Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Funny You Should Ask That Musical Question, Part 3


Once again, our old pal Geezer Bear is here to review some musical questions. It seems we've ignored Rap. My bad. 



"How ya like me now?"
Kool Moe Dee 
"How Ya Like Me Now" (1987)

I've got some bad news: I don't know where you are now.

It seems like that would be the first step in answering your question. I mean, I could Google you or your real name, Mohandas Dewese. Seriously, I've never really thought that our relationship had a chance to evolve into that all-too-important "Google you" phase.

Then there's the whole history of you and LL Cool J feuding. You thought he stole lyrics? In an era that made "sampling" a thing, was LL Cool J the only one that bugged you? Don't fight that fight. His middle name is COOL. Yours is...uh...Moe.

So, I guess we're good. I like you just fine.



"Wake up in the morning and I ask myself: Is life worth living or should I blast myself?"
2Pac
"Changes" (1998)

1) Life is always worth living, 2Pac. You were shortchanged.
2) If you talk like that, you will be a suspect in your own cold case.



Your mom busted in and said, "What's that noise?" 
Beastie Boys 
"Fight For Your Right" (1986)

That would be your "band." Or maybe she heard the chorus of "She's Crafty." Really, guys, 50% of the lyrics of that whole chorus was "she's crafty." I get it. She is. I'm concerned about you. After all, there's no need to worry about her - she's crafty.


I can see it in your eyes, deep inside you want to cry, 'Cause you're scared, I ain't there?
Eminem
"Mockingbird" (2005)

You should have asked me this one long ago. Put your mind at rest, Marshall. I'm not at all worried that you aren't here. I'm keeping track on a calendar and every day you're not here, I write: "Eminem? Negatory." A stamp and ink pad might be smart at this point.

But you know what DID make me want to cry? The title "Mockingbird" baited me into listening. See, there was another singer (or singers, if you will) who sang a song called "Mockingbird." Ever hear of James Taylor? Carly Simon? No?

Don't forget to feed the bird.


Past "Funny You Should Ask That Musical Question" posts:

Funny You Should Ask That Musical Question

Funny You Should Ask That Musical Question, Part 2

46 comments:

  1. Clearly we share a similar view of rap... what a relief.

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    1. In every genre on the planet, there's something I like...there's less in Rap. Everybody's different and remember...I'm a geezer.

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  2. Good morning, dear Cherdo!

    It is I/me, The Real Slim Shady. I'm a menace 2 society and licensed 2 ill.

    I need to admit that Rap isn't my bag. See, I got a brand new bag. It's called nursery rhyme rock:

    Put your hands on your head (Simple Simon says)
    Bring them down by your side (Simple Simon says)
    Shake them to your left (Simple Simon says)
    Now shake them to you right

    That's as deep as I feel comfortable going. I will tell you, however, that The Beastie Boys' "Fight for Your Right" video was played heavily on the hard rock/heavy metal program presented late at night on weekends at my MTV style station.

    Coincidentally, I just heard Eminem out himself as gay in a guest appearance on Skylark Tonight. :) That wasn't the only shock. In another episode of the show I learned that North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un owns a Western steakhouse restaurant in Orlando named Cattleman's Ranch. It's a small world after all!

    Thanks for the entertainment, dear friend Cherdo, and have a great day!

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    1. We share bags, ha ha. Remember, I'm the Queen of Bag People everywhere. I bag! I tag! Brown paper is my canvas.

      It's not a genre I love across the board, but there are some very talented artists - it's just not so much my thing, either. As with all genres, there's something done by someone that I liked.

      Your NRR (nursery rhyme rock) will serve you well and come in much more handy. New Addition (baby grandson's rap and ramp group) will love it. If I really, really hated something - I'd never mention it at all.

      Note: Someone, somewhere, will want to rush in and say, "It's New Edition! It's New Edition!" Humor blog, people.

      Leave Eminem alone...it took forever for me to figure out how to spell his name just by hearing it said. I don't want to loose that knowledge base that makes me rise above other geezers.

      Are you still wearing the sunblock? Okay...then you can go out and play. Have a lovely, sunny day, Shadzilla.

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  3. I'm not a huge fan of rap but I am going to just admit right here- I am a fan of Eminem. He has a lot of songs with other artists and the duets if that's what you want to call it sound great together. I like the Love the Way you lie with Rihanna and Berzerk has sample Billy Squier's Stroke me. Cant help it- I like them.
    I love the 2 pac, 6 pack, fanny pack!! You crack me up lady.
    Shady cracked me up with I'm the real slim shady!! Perfection right there.

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    1. Bam! Once again, on the same page: "Love the Way You Lie" is on my short list. Excellent song and video - powerful! Even artists known for rap will do something, somewhere that I like.

      I also love the music/video for "Stay" that Rihanna and Micky Ekko did; not really rap but I got off on that Rihanna train of thought.

      Even if the whole genre is not my specific thing, I can't knock anything across the board. Lots of talent, time and effort went into that music and a lot of people loved it. No one should take any more offense than if I was at a smorgasbord and passed up some of the entrees.

      Shady is priceless.

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    2. "Lose Yourself" is another one that gets in my head and won't leave.

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    3. Let's not forget the greatest rapper of them all!

      http://shadydell.blogspot.com/2014/03/gettin-jiggy-wit-guest-mc-big-tasty.html

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    4. Holli, your comment made me clap my hands in glee.

      I have the guiltiest pleasure in my Eminem fascination. It's about the only rap that I really like.

      Even Mockingbird... sorry Cherdo... it's classic Em.

      I love Lose Yourself, I Love The Way You Life, Beautiful, but Not Afraid was the first Eminem song I ever heard and remains my first love. I also really dig Em's third verse on Airplanes.

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  4. rap always hurts my head, yeah, go figure with my rhyme.

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    1. It hurts his head!
      That's what Pat said!
      Don't force the man -
      He'll end up dead!

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  5. I try to ignore rap every chance I get. But as with any genre there are always one or two songs that seem to rise above the fray. I can't think of any rap songs that do that at this time but there has to be a couple.

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    1. There's always a couple in every genre. If you haven't figured it out yet, I'm a musical cherry picker.

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  6. Oh I like Eminem-they are so tasty and in different colours plus I laugh at the commercials. You did mean them right? I mean one can have chocolate or nuts. As for rap......I like to wrap especially at Christmas with fancy paper and bows. Oh...not that either. Oh you mean this so called music (music??) sung by men with big gold chains on their neck with names that I only give to cats or dogs..I get it:)

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    1. My husband was so excited to learn that you can get custom M&Ms with your initials. That's surprising - since his initials are MM. Turns out, he's been getting them all along.

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    2. Ha!-Ha!-Ha!

      Is THAT true? ANY of it?

      ~ D-FensDogG

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    3. M & M's are actually candy coated chocolate or peanut pieces. The colours are not as bright as smarties but they are good. The M & M is stamped on each little piece. I love their commercials especially the one who dances to to LMFAO song...wiggle, wiggle, wiggle wiggle....:)

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    4. Stephen - Hubzam actually said "hey, I can get M & Ms with my initials on them!"

      And yes, his real initials are MM.

      His humor kinda sneaks up on ya. :-)

      IT'S ALL TRUE!

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  7. I figure that rap is for people who like it. In the words of Bob Dilan, "It aint me Babe."

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    1. Yeah, to each his own - god bless 'em! Everyone needs something to love, music-wise.

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  8. I'm not a big fan of rap. It seems to be the thing kids listen to, today, though.

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    1. Every genre has its fans. I can't believe that there are some people who genuinely hate classical! How can THAT be?

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    1. BING BING BING! We have a winner!!

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  10. I just never got rap because it has the same beat on every song and my old ears just can't figure out what they're saying. And when it started I thought it would be just another teen phase--Omigosh, it's going on what? 20-30 years?

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    1. My friend says the same thing, ha ha.

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  11. 2Pac, six-pack, fanny pack... Hahahahaha...

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  12. I'm just not a huge fan of rap! At least not anymore! When I was a freshman in high school.. I had a gangster phase. It was ridiculous and very, very sad. All I listened to for six months were gangster rap haha

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    1. Madilyn the Gangsta...Mad Madilyn...nope, I can't see it. Glad you moved on to the next phase.

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  13. LOL, love this. I've never cared for rap, even when I was a teenager and it was the new "cool" thing.

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  14. I'm an old fartessa, so it should come as no surprise that I'm not a big fan (or even a little fan) of rap music. However, there was ONE song I loved. It was done by Will Smith and Jazzy Jeff, (if I remember right) and it was called "Parents Just Don't Understand." It was a hoot. So was the video.

    Fun post!

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    1. A lot of people dog Will Smith, but I've always liked him.

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  15. I never really listened to Tupac but his poetry is really good. If you haven't read it, you should look up the one that starts with "In the event of my demise." It was as if he was predicting his death.

    I'm not much of a fan of rap but I do like some of Eminem's songs, especially his more recent stuff. I can rap all of his "Loose Yourself." ;)

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    1. "Lose Yourself" is one of the Eminem songs that I like.

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  16. The first and the last images made me smile. Love it. :)

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  17. The first and the last images made me smile. Love it. :)

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  18. I listened to a lot of rap when I was younger, pre-Eminem days. I might listen to it today if I'm drafting and a manuscript calls for it.

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    1. Clever...I never thought about getting in the mood for writing a scene.

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  19. >>... "Wake up in the morning and I ask myself: Is life worth living or should I blast myself?"

    If he were asking me, I'd have an answer for him.
    Primarily pertaining to which caliber he should use.

    ~ D-FensDogG
    'Loyal American Underground'

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    1. By the way, it wouldn't surprise me in the least if Eminem really is gay. So often people "try too hard" to cover up the truth. Like the way most rappers act so tough. Put 'em one-on-one with a real tough guy (and their homeboys nowhere near to he'p) and they'd wind up looking like pu--- er... "not tough guys".

      I've seen it so often. There is so much truth to that "doth protest too much" bit. Or, "doth act too hard", as the case may be.

      ~ D-FensDogG

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    2. Whatever anyone from the media train says, I put in the disbelief category. It improves my odds.

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Thanks for your personal yada, yada, yada,
Love, Cherdo