Pop Culture, Race & Politics

Break On Through: Understand Where I’m Coming From?

So I’m black.

(Don’t you love when I open up with that line? It’s like a precursor to some race based observation on something race-related. Like NASCAR. Thank you.)

I had the privilege of growing up in very different circumstances. For instance, during my early years, I was raised by my white mother (as my father, though around, was in another country preparing me for a new family), in a black populated area. Some might call them projects, I choose to call them very low-to-no income housing.

What transpired can only be called a social experiment in whether or not white people can truly raise black kids. While my other black peers were listening to Michael Jackson and Prince, I was listening to Michael Jackson and AC/DC. Or ZZ Top. Or Ratt. Or my personal favorite, Judas Priest.

And you couldn’t tell me nothing about Ozzy Osbourne and Black Sabbath. I was diehard.

At 5.

At age 6, my younger sister and I, heavy metal and motorcycle boots in tow, left my mother’s care in Michigan and moved in with my father in Germany. So you can imagine the culture clash that was little Panama and his new soon-to-be sisters and mother. Have a look see.

Panama’s New Sister-To-Be: I just got that new Janet Jackson!! Controoooooooool!

Porno for Pyro’s Panama: Umm…do you have any Judas Priest? I really like Judas Priest. Or maybe some Ratt.

Panama’s NSTB: What is Judas Priest?!?!!!! Mommy, this new boy that you all brought home just curseded!

(Actually, my sister couldn’t speak English very well at that point since she was going to German school. Little known Panama fact, I taught one of my sisters how to read in English. At age 7. )

PP Panama: *two fingers in the air in Satan/Texas Longhorn salute* Rock on!!!!!

Now this was all a social experiment because my mother’s musical tastes became mine. Kind of like how Kanye said he was very feminine and gay acting in high school because he was raised with his mother. Except not even remotely similar.

With my mother’s musical tastes, I often became the kid that folks didn’t understand. Buying toy bats (of the flying variety) and trying to bite their heads off a la Ozzy will do that to you. However, over time I gained my parents appreciation for “black” music. I started getting into Alexander O’Neal, Michael Jackson (even more), Prince, and of course all the old school soul music my parents had stored up in their record collection. Talk about confusion. It got even worse in middle school. I’d go from listening to Guns ‘N Roses to the Geto Boys in about 3 seconds flat. Skid Row?? Def Leppard?

Homey, pour some sugar on me.

So where is all of this going? Well its going here. My mother’s influence on my early musical tastes have helped me TREMENDOUSLY in life. It allowed me to be way more open-minded in my music than a lot of folks I knew growing up. I’d be rocking my Green Day albums while my friends in high school thought I was listening to that “white music” too much.

Dude, they had an album called Dookie. I was like 13. Who couldn’t get behind that?

And it’s amazing that at this point in my life the vast array of music I listen too. I’ll go from listening to the Blackbyrds to listening to the Doors (as I’m doing right now…I think the classic rock song “Light My Fire” might be one of my new favorite songs of all time). I have thousands of CD’s at this point (on last count) and you’ll find some of the strangest shit ever in that mix. Hell I still purchase music.

I have all of my old school music segregated since I like to consider those albums the gems of my collection. But mixed in with those are my Guns ‘N Roses Appetite for Destruction album, my Doors albums, my Rolling Stones and Beatles albums, though I seriously think the Beatles are WAY overrated.

Yeah I said it!! I’m a gangsta. And I hate Jim Jones.

I often wonder why we, as black folks, are so quick to dismiss rock music (or any other type of music not done by black folks), especially since about 90 percent of the early rock music is just blues music being sung by white boys. Granted, the music was taken and given life by the new white audiences who couldn’t care about the black originators, but alas, if it’s good it’s good. And how many people REALLY don’t listen to rock because of the racism behind it? Not very many. Most folks don’t because it’s “that white sh*t.” Hell, I used to hate on country music. HARD. That was until I started listening to Johnny Cash. Now I’m hooked. And if you don’t think Johnny is country, then I listen to Kris Kristofferson too. The Highwaymen rocked.

I don’t know how people listen to solely rap or R&B all day long. It would truly drive me nuts. Especially with all the great jazz out there. Speaking of jazz and obscure R&B, it wasn’t until college and I met one of my boys who probably introduced me to more jazz and 70′s era soul music than you can shake an old cat at, that I even got into jazz. This dude’s knowledge and catalog is extensive but I was open to learning. Now I’m like niggas with Independence Airline tickets…on a whole nother plane.

Get it? Cuz they shut down…

*rimshot*

Aww go to hell.

Anyway, I know how I got to how I am; how’d you get to where you are?

Put a little love in your heart.

-VSB P aka THE ARSONIST aka TANGLE JIG P aka GIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIRL HE A 3

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Damon Young

Panama Jackson is pretty fly for a light guy. He used to ship his frito to Tito in the District, but shipping prices increased so he moved there to save money. When he's not saving humanity with his words or making music with his mouth, you can find him at your mama's mama's house drinking her fine liquors. Most importantly, he believes the children are our future.

  • editgirl

    Why did you go from living with your mother to living with your father at the age of 5?

    • http://www.twitter.com/SmartFoxGirl SmartFoxGirl

      Yeah, that kind of hurt me reading that. That must have been rough for young PJ. Don’t expect him to explain though. lol His goonish self will downplay young PJ’s sadness.

      • Breezy

        Yeah…I think he might need to sit on someone’s coach, lean back and embrace the sadness of his youth…lol.

      • Aly

        Why does it hurt you to read that? My son went to live with his father around the same age. No big deal, Dad’s can raise kids too lol.

        • editgirl

          Of course but a child usually cannot understand why this is happenning. If you live with one parent for nearly a dedicate and then move to another continent, which means you’re not around the parent anymore, then I expect it will impact your psyche.

          • Aly

            Ahh, I see. For some reason I thought you guys were focused on the fact that he lived with his Dad instead of his Mom. But you’re right, moving across the world could be pretty traumatic.

        • http://www.twitter.com/SmartFoxGirl SmartFoxGirl

          Of course dad’s can. I’m referring to the child though. I know it would hurt me to be away from the mother that raised me as a kid. If I sent my daughter to live with her dad, she’d be devastated but that’s my child, everyone is different I guess.

          • Aly

            I hear you. I suppose it depends on the relationship that the child has with their Dad in the first place. My son and his Dad were already extremely close so the transition wasn’t that rough.

            • MJoy

              My youngest son is almost two and I give it two more years before he’s packing his bags and trying to leave me. Him and his dad are already so freaking close… it makes me mad!

              Yay for him. A black boy with a loving, supportive father. blah blah blah, but where is the momma love!?!??!

              I kid… kinda.

            • editgirl

              But, the blog points out that his father wasn’t very present in those first few years.

      • http://verysmartbrothas.com Panama Jackson

        lol. you take life as its handed to you, even at 6.

        but know that my mother made the best decision she could for her children.

        • http://www.twitter.com/SmartFoxGirl SmartFoxGirl

          That’s a hard decision for any mother to make so I’m sure she did. No shade to mama PJ.

        • A Woman’s Eyes

          Children are uber-resilient. Watch the children and how they adapt around the world. God bless the children.

    • http://verysmartbrothas.com Panama Jackson

      life happens. that goes into the PJ files.

      but i have sat on somebody’s couch before to talk about life. funny thing is, if you let the therapist tell it, the things that I dont think were that big a deal were actually traumatic experiences.

      anyway…story for another day.

      • nillalatte

        “things that I dont think were that big a deal were actually traumatic experiences.”

        It’s all about perspective. There are things in my life other folks would consider ‘traumatic’, but to me, like you said, life happens. We deal with it, we move on.

      • editgirl

        I like this blog post because you revealed something hidden. Well, at least something that I did not know. And, the first thing I thought, does this have an impact on your relationship with women? This blog has stated that men should not date women with an absentee father but –from my memory– I don’t recall anything addressing mommy issues. And, let’s face it, we all have parental issues. Even people in two parent households. But, I’d love for you to chat more about what impact, if anything, this has had on your dating life.

  • That Ugly Kid

    Most of it came from my older sister. The rest was influenced by my older cousin. My sister is 13 years older than me and she is a diehard 2Pac fan. That’s all she would listen to and since I was always trying to hang around her, that’s all I ended up listening to as well. Even though I was ages 4-6 during this time (I was born in 1990) I still understood every single thing Pac rapped about. Never liked Biggie though. I mean, he’s decent but…meh, I can name about 15 rappers better than him. Later on around the age of 7-8, she introduced me to Eminem, imo, the greatest rapper ever. My first Eminem experience was “Forgot About Dre”. Been a huge fan ever since.

    My cousin is 4 years older than me. He’s the one who introduced me to Lil Wayne back during the Cash Money/Hot Boyz days. We used to record all of their music videos on VHS. My cousin also put me on R&B, my first taste being Ginuwine. And yes, I know how that sounded. So. What.

    • That Ugly Kid

      Oh and as for Rock, which I’m a HUGE fan of, I was introduced to that via videogames. I’d play Madden or any other sports game with a soundtrack, hear a song, look up the artist, and there you have it. And I agree, The Beatles are overrated as ever. The Rolling Stones are way better. “Paint It Black” will forever remain in my Top 3 Rock songs of all time. I listen to most genres of music except for Blugrass, Country, and Screamo. I even have a decent sized collection of Japanese pop/rock music.

      • https://twitter.com/#!/mackaroto Jay

        Your whole post makes me sad. Sad because you were born in 1990 which makes me feel old as hell Sad because you think that Tupac is a better rapper than Biggie and you think that Eminem is the greatest rapper ever. Sad because your first inroduction to R&B music was Ginuwine. Sad because you were introduced to Rock by video games. There’s nothing wrong with any of this. It just gives me a glimpse into the mind and experiences of the next generation.

        I can’t believe that you guys think that The Beatles are overrated. I mean yeah they were the first boy band ever and the entire world lost their f*cking minds over them… they were overrated in the sense that no artist or band EVER deserves this much praise, but musically they are amazing. They took psychadelic rock to a new level. They essentially CREATED pop music. That may not sound like such a great thing due to the current state of pop music but its highly commendable. They revolutionized songwriting and I think you’d be hard pressed to name a better songwriting duo than Lennon/McCartney. The only weakness that I can think of is that they were a rock band and none of them could really shred. But, not counting Ringo, the drummer, they were all amazing guitarists. The only way that they were overrated is in the fact that, no they were not “bigger than Jesus” as John Lennon stupidly stated, or in the fact that every high school kid discovers the Beatles, knows how great they are supposed to be, and just basically d*ckrides without actually listening to their catalogue.

        • That Ugly Kid

          Lol, I mention a few times in past comments that I was 22. When the friggin frak did you think I was born lol? And I say the Beatles are overrated because they said to be better than The Rolling Stones, which I just can’t fathom. I’m not denying they have some talent, but aside from John Lennon, everyone else was just “exceptional”.

          And yes, 2Pac will forever be better than Biggie. Quite of few rappers are better than Biggie.

          – Eminem (him being white is actually a handicap)
          – Jay-Z (the most consistant rapper in history, would be #1 if it weren’t for Em’s ungodly awesome lyricism)
          – 2Pac (Released 3 classics, Me Against The World, All Eyez On Me, Don Killuminati)
          – Nas (Illmatic, It Was Written)
          – Kanye West (FOUR of his five solo albums are classics. The only exception being 808s, which was still pretty good)

          I can go on but, you get where I’m going with this. Oh and Andre 3000, Lupe Fiasco, and Common were next on list. Just sayin…

          • https://twitter.com/#!/mackaroto Jay

            OK, you raise good points. Allow me to retort….

            Eminem is the best TECHNICAL rapper in history. If subject matter, soul, swag, and street cred didn’t matter in hip hop he would be #1. And not even for his albums. Its the freestyles that Eminems flexes on. Of course most them aren’t real freestyles but no ones are anymore so I don’t fault him for that. But he is untouchable in that realm nonetheless. Jay-z is the best rapper ever IMO. Kanye West is not a better rapper than Biggie… NOT EVEN CLOSE. He’s a better musician. He’s a better artist. But not a better rapper. Common is not better than Biggie. Lupe Fiasco?? The cat that just dropped the “fiasco” that was “Lasers”?? That guy? 3000 would give Big a run for his money. Can’t fault you for that one.

            • That Ugly Kid

              Oh let me explain. When I say rapper, I mean artist/musician. If I want to focus solely on a artist’s lyrical ability, I say lyricist. Just needed to clear that up. That’s why I said Kanye was a better rapper than Biggie. I agree that as a lyricist Biggie’s better. But as an artist? Kanye all day errday. And yes, I know how terrible Lasers was. I downlo…er…legally bought it and was upset with my purchase. You can’t judge an artist’s entire career from one bad album. If that’s the case Jay-Z wouldn’t be up there, Nas, etc. When I look at Lupe’s entire catalog he’s better than Biggie.

              And the reason why I say Em is the greatest is because as a white guy, he’s handicapped. He can’t rap about bling, cars, drugs and the likes because he’ll be laughed at. So right off the bat his subject matter is limited. Can’t make race jokes (about blacks at least), again, another limitation. Yet he still dominates every single track he’s on. Hell, he made his comeback by embarrassing everyone on Drake’s “Forever”.

              • DQ

                So this entire conversation actually happened, and at no point is Rakim Allah even mentioned? Y’all are really gonna do that?

                If you go on innovation, GOAT is Rakim, it’s not even close.
                If you go with most ridiculous flow, it’s Eminem (though Big PUN, & Twista give him a run for his money)
                If you go on all factors (longevity, consistency, sales, realism, influence, accolades, flow, lyrics) hands down it has to be Jay-Z. I don’t even know what kind of Jay-Z hate you have to have in your heart to name anyone else (but it is hate). It feels like Kobe syndrome. We don’t all like Kobe, but his career work is UNDENIABLE.

                • That Ugly Kid

                  And that’s where I’d have to disagree. The only factors I’d give you on Jay-Z are influence and longevity.

                  Sales: Eminem’s 8 albums total to about 90 million, Jay-Z 14 albums total to around 55 million. So Em wins this one. And it’s not close.

                  Realism: This one can be a draw. They were both real in their own way. They both touched on issues personal to them. Depends on who you vibe with more.

                  Lyrics: Eminem wins this one. He was a better story teller than Jay-Z for most of his career. And you can truly feel the emotion and angst in his lyrics. Not that you couldn’t with Jay-Z, but Eminem was stronger.

                  Creativity: Stan. Enough said.

                  Flow: Eminem, and it’s no contest. His freestyles, his rap battles (go on youtube and look them up, he’s f*cking nasty), his masterful employment of literary devices, the fact that he outshines everyone on any song he’s featured (including Jay-Z), yea, no one comes close. And Twista wasn’t technical, he just rapped fast.

                  • https://twitter.com/#!/IluminatiNYC Todd

                    The fact that you haven’t mentioned Rakim Allah, the God of MC or, as I like to call him, the Bard of Wyandanch saddens me. Seriously. Go listen to the Paid in Full album right now. Go. I’ll be here when you get back.

                    • Sandpaper

                      Big Daddy Kane>>>Rakim.

                      That is all.

                    • http://pervertedalchemist.blogspot.com/ Perverted Alchemist

                      If there is anyone who should be credited with changing the game in hip hop as far as lyricism, only Rakim and Rakim alone shold that title.

                      Although Todd, I wouldn’t go with “Paid In Full” as the default pick- that would be too easy. I say switch it out with “Let The Rhythm Hit ‘Em”.

                  • DQ

                    It’s not a draw, you can only talk about your mom like she ruined your life and killing your girl friend so many times before dudes be like, We off that. The money and cars that Jay-Z talks about, Jay-Z actually has. Rappers talk about stuff that they don’t/haven’t lived all the time. Jay-Z actually is. Jay-Z built his own label from the ground up. Jay-Z got into the game on the strength of Jaz, Eminem got into the game on the strength of Producer Legend Dre. Advantage Jay-Z. Most #1 albums: Jay-Z, beating out the likes of Elvis. I’ll let that speak for itself. Creativity? Did you actually hear 22 2’s? Do you remember the Friend or Foe concept that spanned 2 albums? Better story teller? This is the only one that could be a draw to me. I think they were both good story tellers (though neither had nothing on Biggie).

                    Ok Twista just rapped fast, like Eminem just used metaphors. I think when you say it that way you realize you are completely underselling dudes talent.

                    • https://twitter.com/#!/mackaroto Jay

                      Right. Not to mention Jay-z has IMO the greatest most slept on album in the history of hip-hop: Reasonable Doubt. I only say slept on because its place in hip hop history is unquestionable but… IT DIDN’T EVEN GO PLATINUM. The source went back almost 10 years later and gave it the 5 mics that it deserved. And like DQ said you can talk about being bullied, and hating your mom(not commendable), killing your baby’s mom, doing every drug in the book, and a bunch of other silly sh*t and thats ok but you can’t compare that with TRUE STREET POETRY.

                      One reason that Eminem can be so flexible lyrically is because he can talk about any fantastical scenario or BS situation… in other words he can make stuff up. And he gets a pass talking about a lot of stuff because he’s white. If a black MC talked about some of the same people would be like…”This corny a$$ n*gga”. And regardless of what you say, being white is RARELY EVER a drawback in ANY situation in America. Why do you think he sold so much!? In large part because he’s white. White kids were already into hip hop. Then along comes Em, who can actually spit, and he’s talking about things that they can relate to, OF COURSE he’s gonna sell like hotcakes. Not to mention all of the black hip hop fans, myself included, that will buy it just because he’s dope. Its like Elvis or your beloved Rolling Stones. Black performers had been doing what they were doing since FOREVER. When its repackaged in a white form. All of a sudden its like WOW!! FOH.

                      Just growing up as a kid in America I can relate to a lot of Eminem’s subject matter. But also being a kid you grew up in the hood, in the crack era, I can relate even more to what Jay-z talks about. Not that I was a hustler or no sh*t like that. Never sold a drug in my life but I had to deal with the consequences of crack on a daily basis growing up. Jay-z poetically showed the mind of the hustler from HUMAN perspective. He will go down as the voice of the crack era. He showed why these guys that America deemed “the bad guy” were the way that they were. He lived the life, he built his own company, he was the hustler who was clever enough to get out intact… and then THRIVE. His is a story that deals with being black, and living in the gutters of America which is what the crack epidemic was about when it comes right down to it. Somehow thats more important and impressive to me than rapping about angst, insecurity, and lightweight-nihilism.

          • http://asiyah3.wordpress.com Asiyah

            I agree with TUK that 2pac is better than Biggie. Sorry folks. However, Biggie is among the greatest, in my opinion. I didn’t feel this way until recently. Maybe it’s because I got older and started listening to things differently.

            As I said in my own post, I don’t find the Beatles way overrated, but I do admit that HS students listen to them and suddenly jump on the “BEATLES!” bandwagon. That’s what makes them overrated. The number of people who only consider them great based on their reputation. Once you put that aside, you will discover that they are great, especially because of their weaknesses.

            The Rolling Stones are great, as well. I never feel the need to compare or juxtapose the Beatles and the Stones because I feel they have different sounds. “Paint it Black” is amazing! So is “You can’t always get what you want.”

            • http://uphereoncloud9.wordpress.com Wu Young, Agent of M.E.

              I like both groups but I never compared them because the Beatles were mostly a pop group. Dope pop though. When I think rock star Keith and Mick’s names are what come to mind.

              • http://asiyah3.wordpress.com Asiyah

                For real. To me they weren’t the same and they never claimed to be the same so I never saw the need for “beef” between Beatles and Stones fans.

        • Iceprincess

          Aaaah, the age-old pac/biggie discussion. #teampacforever! Biggie runs a very very close second tho. Delivery, it goes to biggie. Content, pac all the way.

          • https://twitter.com/#!/mackaroto Jay

            What!!! You got that backwards. I can think of at least 10 rappers better than Pac. 2pac IMO was will always be THE most charismatic rapper ever. But technically he was just OK. His delivery matched the way he lived his life… RAW, impetuous so even if Pac was lying you would ALWAYS believe whatever he was saying. Biggie was smooth, he was clever, he was witty, he had wordplay. Pac was more gangsta rap(I hate that term but use it for lack of a better one…). The only way that Pac had better content was on the strength that Pac was more political. But I hate how people talk about how Pac could be political and positive one second then Thug Life and “I don’t give a f*ck” the next like it was a positive. Oh he’s so multi-faceted and its a dichotomy… no ITS HYPOCRITICAL.

            P.S. When I was a teenager 2pac was my favorite rapper.

            • DQ

              Tupac was probably the most real, most authentic, most genuine rapper there ever was. I think that’s what made his appeal so great. He said what he meant, and he meant what he said – even if he was a bit askew sometimes. He never minced words and told the truth as he saw it, consequences be damned. I think that’s also an appeal of Eminem. A lot of people got upset about his talk about drugs and violence but damn if he didn’t describe some people I grew up with in my hometown in many of his raps.

              Biggie hands down was the best story teller I have ever heard. Y’all can $h!t on him and say this and that about this flow, but I’d bet money you can’t name another rapper with his ability to walk you through a story and make you feel like you were there. I think the saddest thing about Biggie is that I think his 3rd album would have been a monster like Outkast’s Aquemini was a monster… and we are forever denied the opportunity to hear it.

            • http://pervertedalchemist.blogspot.com/ Perverted Alchemist

              Jay said everything I wanted to say, with the exception of the P.S. part. One of my favorite rappers in the 90’s is told in my username (Hint: It’s the name of his publishing company).

              • https://twitter.com/#!/IluminatiNYC Todd

                Jeru Tha Damaja? I thought dude was as local as Q from Juice. I’m impressed. You have impeccable taste.

                • http://pervertedalchemist.blogspot.com/ Perverted Alchemist

                  Only a real hip hop head would have caught that reference. I love Jeru, man. “Wrath Of The Math” was one of my top five hip hop albums from ’96.

            • http://asiyah3.wordpress.com Asiyah

              “I can think of at least 10 rappers better than Pac. 2pac IMO was will always be THE most charismatic rapper ever. But technically he was just OK. ”

              I agreed with everything except that he was just ok. I think he was good, but there were others that were better. But that charisma! And the fact that he admitted he was flawed and didn’t act all hard all the time, I appreciated that. I grew up in the hood with too many people acting like they were invincible. 2pac was humbled after going to jail. And he readily admitted that. Much respect.

            • http://moacn.wordpress.com Sir Farouk

              I think people forget that charisma and passion are part of what make a good MC, Tupac made you feel like what he was saying was the most important ish you had ever heard and he sounded like he knew what he was talking about. Tupac was also multi-faceted rapper he could rap about a range of topics and at some point was very socially conscious. Biggie flows better and probably rhymed liked a beast but 100 years from now people are still going to be quoting some poignant observation Tupac made about being black in america. IMO that is. Tupac was more than rapper, he was a poet, philosopher, prophet of hip hop and just a badass, “anyone who wants to bring it, bring it” Before Ether, there was hit em’ up!

              • Justmetheguy

                Standing Ovation for Sir Forouk. It’s really not as technical as so many people make it. Pac was just…the real deal. He made complex topics simple and he made you FEEL him, not just hear him like the vast majority of good rappers. He made complex topics simple (ala Bob Marley) but too often I hear rappers making simple topics complex. I prefer the former. Also he struck me as someone who cared as much and was as angry, depressed, frustrated, and concerned with social issues as I was. He cared and he got it. And he “broke it down to a neighborhood slang” (as Big Gipp said) as opposed to over intellectualizing sh*t. G.O.A.T. to me, because lyricism is only one aspect of being a rapper/MC imo.

                • http://asiyah3.wordpress.com Asiyah

                  Precisely what I love about Tupac, Justmetheguy. I truly felt that he earned that name.

        • http://verysmartbrothas.com Panama Jackson

          honestly…i’ve listened to and OWN a vast majority of the Beatles catalog. and i still they they’re overrated.

          now, do i think that they brought stuff to the table that forever changes music. absolutely. but i just never liked as much of their music as i thought i’d need to which means i never got the worship.

    • http://afrikanmami.blogspot.com African Mami

      iDIED! You are just a kid?! 1990?!!!!!! Ya’ll are already commenting on grown boards. Jesus!!!!

      • http://www.iamyourpeople.com I Am Your People

        LOL! Anyone 1991 or earlier is legal drinking age. Anyone else afterward gets the sideeye

        • LMNOP

          91??? Its been 21 years already? I don’t know how all these little kids from the nineties grew up so fast.

          • Kema

            lol! Seems like it was yesterday

      • LMNOP

        Have you noticed how it seems like they are selling cigarettes to babies these days? like they’ll have a sign saying you have to have been born before 1994, and I’m like “WHAT??” I remember 1994. It was not that long ago, but somehow people born then are now “grown ups.” And every year it just gets worse, in a few years it will be born in 2000. its CraZy i tell ya.

        • http://www.twitter.com/SmartFoxGirl SmartFoxGirl

          LOL I notice that too. I was 14 in 1994. I’m getting old. :-(

          • The Law

            I graduated high school in 1994. :( :(

      • That Ugly Kid

        Lol, hey you make it sound so bad. Being young has its perks. Immense stamina, no threat of erectile dysfunction, and at our age it’s still acceptable to chase down the gotd*mn ice cream truck. And since we’re older we can actually catch the twisted fool! Yea, thought you were gonna get away from the Kid? Nope! Run dat ice cream sandwich homie!

        But yeah, I’m kinda young lol….

        • https://twitter.com/#!/Think2Inspire Think2Inspire

          lol. I could never catch the damn ice cream truck. This reminds me of that episode of Hey Arnold where there was a heat wave and the kids started yellin’ “No ice cream, no peace” at the Jolly Olly Man. And I just exposed my age…

          #TeamVSBYoungins

          • That Ugly Kid

            Hey Arnold! I loved that show! Don’t be ashamed of your age. Ball out! We in this b*tch!

            #TeamSimilacBreath #TeamGenX
            #TeamOurCellphonesWeren’tTheSizeOfBricks

            • https://twitter.com/#!/mackaroto Jay

              I never had a “brick” cell. I had a beeper… That really doesn’t help my case does it?

              • That Ugly Kid

                Hell no.

                • Yoles

                  i could be your mom granted a young “teen mom, mom but your mom nonetheless :(
                  this truly can’t be life…

                  • http://wildcougarconfessions.com Wild Cougar

                    I could be his mom. And had him as a grown woman. And I’d still do him. Then pat him on his head and give him some ice cream. Cause I roll like that.

                    • http://www.twitter.com/Think2Inpire Think2Inspire

                      You are what I aspire to be. :)

                    • nillalatte

                      LMAO!!! Yup, same here. Thank God you chimed in here ’cause I was feeling a bit lonely and hella old. lol

                    • https://twitter.com/#!/IluminatiNYC Todd

                      Um…can I say the way you phrased it sounds borderline creepy? LOL

                    • nillalatte

                      Todd. Stop. :)

              • A Woman’s Eyes

                Bet you knew how to do text messages using numbers to the girl’s beeper LOL

                Was your beeper opaque or clear and lit up ? LOL

                • Kema

                  I had a blue mini beeper in HS !

            • Amazonian Midget

              *waves my ’87 banner high in the sky while frolicking about*
              #teamrememberswhenNickelodeonwasHOT
              #teamGenY (sorry TUK, we’re not old enough to be Gen X)

              • Meisarebel

                This. In everything. Except ’86.

                • Justmetheguy

                  Yep Team 86 FTW!

                  • http://asiyah3.wordpress.com Asiyah

                    TEAM 84! Where are all my 80s babies?!!!!!!!!

                  • nillalatte

                    You were in diapers when I was…. well, if I could remember what I was doing because between ’83 – ’88, yeah, those are some foggy years. ;) It’s a good thing age doesn’t matter past the age of majority. :D

                    • http://asiyah3.wordpress.com Asiyah

                      Awww be my internet mom lol

                    • nillalatte

                      Never been an e-mom before. That might be interesting. Only if you start arguing back to me, I’m still gonna put you in time out, ground you, whoop dat arse! I’m a mean mom. It’s true ask my kids. LOL

                  • MJoy

                    Team 86 foreva!!!!!!!!!!

                    @jmtg… you know it’s meant to be right?

                    • http://afrikanmami.blogspot.com African Mami

                      femmmmmmmmmmmmmbooooooo!!!!!

                      It was, is, and forever will be that you guys were meant for each other.

                      jmtg, for heavens sake, claim her!!

                    • MJoy

                      @my femmmbooooboooo!

                      He will, I can feel it! hahaha. I predict on Monday! But maybe not now that I said it. Wish I knew how to do that cross out thing. damn.

                      luv ya fembooboo!

                  • naturalista88

                    Dude, I thought you were around my sister’s age (30 or so). I was WAYYYY off. Oh yeah, I’m reppin that young ’88 all day errday.

            • Keisha

              I love that show too! I still watch it on Netflix…that and Inspector Gadget. I can’t get enough of Helga and Penny! :-)

              • MJoy

                I wanted to BE Penny!

                #BluestEyeProblems

          • naturalista88

            It’s okay, in 10 years we’ll be on here talking sh*t about the youngins that’ll comment & reminisce about how we didn’t have chips w/movies on them implanted in our brains *lol*.

        • naturalista88

          *Lmao* @ running after the ice cream truck. I’m noticing that some of them joints sell nachos & other various artery clogging meals. I mean, can I really trust a slice of pizza from the ice cream truck? **Thoughts that keep me up @ night**.

          • That Ugly Kid

            I don’t buy anything but the ice cream. And I never have to worry about my favorite ice cream being sold out because I push little kids out the way. I like to think of it as me doing them a service. I figure I’d take it upon myself to teach them that life ain’t fair.

            • http://asiyah3.wordpress.com Asiyah

              “And I never have to worry about my favorite ice cream being sold out because I push little kids out the way.”

              LOL I died.

        • http://www.6monthsto30.wordpress.com chunk

          Um.
          I _still_ chase… and catch… the bomp pop man. The only difference is I remember when the banana fudge bomp was only $1 and now it’s $3. WTF.

      • AfroPetite

        lol grown boards huh?

        *waves ‘Born in 90!’ banner high in the e-sky*

      • http://pervertedalchemist.blogspot.com/ Perverted Alchemist

        To be fair African Mami, most of the women that post on Clutch are the exact same age…and last time I checked, that blog was geared toward grown folks as well.

        • http://afrikanmami.blogspot.com African Mami

          boo,

          my sorority sisters are between 25-35! That’s not 91.

    • Alicia

      *peeps from behind lurker curtains* I’m a 90’s baby too (90) *high five*, my little sister is born in 94 and she’s 18.
      My taste in music is mostly because of my older brother, who also played Tupac till no end. Because of big bro, rap (REAL rap) is my one true love.

    • http://moacn.wordpress.com Sir Farouk

      I agree with you Pac was the ish. I always find it funny that i was a die hard Pac fan growing up, loved West Coast music, thought Snoop, Dre, Nate, Warren G were the ish and now I live on the east coast and have never been to Cali. shame upon shame. I m afraid Tupac’s hologram might give me a pimp slap and ish.

      • http://afrikanmami.blogspot.com African Mami

        wait, you are on the east coast? I thought you was in Naija?!

        • http://moacn.wordpress.com Sir Farouk

          Yep Tri-State living. I do go home pretty frequently tho.

    • https://twitter.com/#!/IluminatiNYC Todd

      Um, you mixed up 2Pac and Biggie above. 2Pac is decent, but he’s the Tim Tebow of hip-hop: his charisma and personality make you forget that he’s just an OK rapper whose had some real dubs and eh songs. Busta Rhymes is a lot better than him, and he’s not even in my top 10.

      • http://www.styleillusions.com WIP

        Ready to Die is IT. Period. Point blank. Tupac, ehhh. He had some good stuff but I never really felt him. I need someone to explain the Rakim worship to me. Most of the old school rap I’ve heard isn’t very exciting.

        • https://twitter.com/#!/IluminatiNYC Todd

          Depending on your age bracket, I could understand not feeling, say, Run DMC. As much as I rep them, I also know that they were of their time. Listening to Rakim still sounds fresh. He didn’t invent hip-hop, but he was the first example of the modern form. Virtually every rapper since, say, 1991 has taken a page of his play book. Rakim is to hip-hop what Charlie Parker was to jazz or what Bill Walsh was to football offenses: an innovator par excellence.

          • Yoles

            Preach!!!!!!!!!

        • http://asiyah3.wordpress.com Asiyah

          I guess WIP really listened to that song “Don’t sweat the technique” cuz she ain’t sweating it lol

      • http://verysmartbrothas.com Panama Jackson

        not sure i agree. and i definitely dont think Busta is a better rapper than Pac. its all subjective though. lol.

        Pac deserves the rankings he gets for afffecting the game like he did.

        • Justmetheguy

          ” Pac deserves the rankings he gets for afffecting the game like he did.”

          Exactly. 3 syllable words are overrated in hip hop by folks from the Northeast anyway.

          I REFUSE to participate in rap arguments though. It’s all opinion. There IS NO BEST. There are only favorites. So many people get caught up trying to prove why their favorite is the best. No, he’s not the best, he’s your favorite. Get over it.

          I will say that about 5 names (Pac, Biggie, Eminem, Andre 3000, and Kanye) tend to end up on EVERYBODY’s top 10 list. That should tell you something…I agree about Rakim though, (lyrical complexity and ryhming the entire line rather than just the last word in each sentence) even though he was long before my time.

          • nillalatte

            Everytime PJ has a music discussion, I do a youtube reminiscence moment. I forget about all the wonderful music that came out in the 80’s that me and my peeps were rolling to. You know y’all make me wanna go pull out the old cassette’s right? If only I could find a cassette player! LOL

        • https://twitter.com/#!/IluminatiNYC Todd

          I will admit 2Pac changed the game with his persona. He’s about the only MC where there are people throughout America with shrines dedicated to the dude. I’ll even say he’s probably one of the more charismatic PEOPLE in America in the 20th Century, and that my grandkids will probably read about him in textbooks. I got a lot of respect for 2Pac the person.

          But as a MC? He’s above-average to good at BEST.

          See, my whole thing is what you do on that mic. All the other stuff is politics and bullsh1t. It’s not that someone can’t be good at that, but we’re talking hip-hop here.

          Oh, and JMTG, people in the Northeast Corridor like their vocabulary just fine thanks. :)

          • Justmetheguy

            @ Todd- I’m not arguing all that. You all just judge rap differently. The reason I say that is I here rappers from the Northeast that are very impressive with their vocabularies and have great wordplay, very appropriate metaphors, a (sort of) fluid delivery, but they bore me to death. I listen to it to say I’ve heard it, and try my best to enjoy them, but I just….don’t wanna hear them. What’s the point of music that I don’t wanna hear. What I’m saying is that there’s a law of diminishing returns when it comes to complex lyricism, and the fact that he wasn’t lyrically complex is the ONLY thing anyone can critique him on, but that one small aspect of the art form is ENTIRELY overrated. Especially by Northerners. That’s no shots fired though, it’s different strokes for different folks. Besides, if your content is mediocre what’s the point of being super articulate or using 3 syllable words? You just found a fancy way of telling me you get money and you had a rough life. Good for you, but I don’t wanna hear you sorry. Having said all that I still love Jay-z and Biggie (Biggie’s got the best delivery of ANY Northern rapper) but Pac’s music did EXACTLY what he wanted it to do (the whole point of the craft) and his content spoke to me more than the other “great lyricists”. Different strokes for different folks and sh*t

            • https://twitter.com/#!/IluminatiNYC Todd

              Ya know what? That was probably the most cogent critique of the East Coast Hip-Hop Mindset. I’m not saying I’m rolling with it, but I can see where you’re coming from. Different strokes for different folks indeed.

              • Justmetheguy

                Yeah man, it’s like different regions are grading different aspects of the music/artist. You made the football reference earlier (comparing Tupac to Tebow) so I’ll make another one. People down south (and many other places besides the Northeast really) view lyricism the same way as NFL experts view arm strength when evaluating a quarterback. It’s an overrated trait to us. It means diddly without accuracy, pocket prescence, overall awareness, durability, leadership, poise/composure.
                All I’m saying is that soooo much more than the ability to use metaphors, wordplay, and SAT words goes into making someone a great rapper. I can’t think of any rappers that blend it all better than Andre 3K and Tupac (despite how vastly different they are as individuals and artists). Jay-z too, although I wish he would’ve covered more in his lyrical content. I will say that Jay covered d*mn near every angle, perspective, advantage, disadvantage, concern, perk, fear, consequence, chance etc; related to being a drug kingpin and he did it with style and d*mn near impeccable lyricism on tracks that sounded good (ie that I wanted to hear over and over). That’s why people down South give Jay props as one of the best, but not the others that you may think are as good or better than him.

                Also Scarface kept it real about the life as a dope dealer. He made it sound depressing, scary, lonely, and hopeless. He made me NOT want to be a drug dealer as a kid, and that’s part of the reason he’s d*mn near every rapper’s favorite rapper. “Mind’s Playin Tricks on Me” was not that lyrical of a song AT ALL, but it was one of the best hip hop songs I’ve ever heard. It did EXACTLY what it was supposed to do. It took me into the mind of a paranoid manic depressive black man in a dangerous hood, living a dangerous lifestyle as a hustler. It scared the h*ll out of me to watch that video as a kid. THAT’s what I look for in a song. Have a specific goal and acccomplish the goal! Oh yeah, and make it sound good too lol

            • BlueWave

              Real Talk, man. Seriously. I hear you 100%. So-called lyricism is a bit over rated. Pac and Scarface have always been two my favorites for the very reasons you mention. They take complex things and make them simple. Plus, you can truly “feel” where they are coming from in their music.

    • GypsyCurl

      I wasnt into music as a kid. Give me a hood old book and i was satisfied. Needless to say, if it wasnt for my sister, i wouldnt know anything about music. She was an MTV/BET/VH1-head. Every morning before school we would watch MTV. So Ive always liked a variety of music.

    • http://pinchmycheekie.wordpress.com Cheekie

      “My first Eminem experience was “Forgot About Dre”. Been a huge fan ever since.”

      Love this song forever. NOWDAYSAIRBODEEWANNATALKLIKETHEYGOTSOMETHINTOSAYBUTNOTHINCOMESOUTWHENTHEYMOVETHEIRLIPS…

      lol I remember first seeing Em in Guilty Conscience and was like WHO is this wacky snarky white boy? And I instantly fell in love when he said the line, “Now now, temper temper!” For some reason I thought the way he said it was so dope. LOL

      • MJoy

        ‘Forgot about Dre’ is my 8 yr old’s favorite song.

        carry on.

        • Meisarebel

          Your child is a certified G.

          Nuff’ said.

          • http://pinchmycheekie.wordpress.com Cheekie

            Basically.

  • A. Marie

    @Panama I want to know more about your life. At what point did you move back to the states? Did you still have a lot of contact with your mom? You have an interesting story. Please write about it more.

    *Thanks*

    • http://verysmartbrothas.com Panama Jackson

      some stuff is a bit too personal. maybe one day. i will say that if you surf through the archives (there are a lot, i’m not suggesting that you do) you’d probably find out the answers to all the questions you might have about my life.

      but those direct questions: when i was 13. and me and my mother have an excellent relationship.

      • Justmetheguy

        Do you speak French (I feel like you said your mom was French)? If so, how much do you utilize it to get laid? All women tend to find that language sexy for some reason

        • http://afrikanmami.blogspot.com African Mami

          @jmtg,

          Not this chika hiiiiya! french is not segzy to moi! I find the Xhosa from South Africa, hella segzy! It’s the click language. If a dude startsclicking at me, imma click on the hell back, red light district style mbeiiimbamby!!!

          • A Woman’s Eyes

            Lawd, you’re making me think of this sexy African man who hurried up and got in line behind me at Target. lmao

            • http://afrikanmami.blogspot.com African Mami

              tell me, more…..I’m intrigued!

              • A Woman’s Eyes

                I turned around and saw him and was like omg. I smiled at him. He looked & walked like a warrior. Handsome!

                I think I have spring fever….

                • http://afrikanmami.blogspot.com African Mami

                  ooooooowiiiiiiii!!! warrior?! Mandigo warrior, sign me up!!!!!!

                  • MJoy

                    I’m sorry, if a man ever “clicked” at me I would just bust out laughing. Which reminds me of the ONLY time I laughed at a white man’s racist joke. Wanna hear the story? Here it is…

                    I was in high school, psychology class. We had a substitute teacher. The sub was taking roll and said based on our last names he would try to say ‘hello’ to us in our ‘native tongue’… language of our name’s origin. So I’m sitting in the back with the cool kids and this guy Mike says, “I bet when he gets to Atakilt (an African guy in the class… who was sitting right next to Mike) he’s going to say (insert click-clacking sounds here)”

                    and I DIED laughing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I couldn’t help it. It wasn’t funny, still isn’t but I couldn’t help but laugh. It might have been one of those you had to be there moments but I was in tears for about ten minutes. Atakilt laughed too which makes it okay right? I know, no, but leave me alone it was funny.

                    Mike is dead now so we forgive him of his racism. RIP Mike!

                    anyway…

                    • http://afrikanmami.blogspot.com African Mami

                      @ femboo,

                      you is wrong for dat!!!! But, yeah I see how it can be funny.

      • A Woman’s Eyes

        All I want to know is if you speak German. And if I ever meet you, will you speak to me in German? :)

        • http://afrikanmami.blogspot.com African Mami

          I think you secretly have a thing for jammy jams! You be dreaming about him, now you want him to jeneskwa you in German…..

          • A Woman’s Eyes

            Ja :)

  • http://pinchmycheekie.wordpress.com Cheekie

    “(as I’m doing right now…I think the classic rock song “Light My Fire” might be one of my new favorite songs of all time”

    Yes! I actually first fell for The Doors in my senior year of high school. I took this film class and my teacher used to play the opening scene from “Apocalypse Now” OVER AND OVER (I didn’t mind because it’s a dope scene… one of my faves) and we’d dissect it til the cows came home (did a feminist create this saying? Because it presupposes that the cows work while the bulls are househusbands. Dope.), studying the cinematography, juxtapositions, all’at jazz.

    Anyway, the theme of that opening montage was “The End” by The Doors. And I’m talking the whole song. When I first heard it, I was entranced by the trippiness… the mind-bending aura of the song. Hell, it made me wanna tweak and I hadn’t dabbled in nann drug nor had the desire to.

    All that to say I loved (and still love) the song.

    So. Light My Fire. What’s funny is that a movie got me recently loving that too. Recently being a few months ago. It was actually the biopic, “The Doors.” with Val Kilmer. Good movie, btw. And yes, it’s just as trippy as the band itself.

    Anyway I had to section that part off because I love me some Doors. Hell, I wrote my very own opening scene (it’s um… disturbing lol) from listening to “The End”… I’d even say it inspired it. LOL

    In summary: 2520 music is cool. Music is cool. Because music is music.

    • That Ugly Kid

      I felt the same way about the song “Somebody To Love” by Jefferson Airplane. After Jim Carrey’s brilliant as well as hilarious rendition of the song in the movie Cable Guy, that song was stuck in my head forever. In fact, whenever I got bored I started singing that song. And then as I got older my “I’m Bored” song became Minnie Ripperton’s “Loving You”. I pride myself on the fact that I’d often start singing it in Boot Camp, only to have the rest of the platoon jump in and sing in unison. Imagine, if you will, a bunch of swoll, grown azz men carrying M16A4 rifles, while crooning “Loving You.” High notes and all. Hitting the “La la la la la” ever so softly and passionately.

      And then when somebody in the platoon got a Dear John (which, unfortunateli was kinda often) I, as well as most of the platoon would softly sing “Somebody To Love”.

      • A Woman’s Eyes

        LOVE this!

        And I love the song too!

      • http://pinchmycheekie.wordpress.com Cheekie

        “I pride myself on the fact that I’d often start singing it in Boot Camp, only to have the rest of the platoon jump in and sing in unison. Imagine, if you will, a bunch of swoll, grown azz men carrying M16A4 rifles, while crooning “Loving You.” High notes and all. Hitting the “La la la la la” ever so softly and passionately.”

        This shoulda be recorded and released for wide distribution. Sounds dope as hayle.

      • http://verysmartbrothas.com Panama Jackson

        man, i love “somebody to love” so much it makes no sense. if folks looked at my “favorite” song list, they’d be so confused. half of its filled with 70s and 80s rock and fusion jazz.

        and ray j.

    • https://twitter.com/#!/mackaroto Jay

      I swear I just had this convo with a friend of mine a few months back. My homeboy couldn’t understand why I had posted “Light My Fire” on Facebook and stated in the caption that this was one of the dopest songs EVER. Like we had a full convo about the sh*t. He still didn’t get it.

      • http://afrikanmami.blogspot.com African Mami

        cottamn! You are just tooooooooooooo damn delicious looking!!!!

        *I’ll have the sweetest dreams of you* gnite!

      • http://asiyah3.wordpress.com Asiyah

        “Light my Fire” is so great. That song’s my jam! Jim Morrison’s poetry sucked, though LOOOL.

        • http://pinchmycheekie.wordpress.com Cheekie

          LMFAO. His dope haunting sexy voice made up for it, tho. ;)

    • https://twitter.com/#!/mackaroto Jay

      Speaking of The Doors movie, one of my FAVORITE scenes in any movie ever is the scene where they show Morrison’s complete and total mastery over the crowd. Its the scene where The Doors are performing and the performance and the crowd is kinda….meh. So Morrison starts antagonizing them then hyping them up…

      http://youtu.be/zm6Pz8sitFI

      At the end where the cops can’t find him and he’s crowd surfing while singing= 100% ROCK GOD STATUS.

      • http://pinchmycheekie.wordpress.com Cheekie

        YES!!! That scene is every single thing.

        I also love the Rolling Stone photoshoot scene, because while just a snippet, I think that, in real life, that photo spread is one of the sexiest in picture and/or music history. evah.

      • MJoy

        Shout out to ‘GIMME SHELTER’ best rock movie of all time featuring the rolling stones!

    • http://uphereoncloud9.wordpress.com Wu Young, Agent of M.E.

      “People Are Strange” is my favorite Doors joint.

      • http://asiyah3.wordpress.com Asiyah

        YES! And my motto in life haha

        • A Woman’s Eyes

          “People Are Strange” makes me want to get nude, put on my beads and sit cross-legged on the floor singing along to it, while painting.

        • socialchronic

          Hellz yeah…

      • miss t-lee

        My favorite Doors jam is “L.A. Woman”. THEE JAM! :)

  • imaninia

    I listen to everything! absolutely everything. and I’m so glad that I do. I love rock music, and I love R&B. Today, I went from listening to Melanie Fiona to Killswitch Engage (screamo), then to old school Britney Spears, then Hit ‘em up….in that order. lol

  • socialchronic

    (sings) ** doooo you have the tiiiime… to listen to me whiiiineee, about nothing and everything alll attt onnceee*** Green day was my ish. I had that dookie CD blaring out my windows at like 13 IN THE HOOD.

    I have no idea how and why i have the musical tastes that i do. I could say it was all the programs and shit i was in growing up. I went to schools that were about half and half on the white black spectrum, but everything after school was usually allllllll white with the exception of the suburban kids who thought they were white. You know those one kids. The boy usually never had a hair cut and the girl would try to pull her hair back in a ponytail like the rest of the cheerleaders, desperately needing a perm. I was only cool with a few of those kids. I was still a little ghetto-ish

    But as a kid I did use to buy all sorts of records from like the bin with all the 45’s at family dollar. i would beg my mom or dad to cop em and at some point i came to the conclusion that all music is good to someone. I’ve kept that mentality since. You should see my spotify list or itunes. It’s hella all over the place. I would go crazy listening to one genre as well, although it does seem like the kids today are starting to mash up the musical tastes a bit.

    I hardly ever post but that one got me. It was the green day reference

    • http://verysmartbrothas.com Panama Jackson

      you should post more often.

    • http://asiyah3.wordpress.com Asiyah

      “I have no idea how and why i have the musical tastes that i do.”

      Same here! Maybe I’m just programmed to like anything that appeals to my emotions or my hips (I am Latina, after all) and there are so many different sounds in NYC. Oh, and VH1’s lists like “100 greatest rock songs of all time” really helped too.

  • pe.riche.

    I have to say that music was the same sort of gateway for me as well.

    For 10 years (since I was in middle school), I trained as a classical vocalist. I lived opera and tried my hardest to be like the legends (denise graves, kathleen battle, maria callas, ect.) The work was arduous, costly, and time consuming, but I am so grateful that my mom never crushed my goals.

    While other members in my family questioned my pursuits, my mom created an enviornment for me to relish in them. And while I would get lonely being the only brown girl from time to time, I will never forget the opportunities and the diligence classical music awarded me.

  • http://afrikanmami.blogspot.com Mrs.Somebody

    jammy jams you are half white?! ——–>what is this world coming too!!!!!!!!! Oh mi goshhhhh! I swear, to the heavens and back, I would NEVER have guessed this. Your allegiance to everything black and gansta was what made me come to this conclusion. I am currently nursing my head, for I fell down and hit my head and lost it after reading of your whiteness!

    I’m still trying to figure out how I got to where I am. What the heck are you asking?! Sometimes, I don’t understand you…..

    Do you speak German?! By the way lemme just say that your avi with you blowing smoke, is incredibly segggzy. And no, I am not interested in him I’m just complimenting!(you know who you are!)

    • http://verysmartbrothas.com Panama Jackson

      lol. yeah…i thought it was pretty common knowledge around here. my life…is an interesting one.

      and thanks for the compliment.

      • http://afrikanmami.blogspot.com African Mami

        You know because of that, ur gansta card is revoked with me!!! I really thought…..never mind.

        • MJoy

          You are the funniest person I know.

          I had no idea he was mixed either but I think this just gives him an extra gangsta card

          His avi is my favorite

          carry on.

          • A Woman’s Eyes

            Yes best avi !

  • Petitekayee

    Nah, Panama. But HOW are the Beatles overrated? I had to stop reading because my mind stopped reasoning. I’m not just asking because there is literally a Beatles’ song for every moment of life, but because I believe they are rated right where they should be; as one of the most influential groups of all time. ALL TIME.

    • http://verysmartbrothas.com Panama Jackson

      their musical influence i agree with. i woudlnt take that form them. i think the worship for them drives me nuts b/c i dont’ really love that much of their catalog. they do have songs that i absolutely love. dont get me wrong.

    • MJoy

      +1
      People are gettin all blasphemous up in here!

  • http://afrikanmami.blogspot.com African Mami

    What will it take for me to not be moderated?! I changed my name just so that I ain’t enslaved, and of course, the grand massah wasn’t playing dat! URRRRRGH!!!!!!!!!!

    • Yoles

      one day we will all be free, one day…

    • http://afrikanmami.blogspot.com African Mami

      now I can’t even see that post I made under a pseudo name! Jesus what in the friggin Bermuda swallowing planes into a world we don’t know is happening tonight?!

      • http://afrikanmami.blogspot.com African Mami

        Open letter to jammy jams and team,

        Ya’ll have me looking real psychotic right about now. I am frantic, I’m having cold shivers, I’m rocking back and forth, I am pulling my hairs, while screaming at the top of my lungs. Is my being an African a threat?! Why do you guys torture me so?!

        Shout outs to Mr.Somebody, I love you……
        To my fremboo, create a crazy corner in my absence, will catch up morrow!

        @ Yoles,

        Thank you for the words of encouragement

        Yours sincerely,
        A frantic African Mami

        • http://verysmartbrothas.com Panama Jackson

          honestly at this point, i have no idea why your comments go into moderation. though, every time you change your name it will get moderated that first time. every new name gets moderated the first time.

      • Mo-VSS

        Lol, may the Lord be on your side.

    • http://www.styleillusions.com WIP

      You know when you have a new name you automatically go to moderation…

      • http://afrikanmami.blogspot.com African Mami

        Girl, yes and no! When I first used my married name, I was not enslaved, subsequently I have been and I can understand. But do you know these ninjas are enslaving even my maiden name, which they KNOW!!! I just posted a slew of my musical tastes, and then it disappeared into the Bermudan triangle. It is quite frustrating and nonetheless, psychologically draining. I give up. They win. I am but just a slave!

        • http://verysmartbrothas.com Panama Jackson

          i wish i knew chica. i wish i knew.

    • http://pinchmycheekie.wordpress.com Cheekie

      “I changed my name…”

      LOL not sure if it’s still the case but this used to be THEE thing that got yo arse in moderation on several blogs. lol

      • http://afrikanmami.blogspot.com African Mami

        cheekie imma pinch those cheeks!!!!!! R U LISTENING?!

        I’m moderated whether or not, I change my name!!!! This is a VSB Illuminati conspiracy against African Mami-that I am now convinced.

        • http://pinchmycheekie.wordpress.com Cheekie

          LOL I’m just saying, you offered changing your name as a defense, I’m lettin ya know that’s exactly what gets folks moderated #also #aswell.

          That may not be true no mo.

          *rubs cheeks*