#MNR: BIG BAMBÚ
“Place your eyes on the guy, that has no type of worries if I die. So pussyclot try.”
Trigga the Gambler
“When she land she let the whole city know.”
I write for thinkers, reefa heads, fly ladies and street chemists, Jameson sippers and old school niggas with dark tints. When I was a likkle youth, early ‘80s era, at least a decade before I first smoked weed in a Phillies blunt, I remember my dad and uncle rolling their cheeba in Bambú. After decades of polluting my lungs with blunt papers (Phillies & White Owl), natural leaves (Fronto leaves & Backwoods), and a combination of both (Dutch Masters & Optimo), I have finally become an exclusive “papers” roller. I’m done done with the blunts, y’all. My choice of papers? Big Bambú. Pure hemp. Since 1764. Life has come full circle, you heard? I used to get down with Raw paper, but I now prefer Bambú. I’m just carrying on tradition, I suppose.
Big ups to all the black market “dispensaries” in NYC, Chelsea in particular. The spot near the corner of my work block has 3.5 of za for $25. My Black Atlas Mafia family and I just discovered a new spot on 22nd & 8th on our way to drankin’ Friday after work. They had 7 of Mac 10 for $30. I feel like I’m in a smoker’s utopia. I’ve still got my main plug, but Chelsea is becoming the best #2 since Earl Morrall. I’m thankful.
I read a full back page ad in a recent amNewYork (courtesy of my ace Ju) from a special interest group (don’t remember the name and don’t care to) spewing propaganda about how minorities are missing out on getting into the dispensary market because illegal shops are selling their product tax-free. It posted data that said NY state was missing out on hundreds of millions in revenue because of the illegal shops. Motherfucker, do you think a: we’re stupid? or b: we actually care about lost revenue? It’s a smooth c: for me doggie – I don’t give a Kathy Hochul/Eric Adams fidduck. Y’all don’t give a fuck about minority business owners missing out on the market. Y’all been screwing prospective minority owners since bidding began years ago. Y’all only care about missing out on tax revenue. Fuck you, your taxes, and all the slave owner presidents, GW through tRump (the last fuck was so unnecessary yet so necessary). I’ll kick you one extra...I don’t give a fuck about all the MTA lost revenue either. Keep hopping the turnstiles, savage New Yorkers. (I’m too fat). Fuck the system. I will never campaign for the machine. Power to the people.
Big ups to the hackers who shut down portions of Vegas over the weekend. They shut down slots, stole personal information, stopped revolving doors, and kept folk out of their rooms by disabling key cards. I don’t give a fuck. I wasn’t vacationing there over the weekend. And this is coming from an MGM guy (I LOVE the green palace on the Strip). They got hit. So did Caesars. Caesars paid a ransom. MGM did not. I love cyberattacks that affect Fortune 500 companies. F500 robs us daily.
Magic 3, the sixth collaboration album in a three-year span between Nasir Jones and all-world producer Hit-Boy, is a galaxy or three past amazing. I play it straight through every damn time although “Blue Bentley, “Superhero Status,” “Japanese Soul Bar” and “TSK” are my immediate favorites. “Never Die,” the only song with a feature, is co-piloted by none other than Lil Tunechi himself. Nasir and Wayne are the 2023 collaboration we didn’t know we needed. I think there are three classic albums in this six-album run: Kings Disease, Magic and Magic 3. Nas is the undisputed GOAT.
I’ve mentioned this to Brandi and a couple of other loved ones before, but Magic 3 has compelled me to mention it to you all. Of all the amazing songs over this six-album run, “Dedicated” (the first two verses and first beat) off Magic takes me to a place that I’m not certain a song has ever taken me (if you know me, you know that’s saying A LOT). It’s a bit of the beat Hit perfected, it’s a bit of the lyrics Nas effortlessly delivered, and it’s a bit of Shareon. I’m certain that she would love this song if she were still here gracing the earth with her presence. The first time I heard it on Christmas Eve 2021 (the album was a genuine Christmas surprise – no promo) I felt a bit of fear. In my superhero high thoughts, it sounded like Nas was close to calling it a career. He sounded so content on the track. He said so many things that made me think about this beautiful life I’ve been blessed with. In essence, I feel exactly how I perceived Nas to feel on this record. I’ve been blessed beyond measure. I have/had the best family a human could ask for, from my mommy to throughout both family trees. I don’t have any “true friends” because anyone I consider to be a true friend is my family. I have a few true brothers and sisters from other mothers. I’ve been blessed to have loved and been loved by a handful of amazing, beautiful women. I’ve seen and experienced so many things, from the church to the lecture hall to the B-stairs. “I dedicated my...whole damn life. If I wanted to now, I could live an old man life.” Nasir, you’re the only individual who could ever speak for me. Okay, maybe Marvin, I Want You – Here, My Dear era. But still...
“When Carlito was dying, you see the shadow of his girl dancing with the baby, like ‘fuck it, it’s my time’...”
“Everything come back like a boomerang. I’m Black as Paul Mooney slang.”
“The streets had its hooks in me.” I’ve never heard this point mentioned quite like this. Lord knows that was me. “Before I make a move I think about it karmically.” I’m convinced that this is one of the reasons why I’m still alive on this earth. Mr. Jones spoke to my soul on this one. That’s word to my lady Amy Winehouse. I know you would’ve loved this one too (IYKYK) baby girl. I love and miss you Shareon. I feel your spirit on “Dedicated.” I dedicate this song to you.
THANK YOU SHANTEE FOR THE EARTH DAY GIFT!!!
HAPPY EARTH DAY TO MY GODSON ASHER. 7 IS MY FAVORITE NUMBER AND YOU’RE MY FAVORITE HUMAN.
To the projects, I’m ghost shorty rock, one love.
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