"These two words, nerd and geek, are frequently used interchangeably. However, this does a great disservice to all nerds and geeks who wear the badge of their respective anti-social lifestyle choice with pride. For this reason I feel that it is of the utmost importance that we correctly define the two terms. Geek
A geek can best be defined as one who maintains an excessive fascination with a single thing or collection of things. I use the more general term thing only because there is a wide range of fascinations available which may qualified as geeky. Some have asserted that the object of obsession must be one that is not considered to be socially acceptable or commonly observed from the majority of inhabitants of any give society."
This was actually a song that I recorded way back in November of 2007 called "Food For Thought". The day after I released the record online, I wrote a blog explaining its origin and concept (way before there was a blogspot like this). This will be a re-introduction to that. Click Play and you'll catch it.
Basically, I was out in New York with a couple of friends one day. One of my friends was talking to somebody else and they were speaking in a lot of slang to each other. They were like "oh, you're getting some bread now? Word, you better be hungry for this opportunity because there's mad cake to get right now". Then I started laughing because it hit me that our generation uses food in slang A LOT. It was wild to me, so I asked myself why do we even use those terms anyway? So I gave dap to my friends, went back to my spot, and like the true dork that I am, I sat back and researched all of the kinds of terms that we use that reference food. Then I put them on index cards and lined them up on my table and just looked at them to find the connection of them all.
Then it hit me....about all of these terms were used as a way of achieving "success". Things that we WANT as opposed to what we NEED. Success is subjective, meaning it depends on how you look at what is success, but that's the meaning of these terms. Thats why these terms refer to things as money (dough, bread, cheese, lettuce, cream), sex (honey, beefcake, butter pecan chocolate deluxe...hahaha ghostface is great), and so forth. So I sat back and figured these things out more, I realized that all of these things are stuff that we want and can get, but too much of a good thing can lead to terrible consequences.
For instance, what happens when you get too much money? It gets stolen, you can get killed, you'll lose it, you'll fight for it, you'll lose respect for those who don't have it, etc. What happens when you rely on sex too much? Your girl/boy cheats on you, you can get killed from social diseases, you'll fight for it, you'll lose respect for those who ain't giving it up/get any, etc. Then what happens when you have so much pride in your country as an American...or "the land of milk & honey"? You'll fight with other countries about who's the best, you'll eventually get sick of your own government and their actions, and could later be involved in your own genocide. It's like junk food....it tastes GREAT when you want it (Burger King is my weakness), but too much junk food can be unhealthy for you, so you don't really need it. I can understand now why gluttony is considered a sin.
So in regards to this record, I documented 3 different scenarios for the verses. The first verse being about how people lust for money, until later it gets stolen and get killed for it. One line says "Introduced the 2 sets of sour grapes, both of which are poppin' when we celebrate, but groomed to have a different taste". What that means is that there are 2 types of sour grapes in the room...one is the wine that we drink when it's time to rejoice on a good job, and the other type is the jealous people that don't like you rejoicing in your own splendor. Thats how I followed with "And one set tried to marginalize the butter acting twisted, claimed we needed fiber so he grabbed the biscuit". You know how jealous people are: "Man ya'll ain't shit with your little money! Whatever son. That ain't even real butter, thats margarine." Haha!
The 2nd verse is about women and sex, so you see all kinds of slang terms for that much. It documents the kind of women that look good and are seemingly down for you, but are vindictive and have they're own agendas behind your back. They talk on their big "blackberries" conducting "half baked schemes" till eventually you find out that they're chilling with one of your best friends with both taking advantage of you. That's not cool at all.
The 3rd verse is about America. They say that America is considered a gumbo where all different kinds of people are in one pot together happily. I disagree. I believe that its a tossed salad. Yeah, we're all in that pot, but the lettuce stay on one side, the tomaotes are on another, and all the other things are with each other but the pot is their home. The people do not get together for much unless its for tragedy or when money (yet again) is involved. As this verse goes on, you'll see that I say "when the steaks is high, then you'll see who turns chicken, turns missin when shit is bananas, yeah that's some living". Are our people really together as Americans or is some just gonna leave you out to dry when we're under attack or the very epitome of "freedom & unity" is questioned?. Genocide comes along and I say with pride that if something goes down, I want to make sure that my future kids are alive to tell the tale and continue my legacy , and I will sacrifice myself for the sake of them. Hey, Jesus did the same thing, so it must not be so bad.
So I ask you guys....the food may be desirable....but watch what's good for you.
Wow, this is long. And the song is only 4 minutes. I guess I gotta go easy on people next time.
My fellow artistBJ Everetthad a showcase a couple weeks ago at Red Bull Space. I wasn't able to make it but I caught the footage and she did her thing. This is a video of someone who took photos of the entire showcase and placed them in a stop-motion montage film. Pretty fly!