12.16 The Maildrop — Camp Vs. Take Care, Tiny Loves T.I., Rosewood’s Dead & So Is Stand-Up Comedy

12.16.11 6 years ago 31 Comments

Time flies when you’re having fun, and we’re already in our fourth installment of the TSS Maildrop. The questions have been awesome and this is easily a weekly highlight. It’s good to know that there are weirdos out there that think about the same awkward sh*t we have on our minds all the time. Now, don’t stop the momentum and keep turning in questions, or else we’ll have to start making them up and that’ll mostly consist of us asking ourselves why we’re so brilliant and likable.

1. Whatever happened to the whole “Rosewood Movement” that Kanye and G.O.O.D. Music had going? — Ant Live

First, let’s get down the whole definition of what a “movement” is. One leader and a few friends don’t actually constitute a “movement,” no matter how famous the participants are. In fact, Hip-Hop’s had too many “movements” in recent years and most of them were laughable. The last movement moving was the Dipset movement (“Harlemmmm!” *Jim Jones voice*) and that train’s been stuck at the station for a while now. Since then, no artist or group have been able to influence a mass amount of people to duplicate their style of dress, embrace their slang, etc.

But to be more specific in regards to the Rosewood thing, it was pretty far-fetched to begin with. Jay-Z did well to convince cats that button-ups were a cool thing to do and it’s been slightly refreshing to see guys wearing jeans that fit properly, neither sagging like old titties nor tight like the stuff Wayne wears. We’ve managed to clean up a bit and I don’t mean just Hip-Hop culture, but American males as a whole. Still, most people I know only wear suits to funerals so whatever Kanye and co. had in mind was admirable but not attainable for the recession we’re in. Right now, Burlington’s across the country probably have all kinds of suits cluttering the layaway section from dudes who tried to join the bandwagon but realized having several suits wasn’t financially feasible. — Gotty™

2. How big of a freak is Tiny for TI to love her so unconditionally? — Anonymous

From watching their reality show, I know Tiny drinks his man juice out of champagne glasses. And with a black wig, she transforms into a world class horse jockey named “Ryder Harris.” Couple that with the whole X pills thing and I’d say those two probably be on some freaky tantric shit. But let us not forget that Tiny’s been holding Tip down for 10 years so it’s obviously more than the thumb-in-her-poop-chute sex that makes him love her so. — Word

3. This one’s mainly for David D. since it’s about wrestling and his avatar is Ric Flair. Since TNA is kind of WCW-right-before-Vince-bought-it messed up, do you only watch WWE and ROH, or do you check out independent and international promotions like Brandon over at With Leather?GetRightMike

There’s no way I watch as much wrestling as Brandon does. He eat, sleeps and breathes the damn thing. I just hope to ride his coattails into a WWE writing job one day. He knows all that CHIKARA shit that I’ve never seen, but wouldn’t mind checking if I had a minute. However, I keep up with TNA every once in a while mostly because they have an unbelievable roster of talent that can put on a good match if given a good amount of time without a stupid ending…which is rare. They’re also probably going to kill someone in the middle of the ring one day, so that’s a negative. I was a big ROH fan up until they got rid of their booker Sapolsky in ’09. They’ve been kind of stagnant since then.

Really, I’m a WWE guy through and through. Yes, their product has had more bad than good over the last few years, but the moments of greatness remind me of why I’m a fan. The Money In The Bank PPV from this summer is an example all the great things wrestling can be. Unfortunately, HHH still gets to be on TV and take mega dumps on my enjoyment. — David D.

4. I got Childish Gambino’s Camp and Drake’s Take Care on the same day, but since then I’ve continued to come back to Camp over and over while I can’t remember the last time I listened to Take Care all the way through. Donald Glover’s verses just speak to me more than Drake’s do. Also, it seems like Drake’s album was more craftsman-like, while Gambino’s disc was more like art. Am I completely off to assume that Camp will get a higher score than Take Care, or did I just prove the old saying about assuming things right? — GetRightMike

Well, buddy, you and I are on the same page. I thoroughly enjoyed Camp and felt like it was a much more honest, experimental album than Take Care. However, it’s an acquired taste. Gambino has a few missteps that are hard to overlook if you’re a casual fan. But for my personal taste? Camp is a top album of 2011.

I’ve made this analogy before, but I’ll say it again. Drake is more like Tom Brady. When you watch him play, it doesn’t seem that difficult since he’s constantly hitting wide open receivers. You rarely see Tom Brady spectacular scrambles or highlights but he gets the job done. But you could name five Bret Favre plays off the top of your head right now just because he had remarkable highlights. While both had stellar careers, Favre was my personal favorite. Yes, he’ll have more interceptions and bad passes, but he’ll have more crazy comebacks and insane plays in his resume.

I think, it’s because I’m an Aries. I appreciate people that just try shit and go head first. So, while Take Care doesn’t have too many glaringly bad songs, the peaks don’t peak as much as Camp does for me. And Take Care also doesn’t have as many questionable calls as Camp does. I’m a Favre guy. I’m a Camp guy. But I understand that’s not everyone’s cup of tea, so I’ll just continue jamming to it. — David D.

5. WHAT THE F*CK happened to stand-up? The shits just not like it use to be back when Richard Pryor, Eddie Murphy and Redd Fox were doing it. Now a days, only half of the show ends up being funny and it seems like comedic actors just do stand up when their not doing a movie.iSaidThat

First and foremost, I love and thoroughly respect the art of stand-up comedy. Sometimes I think people fail to realize how difficult it is to stand on stage in front of people and try to make them laugh. Making your friends laugh when you get high is one thing. Making people roll over in tears of joy who have no clue who the hell you are from Adam is a completely different animal.

That being said, I ask myself the same question all the time, homie. Foxx, Pryor and the ’80s Eddie Murphy are a given, but I miss the Chris Rocks, the Dave Chappelles the Bernie Macs, hell, I miss the entire set up The Kings Of Comedy had. I was watching Jamie Foxx’s I Might Need Security the other day and wondered where stuff like this went. I’m a huge, huge fan of Kevin Hart and the hustle he has, but we’re going to need more than just him carrying the load. As sad as it sounds, it seems stand up comedy is dying.

Maybe we’re just going through a transition period and we’ll come back to the glory years eventually. The best advice I can give is to cop all the stand-ups you enjoy on DVD and rock out from there. And you know, just as a suggestion, I wouldn’t mind if BET brought ComicView, if for nothing else but for the platform it provided. — J. Tinsley

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