Sunday, November 08, 2009

Welcome to My Hood

Everyday I go out my front gate I see this:

And if I walk just a few blocks, I'll see what can only be described as 'blight', and dope fiends pushing grocery carts and bangers on the corner, waiting for 'business'. It's straight up "The Wire" (literally, the show was based in part on Oakland).

But in a few spots, there is irrepressable artistry--all the more stunning given its context.

And speaking of irrepressable artistry, here's a little gangsta' soundtrack to go along with the view:

Look at the situation, they got me facing,
I can't live a normal life, I was raised by the state.

So I gotta be down with the 'hood team,
Too much television watching, got me chasing dreams.

I'm an educated fool with money on my mind
Got my ten in my hand and a gleam in my eye.

I'm a locked out gangsta, set tripping banger
And my homies are down so don't arouse my anger.

Fool, death ain't nothing but a heart beat away,
I'm living life do or die, what can I say?

I'm twenty-three now, will I ever live to see twenty-four,
The way things is going I don't know.

Power in the money, money in the power,
Minute after minute, hour after hour,

Everybody's running, but half of them ain't looking
It's going on in the kitchen

But I don't know what's cooking.
They say I gotta learn

But nobody's here to teach me.
If they can't understand it, how can they reach me?

I guess they can't,
I guess they won't,
I guess they front,

That's why I know my life is out of luck, foo!


Tammy said...

Really interesting post! You were so on point -- those first few pics really did feel like "The Wire", which remains the msst depressing tv show I have ever seen. Poor Dookie.

Alice in Wonderland said...

Thanks Tam! Yeah, I think the Wire was so depressing cuz it was so true to life. I love living in the ghetto and keeping it real (in my gated community, ha ha). There's nothing quite like waking up in the morning, stepping outside, and noticing a dope fiend sleeping on your sidewalk at your feet. I walk by a handful of "Bubbles" everyday. He was one of my favorite characters!

Zack said...

Hi Alice, I really love this song, too. Unfortunate I don't totally understand all lyrics (I'm Taiwanese). There are too much slang which are confuse me to understand whole meaning.
Would you please explain few sentence for me ?

1. "I ain't never crossed a man that didn't deserve it. Me be treated like a punk, you know that's unheard of."
2. "I really hate to trip but I gotta Loc, As I Grow I see myself in the pistol smoke, fool"
3. "I'm a locked out gangsta, set tripping banger And my homies are down so don't arouse my anger."
4. "I guess they front"

If you can give me some of slangy examples that will be perfect! :)
thanks for posting~