Chin up, Mr. President…

Politics isn’t really my bag. Still, I tune in to the Presidential race during the eleventh hour like most Americans do for the Super Bowl, to get a better feel for the stances taken by the Dems and Reps. 

So, needless to say, Barry O’s performance at the debate on Wednesday, October 3rd (his and Michelle Obama’s 20th wedding anniversary and my big sister’s birthday) was underwhelming. In fact, the only thing that isn’t really…ahem…debatable is that Mitt Romney bested Obama and walked away the victor. Agreed; and this blogger couldn’t bear to watch the President get stomped, tuning out after about an hour.

Recently, while watching the one and only political show that I choose to DVR “Melissa Harris-Perry” on MSNBC, one of her guests said that “Democrats have to guard against over-confidence” and boy was she right. Underpreparation and over-confidence may have very well played a part in Wednesday’s defeat for Mr. Obama, but fortunately, he has two more shots at redemption.

While it wouldn’t be wise for the President to drastically change his temperment and approach for the next debate, here’s what the president should fix in time for the next debate against Romney:

  • Mention Romney’s terribly offensive statement about the 47% of Americans who are disillusioned, lazy and not-worth-his-time. It’ll remind us of the Republican mindset and why we shouldn’t vote Romney.
  • Call his opponent out for lying. Mitt Romney said Obama doubled the deficit; Obama lowered the deficit. Romney said that Obama invested in “Green” jobs and that half of those companies have folded; Nope, out of 36 companies, 33 are still going strong. Romney said Obama is cutting 716 billion from the Medicare budget; also, just not true.
  • Look up. Look alive. Mr. Obama’s body language was completely off and in a surprising turn of events, he was out-styled. He conveyed all the confidence of a child getting scolded by the prinicipal. Gazing down and writing notes for relatively long periods and smugly chuckling when he was being called out for his various “ineffective” policies. But, in essence, HE IS THE PRINCIPAL and he should have looked his opponent in the eye and conveyed more passion and conviction in his message.
  • Put his foot down. Figuratively and literally. This continues from my previous point; look, one thing I despised about Obama’s predecessor, George W. Bush, was his L’État, c’est moi (I am the state) approach—as if he didn’t have to answer to the people that he was elected to serve. But, Obama could afford to take a lesson from Bush in being the boss. Pull up the trousers, put the foot down—Romney stood more presidentially than Obama who dragged his right foot like a schoolboy—and tell Rom/plubicans that you are the boss; commander-in-chief, elected by the people and that you are doing a good job!
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T.BOA – Rosewood Montage (Mixtape)

Remember T.BOA? Yeah, well he’s back with his sophomoric mixtape venture, Rosewood Montage. Sicker flows, clearer visions, impressive production and an overall polished product.

Download here.

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King Black – GRIND ft. GIFT (Video)

Given that underground artists have done to death tracks about grinding, it’s refreshing to stumble on a song in this category that manages to have repeat value. The anthemic hook—”Don’t hate me. Grind.”—is complemented by flows, lyrics and production that are both sharp and rugged; the perfect combination. Despite what the lyrics suggest, the video captures the working man doing what the song encourages: grinding. Dopely directed by Lance Fresh.

Brooklyn should proudly stand up.

King Black‘s FLEADOM is available now. Do yourself a favor… download here.

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Kendrick Lamar x Dr. Dre Cover XXL

Kendrick Lamar. Dr. Dre. September XXL. HiiiPower.

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Nas – Bye Baby

“Can you imagine writing your deposition? Divorce lawyer telling you how this thing gon’ be ending. With you paying out the ass.  And I’m talking half. Not some, but half. No, serious, half.”

Nas gets candid about his ex-wife, Kelis on the latest release from Life is Good and shows us that true art requires vulnerability.

And if you haven’t heard his new Amy Winehouse track, treat yourself to that dose of dope too.

Album drops July 17th.

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Timbaland – Hands in the Air ft. Ne-Yo

 

I’d consider a track like this to be the best of both worlds; Timbaland, the genius, makes a song that may have otherwise been way too poppy for me, incredibly sick. And Ne-Yo writes a couple verses (again) that make you go “damn.”

From the Step Up Revolution soundtrack.

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A$AP Rocky Covers Clash Magazine x GQ Article

Everyone’s favorite overground rapper, A$AP Rocky, covers Augusts’ Clash magazine on their first ever double cover issue. To boot, his recent GQ article can be found after the jump. [via A$AP Mob]
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J.A.E. – Fruition (Mixtape)

Who is J.A.E.? Well…I’m not really sure. How’d I stumble on this mixtape? Not really sure about that either…but, I’m glad I did.

What you’ll find on this project is a series of songs that are a perfect mix of really great production and sharp rhymes.

Listen and download here.

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G.O.O.D. Music – Mercy (Video)

The first single to the G.O.O.D. Music album, Cruel Summer, now has a video to match. Pretty impressive. Not to mention, it’s nice to see CuDi around and bringing that G.O.O.D. energy.

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The Uncool: Gwyneth Using the N-Word

Most of you know by now that the loveable Gwyneth Paltrow, who has a public friendship with Jay, ‘Ye and Beyonce, tweeted the photo above on Friday with the caption “N**gas in paris for real.”

Yikes.

She has since been in the middle of a slew of controversy as many have found her comment to be insensitive and reckless while some others passively say it’s no big deal. Shortly after the tweet debacle got the world all astir, Gwyneth defended her tweet by writing: “Hold up. It’s the title of the song!”

Really?

While I can understand the “take-the-word-off-the-pedestal” approach, I guess I’m not as progressive as some. See, here’s the problem, GP clearly doesn’t understand that the N-word is still a sore spot for a lot of Black people. And guess what? It’s still used as a racial slur. So, while I don’t think she deserves a media lynching, it seems to me that her Black friends really ought to provide her with a good talking-to.

I get it; it was just a play on the song title and the fact that it was finally being performed in the town from which it received its name. She wasn’t (I think) saying “these ni**as are in Paris for real,” (I think) it was more like “the song ‘N**as in Paris’ is actually being performed IN PARIS.” But, really, coming to that conclusion required a lot of thought (AND not to mention, giving Gwyneth the benefit of doubt) which is why her tweet was so obviously reckless.

I’m not sure I’ll ever be ready to give our Caucasian brothers and sisters a pass on the word ni**a/ni**er, so even if Gwyneth were married to a black man….even Obama himself….and had 6 of his babies, she’s still white. And in my mind, she needs to show a little more respect.

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