You, Zone 4 Inc., F.O.C.U.S. & The Ludacris Foundation out did yourselves.
Yesterday, Nov. 23rd, Zone 4 Inc's 4th Annual Thanksgiving Carnival was held at the infamous Greenbriar Mall in East Point, GA. Not only did you bless a THOUSAND families with a turkey, yams & collard greens for Thanksgiving, but also provided FREE food, games & rides for the whole Southwest Atlanta community.
Along with the festivities, there were performances by Big Boi, Rich Boy, Gucci, Waka Flocka Flame, Ludacris, Lloyd, Keri Hilson & Chris Brown.
When I first heard about this event I was going to take the 10 minute drive to see my favorites, Lloyd & Chris Brown, in person, but already knew the attendance in that area would be at an all time high. So, I chose to watch via UStream where Lloyd performed all my favorite songs...including his latest single 'Lay it Down'.
I had been waiting all show to see Chris Brown's performance, but right after Keri Hilson exited stage right, the video went off air. I was VERY disappointed, but thanks to the internet I am still able to witness his show.
I must also congratulate you on receiving the Phoenix Award which is giving to community leaders who work diligently to make Atlanta a better place.
Like the rest of the world, I was very disappointed when I heard you were arrested...yet again, but regardless of the situation, I still have your back. No one will talk bad about T.I. in my presence. Believe that!
I have been a fan of yours since '02 & I remember even back then you rocked that orange jumpsuit DeKalb county provided to all its inmates & at the time it added to your persona.
But out of all the times you have been incarcarated, I can see from reading the message posted on TrapMuzik.com, that this time it has finally hit you.
This experience is truly a pain I have never felt before and that's saying a lot for a nigga who's been down locked up as many times as I have. I see this as a real ass whoopin'. The kind you don't just go back outside to play afterwards. You take ya ass to bed and don't come out of your room until it's time to go to school. I don' t know what effect this will have on my life moving forward but I'm certainly sick and mother f*cking tired of going to jail, juve, prison, the pen, correctional facilities or whatever else you want to call it. I'd have been better off doing a 5-10 year bid one time than going in time and time again for days, weeks and months for the last 15 years of my life. Even though it's been a long road, I'm still standing, barely but nevertheless still standing. At one time I thought my motivation for continuing was for my fans, my partna Philant, my pops, my grandmama, even for the haters or the people I let down. But nah... I got to do this shit for me!!! I'll be God damned if I've come all this way and made it through so much hell to let it go down like this! F*ck that! If an hour in the dark is worth a second in the sun then pass me my mother f*ckin' shades cause I'm ready to cash my darkest hours in...ASAP!!! A lot of folks had fathers or father figures in the house to raise them into manhood. I'm not trying to make any excuses for my situation but my father was a hustler that lived in New York. My uncle was a local big time dope boy turned 10 year federal inmate. My mother and grandparents did the best they could but I found my manhood in the trap and in prison systems. But I found it. And nan one of mine will ever have to feel the cold tight grip of a handcuff or grace the presence of a jail cell if I can help it. Over my dead body! So if you can't respect that you ain't rocking with my movement then Fuck you dog! I know a bunch of mother f*ckers who are.....
- Love KING
PS: I just want it to be known that I am one of the motherf*kers who are rocking with your movement.
"-From the bottom of my disappointed heart. Hip Hop...Man Up".
I agree with everything you wrote in your letter to Hip Hop & said in the radio interview.
"If this is the way hip hop is then I denounce it.
This is not about ego. This is about what I can bring to the world. My life is for the people. I live to give.
It’s my desire to bring life and freedom light and love everywhere I go. Upward mobility in the brown skinned community.
Who stands off at an award show because they don’t win? An award is winning at being as “stuck in a category” as possible. Congratulations to all the trophy holders who won at being the most like every one else.
I could have sworn hip hop was on the come up. But apparently rapping is about venting, bashing, chauvinistic pigging, and EGO. Not cool. Don’t LET me start rapping.
They say…I’m ecclectic. I’m underrated. I’m different. Well If I win an award it’s because I paved a way. Every award I’ve won was new in it’s category. You know why? Because I’m amazing at being my damn self.
Grammy – best alternative R&B song Centric award – Soul Approved Etc
Have u even heard of those categories? Nope. But guess what? You ain’t never seen another me. And u never will. No ego here. Why? Because it’s none needed. My award is waking up every morning and CAKING off of what I believe in by the grace of God.
Maybe I’ll call my 4th album “winners : just like every body else” maybe not.
I pray with every song I sing Im singing from the bottom of my heart. If all we want is an award for telling our truths, then we really have no true reason. This isn’t a competition. This is a stage for self expression and I’m grateful for the opportunity to live on it. I’d sing even if nobody sang along.
-from the bottom of my disappointed heart. Hip Hop… Man up. I wanted to be supportive but I can’t understand you. I believed in you… But apparently you’re so high you can’t even see what the world needs
Is all hip hop like that? Absolutely not! But some of it certainly is. Let me spit a few bars. I’m not that kinda hip hop. I rep hip hop too. But not that kinda ego trippin foolery.
Chrisette Michele – the girl on that Aston Martin Music record…
I'm really happy you said something. Someone had to. Maybe now Hip Hop will wake up & try to understand that America is watching us.
It took me a few days to press play & now I can't press stop.
I just love the way you spit.
"God Bless the child that can hold his own.God Bless the woman that can hold Patron. God Bless her homegirl that drove us home. No strings attached like a cordless phone."
However, I could do without Drake's 16 bars.
In September '09 I wrote you a Love Note after hearing your verses on 'Simba', 'A Star is Born' & 'Lights Please'. My goal was to download The Warm Up, but unfortunately I never got around to doing that.
But thank goodness you dropped your HIGHLY anticipated EP, Friday Night Lights. I'm downloading it now so that I can catch up with the rest of the world.
I did, however, love your verse on one of my favorite songs from the summertime.
PS: I'll be glad when one of these promoters in ATL get their money up so that I can see you perform live.
The video for "Round 2" is SEXxXXY!!
I must admit, since you've grown up, I have been sleeping on you & your new music...
but I'm wide awake now & after I finish this love note I will be downloading Its Just a Mixtape immediately.
I really like this song. Makes me want to grab my boyfriend & do some thangs. :)
It wasn't until recently that I found out you write your own music...& with me that earns you major points.
Its something about an artist that can actually sing, who writes [good] music... that makes me respect them more.
And now...a throwback...
I use to have this cassette single & I swear I PLAYED THIS SONG OUT! It use to be my sh*t!!!
But guess what's weird... Lloyd's "Lay It Down" video is playing on my tv right now & Im just realizing homeboy is in the video...hiliarious!
"I will erase this bitch's social security number..." HA!
"...I will kill this bitch with my old shit..." & I think you did without really having to try.
Ever since this video has hit the web, everyone has a damn comment.
But, I could give a rat's ass about how old the songs are, how old you are & how much plastic surgery you've had.
In my eyes, you are still the "...Queen Bitch, Supreme Bitch..." & no matter how hard the lames try to compare N. Minaj to you, there is no comparison.
I tried to like N. Minaj, I did, but theres nothing about her that interests me.
However, I have loved you since you had "no time for fake niggas..." & everyday since then. Hardcore & Notorious K.I.M. are both CLASSICS! & until homegirl drops even one classic verse, I refuse to mention her & Lil Kim in the same breath.
Despite the fact there are no female rappers in the game right now, besides N. Minaj, who else is the younger generation going to hype up? I know you've heard the music thats out right now...majority of it is GARBAGE. This is all the younger generation knows. So when they yell N. Minaj is better than Kim I take that as they don't know shit about hip hop.
Like many hardcore Kim fans, I'm patiently waiting on a new album, mixtape &/or verse, but if none of that ever comes, I am very content with bumping your old shit...
I must say, you killed this freestyle session. Had Kanye sitting to your left concentrating.
I love Kanye & he did this thing... it just took him a second to get in the flow of things, but you went IN.
Ive loved your lyrics since I first heard your voice over the "Grindin" beat & even though you're featured on a number of songs right now...Im just waiting on a Pusha T mixtape, an album...something.
There was one thing that kinda irritated me...Flex yelling "Hot97!" in the midst of you & Kanye's freestyles. ::smh::
When I heard you "...got boo'd off stage", I instantly clicked the video link.
Now, I must admit, the jokes shown on the video were not funny...to me.
But, when I heard the "BOOOOO", I knew it was going to go down & I must admit, thats when things got quite interesting.
The Booing seemed to catch you off guard as well, but without any hesitation you called Richard to the stage & requested the check. You said a little speech which ended with you telling the crowd "Good Night" & even adding a nice "Fu*k You" at the end.
I, personally, liked the way you dropped the mic like Randy Watson & exited stage right.
Now that was funny.
The Hip Hop world seemed to let out a long exhale on November 4th, when the gates of Rikers Island parted & you stepped out towards your freedom.
I havent been counting the days down like the rest of the world, but I am happy you are a free man.
Having your freedom taken from you is no joke, so hopefully you wont ever have to see inside another prison for the rest of your life.
In honor of your release I had to post one of my favorite songs from the era when you were telling these hoes not to forget the F - "Hustler Musik".
I swear Carter II was my sh*t! I had to buy that album 2x because I played the first one 'til it starting skipping. #Classic.
Ever since 'Hey Young Girl' I have been in love with your music.
Your first album, Southside...CLASSIC.
Your second album, Street Love...CLASSIC.
Your third album, Lessons in Love...CLASSIC.
Your Mixtape, Like Me: The Young Goldie EP...CLASSIC.
Each I played back to back, repeatedly.
I listened to each album so much I knew the next song before it even started playing.
Matter of fact, I played Lessons in Love out so much I had to cop the album a 2nd time.
"Lay it Down" is my FAVORITE song right now. I swear its the only song I turn the radio up for.
I hope King of Hearts drops soon...I can't wait to hear another album I can play from top to bottom.
I saw the video & seriously thought it was a joke.
I can't believe you actually spent time & money to produce a "diss" video... that had background dancers. HA!
Personally, I think every individual that participated in the video should be slapped...twice.
Especially the dude with the moobs [man boobs] who portrayed Jay-Z.
Jigga must of hurt your feelings. But, according to his response to this 'Better Run Run' "diss",
you haven't hurt his. Take a listen to his interview with DJ Semtex.
"I said some great things about him in the book I have coming out...he's going to be, like, embarrassed."