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I’m Thinking……

Posted in Culture, Family n Friends, Life, Politics, Rant n Rave on May 6, 2011 by bakerboi

It’s a lot going on in our world today and right now I’m thinking about so much. I have never stopped searching for truth and in that search I’ve found out so much I want to share with you all. I know many of you have stopped viewing my blog because of my absents, but that will change in a major way once you see my new vision for the blog. Please have patience and be ready to hear the “TRUTH BE TOLD”.

Bangin in Ipod, Deck and Dock….

Posted in Bangin in the tape deck!, Culture, Family n Friends, Hip Hop, Life, Music on September 29, 2010 by bakerboi

Hey, hey, hey.  What’s going on my people?  How have we been doing lately?  Well, I know it’s been a while since I last wrote or spoke about something.  I know, I know I’ve falling off, but with good reason.  This past summer was a busy one for me, I had family reunions, work and businesses all running and happening at the same time.  It was a lot to deal with, talking about breaking down and not wanting to move.  Well, that’s all over now and all parties involved had a wonderful time.

Man, family is not the only thing, it’s everything.  Everything we do is a reflection in some way, shape or form of family.  Family comes in all shapes and sizes, you don’t have to be related to people by blood for them to be your family, did you know that?  Look, God puts people in our life for reasons and seasons, some longer than others.  It’s best that we just enjoy this shit (JETS, Curren$y shit) and focus on the positives and block the negatives and deal with them as a family.  Sure, there’s always going to be drama, what family doesn’t have any?  However, what doesn’t break us, makes us stronger and the what better way to become stronger than with the ones you love and love you.  So whenever you have an opportunity to enjoy you family take it and let all the drama go and always rep them JETS (Just Enjoy This Shit).

Segway on to the main topic of this post as it relates to family.  What i’m bangin in my deck right now is some fresh new music from Novel.  He has a new free mixtape called Legato Blues Summer (I don’t know why it a free mixtape, I woulda paid top dollar for this) that is on topic and is some smooth, fresh and soulful sounds that makes you wanna dance, cry and rejoice.  He has some appearances on here that need no introduction:  Lauryn Hill, Jazza Phe, Smokey Robinson, Robin Thicke and  Chrisette Michele.  How much soul do you need?  This dude can sing, rap and produce.  He’s a mix of D’angelo, Smokey Robinson, Rakim, and Raphael Saadiq.  I’m telling you it’s on the one, jamming on the one, ja ja ja jamming on the one (who can tell me where that’s from, lol).  Here’s the link and I got some more, but I really got to listen to them before I give them love.

Novel- Legato Blues Summer

Free Mixtape, Pick It Up....

Once Again, Injustice Overshadows Justice

Posted in Culture, Family n Friends, Life, Politics, Rant n Rave on July 9, 2010 by bakerboi

Greetings all, today I will be embarking on a mission to make some type of sense of the verdict in the Johannes Mehserle case.  Here’s a little background on the situation.  On the early morning of January 1, 2009 there was a fight on the Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) train at the Fruitvale Station with a group of young men that was restraint by BART police who are legally allow to carried hand guns and tasers.  During this time, the BART police had gotten control of the situation and began the process of removing rowdy parties from the stations platform, all the while being video recorded from numerous passengers.  Meanwhile, an incident with a group on men and BART police broke out and the police again gained control by handcuffing bout 4-5 men  and sitting them on the platform of the station.  One of the men handcuffed was laid on his stomach and had a knee on his neck, his name was Oscar Grant.  No one really knows what lead to what happened next, but all we could tell from the video is that Officer Johannes Mehserle pulled out his BART issued semi-automatic weapon and shot Oscar Grant in the back while handcuffed and laying on his stomach.

Fast forward to July 8, 2010 and all the headlines read, Johannes Mehserle Found Guilty of Involuntary Manslaughter!  Wow, the lesser of the verdicts the jury of his peers could have given him.  They totally removed Murder 1 and gave the jury 4 options: 2nd degree Murder (15-life), Voluntary Manslaughter (10-15), Involuntary Manslaughter (2-4) or acquittal.  I will try to make sense of it all and post the logical, illogical and my opinion about the whole situation today.

Logically, Johannes Mehserle was tried by a group of his peers.  What else did you expect?  I’m surprise they didn’t acquit him totally, but they really couldn’t because of the evidence video and material they had against him.  Involuntary Manslaughter carries a sentencing of 2-4 years, period.  So, logically speaking a person in their right minds could see justice not being served.  Logically.

Let’s keep this all the way real, folks.  In the history of minorities, especially African Americans in the Untied States of America how many times has justice been served?  To be truthful with you I don’t know of one time when there was an incident with a white cop and an African American, where the cop was at fault that there has been justice served, awarded and gave to us on a platter.  Not once in the history of the US.  If you can find something, please enlighten me and send me the links.  That makes me wonder if the shoe was on the other foot and Oscar Grant was a BART police and Johannes Mehserle was a passenger, what would that outcome be?  It’s only right for people to think this way because that’s the only other gauge we have.  Would Officer Grant have only gotten 2-4 years for killing a white passenger?

The other side is the illogical thinking that has gotten us to this point in the first place and that grabs logical thinking and turns it on the side, therefore making no sense whatsoever.  Rioting proves nothing except that there are ignorant people in this world who thinks violence and destruction solves anything.  It’s solves nothing, actually it makes things worse.  I truly believe the rioting back in 2009 affected the outcome of this trail because it forced the officials to move it to Los Angeles where there is a history of getting cops off on crimes against minorities.  Yeah, I said it.  Everyone knows how we think just like we know how they think and that’s why they were prepared for it this time around.  I never seen that many people trying to get out of Downtown Oakland so fast before in my life.  They knew if a verdict was not reached that was to the public’s liking all hell was going to be raised.

Come on, honestly did you think justice was going to be served?  You have got to remember whose justice we are talking about here.  We are talking about a corrupt man- made justice system that has had flaws since its first inception.  Yeah, yeah we have a black president, but what does that really mean?  Hell they are still dragging black folks down the road with chains around they’re necks.  Then people wonder why we riot and that’s because of all the frustrations build up, it seems like the right thing to do at the time.  When in all actuality it’s the wrong thing.  I hear people say “Oh, the police insight the riots ” and yes they are right, their smug asses sit there behind the shield of justice and look as if God granted them the authority over us mere mortals and that we ought to bow down at their feet and not look a them or challenge them when wrong.  But what type of people just sits back and allow injustice to take root in their society.  A people who have been victimize for so long that it’s really numb to all the injustices it has faced and only knows of one way to get any resolve and that’s to riot, loot, destroy and vandalize their own communities.  That’s right, tear up your own shit, that’ll show ‘em.  That will let them know we mean business.  Break into the Footlocker and steal shoes and clothes to burn in the trash cans, yeah that’s right.  That’s a great point to make.  See, that’s that ignorant thinking that will have us following and not leading.

In my honest opinion, justice has not been served.  No matter how you cut it, dice it or slice it a young man with a family was killed in cold blood and no ones is going to pay the full price of it.  The rioting damaged the trail because it was moved to a place where white police get off all the time for victimizing, killing and beating minorities at an alarming rate.  Let’s face it people we are living in a corrupt society where the chips are stack against us and we can’t win by tearing down our own communities.  That only proves to them that we are not ready to be heads of our communities and even if we did it wouldn’t be long before we’d run it in the ground.  We have got to start giving ourselves more credit than that, we have got to know when to challenge and when to back of and live.  Everyone has to know there place and that place is not always challenging the place of the MAN.  But knowing how to beat them at there own game, be smart about it.  Don’t be the fools and end up in prison or dead.  What can we take from this to better ourselves?  Talk to me…….

Side Note……

Posted in Culture, Family n Friends, Life, Politics, Rant n Rave, Relationships with tags , , on April 15, 2010 by bakerboi

Hey folks, how’s it been. Just dropping a line or two so everyone can see I’m still here in this peace. Riddle me this, why is it when you are different from others, people think your the lame one? When they are the lames for becoming victims to peer pressure.

Just because I don’t do the things you do, does not make you better than me or vice versa. You can’t alway judge a person because they don’t pertisipate is the same activities as the so-called in crowd.

I’ve always been one to take the road less traveled because why go down the road everyone else has and see the same shit when I can go my way see new things and have new adventures.

I talk, dress, walk, laugh, cry and dance they way I want to, not the way you want me to.

With that said, that L7 that you think I am, I’m really outside that box looking at you playing your boring little part inside the box.

Rest is Paradise My Brother.

Posted in Blogroll, Culture, Family n Friends, Life on February 26, 2010 by bakerboi

I don’t know how to start this blog out today, but I have been thinking about it for a couple of days now with a heavy heart. I lost someone who was dear and close to me last week and found out about his passing some days ago. Not from the neglect of friends and family, but from the neglect of our penal system. We have been let down on so many levels that I really don’t know where to start because it’s a cloud of smoke and a ball of confusion they will give you.
With all that said, let me tell you about my friend Teddy. He and I have been friends almost 20+ years and through that time we have experienced good times, bad times and in between times. I mean we both saw the births of our first born, we both ran the streets together, we both grew into adulthood together. However, it wouldn’t be right if I kept saying “WE” because it wasn’t just us, we were deep. Back in the day, oh say early 90’s in West Oakland was a close knit family that did hella things together. I mean there was funkin (slang for fighting) with each other and it got deep every now and again, but we didn’t have gangs. No, no, no we left that to Southern Cali. We turf’d, we had a specific areas that we called our own and we rep it (represented) like we owned it. Little did we know back then what the real meaning of ownership was. Anyhow, when I say we were the block, we had it sown up and the orginals g’s (yall know who ya are) where the ones who welcome me in and Teddy was one of them. I mean we were young, dumb and wanted money and wanted it fast. So we did what any young black male did to get money fast. We rolled like rush baby and did it well. I know, I know you have never thought, right. Well, like the saying goes, don’t ever judge a book by it’s cover. Sure we all had dreams and goals, but at that time nothing else mattered. Nothing, but getting money. So that’s what we did and did it well.
During that time I found out what the true meaning of life was all about, the have’s and have not’s. You talking about eternal fire seeing all these people around you burning with in their vices. Sure we had what we wanted and sometimes even took what we wanted, but during that time a lot of us paid the price for it and for the ones who got to live to see another day we are still burning because of the memories that have been etched in our heads. That’s all we got now, time has come and passed, the new bucks are on the block now and one of he original’s have gone on passed away in peace.
Nevertheless, the things I take from that era is the learning experiences from that block and from my friend, the Skinny Kidd. Get money, don’t let money get you is what he’d say. I truly believe he was ahead of his time because he knew that what we were doing was not the end all to be all. He had a dream and he turn it into a vision that he made possible and everyone enjoyed what he did. He was like the pied piper leading the way. Throwing boat parties, linen parties, concerts, clothing line and most of all block parties. OHHHHHHH, the block party was the best time I ever had in my young life and that’s when everyone was still here to enjoy it. Mostly everyone was still here to see what the block could do. So to make a long story short and put everything in one sentence Skinny Kidd was the block and the block was he. I have no regrets on that and that’s all I have to say. Except, I dedicated my header to the late Teddy James, R.I.P. my nicca and my prayers go out to the James Family (mom and Kade) PEACE!

Bangin in the Trunk

Posted in Bangin in the tape deck!, Culture, Hip Hop on February 11, 2010 by bakerboi

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I am listening to a new mixtape called Laura’s Tape (Mixed by DJ kingmost) by donwill (of tanya morgan). I must say it’s a refreshing and innovative concept mixtape. Sometime I wish I could buy some of this material I’ve been blessed to hear.

Oh yeah, I knew there was something I wanted to tell ya, last Thursday I was amazed and blessed to see Mos Def and my all time favorite Jay Electronica at The New Parish in Oakland, Ca. It was one of the best shows ever. Intimate, fresh and eye opening. There’s a whole different world out there where people feel real Hip Hop music as fans. I was inspired and felt some hope for my music, our music, our Hip Hop. I spoke with Jay Elect and I couldn’t really tell you what was said, but I came away him being a real humble dude. I do remember me telling him during my alcohol induce introduction, that with all the music he’s done for free that I felt like I owe him something and he was like “no, no I owe you, I owe y’all (while pointing to the crowd, when Mos was performing)”. That’s a true artist or maybe he was just saying that to get me out his face. Either way, I’m good and confident in my choice of music and artist to give my time and money too.

Now back to my music post, Laura’s Tape is a very good concept mixtape and it pulls it off because it integrates original music with popular music from the likes of Ray Ray and Omarion, it’s basically a broken heart, I’m in love and I hate you roller coaster ride. It’s great.

Here are of a couple more mixtapes I got and really, really I dig.
Joell Ortiz and Novel’s Defying the Predictable, which is a classic. It’s more on the R & B tip, but it works because Joell is a beast and Novel can really freaking sing. Curren$y, well what can I say. He never disappoints and you will not be with his latest Smokee Robinson. Classic joints, reefer joints, old school Chevy’s, good times and females. Get it, got it, good. Step your music game up.

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Four Flights Up…….

Posted in Culture on February 4, 2010 by bakerboi

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Well, looky here. I took these flics of this kid gringing in SF today from 4 stories up from my office window, then wrote this blog, added the flics and published all on my Motorola Droid.