2013 Begins with BOB

2 months into the year and people just could not wait to find something to bitch about.

2412908When February 6, 2013 passed, the internet was in an uproar. Not a bad uproar but a Jubilant one as everyone and their mother took time to dedicate a Happy Birthday to the late but still great Robert Nesta Marley aka Bob Marley.

What’s wrong with that? Nothing of course. Well, except where were these loyal and heartfelt fans before? Never in my life have I seen so many people come out the wood works applauding and uploading countless videos and photos of Dear old Bob, showering him with praise and lord the reggae music would not stop. Everyone was a reggae artist, everyone was a “rasta” Everyone was lighting up and just being all around Irie.

Again what is wrong with this? While I am glad that people took the time to appreciate a musical legend, It annoys me when too many claim the term “Fan” when up until that very day they did not even know when his birthday was. Hell, most don’t even know the man’s real name. You would be surprised who think his name is actually  “Bob” No boo boo that is not his government name. And spare me the whole “white man trying to tie you down to a name thing” this isn’t the place for you to unleash your Rastafarian, Selassie stuff.

Matters became even worse when the Grammy’s decided “Hey, we’ll do a tribute to Bob This year.” Let’s pause for a minute here. Did I miss something? Where did this all this come from? I woke up one morning, smiled with the rising sun, and low and behold Bob was everywhere!

(Not that I’m complaining, the brother is sexy).

Here is the thing, they didn’t HAVE to do a tribute to Him. Frankly, it was more of a place holder to fill in that extra spot that was needed and some would complain that it’s disrespectful, but you know what’s disrespectful? Not being GRATEFUL that one was done in the first place. In case you had not noticed, Reggae is not a leading genre at the Grammys. The Grammys have been around since 1959 and this is the first time Reggae has made an appearance. There are many artists like BRUNO, THE POLICE, RIHANNA and others that were INFLUENCED by his music.

No his tribute was not very long, not nowhere as long as Whitney and the others but because it’s a matter of time and no one was thinking about him until this year. So they squeezed a little tribute in there to say Hey, thanks for being so awesome. It was only one song but the songs sang before were influenced by him, and who better to sing your song than you own children which was pretty damn grand and I’m sure Ziggy and Damian didn’t expect to get that call asking to perform their father’s song at the GRAMMYS of all places.  If you asked me, they did a pretty good job. They could have dedicated that time to some other artist that paved the way for all these other musicians. Musicians that you probably can’t even think of because all you know is the mainstream artists.

Were you aware that Bob’s tribute was not the only one that was done that night? There was a tribute done for Levon Helm as well but of course you have no idea who that is and I am wasting my time talking about it. Maybe if you took the time to actually broaden your musical horizon then maybe you wouldn’t look like such a Musical Bandwagon slut.

And HALF of these “fans” can only pin a few things to Bob Marley that has absolutely NOTHING to do with his music. Yup, you guess it. Marijuana is one. Which is just sad. Or of course “Emancipate yourself from Mental slavery” when majority don’t even know what Emancipate means. There is also the Dreadlocks thing which always has me here sitting and shaking my head because people act like he was the first to have them.

He has, that I know of, about 12 kids, but of course how many do you know aside from Damian, Ky-mani, and Ziggy? No don’t run to google. Close that tab I see you. Mhmm, I thought so. Do you even know the name of his albums? No not the singular songs that you find on youtube because you heard them on the radio. Which is exactly the problem. You think you’re a fan because you know songs like  “Get Up Stand Up”, “I Shot the Sheriff”, “>No Woman, No Cry” ,”Jamming”, “Redemption Song”, “Could You Be Loved (The song that was performed”, “Stir It Up”, “One Love” and, “Three Little Birds” but really, you’re not. I know these songs. I’m not a big fan of Bob because I am not a fan of reggae music in general. In fact, he’s probably the only reggae artist in my itunes folder.

Sit down, shut up, and just enjoy the performance. You spend so much time criticizing it that you miss the whole point, which was, to honor him and hell just enjoy some good music that you don’t hear often at the awards. There is no “Best Reggae Album” in the listing after all. And then my fellow Virgin Islanders, no Soca and Calypso will not make an appearance at the Grammy’s Anytime soon. Didn’t say it was impossible, but don’t hold your breath in this century.

Oh, have you noticed how there are no more words and videos on Bob after this? LE GASP I WONDER WHY NOT!!? Shocker? No.

To his real fans, I hope you were appreciative and I figure you would be somewhat disappointed because honestly it could have been longer, but the timing did not allow for such. They should have planned it better.

Peace.

Happy Belated Birthday Bob Marley, May you rest in peace.

Just give me a Reason

Just give me a reason just a little bit’s enough, just a second we’re not broken just bent and we can learn to love again!

The song practically speaks for itself. When Truth about Love originally came out, I depressed myself for a few days listening to this song because it just seems like the perfect song for when you feel like your relationship is falling apart. It hasn’t failed, but it’s getting some dents and bending and you don’t know how to react.

I find it funny how Pink was like “Everything is broken” and Nate is like “It’s all in your head” and this is exactly how it is in some relationships (Cough mine cough). You think something is wrong but everything is actually fine but all you really need is a reason, something so small, anything,  to help you feel a bit more secure.

Good to be Underrated

She’s done it again. P!nk released her new single “Just give me a reason”  from her album “The truth about love” on February second. I saw the video and I must say I amazed! Her videos are always amazing (In my opinion) They are creative and awe inspiring. Her performances never disappoint. I won’t get started on her voice because I might just go into Fan girl mode and that’s highly unprofessional.

Just give me a Reason

You should listen to this and watch the video. Highly recommended.

So if Pink is so amazing, why does she seem so…underrated? You rarely see her all over the news. There is hardly any controversy hovering over her. She’s not always in the spotlight like say Nicki Minaj or Beyonce, even though she is just as great as they are and it makes you wonder why, but at the same time, is this a bad thing?

When Beyonce was pregnant, there was so many skeptics running around saying she wasn’t really pregnant, she had the baby and people are saying that’s not her baby, and after performing at the super bowl, because her body was so gorgeous they are almost positive that little Blue Ivy is a myth. There are so many things wrong with that last part. The woman works out. Just because someone you know still looks like a Great Whale after pregnancy doesn’t mean that she has to be a lazy post pregnancy woman as well.

When pink was pregnant, you barely heard about it, when she gave birth, you still barely heard about, and just after birth good lord that woman snapped back into shape and there was no questions of her shape, there were (never have been) any Illuminati references, nothing. Now, is this is a bad thing? Of course not. The woman can have a life and NOT have to worry about someone reporting about it every minute.

If Nicki minaj ends up pregnant I think social networks everywhere will crash due to the hullabaloo it will create.

Take this moment to look at any youtube video of a female artist that is always being mentioned. In fact, take a gander at the two mentioned. You will ALWAYS find a naysayer under there. Their “Haters” so to speak, rival the amount of fans they have.

You rarely see a negative comment under a P!nk video. Millions of views and very few can find something to heckle her about.

Sometimes, being in the spotlight isn’t all that it’s chocked up to be. And, I honestly think that a lot of underrated artists are far better than those that are always being announced. But, I think they do not mind being underrated. They have loyal fan base despite not being in the limelight, and sales aren’t plummeting. If you can be famous without having to deal with reporters report your latest bowel movement to Yahoo News, I think that’s the best. Not all publicity is good publicity after all.

P!nk is no Beyonce, but honestly, why would she want to be?