Neighbors, a Biopic

Lil Wayne, in Complex:

C: What about Mark Cuban?

LIL WAYNE: He's a G for real, I saw him coming out of my condos one day with an iPod on him and two big niggas with him, ain't no security. They were just rocking, three together. I ain't got no racist issues, but when you see a cracker with two niggas, you know that cracker got all that money, he don't even need to see a nigga, no black people ever need to come in his eyesight he's so rich-and these your homeboys? I respect the fuck out of him for that, you know, and he ain't see me but he saw my homie, he asked him what's popping tonight, he's a G for real, so I fuck with Mark Cuban heavy. I love a nigga who do what the fuck he want, just like I told you, Martin Luther King said we can do what the fuck we want, he do what the fuck he want, him and Bam Margera. What will Bam do next? Whatever the fuck they want...that's one of my favorite shows.

That part about Bam kind of spoils the wealth, but there's no taking back the inevitable. Mark Cuban is in this.

UPDATE: Possibly heartless Longform.


At 12/05/2007 3:02 PM, Blogger gordon gartrelle said...

Wow. He is even stupider than I thought he was.

At 12/05/2007 3:04 PM, Blogger goathair said...

Does this mean we finally get to talk about how over-rated Wheezy F. is?

At 12/05/2007 3:05 PM, Blogger jawaan oldham said...

What in the name of fuck does Bam Margera have to do with anything?

At 12/05/2007 3:48 PM, Blogger db said...

Awesome. Weezy's brain is just wired differently to most, so calling him stupid doesn't make a lot of sense. I'd say that to put Cole Margera and Mark Cuban in the same para is kinda interesting, two really annoying white dudes.

This also makes it clear why Stern and Cuban are never going to get along - Stern is basically out to protect the league for white (mass) culture, while Cuban as a media exec has a handle on the fact that you don't need to pander to a racist mainstream to make money.

At 12/05/2007 4:11 PM, Blogger Ghost Deini said...

I don't think Stern is going out of his way to keep all the white racists who watch the NBA (is this really a substantial demographic anyways?). But I agree that he's definitely got an agenda to the effect of subverting the hip hop culture that's becoming almost synonymous with basketball. Right or wrong, I think the dichotomy makes this game all the more interesting.

At 12/05/2007 9:31 PM, Blogger Caleb Tyler Adam said...

@ ghost deini:

I don't think that proud, self-identified racists are a substantial demographic - people aren't turning of the NBA, then turning to their wives and saying "You know what I hate about basketball? All the black people." However, what is a significant demographic is people like my dad, and probably many of ours, who couldn't care less about the NBA because of media-perpetuated racial stereotypes: that a black player with a tattoo is a thug, that athletic African-Americans don't have the pure skills of white players of the past, etc. I think that it is certainly true that Stern, with his dress code changes, over-the-top crackdowns on any fighting, etc, is trying to launder the blackness of the association, to pull back into the fold those who would never think of uttering a racial slur but resent the tattooed young black men making millions of dollars on their TVs playing basketball. It's definitely a race issue, as well as an age issue and a class issue.

wv: xfcutb - the name of the play Isaiah draws up for Jamal Crawford with one second left on the clock

At 12/05/2007 9:46 PM, Blogger db said...

tx Caleb, I should have said "implicitly racist", you put it perfectly, esp the class issue.

And that is basically what Weezy seems to me to be saying, pretty insightfully: Cuban is not only representing something which is a commonly-expressed goal in black male culture ("do what the fuck he want", against the system), for Weezy he's demonstrating that he's not carrying hangups about black people in real life - in a way which Stern, Walton, or any number of NBA authority figures obviously are.

Whether or not that's actually true about Cuban is kinda beside the point, though interesting to speculate upon. For me it's all about Lil Wayne's comment telling us a lot about the game and how our identification with it works... great find...

At 12/05/2007 10:16 PM, Blogger Caleb Tyler Adam said...

true, true. did you read the whole interview? bro is meditative, but also straight up vulnerable. that's what really surprised me.

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