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Monday Memoir: Yule Love It!

From The Music Memoirs:

10 songs that sum up your weekend -- or were on your weekend playlist -- and one picture that relates back. (Oh, and if you feel like it, tell us why you picked the songs you did)

01. "Celebration" -- Kool & the Gang
Things are looking good on the job front. Real quick: I recently got a promotion. This Wednesday, I start my weeklong vacation. And finally, on Friday, a fat Christmas bonus will be included with my regular paycheck. Whoo-wee! I'm having a merry holiday.

02. "This Christmas" -- Donny Hathaway
This song puts me in the Christmas spirit and will stay in constant rotation in my iPod throughout the holidays.

03. "Window Shopper" -- 50 Cent
I was window shopping over the weekend, looking at things I wish I could buy right at that moment. On payday, I'm going to go on a shopping rampage. I need some new Timberlands! LOL!

04. "Ain't Nobody Worryin'" -- Anthony Hamilton
I bought Anthony Hamilton's CD on Saturday. One word -- excellent. Go cop it!

05. "Peoria," "White Folks," "Snappin' Pussy" -- Richard Pryor
We will always love you, Richard. R.I.P.

06. "Stay Fly-I-I-I-I-I-I-I-I, Owwww! -- Three Six Mafia

07. "Georgia" -- Ludacris (F/ Field Mob)
I'm not from "A" town, but after listening to this song I wish I was from the durrty-durrty. This is a bangin' hometown anthem.

08. "Good Luck Charm" -- Jagged Edge
Dedicated to the Dame from MPLS! Thanks for the love and support . . .

09. "Heard 'Em Say" -- Kanye West (F/ Adam Levine)
Not only is the song nice, but the video is damn good. Props to K-Weezy!

10. "Just Got Paid" -- Johnny Kemp
Self-explanatory to those in the know. Let's just say, in the '06 . . . I'll be making major moves, y'all.


A Booty Full Mind

Aside from the Richard Pryor tribute, my last few posts have been mostly, well . . . booty. The majority of my write-ups have been about my favorite big booty girl of the week. I haven't talked about music in a long time. And for that, I apologize to you, my faithful readers. I know that some of you have come here for the "hip-hop commentary."

Well, I have a deep dark secret that I must convey to you. This is tough for me, because I've been trapped in the closet for so long and now I must break out.

Here's my secret:

I have been sexualized by hip-hop.

Oh, the humanity!

Damn BET with their hypersexual videos.
Damn HER and that gorgeous ass.
Damn King Magazine (The best men's magazine on newstands right now. Although Smooth magazine might win it in '06!)
Damn The Ying Yang Twins and that "Whisper Song."
Damn BET's Uncut (The best after-hours video show on the television. That's right, damn it!)

Oh, the humanity!

So, to help me with my addiction, I have decided to take a booty hiatus. I'm going to look within myself to find out the reasons why there are so many "big booty" post on my blog. I mean look at my "Most Recent Photos" section (on your right). Look at all that ass.

Shame on me.

I'm also going to watch The Jeff Johnson Chronicles on BET tonight (Dec. 11) at 7:30 p.m. ET. Jeff will examine the relationship between sex and hip-hop.

Why are we so sexualize?
Why is rap music so hypersexual?
Is it a behavioral/societal issue?
Or is Corporate America sexualizing our culture and music?

On the flipside, I'm going to post more hip-hop commentary in the future, however, my time is very limited. I can't write long diatribes about some of the things that are going on with rap music right now -- good or bad. Plus, there are so many blogs out there that are doing a great job on the hip-hop commentary.

I'm so busy right now. I have to do my "year-end" recaps for my job, for this blog and for the Village Voice's Pazz & Jop Critic's Poll. This is the busiest time for most music journalists.

So, I will atone from the "big booty" posts.

But don't get it twisted, I will post a booty shot from time to time. A booty never hurt anybody.

I'm a sucker for a big booty.

I'm out!


That Nigger's Still Funny

Can we please have a moment of silence . . .

For the funniest motherfucker on the planet.

Richard Pryor (1940-2005)

"Richard Pryor showed us what it was like to live in the inner city. His concepts are so hysterically funny and unique" -- Comedian Bob Newhart

Legendary funnyman Richard Pryor, who elevated the art form of stand-up comedy, died Saturday morning (Dec. 10) of a heart attack at his home in California's San Fernando Valley. He was 65. "He enjoyed life right up until the end," said his wife, Richard Lee Pryor.

Richard's raw, uninhibited comedic style influenced countless of comedians including Eddie Murphy, Dave Chappelle, Robin Williams, Chris Rock and many others. Richard's acerbic humor were often mined from his troubled personal life, which included, his infamous 1980 suicide attempt when he doused himself with cognac and lit himself on fire while freebasing cocaine. He also had survived two heart attacks and triple bypass surgery. But Richard had been ill for many years with multiple sclerosis since being diagnosed with the disease in the 1990s. "Sometimes they used to have that on the news that I was dead," Richard said in a routine about his M.S. "That to me is the weirdest shit, to be assumed dead and you still be alive."

Richard's career spans three decades in television and film. Among the movies he starred in were Lady Sings the Blues, Car Wash, Stir Crazy, Harlem Nights and others. "[Richard] was an innovator [and] a trailblazer," said filmmaker Spike Lee.

Fellow comedian Mike Epps (The Honeymooners) has signed on to portray Richard in an upcoming biopic.

"The script is about some of the things that made Richard Pryor who [he really] was," says Mike about the project. "This man [has] got some beautiful stories about himself. How he donated money to Martin Luther King, when nobody else donated him money for a project he was doing.

"[Richard] was really, really down with the Black community in Berkley [Calif.]," Mike continues. "[And] in Oakland . . . with the Black Panthers. "He [also] helped kids. I think the story needs to cover that, more so than anything, because everybody knows [about the bad stuff he did]. We want to show the beauty of him, because it's never been shown. I'm honored to play him."

I'm not going to get into a long diatribe on the legacy of this comic genius. Like many of you, I first heard of Richard's greatness through his comedy albums that my moms would hide from me when I was a young'un. And of course, when moms wasn't around I would sneak into her room and listened to them on her raggedy turntable.

Saucy Dame recently gave me for my birthday a Richard Pryor DVD featuring his two live concerts films -- Richard Pryor: Live on the Sunset Strip and Here and Now. I plan on watching these two films throughout the holidays in remembrance of Richard. And for all of you Richard Pryor fans, I suggest you go cop these two Richard Pryor boxed sets. They both have a treasure trove of comedy bits -- some unreleased material, as well. I'm currently importing/downloading these collections into my iPod nano.

Also, read veteran comedy/comic-book writer Mark Evanier's fond memories of Richard. Back in the days, Mark penned scripts for such shows as Welcome Back Kotter and Baby, I'm Back, which starred Desmond Wilson (of Sanford & Son fame). In 1984, he was hired to write Pryor's Place, Richard's short-lived 1984 kids' show that he produced for CBS Saturday morning. Mark recalls the first time he ever saw Richard on stage cracking jokes. Read his thoughts on Richard HERE.

Jeff Chang offers some heavenly comedy from Rich P's album, Supernigger.

Rest in peace, Richard.

You are my hero and you will be sorely missed.

Love Always . . .


Monday Meme: It's In The Jeans

I copped this meme from Monday Music Mambo.

The rules are -- there are no rules!!! All you need to do is copy and paste the questions into your blog and add your responses.

1. What musician looks best in a pair of blue jeans?

Check out his videos for "Yeah!", "Burn" and "My Boo" (F/ Alicia Keys). Homeboy knows how to rock the saggy jean look with a nice blazer.

Alicia Keys
Her ass looks so damn good in jeans (see pic above). She knows how keep it tight in dem jeans. Alicia is unbreakable, dammit! She looks yummy in jeans!

2. We all have a favorite pair of jeans. They're a little worn out, but not too much. They fit like a glove, and they're our first choice when we're having a wardrobe dilemma. What song, album and/or artist is your favorite "pair of blue jeans"?

The late jazz saxophonist John Coltrane is the ultimate pair of jeans. He's blue collar, everlasting and always fashionable. You can't go wrong with a pair of John C, he's simply jeanius.

3. Blue jeans are gritty, sometimes dirty, and useful in many different situations, and classic as Mom and Apple Pie. Name an artist or two whose voice you think fits that description.

Notorious B.I.G.
Biggie had gritty lyrics and sometimes they were dirty but his voice was useful in so many different situations. He used it as the loverman ("One More Chance"), the introspective nigga ("Juicy") and party-starter ("Hypnotize"). Biggie's voice is/was durable as an old pair of dungarees.

Random question:

4. You're at your local mall, doing Christmas shopping. It's been a long day, you're tired, you can't find what you need, and the lines are outrageously long, slow and filled with rude people. You desperately need a song, THAT song, the song that puts you in a good mood no matter how bad things are. What song do you want blaring out of the mall speakers at that exact moment?

When I'm trying to get my last minute holiday shopping done, and I'm frustrated with the long lines and ignorant people -- Donny Hathaway's "This Christmas" puts me in a festive mood. When I hear those trumpets blaring and Donny singing, "Shake a hand, shake a hand now," I'm ready to dance up and down the aisle.