Prince Rasu of Bizzy Bone’s 7th Sign Regime

This blog entry is not Art-related.

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I was in middle school when Bone Thugs-N-Harmony member Bizzy Bone dropped Alpha & Omega (formerly titled Book of Bryon). I couldn’t get my hands on the record until we went Xmas shopping at Best Buy and I saw it sitting on the CD rack. I spent all my time reading the back cover mesmerized, it made standing in the long line much more bearable. We bought a TV and a computer, that’s all I remembered. It was one of the final times I played a CD on a Walkman before transitioning to an iPod.

It would be Bizzy’s 3rd solo record, a super low-profile release on Bungalo Records. It ended up doing terrible on the Billboard charts but it didn’t matter to me, I just wanted to hear new music. A&O had no big named guest features, just a plethora of Bizzy’s proteges he was pushing at the time based out of the Cleveland/Columbus Ohio area. Those proteges went by The 7th Sign Regime which consisted of members Baby Phil, Prince Rasu, King Josiah, Nina Ross, The Orange Cats, Capo Confucious, Big B, and a couple more. It came with a bonus DVD that I watched on my PS2 almost everyday because I was so psyched to see the studio sessions and concert footage. There was no YouTube to see those. I even remember going to my friend Tim’s house on occasion and rave about 7th Sign like they were the next thing to takeover. I think it stemmed from a discussion about the NWA family tree; and how Bizzy Bone was branching out, kinda like how Bone Thugs’ mentor Eazy-E branched out and discovered them. The A&O album was quickly followed up by The Beginning And The End album (an internet-only release on bizzybonemusic.com) just a month later with even more tracks featuring his clique. It really made my school year. Simple times.

The 7th Sign Regime failed to take off and was later disbanded. The collective, despite their talent, was never mentioned by Bizzy again until 2012 when female rapper Nina Ross passed away from diabetes, and in 2014 when singer Big B (best known for singing the chorus for Change The World by Bone Thugs-N-Harmony) passed away from kidney failure. And once more when Prince Rasu was beaten into a coma earlier this month, after a 911 call regarding his schizophrenia.

Prince Rasu died from his injuries a couple days ago. I did a Google search and nothing popped up. Many fans found out about it through Bizzy’s Instagram page and the Facebook pages of Rasu’s relatives. No media coverage whatsoever. I guess stuff like this happens in the hood all the time. I wouldn’t know.

That said… Rest in peace.

In the midst in the darkest nights, sparking off the highest flights
And project buildings blasting civilians but skull-white from cycles of the psycho children
Millions in the revenue, what we seek in these avenues
Steady breaking down crumbs for the Royal Crown amongst animals

Who can I trust? Where can I turn? When will it all end?
I’m suited up in Timberland boots, Regime marching
God damnit I’m a grown man, its time to take my own stand
Fuck the federations, my heart is racing like grown man’s
Pumping the anger built up from years of stress
Killers and haters surround me daily, no fears of death
I hear the breaths of angels and demons fighting over my soul Lord
Just give me the path through this bloodbath and it’s on Lord

^Televised media coverage on the case of Capo Confucious’ death in 2003 (one of the many components that spiraled Bizzy Bone to a mental breakdown in 2005) which ran cold and remains a mystery til this day. He was Bizzy Bone’s half-brother.

 

Update Monday January 30:
Articles on Prince Rasu:
https://www.theblackloop.com/2017/01/27/jaron-thomas-columbus-police/
http://goblackcentral.com/2017/01/family-of-jaron-thomas-seeks-answers-in-his-death/
GoFundMe page:
https://www.gofundme.com/jaron-tomas-untimely-death

 

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Hey, Steve Harvey, Who Says I Might Not Steal Your Girl? – Eddie Huang

This blog entry is not Art-related.

How many rounds of approval did this go through? Steve Harvey’s just a comedian right? Yeah. But people will still rely on popular culture to shape popular opinion, something that will probably never go away.

I’m gonna level with you a bit. These Uncle Chan’s in Hollywood helped make this possible. Some recall Long Duck Dong. Growing up I had Bobby Lee. This generation has Dr. Ken. It’s the roles they agree to do that’s had a great hand in making Asian guys a joke in the dating world. They were never laughing with you.

The butt of the joke: Asian males (all 2 billion of us). The point of the joke: The idea that they could possibly be attractive is hilarious. Have a white guy say the same thing about black men dating white women and he would get crucified. So here we are with Fresh Off The Boat author Eddie Huang as the biggest thing going for the Asian American community, and best of all – He’s not an Uncle Chan. Huang responds to Harvey, one who attempts to uplift the black community, doesn’t seem to have a problem perpetuating stereotypes of another community:

That doesn’t mean we give up. Steve goes to the gym; Joe buys every piece of Supreme clothing he can afford; and I’ve got jokes. They’re the cultural modifications we see as antidotes to our issues with masculinity. But no matter how successful I was, how much self-improvement was made, or how aware I was that stereotypes are not facts, there were times I thoroughly believed that no one wanted anything to do with me. I told myself that it was all a lie, but the structural emasculation of Asian men in all forms of media became a self-fulfilling prophecy that produced an actual abhorrence to Asian men in the real world.

That’s why this Steve Harvey episode is so upsetting. He speaks openly about issues facing the black community, he is a man of God, and he has a huge platform to speak from. Unfortunately, he’s also the type of guy who orders Krug champagne for himself and Cook’s for every one else. For his own personal profit, he’s willing to perpetuate the emasculation of Asian men regardless of how hypocritical it is. He isn’t the only one doing this in 2017, but as I told myself on New Year’s, I’m not drinking anymore of this Cook’s they’re trying to pour, and neither should you.

And I no longer believe in yellow fever, or fever of any kind. It’s not a compliment and it’s different from saying one has a preference. Treating any human person like a thing with no personal agency that exists for your gratification is horrific, but so is stomping on normal healthy sexual expressions of desire and appreciation. There’s an uncomfortable line between those things that can be difficult to tread. But still, there I was, sitting across from a white girl, capitalizing off the K-Pop wave that took over the USA in the early 2010’s. I caught one there (lol) but after picking her brain apart I saw it wasn’t anything more than my ethnicity. She wasn’t feeling my rap playlists or my basketballisms. It’s a very shallow attraction, and any Asian guy could’ve probably did it for her. These type of people are out there, with very narrow scopes.

Are you in love with them, or are you in love with the mirage of them?

Everybody deals with their identity their own way. If someone’s not loving their partner for the right reasons, it’ll rear its head eventually, and they’re gonna deal with it. And it’s not my job to be judging all these yellow shorties with white dudes.

It’s been a rough week for Steve Harvey.

Los Angeles Chargers Logo

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The San Diego Chargers are now moving back to Los Angeles! The Los Angeles Rams now have a crosstown rival. The last time The Chargers and The Rams were both stationed in LA simultaneously was in 1960! And the last time LA had 2 pro football teams was in 1994.

Other headline: Is Chargers’ new logo the product of a Dodgers-Lightning hookup?

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