It's a little funny for me, because I'm part Jamaican as well, and I am very familiar with the Jamaican temper - sadly this is what can happen if it is not curtailed. However, as an African-American fashion designer, this is the woman that a great deal of people look up to, and for her to behave like this is simply unacceptable. This is my little way of saying, 'Naomi, please get help!
Kunta Kinte's strength derives from the knowledge of where he comes from, but it struck me that I don't know where I come from. I understand that my last name is Kirby, that I was born in London, third-generation Jamaican, and at some point along the line, that name was changed. I didn't know my history past my grandparents.
It was the vehicle that propelled me to international stardom. ("Harder They Come") I was known as a singer/songwriter before that, but people did not know me as an actor. It showed the world where the music I contributed to create was coming from. It opened the gates for Jamaican music, internationally.
My formative years, until I was 12, was all shaped by Jamaican culture, by that economy, by the people in my family, who are agriculturalists, who were plantation workers, who harvested those crops and took them down to the boats run by the United Food Company, to load those ships at night, hence all the songs that I sing that come from that environment.
I can remember the first time I ever recorded my vocals on to a beat. Cat Coore from Third World - a legendary Jamaican band - had a little demo set up at his house. I'm very good friends with his eldest son, Shiah, who plays with me now. So we were rhyming over a track by the dancehall artist Peter Metro. I've still got it somewhere.
Know your load. That's rule numero uno in this business, which is why I make them count the penguins out in front of me one at a time. I'm not going to be the schmuck who shows up in Orlando twobirds short of a dinner party....I know I'm pulling out of Houston with exactly forty-two Gentoo penguins, seventeen Jamaican land iguanas, four tuataras from New Zealand, and a pair of rare, civet-like mammals called linsangs. No more, no less.
Jacob M. Appel
Know your load. That's rule numero uno in this business, which is why I make them count the penguins out in front of me one at a time. I'm not going to be the schmuck who shows up in Orlando two birds short of a dinner party... I know I'm pulling out of Houston with exactly forty-two Gentoo penguins, seventeen Jamaican land iguanas, four tuataras from New Zealand, and a pair of rare, civet-like mammals called linsangs. No more, no less.
Jacob M. Appel
Let's say you have some chicken stock and you're making soup, and out of everything you can taste, some of the things you put in and some of the things you don't. So you start out with an African spice then you hear some Brazilian music, so then it changes. Then you hear Jamaican and it changes again. And the result depends on how much of each spice you put into it. Now, I've been putting in spices since I started playing professionally in 1945.
My two Jamaican cousins ... were studying engineering. 'That's where the money is,' Mom advised. ... I was to be an engineering major, despite my allergy to science and math. ... Those who preceded me at CCNY include the polio vaccine discoverer, Dr. Jonas Salk ... and eight Nobel Prize winners. ... In class, I stumbled through math, fumbled through physics, and did reasonably well in, and even enjoyed, geology. All I ever looked forward to was ROTC. Autobiographical comments on his original reason for going to the City College of New York, where he shortly turned to his military career.
Now every girl is expected to have Caucasian blue eyes, full Spanish lips, a classic button nose, hairless Asian skin with a California tan, a Jamaican dance hall ass, long Swedish legs, small Japanese feet, the abs of a lesbian gym owner, the hips of a nine-year-old boy, the arms of Michelle Obama, and doll tits. The person closest to actually achieving this look is Kim Kardashian, who, as we know, was made by Russian scientists to sabotage our athletes.
FORGET ABOUT THEM OTHER DUDES, THEY TALKIN' TO ME RUDE 'CAUSE I ALWAYS KNEW THE TRUTH, THEY HATED SEKOU H2 FULL OF HOLES, THEY DROVE HIM OFF THE ROAD LEFT HIM THERE ON THIS 'CAIN, CLOTHES STAINED WITH HIS BRAIN MY SOUL SHATTERED, MY MAN'S TOE'S TAGGED UP ARRANGEMENT'S A CLOSED CASKET SEE NOW A HOE HAS TO, MAINTAIN WITH HIS FAKE GANG SHEDDIN' FAKE TEARS, I WON'T HAVE IT LOOK, THIS KID'S JAMAICAN, HALF HAITIAN, HALF ASIAN BRAG ABOUT HOW THE STREETS NEEDED A CHANGIN' SON, YOU THE ONLY ONE A BITCH COULD CALL YOU REMIND ME OF MY DUDE, HELP ME GET THEM ALL
VERSE 1: SEAN PAUL TELL DEM!!! CONNNECT DI DOT YO DEM MI FRIEND DEM READY FI HIT DI BLOCK YO THOSE WHO TRY FI TEST YUH BETTER MEK SINCE YUH BETTER KNOW HOW IF NOT YO, THEN DEM GONNA LOSE ALL DEM SPOT YO HAIL MY FRIEND AND START COLLECT DI TOP DOE NOW, WITH EASE, TAKIN OVER ALL TERRITORIES PLEASE, DON'T COME INNA MI WAY WHEN MI A SQUEEZE MI SHOT CAN BE HEARD FROM THE WEST INDIES SMELL DI GUN POWDER INNA JAMAICAN BREEZE TREES, SMOKE DI POUND BY DI KEYS LADIES, NUFF NUFF LIKE RICE AND PEAS TOP NOTCH WE TOP NOTCH SO TELL DEM NUH BETTER STOP WATCH DI WAY HOW WE BE CLOCKIN IT MAKIN THESE G'S GRINDIN IT, YO, PICKIN UP DI PACE DOUBLE TIMIN IT YO, UP INNA YOUR FACE DEFININ IT HEY, BETTER GET YOUR MIND IN IT OR ELSE YUH AGO GET LEFT BEHIND IN IT YO, GRINDIN IT, YO, PICKIN UP DI PACE DOUBLE TIMIN IT HEY, UP INNA YOUR FACE DEFININ IT HEY, BETTER GET YOUR MIND IN IT OR ELSE YUH AGO GET LEFT BEHIND IN IT
ITS LEGIBLY UNIMAGINABLE, MATHEMATICALLY INCALCULABLE INEXTRICABLY INFALIBLE LET'S NOT FORGET UTTERLY IMPOSSIBLE OR MORALLY UNSERMOUNTABLE TO ASSUME THAT I COULD LOSE IF I BATTLED YOU MY SCHOLASTIC APTITUDE IS 1602 100 BARS WAS JUST A GLIMPSE OF THE TRUTH PHYSICAL PROOF THAT I'M THE BEST AT THIS I'VE CONTRUCTED SENTENCES THAT'LL STAND LONGER THEN STONE HENGES MEGALITHS MY 1ST AND 2ND ALBUMS CONSISTS OF MORE THEN A MILLION TERABITS MORE THEN ANY OF YOU RAPPERS EVER SPIT VOTE FOR ME AS PRESIDENT, IN ABOUT A DAY OR SO I BE UP IN THE WHITE HOUSE GETTING FELETIO BY AN ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT WITH DEEP THROAT BUTT NAKED ON THE FLOOR KNEE DEEP IN SOME COKE OR ON A SPEAKER PHONE FREESTYLING WITH SOME OF MY FOLKS HUMPING A HO TAMPERING WITH THE REPUBLICAN VOTE I'M LIKE MEL GIBSON IN BRAVEHEART, FIGHTING SWORDSMAN DODGING ARROWS FROM THE ARCHES 'CAUSE I'M A HORESMAN FLYING CIRCLES AROUND YOU LIKE FLYING SAUCERS FLYING CIRCLES AROUND THE ROYAL AIR FORCE'S FLYING FORTRESS MAXIMIZE MY WINS, MINIMIZE MY LOSES TIL I'M EXHAUSTED THEN LOUNGE LIKE THE LYRICISTS ON RAWKUS I'M UNSIGNED RIGHT NOW, IT'S LIKE I'M AN ORPHAN LOOKING FOR A HOME TAKING ALL CALLS AND OFFERS NOTIFY THE PRINCE AND THE DUKE OF EARL I'M PROBABLY THE ILLEST ENGLISH SPEAKING MC IN THE WORLD GHETTO FABULOUS, VERBALLY HAZARDOUS ASK ANY BAPTIST, ROMAN CATHOLIC OR SATANIC ACTIVIST EVEN THEM TRIPPY HIPPIES ON COLLEGE CAMPUSES KNOW ABOUT CANIBUS I'VE GOT RHYMES LIKE BEADS ON AN ABACUS MY STYLES TOTALLY OUT THE BRACKET SCIENTIST IN THICK GLASSES AND POCKET PROTECTORS WANT TO PATENT IT MY TALENT IS UNMATCHED BY ANY RAPPER IN THIS RAPPING BIZ BY ANY RAPPER ON THIS PLANET'S GRID SHOW ME WHERE HE IS, I SIGN THE ORDENANCE TO BOMB HIS COORDINANTS WITH AGENT ORANGE AND TORTURE HIM BURN THE SKIN OFF OF HIM, THROW A TOWEL ON HIM AND STOMP ON HIM RIP THE TOWEL OFF THEN POUR SALT ON HIM CONTINUE MY VERBAL ASSAULT ON HIM TIL ITS 12 IN THE MORNING AND TURN INTO THE WEREWOLF MONSTER ON HIM RIP HIS HEART OUT, EAT IT WHILE ITS STILL PUMPING THE BLOOD STILL RUNNING, IT TASTES LIKE BOILED DUMPLINGS STARVING ARTIST, I TURNED DOWN SCHOLARSHIPS TO OXFORD COLLEGE 'CAUSE I HEARD THEY DIDN'T SERVE PORRIDGE SMARTEST THEN ANY MAN IN SCOTLAND YARD IS USED TO WORK FOR MI6 BUT QUIT 'CAUSE I COULDN'T TAKE ORDERS I WAS THE ORIGINAL JAMES BOND BEFORE SEAN CONN', ROGER MOORE, TIMOTHY DALTON AND PIERCE BROSMAN THE MOST AWESOME WALKING, TALKING, BREATHING ENGLISH SPEAKING MC IN THE EUROPEAN REGION RIP YOU TO PIECES LIKE COMMUNISM LEAFLETS BEEF WITH 'BIS IS LIKE PLAYING CHESS WITHOUT THE PIECES MODERN CHRISTIANS WITHOUT JESUS, RASTA'S WITHOUT REEFER JAMAICAN'S IN PRINCETON WITHOUT VISA'S RADIO'S WITHOUT SPEAKERS, MOTHER NATURE WITHOUT THE 4 SEASONS WITHOUT A JACKET OUTSIDE WHEN ITS FREEZING I'MA TELL YOU STRAIGHT UP, NO LIE CANIBUS IS THE ILLEST MOTHERFUCKER ALIVE HA HA HA HA HA THE EVIL SPIRIT OF RAP, THE EVIL RAPPER RIP THE JACKE