Some rappers happen to be thoughtful, intelligent people. Every Monday that isn't a national holiday, Rocks Off will have some of them here discussing issues relevant to their culture.
This Week's Panel: Bun B, Lil Flip, Killa Kyleon, K-Rino, H-Kane, Kyle Hubbard, Renzo, Brad Gilmore
Not Invited: 2010
This Week's Prompt: What resolutions are you carrying into the new year? And how long do you think it will be before you break them?
Bun B: No more playing around. This year I'm really gonna grind*.
Bun is going to really grind? Nutsos. This is akin to the Sun saying "This year I'm really going to make good use of all of this nuclear fusion."
Lil Flip: 1. Get rid of anybody that has snake tendencies. 2. Double what I accomplished this year. 3. Continue to be a war angel for God.
Rocks Off: So you're anti-snake tendencies and pro-war angel tendencies? Cool, got it.
Lil Flip: Yezzir. [In] 2011 I'm diversifying my portfolio beyond rap, movies and liquor.
Rocks Off: Cool, cool. I hear that's how Donald Trump started as well.
Renzo: I usually don't do New Year's resolutions or anything like that because if I haven't changed by now, I'm probably not changing. But if I did decide to make a New Year's resolution, it would be to stop having all these unnecessary fucked up responses to all of the wonderful questions Houston Press asks my muthafuckin' ass. Especially all the gotdamn cuss words that come to mind when tryin to complete a simple bitch-ass sentence. See, this is the bullshit I'm talkin about. Damn.
Killa Kyleon: My resolution is to get more money and more fans than what I did in 2010.
K-Rino: Resolutions should be made daily, and some cases minutely [laughs]. To wait for a New Year to come to make a resolution that you're not gonna keep is ridiculous* to me. It's time to start making changes immediately, present company included.
*Leave it to K-Rino to completely upend the logic of a New Year's resolution in 40 words or less.
Brad Gilmore: 2011 is hopefully going to be a big year me and for Twenty Eleven. My resolutions? Well, first is finish high school and graduate [laughs]. But really, I hope to finish our second album (and our first album under Space City Records) by the summer and become successful at this thing we call hip-hop.
I also plan to not be as lazy as I have in the past and really focus solely on my music career, although I will probably get back to my lazy ways within the month of January. Also, I want to branch out and work with more artists. So far I have the privilege to work with Fat Tony, B L A C K I E, and of course my label fam, Kyle Hubbard. But I wish to work with the T.H.E.M. Society along with Renzo and many others. I have big plans for next year and I hope I follow through with all of them, but God only knows what 2011 will bring.
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H-Kane: Working on prioritizing and time management*.
* It should be noted that H-Kane's response was given via Twitter, possibly the least priority- and time-management-oriented thing of all time. Irony is funny.
Kyle Hubbard: I have never been too big into resolutions. Every year after the clock hits midnight people tell me their resolutions and I just kind of smirk and think to myself that they are telling me everything they won't do in the next year. However, as I grow older I realize there are some aspects of my life I need to change, and others I need to turn the volume up on. In no order and ranging from absurd to semi possible, my resolutions and their likely results are as follows...
- Smoke less cigarettes: Definitely won't pan out.
- Smoke less weed: This is a lie.
- Exercise more: Nope.
- Break more hearts: Awready.
- Write more lyrics: Got to.
- Record more often: Space City got my back.
- Ball harder (or at all).
- Have a more positive outlook: Working on it daily.
- Get a picture of me and Paul Wall flashing thumbs up for my Facebook: Please, oh please.