Saturday, August 25, 2007

82 Minute Jail Sentence


As someone who has never been in trouble with the law for more than speeding, I have never feared the thought of going to jail. I choose to avoid activities that could risk my freedom, so I have nothing to fear. With my very limited knowledge of the prison system, I always thought that the minimum sentence was one day in jail.

Two celebrities who got into some trouble lately have been given slaps on their wrists. The first one is Lindsay Lohan, who was arrested twice in the last few months for drunk driving. Cocaine was also found in her pocket at the police station. She had a plea bargain for one day in jail. This was not one DUI, but two of them. Her one day of jail is a gift.

The second celebrity is Nicole Richie. She shocked me by only having to go to jail for 82 minutes. When I heard that, I was shocked. My shock is based on the fact that never knew that prisoners could be given less than a day in jail. But only 82 minutes? What can you learn in 82 minutes? By being in jail for less than a day, or less than the length of a bad movie, she gets to avoid the real problems of prison. If I was in jail for 82 minutes, I would not sit down and I definitely would not use the bathroom. I would not have to eat the bad food. I would not have to get settled in.

I think that less than a day in jail may not do the trick, but I can’t judge that. Maybe just having those bars slam and being confined has changed Nicole Richie. But I truly don’t think that they were worried about punishment. Here’s what I really think.

They don’t want the problems of Paris Hilton.

Keeping Paris Hilton in jail was a pain for the prison system because of extra need of security. If one thing happened to Paris while in jail, everyone would know about it. The prison system even wanted to send her home. They did for a day, until the judge in the case sent her back to jail.

Nicole Richie is pregnant.

How good is prison food for a pregnant woman? Jail is not supposed to be comfortable, but if they could minimize the effects on one pregnant woman, it may be best for the baby. I think that in this case, her pregnancy may have played a role in her smaller sentence, even more than her celebrity status.

I just hope that Nicole Richie straightens out her life for the sake of her child. Now that she’s having a baby, she cannot live like Paris Hilton and Lindsay Lohan.

But in the case of Lindsay Lohan, getting one day in jail for two DUIs seems absolutely wrong. Would they have given her half a day for one DUI? Or how about 82 minutes?

If Lindsay Lohan gets another DUI, then I hope she gets Paris’ judge.

Saturday, August 11, 2007

50 Cent vs. Kanye West

I think it’s safe to stay that the two highest selling rap albums of 2007 will be sold by 50 Cent and Kanye West. Both of them will have their album come out on the same day, September 11th. This can be viewed as a competition, but what happens if you lose?

50 Cent recently stated that if he is outsold by Kanye West, then he will retire from rapping. When I read that, I was thinking, “ARE YOU CRAZY?????”

No one wants to be #2, but people have their hits and misses. Jay-Z had a great hit with The Black Album. It was his retirement album, which really wasn’t much of a retirement. He then made a compilation album with R. Kelly and another one with Linkin Park. Three years after The Black Abum, Jay-Z has the album Kindom Come which does not sell well. Jay-Z had an album that failed, but I don’t think that he’ll retire from rap.

Outkast became the first rap group to win the Grammy for Album of the Year for their 2003 album, Speakerboxxx/The Love Below. It was a huge hit and one of my favorite albums. I absolutely think that it was a masterpiece. Then they starred in the movie Idlewild and did the soundtrack for it. Both the album and the movie failed. But I’ll be honest, I would be heartbroken if they quit.

50 Cent should understand that artists do not always have success. If he doesn’t believe me, he should ask Snoop Dogg about his film career. Soul Plane was definitely one of the worst films ever.

Someone should remind 50 Cent that he and Kanye West are really two different kinds of rappers. 50 Cent does Gansta Rap and Kanye West does Non-Gansta Rap. 50 Cent was shot nine times. The guy is as hard as nails. The guy chews steel. The guy is tough and can be intimidating. He’s a true gansta rappper while so many rappers are fake, materialistic, and as intimidating as a teletubby. I’m sick of hearing rappers sing only about their wealth. Rappers should rap about something with substance. That’s why 50 Cent is so good, because he is pure substance. He is true Gansta Rap.

Kanye West is not Gansta Rap. He sings rap that is not about the ghetto or about violence. Kanye West is not from the ghetto and I’m so glad that he never pretended to be something that he wasn’t. When I listen to him, I feel like he’s trying to be the next Stevie Wonder. Some of his songs have such good music in them that the rapping is secondary. He also reminds me of Andre 3000 of Outkast in some ways. Rap should be about life, not just the gansta background that some rappers come from.

In the rap world, 50 Cent and Kanye West are apples and oranges. If 50 Cent was outsold by another pure Gansta Rapper like Jay-Z, that would be one thing. But 50 Cent and Kanye West are so different that it shouldn’t matter who outsells who. But this leads me to the most important question…..

DOES 50 CENT CARE ABOUT MAKING GOOD RAP MUSIC, OR JUST ABOUT MAKING MONEY?

I think that if you quit rapping because your album was #2 on the Billboard charts, then I think that you are more concerned with money than with having a great album. Some rappers are so materialistic that they forget that they are supposed to be artists who actually care about their art. So that leads me to this conclusion.

50 CENT….. IF YOUR ALBUM DOES NOT OUTSELL KANYE WEST, THEN RETIRE.

I want to see if he would actually do it. For someone who appears to care more about the money than about having a high quality album, I doubt that he would give up making money. If you threaten to retire, show us that you will. If you are outsold by Kanye West and then you make another album….. then I’ll have to call you out on that one.

I personally look forward to both albums. I hope that 50 Cent can focus on the album over the dollars signs in front of his eyes, because I don’t want him to retire no matter how many albums he sells. I really hope that both albums are great.


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