Archive for February, 2010

A little herb to ease your mind

Posted in Music, Random Access on February 22, 2010 by Saliva Vic

“Finally the herbs come around” – Collie Buddz

I could use some big phat blunt to help me get into  the zone. But seeing as i don’t smoke, I can get high of the music. Here are 3 super songs about the herb from a guy who named himself after the grass.

Natuma Salaams Kwa Esther Arunga

Posted in Music, Women on February 19, 2010 by Saliva Vic

“Keep bad mind outta mi heart/ Keep negative outta me thought” – Konshens

As my dear sister from another mother, Esther Arunga, goes through whatever phase this is she’s going through, I stumbled on a record that might guide her onto the right path. My sister, Esther, can you remember back in the day when we would go shagz as kids and all our relatives would gather around the transistor radio to listen to the shout out radio show.

They weren’t known as shout outs back then but rather, “Salaams”. I wish to big you up in the same way and send you a shout out. Naitwa Bella na ningependa kutuma salamu kwake Esther Arunga, aliye huko Finger of God, ningependelea kumwambia asikize nyimbo ya Konshens iitwayo “The Realest Song” na atii hayo mambo Konshens anazungumzia.

Pamoja!!!!

Raise your glasses!

Posted in Alkahol, Music, Women on February 17, 2010 by Saliva Vic

“I hope you ain’t tongue kissing your spouse/ coz I be fuckin her in the mouth” – Jadakiss

I’m typing this at about 12pm. I have been awake for the last 9 hours; technically my day should be over. However, if you were to spot me at your friendly neighbourhood supermarket buying some of that nice brown liquor for cheap, I bet you would tell me that it’s too early. That’s why I always say that every man’s time of choice to crack open a bottle is relative. I honestly feel like cracking one open but I’ll have to wait till the weekend for that.

I however just had to write today because I am as happy as a horny high school student who just got into that strip club Liddo’s for the first time. I have been gossiping all over the internets and loving it! I usually used to be up on the dodgy shit that goes on in this beautiful city of Nairobi. However, I have been out of touch over the past year and a half. Today I read this blog post and decided to ask around a bit on twitter and facebook.

I was amazed at all the messages that came through my inbox and how many people were discussing this chick’s business on twitter! I asked around the office and all of a sudden people were telling me all the details that they swore were first hand. I have been laughing my ass off real hard and once I was through with that, I decided to post this as a show of appreciation to the internets. Let me explain.

I love gossip just like the next dude and I love it even more when the story turns out to be true. However, thanks to the internets, gossip spreads faster than a drunk chick spreads her legs after a round of “Muthoni Blue Streaks” at Mwenda’s (if you aren’t familiar with this, you must still have a liver that functions). It took me approximately half an hour to get all the details on this story with promises of even more juicy details. I have no clue what we did in the 80s without blogs, google, twitter, facebook, you tube and the internets as a whole!

Thank you World Wide Web! Let’s make a toast to the internets as you jam to this.

Pamoja!!!!

New On My Playlist…Big Tune!!!!

Posted in Alkahol, Misadventures, Music on February 16, 2010 by Saliva Vic

When you’re chilling at the crib on a weekend, and you have no money but you’re craving a booze more than a spider monkey wants to jerk off and just then your best buddy since you started imbibing shows up with a bottle of Maasai, that’s your man! These other dudes and chicks who you will later buy for drinks at the bar when you’ve got money aren’t worth that shit! The latter inspires songs like this. This is a blazing hot real talk record.

When someone helps you out in an endeavour and then you fail to acknowledge them or even shout them out when things are going well, it’s a bad look and might even result in bad karma. We must all pay what we owe. When we don’t, it inspires records like this. I will not be surprised if they are alrady dropping bombs on that record, that is a big tune!

My favorite one of the two is the Charly Black version, here is the video.

Pamoja!!!

Drunk By Myself : Valentine’s Day Edition

Posted in Alkahol, Hip Hop, Misadventures, Women on February 16, 2010 by Saliva Vic

“I’m staring at the woman in the corner/ it’s fucked up when your minds playing tricks on ya/” – Scarface

I was listening to that old Nas collection of unreleased records from back in the day, Lost Tapes this morning as I got ready for work. On that album, there was a track called Drunk by Myself that reminded me of the past Valentine’s weekend. Before I get into the story you may want to listen to that Nas right here.

This past weekend, on Saturday, I got a call from one of my partners who wanted to talk to me about writing a few music related articles for a site he was working on. Being both hungry and thirsty due to my precarious financial position, I decided to meet with him that afternoon. The same afternoon I was expecting a call from my girl but instead I received a text saying that she was heading straight home and wouldn’t see me that day.

I thought nothing of it and got to the meeting with my partner. After a brief discussion, and an agreement later, my partner gave me a bottle of Brandy as a parting gift. I got back to the crib to start working on some ideas and decided that I might as well go in on the bottle of Brandy. I don’t know how many of you reading this have ever decided to get drunk all by your lonely. If you have, you may be able to relate to what happened to me next.

I stopped writing and switched to MTV Base’s Big Base Beats. The first video I saw was Craig David’s, One More Lie. Picture this, there I am, taking shots to the head from my free bottle of brandy and thoughts start creeping into my head about my girlfriend and I decided to send her a “Safaricom flashback” so that she could call me back. All this time I start to question all these little incidents that are playing back and forth in my mind like, where is she? Why did her class end so early? What if one of those mothafuckaz in her Masters Class scooped her up in a SLK? What if she’s chilling with someone else? Do I satisfy her sexually? Mad thoughts!

For some strange reason, the more shots I tossed back, the more paranoid I got. The next video MTV put on was “Do you think about me?” by 50 Cent. At that exact time, I received a text from an ex girlfriend who said she was just checking up on me. By now, I am sure the universe is fucking with me. This shit couldn’t be a coincidence. The video ends and I decide to send a couple of more flashbacks to my girl with no reply.

I go in even harder on the shots as the bottle starts to wind down and by now I am absolutely, completely knackered/ sorted/ zonked/ wasted and my mind is all over the place. In my mind I am re-evaluating everything from my relationship with my girl to my boys and questioning myself on who I could really trust. I send my girl another flashback, which also happens to be the 5th one, which is the limit and no reply still. Right there and then while I’m contemplating where the units for my phone were going to come from, MTV start playing that new record from 1ndile featuring Khuli Nana and its as if they have read my mind.

This record was summarizing my wishes at the moment and just then my girl called me and after a brief chat, my paranoia reduced but the high was still in the sky. I decided to light up a cigarette and put on some DJ Jazzy Jeff to ease my mind. Right there in my drunken state I had an epiphany. I realized that whenever you are paranoid about your girl/ boyfriend being with someone else, it is actually the insecurity within yourself that are manifesting itself in that manner.

You may actually think that you aren’t good enough for the girl/ boy or you may have doubts at the back of your mind about the strength of the relationship. The only way that you can be happy in that relationship is to deal with whatever it is that makes you feel undeserving of that person. Whatever it is that raised those doubts must be dealt with. Attacking that person due to your personal insecurities is misplaced and actually abusive to the person being attacked.

Today take time to deal with your personal issues instead of taking them out on your partner. I leave you with something to jam to. This is a classic love song for any person who fell in love with hip hop in the 80s.

Pamoja!!!

Work Hard! Play Hard!

Posted in Alkahol, Hip Hop, Music on February 12, 2010 by Saliva Vic

“While you imitating Al Capone/ I’ll be Nina Simone/ and defecating on your microphone/” – Lauryn Hill aka L-Boogie

Today I ran into an interview on Tim Westwood’s channel from You tube. You may want to peep it for yourself. If you happen to be on a crappy computer or a crappy connection as is common in this country of ours, then I’ll let you in on it. This is the video of what was to be Lil Wayne’s final interview before he went to prison but that wasn’t to be as you know by now.

Due to that grill that must be removed before he goes to prison, Weezy is still free, at least until March. That however, isn’t the topic of conversation here. What I wanted to speak on is Wayne’s demeanour in the video. My colleague who watched it with me thought that Wayne was high, however I see different. The dude looks seriously tired from grinding. Is it just me? No, another colleague who gets high as I and Weezy do, concurred and thought that he looked tired as well.

As a person who loves being on another level of consciousness by imbibing intoxicating substances, I must say Weezy at best was tipsy, or just a little dusted but he was tired from working hard to put out as much music as possible before going to prison. That work ethic that Weezy possesses is something we must all aspire to acquire in our lives.

If you can identify something you love, you owe it to yourself and that craft to perfect it and work as hard as hell to do it to the best of your ability. The Lord gives us gifts in the form of talents and we must develop these talents into skills that we can use to benefit ours and above all, the lives of others. Today as you go about whatever it is you do, please give it your best, because at the end of the day you will always know within yourself whether or not you give it the full hundred. Your superior may not know, but you will, and are you okay with betraying your God given talent in that manner, by doing a half ass job?

I felt that I should put that out there. I leave you with something to jam to, I know I have ridiculed him in the past, but listen to the second verse where Soulja Boy says, “Work till you can’t work no more.” Besides, it has the biggest pay off, coz when you work hard, you play hard!

Pamoja!!!

Give Thanks Everyday

Posted in Hip Hop, Music, Random Access on February 4, 2010 by Saliva Vic

“I’m an artist so I’ve got to have a bad collection” – B.o.B aka Bobby Ray

I woke up to the sound of three gunshots today that had my heart racing at 4 in the morning. I immediately gave thanks to the Lord for enabling me to see another day. I then decided to take stock of what I was thankful for and it was an awful lot! We take our lives and what we have for granted most of the time because we are always craving more.

I decided sometime back to be thankful for every little thing that I have or receive because somewhere on this big blue planet there is someone who will be without that one thing that you’ve neglected. Take for example, when you woke up this morning, how many of you reading this bitched about having to bath/ shower with cold water or having to fetch the water because it wasn’t running from the shower/ tap?

How many of you wished for a different breakfast than what was before you? How many bitched about the matatu ride or the traffic jam on the road? How many of you complained about the noise at the city centre or the subpar building where your work? These are only a few examples where you could have been thankful for water to bathe as there are people with no water to drink, let alone the luxury of a bath.

You could have been thankful of the food as others in places like Haiti go hungry. You could have been thankful for a road network and the peace and stability that enables you to travel in public to work. You could have taken time to be thankful for the sense of hearing and sight and while at it thanked the heavens for having a means of gainful employment.

Nas once said “Life is what you make it.” If you spend your time and hence most of your life being negative, then your life WILL suck! Take it from someone who was negative for most of his life on earth. I have developed a new positive attitude that is working and I can guarantee you that if you try it, it will work in your favour.

As you go about your business, be positive and most of all, be thankful for everything you receive and possess, tangible or intangible. Here’s something to jam to that gets me in the mood I need to be in when I begin my day.

Pamoja!!!