My girlfriend likes Hip Hop, and she has turned me on to Lil’ Wayne recently. I listened to his “Carter 3″ and found myself enamored with the layered sound, driving around LA in the late night urban heat, crusin’ down PCH past the stink of Wilmington, taking the wheels up the 110 into the heart of south central stopping off at MLK to take a stroll in Leimert Park, visiting with some old Panthers, and then up to Chavos for a Copwatch benefit and a little culture clash, stopping in to rap with the sister from the Black Riders and then getting into all kinds of heat when my shortie went south on me when I wanted to stay and hang with the O.G.s and she wanted to hear some fresher sounds. But hey, it’s all in the way you play it and I like to play it cool.
If I was a stoner still, I would be totally blown away. I like Lil’ Wayne’s version of “Play with Fire” by the Rolling Stones, and a nod to the Doors “Light My Fire”, the one that got them banned from that 60’s paragon of hipness’s show “Ed Sullivan”. He got his MLK rap down. Lil’ Wayne, that is. I like his take on that 90’s band Dandy Warhols song “Bohemian Like You”, (which is a take off on the Rolling Stones, “Sympathy For The Devil”), in ‘Lollypop”, I am not sure why he is so against Al Sharpton, but I am sure he has his reasons. One thing Lil’ Wayne knows his roots and the allusions come thick and fast. Anyone, who thinks this is some dumb street kid, is way confused.
But I am listening to Miles Davis great fusion album Bitches Brew, the Tenor Sax bits in that song “Bitches Brew” are killer.
Oh the theme, yes I was taking about the late great year 1968. I am going to be speaking about the revolutionary nature of that year on July 19th, with my communist friends from Europe. How rebellions kept breaking out all over the planet and a couple such as the one in France almost turned into a full fledged revolution. Martin Luther King was assassinated. The Chicago 8 disrupted the Democratic Convention in Chicago in a Police Riot and the masses in Czechoslovakia decided they wanted the communists to lighten up. Allen Ginsberg has some interesting takes on his adventures in Prague. I only remember that as the year Gore Vidal and William F. Buckley got into it on ABC TV, a live bitch fest between two of America’s prominent, err, intellectuals, one queer and one straight. I can say that because I am at least 20% gay by my own calculations, based on an interview with members of the band REM on the public radio program Fresh Air. My girlfriend is trying to drag me out of the closet for a photo shoot. I have so far been way too prudish for an actual encounter. She calls it art, I call it a pain in the ass. I have tendencies, and friends that are gay, but over all I prefer the straight life. Does that make me a wimpy bi? I don’t know, I do love my traditional male role.
I have a link to the famous 1968 live TV meltdown over in my web log if you want to see what my young ears were profaned with. I also have fond memories of showing the Yippie propaganda film made shortly after the convention in which they promote the campaign of Pigasus, their real life pig candidate for president. I don’t remember exactly how I got my hands on a copy of the film, but I did and showed it in my high school ‘World Affairs” club. But that is ancient history and we are talking about current affairs, or more precisely how do we create a revolution in the age of the Hip Hop post Blood and Crips gang banging generation.
They could be they are smart enough and are willing to pick up the gun when they see their self interest in that, but will they have the patience to develop a theory and practices that is based on something other than the immediate gratification that comes with wheeling and dealing on the streets at an early age. We are going to see if we can make some connections on the 19th at 3 pm the People’s Library at 1620 South Vermont. Maybe if you want to help us stir up the pot a bit, and you are in the LA area, you might give us a visit. I promise to be entertaining and if you have some thoughts of your own you will be encouraged. We want participants who want to discuss the current situation in light of what happened way back when.
But that is the entire used car salesman’s rap from me tonight. It is early on the 4th of July and I haven’t been this hopeful for real change in America in almost a decade. Gary Rumor signing out.