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South Central Was A Comedy Film

South Central Was A Comedy Film

South Central is a classic "hood" film that's been named drop on everything from URL battles to Jay'z Blueprint 2 album. Kanye West, who I always assumed was rapping under a weird pseudonym of Rajé Shwari (oops) said, "...Ray Ray is that your car?" which was an obvious nod to the comedian Ray Ray who was the co-founder (with OG Bobby Johnson) and later sole leader of the Hoover Street Deuces. Make NO mistake about it, South Central was a comedy film and I am here to open your eyes and tell you how. 

For those that don't know, there was an influx of "hood" movies. I use quotation marks because movies are movies and while I understand the hood isn't just the "hood" it felt like the only movies made about people of color by the others would depict us as nothing more than thugs but whatever; not for today. But a movie about us made by them could only lead it to be funny and wrong as all hell. Let's examine some evidence I gathered. 

So you mean to tell me after OG Bobby Johnson killed Genie Lamp, a Kansas City pimp who sells "smack" (not at all stereotypical), he goes to jail and gets 1 fuck ass book from Ali, then all of a sudden grows glasses on his face? Aight bet. My personal Jesus told you, "Cuz the nigga wear a kufi, it doesn't mean that he's bright..." Was he talking about Nas or Ali? Shit deeper than rap.

Maybe Ali was bright, because not only was he a librarian, he performed reconstructive facial surgery. So you mean to tell me Ali was really Dr. Miami of the penitentiary? Aight bet. I wonder what else Ali was into? Gardening perhaps? I mean we can't put shit past him at this point in the movie. Ali was a LA Power Ranger.

Ok so after getting out on parole for murder, I mean good for him, OG Bobby Johnson had an outfit reminiscent of an Arrested Development band member but went to jail in a white t-shirt? Aight bet. Kyle Barker face wasn't fooling me; OG Bobby Johnson was now Robert. 

I find it real hard to believe Deuce was the strongest gang in all the land if this little hugged ass kid was giving up the info on Jay Rock whereabouts without asking for paperwork, identification or asking how old his son is now? Aight bet. Furthermore where were this kids parents? They were just hanging out in a lot during 5th grade recess? 

So now that the reformed Robert Johnson has found where Jay Rock is at, he begs the white man to see his own son; again with no identification whatsoever. But look how he shook this mans hand. I felt like OG Bobby Johnson was still creeping in Robert's soul. That's an aggressive ass handshake; reel him in with the left, give him a sturdy shake with the right. So either Robert was fully a white man now or he was doing the Milly Rock. Aight bet. His shirt still pissing me off at this point too.

You can just tell Jay Rock didn't have a father in his life. Look at his haircut. That's child abuse if I've ever seen it. He got the Fresh Prince "Why he don't want me man" fade. Then take a gander at his British Knights, no way a well nourished child would wear sneakers that dirty with laces looking like a double dutch rope. Pray for Jimmy, remember when Ma$e said that? So is this who Ma$e meant we needed to pray for? Deeper than rap.

How you get Mr. Krabs meme'd and a WorldStar (fuck them and their site for the record) moment in 1992. So you mean to tell me after Bear (of course that's the big black dudes name, not racist at all) basically gave Robert CTE off a 1 hitter quitter, he rose from the dead, gave him a chop to the throat and stole his weapon? Aight bet. So Ali was also a karate instructor. 

So now Ray Ray, who looks just like Genie Lamp (Inception perhaps?), has a gun in his hand and Jay Rock. You mean to tell me you the most ruthless gang banger in all the land and you all of a sudden have a heart? So Ray Ray, who also looks like he was on a S-Curl box or 3 in his day, is just a pillar of his community now? He's just out here reuniting families and broken homes? Aight bet. Look at Jay Rock's eyes, excuse me Jimmy's (cuz once his pops hugs him he changes his entire life around), he didn't get his chance to ride out on Willie Manchester cuz his father gave him a speech that, you guessed it, Ali told him. 

 

This movie is a comedy of bullshit but hilarious bullshit nonetheless.

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