Archive for the ‘Rap Culture’ Category

  1. Grabbing a gat and going rat a tat tat is the proper way to solve a problem.
  2. When contemplating money it is advised to roll down the street and smoke Indo while sipping on some gin and juice. This is guaranteed to make you laid back.
  3. Apparently to have a “good day” you must not see a jacker, there must be no helicopters looking for a murder, and not having to use my AK. According to this I have NEVER had a good day.
  4. I have learned to respect all those who break their neck to keep their hoes in check.
  5. I think I am lonely because I keep renewing my membership into sharing Other Peoples Property. I have to remember there is no room for relationships there’s only room to hit it. I just wish this membership had an insurance plan for STD’s.
  6. I will throw my hands in the air from time-to-time just to remind my co-workers I am a true playa.
  7. To get the biatches you must: creep from behind, ask who you want to be with, what your interests are, what number to dial, then tell them I am going to call my crew..they should call their crew, then we will rendezvous… then at the rendezvous tell the ladies that they should be havin’ my babies.
  8. I try my hardest to not get my monkey ass played by hanging out with a true crew down with the coochie bang.
  9. I learned complex mathematic riddles such as: Do I have enough hands If I were to have my hands on a sawed off shotgun hand on the pump. My left hand is on the forty where I am puffin on a blunt, while simultaneously pumping said shotgun.
  10. It feels good to be a gangsta for the following reasons:
  • They always have a hip cap
  • They think deep
  • They are us 365 a year 24/7
  • Bitches look at them as a stop sign
  • They hit switches in a black six-fo
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I received some clomplaints over the post below. I guess I didn’t make my point good enough. The saying you can take the girl out of the trailer park but you can’t take the trailer park out of the girl is a racially directed term at white people. I was trying to compare and contrast. I didn’t choose African Americans as a racial slant; I took it based off the many ESPN texts which come to my phone on a daily basis which seemed relative to trying to find the answer to whether or not that statement is true or not. I do understand whether you are white, black, Mexican, or Chinese there are good people and there are bad people. This stems from every single social and economical level from the ghettos to the trailer park, to the suburbs. I made a point saying the quote of trailer park to ghetto, was untrue, because of so many different variables. Those are blanket statements which are simply untrue.

“You can take the girl out of the trailer park, but you can’t take the trailer park out of the girl,” the saying goes you can take a girl out of the trailer park; give her riches and she will still act like trash. I wonder from time to time if this is a true or false. Does it have its merits? I wanted to really dive in beyond the re-hashed examples of Brittany Spears, or that one girl who married some old rich guy then went to do playboy… her name escapes me. I wondered if the saying would fit if I were to say; “you can take the man out of the ghetto, but you can’t take the ghetto out of the man.

To analyze this spin on the more popular saying; all we need to do is look at our professional and college athletes. We see ghetto born athletes who with all the money, fame, and responsibility as roll models their talents have brought them; they can not seem to stay out of trouble. The few examples out of the many are Michael and Marcus Vick, Plaxico Burress, and Gilbert Arenes.

Michael Vick had everything, yet pissed it all away to finance a dog fighting ring, while his little brother was dismissed from Virginia Tech. due to on and off the field issues. Plaxico Burress shot himself in the leg at a New York nightclub with an unregistered firearm, and Gilbert Arenes pulled a handgun out in the locker room and pointed it at his teammate. I subscribe to ESPN text alerts so trust me when I say this type of behavior happens daily. 

We were all stunned to find out Ricky Williams gave up millions upon millions of dollars; so he didn’t want to quit smoking dank. I liked smoking marijuana as much as the next guy, but put 32 million dollars and the chance to play professional football and you bet your ass I would have enough common sense to quit and stay out of trouble. He had the rest of his life after football to get cheefed, but only a small window to be great.

These examples and thousands of others could cause us to make such a blanket statement. We just don’t hear enough about all the good things these players do for their community and helping those less needy, many of which are fixing up the very ghetto’s they came from. We do not hear enough of the Michael Dunn’s of the world, if you do not know who he is then my point has been proven. He is an ex Atlanta Falcon who founded a countless number of charities and nonprofits. I suppose it is bigger news to report the negatives than the positives.

There are far too many variables at work here. You can take the girl out of the trailer park as well as the man out of the ghetto as long as they do not take it with them. There is nothing wrong with helping out the community you came from; it is an entirely different situation when you take the lifestyles and behaviors with. We seem to always hear about the bad things our idols are doing, but get very little press on the positive things they do.

I am tired of hearing about sports figures, who do not realize they have millions of young fans looking up to them; our children will mimic their idols. They do not realize how lucky they are to get a free education, make it to the pros, providing their families with a better life then they had, and the achievement of living a life long dream very few get to experience. I do not think this applies to everyone.

I know of several athletes who have taken their experiences and created positive things, and many who the money and power only ushered in their destruction. I am not sure which one of these scenarios is the norm. I suppose it is up for debate.

What do you think…

There are many vital life skills not being taught in our public schools, such as balancing your finances, managing your credit score, resume writing, and interviewing skills among others. In my many years of management I have found many people are shitty at the latter. I have seen laughable resumes, and countless others bomb interviews. I can tell within the first five minutes whether someone would make a viable candidate for the job. I have ended numerous ones right after the first question. In my experience not all the blame should be placed on our schools. Parents, upbringing, and just plain ignorance are all factors as well. Here are a few of my observations over the years.

  1. Give your children normal names, and please stop being cute by misspelling the name. It not only makes you as the parent look like a complete douche; it also hinders your children in the long run. In the book “Freakonomics” Stephen Dubner and Steven Levitt but this to the test by conducting a study where they sent out identical applications, one with a traditional name spelled correctly, and the other with a “unique” or African American name. The hiring managers chose the traditional name at an extremely high percentage.
  2. This is not “American Idol” never argue with the person responsible for hiring you. I had a girl come in today as a walk-in interview. I saw she did not have the type of nursing home experience we were looking for. She also could not manage to stay at one employer for more than 4 months. I tried to break it to her easy by explaining she lacked the type of experience we are looking for. Instead of accepting this at face value, she started to argue with me. Finally after 15 minutes I had to be brutally honest with her, and proceeded to point out all of her short comings. This was not clear enough for her, and she continued to argue. I finally told her I would need to give it a lot of thought… two hours later she called me to ask if I had time to think about it.
  3. Check the ghetto at the door. The one thing that will get me every time is when someone comes to an interview all ghetto fabulous. What you do and who you are outside of work is none of my concern; what is my concern is how you will be at work. Last time I checked we are still speaking English NOT Ebonics. There is a huge difference between the office and the street, if you are too ignorant to tell the difference… It probably explains why you are currently unemployed.
  4. If you can’t understand/speak fluent English don’t apply for a job that requires those skills. The interview will be cut real short if I have to work really hard at rewording a question because you don’t understand me. Then when you do speak I cannot understand a single word coming out of your mouth. I have no problem with people coming to this country for better opportunities, but know your limitations, and continue to improve on that skill.
  5. Being late or too early. If an interviewee is late or shows up early they are immediately disqualified from being hired. I am probably more annoyed with someone showing up early because it shows a complete lack of respect for the interviewer. There is a reason the interview was set up for this specific time; it this is a form of narcissism in that they feel someone should drop what they are doing to accommodate them.
  6. Coming to the interview stoned. I used to party a lot back in the day so I can spot and smell a fucked up person a mile away. What someone does outside of work is their choice and I am in no place to judge them. What gets me is when you take it to work with you. If you are capable of showing up to an interview stoned, then you will most likely show up to work stoned.
  7. Dressing slutty. I do not like when females come to an interview with a short skirt or low cut shirts showing off cleavage. There are woman out there who attempt to use their looks to gain employment. This tactic is used most when they find out they are interviewing with a man. This is very distracting and diverts my attention to the task at hand. This shows the interviewee lacks the self-esteem to get hired based on their own merits.
  8. Please do not harass me. I think it is appropriate to follow-up with a call thanking me for interviewing them. I hate it when they call multiple times enquiring about the status of their application. I am not a smart man, but I do know if I interview with a company and they do not call me back chances are I didn’t get the job. There have been a few situations where a person called me so many times I had to tell them to stop calling.

Every manager is different on their pet peeves, but I would be willing to guess many of these bother them. I recommend my readers to not fall into any of these traps. I can guarantee if you are interviewing with me and fall into any of these categories I can guarantee you will not be hired.

The destruction of the English language started with rap music in the late eighties. I grew up listening to this rap music. I remember trying to mimic the language, attitude, and lifestyles of the rap culture. Here I was living in the suburbs of Minnesota with my pants hanging off my ass, gang signs on my $2.00 white flip-flops, and a shitty ass attitude. I am certain that I looked like a complete douche, but you live and you learn.

I am thankful I didn’t grow up with the rap music that is on the market today. The ghetto slang going around today is as silly as it is complex, so much so that there are entire websites dedicated to translating this goofy shit. I do know that if any of my children came home and used the phrase “real talk” I would most likely drop kick their asses out the window, then reprogram them to talk like normal human beings.

I bring this up because I was listening to T.I.’s “Swing Ya Rag”. The lyrics are laughable at best, and all I can picture is some white kid in the Mall of America swinging his Gucci rag, pants sagging, goofy flat billed baseball cap cocked to the side, and sporting a Gucci purse. These types of antics are downright psychotic, and frankly I would assume that he would be sent to the loony bin for looking like a complete dumbass.

As a parent, I could not allow my child to go out in public like that. I would never allow either of my sons to carry a purse. They could argue all they wanted to say it’s a handbag or backpack. My response would be a simple “it’s a purse dumbass; unless your role is the catcher, you’re not leaving this house”. The day I utter those words, will be the day I finally have to accept that I am old.

These are things I worry about. Honestly though if either of my son’s started going through that phase, I would drive them to North Minneapolis and drop their silly little ass’s off. I am sure they would un-cock their goofy looking flat billed hat’s, pull up their pants, and hide their fruity little man purse. It is easy for suburban kids to act ghetto when they know they won’t get killed for dressing like a total retard.