Tuesday, May 31, 2011

My Pick for NBA Champion

First and foremost, this has been a great NBA Playoff season so far. Even with the Lakers and San Antonio getting ousted earlier than most of us probably expected, we've had other young/up-and-coming teams step-up and make their mark. The NBA has a bright future and it's shown throughout these playoffs.

Now for the NBA Finals match-up between the Miami Heat and the Dallas Mavericks. I'm happy to see Dirk and J. Kidd get another shot at winning it all. I'm also happy that my favorite player, LeBron James, is also going to get another shot at winning it all. Both of these squads seem to be peaking at the right time and they both have at least one superstar that can carry the team (in Miami's case, two, maybe even three). I think this series is going to come down to a couple things:
  1. How well can Miami's defense close-out on Dallas's streaky but most of the time hot 3-point shooters
  2. Can Dallas contain 2 of the Big Three for Miami? It seems like Bosh can be neutralized the easiest since Chandler is a solid defender and Haywood is another big body they can throw at him. But whose gonna stop BOTH LeBron AND Wade?
  3. Can the eat guard J.J. Barea? This may sound funny but I think the series may come down to Barea. If he can penetrate the lane and dish out for wide-open 3's or pull his crafty lay-ups around the rim, it's gonna be a tough series for Miami. And I'm not sure if Miami has a PG that can keep up with Barea. Maybe Chalmers but definitely not Bibby.
Taking all those things into consideration, I think this will be at least a 6 game series.

I don't think that Dallas will have an answer for Wade and LeBron. I don't think Miami will have an answer for Dirk (yeah I know they've been saying Haslem and Anthony guard him fairly well and LeBron will have his shots at Dirk too). But in the end I think Miami's safe letting Dirk get his points and neutralizing EVERYBODY else. That is, as long as they can consistently score on the Mavs, which I don't see being such a big hurdle. Miami's the better overall defensive team and Dallas is solid on D but trying to stop Wade, LeBron, and Bosh for 4 wins is gonna be a tall task for the Mavs.

With all that said, I'm taking Miami in 6 games to win the series. It'll be LeBron's first and unfortunately, Dirk won't get his. The Heat are coming together at just the right time and clicking on all cylinders and if they remain focused on defense I believe everything else will take care of itself.

Friday, May 27, 2011

Come on Scottie. I'm a huge LeBron fan and even I know better

Take a listen to Scottie Pippen's thoughts on Michael Jordan and LeBron...

It's important to note that he was asked how good can LeBron be. I think Scottie made some good points but he didn't word his answer properly. He should have made it a point to say LeBron can be the best player ever.

Let's not get it twisted, LeBron is a beast. But let us also NOT forget that Jordan has 6 rings and LeBron has none ("Call me when LeBron has 6 championships...That's the only argument I need Sean!"). Jordan was a beast defensively and a shut-down defender. LeBron has been a shut-down defender lately, but he's been much more of a consistent team defender than a shut-down guy. Both guys are great scorers. MJ was much more prolific in his time than LeBron is now but LeBron could probably average 50 per game if he really wanted to. Which leads me to the real glaring difference between the two, which is that LeBron is just a naturally unselfish guy on the basketball court whereas Jordan was not naturally that way. LeBron likes to pass. Jordan liked to shoot. I think this is what Scottie was trying to key on when he said "everyone is a threat to score when LeBron is on the court". That's 100% true and could not be said of Jordan back in the day.

But with all that said, Scottie Pippen of all people has no place saying anyone is better than MJ because if there were no MJ, Scottie would not have 6 rings! I'm sure there's some axe Scottie's grinding that we may never know about but for him of all people to say that LeBron might be or is a better player than Michael Jordan is probably sacrilegious like Stephen A. Smith has been proclaiming. Scottie should wait a few more years to see if LeBron can get multiple rings before he starts this type of talk. Right now, it's all just conjecture because the rings are what matters, just ask Charles Barkley, Patrick Ewing, John Stockton, and Karl Malone. All guys who were amazing players but never won a championship simply because they played in an era where Jordan and his Bulls dominated. Once LeBron has a few rings and has kept the other great players of his era - that have solid teams and consistently make the playoffs - from getting rings, then Pippen might be clear for take-off with these type of comments. But until then....

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Ray Lewis:The Most Intense Person on the Planet.

I bet if you put Ray Lewis and the guy from the Dos Equis commercials in a room, the Dos Equis guy would be in awe of Ray Lewis, lol.

"If we don't have a season, watch how much crime picks up if you take away our game....There's NOTHING ELSE TO DO SIR!"
  1. Ray Lewis is awesome.
  2. His level of awesomeness is tied directly to his level of intensity (which is always one hundred thousand trillion) which is also tied directly to the aura of craziness he gives off.
  3. Let me repeat that last one. Awesomeness is to Intensity as Intensity is to CRAZINESS! Meaning, you can be awesomely intense but some people might just think you're a crazy person.
  4. Ray does some amazing work in the community and deserves big respect for that. I actually think in an age where people like to tout how much work they do without seeking media attention, the media needs to form a reality show around the multitude of things Ray does in the community to use as an example for other athletes.
  5. If the DMX we all remember from the first and second albums was an NFL player, he'd be Ray Lewis. Dude was just that intense (*arrrf arrrf!*)
  6. Ray Lewis is one of the only reasons I'm not upset when the Ravens win and why I don't mind seeing them win.
  7. Ray has lost a step but he makes up for it by celebrating everybody else's tackles. Honestly, I think he gets credited 1/4 of a tackle for everyone else's just because he celebrates like he made the tackle himself.
  8. I hope he goes out win one more Superbowl win and then skips the after-party because you know how Ray and Superbowl parties don't mix.

Monday, May 23, 2011

Big K.R.I.T. in Baltimore April 28, 2011

I'm dumb late posting this footage but back in late April me, @RipRock81, @Antmonology, and my man Woo went to see Big K.R.I.T. at the Quarter at Bourbon Street in Baltimore.

Honestly, I didn't really have high expectations for the show. KRIT's a relatively new artist and though I like his music I was sure he wouldn't have the backing (financially) to put on a real big-time show. But that's actually fine as long as his stage presence and ability to get the crowd involved was decent. It turns out he was actually more than decent.

From the moment he came out and opened up with "Return of 4Eva" he had control of the crowd and rocked the stage. There were a lot of serious KRIT fans in the crowd because you could hear him telling people "ok ok I got ya homie, Imma get to that song, let me keep moving through my set". That is to say, that people had favorites they wanted to hear right then and now. That's a good sign for KRIT.

About halfway through his set I decided I should try to get some video footage, especially if he was gonna perform my song "Rotation". And wouldn't you know, not too long after I started recording, he goes right into "Rotation". Ride with me...

Overall, KRIT put on a good show and so did his opening acts though I can't remember the guy who was performing when we walked in. Smoke DZA and Freddie Gibbs held it down too. So much so that I had to go download some of their mixtapes to get more familiar with their music.

If you aren't already a fan of Big KRIT but you're a fan of southern hip-hop with that Scarface and UGK influence, you should get familiar.

Friday, May 20, 2011

"Take me waaaay back, Scarface in our tape deck!"

Big K.R.I.T. (feat. Chamillionaire) - Time Machine

Of K.R.I.T.'s Return of 4Eva. The first verse of this is trill. K.R.I.T.'s rapping about how riding in his car takes him back to some bonding he and his dad used to do. (Hopefully) everybody has something that reminds them of when they were a kid and something they did with their parents or family, just like this. K.R.I.T. reminisces a bit about his dad giving him some game as a youngin...

"Niggas out here flexxin', don't be stressing what you can't be"

"Don't believe in what you can't see, unless it's God..."

"You got yo family and your friends when you need relief/There 'll come a time when I can't be there when you need me"

"Forgive and forget your anger leave that/Don't be wasting time, cuz time is all you have/Don't be chasin hoes, boy just chase this cash"

This reminds me, I have some K.R.I.T. concert footage to post....

THROWBACK!!! B Rich - Whoa Now

If you lived in Baltimore around the time this came out, you'll remember this song, because you sang it out loud on several occasions, lol.

"Party like it's my birthday, drinkin' and still thirsty!"

"One night in Baltimore, I bet you never leave" ... Ummmmmm, oooookay.

The Song Deserves Its Own Post: The Experience - Goodie Mobb

"Jewels in the head much better than the chain". That quote is a Styles P reference but this song makes me think of the quote.

Don't sleep on Goodie Mobb's "Soul Food" album, or this song...

Yeah, better believe that slick
ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha
ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha yeah
I thought you said you was the G-O-D
Sound like another nigger to me, ha ha, yeah
I thought you said you was the G-O-D
sound like another nigger to me, shit
What a nigger do, what a nigger does
And a nigger is what a nigger was
And a nigger done read history but yet his eyes didn't see
The only reason you a nigger is because somebody else wants you to be
Well a nigger uneducated, intergrated, singin' "We shall overcome"
A nigger trying to be white is what a nigger seem like have become
And when they call me a nigger to my face'
Can't do nothin' but walk away
But here it is niggers call other niggers niggers each and every day
Dividing and conquering
When they say the lighter shade of black is okay

Up to the middle class and they passin' by
The project laughing at where we stay
Since a nigger had got grown, had a little bitty of nigger of my own
Should've known I couldn't show 'em no better what I was showin'
Shit, I could've hit the club as fresh as I could be
Really, it's all for another nigger to see
You know how a nigger get when he see another nigger outfit
Don't want nobody to have what he ain't got
Somebody get drunk, get mad, and get shot
That's why the property value ain't no good in a nigger neighborhood
A nigger could overstand if he only understood
I'm sick of lyin' I'm sick of glorifyin' dyin'

I'm sick of not trying, shit I'm sick of being a nigger
Destiny sent me to this dread and she said she felt led
To offer me some wisdom from this lil book she read
And it said that right then the black man's downfall
Was not know that we were not ever niggers at all
, hmm
And she looked deeply into my eyes and said brother don't you know
You complain about being black,
When they mad cuz they can't be black no mo'
So many black men out here trying to be niggers
Keeping it real to the point that they dying to be niggers
When in actuality the fact is you ain't a nigger because you black
You a nigger cause of how you act

But, you don't want me to tell you the truth, so I'ma lie to you
Make it sound fly to you huh, huh,
You don't wanna hear the truth, so I'ma lie to you
Make it sound fly to you, shit
The nigger experience
The nigger experience
Has been stated, it was created
The nigger experience

It's crazy how I'm gonna go listen to some Rick Ross IMMEDIATELY after this though, smh.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Wake & Drake: I'm On One

This blog has I have somewhat of a history of being a Drake fan. This song isn't a Drake release but a Khaled release with Drake, Rick Ross, and Lil Wayne on it and I'm feeling it.

As an aside, I went back and listened to Khaled's first album "Listeeeennnnnn" and I just want to put it out there that he has several tracks on there that might be street classics ("Holla At Me Baby", "Born N Raised", and arguably "Grammy Family") . If he didn't scream so much on all the tracks I think he'd get more respect in general for the work he's done over the years he's been somewhat mainstream. Most people find Khaled annoying because of the ad-libs but he has a knack for putting together some good crew tracks and some good songs in general ("Cash Flow" or "Go Hard" anyone?).

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

I laugh at this just as hard every time...

Known about this video for years thanks to my coworker but I don't think I've posted here yet and it really should have been up here the first time I watched it, lol.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

One of my favorite Kanye verses ever

A friend just made me think of this song and it reminded me that this was one of my favorite Kanye features at the time this came out and the more I think about it, this might be one of my favorite Kanye verses ever. He's got some slick lines in here ("switch my girls around like 3-L-dub) and a few lazy ones ("family in high places like Jesus niece") but overall the tone and content of his verse suit the song and his flow fits the beat well.

Uh! And don't be tryin to come around my girl actin like Mr. Friendly
And steal the spotlight like Mr. Bentley
I spotted her like Spud McKenzie
And for them fake boobies I payed them Benjies
Get your own, I got Paris he got Nicky he tried to get 'em a clone
He said yeah you know you got extra hoes
And everything you do is extra cold
From the Polo fleece to the Jesus piece
I got family in high places like Jesus' niece
Can I please, say my piece
If y'all fresh to death, then I'm deceased
And this one here, is a heat rock
Spit like a beat box, the way the beat rocks
New version of Pete Rock!
But for that Benz I get CL love
So I switch my girls around like 3L-dub
I'm callin..

Monday, May 16, 2011


Classic stuff right here!

Gap Band - Yearning For Your Love

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Vernacular of Choice

You may or may not remember my "Eff the flow they jackin' my slang" post or my most popular blogpost evAr (shot out to my DMV folks) on DC Metro Area Slang as spotted in my 2006 Year in Review post.

I've got a few more terms I need to add to that "slang" list...

PREXACTLY: This one is pretty simple. Precisely + Exactly = Prexactly. I use this for emphasis when something is on point, accurate, et. al.

NIGGORANT: This is meant to say that you are acting like an uneducated fool. This brings two quotes to my mind. One from Charlie Murphy in the movie Paper Soldiers: "It's a difference between a black man and a black nigger. That, was a black nigger". The other from Cee-Lo's "The Experience" on Goodie Mobb's Soul Food CD, "You ain't a nigger because you black, you a nigger 'cause of how you act." Cee-Lo's line was on point and has stuck with me from the day I heard it. You should probably check out the track now that I think about it.

COOLIO: I don't say this to reference the rapper, I use this in place of "cool" or "ayight" or whatever other terms people use along those lines.

RATNAH: I typically use this as my country 'twang short-hand for right now. Don't judge me, my stepfather is from the south, lol.

THROWBACK Video: Caught Up - Ja Rule feat. Lloyd

Man Ja Rule has some joints I don't care what Fiddy said!

I'm not gonna front, I been a big Lloyd fan from the gate. Go ahead, make your jokes, lol.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Rear-Ended on Mother's Day

This is probably stupid to do but since I wasn't at fault and this is all truth, I am gonna do it anyway.

Sunday (Mother's Day) started off pretty good. I got up early (for me) around 10 or 11am and called my mom to wish her a Happy Mother's Day. Then I proceeded to do some work around the house, cleaning up my dining room, back yard, etc. Normal weekend stuff. Then I decided that before I washed my car I'd go to the grocery store to pick up some food for later that evening.

I hop in my car and make my way to the grocery store. About a mile or so away, I stop at a red light behind a line of cars (maybe about 10 in front of me). The line of cars was abnormally long for this light which made me wonder why that was the case. So while waiting for the light to turn green I look in my rear-view mirror and I see a car coming towards me and then I hear brakes screaching.

All I could do was brace for the impact.

The car hit me at what I assume was about 20-30 mph max. I'm glad I saw it coming because I was able to brace myself using the steering wheel and fortunately my airbag didn't deploy. After being hit, I shook my head like "this motherfucker" (sorry mom) and immediately grabbed the pen in my center console to start writing this person's information down. I also called 911 and reported the accident as well.

The woman that hit me was older (maybe 50s or 60s and she came up to my car and asked if I was ok. I told her I think so. She then nicely said that we should move our cars out of the road and exchange information to which I agreed. So we pulled over and start exchanging information and eventually a police officer shows up. The police officer comes and tells us to make sure we get each others, insurance information, license plate numbers, etc. I ask if he's going to write a report and he says that Baltimore City Police don't write reports unless the witness the accident. Whatever. He asks us both if we're ok and she says she's going to go to the doctor because she doesn't feel well and I said my back is a little sore but I'm not going to the doctor unless I feel worse tomorrow morning.

He then gives us his card for reference if we need it. At this point the woman that hit me says: "Thank you for being so nice about all this." To which I responded, "It's a nice day out, it's mother's day, no need to be mean it's just a car! Happy Mother's Day by the way." BUT, what I was really thinking was, "Man I don't want to be nice to this lady, I'm pissed that the rear of my car is smashed in. But let me be nice here because it's no need for me to be an a-hole. She was at fault, my car will eventually get fixed, no need to be the young, black a-hole. It's Mother's Day and she's probably a mom, wish her the best and let things play out."

Moral of the story here is that everything happens for a reason and sometimes God tests us. I felt like I was tested in that circumstance to see if I was gonna revert to my high school niggorant days and tee-off on this woman. But I knew I was too mature (not meant to say old, lol) and too respectful for that, even if I wanted to be a little (or a lot) mean. Thank God for being there. Some of you may need to read that last sentence again, lol.

Some pictures below...

Gods'Illa feat. Maimouna Youssef - You Don't Have to Be a Star (@godsilla)

I tried to tell ya'll...

"Dope beats, dope rhymes, what more do ya'll want?"

If you like hip-hop, get familiar with Gods'illa.

Monday, May 9, 2011

Video: Wale & Meek Mill - 100 Hunnit

Maybach Music Group's young gunz show why the got signed...

I liked this joint off first listen (read: before I saw the video) and think it could definitely be a club banger (not sure if it is already, ain't been to a club in a minute). I've been a Wale fan and just really started appreciating what Meek can do (dude is niiiiice). These cats have some potential and being a part of Ross's label right now is probably gonna help them with more widespread exposure which is a good look for them both (anybody seen Pill). Wale's "Attention Deficit album was pretty good work for a first-time release and his mixtapes are in my opinion some of the best mixtape releases over the last few years, especially the "Mixtape About Nothing".

Sidebar: Having signed Wale, Meek, Pill, Stalley, and Teedra Moses (not to mention his Triple C "bredren"), Ross looks like he's stacking up some good lyrical talent, a female and male singer for the hooks (Masspike & Teedra), and a manager with all the right connections (Diddy)...Potential, potential, potential...

Friday, May 6, 2011

Video: 4 A.M. - Wale feat. Black Cobain

When I first heard this track I actually thought the first verse was Wale. They both sound similar. I'm not sure whose verse I like better but overall I think this is a pretty good track. Also, I wonder if being affiliated with Rick Ross is getting Wale access to these types of beats because this definitely sounds like something Rick Ross would rap over. Wale and Black Cobain hold the beat down though.

"God bless you unless you is disrespectful"

Re-visited: Big K.R.I.T. - The Vent

K.R.I.T. = King Remembered In Time

I did a post on "The Vent" Monday but I had to revisit this joint. The first time I heard this song it resonated with me. Then, I heard it live and it resonated with me even more. Now, just about every time I listen to it, I get chills. That might sound a little funny but the fact that it gives me chills exemplifies one of K.R.I.T.'s lines from the song: "If it don't touch my soul, I can't listen to it". Not sure what it is but something about a few of his lines in this track along with the beat really do it for me. Some of the lines I'm talking about are listed below

In the midst of all the glamour hope you find God

If it don't touch my soul, I can't listen to it.

Too much shine can dull the soul.

I saw love in the eyes of a perfect stranger. She overlooked what's in my heart in search of a gangsta

Trade my materials for a peace of mind

Who cares about life and its highs and lows, I guess I should write another rhyme about pimps and hoes

Tryna take heed what I say in my songs, forgive me if I ever ever steered you wrong

Radio don't play the shyt I used to love, or maybe I'm just growing up

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Shot out to Rashard Mendenhall

Aside from the second "r" in his first name (I'm used to "Rashad", oh well), I didn't pay much attention to Mr. Mendenhall unless it was fantasy football related or "they playin' the Ravens this weekend" related. Just for the record, I'm a Redskins fan (go ahead, laugh it's cool) living in Baltimore. For that reason, I follow both teams. Back to my point though...

Now, after the media has made a big deal about Mendenhall's Twitter comments (see video below) regarding Osama and 9/11, I gotta say I have a little bit more respect for him. It's not that I agree with everything he's saying but I respect that he's unafraid to speak up and say how he feels and stand on one side of the fence whether he's perceived as wrong or right. Much respect to him for that. And I also give him props for backing up Adrian Peterson and his comments that football players are modern-day slaves. I'm not saying I agree with those exact words when not spoken in the proper context but it's NOT unchartered territory for someone to compare the two.

As for the comments Rashard made...

"What kind of person celebrates death?" This is a question we'll all have to at least ponder for a second after Osama bin Laden's death. If you're not thinking about this right now you're either under a rock or so morally and ethically disconnected that there's probably no helping you anyway. And yes, it's an accurate statement to make that it's "amazing how people can HATE a man they have never even heard speak." I'm sure some would argue that we've technically heard Osama speak via those viral (ha) videos he used to drop like mixtapes, but that's beside the point. The point here is that we can hate hate hate all we want and judge Osama for his actions (or alleged actions, depending on the instance and how you feel) but in the end, God is his ultimate judge. And with that in mind he deserves the same respect in death that any other human being does.

I repeat, Osama bin Laden deserves the same respect in death that any other human being does.

By no means am I condoning anything he did during his life that hurt people and their loved ones. And by no means am I saying that he wasn't a threat and danger to me, my family, and everyone else's family.


If the shoe were on the other foot and your cuzzin Spook/Tiny/Nuke/Tim-Tim/or-whoever (trust me, everybody got that one cousin) that sold drugs, shot people, and perhaps killed a person or two and you knew he just wasn't a "good" person per se...

You still would not want the picture(s) of him in death with his body riddled with bullets plastered all over television and the Interweb. I took issue to how the U.S. handled the Saddam Hussein death sentence and I will probably have a similar issue in this case but it seems like Obama's going the way of NOT showing the pictures of a dead Osama. Kudos to our President for seemingly having some respect for Osama or at the least some perspective on this situation.

Because most of us only know what the media tells us about Osama I think it makes it easier for some to rejoice in his death. There's no real human connection there for you to feel like you're doing something that may not be quite right. All we know is what we're told. Even if all of it is true, can't we just accept the fact that he's dead, say a prayer for our lost ones and let them know how much we still love them, and MOVE ON feeling like there's one less terrorist (out of many still left) to worry about?

Like I said in my last post about this topic, this is not going to be the end of terrorism and we all know that, even those out there celebrating. This is an exhale moment. Exhale and be relieved on a small level. But in the big picture, what are we rejoicing about? This is like LeBron and D. Wade having a parade after beating the 76ers in the first round! You would be like, "Get-da-fugg-outta-here! You still gotta get past Boston, not to mention Chicago and probably the Lakers." I make that comparison to say, the war ain't over yet, we just beat a team in the early rounds that it took us (literally) years to outsmart, catch up to, and ultimately take them out. There are more fish to fry.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Support the Pratt Library's Summer Reading Program for Kids!!!

Support the education of the children of Baltimore by sponsoring a child for the Enoch Pratt Free Library's Summer Reading Program.

As a member of the Pratt Contemporaries (you should join too), I'm encouraging you all to help the Pratt Contemporaries reach our goal of sponsoring 200 children for this summer. Sponsoring a child for the summer costs $60/child but you can make a contribution of less than $60 by visiting the sponsorship form, selecting "0" from the "No. of children you support" pull-down, and adding whatever amount you'd like to donate in the field next to "I would like to make an additional donation to the Summer Programs at Pratt."

"Last year more than 38,000 children and teens participated in Pratt's summer programs, with more than 16,000 children enrolled in the incentive-based Summer Reading Program, reading over 220,000 books! We know that children may experience a loss of academic skills in July and August, often referred to as "summer slide." This loss is nearly impossible to make up, compounds over time, and particularly impacts children in underserved communities.... Please sponsor one or more children and help reduce summer slide!" - Enoch Pratt Library website

Translation: There were a ton of kids that benefited from this program last year and it would not happen without the help of generous people like you that want to see the children of Baltimore City (and probably every other city) succeed. Help a child keep his/her reading skills improving throughout the summer by sponsoring a child or donating to this program. Otherwise, prepare yourself for the doom of a summer filled with kids running the streets like raging maniacs fueled by sugar, soda, and anger over no E.B. White, Beatrix Potter, or Ruth Krauss books to read. You wouldn't want THAT, now would you?

I know, enough said.

To sponsor a child, click here.

Monday, May 2, 2011

Why I Can't Rejoice over Osama's Death

With news last night of Osama Bin Laden being killed I couldn't help but notice just how happy people seemed to be about it. Happy enough to go to the White House and sing the National Anthem. Happy as if another man's death is something to rejoice about. I'm aware of the history of terroristic acts, the bombings, etc. but something inside me won't allow me to be as happy about all this as people seem to be. The only thing that I feel a little positive about is the symbolism of his death. The death of Osama is not going to bring back all the people that died during the 9/11 attacks or any other attacks that he was involved in. I won't for a second act as if I can understand the pain of someone that lost a loved one during any of those attacks. The level of tragedy and the magnitude of those attacks can never be over-stated. But I wonder how many of those rejoicing were those who lost loved ones in attacks by Bin Laden and out of those, how they'll feel tomorrow, next week, next month, or next year. Because no matter how much "happiness" you felt last night, the people we all lost during those attacks will not be brought back because Bin Laden is dead. I guess justice was served but at the same time, what will happen next?

Learning of his death and listening to our President's remarks made me think of the movie, The Kingdom. First off, it's a great film. Second, the film is about terrorism in the middle east. But one of the most poignant moments/scenes in the film is when an older middle eastern man forces a young child (presumably his son or grandson) to watch a bombing of innocent people that the older man apparently coordinated. At the end of the film, this same older man (identified as a terrorist) was killed by American Special Forces but there was a cut-away to the son/grandson from the scene prior that showed the vigor and desire in his eyes to carry-on what his father/grandfather had forced him to watch. The pain and anguish he felt because his father/grandfather was killed only served to light a fire inside him to carry-on what he was taught. I was left thinking, "now that kid is going to want to continue the terroristic acts the older gentleman forced him to watch." And I think that's what we're dealing with when we talk about Bin Laden's death. The 48 Laws Of Power (specifically, the 42nd) do not apply. There will be some sheep that scatter but the death of the shepherd will serve to invigorate others that agree with his (Osama's) thinking and principles.

This is one of the main reasons that I can't be happy about Osama's death. Regardless of whether the body is shown on TV or he was executed for the world to see like Saddam Hussein or we never see the body at all, he will be a martyr to many. And the thought of that should be scary enough for the same people rejoicing over his death to think twice about just how happy we should all be.

The one thing I did take away from this as positive is the symbolism in the U.S. and other forces taking 10 years of determined work to find him. It will show others who aspire to perform the type of terroristic acts that they will be pursued relentlessly and with great resolve even if it takes years. Problem is, when one is unafraid to die for what they believe in, how can you truly have any power over them?

Big K.R.I.T. - The Vent

I think this might be my favorite BIG K.R.I.T. song next to this one.

Live footage of "The Vent" from K.R.I.T.'s show in D.C.: