Thursday, March 02, 2006
15 seconds of fame
I serve on the board of a Seattle Works, a non-profit who works to engage, inspire, and connect people in their 20's and 30's to take action.
This year local radio station KEXP is featuring a non-profit each month and hosting a benefit show for them. And the first organization of the year is Seattle Works.
So Saturday is the benefit show. In all honestly, I dont' know whose playing, but you can rock out for a good cause.
High Dive, Fremont
6-9 pm live broadcast, with live on-air performances by Terrene and The Invisible Eyes.
Late night music showcase with Romance, The Village Green and The Invisible Eyes starts at 10 pm. (MORE INFO)
BUT EVEN BETTER...Tomorrow you're hip friend (me) will be promoting Seattle Works on KEXP at 4:30 p.m.!
Who Are Your People?
On Tuesday my hairdresser, Sara, wanted to know what I do with my new and improved unemployed life. (Or free time as she put it.) This question has become awkward and irritating, as I never have a lot to report.
Me to an employed person:
“Hey, how was your day?”
“Really busy. Put out two press releases. Had three meeting with partner organizers. Went to the gym. Worked on my taxes. You?”
“Oh, you know, I had a meeting. Big Day” Then in a more muffled toned. “Well, a meeting with my doctor…about my sinuses.”
So I’ve started to construct days that seem more important than they actually are. Now taking out the garbage is viewed as “office cleaning.” Watching the Today Show is referred to as “keeping up on trends and current events.”
I don’t know if I’ll get over the stigma of not working, and on top of it all not working by choice. Before January I certainly didn’t know what people did with their free time if they weren’t at work. Like how could my grandma possibly feel busy if her day involved going to three different grocery stores is search of coupon clippers or gambling at the Muckleshoot Casino? And can’t you take care of cutting your nails after work. Does that really involve an hour-long process? (And yes, yes it does….)
But now I’m one of them. America’s unemployed.
So I was explaining to Sara that I keep busy working out, working a little from home, reading everything I always said I would, and watching daytime television. Not a lot of day-time television, but enough that when she asked me if I watched the Ellen Show I had to not only say yes, but yes to the last week of the show.
We laughed about how ridiculous day-time TV…and how I discovered it only involves four themes for commercials:
- Weight Loss
- No Credit, Bad Credit, No Problem! (and) Debt-Relief
- Get an Education-TODAY!
- Kill those germs!
But then realized that it wasn’t just other people watching those commercials, I’m watching it as well. Those are my people. When I was in school my people where other students. And when I worked they were my co-workers and peers. And my old boss Marga’s people where “peeps in all purple.” But now I have no affiliations. I belong to the land of the constant search of a better affiliation; one that is skinny, with no debt, has lots of money, and never is dirty. Those are my people. Does this mean I need to get a job?
Thursday, September 01, 2005
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in case you wondered what i do for a living
need i say more?
Friday, August 12, 2005
Helping Boys Become Men, and Girls Become Women: Is My Child Becoming Homosexual?
One more reason not to be a conservative.
Thursday, August 11, 2005
She's So Cool, So Smart, So Beautiful: Must Be a Girl Crush - New York Times
I've got a girl crush on the WAX ON lady.
Why I Heart Lil Scrappy
Capitol Chat Transcript: Real crunk rapper Lil Scrappy
Moderator: Welcome to Capitol Chat, our guest today is Atlanta real crunk (http://www.rapdict.org/Crunk) artist Lil Scrappy (http://www.lilscrappy.com), who this weekend will be visiting White River Amphitheater with 50 Cent, Eminem and others on the Anger Management Tour.
Moderator: Thanks for being here today, Lil Scrappy.
Scrappy: I was just going to hop in the shower, it's nothin'.
Moderator:.Can you tell us a little bit more about yourself and your style?
Scrappy: My style is basically real crunk. At first when we came out with crunk, people thought it was all jumping and screaming, but my s*** is real. It's 3D. I got to put out my experiences. I'm the youngest CEO in Atlanta. I got my own label, G's Up. I got Crunk Incorporated. You know I'm trying to do a lot of other deals and get myself out a little more. My new album, "Bred to Die Born to Live" is out in October.Jason, Florida: Are you with G-Unit (http://www.g-unitsoldier.com/) or BME (http://www.bmerecordings.com)?
Scrappy: I'm with BME but G-Unit is my people, and something might happen with that to go further.
Moderator: How'd you hook on with the Anger Management tour?
Scrappy: Me and 50 Cent had the same management, Violator, and then they wanted Lil Jon on the tour, so it was like I was on regardless, you know.Perdana, Los Angeles: What can we expect from your new album as far as guests and production go?
Scrappy: Of course 50 Cent, the whole G-Unit, Lil John, lots of others. I've got a lot of people, Scott Storch, David Banner.Moderator: You've got a spot on the Young Jeezy LP dropping later this month -- what can you tell us about it? Scrappy: It's an Atlanta thing, Jeezy, me and T.I. We're the known hit, as for how the young n***** go. G's are from different zones -- Jeezy is from Zone 4, T.I. from Zone 1 and I'm from Zone 3 -- so we're right there and got together, put it down real nice like.
Moderator: The zones are police designations, right? Scrappy: Yeah, and that's how you grouped when you in prison.
Peter, Olympia: What's it like working with Lil Jon? Is he really like the Chappelle stereotype of saying mainly "wwwwhat?" "eeee-YEAH" and "hokay!"? Also I gotta say that "Head Bussa" is one of the best songs I have heard out of the South, thanks for makin' that one.
Scrappy: Sometimes it's not even a "what" or a "yeah," it's crazy s***. He might be like, it's all good b****, I like it. It's some crazy s***. But other times he's quiet like real life. Sho, it's real s***.
Moderator: The early days of hip-hop were all about New York, and then the West Coast came about 20 years ago. Why did it take until the mid-90's for the Deep South, which has the highest concentration of black people in the country, to really blow up in the mainstream?
Scrappy: Because we are wild, you know? So we put style with wild and it's hard for you to understand why we're doing that. Then again, there's a lot of wild New Yorkers. That's why they still underground. There's a lot of people that don't like Southern people, because we say what we want. Going commercial is the extreme, you feel me? You don't want to go too pop. It's underground, and it stayed that way. Some break out, and there will be more to break out, but it's a time thing.
Kevin, Lacey: How can you justify calling yourself a legitimate artist when your "songs" have names like "What the F---"? Any teenager can write lyrics full of foul language and obscenities. Just describing conditions you may have grown up in is not a good reason. Focus should be on uplifting people in bad circumstances, not reminding them of the trash that's around them everyday. Please grow up and stop selling this trash to our kids.
Moderator: Any response?Scrappy: Yeah, I got a response. Tell him I said thank you for even listening to my record, without him listening, the kids wouldn't even know about it. All I'm asking is "what the f*** is going on?"" He needs to look around and ask the same thing.
Tyler, Olympia: What do you think is the biggest problem with the music industry?
Scrappy: TV, really. TV and the fame of it, the fame of it tears the whole s*** up. Anything with fame. It exposes itself, you know. Have you ever noticed us as rappers? We blow up, but then at the end they hate us for some reason. It's like you explode yourself and only a few can hang in there, like the Jay-Zs and Biggies. You're not always going to have a Tupac to say f*** that and stay right here.
Anonymous: Why don't you like Don-P?
Moderator: Some background: Don-P is in Trillville, which split its first LP with Lil Scrappy. Lil Scrappy's "Full Metal Jacket" mixtape took a few shots at Don-P, who recently responded with the beef-focused "Target Practice" mixtape featuring a shot-up picture of Lil Scrappy on the cover. Scrappy: Really the Don-P thing was like, I'm a real dude and I do my own thing and don't f*** with anyone, but he felt for some reason, he wanted to start something. He wanted to talk s***, but don't want to finish it, don't want to fight. The dude is gay. Only a man would try to mess with another man.Moderator: He's said a lot of bad things about you on his mixtape.
Scrappy: I don't want to go back at him because I said if he put it out, I wouldn't put any out. He's not serious, just playing. Don-P has a cartoon gun on his album cover, I got a real gun, an AK-47. His album is coming in September, mine in October. The whole beef s*** is over, I just wanted to f*** with him a bit. Anything else that happens, you'll probably hear I knocked his a** out when we got into it and s***.
Moderator: My colleague was wondering if the beefs are real or promotional gimmicks.
Scrappy: Any time you give rappers too much character, like when they aren't hard but TV makes them think they are -- have you ever seen in a real fight where people keep talking and don't fight? That's not real life. In a real fight, they just fight. Like that Tupac and Biggie s***, like Flip and T.I. Something happened that was real, not just talking.
Moderator: For those of us unfamiliar with the scene, what exactly are mixtapes and where can people get copies of them?
Scrappy: Mixed tapes are just in the middle of you working on your album, since we can't get the money off of our albums, we want to hold the streets down and get the money off our music, so it's damn near bootlegging ourselves. And it's good to get yourself out there on the street when people are trying to hide you.
Moderator: You got that song on your album about bootlegging. Is that a big problem for artists down there?Scrappy: For real. They bootleg the hell out of m***********. It's the engineers. Everyone knows that's the ones who give it out. So you have to have a good engineer who won't f*** you. First they charge you and then they sell your s*** out from under you.
Moderator: Where can you get mixtapes?Scrappy: You can get mixed tapes at mom and pop stores. (mod: Maybe near the artist's hometown -- if you want a mixtape from another part of the country -- like, say, Atlanta -- several Web sites sell them.)
Anton, Maryland: How did you get signed? I mean, I been writin' for a minute, so I decided to record and let everyone listen. They told me I was plain genius, so I'm tryin' to get noticed. How did you get noticed? Good luck with your career, man.
Scrappy: Actually it started from writing poems and s***. I was a good poem writer in school and literature was the only class I got an A in -- everything else was an F. I just got the heart for it. I went to a place one day where they said my stuff sounded like s***, but I sold it on the street and in mom and pop stores and talent shows and rocked the same club every weekend until someone just looked.
Moderator: How did Lil John catch on to you?
Scrappy: They were signing Trillville and they were at my show and so everyone heard my headbussa song, and when I came on, it was a straight bar fight -- going crazy, people getting arrested, a full brawl in the club -- and one of the BME people was there in a suit and had to take off his jacket and tie and said it was amazing, nothing but a college crowd going crazy like some s*** on TV.
Terrell, Southwest Atlanta: If Lil Jon had asked you to walk 15 miles for cheesecake like Diddy did, would you have done it for a deal? Would you do it now even though you have a deal? After all, Jon still writes the checks, right?
Scrappy: No, cause I have to be a man, because I be a rapper. I have too much dignity and pride to walk for another n***** if he ain't going to walk with me. But that's a true story. It was on MTV's "Made" and Diddy made him walk all the way across the Brooklyn Bridge for some cheesecake.
Anonymous: Does your label G's Up have a deal yet? Also, are you looking for talent?
Scrappy: Yeah, we have a deal coming out next summer with Warner Brothers. They can send tapes to GsUpRecords.com.
Moderator: Is this your first national tour?
Scrappy: Yes, I already saw the country, but it's amazing the more people you see -- it's not just the black crowd anymore. It's whites, everybody and their momma, and their grandma for chrissake. Eighty-year-olds and old people recognize me.
Moderator: If you could collaborate with anyone, who would you want to work with?
Scrappy: If it could be anybody, it would be JayZ or somebody like 50 Cent.
Moderator: Want to add anything?
Moderator: Lil Scrappy will be at the White River Amphitheatre in Auburn with the Anger Management Tour on Sunday.Scrappy: Thank you for putting that all out there for me, make sure you don't put any f***** up s*** in there. Thanks.