"Niggas in Paris," Clean or Uncensored: Which Does My Kids More Injustice?
Bay, foreground, and Meechy: Toughness Training
*"Niggas in Paris": Jay-Z and Kanye Will Perform It 13 Times When They're Here. Seriously.
*There's a 5-Year-Old Girl Who Looks Like Adele on My Sons' YMCA Basketball Team. I Hate Her
The conversation eventually became about music, and maybe that was the intended point anyway, but it started out about Toughness Training.
Toughness Training is a series of games the boys and I made up. They're a lot like normal kid games, except way the fuck less boring. Most of them involve a ball, and all of them involve being (or becoming) tough (or, at the very least, what is traditionally accepted as "being tough").
There's one game called Loose Ball. It's pretty simple. We play it in the master bedroom. The boys stand with one hand on the wall farthest from the bed. I take a ball, throw it on the bed, shout, "LOOSE BALL," and then they run and dive after it. Whoever gets the ball wins.
There's this other game called "Hold Fight." It's even simpler. One boy holds a ball (usually a small basketball, but sometimes a football) as tight as he can. I say, "Go," and then the other one has six seconds to rip it away. Whoever has the ball at the end wins.
There's this other game called "Crazy Race." It's the most simple. It's just like a regular race, except you're encouraged to impede your opponent's progress by whatever force you deem necessary. (I think Jason Statham stole the idea and turned it into Death Race, but I'm not certain because I never actually watched Death Race.)
At any rate, Toughness Training -- or, the varying degrees of the intensity of the application of Toughness Training, anyway -- is how the conversation started. From there, it turned to Kanye West. More specifically, it turned to Kanye West rapping, "Fuck that bitch, she don't wanna dance" in "Niggas In Paris."
I have two versions of Watch The Throne on my iPod. There's the normal, unfiltered, enjoyable version, and then there's the tempered, clean version (which, ironically, can only be described as "fucking shitty").