Wednesday, November 2

Samuel betta "Do the Right Thing" like Spike Lee

Sounds like Samuel L. Jackson's back on the block with his criticism of rap cats acting and "stealing away" jobs from black thespians who've trained long and hard for film roles. And actually, he and 50 Cent are again engaged in a war of words about it, undoubtedly hyped to promote Fiddy's new biopic.

Singer Diana Ross brilliantly portrayed jazz legend Billie Holiday in 'Lady Sings the Blues'. And who in their right mind complained?Well, I'm weighing in on the hype. I wish that Sam would support the legal employment of as many young black men as possible, regardless of their education. The bottom line for me is, this is nothing new. From Elvis and Frank Sinatra to Diana Ross and Sammy Davis Jr., music artists have been leveraging their popularity to make it onto the silver screen. And everyone that I'm aware of cheered them on.

Man, a brother trying to make it can't even get equal treatment from another brother. But it doesn't seem that Fiddy needs people like me to take a stand for him. He's done just fine addressing Samuel L. on his own. EURweb reports The Curt Man as having said this about Mr. Jackson's disinterest in working with him in Get Rich or Die Tryin':

Curtis Jackson plays 'Marcus' Jackson in the film about an orphaned street kid who makes his mark in the drug trade, but finally dares to leave the violence behind and become the rap artist he was meant to be. 'Get Rich or Die Tryin' opens nationwide on Nov. 9. "I don't even see where Samuel fits into my life story anyway, unless he plays one of the crackheads. He was a crackhead originally, right? So I come from being a rapper, and he comes from being a crackhead."
Right on, Fiddy. But umm, you didn't start your "career" as a rapper, did you? Perhaps a more exact reference to your pre-rap career might illustrate the point to Gator even more powerfully.

You can read the entire article about their biting back 'n forth at


Clicks to Miles Davis catalog, but explore as you like


Blogger Mr. Techjitsu said...

I am on SLJ's side for one reason only: I am tired of BAD ACTING, period. Most often, it comes from rappers [DMX, JA Rule, Sticky Fingaz; the 'thug' contingent]. Artists like Mos Def and Ludacris appear to be the exceptional break-outs on occasion, but NOT the norm. I especially like the Mos will get outside of the 'hood'-roles and do some interesting things: What the Lord Has Made, Hitchhiker's Guide, Monster's Ball...

Acting is being a character, not merely behaving like your normal self while using a different name in front of a camera...

2:27 PM  
Blogger Lili said...

Interesting comment from Mr. Tech and I agree that there has been assloads of very poor acting but poor plots as well. The entire movie industry has taken a downward plunge. It is a shame to see talented black actors portrayed as only thugz, strange that with all the amazing work Denzel has done that being a thug is what he won his Oscar for. Mos Def and Luda are definitely exceptions to the rule. SLJ is also very talented and he has a right to choose what projects he will be involved with as well. Attaching himself to 50's movie probably wouldn't have done much for his career.

I do agree that any legal employment is good employment and 50 has a right as an American to take any acting gig that comes his way, whether it be his life story or not. I, for one am really not interested in seeing it, but then I think his music is repetitive crap. Opps did I say that outloud?

3:11 PM  
Blogger Viqi French said...

Mr. Tech,
I hear you loud and clear about the bad acting. But I suppose that's why I never bothered wanting to see most of the movies you mentioned (e.g., DMX).

That said, I have to admit a number of artists I've seen on screen have delivered surprisingly pleasing performances. Most notably Snoop and Macy Gray in Training Day. I'd pay to see an entire film based on either of those characters. Andre 3000 was decent in Four Brothers, which is why I look forward to the OutKast movie next month.

But truth is, plenty of established actors have put me to sleep. And at the top of that list is Samuel L. Jackson himself. Other than his excellently crack-ish performance as Gator in Jungle Fever and his cool presence in Pulp Fiction, I've learned he has nothing more to give me.

7:01 AM  
Blogger Viqi French said...


50's repetitive crap = understatement. lol

i'm only a staunch supporter of 50 and anyone else taking full advantage of as many work opportunities as they can squeeze themselves into. i buy some rap, but don't own a single one of his CDs. my guy buys 50, and i enjoy it with him, but that's as close as i'll come.

i read a blog yesterday that pretty much states our "50's repetitive crap" sentiment: "was that song Candy Stick or Magic Shop?? it's all blending together!"

worse: i heard a new Fiddy song on the radio just yesterday that reminded me of BOTH of those dang songs. what the @#$?!

7:11 AM  
Blogger Mr. Techjitsu said...

I apologize for forgetting to mention Mr. Andre Benjamin as a true thespian. I am glad to see that he has some REAL interest in learning the craft, rather than mugging for the lens.

I will agree- SLJ has some explaining to do for bad film decisions. Most notably, 'The Man'?!?! I forgave him for Formula 41 [?], and The Long Kiss Goodnight was just... forgetable.

9:19 AM  
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10:00 AM  
Blogger Viqi French said...

yup. slj didn't even get the chance to rip me off with any of those sorry films you listed. i gave up on him somewhere between shaft and that one he did with ben affleck.

the best thing about shaft was jeffrey wright, the dope-dealing villain.

10:05 AM  
Blogger Lili said...

You know I loved SLJ in Jackie Brown - not sure if you saw that but it was along the lines of Pulp Fiction...
Oh and that is exactly why I cannot stand 50 - every song sounds the same so anytime I hear it I have to switch it off. I don't own any of his stuff either and I do buy rap but my son does and tries like hell to convert me. I have to go old skool on him and bring out the Too Short, E-40, NWA and Will Smith (just kidding)

10:18 AM  
Blogger Viqi French said...


Agree. I forgot about Jackie Brown, and i definitely liked SLJ in that one.

You know I'm cracking up at your "old skool" rap list. I will confess about 50, I do like some of his beats a lot. I dig the ish outta "Little Bit of This, A Little Bit of That" and "Many Men" from his 1st CD. But none of this was because of Fiddy's spittin' per se. It's probably more so the incomparable Dr. Dre production engine that gets me revved up.

Lyrically, I'm partial to the ultra-clever originator Jay-Z. Of course OutKast is the hippest trip. And I even find your "neighbor" The Game interesting, even though he seems to be wasting a lot of energy going in the wrong direction already. Wish he'd just stick to rapping and skip the b.s. He could be among the greats, 'cause his writing and flow are so hot.

10:54 AM  
Blogger Mr. Techjitsu said...

I am STRICLY east-coast 'lyricism' in my personal hip-hop collection; I am a DJ by profession and play EVERYTHING [except country], but I grew up with hip-hop since Kool Herc and the OLD SCHOOL. I found my niche in the afrocentric days and stuck with the Native Tounge\Flavor Unit types of artists. The Roots, Mos Def, Talib Kweli, Common and a few others are the only artists that get consistent approval from me. It is all about LYRICS!

1:09 PM  
Blogger Lili said...

Isn't that the difference though between East Coast and West Coast rap? East Coast tends to have more story to the song while West Coast rappers tend to talk smack.
I was a DJ too and played everything including country (sorry I have a secret love for those Dixie Chicks). I do agree Outkast and Jay Z are certainly beautifully orginal trend setters and let's not forget Kanye West - he has certainly proven himself to be fresh and clean! I also love what Pharrell has done and totally agree with your definition of The Game...he needs to grow up and get on the right track, you know like Eminem did. *smirk*

2:16 PM  
Blogger Mr. Techjitsu said...

You can get a hint of my music tastes and style from the 'My Music' links on my blog. They are actual mixes that I recorded on my turntables...

2:29 PM  
Blogger Viqi French said...

mr. tech,

now you're talking my other favorite stuff... in the interest of brevity in the previous comment, i neglected to mention: A Tribe Called Quest, The Roots, Nas, Talib Kweli, and Mos Def.

3:50 PM  
Blogger Mr. Techjitsu said...

LOL- we are almost paternal twins! I am a sucker for a poet that is accompanied by seriosu rhythms. Speaking of, you might want to check out a former DJ that branched out into singing: Citizen Cope. His tracks Penitentiary, Son's Gonna Rise, and Hurricane Waters are the ISH!

3:53 PM  
Blogger Viqi French said...


well that makes 3 of us DJs. glad you mentioned Pharrell: love 'em! the boy is sheer genius (although i still can't really get the straight of his studio role vs. Chads lol).

PS it was the Neptunes touch that made me fall head over heels for NORE's last CD. think i'll get up and put it on right now, as it still gets just that much play on my box after, what? four years...

and of course the Neptunes touch on Snoop's latest and both Kelis CDs are among my favorites.

4:04 PM  
Blogger Viqi French said...

hey techj,

i'll definitely check your links tonight and report back :-)

4:06 PM  
Blogger Mr. Techjitsu said...

Kelis' FIRST album was my joint for a LONG TIME. The latest didn't do much for me...

4:10 PM  
Blogger Lili said...

I was just going to ask about Kelis' latest effort...of course the milkshake song is all I had the pleasure it hear...I was wondering how the rest of it turned out. Never got quite that far...
Looking forward to checking out the music section Mr. Tech.
Pharrell is so damned cute I just want to put him in my pocket and walk husband thinks I'm strange but I'm ok with that!

8:20 PM  
Blogger Viqi French said...


as much as i like kelis, i have to be honest and concur w/ mr. t: kelis's last album was mostly a disappointment. her first one was so out-the-box and punkish and fresh, it still gets occasional prime time from me.

her second CD mosty lacked that funky, new wave energy; i was waaay underwhelmed. her song with Nas was just okay; the one with Andre 3000 was just okay.

the back half of the CD has most of the strength, with more of a neo-soulish flavor. raphael saadiq produced two hot ones; the Neptunes have a couple of very nice, delicate tracks back there, too.

bottomline: it felt like the record company tried too hard to tame her image, allowing on mostly tracks that weren't too far out. in doing so, i hope she gained a bunch of new fans, 'cause they've risked losing the hardcore ones she'd already established.

8:21 AM  

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