(Empire) State of Confusion

A handful of people I know & some that I haven’t met in person have a bone to pick with you Los Angeles. They’re tired of hitting the function & having you break out into song every time Empire State of Mind gets a spin from the DJ.

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A handful of people I know & some that I haven’t met in person have a bone to pick with you Los Angeles. They’re tired of hitting the function & having you break out into song every time Empire State of Mind gets a spin from the DJ. They’re fcukin’ sick of your drunken, “Conkrete juuungle where dreams are made offffff…Theres nothing you caaaaan’t do, Now you’re in New Yoooooork” choruses at the bar.

I don’t blame them for not being that into the song – it’s a NY anthem & we’re in big bad Los Angeles. I don’t blame you for liking it either. Truth be told, I like it too *ducks shoe*. As a song it’s well written & arranged…definitely from the mature HOV that missed the mark with songs like Beach Chair on records prior. I liked the video, I like the sequel – I like New York.

I wanted to address a few key points and make some observations about this record to promote a greater understanding among all people. Hopefully we can learn to accept the situation for what it is…

1. It ain’t where you from – it’s where you at…

This old adage rings especially true if you’re clearly in a club on or off Hollywood Blvd standing next to an Armenian princess & her white friends from Pepperdine. I know they’re probably hella fine & having a good time, but it is nonetheless a little ridiculous that you would be going that hard for NY publicly, unless you’re from there. Let the birds sing & remember that killers move in silence.

2. Having sex with someone while thinking about someone else…

LA & NY have certain key similarities – people head to either city to pursue dreams of stardom, the number one job title is, ‘aspiring’, crooked cops will fcuk you up & only 200 people are actually from there (the rest moved from the Midwest, Orange County or Long Island). So, it’s easy to close your eyes and apply a lot of what’s said in the song to LA. It’s basically like sexing a dime while thinking about another one…who are we to judge what goes on between your ears?

3. NY Needed an Anthem…

We have California Love. They had that Ja Rule track that people liked ’cause it was cool to hate on 50 & that Where it Started At joint that NY slept on back in 2006. Neither of these two could ever touch our beloved jam that got a whole nation throwing up dubs and C-walking (Although, we wish you would stop. This means YOU Iowa!). Not saying Empire… does, but every city/state needs an anthem.

4. LA Artists Need Love…

Like how thugs enjoy ice cream, your hometown heroes need your support. Well, not all of them, some of them just suck balls – but there are PLENTY of dope artists that need your comments, (paid) downloads and PAID admission to shows. They definitely need it to put snaps on the petrol & money into recording. Everyone got the game fcuked up thinking that the work that goes into recorded music is free. Nah son – the engineer don’t get paid in comments, recording studios can’t go on tour or make a living selling products under some hair-brained, ‘visionary revenue model’  - people gotta get paid (preferably in cash money).

Buy a record, see a show, tell a friend, blog that, youtube it to the front page, trend it on twitter like #flossangeles did in 2009.

Most importantly, when the next big record from LA comes out while you’re out of town, see what kind of love it gets at cutty spot in the BK. I’ll bet you won’t hear K-Slay or Funk Flex talking all up on it on HOT 97. #realtalk

One Comment

  1. jansport j said this December 23, 2009 | Permalink

    Amen. And those Pepperdine hoes are my friends

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