Kendrick Album Art, “Anonymous” Kanye Video, & “Nigga”

If you haven’t seen the artwork to Kendrick’s new album “To Pimp a Butterfly” yet…

This is the greatest cover art for a rap album that I’ve seen in recent memory. (My favorite of all-time being Tribe’s 3rd LP Midnight Marauders.

No other cover in hip-hop history features more East Coast legends, and it spans THREE covers!)

<< Yup that’s the vinyl!

The best aspect about Kendrick’s new album art lies in its possible double meaning. On the one hand the shot screams “WE MADE IT!”, Blacks are in the White House, dudes are getting money above the law (what I took from the trampled judge), and after all the struggle it’s finally all good! On the other hand, really view how stupid we look. From the dude talking to his money stacks on both ears, to the guy right in the front with the champagne bottle. We’re doing WAY too much! This isn’t something Kendrick just thought of, you see these guys on your timeline ALL THE TIME. That “floss first” mentality has to die, with it so will the ignorance…

On the topic of ignorance, I saw some batshit video earlier this week from a hacker group attacking Kanye West…

Here’s the thing, and this is what I usually say when people attack others with a spotlight on them, what is YOUR agenda?… Meaning, what are you ultimately trying to accomplish in bringing this guy, or entity, down. If it’s motivated by misguided hate and bigotry (which it usually is), then why do I think that listening to you is any better than the person you slander. At least that person got where they are by perfecting what they do, not trying to make a name by attacking the name of others. Second, why not a rapper like I don’t know… Young Thug, Chief Keef, Gucci Mane, the list can go on with rappers that are more toxic to the public than Kanye West. Most people who attack Kanye and his music usually aren’t people who’ve given his music much listen to begin with. If they did they would know how much of Kanye’s music is self-empowering; not the mundane crack-selling, semi-shooting bullshit that the system is ok with people poisoning themselves with. Third, why slander, bringing a man’s family and deceased mother (like really, way too low) all behind a MASK!? And call yourself “Anonymous”. Clearly the stones they throw are harder than the balls they walk with.

I’m gonna wrap this one up with the word NIGGA. I’m making a personal commitment to stop using the word in conversation, or to address people. For a while I wrestled with it, and I’ve had a weird relationship with the word. For instance, I don’t like hearing a black dude calling a white guy “my nigga”. But I’ve always been cool with it as a term of endearment for anyone else. My folks never really cared about me using the word and weren’t the types to put emphasis on the historical context of it (like most older black people do), although they stressed for me not to ‘be’ one, if that makes sense. I just think there are a lot of different ways to address others in terms that don’t indicate or play to the race system. My G, or my brah (my Brahman) are some of those ways. Just some thoughts, until next time PEACE†

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