Saturday, April 30, 2011

Pink Slips - II

PINK SLIPS

It’s been a long time since I have heard and watched something so horrible, that it instantly inspired me to write! So for this week’s Pink Slips I give to you the bad apples. It sounds exactly like it is, but let me explain. Milwaukee Hip-Hop is a battleground for success as it is and the artists, MC's, producers, DJ’s, and beat-makers striving to make a name for themselves here are, in my opinion, exponentially better than artists of the same caliber from other cities simply because of the way Milwaukee as a city and a culture responds to its own home grown music scene. The time, love and dedication it takes just to keep going in a city like ours is in itself commendable and even so, Milwaukee has turned out some pretty damn good music!!! I can honestly say without a doubt or smudge of dishonesty that I am an actual fan of some of our own artists and in true fashion can’t wait for their albums to drop so that I can continue my collection of their artistry and music. I am also honored to know some of these musicians and poets personally as well.

However with all the glory and praise we can shower on our own there comes a time when you are forced to acknowledge the disturbingly horrific wannabe talent here that, at least in my opinion, are the reason why Milwaukee is still struggling to make a name for itself as a reputable city of music! Just when you think the time has come to collectively raise our hands in the air and scream we made it, some vomitous filth surfaces that happen to be so horrible, that the people with stock in brain scrub and eye soap start licking their chops at the prospect of becoming billionaires over night. Yes I’m looking at you "Rockz Solid ft. Annie B, Meccah Maloh- "BEAST" I’m also looking at others like you but you will suffice as an example.

There used to be a time when being an MC meant something great especially if you joined or were part of a group. First you had to have a stage name that everyone could respect and remember cause that became your name from then on. You also had to be able to freestyle because that was one of many ways you had to audition or showcase your talent and I mean off tops, and for all you non-freestylers that means that your freestyle rap had to be straight out of your head (off the top of your head) with nothing written. If you couldn’t flow to a beat “off tops” then you just couldn’t flow because EVERYONE can write and sound good, but to be an MC you had to be able to freestyle off tops! After your freestyle game was well scrutinized your written game had to be unmatched. DJ’s would be spinnin actual records, and beats were expensive as hell, cause only a few people could make beats back then. And not only would he make the beat, but he would also be the one in the background scratchin and switchin beats while you faced the crowd. With ALL OF THIS SAID we have come to a new age of technology, where apparently all you need is a computer and a mic and you can call yourself an MC or a producer now. You got people like “Rockz Solid, Annie B, and Meccah Maloh” polluting the waters of Hip-Hop with their disaster rap! With so many wannabe MC’s and producers out there promoting their disaster rap, it’s no wonder people are gun-shy when it comes new artists. People have to make an actual medical decision to see if they can stomach hearing another bad album from horrible ass artists fakin their way onto the scene.

Unfortunately it doesn’t end there. Like I said we are in the age of technology so not only are they making records, but they are somehow disillusioned enough to believe that people actually want to see their faces in a video shoot featuring their treacherous rap game. With video cameras being so cheap and software being pirated everywhere these fake MC’s are easier to find than the real artists. Real artists take the time and effort to refine their craft so as to put out the finest quality of their profession whereas these disturbingly horrible ass wannabe MC’s put quantity over quality, believing that if they saturate the market enough, eventually something they floated out there will be seen by someone important like throwing messages in a bottle in the lake!!
So now when you happen to youtube milwaukee Hip-Hop, you might come up with this shit stain:

"Rockz Solid ft. Annie B, Meccah Maloh- "BEAST”


So now thanks to wannabe MC’s like these Milwaukee will continue to suffer. So here’s your Pink Slip wannabe MC’s, producers, DJ’s etc… AKA the bad apples!! The fact that your music isn’t automatically filtered out of the pure waters of Hip-Hop out of sheer wackness and lack of talent has turned it into a cesspool! On the bright side, real MC’s will always have something to rap about as long as you’re around!!

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Real Talk With Raze - Dear Tyler Perry...

In case you haven't noticed, Spike Lee has done more for black people, young black adults, black intellectuals and black FILM in general, than you're probably capable of fathoming. Saying he can "Go to hell" is the equivalent of giving your own mother a roundhouse kick to the jaw.

Arguably, it can be said that had there been no Spike Lee, there couldn't have been a Tyler Perry.

Spike Lee's films, even with all of their cultural taboos and edginess, proved that "black films" could be profitable. And more importantly, that they could be slick, polished and above all WELL DIRECTED/PRODUCED FILMS. Which is a far stretch from the dreck of blacksploitation films of the 70's.

Tyler Perry, you make films that highlight the stereotypes of American black culture, and have built an empire doing so. Whether you will ever admit it or not, your films have subconciously, and at times BLATANTLY, tapped into the psyche of the American black woman and exploited every insecurity and fear that's been embedded into their very beings since they were children. You've exaggerated these same things and then added the essential "Evil Black Nigga Boy in a Man's Body" in virtually EVERY movie you've made, and therefore validated not only the American Black Woman's fear/insecurity/disdain for the Black Male, but also, the rest of America's as well.

Meanwhile, Spike Lee has educated not only black people on how diverse our people are, but also other cultures on how we "tick", so to speak. One of his career's crowning achievements was beautifully and ACCURATELY telling the story of Malcolm X, a man that was previous to the movie, one of the most polarizing misunderstood leaders of the Civil Rights era. And let's not forget School Daze, Bamboozled, 25th Hour and Jungle Fever.

Seriously, just think about it...

"Do The Right Thing" vs "Madea Goes to Jail"....

"Why Did I Get Married" vs "Mo Betta Blues"...

Tyler Perry, you're no better than blaxploitating white folks, but have gotten a pass because you're "a brotha"; and we've all been so brainwashed into not wanting to "seem like haters" and not wanting to be labeled victims of "self hate", that many of us have actually embraced you and your bullshit contributions to black film and culture.

Your films are horribly directed, the writing is juvenile, and they feed off of every ounce of stereotypical negativity American black folks have to offer...all while having absolutely ZERO educational or intellectual value.

So, in closing...YOU in fact should go to hell.

Go STRAIGHT to hell.


- R.

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Raze's Top 25 Songs of All Time...OF ALL TIMES!!

I set myself up for the most impossible mission EVER this week.
To make a definitive list of my favorite songs of all time. I originally intended the list to be only TEN songs deep, but there were just too many songs that deserved to be mentioned. So there's a "top ten", but the rest of the list couldn't be denied. So...here goes nothin...LOL.

And YES, this is in order of dopeness.

1) Sam Cooke - Change Gone Come
Simply the greatest song I've ever heard. The execution, the emotion, what it meant in reference to the era it was made. Perfect song.


2) Michael Jackson - Stranger in Moscow
What can I say about The King? This song is the definition of FK'N EPIC MUSIC. Plus it's one of Michael's greatest vocal performances on record of his career.


3) Prince - The Beautiful Ones
The Purple Rain album is arguably one of the greatest ever made, and this gem was the backdrop of one of the most awesomely uncomfortable scenes in cinematic history.


4) Stevie Wonder - As
Everytime I hear this song I see my grand mother's face light up with a huge smile in my head. It's a great ode to love itself...and whoever you may love.


5) EminEm - Hailee's Song
My daughter's middle name is Hailee, and given all the ridiculous crap that we've had to endure because of her batshit crazy mother, that's still daddy's little girl. This song and "Mockingbird" are almost hard to listen to without tearing up, but I love em. This one trumps tho.


6) Alana Davis - Lullaby (Pieces)
Alana Davis is without a doubt my favorite female voice of all time. I love her voice, her control of it, and her songwriting is DOPE. She's pretty much dropped off the face of the planet since 2005, but she poked her head up in 2007 enough to give me the green light for a sample of her work, so for that I'm eternally grateful.


7) Oran Juice Jones - The Rain
Great song, great video...EPIC "BUSTED!!" MOMENT at the end. Nuff'said.


8) Pat Benetar - Love is a Battlefield
Very underrated by the urban market, but Pat was dope on MULTIPLE levels and this song, while a single, was still a perfect storm of her talents. Plus, my sister Elle Razberry goes NUTS when I play it.


9) Rick James & Teena Marie - Fire and Desire
R.I.P. to two of the best that EVER DID IT. And damn I bet they "did it"....LOL. Crazy thing is, this song is so powerful and almost caricature-esque, that when played at social functions most people don't even dance. They just huddle up and sing along...LOL.


10) Buena Vista Social Club - Chan Chan
I used to manage a new/used music store and one of my big titty latina co-workers put me up on them. From the moment I popped the CD in, I ain't been right since. I have no idea wtf they're saying, but it's irrelevant. Music is universal...


11) REM - Losing My Religion
12) Mary J. Blige - Beautiful Ones
13) Marvin Gaye - Got To Give It Up
14) Pete Rock & CL Smooth - They Reminisce Over You
15) Brian McKnight - Anytime
16) Red Hot Chili Peppers - Breaking The Girl
17) Sade - Every Word You Said
18) Outkast - Da Art of Storytelling (Part Two)
19) Lupe Fiasco - Intruder Alert
20) The Supremes - You Keep Me Hangin On
21) Tears for Fears - Head Over Heels
22) James Brown - It's a Man's World
23) Justin Timberlake - What Goes Around
24) New Edition - If It Isn't Love
25) Outkast - Liberation

Feedback is VERY welcome!!!

Monday, April 18, 2011

Raze...Life Coach PSA #2

Mickeal Hathaway

http://www.ourstage.com/tracks/QOEUUCREXOUZ-lovin-my-style if this link doesn't work copy and paste to your browser


Mickael Hathaway has expressed to me that he is strong enough to face any opinion of his music and thrives on the input because it only drives him to become better. he states

"...I got praise from many people on that song so its good to hear the downside to it.. I like to hear both cause I'm confident in my music and know its a very opinionated field."

I personally thank Mr. Hathaway for his submission and bravery.

Above is a link to Mickeal Hathaway's song "Lovin my style" for you all to enjoy. I have received his permission to post his link (thank you Mr. Hathaway) and I have written my opinion below. BY ALL MEANS listen to the music before you form your own opinion OR read mine. I don't want to influence anyone to love or hate anything, but I am honest with my opinions!! Now - go listen and wite your own opinion about the music or MY opinion in the comments below.


http://www.ourstage.com/tracks/QOEUUCREXOUZ-lovin-my-style if this link doesn't work copy and paste to your browser



IN MY OPINION (do not read until you listen to the link)


I see much potential in [Mickael Hathaway's] rap career, but this song should be scrapped from his resume. The beat is monotonous and mundane. It seems like a beat that was left for the scrap bin was used for this song. Nothing about this beat made me want to replay this song. Nothing about it was memorable. [Mickael Hathaway] has the perfect voice for hip-hop and the perfect voice for recording and the perfect voice for a generation, but the lyrics were complete trash. There was no message, no real word play, and nothing about the words were worth memorizing. All great songs make you want to sing along and these lyrics didn't do it for me. After listening to it I can't even remember what I heard so I had to play it again and still nothing. With the right beat and the right lyrics I think [Mickael Hathaway] would be unstoppable but this should be tossed out completely and anyone that allowed this to escape from the studio should be fired.

Again I would like to thank Mr. Hathaway for his bravery and for allowing me to express my opinion openly and honestly. I look forward to more music from him and anyone else willing to submit themselves to an open unbiased opinion.

Friday, April 15, 2011

It's Friday...

WEEKEND MOTHER-BITCHES!!!!!


It's about damn time. So, here's some new music for ya to blast over the weekend!

First up is the official new music video from my homies Malicious feat. Bobby Brewski for their new single "Dumboutnow", which is off their album "For Whatever Its Worth" (recorded/mixed by yours truly, available on iTunes & CDbaby.com). Knowing these dudes...I'm fairly CERTAIN they were highly "medicated" during the filmin...hence their OVERLY joyous performances...glad some mf's in Hip Hop ain't scared to SMILE these days...


And here's some new tracks I'm sure you'll enjoy for various reasons...

Kendrick Lamar - HiiiiiiPower (prod. by J Cole)


The Game - Only One feat. Chris Brown


The Weeknd - High For This


Sade - Moon & Sky remix (w/out Jay Z)


Mobb Deep Ft Nas - Dog Shit (Prod. by The Alchemist)


Timbaland - I Won't Board This Plane

Forbus -Grass is Greener | We Aiight (we ride) feat Eprizm +Cyition

Just some work I've been getting done

The Grass Is greener by channelforbus

We aiight we ride by channelforbus

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Songs That Time Forgot: Lakeside "Your Wish Is My Command"

There were a few bands that got lost in the shuffle of the Funk/disco era, but none in my opinion quite like Lakeside. They've been sampled and flipped like CRAZY by mostly west coast producers time and time again...but damn. I STILL have this 12" record and pull it out on occasion...

THIS is a fkn JAM...

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Takeover Freestyle Battle #3 Commercial from the Play Cousins

nuff said

Pink Slips


Listen, everyone has their own lifestyle and I don’t judge people (much) for what they choose to do to keep themselves happy. However I DO have a problem with people not playing the roles they were “hired” for!! So without further ado, this week’s pink slips go out to SIDE PIECES.
That’s right; I said it – side pieces! These are people that knowingly and willingly enter into a contractual fuck relationship with someone that are already taken. Call it what you want – an affair, fuck buddy on the side, cheaters… I don’t have a problem with side pieces. Everyone in their lifetime has had (or been) a side piece or 2 (or 15) at one point in their lifetime or another and some of you have side pieces right now. Side pieces can keep life interesting and full of adventure and sometimes provide a quality of life you felt like you were missing. But this isn’t about the morals of having a side piece. This is about side pieces that fuck up their roles as side pieces! And I have to mention that females are MORE NOTORIOUS for fuckin up their roles as side pieces for selfish reasons then males.
As with any job in life, if you don’t perform to standard, you lose that job and any references and benefits that may come with it. It’s the same thing with the various roles we play throughout life!

1. BE ON TIME! Side pieces are supposed to be there at a moment’s notice mainly because it’s the only time they get to spend with the person they are fuckin with. What they AREN’T supposed to do is demand MORE time to be spent with them. They knew you had a number 1 and demanding more time is bullshit. You get the time that’s afforded to you and THAT’S IT!! Time is a right for number 1 and a luxury for side pieces – and they can be replaced!

2. KEEP YOUR FUCKIN MOUTH SHUT! Side pieces are supposed to be the greatest secret keepers in the WORLD!! If you have accepted the role of side piece, don’t facebook about it, myspace it, or alter your relationship statuses and tag your him/her in it! You will lose your position if you put your employer on blast! This also goes for when things get fucked up. If number 1 starts askin questions, it’s your job to THROW THEM OFF THE TRAIL!! You do not cooperate with number 1! You do not seek to replace number 1 through subversion or other tactics! Number 1 is the enemy you keep close. you should be able to be damn near best friends with number 1 without any indication of your role of side piece while sittin right next to them in their house!!

3. STAY IN YOUR LANE! As I mentioned in item 2, it’s not your job to fight for a better position. If a better position becomes available and you are QUALIFIED enough for it, then he/ she will let you know of the promotion possibility. Trying to get number 1 removed so you can take their place is fuckin up the rotation and downright bullshit. Plus it makes you look obsessive and stalkerish. Besides anyone who can’t follow the rules isn’t qualified for a better position anyway so getting anyone ahead of you fired is only showing everyone that you aren’t and can’t work as part of the team. This especially goes for getting knocked up! There is no excuse for pregnancies if you’re not #1. Plain and simple, it’s dirty warfare and immediate grounds for the pink slip!!

Let this be a simple guide line for a better life for everyone. For an example of how NOT to do it, see Tiger woods’ side pieces. This is what you call a perfect example of breaking all applicable rules. Every last one of them side pieces should have gone to bat for Tiger from the get go. All that celebrity dick-down they were receiving along with all financial and other benefits could have been long term if they would have known their jobs. But instead they all chose the selfish route (females… am I right!?!?) and tried to force a promotion and or a paycheck by droppin the ball and a bomb! True side pieces know what to say, how to act, and what needs to be done before anything is ever said in case of a meltdown.

You break the rules and here’s your pink slip.

I’m sorry, but your services are no longer required. Thank you for your time and you’re fired!!

Monday, April 11, 2011

DJ Quik - Book of David album snippets

Well well well...

Looks like DJ Quik is putting together a nice album for release this year!

And from the sounds of the bits on here, it's gonna be some classic Quik (The track at 2:49 is CRAZY), with some new school twists as well. I'm definitely lookin forward to it...check it out.

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Photoshop is The Devil pt.1

Photoshop is the f*cking Devil, I swear...

Click on Pics for full size...







Friday, April 8, 2011

A Reason To Still Love Hip Hop: Royce The 5'9" - Writers Block ft. EminEm

Ya'll don't understand how fucking happy it makes me to hear Royce and Em creatively working together again. Bad Meets Evil was one of the most influential e.p.'s for me artistically.

With that said, this joint HERE is all Royce on some beasty grizzly bars type shit...and Em kicks the hook and talk out *hilarious*.

Enjoy...

AshyRadio T.V. Spot #1

This is the first of a series of tv spot PSA's filmed by KuMays of GrownManCollective.

Remember, everything we do at AshyRadioDotCom is for...THE PEOPLE.


Thursday, April 7, 2011

Lupe Fiasco vs B.O.B. - Airplanes

So, the other song that "the label" originally tried to give Lupe, but ended up in the hands of Grammy nominated (winning?)artist B.O.B. finally surfaces.

It's Airplanes. Featuring an AWESOMELY whitegirly hook by the VERY smangable Hayley Williams.

I can't front ya'll...maybe it's cuz I'm a fan of Lupe, but I honestly like his version WAY better than B.O.B's. This does NOT mean I like it better than the remix with EminEm, which I feel trumps both, as Em prolly shoulda stolen this track altogether and used it on his criminally overrated "Recovery" album.

But, I'll let ya'll be the judge.


Lupe Fiasco version


B.O.B. version

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Everywhere People: Natalie V.

So, I decided to do a new series here called "Everywhere People", dedicated to awesome, regular folk I come accross in life. Some will be from my home town, and others won't be. But rest assured, I meet some amazing folks thru my multiple "jobs" that aren't musicians or poets or whatever. They're just people out here living life in ways we ALL should be able to relate to.

First up is Natalie. I first met her thru Facebook. She commented on some status my sister's hubby started, and me being the creep that I am, I check out her page and DAYUM! Yup...friend request was sent. But, after her comments on my stats, seeing her own and a few private convos here and there I realized there was a lot more to this sista. And now, you will too...

1. You ain't gotta say WHERE you work, but what do you do for a living?

Right now I'm an unemployed teacher. Last school year I was teaching at a choice school on Milwaukee's Northside and the school was being ran by some crooked ass so-called Christians. I went through a period where I didn't get paid for 4 months. I damn near lost everything. I ended up moving back to Madison with my mom for a few months at the end of the school year. The school closed due to the many "financial problems" they were experiencing and I was out of a job. They did eventually end up paying me and the other teachers that had been working there... in July. That same day, they loaded up a U-haul and took off to Mississippi with all of the rest of the money. It was a mess. I came back to Waukesha in August and grinded it out at a call center making dirt and working 70 hours a week. It was a seasonal position that ended in November. Since then, I have been getting unemployment and looking for a new gig. I'm absolutely desperate to work with teens again. My degree is in Journalism and this fall I'll probably be starting some classes for my teacher certification. I would love to teach English or Social Studies again.

2. Ahh, nothin quite like folks scammin' the system AND the people...wackness. So, when you're not buried in application/resume' hell, what do you do for fun?

I'm pretty mellow nowadays. Once upon a time, I loved going out dancing and partying but now I'm pretty low-key. I enjoy spending time at home with my 12 year-old son. On any given day my house is full of kids. I'm like the neighborhood mom. I tutor some of the neighbor kids and my God son. Help with some of their behavioral issues. Just overall try to help make them into better people. For me, that's what gets me going. Seeing one of my "kids" doing something positive or applying some of the things that I'm trying to instill in them. When I'm not with kids (which is all the damn time!), I like concerts, shows, museums, etc. Not big on clubs and bars. I've done that scene already. I also like to walk and jog for exercise. My tits have a tendency to make that difficult though. I gotta strap those bad boys down. I love cooking so pretty much everday of the week I'm whipping something up or baking. I gotta have music playing in the background though. I don't watch but like 2 hours of tv a week but I love music and reading. I like to think that every moment has a soundtrack...

3. Yeah, I can't front. I be EXTRA mad at those stats about what you "whippin up in the kitchen" sometimes...LOL. Natalie, you've got one of the most awesome smiles I've EVER seen...LOL. But, given all you've gone thru lately, are you GENUINELY happy where you are in life right now?

Good question. No. I always thought I'd be a lot further along at almost 30 than I am. I just find reasons to smile everyday. It could be worse but it damn sure ain't awesome. I'm just generally a happy person. People like to be around me because I make them smile. A lot of the people that are close to me look to me to be the rock of the group. So, if I fail, they may too. If I can't make it through something with that smile on my face, they won't either. But, I can't really complain. I don't have everything I want and sometimes feel like I deserve, but that's on me. I haven't had the drive like I used to. I was the ultimate working, going to school, awesome daughter and mom. When I finished college, I just got to comfortable with mediocrity. So now, I'm in a place where somethings gotta happen. But, like I said, I can't complain. For everything I don't have quite right, there's probably 2 things that are just right. I have a beautiful, talented and healthy son, a handful of great friends, a family that loves me and a gentleman to come around and bang my ass sideways when I need it. Life is good... But I haven't achieved the greatness that I'm destined for. It'll happen though, once I find the motivation I once had.

4. Nice answer. I can feel you on that! So, if you could change ANYTHING about you, (ur life, physically, etc) would you and what would it be?

I'm not going to give that cliched, bullshit answer " I wouldn't change a thing because it made me the person I am today". Yeah fucking right. If I had to narrow it down to one thing, it'd probably be where I'm at as far as a career and finances. If I could wake up tomorrow and be smack dab in the middle of my dream job, with some commas in my bank account, I'd be blinking like I Dream Of Jeanie. Yeah the things in my past made me who I am today, but shit... I'm trying to have a better version of me. Everybody needs a damn short cut at some point.

5. In a perfect world, where do you see yourself at in 5yrs?

Hmm... In 5 years I definitely see myself being someone's wife. I don't want anymore kids. But I would love to find myself in a really healthy and beautiful realationship. I know that sounds really cheesy but there are few things that I want for myself. Damn near everything I do is for the benefit of my son. I want something that is solely for myself. I think that's the only thing that I really desire. A partner. I've proved I can be independent. I've raised my son on my own. I've been a strong woman. I want to spend my thirties and beyond having someone to have my back. Make some of the decisions and look out for me.

6. I can't believe I've never asked you this, but...has anybody ever told you that you look like Jordin Sparks?

LOL... yes. EVERYONE. Its bad when your own parents call you in the middle of American Idol and tell you that you're on TV. I've even had people stop me in the store and tell me I look like her. But here's the thing, I'm older so that bitch looks like me.

7. LMAO...now you know I love me some Jordin. Watch them "bitches" girl...J/K. So, Do you prefer ya brothas light skint or dark skint?

Oooooh...that's a good question. Honestly, I don't care. I've dated all different shades of men. Even a Nigerian. He was black and crazy as hell. I've also dated the piss-colored, translucent Chris Brown look alike. I look at features more than color. I like nice teeth and pretty eyes. As long as he's taller than me with 3-inch heels on and not skinny as all hell (I don't need my man making me feel all insecure about my size when I see us in pictures together.)... it doesn't really matter.

8. Ok, so you're an equal opportunity sista! Word up. How do you feel about dating outside of your race? For yourself AND when others do?

I don't get all hung up on that, usually. I ain't gonna lie, when I see a good-looking, successful brotha with an ugly, overweight, busted white woman, a part of me says "oh hell naw!". But, I'm a product of race mixing, so I can't hate on it. Overall, I think that love is love. Who you love and have sex with has never been anyone's business. I try not to make it mine. I feel the same way about gay relationships. For me personally, I prefer a black man but I don't discriminate. If that makes any sense. But there's a reason...I love black families. There is just something about the way black famililes support one another and are there for each other. I love the idea of having a STRONG, BLACK family. I've seen the difference. I've gone to the white side of the family's reunions and my black side's reunions. Completely diefferent. Not just the food and the music (LMAO...I hate eating that shit my white family calls food. Shit from Pick n Save's deli is NOT food). I feel like black families are just down for each other more. They don't let disagreements become things that divide the family. There's always a "big momma" that squashes that and keeps the family as a unit. I love that.

9. Getting back on my creep ish, I know a few VERY good photographers. Would you ever consider modeling or posing for a soft-core (lingerie or topless) porn site? I had to ask since you brought up "The Girls" earlier...LOL.

Actually, for a long time I wanted to be a model. I use to practice my walk and everything (and this was in my adult years!). I just never felt like I had the body for it. It took me a long time to get comfortable in my own skin and learn to love my body the way that it is. Now that I'm a lot heavier than I used to be, I am the most confident in the way I look. It comes with growth and maturity. I grew up with 5 brothers and a mom that is a tom boy. I think I had an identity crisis for a while! So, yes... I would consider modeling, but would keep it limited to lingerie as the most risque. My brothers would collectively fly back to Wisconsin to beat my ass if they ever caught me online with my clothes off. Also, being the mother of a son, I want him to have respect for women. I don't want him thinking that a woman has to be objectified or use sex to become successful. Sure a woman can be admired for her beauty, as long as there's the right motivation behind it.

10. Great answer...and there's still hope, LOL. Here's a question that usually gets folks uppity, Did you vote for Obama? If yes, are you happy with the job he's done so far?

I did. I love Obama. Not only because he's fine as all outdoors and intelligent and sexy and...sorry. I digress...When Obama got elected, I knew it was going to be a lose/lose situation. After Bush destroyed the country and the economy and started a bunch of shit with all these other countries, there was no way he was going to come into all of those situations and make all the boo-boo's better overnight. If a republican would've gotten elected, the other republicans would be bending over backwards to clean up all this shit, hide as much of it as they could, to make that president look like a savior. But, we got a democrat, a black democrat, in a republican majority and this poor guy is getting a lot of shit that's not his fault stuck to his ass. People have to remember, these problems didn't start with the Obama. And its going to take a long ass time and several presidency terms to fix all of the things that are wrong. I think Obama has done some great things and some things that are questionable. BUT, at the end of the day he's still fine as hell and he's better than Bush. That's good enough for me.

11. If you could watch ONE movie on repeat for the rest of your life, what would it be? (Trilogies can count as one movie)

Probably Sex and the City the movie, and only the first one. I just love the story. Deep down inside, I'm just a hopeless romantic. That flick has a great story line to it. I'm not usually one for the girly movies but that is definitely one of my faves.

12. How ironic that you would say Sex in The City...lol. So, which is more important, Length or Girth?

Girth. I don't need no nigga rearranging my cervix. That shit is not sexy and it doesn't feel good. I'll take a ground and pound session with a chub over a long one any day of the week.

13. ROFLMAO @ "ground and pound session"!! Ok...you're a mother...what do you think are the most important things a father can provide to raising a child that a mother can't?

A child (male or female) needs to see a positive and strong male in their home. Whether its the biological, adopted or step, every kid needs a dad. How can a child grow up to be an adult that forms healthy and postive relationships in their life, if they don't see it first in their own home? A little girl needs a man to demonstrate certain things...that a man should appreciate and realize the worth of a woman. How a man should treat them when they're grown and in their own relationship. A little boy needs that male figure that keeps his ass in check, teaches him how to do man things around the house and demonstrates to him how a man should treat his lady. A father is a very important thing. Women do it on their own everyday and do amazing jobs. BUT, its not something a woman can do, completely and successfully, without a father or male figure in that child's life. I'm sure a lot of bitches are gonna hate on me for that statement right there but guess what, I don't give a fuck. Deep down inside they know I'm right.

14. (High Fives are in order when I see you for that answer) You're mixed...what races are you mixed with and what issues, if any, did you deal with growing up bcuz of that?

I am black, white, Comanche, Cherokee and Creole. My mom is Norweigan, Scotch-Irish and Danish. My dad is all that other shit. I grew up with a lot of latino friends because of it. I was never black enough for the black girls and I was never white enough or rich enough for the white girls that I went to school with. I grew up in the 'burbs of Madison in pretty nice schools. For the most part, people were accepting. But by the time I hit high school, that's when it got bad. Black chicks wanted to jump on me because I was going out with dark-skinned brothas. It was crazy. So I kicked it with a lot of Puerto Ricans, Dominicans and Mexicans because they really didn't give a shit. They all thought I was boriqua or dominicana anyway. And I got to eat a lot of good food, learn a lot about other cultures and it sparked my interest in learning and speaking Spanish. It also taught me a lot about seeing the world through the eyes of another minority. It's an experience more people should have.

And to the fat, gorilla looking bitch at Park Bar back in 2003 that threw a drink on me and told me to take my spic ass over to El Babalu's and stay away from "their men", even if my fine, light-skinned ass wouldn't have been at Park Bar that night, you still wouldn't have gotten any play.


15. Words cannot describe how AWESOME that last answer was. Ok, last question. I do this thing at shows called, Say Something. Its your chance to just share ANYTHING you want. No matter how profound or trivial and shallow it may be. Like, what's one of your philosophies on life or what's one thing about you nobody could guess by looking at your pics or reading your other answers. Don't matter what it is, just...SAY SOMETHING.

Here I go with my hopeless romantic shit again...I love this quote..."The best thing you can learn in life is how to love, and to be loved". Love is the basis for making all things possible. It gives you a reason to get out of bed and to climb back in it. Love takes so many forms and is ever-changing. Anyone can love, but not as many know or understand the importance of letting yourself be loved. It's completely different. It's a necessity for life. Sure we can't live without air, water and food, but no one can live without love. And if you could, who would want to?

Well, That's my story and I'm sticking to it.



I'd like to thank Natalie for putting so much of her business out there for me and ya'll. Stay tuned for more Everywhere People ya'll...