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The Eldrick Woods Relationship Blog: B.o.B.'s "Nothin' On You" and 4 Other Wedding Rap Songs

Is it possible for a hip-hop song to ever be a wedding song? Where they do that at?

Well, I have yet to see it with my own eyes, but I believe not only is it possible, it should also be encouraged. I have been to more than a few weddings in my day, seen a few first dances as husband and wife, and more often than not, it’s been something from the great R&B songbook.

Don’t get me wrong. I love Luther Vandross as much as the next person, but frankly, I think some couples need to start keeping it real. Some crooning and sanging trigger not everyone’s fondest memory of the person they’re going to marry. Sometimes it’s some clever lyricism and wordplay in three 16-bar verses, slightly accented by a melodic hook. Sometimes the song has curse words in it, but so do some D’Angelo songs, right?

Now who knows what rap song will be the flavor of the month around the time I meet the woman I’m going to marry, but if it is a rap song, please believe I will make every effort possible to make it our wedding song. This is not because I am trying to put on some macho front, as though I’m too hard for all that soft, quiet storm ish. This is because sometimes I like to go against tradition, and I encourage anyone who is reading this and is about to get married or knows someone about to get married, to do the same by choosing to go with rap over R&B and soft pop ballads as their wedding song. Here are my five suggestions.

Song: “Nothin’ On You”
Artist: B.o.B. feat. Bruno Mars
Album: B.o.B Presents: The Adventures of Bobby Ray

Now this was the song that admittedly inspired today’s post. Though B.o.B. is rapping from the perspective of a man ready to settle down, as is Bruno Mars who sings on the hook, chicks love this song. Since its release to the masses, I have been to many a Facebook page, glance over at many a woman Ipod’s on the train, and this song seems to be the one I see most. Dare I say this might be one of hip-hop’s best love songs ever created, not just from a lyrical stand, but as a complete song, from the chorus to the Jim Jonsin-helmed beat. Some couple getting married this summer needs to make this the song they first dance to as husband and wife.

Song: “I Believe In You”
Artist: Snoop Dogg feat. Latoiya Williams
Album: Paid Tha Cost To Be Tha Boss

A little known album-cut from Snoop’s slept-on 2003 effort, “I Believe In You” is more fit to be a wedding song than even other often-used matrimony classics like Prince’s “Adore.” What makes “I Believe In You” work is not only Snoop rapping as the married man he is, but also the slowed-down-but-not-too-slow tempo of the song’s beat. No need for grinding here, just a soft two-step. Oh and Latoiya’s signing on the hook is damn near perfect.

Song: “Best I Ever Had”
Artist: Drake
Album: So Far Gone
 
I have never witnessed it first hand, but I’m pretty sure some couple somewhere in this world used the record from where “Best I Ever Had” is sampled as their own wedding song. “Fallin’ In Love” by Hamilton, Joe Frank & Reynolds was the pop trio’s biggest hit in 1975, so you can’t tell me there wasn’t some husband and wife dancing along to it for the first time as Mr. and Mrs. Somebody.  When Drake’s producer Boi-1da sampled the original to create the music for “Best I Ever Had”, couples were doing to it in 2009 what couples were doing to the original in 1975. Falling in love. So I ask, what’s stopping the 2009 version of “Fallin’ In Love” from being a wedding song? We all know there’s a clean version out there. Get it and dance to it, till death do you part.

Song: “’03 Bonnie & Clyde”
Artist: Jay-Z feat. Beyoncé
Album: The Blueprint 2
 
R&B or rap, there aren’t too many songs rapping and singing about holding each other down by two people who hold each other down in real life as husband and wife. This 2003 classic has great parts to rap along to for the males and a great bridge for the woman to sing along to. If you’re the type of married couple who likes to sing duets at karaoke bars, this one is pretty much guaranteed to be in the big book of songs.

Song: “International Players Anthem”
Artist: UGK feat. OutKast
Album: Underground Kingz
(Limited Edition)
Yes, Andre 3000’s verse is the only one out of the four that specifically glorifies monogamy. Yes the rest of the verses talk about various forms of pimping. Yes Pimp C’s line, “My bitch is choosy/love her/never fuck without a rubber/never in the sheets/like it on top of the cover” is a line that should never ever be said at a wedding, whether rapped or spoken. But have you seen the video? Have you!? Now THAT’S a wedding. If a song like this gets a wedding like that, my wife and I are definitely dancing to this one.

 

 

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Killer Mike Gives Emotional Speech Urging Peaceful Protests Amid Unrest In Atlanta

Killer Mike joined T.I., and Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms in delivering emotional pleas to discourage ATLiens from burning the city as protests broke out on Friday (May 29) in response to the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and countless victims of police brutality.

“I don’t want to be here,” began Killer Mike. “I’m the son of an Atlanta city police officer, my cousin is a police officer…I got a lot of love and respect for police officers down to the original eight [Black] police officers in Atlanta that, even after becoming police, had to dress in a YMCA because white officers didn’t want to get dressed with ni**ers. And here we are, 80 years later and I watched a white officer assassinate a Black man and I know that tore your heart out. I know it’s crippling and I have nothing positive to say in this moment because I don’t want to be here.”

The Atlanta native went on to share background on his family’s involvement in the Civil Rights Movement, and other social justice issues. “I’m duty-bound to be here to simply say, 'It is your duty not to burn your own house down for anger with the enemy.’”

In what turned out to be another viral moment, Tip called Atlanta “Wakanda” while imploring demonstrators not to destroy the city. “Atlanta has been here for us, this city don’t deserve that. I understand that a lot of others do, but we can’t do this here, this is Wakanda. It’s sacred. It must be protected,” said the 39-year-old rapper.

Mayor Bottoms simply told protestors to simply “go home.”

“Above everything else, I am a mother to four Black children in America, one of whom is 18 years old,” she said. “When I saw the murder of George Floyd, I hurt like a mother would hurt. Yesterday, when I heard there was a rumor about violent protests in Atlanta, I did what a mother would do: I called my son and I said ‘where are you?’ I said ‘I cannot protect you and Black boys shouldn’t be out today.’ So you’re not going to out-concern me, and out care about where we are in America.

“I wear this each and every day and I pray over my children each and every day. What I see happening on the streets of Atlanta is not Atlanta. This is not a protest. This is not in the spirit of Martin Luther King Jr. This is chaos.”

WATCH: "If you love this city, go home!" https://t.co/c8cPBZLATJ pic.twitter.com/v9IEBVoXpB

— WSB-TV (@wsbtv) May 30, 2020

At the request of Mayor Bottoms, Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp issued a state of emergency in Fulton County, and deployed 500 troops from the state's national guard.

They will deploy immediately to assist @ga_dps, @GaDNRLE, @GA_Corrections & local law enforcement who are working tirelessly to subdue unlawful activity & restore peace. We will continue to make all state resources available to local leaders during this emergency situation. (2/2)

— Governor Brian P. Kemp (@GovKemp) May 30, 2020

See Killer Mike's full statement below as well as photos and video of the protests.

A powerful scene in Atlanta right now, this gives me chills. pic.twitter.com/SK7oOvzs8g

— Everything Georgia (@GAFollowers) May 29, 2020

More shots from Atlanta tonight pic.twitter.com/TmUmW5nXxZ

— kieron (@kieroncg) May 30, 2020

The chief of police in Atlanta talking and listening to everyone that has something to say#ATLFORUS #AtlantaProtest pic.twitter.com/qirbQRgViU

— Lilly - BLACK LIVES MATTER (@joonhopekook) May 29, 2020

It’s not just Minneapolis, we are now seeing protests in cities across the country over the death of George Floyd. This is in Atlanta as some smash the glass at our downtown CNN headquarters. #GeorgeFloyd pic.twitter.com/iwJxFaUfxW

— Omar Jimenez (@OmarJimenez) May 30, 2020

Police cars getting literally destroyed in Atlanta outside the CNN Center pic.twitter.com/x5zRxZVQpb

— Fernando Alfonso III (@fernalfonso) May 29, 2020

Downtown Atlanta right now.... PEACEFUL PROTEST ! #BlackLivesMatter ! pic.twitter.com/6nejzqccVE

— KP 🦋. (@kailynnlee) May 29, 2020

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Breonna Taylor’s Family Vows To Continue Fight For Justice: “Please Keep Saying Her Name”

Breonna Taylor must not be forgotten. The family of the 26-year-old EMT who was shot and killed by Louisville police officers in March, released a statement encouraging peaceful protests and the continued fight for justice.

Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear read the statement from Taylor’s mother, Tamika Palmer, on CNN on Friday (May 29).

“Breonna devoted her own life to saving other lives, to helping others, to making people smile, and to bringing people together,” the statement reads. “The last thing she’d want right now is any more violence. Changes are being made, but it’s not enough. We will not stop until there is truth, justice and accountability. Breonna’s legacy will not be forgotten. And it’s because of all of us saying her name and demanding justice. We are saying her name more each day. Thank you.

“Please keep saying her name. Please keep demanding justice and accountability, but let’s do it the right way without hurting each other. We can, and we will make some real change here. Now’s the time. Let’s make it happen.”

Seven people were shot during a protest for Taylor in Louisville on Thursday (May 28). The shooting victims were treated and are in stable condition, according to Louisville Mayor Greg Fisher. Fisher also reposted a video message from Taylor’s family urging peace amid the protests.

A message from Breonna Taylor’s family urging protestors to be peaceful, go home and keep fighting for truth. pic.twitter.com/if5MH5UcCW

— Mayor Greg Fischer (@louisvillemayor) May 29, 2020

On March 13, 2020, Louisville police officers kicked in Taylor’s door without warning and opened fire. Authorities claim that they were executing a “no-knock” search warrant stemming from an alleged drug investigation involving another man who did not live in Taylor’s home, and had already been arrested.

“Police just unloaded 25 to 30 rounds, I mean they’re shooting from the front door, they’re shooting from the window, they’re shooting from the patio,” attorney Benjamin Crump told Essence on Friday. “They’re so reckless, they shoot a bullet into the next door neighbor’s apartment where their five-year-old daughter is asleep in her room. “They didn’t even have to come in her [Taylor's] apartment. They already had the person they were searching for in custody.”

Taylor’s family filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the LMPD accusing the department of excessive force and gross negligence. In wake of Taylor’s murder going public, LMPD has changed its policy and will now require no-knock warrants to have a police chief’s signature. The department also made it mandatory for LMPD officers to wear body cameras.

A 911 call made by Taylor’s boyfriend, Kenneth Walker, after the shooting was made public on Thursday. “I don’t know what’s happening somebody kicked in the door and shot my girlfriend,” Walker can be heard saying through tears. Police arrested Walker for shooting at cops whom he assumed were robbers. The charges were later dropped.

Listen to the emotional 911 call below.

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Fired Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin Arrested For Murder Of George Floyd

Fired Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin was arrested for the murder of George Floyd on Friday (May 29), Hennepin County D.A. Mike Freeman confirmed at a press conference.

“Former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin has been charged with murder and with manslaughter. He has been charged with third-degree murder,” said Freeman.

“There could be more charges later. The investigation is ongoing. We felt it important to focus on the most dangerous perpetrator,” Freeman said when asked if the three additional fired MPD officers will be charged in Floyd’s murder. The third-degree murder charge suggests that Chauvin had no intent to kill Floyd. If convicted, the charge carries a maximum sentence of 25 years.

Chauvin's arrest follows three days of protests in an around Minneapolis. On Thursday (May 28), the MPD’s third precinct went up in flames.

The Minneapolis Police Department’s Third Precinct has been set on fire pic.twitter.com/h85rjffLgc

— philip lewis (@Phil_Lewis_) May 29, 2020

“We have never charged a case in that time frame. We can only prove a case when we have substantial evidence,” added Freeman who maintained that the timing of the arrest was a result of a final piece of evidence, although he refused to go into detail. “We have now been able to put together the evidence that we needed. Folks, I’m not gonna’ talk specifically about this piece of evidence, or that piece of evidence. You will see.”

Freeman did however state the that evidence collected in the case includes citizen video, officer body cam footage, witness statements, and a “preliminary report” from the medical examiner.

Chauvin was the officer filmed jamming his knee into Floyd’s neck as he gasped for air and pleaded, “Please! Please! I can’t breathe!”

The fatal incident unfolded on Monday (May 25) afternoon. Police were called to Cup Food grocery store after Floyd allegedly tried to use a fraudulent $20 bill. MPD claimed that Floyd resisted arrest but a security camera recording shows him walking calmly in handcuffs while being escorted to a patrol car by an MPD officer.

Video footage release by store owner who stated George did not resist arrest as stated on the police report #GeorgeFloyd #BlackLivesMatters pic.twitter.com/aqFzkPmnEp

— Que ™ (@RealQDaKidd) May 27, 2020

Additional footage, recorded by a teenage bystander, captured Floyd's last few minutes alive. Floyd, 46, was pronounced dead at a local hospital.

Chauvin may have already known Floyd as they both worked security for the Minneapolis club, El Nueva Rodeo.

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