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  1. Sunday, August 16, 2015

    todays bukowski and madonnas birthdays, theyre 24 

    bukowski, madonnahad a good hot weekend. it was hot. like hottern itd been all year.

    slept over the covers with the windows open and the fan twirling and the cats purring and the moon looking down saying it dont look that hot from up heres

    and the earth saying who the hell asked you anyways

    friday ali said what are you up to tonight i said imma see a one woman show. she said no way. i said i know i never do that.

    she said i wanna come. i said fine meet me at my place and we’ll take a lyft over there. she said not an uber?

    i said, its good to keep the competition going.

    the show was The Mermaid who learned how to Fly. kyla garcia. she was incredible. did like 20 different characters. two of them were in love with her. so basically she made out with herself twice.

    once even as a lady.

    it took me a little while to get into it because i dont go to plays. and it was hot. and you have to suspend your belief and just let go. but once you do, it gets fantastic.

    so at first i didnt like her irish narrator fairy lady but as the play went on i kept hoping for her to come back, and when she did i was so happy. also of interest was the narrator was sorta falling apart physically as the play went on. bad back. it was funny. kyla was very surprising.

    after that ali and i went to malo and ate tacos and drank margueritas. im not crazy about that place but its close and they had an outside so we cooled off.

    saturday i ubered a little. hit my goal and then went to the academy to see Straight Outta Compton. it needs to be stated that since that record dropped back when i was in college, NWA and that record have been super important to me.

    so to see it for free in the best theater in LA was incredible.

    ice cube and the fans

    full house. and almost everyone stayed afterwards to hear Ice Cube, his son, the director, a producer, and the dudes who played Dr. Dre and Eazy talk about it.

    ive never seen that many people stay.

    or cheer so many times at the end.

    i give the movie a B+ but i give ice cube an A+ for staying after the talk and taking pictures with everyone who asked. which were hundreds. he didnt care. he soaked it in.

    and the movie won the weekend. making something like $60 million. smash hit of the summer. a movie about black gangsta rappers whose music is not played on the radio. and yet one of the rappers turns into a movie star another tuns into a billionaire and a third dies of AIDS. so freaky.

    xbi texted me when i was still in the theatre. they wanted a favor i said no. they said order an uber and we can help you out.

    tanya and freedai said i didnt need any help. i was happy. i was in great spirits and i wasnt gonna do squat on sunday. they said dont be a dope, order an uber.

    and when i did a toyota avalon appeared with this great reggae singer as a driver

    and two swedish girls in the back

    and the whole trip i thought, theyre gonna kill me, arent they?

    this is how it ends?

    reggae!

    reggae in swedish probably means good bye i thought but no

    id been to sweden and i knew that hej då meant good bye

    or did it mean hello?

    the girls were just laughing at me.

    they kept calling me Chicago.

    hey Chicago, why dont you change your clothes and meet us at the Chateau

    i said how do you say nothing ever good happens to chicagoans

    late at night at the chateau

    in swedish

  2. Sunday, June 28, 2015

    the ever wise ashley rose once told me that im never satisfied 

    case closed

    at the time she was 19 and i was in my 30s and some of my female friends would judgingly ask me

    what could you two possibly talk about?

    little did they know that we actually talked a lot about everything all the time

    possibly because she was eerily insightful, particularly about the things she obsessed about

    and for that little stretch of time it was me.

    i thought of her last night as i was at the so-called N.W.A reunion

    so-called because Dr. Dre chose not to attend

    which made it an Ice Cube MC Ren DJ Yella reunion, which is nice but come on.

    with Eazy resting in peace you really need Dre there even more and without him there,

    well let’s just say that even with incredible seats, i was a pouty little disappointed man.

    not even three huge beers helped.

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    it’s not wrong to want things. or expect what is being advertised.

    but of the surviving members of Niggaz Wit Attitudes,

    Dr. Dre is just as important as Ice Cube

    and the fact that he took what he learned as their DJ and producer

    and parlayed that into a legendary solo record and incredible post- NWA producing efforts

    makes his fans want him to show up with the ganstas who got him there

    that much more.

    bus drinking water

    his buddy snoop dogg was the opener for Ice Cube and MC Ren and Yella

    yes snoop dogg, who probably would NOT be on the stage if it wasnt for Dre

    snoop dogg, dre’s sidekick immediately after leaving the worlds most dangerous group

    Dre’s “The Chronic” is just as much Snoop’s coming out party as it is Dre’s.

    the only person missing was Eminem, and guess what, he doesn’t like to leave the house neither.

    so yes i was disappointed

    just hours after being hugely satisfied and thrilled about marriage equality becoming law.

    it was nice to feel that feeling of satisfaction because it’s nice to know that im capable of it.

    but man was it sad to be let down by and decent rap show at the basketball stadium.

    Ice Cube

     

    the girls were pretty

    and the cookie tasted good.

  3. Saturday, June 27, 2015

    im seeing N.W.A tonight, snoop dogg and kendrick lamar opening 

    nothing in here

    picked up a pretty girl today while ubering and she wanted to hear hip hop

    one thing led to another we start talking about how Ice Cube is headlining the BET Experience tonight

    and he’s gonna rock out with DJ Yella and MC Ren

    and maybe maybe maybe maybe maybe

    Dr. Dre

    (a dj on the mic, ask what its like its like we getting hyped tonight)

    satan

    on one hand its Cube giving it up to the kids who love his music

    but also in a month or two theres gonna be an n.w.a movie coming out

    the one that suge knight was on the set of

    when he got pissed at someone and ran him over with his escalade.

    and will probably get life for murder.

    so why not celebrate the worlds most dangerous group

    in DTLA, killer seats,

    on a saturday night in the

    united

    states of america

    bhtimes

    she said im flying to poland and i cant go.

    i was all why are you doing that

    she said im a model and i hardly ever get to go home.

    i said how could i ever thank you

    she said get me to the airport as fast as you can so i can get on the plane.

    she told me the food in LA is terrible

    too salty or two sweet.

    i wanted to tell her about soul food, but she was on a roll.

    statue

    ive seen ice cube once, maybe twice

    snoop dogg once

    kendrick once

    and n.w.a never and i love them and they love you right back

    and dr dre better get his black billionaire ass on that stage.

  4. Tuesday, August 13, 2013
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  6. Wednesday, December 12, 2012

    12/12/12? im being told that means today is N.W.A day 

    pretty sure if i had kids i would have screwed this one up

    and my poor little jasper would have been scarred forever

    which is why i take my hat off to the enthusiastic gentleman with the adorable accent.

    in other news my back worsened this morning so im home in bed drinking rum.

  7. Tuesday, November 27, 2012

    let the hollow points commence to pop pop pop 

    next month is the 20th anniversary of The Chronic.

    even though i felt i had been there forever, 20 years ago i was still new to the xbi

    so they sent me to new orleans for some, uh, training.

    jeanine and i were super in love so i brought her, against their wishes

    but whatevs, everything worked out. and today jeanine reminisced on facebook

    I’m finally getting caught up on my LA Weekly reading, re: “The Making of the Chronic” article. Somewhere there exists a VHS tape of me n’ Tony on a Spring Break vay-cay, in the one and only town of Gretna, LA, on our way to the French Quarter, listening to Dr. Dre’s just-released album. During the course of eight days,we had Popeye’s Chicken, tried Hurricanes and muffalettas for the first time, went to that restaurant where they filmed the Folger’s Coffee commercial, ate beignets at Cafe Du Monde, and in the midst of many downright tropical rainstorms, found a killer guitar shop that had a super awesome Herb Ellis ES-165 Gibson, vintage sunburst (I think) that I actually got to play for a while, a la Joe Pass style. Throughout, we agreed that The Chronic was a totally freakin’ awesome album.

    today she told me the nicest thing:

    we’ve known each other longer than we havent known each other

    humble brag: a few years ago Geoff Boucher took me to meet Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine. apparently they had decided that they were going to get into the headphones business. beats by dre or something crazy. they wanted geoff to listen to them. so he brought me.

    i got to meet everyone, i listened to the headphones. i handed them over to geoff

    and then i took this picture:

    proof that real life is often stonier than the green stuff.

    sometimes moreso in retrospect.