14 January 2008

Now the 'roids allegations are attacking entertainers?

Man. The media will find any way to bring a successful person down, wouldn't they? And God forbid the successful entertainer has naturally tanned skin and is proud of it.

I understand the Steroids Witch Trials going on in the sports world, because, well, it's illegal, nevermind the fact that just about every motherfucker you see who went from scrawny outfielder or scrawny point guard or scrawny safety into buff macho cats within a six-month span. Yeah, it's pretty obvious. However, when you start attacking the entertainment industry with steroids allegations, it can get kinda dull, because, well, we've already been down that road that is now in need of new pavement.

The suspects? Mary J. Blige and 50 Cent (well, that wouldn't surprise me). Of course, let's attack these two because Blige's new album is killing the charts and with good reasoning--the shit's incredible--as well as 50 being the richest rapper of all time because of tapping into some clean, Vitamin water.

Also included is Wyclef Jean, Timbaland and Tyler Perry. Does anyone have time for this silly shit? I sure as hell don't.

I'm just really tired of this shit and it looks a little skewed to me seeing that the dominant suspects are all very successful black entertainers and athletes. I like how Barry Bonds was threatened to have his record-shattering 762 home runs with an asterisk by it, but it was all fun and games when Mark McGwire broke the single-season record in 1998 with 70. Yeah, they accused him of taking Androstenedione, a muscle-enhancer, in which he even admitted to taking the shit, it was swept under the rug. By the way--the more you enhance your muscles, the better you can hit, as well as the faster your big, muscle-laden ass can run. Y'know, kind of what steroids do.

And also notice that the people listed on the steroids suspect list: either they had a former drug problem and are clean now, or some just outright clean to begin with (marijuana doesn't count). Sure, these are just mere allegations, but as Village Voice stated on the case, it could just be another "PR nightmare."

Yeah, well, I'm already over it.

In other news, as I stated before, Mary J. Blige's Growing Pains is a reallyreallyreallyreallyreallyreally solid album. As some of you may know, I'm a huge MJB fan, especially during her coked-out days, which is unfortunate to say because she was definitely struggling during those times, but let's be honest--she was making the best music of her life during 'em, too. Well, I think she was getting off that junk during Share My World, which I felt was the last great album she did.

Until this one. It took her 10 years to get back on the great status, even though she wasn't knocked down too hard with the albums in between--she still had really good hits on each of them, including Grammy-winning "Be Without You."

Anyway, my roomie and I were discussing that artists stop being awesome after they fall in love, which I agree at times, but MJB kills that theory with Growing Pains. She is so much stronger and has revealed the true her in this album. It's like My Life, Round 2. It's her version of Mariah Carey's Emancipation of Mimi. (Sidebar: MC's another bad bitch that I will always love no matter what.)

In short, MJB's great to me. Like most of my male friends who told me Nirvana's In Utero was the album that they grew up on, What's the 411 is easily mine's, hands down. So it would only make sense that I am always supportive of her success. Go 'head, girlfriend.


Leigh said...

I'd been curious about that MJB album, and I am dling it as I type thanks to your recommendation and in the process of checking on Estelle as well.

I love having friends with good taste.

w. said...

timbaland has been lookin a little, um, buff.