict" @ 2/13/2006 07:20:00 PM   8 comments
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