If I were to start a Rap Group

I listen to alot rap/hip-hop music mostly. I like to think that I’m fairly diverse when it comes to music but upon reflection, I predominantly listen to rap/hip-hop. Now, if I think a song is good, I’ll listen regardless of genre but I guess I find it funny that rap/hip-hop appeals to me.

So in order to come to grips with my infatuation with rap/hip-hop I’ve decided to start a rap group. I’ve thought alot about it and as a writer, my rhymes would be mad wicked tight a’ight. So all I need is a crew with some decent flow and a name.

I figure I’ll post on craigslist to find some other aspiring rap artists so that part should be no problem. Maybe I can battle them to see if they can hang. I know what you’re thinking, “J, what if they suck?”. Well, I’m not raps ‘Hova as some people claim to be so worst case scenario, I’ll contact VH1 and pick up So Fine, Miss M, Big L, and Dodge City from Ice T’s Rap School. I figure the variety right there would be more than enough to give my crew an edge.

Next up, the crew’s name. Now since I’m finding this crew, I’m going to name it and that’s that. So upon looking at various crew names: Public Enemy, Run-D.M.C., Diddy’s The Band, KTMT, and Tai Wyban and the Fellows, I’ve decided to throw it and use a symbol much like how Wu-Tang and Prince did (well when he was the symbol that was the artist formerly known as prince).

Wow, I didn’t realize how complicated it was to start a rap group, but eh, I will persevere as I am a true hip-hop head.

Ok, got it, I gave it 30 seconds and the symbol for my crew is going to be a thought provoking one. Hold on now, brace yourself. Here you go: a dragon sitting under a palm tree drinking a mai tai and barbecuing chicken with the hot fire that he spits.

Heh, I know you’re thinking, wow, frakking, wow, oh boy, golly gee, that is tight son. (Polishes fingernails on shirt). This. I. Know.

So there you have it. If you’re an aspiring rapper, hit me up because this crew is going to be the greatest.

Disclaimer: Any relation to any actual dream of rapping was not intended. Any relation to any existing group was not intended either. I’m joking here. I like rap but c’mon, me, rap? No way.

On a side note, I did write lyrics back in the day and called myself The Game. Swear to God, if I’m lying I’ll cut off a piece of my anatomy. I have the notebook to proove it. Should have trademarked that name.

On another side note, regarding crew names, I had a bunch of friends who adopted the name ‘Hot Boys’ for their pseudo car club. Cash Money had the Hot Boys and it was before Missy Elliot made that song, so it was still a semi cool thing. Anyway, they went and got the old english letters of the phrase made and put it on their cars. Now, if you’re familiar with old english, you’ll know how that phrase looks spelled out. If you’re not… nah, I’ll tell you, H’s for whatever reason looks like G’s. So, yeah, ‘Got Boys’, not too cool. Certainly not the effect they were looking for.

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What if the world…

What if the world…

I had a conversation last week with a friend who told me, “People ain’t shit, J.” It was kind of harsh and a startling tone but what he meant as I found out later in the conversation, is that everyone is human, everyone makes mistakes, and chances are, what other people are doing, we will more often than not disagree with them.

The bottom line, then, is to give freely and have no expecation as to what should come as a result. I can recall getting so frustrated when I was younger because I was doing what I thought I should do in order to get what I wanted. When in the end, because I was doing it to get something, and not out of the goodness of my heart, that’s why I was so frustrated to begin with. It not only conflicted with my core, but it also made what I had to give have conditions. And once something has conditions, it can no longer be unconditional.

I had another conversation this week with a lady who told me to trust my heart. The heart will never lead one astray. I can’t help but agree with that. Looking back at my journey thus far, the times I’ve ever felt fear or pain is because my mind was telling my heart to be quiet. Or my mind was running around all over the damn place like a crackhead on speed. The times when I’ve trusted my heart and went with it, things worked out all good.

Life is strange indeed. I do believe that in the end it will all be for a reason. Life was not meant to be easy I know that. It just saddens me when I think if only we truly were who we can be all times, who we truly are, because the conflicts we face would probably be resolved in a much more civil and far less hurtful fashion.

Can you imagine a world like that? Granted, there would probably still be war, but at least, no matter what, there would always be respect and sincerity.

Words of Wisdom

Words of Wisdom

I’ve been fortunate in my life to have guides come in and out and provide me with some really good thoughts. I also stumble on a few thoughts here and there so here you go. Enjoy. I believe it’s part of my job here on earth to pass on the good. Feel free to add your pearls. Aloha.

“Life is a Gift. Respect is Earned. Love is Gained” ~ Aunty Anna

“An intellectual says a simple thing in a hard way. An artist says a hard thing in a simple way.” ~ Charles Bukowksi

“Someone always got it worse.” ~ Keone Rawlins (and many others I’m sure but props to my cousin)

“The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.” ~ Lao Tzu

“I have the 1030 rule.” ~ Someone at UH in reference to not taking a class prior to 1030 in the morning.

“Champions aren’t made in gyms. Champions are made from something they have deep inside them- a desire, a dream, a vision. They have to have last-minute stamina, they have to be a little faster, they have to have the skill and the will. But the will must be stronger than the skill.” ~ Muhammed Ali

“Throughout life people will make you mad, disrespect you and treat you bad. Let God deal with the things they do, cause hate in your heart will consume you too.” ~ Will Smith

“To those of you who received honours, awards, and distinctions, I say well done. And to the C students, I say you, too, can be President of the United States.” ~ George W. Bush

“In a mad world, only the mad are sane.” ~ Akira Kurosawa

“I’m going to be 60 and I’m almost used to myself.” ~ Martin Scorsese

“I come bearing an olive branch in one hand, and the freedom fighter’s gun in the other hand. Do not let the olive branch fall from my hand.” ~ Yasser Arafat

“Let a hundred flowers bloom.” ~ Mao Zedong

“You’ve got to know your limitations. I don’t know what your limitations are. I found out what mine were when I was twelve. I found out that there weren’t too many limitiations, if I did it my way.” ~ Johnny Cash

“Never, never, never, never give up.” ~ Winston Churchill

Positively Charged

“People deal too much with the negative, with what is wrong. Why not try and see positive things, to just touch those things and make them bloom? ” ~Thich Nhat Hahn

We live in a funny world. Tears for Fears used the label “mad”, describing a world of “worn out places and worn out faces”. And it’s so easy to get caught up with everything that happens. Very easy to be overwhelmed. Each one of us faces challenges that will test our limits.

I believe that there is nothing in this life that we cannot overcome. There are always going to be rough times, “mad” if you will, in each of our journeys. We must strive to understand and believe that with every event, circumstance, change, challenge, whatever it is, how we look at it, shapes it.

I choose to be positive and see the good in whatever it is that comes my way. I invite anyone else interested in joining me because the world will need us in these times when so many only see a “mad” world. Part of it too, is we need to work together.

I believe in the positive charge that is inherent in all of life down to it’s simplest form. Let’s give positive a chance.

“Be the change you want in the world.” ~Ghandi

Little Dogs

You know I used to despise little dogs. I thought it was so stupid how people would dress them up against their will and then carry them all around in bags or whatever else. All I could say was stupid people with their stupid little dogs. Stupid because they were so small that they couldn’t scare anyone coming at you. They were high maintenance. Paris Hilton had one. They were barky dogs. I couldn’t stand them

Then one day it happened: I got a little dog…

He’s part Jack Russell, part Fox Terrier and part Chihuahua. He may be all these parts of different breeds but he’s 100% love if you ask me. Ever since we got him my life has not been the same. Cleaning up accidents here and there. Dog hair all over my work clothes. You name it, all kines is going on. But you know what? He is worth it. My little Hilo Boy, Puppy Man, P-Dog, all of the above.

So to those dumb fucks on the moped riding next to us last night who called my pup a rat… I was once like you. No idea how joyful it could be to have a little dog. You’re ignorant comment will be let go this time. But if the same two people ever call my dog a rat…

Branson/Gore Winning Idea: Technology’s Day Off BBQ Extravaganza Food Drive

I figured out what we could do to hurt oil companies, conserve, save the world, feed the hungry, and there’s more… give our technology a well earned day (time) off. 

Why couldn’t we, the world’s people, the users of Digg.com, del.icio.us, and everything else, work together and agree on block periods of time where we boycott anything oil dependent.  Call it Technology’s Day Off or something catchy that some crafty, witty marketing genius could come up with. 

Now at first glance, this can seem like an utterly horrid idea.  But eh, give it a try.  It might just possibly be the way to help the world, stick it to the oil companies, and have fun at the same time.  I mean sure we’d have to go without our late-breaking movies, music, games, news, rumors, Myxangabookvirbster.com’s, and most importantly Digg.  But if we could agree on random blocks it wouldn’t be so bad. 

Since this idea is a winner, I’ll go ahead and claim that prize money offered by Branson and Gore and ask that they do this instead: throw massive barbecues instead around the world. 

We could even use solar powered grills to cook the burgers.  Imagine providing beef to a worldwide BBQ.  That would surely help to cut down the gaseous emissions that exit said beef’s rear.

All we’d need would be for a quality Beer and Wine makers to jump on board and we’d be in business. 

The BBQ’s would be free thanks to Almost President (or President, depending on who you talk to) Gore and Billionaire Branson.  And if people wanted, just give a dollar or a canned good donation to enter the BBQ and then we have donations to help feed some of our less fortunate brothers and sisters.

So there you have it.  Technology Day Off BBQ Extravaganza Food Drive.  Let’s get started on the days/times.  Choose multiples and we could do this year round.   

Note: Mahalo Talan for your comment on my last blog (http://www.thesimplevoice.com/?p=11)  which inspired this idea.

Myspace Gas Boycott

The price of gas as you all know is fricking out of control. even the gas cap over in hawaii, gas went up 9 cents where i’m at. a few years ago this wouldn’t have mattered but when the average cost to fill up is anywhere from 30-50 dollars, this is definitely a problem.

So what’s the answer? good question. i’ve seen a bulletin for the 70 million or so myspace users for not going and buying gas on may 15th because it would hurt the oil companies.

Interesting approach but it wouldn’t work. why am i, a forever optimist, being cynical because, oh probably half the users are really underage and can’t drive (i’m not talking about the the 24 year who lists his/herself as a 14 year old on their page user, the real 14 year olds.) so cancel them from the equation of 2.5 billion profit loss the brainiac, who thought this idea up, thought we’d be hurting the oil industry.

And there’s more. let’s see, oh, perhaps that another half of those people share a car or do not even own a car. so you figure we started at 2.5 billion, went to 1.25, now we’re at 625 million.

Now let’s say that for that one day, the rest of those people decide to not to drive, and boycott, or whatever. i am going to surmise that what they do in place of driving will shoot the electric bill, water bill, other bills that much higher that it’ll break even in some way, thus the oil company will not lose money in the long run. not to mention the overall 4 billion profit made. say hypothetically that 2.5 billion is lost for the year. there is still a profit of 1.5 billion, which last i checked, still meant that the company would be in the black ink and not losing money.

Lastly, just because you don’t buy gas one day doesn’t mean you don’t buy it on another day. i’m willing to bet that the amount of oil sold each day goes up and down from time to time because there is no way possible that the same amount of people buy gas, oil, whatever, on the same day throughout a year. it’s impossible. so in the end, it evens out regardless.

Novel idea. i applaud the concept, but truly unrealistic. instead of continuing dependence on oil support alternative types of energy.

FOR the people running energy in Hawaii and those going into it. I have one word for you: Solar. Despite the recent crazy weather, Hawaii still gets more sunshine than not. AND, excess energy can be sold back to power companies and/or stored.

FOR the people living in America’s Heartland, here’s your one word: CORN. I saw this thing about these farmers who invested their life savings to build a factory to take their corn and make Ethanol because every year there’s a surplus, and no one is feeding the oh around 2-3 billion starving people in africa, china, and india and wherever else. So why not make it into an alternate form of energy.

FOR any country, living near the ocean. I’m not even going to get started with this one. Just a tidbit. Research is being done on windmills being used underwater and storing the energy produced there. Oh, who would have thought endless energy without pollution because the water is always moving.

People need to think bigger than just one day boycotts and protests and immediate results. There’s an old saying, “May have won the battle, but far from winning the war.” Great concept nonetheless, but care enough to take it all the way meaning investment of more time, thought, and individual/collective energy.

Aloha.