Monday, January 26, 2009

The O’Reilly Factor

So the other day I’m watching a clip from Bill O’Reilly show the O’Reilly Factor and he and Dennis Miller are going on Jay-Z and Young Jeezy over the lyrics in the My President is Black remix and some other slick shit they said while on stage at Love. Now I can’t quote them word for word but what was said on stage was some harsh shit towards Bush. Dennis (who was a big critic of Bush anyway half of his show went to bashing GW) and Bill O’Reilly said things like Jay-Z should know better and who is this Jeezy. I guess getting swallowed up in Obama-mania they forgot to see who these two dudes are. They are rappers not the Dixie Chicks the people who they market their music to can’t possibly care less about what derogatory shit they say about bush. Oh yeah and they are rappers not elected officials, presidents of the NAACP, or the official ambassadors of the black people. And one more time they are rappers, matter of fact these two particular rappers made their millions talking about drugs, expensive cars, lavish living, and degrading women. Any comments they make in reference to any political standing can neither add nor take away any wind from Obama sails or any other politician for that fact.

First Luda now Hov dude find some real news to talk about

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

The Economy Sucks Because of YOU

*** 90% of people with fucked up credit are just like 90% of people addicted to crack they all knew what the fuck they were doing but just went for it anyway ***

Remember about 10 years back when they were handing out credits cards like candy on Halloween. I remember I was cutting thru HU campus just trying to see what I could see because having a Howard chick on my team was like winning an Oscar back then. So here I am standing in front of the library looking around and see this beautiful chick standing about 30 feet from me handing out these little applications and giving away clock radios to everyone that fills one out. I walk my happy ass over there to get a better look at this chick and get me some free shit. She hands me an application for Manhattan-Chevy Chase Master Card and tells me if I fill it out now I’ll be entered in a drawing for some other shit and I get this free clock radio now. Honest to god truth the limit on the card was only $250 I had at least 4 times in my pocket at the time (Yeah I was getting it like that) and the clock radio was made by like ‘Daniel Sonn Electronics’, but I filled it out with BS info away just to get another chance to chop it up with Ms. Credit Card. I didn’t get that follow up chance to rap to Ms. Credit Card because these students were on credit like it was good coke. As I started my trek back towards the block with clock radio in hand I couldn’t understand why anybody would be so damn press to have 250 only to pay it back with crazy interest. For college students the kids sure were stupid I don’t give a fuck what the SAT score said.

As I got older I noticed my friends were swipe champions every other purchase was put on a credit card. When they bought semi-major purchases like furniture and major electronics they were quick to whip out that Hecht’s/JC Penny/Macy’s/Sears card. Why pay 800 now when you can pay 50 dollars a months for the next 2 years? I know why because I can pay 800 right now instead of paying 1200 later. Having a wallet full of charge cards was like a status symbol.

When I was about 24 or 25 I would step into some girls’ spots and that shit would be laid the fuck out. Leather furniture, 32 inch TV’s and DVD players (this was before a DVD player was like 20 bucks) in every room, closet full of fly shit and a 04 whip sitting out front. I’d be like damn shorty doing it over here. Her whole life was financed wasn’t shit that house hers except the food in the fridge. Credit was allowing folks to live way beyond their means. Shit you can’t afford today you can still get it today just pay for it later plus interest.

Credit got bigger than little pieces of plastic that fit in your wallet. Credit introduced the interest only loan that appealed to all these folks that were already living on credit. “So let me get this right I can move into this 400k house and pay $100 less than I’m paying in rent right now for the next 5 years.” Folks were running to buy houses and leaving apartment buildings empty. I know real estate agents that were making 10k-15k a month in commission. Every Tom Dick and Mary was taking a real estate class and getting a license. Flipping property was the new hustle; buying a house for 100k put new windows and a tub in it then sell it for 160k.

Then prices of houses skyrocketed when the average income didn’t improve to allow more folks to continue buy houses like they were before. The foreclosures came when those interest only years ended and that $1100 mortgage became $2800 a month. The creditors started calling you to pay off that sectional couch, bedroom set, and entertainment system you bought in 2000 when you first move out on your own and Eastern Motors wanted their car back.

Department stores, credit card companies, car companies, cell phone companies, banks, and every other business in between built empires and jobs based on money your ass didn’t have to start with. When folks didn’t have real money they started spending future money. One fool with a credit card living beyond his means didn’t bring the house down but it was millions of you buying shit you couldn’t afford and fucked up for everybody.

This ain’t a recession it’s a fucking reality check live within your means
Jean DeGrate has spoken

If ‘It ain’t tricking if you got it’ then what the fuck is it?

“I can put you in a long cabin way out in Aspen. It ain’t tricking if you got it girl what you asking for?” - T-Pain

First let’s get this out of the way I got a little money. I might not be able to ride Bentley or buy the bar 7 days out the week but I can stunt a little bit. I been known to cause sudden down pour or two in the strip club and even pop a bottle on a regular basis. Shit the outfit I got on right now cost about G on the low.

Tricking - to spend or give excessive money to another person in order to lure them into sexual relations.

Let me give a few examples...

If you buy your girl friend flowers that’s not tricking
If you buy your favorite stripper flowers now that’s tricking

If you are a Ruby Tuesday’s type of guy and take your girl to Morton’s for her birthday that’s not tricking.
If you are a Ruby Tuesday’s type of guy and you take Ms Phat Booty to Morton’s now that’s tricking.

Tricking (The JD definition) - if your spending and stunting with money that you wouldn’t just blow on the regular basis in hopes that you might/will get a shot of ass you’re tricking point blank period.

Now on with the blog

For some strange reason it’s been a surge of tricking anthems on the radio. TI with “You can have whatever you like” and T-Pain with “Can’t believe it” are the type of songs that are trumping the airwaves. I need to know why our artists are telling us its okay to trick; if you can afford it it’s cool to pay for pussy.

I grew up in under the understanding that paying for sex was lame and doing things way out of character to win of the affections of a female was even lamer. I was taught to be charming and polite; not to flaunt a bank roll. When large sums money was spent on a female it wasn’t necessarily a special occasion maybe I just felt like buying my girl (my girl not Lisa from the club last night) something, but it damn sure wasn’t to get me into her pants. Living by these standards and just being myself has kind of made me a ladies man. I’ve been getting it in since 1990 on my own accord.

On the other end of the spectrum I guess it’s better to buy a chick a bag or some shoes and see where that gets you. Is every dude looking for the new Robin Givens? If you’re looking for a hoe why not just hand the bitch a stack and take her back to the hotel? Instead they spoil these gold diggers like a phat ass and a cute face is enough to play the wife spot. Save some money and call an escort service guaranteed ass and prices up front. Yeah it’s still tricking but at least you keeping 100.

Fuck what TI and them talking about I’m on that Ne-Yo shit Ms Independent where you at?
Jean DeGrate has spoken

I Love Your Girl

***Yeah I’m on my player shit here so this one is for the fellas***

“Part of me feels so bad for you but not that bad because if you were me you’d fuck my girl too” - Jean DeGrate

Kicking it with a girl in a relationship is like renting and expensive car. You get all the perks but none of the bullshit like the maintenance or the car note. Let me paint you a picture... Her man is out of town/ out doing him/ they just plain beefing then she tosses on her freak’em dress and tell you to meet her at the Boom-Boom Room AKA whatever spot is popping. Ya’ll chilling, eating, drinking, laughing; just overall having a hell of time then take in back your place/ the hotel for some late night activities just to have her wake up at 4a put her clothes back on and head back into the night. Trust she won’t be blowing up your phone the next day or even expecting a call from you. It’s like the perfect night and it’s nothing like waking up alone.

See dating somebody else’s girl should only be that and end there. No need to try to replace her man you need her man. He’s the one that has to hear her complain about her job, her period, her “whatever the fuck is pissing her off” that in turn she will also make his problem. You’ve never seen her with a bad hair day or no make up or sick with a piece of toilet paper stuck up her nose (that shit ain’t sexy). Truthfully you should be his biggest fan yeah you might foot the bill on the drinks, the meal, and movies but he’s paying for everything else (like her hair that you just fucked all up). So when he’s putting up money on the lights and the cable bill try to remember not to On Demand nothing to he wouldn’t want to see.

Unfortunately dating someone else’s girl doesn’t last to long either she gets paranoid, he gets an idea of what going on and your phone rings with her name but his voice, or she decides to cut him off and tries to put a lock on you (can’t do that). Enjoy the ride while it last because the pros always out weigh the cons.

Why fuck a girl that in a relationship? Because she is going to fuck somebody I rather it be me.
Jean DeGrate has spoken

Your Girl is My Jump Off

***Before I even start into this blog and somebody thinks I’m laying the pipe to their girl, even thought I just might be, this blog ain’t about that.***

“My jump off never run off at the mouth so much; my jump of never ask why I go out so much; my jump off never has me going out of my way and she don’t want nothing on Valentine’s day”
- Joe Budden

Jump Off - The girl you can get up with anytime. There wasn’t any elaborate dating process that lead up to this jump off situation ya’ll clicked ya’ll fucked and kept fucking. You don’t have to call her everyday or pretend like this thing of yours is working towards becoming a real relationship. Most conversations probably start with “What you doing tonight?” and end with “I’ll be there about 11.”

Remember when you were in the courting/ dating/ chilling stage with your current girl. Remember when she told you she had a friend well that friend is the nigga she was fucking with no strings attached. That was the nigga that was calling her when she was in the movies with you. That was the nigga she would call after you dropped her off from a night out on the town. When you would make moves and she would pump the breaks like she wasn’t down to go all the way but she was down just not with you not just yet.

Now that’s not always the scenario but it all boils that to the fact that the chicks that might have been your girl in the past or the girl currently on your arm has most likely played the jump off to some dude. It was something about that dude that just made her come off that pussy and you didn’t have that. Even the great Jean DeGrate has bunned a former jump off or 2 in my time. Trust if you’re not way up the game you’re not ready to hear you girl used to catch the cab from one side of town to the next for a shot of ass then hopped back in a cab to take her home on her own dime.

At the end of the day ain’t none of these girls angels just like ain’t none of us dudes saints. She might have sold you that dream that she don’t be doing anything like that or my personal favorite “I only been with 5 dudes”. My girl might have been your jump off like I know for sure somebody that’s reading this their girl has been mine.

Hey I’m just keeping it 100
Jean DeGrate has spoken

You were making good music so where did you go?

Southern Hummingbird is one of my favorite all-time CD’s. It’s definitely one of the best R&B CD’s ever. It’s so soulful so smooth from track to track the transition is flawless. I have at least one Tweet conversation a month so I’m not the only person out here wondering what the fuck happened. Missy stop making these crazy ass songs and awful videos then go track Tweet down lock her in the studio with a carton of Newport’s, a guitar and half gallon on Hennessy and let’s get another CD out by 1st quarter 2009.

Dave Hollister
Truth be told when Dave left Blackstreet I thought he was a fucking fool. Come on now Teddy Riley was a musically genius I know nobody is still listening to any old Guy shit now but back then they were the shit and even though Wrecks n effect was a one hit wonder “Rumpshaker” is still kind of a classic. So just the chance to work with Teddy Riley meant you were going to see some serious money and make some good even though ultra-contemporary music. With that being said just being part of Blackstreet was major come up. When he dropped “Ghetto Hymns” I was like its okay but you were better off with Teddy and them and I had that same feeling when “Chicago ’85” drop I didn’t really feel that CD until late 02. But when I did man that shit was crazy and it wasn’t that over sexed bullshit Teddy and them was putting out. The music he was making is just as relevant in 99 as it is 08. Dave I know you making the Lords music now but do you think you could slide a “Chicago ‘86” out there for us. Thanks in advance.

Just like Tweet I guess Maxwell just said fuck the studio, but unlike Tweet; Maxwell had hit after hit. You and bush was getting radio play to the point that you owned the second half of the 90’s. To top it off you were making real good music a like a Marvin Gaye/Prince hybrid. Every single every CD you were getting a gold or platinum plaque so what the fuck happened? Not that I’m tired of “Now”, “Embrya” or “Urban Hang Suite”, but adding a forth CD to that list would be hot.

Who are your artists that were doing it back in the day and just fell off the map?
Jean DeGrate has spoken


***I’m with Obama trust that. Every single Obama fundraiser they had at my club I was handing out 50’s and 20’s to the cause like they were 5’s and 10’s. Yeah I never wore that Obama-wear nor did I feel the urge to purchase anything with his likeness or his name on it. At the same time I’m not going to knock the next cat who put the bumper sticker on his whip or the Obama T-shirt on his back before November 4th.***

I live in the heart of Obama-mania let’s call it Obama-Ville formerly known as Washington DC. So maybe my view on Obama-mania is a bit harsh to say the least.

And now the venting begins...

Part of History
Here is the good news on November 4th 2008 when you casted a ballot for Barack Obama you played your part in history. You and millions of other Americans of all different races religions and political standings got up and voted a black man into the Oval Office. Now here’s the bad news the moment you casted the vote your moment in history ended it’s fucking over. Standing in line for 3 hours to get a news paper doesn’t cement your place in history. Flying, driving, busing, or training into DC to stand in a crowd of 4 million others with the same delusional idea that they are part of history guess what; still not part of history. You’re just another person standing in the cold who would have been better off watching it at home. Trust me HDTV in the comfort and warmth of your own home will have much better views of Obama swearing in or you can chose to fight thru all the check points only to stand 20 football fields away from somebody standing 10 football fields away from Obama.

Buying Obama
Buying Obama Hennessy, O-jamas (Obama pajamas I heard the radio ad yesterday), Obama key chains, Obama T-shirts, Obama quarters, Obama 2 dollar bills (Selling them on QVC), Obama plates (just think for 29.95 you can eat off of Barack’s face) or anything else the street venders and right up to corporate American can think to stick his likeness/name/logo on doesn’t mean shit after November 2nd. You people are like the people who became Patriot fans after they won the super bowl. The economy is fucked up so before you drop 5 or 50 bucks on BS that will end up in your basement covered in dust buy a CD from Best Buy or a cup of coffee from Star Bucks they closing stores and laying off folks left and right.

So on January 20th when my cell phone doesn’t work and my streets are over crowded I’ll be blaming all you non-history making fools.

Dude ain’t did a day in office but he got my city standing on its head
Jean DeGrate has spoken

PS Obama-mania is also why I didn’t throw a party this year but I’ll make up for it on Super Bowl Sunday.