What Happened To All the Cute Rappers?

trinidad jamesWhat happened to all the cute rappers?

Am I the only one concerned about some nice abs, well dressed, handsome 16 bar spitting rapping Adonis’s? You know how interactive I like to be so let’s take a trip down memory lane. Some of these rappers are still relevant and that does not discount their relevancy in this post but they are the last of a dying breed. Off the top of my head here’s  my list of attractive rappers:

LL Cool J,Rakim, Kid N Play, Nas, Big Daddy Kane, Common(Sense),  Tupac, Ice Cube,  I say a possible 2 from Bones Thugs and Harmony depending on light/dark skin preference,  Treach, ( bring back abs) ,  Heavy D brotha had moves and dressed real smoove. My penchant for Method Man and Redman might be a required taste but what woman passes up a tall brotha.

Now  lets give it up real quick for some fine one hit wonders:

Loon and Chingy, both had great smiles. As much I love Jay I have to wonder what really happened to Memphis Bleek, he was the cutest out the clique. Shout out to Mc Lyte  need a rough neck, sure why not. What about Mr. Cheeks, DMX, and Onyx.  My one last top pick for finest rapper  of all time is Andre 3000, he does naughty things to me in my mind daily.

Fast forward to present day among our most prolific rappers we have Lil Wayne, Trinidad James and Drake, do I really need to state the obvious…moving right along.  Kendrick Lamar bless his heart is one of the few current rappers I like but lets be honest he’s a bit odd looking, like a black hobbit.  Then you have 2Chains, Future, ASAP Rocky and some other mangy hoodlums I happen to see while flipping through 106th and Park on a very and bored uninspiring night. I know, I know,  your doing some compare and contrast. You feel like digging for your old copies of Word Up and Beat magazines so you can remember a time of entertaining eye candy. Its okay this why I’m here, free therapy, express yourself ladies.

Who did I miss? Let’s all reminisce together.



Principled Centered

Be your best self.  Four words never held so much weight.  What qualifies this exactly? How do we know as people if we are functioning at our best potential? What is the barometer if you will determines just how well we are navigating through life. The bumps and bruises we accumulate over time can sway our opinions about ourselves to the point of insurmountable self-induced suffering.  It may seem a bit overwhelming but I am here to help alleviate some of the pressure. One of the best gifts I have received was Stephen Coveys, 7 Habits of Highly Successful People. My intent on reading this book spanned over several years and when I finally had the opportunity to read it the wait was well worth it. Ultimately it changes my outlook on how to be my better self.

What works well is being principle centered. Stephen compiles an excellent list of what it means to be principled centered and how it helps us to be our best self. I will not go through the whole list, but I suggest you buy the book but here are some key components in a nut shell. Wake up every day with purposeful intent, in other words be ready to be the best phone operator, bus boy, secretary you can. One of my most coveted life mottos is life is a journey not a destination. Covey suggests that people should view life as endless possibilities.  Keep growing, learning, pushing yourself to immeasurable limits. Ask yourself what is the next step in your journey, are you finally going to take that creative writing class, learn to garden, knit or re-visit a long time goal you pushed to the side because “life” got in the way. I propose to you today to jot down a list of what you value most in your life and how you can incorporate those values into living a more principle centered life.