Yo! If you did not see Def Poetry Jam this past Friday YOU MISSED it.
First, Saul Williams set it off. He just killed it as usual. Word to herb. Dude is mad dope, eff what you heard. He was followed by this sister called Georgia Peach who ripped it. I dug how she went from perfect poetic form with stanza¡¦s and all and then got straight ghetto in the end. Then this one sister from Jamaica killed it. She did the whole joint in patois and used this little girl voice. It was so real and emotional.
Then SMOKEY ROBINSON came. Yes SMOKEY ya¡¦ll and he killed it. Man he killed it. His piece was like 10 minutes long but you could not tell.
It¡¦s ill cause the next day my wife.. oh I forgot I can¡¦t talk about that. But my man Smokey got open. Word up. He dropped mad jewels. The great thing is that I recorded it. Straight inspiration!!!!
I need to start over.
El miercoles ¡V the group home I work at threw a surprise party for Cabecador. It was dope. The director arrived AT 7pm, the time the party was supposed to start. My wife cooked and we got there at 6:30pm. Cabecador got there at 6:55pm .. surprise, surprise!
We did not say a thing. But the people from the group home came through with huge trash bags. they contained balloons and cabecador still had no idea. he was getting suspicious. But we kept him occupied by just building.
Then the capoeiristas started showing up. So that helped out. We got done decorating and setting up the food. So we asked everyone except cabecador to come in. then he knew. Then Azi and a friend of hers came through. He got mad suspicious. We finally let him in. we poured libations and then let one of the group home cats DUKE rock some spoken word. He got open too.
So then we ate and chopped it up. Then we played Capoeira.
CAUTION: !!!! before you read further, check out www.capoeira.com to learn the names of these moves. I know some heads will be confused. But I really wanted to capture this jogo!!!!!!!
I played the berimbau with Falon. Yo, I forgot to mention Valentino aka space ghost came through with is queen. We were all bugging. Cabecador was bugging too. So we let everyone play cabecador. He was mad tired. So when I went to play him I sung a ladinha (lead). That gave him time to play. He and I played a long game.
I wanted to play him tight, but he of course does not trust me. Which is a good thing since I am a sneaky cat. So we played cat and mouse. And we alternated those moves. We were fluid and kept moving the whole time. At one point I slid in between his legs. I know that threw him off. So he continued to move away from me when I got close. My kicks were slow but straight. I will admit, cabecador has gotten real good. I can¡¦t front, I fight to keep up with him without putting him on his back. I wanted to do a takedown but he kept moving. He has gotten used to playing me. But I knew that this may be one of the last times we play each other. He called a chamada. Clearly he was tired. So I obliged him (like I had a choice ƒº)
This time I placed the crown of my head on this stomach. Everyone was like whoa! But I really wanted him to try something so I can maneuver for the take down. Of course he did not go for it.
Then one of the youngbloods bought the game. I was like ahhh!
It was fun cause manny infinity came through with his little brother. So that was bugged.
El jueves ¡V I had to Dj at QVC (yeah the folks you see on el television) for 8 hours. From 10am to 6pm which meant I had to be there at 9:30am (Seko set up my equipment)
I had a good time. The sisters were cool. Only had one complaint for 8 hours of music. That is dope. I gave out business cards and maybe have 3 potential clients. No technical issues (except once). They served mad swine and heads kept trying to feed me. I know they were sincere. But I survived on pure energy, iced tea, grapes, and tomatoes (the true and living, ya¡¦ll).
But the sisters showed mad love. I say sisters cause there was about two dudes in the whole joint. Nah, I did not count security. They was diggin¡¦ my tunes. I did not play too much ignorant isu.
El Viernes ¡V an almost unsuccessful but successful surprise party for my man Akowoye. Before we proceed, let me just say this and add an insert¡K
If you want to throw a surprise party:
A. MAKE SURE THAT THE PERSON WHO IS SUPPOSED TO KEEP THE BIRTHDAY BOY/GIRL OR THE PERSON WHO THE PARTY IS FOR IS GOOD AT LYING¡Kyou don¡¦t want to person whose job it is to set them up to give them good hints. Get someone who is an actor or poet. And get someone who is normally real busy and social person (no dis El¡K.) the set up is important and a surprise can be spoiled before that person arrives. This individual will be called the SET UP PERSON.
B. INVITE PEOPLE¡K make sure you do this. I know that this is essential but I have seen people forget to do this very thing. Which leads to the next one..and invite the right people. You don¡¦t want someone the person you throwing the party for to run into someone they may not like or want to see at that moment. It could get ugly.
C. DO NOT PLAN THIS BY YOURSELF¡K use your friends and relatives to help out with different assignments (getting a DJ, food, invites, the set up, etc.) this way you won¡¦t forget something. Cause a surprise needs all these elements to be a surprise party. These things are NOT easy to plan. I have planned them myself.
D. BE ON TIME¡K this is so important. Why? First up, cause the SET up person may not be good enough to continue to stall that person if you are a half hour to an hour late. This saves money and set up time. Some of your attendees will be early and some will be late (depending on the ethnic group). Plus, things work so much smoother if you are on time. Things can go wrong.
E. TRY NOT TO BE TOO COMPLICATED.. some people really over do this. Some will hire strippers and/or set up games. It¡¦s just cool to have a dope DJ and food. Let people vibe and bug out. Most of time singers are wack cause you have to stop everything and all. Plus it complicates matters. Keep it simple. Plus this saves money.
F. ROASTS ARE COOL.. these are mad fun. Believe me, they are.
G. VIDEOTAPE AND/OR TAKE PICTURES¡K because of the planning of a surprise people, the organizers tend to forget this. Remember this is a spontaneous moment for the person you are throwing the party for. You want to catch the surprise look on their face when they walked through the door.
I hope this information helps out. Please try to stick to 90% of it. Take my word.
Back to the lab¡K
Well, I got there on time. But Lah did not. And the attendees were mad late. But overall we had a good time. I took mad pics. The roast was dope and of course I threw on some old school joints. Everyone had a good time. The food was great. My man Akowoye is dope. I love you man.