I'm in Vegas late this week for the NBA Summer League - work in the morning, hoops in the afternoon. (Check out this post summarizing the trip that the 8-Man Rotation did last year) That makes me want to pontificate on race, hoops and rap.
What could go wrong? Right. Here we go..
1. I've said it before and I'll say it again. Put a basketball in the hands of a white boy - if it sticks at all, they're going through a rap phase. Most come off it in college or post-college once they determine that potential love interests think that lyrics that are anti-female are a real buzzkill. Then they reverse course and start trying to convince the world and themselves that Kings of Leon (or insert your sellout band here) are doing real work.
2. For me, my rap phase started with some pretty innocent old school rap in the late 80's. Then it got a lot harder - enter NWA, Easy-E, et al. That made it harder to turn up the boom box at the park. Of course, we still did, because we had no filter when we were young. There's nothing more interesting than white boys trying to immerse themselves into rap/hip-hop. I suspect that record label guys know a key demographic is white boys with disposable income.
3. Connection - Ice-Cube and Dr. Dre are apparently making a movie about NWA called Straight Outta Compton. Below is a picture of the cast, and Cube and Dre could play themselves in the movie. Look at the picture and my next point underscores a universal truth - Black guys age incredibly well. Some of you are rubbing your hands and think I'm on shaky ground here - I'm not. The only black guy that doesn't age well is Greg Oden, former 1st overall NBA pick. He's looked as old as today's Morgan Freeman since he was 12.
4. By the way, when it comes to white people looking ridculous, nothing matches mistaking Samuel L. Jackson for Laurence Fishburne. The video below is an oldie, but a goodie. I know the difference, but after seeing this I would never attempt to address Samuel L Jackson by name. I'd call him sir and ask him to tell me to "say it again - I double dare you".
5. Last but not least, check out this incredibly NSFW casting call for female extras for the filming of Straight Outta Compton. I'll give you a taste, then you can click through if you want:
A GIRLS: These are the hottest of the hottest. Models. MUST have real hair - no extensions, very classy looking, great bodies. You can be black, white, asian, hispanic, mid eastern, or mixed race too. Age 18-30. Please email a current color photo, your name, Union status, height/weight, age, city in which you live and phone number to: <address takent out> subject line should read: A GIRLS
If you start with "A Girls" it's probably going downhill from there. Your life isn't so bad. You could be a HR Manager in Hollywood, which probably is the HR position with the least amount of leverage in the world.