Thursday, June 18, 2009

Dissed by ANGRY blogger. . .


For those of you who think the grass is always green on the other side, heres a hole in my wooden fence, take a peak. . .

This is a blog from a guy that attended my show in Saint Louis:

Allow me to start by saying that the Future, the Michigan based poet, is not wack. Nothing that I’ll say in this blog will change the non-wack view people may have of him. Surely, a few words won’t dim his, umm, future.

Let’s start with the positives. He’s a handsome guy. He’d tell you as much during his set. He’s a clever punch line artist. He’s engaging when he spits his verses. His locks looked manicured. He has a cool looking CD (I didn’t get around to buying one). He knows his Nas albums, which is a plus for those who dig Nas. It seemed like most sistas liked him or at least liked looking at him. Did I mention that he’s a handsome guy?

I had a chance to check out Future at Legacy CafĂ© during SWG last Friday. I wanted to support the brotha because he’s my friend on MySpace…but really, because I like to hear spoken word artists do their thing. I mean, with a name like Future, I was sure his flow would be unique and his lines would be, umm, futuristic; ergo, original. Ironically, Future’s flow is very much a reflection of the current style of spoken word (rap-esque with sermonic tendencies), and clichĂ© at that. By reflection, I mean that it only reflects the light of other poets who may possess the light that Future reflects, like a star or a moon would with the sun. I don’t want to speculate on whose light Future is reflecting, so I won’t.

Beyond his originality-challenged flow, his transition between poems needs scripting. It was like hearing someone talk on the phone when you’re waiting for the point. After a while, you get distracted by TV or paint drying and just want to hang up. Some folks did hang up; by leaving. For instance, before dropping his last poem, Future gave a five minute introduction about his looks and about some other self-absorbed ish.

As for the content, one piece sticks out in my mind. It was an anti-intellectual rant about “deep” poets whose lines are littered with jargon and obscure references. I don’t recall if he said this in the poem but he wanted the crowd to “get” one of his punch lines that may have floated over their heads. I don’t know if they did because I had to get off the phone.


If you want to see this on the original site (to ensure i haven't embellished this blog in anyway) copy and paste the link below:

http://www.mkstallings.com/?entryId=32265d2b1aae8d2b9b3b8a8c84fe7fd8

please send your HONEST thoughts and opinions ;-)

11 comments:

Bliss said...

There are haters in every group. I know that most things you are supposed to learn something from, I hope you pick up something from him. No matter how negative it was.

Stephanie said...

I agree with Bliss..you cant always be praised for the work you do and sometimes the criticism makes you a better person, performer, and artist!

randbmusiq said...

Yep. Take all the negativity and grow from it. Everyone will not always like what you do, who you are and what you stand for. But if you are real and truly good at what you do then that will shine through regardless of what anyone says. As an artist, every comment, every praise, every moment on stage and off is a growing experience. Absorb it, grow from it and let it make you a stronger person and artist.
Peace

Carolyn said...

Well I disagree with that blogger...from the first album to now you have grown so much as an artist, I can't wait to hear other things you come up with, I really enjoy how your mind works when it comes to your art form... some people forget that just because they don't like it doesn't mean that others aren't moved by it... so I really think maybe this person needs to look at who they are more and developing as a better person/artist instead of focusing on you...cuz to me you are phenomenal,and I can always tell that you love what you do...keep up the good work and keep inspiring...Peace

Teddi B. said...

Damn, that's harsh. But I guess everybody has their own opinion. Fyi, I just did a blog about you (http://teddi-b-poetic.com/blog), which is actually how I came across your blog :)

Keep at it dude! I saw you while you were in St. Louis too, and I dont recall nobody walkin out of soulstage while you were up.

Peace out,
~Teddi B

Father Chaos said...

Like really? I mean I tool-aged under you for a min. Directly and in directly. Seen you age from a one two.. to a four piece combo..

Man keep punching.. If the boy went home and blogged about you.. You must be doing something.. Write!

Copasetic Soul said...

why must someone be a hater because of their comments. as public artist, we open ourselves up to "praised" and/or "dissed" by the those that come out to see the performance. for every five people that like us, there will be three that wont.

we live and move on.

One of a Kind said...

I think there is always going to be someone trying to steal your shine. You had to have impacted him somehow for him to even write a blog that long, So keep doing what you are doing and keep being an inspiration to those who enjoy what you do. Hugs and love Ta

BIllione said...
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BIllione said...

I think he has a very valid observation of you. I can totally see how that guy could come to that conclusion. My first impression of you was not very great, but I am so over it. That doesn’t make you a bad person; it just means that perhaps our personalities are not aligned. It doesn’t matter in the grand scheme of things. However, despite his criticism, it is clear that you are a talented artist and that is only HIS observation and that he told you, doesn't make it fact. Not everyone is going to like your style, attitude, or personal interaction. Also, I wonder if he sent his comment anonymously. I also wonder, why the world feels the need to label someone a hatter because the voiced their opinion. You are going to grow from the negative and the positive.

ChristianGirl95 said...

All I have to say is JEALOUS!!!!