Floyd or the field? Who would you take? What side would you be on?
In my lifetime (a very short one) I don’t remember anyone in sports being so polarizing, both on and off the field of competition. This man has been nothing short of spectacular his whole career. This is the part where people start throwing shade (trying to diminish his accomplishments) because of his mishaps outside of the boxing ring. I’m here to discuss and offer my opinion on the man inside the ring and with that in mind nothing else is relevant.
Now back to the Mayweather, the self proclaimed best ever, TBE to be specific; would you take him or the field when it comes to being the best of all time? My simple answer is yes.
My complicated answer is actually a question...how can you look at his career and not say he’s the best ever?
I’m not boxing fanatic or expert (I’ll go ahead and disqualify myself now), but the numbers don’t lie. 49 fights and 49 wins. Almost 2 decades of domination. Titles in 5 (not 1, not 2, not 3, not 4) different weight classes. I ask a legitimate question...what more does the man have to do?
Yea, I know he won it with mostly defense. He didn’t knock enough people out. He has no punching power. However, riddle me this, every fighter he’s fought in recent history has known this going into the fight. This isn’t new news. This isn’t some out of the blue idea or fighting style that Floyd is showing people, he’s the same way in every fight. He has also won that same way in every fight. If I remember correctly, the saying goes, “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” Take me for instance, I’m 6’8” 230 lbs. If I was playing one-on-one in basketball against someone that was 6’0” 175 lbs, why in the world would I take one shot outside of the paint; post work all day. By the same token, Mayweather has won the majority of his fights a certain way, why change it?
By now almost everyone has heard the Kendrick Lamar song (for those who haven't press play above)...it's really Big Sean's song but Kendrick went so hard and said so much that most people forget about Big Sean and no one even listens to that other guy that had the last verse. Sorry Jay Electronica just sit this one out.
I want to address this song and what Kendrick said before I move on though. First Kendrick is a great artist and one of my favorites right now. I think what he did is great for hip-hop. Sparks competition and breathes some fresh air into the game. I feel like it's enough of a shot to spark some controversy but not too much, just the right amount. It's enough of a shot to inspire some rappers that may need some inspiration especially in my lovely city of New York. It packs enough punch to warrant a response yet not so much that we're scared that people (the rappers themselves or die hard fans) will take matters into their own hands to settle or create a non-existent beef between artists. I would feel some type of way if I was Big Sean though. I mean Kendrick could've did all that on his own song. Once again Jay Electronica, please sit the one out.
However, I think there is something lying beneath the shadows and hasn't been addressed by anyone yet. Not to my knowledge at least. Kendrick Lamar is from the west coast, California to be exact. He said he was the King of New York which was already reaching but understandable given the premise of his verse but really though....wait for it...he's not even the best in California. In my opinion, the best rapper out of California right now is...wait for it...Nipsey Hussle. Disagree with me all you want but you're not changing me mind on this one. Yes, I know he hasn't put an album out yet but that further helps me prove my point if you really want me to get into it.
On to the meat of the issue though (I just had to get that off my chest real quick) which is the state of hip-hop. I personally love the state of hip-hop. It's very refreshing. What is refreshing about it to me is that there are a lot of different type of rappers. Granted for every type of rapper there are those that out class the others in that particular type.
The most refreshing thing for me though is that it seems like it's becoming more and more cool and acceptable to rap about subjects other than guns and being a gangsta. Take 2 Chainz for instance, he's one rapper that just raps about money, girls, having fun, and looking fresh when the feds are watching (pun intended). He makes what I call happy music. That life's good and I'm happy so I'm going to go turn up music.
Leading the pack of all current rappers right now and it's not even close is Drake. His music is by far the best right now in every aspect of rap (content, delivery, lyrics...etc) and that doesn't even take into consideration the diversity of the music he makes. He's definite the leader of the pack and he knows it saying things like "niggas be wanting a verse for a verse but that's not a swap to me." He knows he's in a class on his own and I am eagerly waiting for him to drop another gem of an album this fall.
Not too far behind Drake is J. Cole (one of my personal favorites). His second album was definitely better than the first. It has way more substance to it. Sounded like an artist that's definitely in touch with the game and himself. Also, listening to J. Cole is sort of a type of motivation for myself. Here's a guy that went to school and has a college degree but what he wants to do in life has nothing to do with his college degree. I can definitely identify with and support that.
Being the music connoisseur that I am it pains me to say that I haven't really been up on a lot of the new artists out there. This wasn't more evident than during the MTV Video Music Awards. There were certain people who won awards and I didn't really know them. The music sounded vaguely familiar but it wasn't as familiar as I felt it should to get the award it did. So I'm in the process of brushing up on my new artists. Something sparks my attention and I'll probably write about it.
In other aspects of hip-hop there are a lot of people besides the ones mentioned already that are bringing a breath of fresh air to the genre. Rick Ross right now is the equivalent to a perennial all-star in the game. I'm really happy to see the success of Wale. Even happier that after he joined Rick Ross' Maybach Music Group he didn't flip the switch and go mainstream gangsta like a lot of artists do when the get affiliated with a certain group of people. Big Sean is doing his thing. I'm really high on CyHi from G.O.O.D. Music as well. Pusha T has by wrapping about the same kilo of the finest Colombian for over 10 years now, he needs some new subject manner. His lyrics are still fire though.
Believe it or not I'm also really high on Trinidad James. He's in that 2 Chainz category of rappers to me. He also seems like an artist that knows his lane and isn't trying too hard to be what people say he's not. Chief Keef is boo boo powder. He only gets a spin when I'm in turn up mode, on my way to the club, and I don't really care what is being said on the record and I'm just vibing to the beat.
For older artists...Jay-Z did his thing once again. Real cool grown music in my opinion. Lil Wayne makes what I call funny music. I listen to him just to get a kick out of what new clever way he's going to say the same things he has already said before. It hilarious to me. Kanye is still controversial as always, but when you're widely recognized as a musical genius, you can do the type of things that he does. T.I. to me is the equivalent of a savvy veteran. Dropping gems and collecting checks. I'll put the Juicy J in that category as well.
So all in all I'm loving hip-hop in 2013. If there's anyone or anything that I missed and you would like to add to this please feel free to comment and let me know. I just downloaded a whole bunch of Macklemore too so I'm about to see what he's all about because he was all over this year's MTV Video Music Awards.
We should all know about this new trend of memes that's taking over the internet. A meme (for those who don't know) is just a picture with a caption in it that uses the facial expression or whatever is expressed in the pic to capture a message. Usually a funny message. In case that wasn't clear or that didn't make sense to you, the picture on the left is an example of a meme.
For about a month or so now I've been creating a collection of memes that I have seen somewhere on the internet and on social networks (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram). I usually don't like posting them because I think it's redundant and it is going to pop up somewhere else eventually but that is besides the point. Back to this collection I have.
This collection of memes that I have range anywhere from funny, to interesting, and some are even thought provoking. I had over a hundred memes (some of them are just pictures of some sort with a message) from the internet that resonated with me and I decided to share them. Seeing as a hundred pictures would probably be too much to ask you to go through in one sitting I narrowed it to forty five of my favorite.
Hope you enjoy them. Feel free to use them on your own social networks. They don't belong to me anyway.
Also before continuing to the memes, I'd like to point out that some of them may contain adult material and some explicit language. Some might even find it offensive but you know my motto to that..."if it doesn't apply, let it fly." Parental guidance is strongly recommended. Not that it would really stop anyone from scrolling and going through the slide show.
Come out this Saturday and show your boy some love. It's the official website launch party. It's nothing extravagant at all. It's just a chance for all my friends and well wishers to gather together and have fun all in the name of progression. I appreciate all the support thus far and will appreciate it even more when I see you out.