Feb/01
2006

Continental Divide

I'm back with more news than an anchorman on CNN. My masterful machinations at the Midem convention have produced a bodacious bounty of business ventures. I bet a few of you are wondering what's with the descriptive dictation. Well I'm feeling fabulous and relating my emotional elation with words is one of my means of communicating creativity with the world.

The biggest news aside from my upcoming album is that I will be returning to the states after a 5-year hiatus. Last time I was in the US was 2001 and that was one unpleasant visit. Due to unforeseen circumstances I received an undesired tour of the Nevada correctional system. I did a lil bit of time in N. Las Vegas, County, and Municipal Jails before finally getting everything squared away with my Bail Bondsman so I could leave the state. For those of you who've never been to Nevada, Las Vegas has more lawyers than local citizens. Also they took a poll on drivers in the city and found that statistically 86 percent of the drivers in Las Vegas have been drinking. (No Joke) What does all this have to do with my news? That reveals itself as you read on, right now I'm just letting you know that LasVegas isn't all hot strippers and fun Casino's. If you do decide to cross the continental divide and venture to the adult Disneyland, remember it's still owned by the Mob, has more cops than a police academy, more lawyers than citizens, and more people buried under the sand than walking on top of it (For Real).

Wow reminiscing on Vegas got me slightly side-tracked from my news. I'm going back to the states from February 17-20th to shoot two videos for the first two singles (I maintain & Diggin U) off my upcoming album "Sinister Ambitionz." The twisted part of this is I'm shooting the videos in Houston, Texas. I got a good connection from Chicago living in Texas and we're going to shoot in some local spots in the city. To make this even better NBA all- star weekend is also February 18-19 so the city is going to be packed with celebrities and parties. I'm not really there for all that, but I do want to connect with some of the local emcees and maybe get my record played in a gentleman's club or two. Texas is the home of Scarface, The Geto Boys, UGK, Slim Thug, Mike Jones, Paul Wall and a gang of other catz. So there's no lack of talent and I hear that Houston is rich in foods and culture.

This all sounds dope until you look at it from my standpoint. I'm not going into a city full of talented artists and southern hospitality; I'm going into Bush land USA. Yes, that's right Texas is the home state of George W. Bush, our current president and strongest supporter of war on (innocent women and children) terror and capital punishment also known as the death penalty. This state has more executions than any other state in the US and still has such a racial divide that in small towns you can still find a cross burning on your lawn. I have a friend from Minnesota who was in a rural part of Texas (I'm not going to mention where cuz I'm not trying to blow up anyone's spot) where he actually witnessed a Clan (Klu Klux Klan) meeting. For my foreigners who are unfamiliar with the clan the KKK are guys who believe in white supremacy and love to wear their wives and girlfriend's linen as robes and pointy hats.

Now taking all that (and then some) into account, I'm a little skeptical about my return to the US. I like to keep it real with you (my avid reader), so to be real about this I have to say I'm excited about the videos. On the flipside to that I'm BEYOND nervous about going to the president's hunting ground. I'm a east coast cat and although I lived in the Bay (shout out to Coley Cold, Kayla Da Grave Digga, YB, 5.0 band and all my homies in East Oakland) for a year and Vegas for another, I've never lived in the south. When I was in the Marines I was stationed in NC, SC, Huntsville, Alabama and somewhere else I can't recall at the time. During all that time I never got into the southern way of life. Things weren't just too slow for me, there was also the difference in language (the accent is thick in Alabama) and leisure activities, alot of drinking and (for SOME locals) shooting off the shotgun out the back of their pick-up). I'm trying to keep an open mind about the situation and look at the positive for the sake of my album and career. As things develop I'll keep you'll posted, but if one day in late February the blogs stop, that's most likely a sign of negative interaction with local law enforcement. See it's not the locals that bother me, cuz most southern catz I know are cool. But cops and I have never gotten along and I've had more than my fair share of friction with the law in a variety of states. So hopefully this event can go off without a hitch and after my visit the next blog will have a link to my new BANGING video clips. Only time will tell, Til

Then Be Safe

Tha One an Only

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