Happy Tuesday! You all know what this means…
This past Saturday I was putting a lot of time and effort into building my party playlist for the summer. While I was listing to “Magic Stick” by Lil’ Kim ft. 50 Cent, I stumbled upon another member of G-Unit…Mr. Lloyd Banks.
Lloyd and I go way back, all the way back to a time when I was in high school and would cruise in my mom’s car to his jam “Warrior.” I’ll be honest. I thought I was a member of G-Unit. Others didn’t think so…that’s for sure.
Anywho this post is about Lloyd and not my aspiring rap career…back to you Lloyd.
Christopher Charles Lloyd was born April 30, 1982 (Happy Belated Bday, Lloyd!) in New Carrollton, Maryland but was raised in Queens, New York.
A few honorable mentions about Lloyd:
- Lloyd took the name Banks from his great, great-grandfather
- He dropped out of high school at 16
- Mr. Banks is a mix of Puerto Rican and African-American descent
- Lloyd was a founding member of G-Unit along with his pals 50 Cent and Tony Yayo
In 2004 Lloyd released his debut album “The Hunger for More” featuring the single “On Fire.” If you listen closely you can hear a little 50 Cent during the chorus.
Lloyd’s debut album hit hard selling 500,500 copies during the first week.
As for his second album, Lloyd had an album all ready to be released. It was supposed to be called “The Big Withdraw” and contained 23 tracks. Interestingly enough, “The Big Withdraw” was never officially released. How could that be?
Well…this one time Lloyd was involved in, for lack of a better term, a 3-way with two ladies and he accidentally left the album behind. As any logical woman in that situation would do…one of them leaked the album to the Interweb. Come on ladies…you would do the same!
Lloyd said of the matter, “It’s truth to that rumor. That comes from me doing too much. I was just lost in my ways, fucked two women at one time. It’s the little things you don’t pay attention to…”
Following that messy incident, Banks began working on his (technically) third album “Rotten Apples.” His last studio release was called “H.F.M.: The Hunger for More 2″ and dropped in 2010, featuring the single “Beamer, Benz, or Bently” ft. Juelz Santana.
If you’re looking for more Lloyd, keep an eye out for Banks’s next mixtape release “V6.” It was set to drop yesterday, but Banks posted a tweet that said “Still a few things I have to do with the tape, it’s not droppin monday..but soon after!,” he wrote. “I just want it to be delivered the right way. Trust me, it’s worth the wait! You won’t be disappointed.”
Lloyd – Stay in the spotlight, you are too pretty to hide in Queens.
I have to say, Wednesday is a hard day to get through, regardless of its Hump Day powers. I was thinking you might need a little boost to get through the day, so I will share with you a bitchin song.
David Guetta – ‘Turn Me On’ ft. Nicki Minaj
Let me first say, I am not a big fan of David Guetta and I can’t figure out why. Is it because he has flowing blonde hair? I don’t know…still working on that mystery.
Regardless, I do appreciate a good song that make my head bop uncontrollably.
I first heard this song live at the American Music Awards and I was hooked. As I have been saying for quite some time, Nicki Minaj is better when she is featured on a song. Don’t get me wrong, I love “Super Bass,” but her parts on “Monster,” “My Chick Bad” and “Make Me Proud” are a bajillion times better. I hope I don’t get beat up for saying that.
Favise lyric: “I just want you to father my young”
Side note: If you find yourself at a party/bar and are looking for something entertaining, bet one of your friends to ask a gentleman if he will “father my young.” Make sure you don’t bet a lot of money though, I learned the hard way.
I don’t even know why I update my ringtone, I get about four calls a month. I should update my text tone but who wants to listen to 40 seconds of “…Hit Me Baby One More Time” every time I get a text?
Before you answer that, I receive about 3,000 texts a month. Verizon wishes I was kidding.
Anywho, more than half of my phone calls come from my beautiful mom. Since she is the one that calls me the most I decided to give her a special ringtone.
After much research, it is only fitting that I use “Mamma Got Ass’” by Juvenile. Remember him?
Below are a few of my favise lyrics:
“Where she get her eyes from? She get it from her mamma/Where she learn how to cook from? She get it from her mamma/Where she get her looks from? She get it from her mamma/Where she get her ass from? She get it from her mamma/Where she get her class from? She get it from her mamma/Where she learn how to dress from? She get it from her mamma”
All true in my case! I just think it’s strange that Juvenile described my mom and me so well. Maybe Juvenile and Carol know each other!? Carol – if you have kept this a secret…I will be upset.
Surprisingly, I just noticed that many of Juvenile’s jams have to do with a lady’s ass. At least he knows what he likes.
“Mamma Got Ass” was released back in 2001 on Juvenile’s fifth studio album “Project English.” It’s a little repetitive, but a fun song nonetheless.
To all my fans – If you decide to change your ringtone to “Mamma Got Ass” for your mom, I won’t be mad…it’s what the song was made for.
Last evening I was relaxing on the couch and searching for some good reality TV. On one of the channels, T.I. flashed across the screen and I shrieked with excitement.
Fyi: T.I. aka Clifford Harris Jr. is on my list of celebrities who I would take my shirt off for…it’s his swagger and the way he wears a hat. I’m hot-flashing as I type.
If you don’t know, T.I and his wife (Tiny) have a reality show on VH1, called “T.I. and Tiny: The Family Hustle.” In this half hour of TV gold, I learned the following:
- T.I. has a boatload of kids…I counted six, but who really knows
- T.I.’s lady does not meet the expectations I have for being the wife of such a beautiful rapper
- T.I. was arrested at the BET award show in 2007
- Even though he was in the clink, T.I. is still a gentleman
Side note: T.I. comes from the nickname “Tip” that was given by his great-grandfather. The nickname was shortened to T.I. after he was signed to Arista Records, which included rapper, Q-Tip…get it?
Watching T.I. be T.I. on his reality show got me thinking about one of my favise T.I. jams…”Top Back (Remix).” This song pops up on T.I.’s fourth studio album “King.” It’s great to cruise around to in your Honda and it includes a guest appearance by Young Jeezy <3.
The music video is a typical rap video…women are washing cars and the rappers are rapping in front of those cars. If T.I. wasn’t so damn handsome, I might have to give him the demeaning to women stamp…but my heart will not allow it.
Favise lyrics: “God damn my money sick/Ay! I need to see a doctor”
While I know that T.I. does not speak these words…you can’t deny how clever Young Jeezy is with his rhymes.
T.I. – If you are willing to relocate to Phila, I would be more than happy to buy you the Phillies hat in every color. Call me!
Drake is one man that I would follow around like a lost little lamb. I have come to realize that I have a deep love for Canadian men – Drake is from Toronto. Another Canadian I <3 is Joshua Jackson, who hails from Vancouver (just incase he reads this…a girls gotta try). But that is neither here nor there.
We were introduced to Drake in 2001 when he took on the role of Jimmy Brooks on “Degrassi: The Next Generation.” When a fellow Degrassi student shot Jimmy, Drake cruised in a wheelchair the rest of the show. I must say, he handled it well.
Realizing he was born to be a rapper, Drake dropped the acting gig and picked up a mic.
I remember the first Drake song I ever heard…”Best I Ever Had.” One of my former co-workers played it on repeat at her desk for a full 8 hours (Yes Kathleen…I’m talking about you haha)! After that day, I knew Drake was here to stay. I also learned that if anyone wanted to torture me, Drake was not the artist that would get me to spill the beans!
After rocketing towards success very quickly, Drake released “Thank Me Later” June 15, 2010. One of the tracks that I am a huge fan of and like to play quite loudly in my Honda is “Up All Night.” It will make you feel boss even if your cruising on a bicycle…not that there’s anything wrong with that!
Favises lyric: “Famous like a drug that I’ve taken to much of/I never ever trip/Just peace happiness and love”
It would be a sin if I forgot to mention this…Nicki Minaj guest stars on this jam. I hope I don’t get beat up for saying this, but I really enjoy her more when she is featured on tracks! Anywho, she adds a little extra umph to this song.
Favises Nicki Minaj lyric: “Bought the president the Louis presidential briefcase/Never been a cheapskate”
Drake – When you marry Rihanna, can I please be invited? I really don’t want to miss out on the R&B/Pop/Rap wedding of the century.
I have no idea why I like this song or why I paid $1.29 on iTunes for it. There is something about it that makes me feel…dare I say…like a boss after it’s over. Rihanna does give us some good lyrics, such as “I’m such a f*ucking lady” and “I pitch with a grenade/Swing away if you’re feeling brave.” We all know she can be one tough bitch, but why exactly are we waiting for our turn? Am I waiting for Rihanna to kick my ass? I mean I’d totally be ok with her doing so, I’d have much more street cred. Note to self: protect my teeth.
This video reminds me of an early 90s rap video…the way the camera is shooting her and the black, white and grainy footage. It’s reminiscent of a Wu-Tang Clan music video: Protect Your Neck. This comparison really hit home when Rihanna is standing in front of a statue, holding her crotch.
In the end, I feel that this song was way underrated, even though I have not one clue as to what Rihanna is trying to tell me. Maybe it’s a recruitment video/anthem for the Rihanna Navy?! Do I get a point for that?
Best part of this music video: Rihanna is wearing an eye patch. Check it.
This song is perfect to blast in your car and cruise around town. People will look at you and think one of two things: “What a BAMF” or “What a fool.” It’s hit or miss. I think it depends on what kind of whip you’re cruising in. If it’s a Honda, you will be a designated BAMF, I know from experience.
When I first saw what Young Jeezy looked like, I was kind of surprised. He’s not what I pictured in my mind. Don’t get me wrong, I would say yes if he asked me out. (hint, hint)
As for R. Kelly, I think we all know the trouble he’s gotten himself into in recent years. I also read that he is dealing with foreclosure issues and had emergency throat surgery earlier this month. R. Kelly released a statement saying, “Yo what’s up, y’all, it’s your boy Kellz, fresh out the hospital. Just want to say thanks to my fans for supporting me. I want to say thanks to all the prayer warriors out there for supporting me.” You can check out the actual video of R. Kelly speaking this message. He sounds like he’s having a rough time using his words. Could that be because of the surgical mask he’s wearing?
Anywho, I hope Kellz gets better to, one day, reunite with Young Jeezy. They do come up with some great beats together. My favises lyric in this song is “Ima Stay Thuggin Till Da Feds Come Get Me.”
Kanye West released a full-length film
In honor of the highly anticipated release of “Watch the Throne,” here is my shout out to Yeezy. Last October we were blessed when Kanye West released his debut film titled, “Runaway.” It’s 34 minutes of highlights off of Yeezy’s album, “My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy.” The songs off West’s album help us follow the story of these two ill-fated lovebirds…no pun intended. Such songs included “Dark Fantasy,” “All of the Lights” and “Runaway.”
The film begins with West running like an animal down a deserted road. At this point, we have no idea where or why he is running. Then we are taken back to the beginning when a mysterious, but beautiful creature flies into Earth on a comet and Kayne West takes her under his wing (of course).
At first I thought this storyline was quite odd, but as I watched this film for a third time, I felt that Kanye was trying to say something more. Not that I figured out what that was, but atleast the thought is there. I think the only person who could fall in love with a phoenix (aka a Victoria Secret model Selita Ebanks) would be Kanye West. Below are some of my favises from the film:
Favorite image: The gigantic light up Michael Jackson head.
Favorite scene: Without question when Kanye is rapping on top of the piano and the dancers come in. I’m glad ballet/pointe dancers got a chance to show of their amazing skills.
Favorite Kanye moment: When a fellow guest during the dinner party scene says, “Your girlfriend is really beautiful. Do you know she’s a bird?” “Nah I never noticed that,” Yeezy replies.
Favorite Quote: “First rule in this world baby, don’t pay attention to anything you see in the news.”
In the end, we find out why Kanye was running like a crazed animal. He was trying to stop his phoenix girlfriend from leaving him. Who knew he could run so fast.