by Rob Grace
I have a friend out here who is a very talented poet and aspiring rapper. He’s become addicted to reading the site, and he seems to have more to say about life in Los Angeles than I do. So after much haranguing, I agreed to let him do a guest guest blog entry. I didn’t clear this with Isaac, and if he disapproves, I’m sure he will be quick to let me know. But if you all get along, perhaps he’ll do periodic guest guest entries in the future. Anyway…without further ado…I introduce to you …T-bone…
Whazzup, peeps. T-bone here. Damn. Weird to be writing and thinking that people may actually read this shit, somewhere, somehow? Who are you? I don’t know. What are you gonna think of this. No fuckin clue. But anyway, I’m a good friend a Senor Grache’s out here in la cuidad de angels, and he told me I could write a lil somethin somethin bout what I do.
I’m a wordsmith of the rap artist variety. Or should I say, tryin to be? It’s a hard knock life and I been reading what y’all been saying the past week and I kinda dig it. Makes me think we’re kinda similar. I do have a bit to say bout some of the political stuff yall say here because I am a republican. Black rapper republican you say? Yes they do exist and I am one of them but that’s not really what I wanna talk about because my work isn’t really about that. My stuff is more personal. Like stuff that appeals to anyone, or at least I think so. But all the stuff you guys are talking about like you’re process and all that, is like the same kinda stuff I feel about my work, and actually reading your thoughts has been helpful to me.
I guess one question I have to you all (as someone hoping to touch the masses through my words) is what is your experience of rap music? What do you like? What do you not like? I know Isaac (who I don’t actually know and who I hope doesn’t mind that this is goin up on his site) talks a lot about music and it seems to be important to him, and I don’t wanna necessarily get into the race thing, but what is the white experience of rap? Is it something you can really get into, feel, can it get into your bones and your soul? Is it something you can appreciate as an important aspect of culture though you don’t necessarily feel touched by it? Is it something you think is harmful to our culture?
I don’t know. I could maybe talk more about my work, but I’m more interested in what you have to say. Besides, I’m really just some guy who busts his ass all day serving hot dogs, feelin the music in his soul, and needing to get it out, so I’m not sure how interesting what I have to say will be to people. But this place is a great way for people to connect. People who otherwise wouldn’t. You know, like a black la rapper and some book smart New York theater people.
Sometimes, in this business, it’s like you’re passive. But that’s something that’s fucked up about it. And that’s why people get lazy and sell out. I go back and forth. Part of me thinks, hey, serving hot dogs is work. It’s grueling, it’s hell, but it’s active and real, and maybe it’s like the realest thing I do. But the other half is like, fuck that, ain’t no dignity in that, you’re a fuckin loser. Cause there are the two worlds here in la. You don’t live in one, you live in the other.
Shit, I just read over what I wrote and it seems like totally retarted, but I’m too tired to go back and rewrite it. Fuck it. T-bone’s gots to sleep! Anyway, talk to me. Tell me what you think about the art form. Tell me what you think about anything. Ask me a question about LA. Fuck, I don’t care. Tell me what you had for dinner. Let’s connect. I can’t touch your soul if I don’t know you, and I can’t know you unless I fuckin understand you.