Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Keepin' It "Thug Life"


I recently, started following your ghetto genius blog, and facebook page. It is a breath of fresh air. All jokes aside I am firm believer in the "THUG LIFE." Do not get me twisted, I am not running
around screaming westside mother fucker, ride or die, but believe the term thug life is used to describe a dying breed. The youth of America is so consumed with how big their cocks are, and how much dick they can swallow they forget the very essence of life. 

Don't get me wrong I love blow jobs more than anyone. I am pushing 30, have 3 beautiful free loading kids, and a wonderful wife. How do you raise your children in a society full of skinny jeans and duck faces?? I do not understand how we went from 2pac, NWA, DMX.. to loving your hood, and hanging with the homies to being a bunch of skinny jean wearing, no respect having bitches. I remember chillin
all night and getting wasted, but still having the pride to get up and go to work and school. Where is the pride in the youth today?? Where did parenting fall off the fucking map? I am not saying it is every single parent out there fucking up their kids, but goddamn. We went from loving our people in music, taking care of each other in the streets, and now they all want to take Molly, and drive a fucking million dollar car. I love getting fucked up. If I did not have so many fucking kids, I would get fucked up all the time, but I would still go to work, not free load of my momma and pops.

I have spent the years aging and keeping quiet and reflecting on my past. I watch my 2 boys and little girl grow, and I pray they never struggle like I struggled. I pray they never witnessed the shit I have witnessed.

I will always love the thug life, but as everything in life I will evolve with it. I used to hustle on the streets, now I hustle my 401k and stock options. It pains me to see people I have known 15 years making ends meat, still doing the same shit we did way back when.  I am almost 30 and still finishing my BA degree, I work 65 hours a week as a restaurant manager and bring home enough to keep the old lady happy. Real niggas recognize real and I have respect for you and your team. I do not expect any email back or nothing. Stay keeping it real my brother and be easy. Lastly, I absolutely love the blog, As my nigga Pac would say, "All I want is money, fuck the fame." Never forget where you came from, with out our past our futures are bleak and unguided.

Respectfully,
Sean



Dear Sean,

Your email right here...the one you wrote...the thousands of people reading it...are shaking their heads and saying, "That's real talk right there." You know what? I'm one of them, homie.

Like I said in my interview with Tiff Thompson from the Toronto Standard, I came from nothing. I never had shit. I grew up hood. I saw people do drugs, get shot and do things I would never wish on my own worst enemy. It was rappers and artist like Pac, Biggie, KRS-1, EPMD, Run DMC, DMX, Public Enemy, NWA, DJ Quik, etc. who represented that life you speak of. They were real. They were the people I listened to and still did my thang. I'll be honest, the choices I had in life were to join a gang, slang drugs, go to prison and probably die doing all of them. Instead, I chose a different life. I went to college and grew the fuck up.

Everybody wants to be somebody nowadays. You hit the nail on the head when you said:

"I do not understand how we went from 2pac, NWA, DMX.. to loving your hood, and hanging with the homies to being a bunch of skinny jean wearing, no respect having bitches. I remember chillin
all night and getting wasted, but still having the pride to get up and go to work and school. Where is the pride in the youth today?? Where did parenting fall off the fucking map? I am not saying it is every single parent out there fucking up their kids, but goddamn. We went from loving our people in music, taking care of each other in the streets, and now they all want to take Molly, and drive a fucking million dollar car. I love getting fucked up. If I did not have so many fucking kids, I would get fucked up all the time, but I would still go to work, not free load of my momma and pops."

Generations change. Some for the better, some for the worse. Today's youth, think we don't know what the fuck we're talking about and that we're stupid. They think they know better. But the reality is, we were once like them too. The difference, we keep true to how we live, how we love, how we roll and how we do. With shit such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and all the other mumbo-jumbo shit, this is were society is. This is what they know. It's how to be something/someone they wish they could be, but behind a computer screen. Back then, music became something we could relate to. It was something that told a real story about life, friendship, responsibility and the hard times some of us face. The people who know what I'm talking about know what "Thug Life" is. They know that our shit is as real as it gets. We will forever and always keep it 100. Straight up.

I started this blog to show what life is with humor and humility. This is why me and my crew stay humble. We aren't out for stardom. We are just out there to give folks something that they can read and say, "This shit just made my day. What these cats are preaching is real talk through all walks of life." Whether it be friendships, relationships, family, bitches, douchebags...whatever...the realness is what keeps fans and folks like yourself coming back. Our generation knows it. The problem is that today's future have no fucking clue. 

We all love to fuck, get down to get down, smoke weed, do stupid shit...and at the end of the day, still hold down our responsibilities. Take care of our family, kids, wife, husband, boyfriend, girlfriend. Because that's what we do. Work hard, play harder. I'm no genius by any means. I just preach the essence of life and what it's all about. Giving advice, telling funny ass stories, spitting knowledge...that's what I want people to appreciate. The things that surround us, the problems that occur, the blunt honest truth and the laughter that needs to be had. End of story. 

These days, everything is all about hater this, hater that. Shit, we're all haters. Some just take that shit to a whole new level. Why? Because they got nothing better to do. Mother fuckers are too focused on the pointless shit and are just looking for a response. Us "Thug Life" folks know not to get all up in that because we have our own goddamn agenda. An agenda that has gotten us where we are today. Successful and thankful for what life has given us under some fucked up circumstances. 

It is bad to see folks we knew still doing the same shit (which is nothing) they did years ago but you know what? That's on them. You can't change if you don't want change. You can't move forward if you keep standing still. For that, I don't feel sorry for those people. Neither should anyone else. 

The skinny jeans and bling bling bullshit is what is the norm nowadays. To some, that's keepin' it real. To others, that's just a circus show waiting to become a train wreck. I love train wrecks as does everyone else. To each his own, I guess. 

It's refreshing as fuck to have fans like you and the 156K+ other fans who think and feel like you do. About music, life and the latter. That's why my CREW and I are still around...because we don't take shit for granted. We take what is given to us and we run like a mother fucker with it. For that, I thank you and every single person who supports this blog and the Facebook fan page. 

Keep it 100 and always keep the "thug life" alive. Always.

Much love, 

J-Wunder

27 comments:

Anonymous said...

I fear for our kids - I hope and pray that I have raised my 16 yr old to realize that no one is handing him anything - if he wants it he has to make it happen. Great letter.

Anonymous said...

This is why I love this blog. No bullshit. All truth.

Anonymous said...

This has to be one of my top 5 favorite post. SHARING!

Anonymous said...

I love this blog!!! Nothing but the real thing, real talk!!!

GirlFromThe408 said...

Brilliant letter and response. I'm afraid for the youth of this generation. I fesr for my own 17 y/o son. I sit back and wonder where I went wrong. I shake my head everday at the person he's becoming. So sad....

L-Train said...

<*STANDING OVATION*>

This is why you're a fucking genius.

100. Keeping it since 1979.

Muffin Man said...

Thank GOD all the dumbfucking 'thugs' are dying out. We're long overdue for a LOVE generation. No more stupid ass 2pac dictating to the mass brain (idiots like you people) how the world should all be weary of eachother and rob/kill eachother.

If you read the Bible instead of 2pac, you would learn a whole lot more...anything wise that ever came out of 2pac was a quote from someone else anyway...love everyone around you and if they need help after they fall...don't take their wallet like 2pac would want you to do...help them up with a smile. That's harder to be than a thug...I've been locked up for years in prison and it gave me time to think like buddha. All the conclusions I've come to all lead to people need to love eachother and help eachother. There is no heaven for a 'G', you can believe that.

Muffin Man said...

Also, seek happiness for yourself, your family, and everyone around you. There is NOTHING more powerful than a smile. Trust me I've been down some dark roads in my life.

Anonymous said...

^^^ you obviously missed the point and should rethink coming to a page if you want to preach. No one is listening to what you're saying.

Anonymous said...

I love how Muffin Man starts his little sermon with "dumbfucking", but then finishes with preaching the word of Jesus.

People would be easier to love if there weren't so many muffin men in the fucking world. Real talk.

Anonymous said...

Our grandparents (and Great grandparents) were shitting their pants because of rock n roll music corrupting the youth. Maybe they were thinking the same things that we are? Too bad they didn't have social media to express their distaste because I'm sure they would be trippin about these young people just like we are. Fuck these kids they all need a good ass whooping and a reality check. I was never disrespectful when I was a kid because I knew my mom would kick my ass. She wasn't afraid to beat my ass because nobody was going to call the cops. You knew as a kid you were seen and not heard and if you act out you got backhanded across the face without her even interrupting her sentance.

Anonymous said...

^^ Word. All it took was THE LOOK. If she had to look twice, you knew your ass was getting knuckles in the mouth.

Erin Drummond said...

Dear muffin man if you knew anything you would know 2 pac wrote all his own music and he was a poet. He was deep and real the point they are trying to make is our society can't keep things real because they are oblivious to hard work, honesty, and doing what is needed. Instead they sit on the Internet making up lies to feel better about themselves. Btw you probably shouldn't preach about love and God but bash people you obviously haven't read the Bible and love is not a concept you practice. Just saying......

From the hip. said...

I am a pasty, ok not drywall pasty, but definitely not a single drop of melanin in my system to give me any tone or colouring. I am gracefully approaching 40, 2 more years to go until the big 40, and hopefully a good holiday to make of it.

This article though, hit me right here (places fist over chest). I am not a homey or any fan of rap, but I have to agree with a lot of the sentiment in here. For starters music, I think the 70's to the 90's created some of the most bad arse generations of music. The re-cycled sewerage watered down stuff kids listen to these days, I feel bad for them, but that is where parents should be saying, "hey, wanna hear some real music, come chill on the sofa and listen". I think parents get so self involved in some instances in their own stuff and regrets that they forget that they are raising the future. I a scared for the future.

Secondly,Sean, that shit is called self responsibility. I have many areas to blame for the lack of it in a lot of people, but your parents seemed to raise you with that idea stuck squarely in the centre of your lifestyle, and I salute that. I don't care what/who/where and why a person do what they do to their bodies or life, but the fact that that punk comes into work the next day, giving it their all, that to me is an indication of character.

Don't get me wrong now, I love my tech as much as some people love their drugs, sport or television, but I remember how much simpler my life was as a kid without it. I never aspired to have the bling or the flashy pad, I aspired to being a good person, making enough money to be comfortable and hoping to make enough of an impact on someone's life in a good way.

Sean, thanks for a great reminder that Thug Life, White people Life, Smurf life, whatever the hell you want to call it, is all about being conscious of yourself, those around you, and doing the best you can to be a good person in your day to day life, but remembering enough humility in life not to be a prick about it.

Great letter there! Oh, Run DMC was far better than 2Pac, and as I mentioned earlier, not a big fan of the genre, but as individuals, they did a lot of good around them.

Anonymous said...

Muffinman... i thank you for your words and respect your beliefs. However, god made man and earth. You have to be one of the most ignorant fucks i have ever heard. Who are you to judge and individual.. last time i checked God doesn't judge but repent sin. We all live seperate lives, with seperate destinies ahead of us. Your destiny is obviously hanging onto the bible while your ass gets blown out. One thing i know is respect others and respect follows. Muffin man you are a prime example of a hater. Thank you for taking the time to hang on my nuts you ignorant poster child for abortion.

Hope u get AIDS motherfucker,

Sean

Anonymous said...

I am speaking as one of the generation that you're talking about.

Everything you've said is true, you said it true my friend. The worst part is that We really, truly, do not know any better. Believe me, I wish from the bottom of my heart that I could tell you we did.

We haven't grown up in the same world as you have, we haven't seen the same fucked up shit you have. We've grown up in our own world, with our own fucked up shit.

I mean fuck, if you grew up in the world as it is today, can you honestly say you gave half a shit about what happened to you? To anything at all?

Fact is... My generation agrees with you. I think most of us have given up into pure faggotry because it's easier to ride the wave then to try and beat it the fuck back with some cupped hands and a self of self righteousness. Are we supposed to be heroes?

We can only hope that the patheticness will itself inspire a few noted individuals to rise above itself.. to inspire a new breed. 'Cause we sure as FUCK ain't going ANYWHERE at this rate.

-'88, and couldn't be more ashamed.

Anonymous said...

My generation said the same things about your generation. Saggin pants and Jordans instead of skinny jeans and Chuck Taylors! Glad so many of you came around, have faith. Let the young ones gain some knowledge, experience and a few more years under that "I heart boobies" belt holding up their skinny jeans. They may not seem like it, but they are listening. We did dumb shit, you did dumb shit, they are doing dumb shit...only we all get to read about it and have a photo play by play every day. One day they will realize the internet is written in ink, clean up, get a job and start complaining about the next generation before you know it.

Anonymous said...

This is the best letter, and response that I have ever seen on ghetto genius!

Anonymous said...

Omg so dam true! Now this is some real shit!

KoolEMac said...

Riiiiight

Anonymous said...

Sean, much luv 4 truth. J-Wunder & Crew, luv this f***ing Blog. Keep it real.

Anonymous said...

Really??! First off, Muffin Man..coming straight from the silver spoon to the street by choice. FUCK THAT SHIT THAT YOU TALKIN'! Life is about choices, and as children we don't choose how we grow up..children don't ask to be here. 2Pac's music was about his life, what he saw.. you can either relate and appreciate, or honestly shut the fuck up and enjoy! Everybody has their demons, not many are talented enough to spit them out as poetical as he and the GG team have...that's called excepting who and what the fuck you are and where you come from...YOUR fucked up choices got you locked up..2Pac got a lot of locked up brothers through their shit...

Anonymous said...

Muffin man...don't be angry because you can't relate. The spirit of the entire post was honest and true. If you couldn't see that, not even Jesus can save you.

Anonymous said...

Right the fuck on!!!!!

Chrystal said...

Thank you Sean and much love for taking the time to write in and express what so many of us are and have been thinking. Thank you Ghetto Crew for always being real and for being here! Much love and respect to you all!

mr bonez said...

This is some real shit ese even tho imma 90z baby I keep it G. Haha u ain't gonna catch me in no skinny ass yellow pants lmao

Anonymous said...

Thank you :) People need to be more positive about the our youth:) :)