MNR: Staring At the World Through My Rearview
“Sorta like The City of God, we been screaming out WE GON MAKE IT, but I pity the odds...”
Styles P, “How We Live”
It’s imperative that I begin with condolences for the 50 killed and additional 50 wounded at the mosque in Christchurch, New Zealand by a racist far-right wing pilgrim from Australia whose name I won’t lend additional exposure by mentioning. Just know he’s a wanton, depraved, hateful MF. And for those who don’t know, the fucker recorded his work. I watched a 45 second clip of him GTAing those innocent folk. By that I mean how GTA players know how after you body a nigga and he’s laying lifeless you can continue to shoot that MF. Yeah. Brain mineral flying and all. Bodies were piled on each other. They suffered before they died. And they’ve released pics of the departed. One was a young boy, early elementary age. You’ve got to be one heartless son of Satan to do what that man did. All in the name of Muslim hatred. And it’s not the least bit surprising that he idolized Donald Trump AND identified with Cheesy’s hate rhetoric. Trump posted a completely fake tweet of sorrow for those slain then went on to dog undocumented illegals with the same hateful terminology the shooter has used and was inspired by. This is like a bad fucking dream that won’t end. I fear for America. My fear comes from the thought of copycat acts and further perceived entitlement to commit acts of violence against minorities and Muslims in this country. Stay woke, y’all. Shits crazy outchea.
The field of 64 (+ 4) is set and the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tourney is on deck to begin this week. Most view the clearcut favorite to be Coach K’s Duke Blue Devils, led by freshman icon Zion Williamson and fellow blue chip recruits RJ Barrett and Cam Reddish. They’re definitely the most talented team, with many in consensus that Zion is the best player we’ve seen in a generation. I can’t disagree. The things that he’s doing are almost beyond belief. I was murdered on the Twitter by the lil homies Saturday afternoon for saying this but I remain steadfast in my belief that before he gets Freshman GOAT status, let him lead his team to a ‘ship. I think that’s only fair. Before Zion there was a gentleman from BK/Baltimore by the name of Carmelo Anthony. He took his Syracuse Orangemen all the damn way to glory (Anthony Davis & Pervis Ellison, too). Let’s let that man be great on the biggest stage. If and when he does, I’ll be right there on the proverbial front row to give him his flowers and anoint him Freshman GOAT. But first he’s got to get six wins in consecutive ahead of him. Leggo.
That new Birdman and Juve “Just Another Gangsta” track got me all in my bag (of nostalgia). Off top, that shit slaps crazy. I just read they’re dropping an album together. Soon. The game, quite frankly, could use it right about now. So I’m excited and looking forward to that. But back to the nostalgia. Ever since Twin played that collabo for me last Saturday I’ve been on my Cash Money Records retrospective. Even though they’d already released several records, the CMR breakthrough came via “Ha”, Juve’s lead single off his third solo album 400 Degreez. It wasn’t just Juve’s simple yet genius flow and delivery about Uptown Nawlins hood shit with the signature Ha to end every bar, but the video was so fucking hood that you knew these niggas were ‘bout their issue. Who could ever forget lil money jumping in a water filled pothole chest deep? MF tried to play the song and the video initially (some of our fellow up north niggas especially), but I wouldn’t have it. I knew it was the start of something big. I was 100% correct. “Back That Azz Up” flourished into an undeniable classic that has endured the test of time and gets Aunties up shaking that ass at cookouts TO THIS DAY!!! (word to the champ D. Wilder). B.G. was up next. His single “Cash Money Is An Army” off his Chopper City In The Ghetto album was CRAZY. It’s still my favorite CMR song from that era. After that was the second Hot Boyz album and the quintessential “Bling, Bling” which officially catapulted CMR to the top of the charts, the rap game, and bragging rights in NOLA, lest we not forget that there was already a record company from down there on top named No Limit Records. Ugggh!!! Big ups to all four Hot Boyz and the legendary Manny Fresh. Stunna’s money hoarding ass too. So for all the “experts” outchea who think Weezy F. Baby put CMR on the map, shut thee fuck up. He was a complementary nigga at the time. He had to mature chronologically and musically and wait his turn. Salute to Cash Money. They’re an army nigga, a navy nigga. Peace.