by Loupy D. (09/19)
What up web heads? You know, you really should go out and see what's
happening in the real world because that’s the only way you are going
practice getting to know how to relate to people on the I and I level.
It's cool to come here and get your info and whatnot, but remember that
hip-hop comes from the street, not the microchip.
With that said, welcome to this month’s special edition of Kuban Links.
If you were lucky enough to peep the last print edition of KRONICK, you
read a review I did on a book called The Art of Mackin' by Tariq "K-Flex"
Nasheed. I got a chance to chat with the author online about his book and
website, www.theartofmackin.com . Peep the exchange as you learn the methods
of a VIRTUAL MACK.
KRONICK: Tariq! What's up potna? This is Loupy... are you busy right now?
TARIQ: Whassup pimpin?
KRONICK: Getting' my grind on dawg... listen, I need an address so that I
can send a mag to you with the book review in it. This interview is gonna
go up online.
KRONICK: So how successful has the book been?
TARIQ: That shit has been runnin off the bookshelves. We've sold over
100,000 copies so far… it seems like everyone has the book now, and
what's good is that people who normally don't read books have it.
KRONICK:That is a good thing. Who do you think are the biggest readers:
men or women?
TARIQ: I talked to a bookstore last week and they said waaaay more
women are buying the book than men.
KRONICK: Why do you think that is?
TARIQ: Whenever I do radio interviews and book signings, women call up
the bookstores acting all mad. But then they come in and buy 2 and 3
books for them and their friends. I think it's because women, deep
down, really want the truth. The truth hurts at first (that's why a
lot of them act hostile when they first hear about the book) but
eventually they want to read the truth because there are so many
bullshit ass relationship books out right now that pander to the
female audience, and tell them what they want to hear. In the long run,
that doesn't help women at all. Then we have all these male bashing books
that make women blame men for all of their problems. My book makes women
look at themselves and show them how they can get their shit together.
KRONICK: Most women are trying to figure us men out anyway, so by giving
them a male's perspective, they can get a better understanding of how we
TARIQ: See, women know that the easiest way to control or manipulate a
man is by using her sexuality. But in my book, I teach men how to trump
a woman's sex card, and not let your sexual desires control your game,
and this is what makes a lot of women scared.
KRONICK: the truth really will set you free...
TARIQ: cuz the average female don't know how to handle a man without
using her sexuality, so when a man don't give a damn about banging
her, she is forced to bring other things to the table, and many women
don't HAVE shit else to bring to the table!
TARIQ: Ya feel me?
KRONICK: Like silk boxers! I have tried a few of your techniques
you outlined in the book and everything you're saying is true.
TARIQ: I teach women that 'being fine as hell' aint enough for a
true mack. I tell women that they have to bring more to the table
than just being 'cute'. I can't go to AT&T and tell them 'I can't
pay my phone bill this month, but I have a fine ass bitch at home'.
KRONICK:LOL! What exactly does a woman have to bring in order to be
down with a true mack?
TARIQ: See, many women like to date men who have paper... She
really don't care how he got the money, she just likes the fact
that he has it... but a true mack likes a female who has paper
as well. But we aren't concerned with her actual material items.
We are more impressed by the KNOWLEDGE she used to obtain those
material things, cuz she can use that same knowledge to bring
more money to the table when we hook up.
KRONICK: So patience is a key ingredient in the game as well...
TARIQ: Fa sho... but motivation is another key...Cuz I tell guys
to not waste too much time on one bitch- a lot of guys will use
all their mackin energy on one broad who isn't cooperating with him,
when he could just simply step to the next female who is feeling his game.
KRONICK: What are some other key points not mentioned in the book that
one must know in order to maximize game?
TARIQ: There are a lot of unwritten rules of the game that many aspiring
macks should know....for example..
1) never spend more than $20 on a FIRST date
2) a woman with 3 or more tattoos is a HO
3) never call a woman more than 3 times without her reciprocating (or she will look at you as being a bug-a-boo)
4) never trust a woman who doesn't give you oral sex
KRONICK: That's an interesting rule...
TARIQ: It really is- that one many guys don't know about, cuz a woman
performing oral sex on a man is the ultimate form of submission.
KRONICK: How can you tell if a woman is down with that besides just
straight out askin'?
TARIQ:If you have dated a woman for more than a month, and she still
won't do it to you, she's not down with you 100%, cuz if a woman is
TRULY down with a man, she will suck that dick. Also, guys should
assume when they meet a female, she is already involved. Most females
under the age of 27, who are fairly attractive, are fuckin' SOMEBODY.
KRONICK: That way you aren't embarrassing yourself when putting the mack
TARIQ: See, most squares (guys who aren't in 'The Life'), think with
their egos...They want to believe that when they meet a female, she has
dropped every man in her life for him, and squares are very possessive
about pussy, but those of us who are in 'The Game', will accept a
female who is having sexual relations with other men. Cuz we know that
her 'ho-ishness' is not a reflection of us.
KRONICK: Were you ever a square?
TARIQ: Sure I was a square!
KRONICK: And how long was it before you became a mack?
TARIQ: I crossed over into the game at an early age. To become a mack,
one has to go through the 'player stage'... and the reason why most guys
don't live up to their full mack potential is because they get stuck in
the player stage, and player's main motivation is to get pussy, and a
lot of guys are just content with getting pussy.
KRONICK: But the mack's objectives are outlined in the book right?
KRONICK: So people need to go to your website...
TARIQ: They need to go to artofmackin.com.
KRONICK: I'm sure I speak for a lot of people when i say that your
book The Art of Mackin' has given a fresh perspective on relationships...
TARIQ: Man I get thousands of letters every week from guys telling me
that the book has changed their lives!
KRONICK: I gotta wrap this up pimpin'... is there anything else you
want to say… any closing words?
TARIQ: Y'know the Steve Harvey Morning Show (on 100.3 the Beat in
L.A.) has been talking a lot of shit about my book cuz they pander
to the 'bitter female audience'... They keep getting on the air talkin
about the book and saying how they are looking for me, and they want
to have me on the show so they can grill me, etc, but they are full
of shit, cuz they know where to find me. I have offered to go on the
show, and they called me and everything. Then they punked out. Then
they got back on the air and talked more shit. They made it seem like
I'm afraid to confront them. So I'm letting everyone know that I'm
challenging them. I'm not punking out! I stand by the game 100%,
so anytime they are ready..
KRONICK: They won't know what hit 'em!!! HA HA HA!!!
Shared Files by Loupy D.
Those words have meant a lot since my last online update. My computer system
went down and left me out in the virtual cold. If you are a computer head,
you know about shared files. They are files in your computer that share
attributes with other programs on the system. If too many programs are using
too many shared files on Windows 98 your system is bound for a crash and
burn. Like, if you have a wall socket and you keep adding more appliances to
the circuit by using extension cords and adapters and shit, the circuit
blows because of overload. Animal had a similar problem with his Mac, which
is probably one of the reasons Issue #31 never saw the light of day. From
what I've been told though, Mac OS and Linux are programmed to keep all
their files in order while your system is running so there is less likely a
chance that the same problem would occur.
In any case, it's fucked up when the people you buy computers from don't
give you the low down on what could happen when you use your computer over an
extended period of time. Most people are just happy to walk out the door
with a system and get plugged into the Internet and download from Napster,
or play some games, so why spoil their newfound joy over some technical
glitch that will hit you one, two years down the road? I learned the hard
way, but thanks to my homie Jesse at digitalblitz.net, I'm up and running
again. So a quick tip to you Windows users: use your system tools at least
once a month. The three most important ones are scan disk to check for
problems; disk cleanup, to remove files you don't want anymore, and; disk
defragmenter, which partitions all your files in an order that makes them
easily and quickly accessible when you point and click. Mac, Unix and Linux
users don't have to worry about doing this kind of maintenance because those
operating systems are pretty much self-maintaining. People who use their
computers for a living are well aware of these things, but for the
uninitiated who have never suffered a system crash, regular maintenance will
keep your system so fresh and so clean. Now on to hip hop...
I told you that I was going to hit you off with what to be watching for in
the realm of online film sites, but at the time my 56k modem was not OK for
anything except truly testing my patience. So now that my cable company has
finally gotten its act together in the 'hood, I've jumped on the broadband
wagon. Crops of independent film sites have been popping up on the web. A
few have become buzz names in the field of independent film, and you can't
go into a coffeehouse or attend a film festival, like the one held in Los
Angeles a couple of weeks ago, without seeing one of their banners waving
around like they just don't care. The smaller sites cater to whatever
keyword you add in any number of search engines. I thought I'd leave it at
that and let ya'll decide what's best, but here are three that I frequent
quite often in my web adventures...
MediaTrip.com is one of my favorite sites, and was majorly hyped at the L.A.
Independent Film Festival for the past couple of years. They are one of the
biggies in the game, and the content is nice. This is where you can see the
runaway online series Lil' Pimp, a Flash animated cartoon about a little red
haired freckled face kid who hangs with two pimps, Fruitjuice and Nagchampa,
who keep him up on game. Each episode is a twisted frolic that is guaranteed
to give you a good laugh. Not only does this site offer a vast array of
indie videos, but also there is a database where members can post a bio and
get work in their field of expertise. So if you are an actor, actress, model
or musician a membership with this site may be worth your while to get some
AllTrue.com to me is like an online Jackass, the MTV show that depicts
professional dare-takers doing the kind of stuff they warn you not to do at
home. Every week a new feature can be in your email box, and you can also
see some of the all time favorites that were submitted to the site. You can
also rate the amateur video shoots and send the comments to a board where
other members can add their comments as well, or you can send the videos to
friends who don't subscribe to the service, which is basically free
advertising for the site getting other people to join.
The best spot to hit up for hip hop videos is Julio G's WestsideRadio.com.
Julio's roots go way back to LA's early Hip Hop days when the legendary
radio station KDAY was around. He was an original member of the famed
Mixmasters Crew which included people Joe Cooley, MWalk, and Tony G. KDAY of
course was the country's first Hip Hop oriented rap station. Now that he has
been silenced on L.A.'s airwaves for the time being, you check out his
online contribution to the culture. Not only will you have access to videos,
but you can also hear old skool mixes from 1580 KDAY broadcasts recorded in
1988. Definitely one to bookmark for frequent use. Come back again for
another dose online news, and please check the links we have on this page
and support the hip hop community. PEACE!
Web Reviews from Loupy D.
Surfing the net can be more fun than television these days if you ask me. The
interactivity of the whole thing is what grabs me most and an online
experience can be whatever you make it. Of course nothing beats a day in the
sunshine, but web surfing provides electric relaxation for those days you
feel like being a couch potato and sit on your ass in the house all day. With
huge multimedia capabilities, most computers can serve as an entire
entertainment system on your desktop. Hook it up to some fat house speakers
and you're big pimpin' on B-L-A-D'z.
This first edition of web reviews covers
a few of the many music web sites that offer a plethora of services for the
point-and-click inclined. Just about any site you go to offers downloadable
music and video files, email, and searchable databases. The difference is in
the way you get access to these services.
AKA.com claims it is the largest
Hip-Hop website on the Internet. It's pretty straightforward and thorough.
From the home page you can access all kinds of hip-hop related news stories,
video and music clips without registering as a user. Once registered as a
user you have access to email, chat and a grip of other services. AKA also
features Soul, Latin, Rock and Pop sections with the same easy access to the
stuff you want.
Like Yahoo, Listen.com is an Internet directory that points
you to web sites. Directories are good for helping you find obscure shit by
placing them within categories and subcategories. For instance click on
hip-hop, and Listen jumps to a page that can link you to G-Funk, Miami Bass,
Old School, New School West Coast East Coast, Christian, Crossover… you get
the pic. I was kinda mad when I clicked to watch the UMC's video Blue Cheese,
was logged out of Listen and was sent to Launch.com, which prompted me to
become a member so that I could watch the video… can't a brotha enjoy some
music access without taking the time to makeup yet another username and
Next on the virtual list is "the original source for
urban survival", Platform.net. This site lives up to its name by being a
launching point for other hip-hop sites worldwide. It's not as easy to
navigate as some other sites, and you don't really know what you are getting
into when you click on one of the links. On a random check, I came up on a
gaming page that covered sports and video games as they relate to the urban
community. There are also links to clothing sites to get your gear and
Finally, if you just want a fix of some straight dope hip hop,
Hookt.com is your best bet. This site is dedicated to the genre that started
a generation. I love this spot because it's so easy to navigate, and with all
the Flash features, it looks sweet too. It has everything any head could ask
for, including all the stuff the other sites have, plus some extra shit. You
can make up a profile and actually get your chat on, your flow on or your
mack on. You can even hit up on the Web at the Tag Line. The shit is hot, and
that's all I have to say about that! Tune in next issue when I breakdown some
video sites that will give you your money's worth in microprocessor upgrades…
Loupy D. (10/4/00)