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Friday 05.30.08

Trent talks dating (again) his neighbors and some other stuff.


Witty Wednesday 05.28.08






New Music Tuesday

One thing I can count on for sure is a veteran artist dumbing down their abilities to fit into today's music market, which I find nothing wrong with, unless you turn down the lights so low we forgot that you were even standing there, let alone singing. I think in all fairness, me and a hand few of other music lovers are waiting on the industry to return to the late 80's early to mid 90's when music was fun, thought provoking and classic.
Usher returns post marriage and baby to let us know where he stands: matured and madly in love.

His new "hit" Love In This Club, which I wasn't and still not completely sold on - but I am sold on his new CD. Usher provides a nice mix of R&B dance tracks that I doubt will become classics and a cluster of mid-tempo tracks that are more than radio friendly with the cross over appeal that Usher achieved with his '8701' disc.

While Usher experiments with the 80's inspired R&B tracks better than anyone who has been playing around with the revamped sound, there is a little something off (vocally) about this CD...but it isn't enough to make you want to turn and it doesn't obstruct the enjoyment factor of the new music. The set is definitely a banger, not a complete play through but enough consistency that Usher brought his last three albums (My Way, 8701, Confessions) It almost seems as if that he just went into the studio and had fun, but that also means that he really didn't connect to what he was singing, not that he didn't mean it, but the emotional capability when Usher sings (Can You Help Me, Slow Jam, Confessions) just wasn't there this time around, one may think that he was on American Idol 'playing it safe.'

Standout Tracks: This Ain't Sex, Trading Places, Whats Your Name, Something Special, Lifetime

The CD is great but it's predictable nothing new or uncovered about Usher as an artist. But It's definitely worth buying. It's a great groove CD.


The Best Of In The Mix With Trent

Trent interviews YouTube Legend that deserves her own network TV show: Alexyss K. Tylor, author, TV host and Speaker of "Vagina Power"

Originally Aired: 08.17.07


Tarrance v. Trent; Self v. Ego; Man v. Self; You v. The Parody of your own existence

Some days I feel like I am in place; aligned with the work that God has sent me here to do.

Sometimes I feel like I am misunderstood, taken for granted or way too seriously.
Then other times I blend right in, say the right things, stand with the right people.

But what is blending in? What is being right? What is the right thing to say? Maybe a lie to continue the further perpetuation of a deteriorating community that is only being led down a darker sink whole simply because they think that know one cares, no one loves them. I just told you I suffer from the same thing.

But what happens. When. Someone starts to love themselves. They start to shake off the bullshit, the shell that they’ve allowed other people to build; become the face of who they are.

Some days I am valued.
Some days I am underappreciated.

But then understanding kicks in. I love who I am and I accept who I am and then my duty, my requirement to other black men to help them find the peace that I found, the understanding that I’ve received comes into play. I am allowed to operate in a way in which I can not only free myself, but free others. Understanding that life is only a reflection of what you’ve thought.

I see his intensity. His burning desire to be and do better. I can see his pulsating passion the intensity that he expresses with the one he loves. I can see his hurt, I can see he’s moved on from that. He’s gentle but powerful, strong but soft, warm and soothing. He loves music – knows all of the lyrics and the years. He loves Janet Jackson. He’s old school, he loves to dance…he loves to have fun…clown around…share a kiss. He loves the idea of being in love, and he loves being in love. But can he make love work? He reminds me of me, when I’m in love.

I see his style, his flair for expressing himself. The creativity in him, his social effervescence. The finer, grander things in life. He’s hot, but he’s cold. He cares, but he doesn’t get attached. He helps you when he has it, but when you don’t you’ll know it. You’re with him when he’s high, you’re right there when he’s low. But you never know what you’re going to get. Good or bad, the ugly and the shade. No one has it together; but you think he does. Reminds me of this person I created. The one that reels you in and sits you down…but always does a magic trick and flips the script on you…just when you think you know, you don’t, but just when you think you do…you’ve met a man that reminds me of Trent Jackson and that’s not always a good thing…depending on how you handle him.

We’re all at conflict with ourselves. Who do you let win? I’ve learned that the good always does outweigh the bad, and the good guy always wins – because he understands the rules of karma. It’s better to do right by people, instead of fucking them over.
But it’s funny how we like having our cake and eating it too.


Bliss: A Conversation with myself about boys

Even if I write something pertaining to him,
he's late. Because what I write is past tense. Thus I am still 10 steps ahead.

Music is the backdrop to the script...that is constantly in re-writes. I thought the writers strike took care of issues like this. Again, she sings melodies intricately placed over produced, sometimes over, tracks that vibrate deep in my soul, ring in my ear and stir up some type of tingling sensation on my balls...that have only been flicked by the tongue right, once.

He thought he had me where he wanted me. Even if I was oblivious to his flirts...I don't chase after niggas and I proved that to him when I acted like he was out of my realm, not of my world, when I called him...the one who was the master at chess games.

I figured since the summer was here, I would let go of the old insecurities and date 96 people at once...but only fling with that one...that one that lasted through the summer and into the fall...and to the cold nights in winter where I would nestle under the strength of him and lean on the strength of me...for it's me who has to deal with him when he's not there...even though he brings out the worst in me at times, I figure it's only brought up because it needs to be dealt with.

Then I am perfect - but in that perfection is the constant of imperfection.
I am learning.

God sent me MH...he called me on the beach that night I stepped out from the dark to gather my thoughts under the moon light while i listened to the tides crash into waves.

But it became clear under the abyss of the smokened haze that filled the room and I understood what Let Go meant when she sang it. And I did that's why I am able to have a conversation with him today.

But I realized that he was the one that I should be with. After it's all said and done...
The intense passion that rules him, the eye contact that we make when we are near each other. The feeling that made me feel like I was the only one in the world. He was attentive...He was empathetic...and he didn't mind holding me. He's in tune with my body chemistry...

I'm not...
Because even in knowing comes confusion.
I bet he doesn't know that I have a crush on him.
I bet he still thinks that I am in love with him.
I bet he thinks I am ruled by my heart.

All of them are right.




I really need to sit back and take all of this in...

Sometimes it's best not to say anyone.

But there is always a microphone ready to record what I need to say...typically on Fridays.


Friday Finale 05.09.08

Trent talks relationships and plays his exclusive interview with Cleavester Brooks.


There is a show...and it will be here by, 11:30 a.m. eastern time....8:30 for the west coast folks....

This just goes to show you how overworked and underpaid I am...I just have just pulled off a live show...

But it will be here...shortly.

much love and have a great weekend...!



sometimes, i just have to laugh at the people that Lucifer is working through to block my luminous presence. I just do...

It's really not my fault that I want more. I get more. And I excel at everything I do. In my mind we are all on the same playing field...some of us lack real work ethic and expect for everything to fall into our laps without hard work, but then we have the nerve to get mad at the next person because they work hard and get results.

am I a friend or foe? I'd like to think I know...

sometimes i feel like I am too upfront...even if I mellow my words out to be less offensive and more constructive...but I still find in that people can't handle even thinking differently.

i believe in respect. if you respect me enough to hand me your number and say call you...and I do, then you act infantile and then you see me three days later in person and I ignore you, just as you did me, does that make either one of us wrong?

shall I reach into my bag of tricks, for anything I might have
missed, left over from a painful past?


As Much As I want to...

I can't and I won't place myself in the position to feel emotions that I've experienced before that I did not like. Make sense?

I was not raised to love myself. I was not raised to focus on myself...but that doesn't mean I can't learn and actually start doing what makes me FEEL good. In order for others to love and accept me for who I am, I need to do that first - and as long as I am allowing my filters to build up with bullshit, my growth and my happiness can not happen.

I am not one to answer to anyone. For the first time in my entire young life, I LOVE MYSELF AND I AM ENJOYING MYSELF. And in that, I am not getting caught up in other people and their melodramatic insecurities acted out on my stage...leave that shit over there. I have pulled all the way back to get my shit together...My toilet has been out of order for such a long time, my own shit started stinking and backing up...

Never allow yourself to be caught up in what other people want you to do.

Sometimes there is nothing to be said, even though there is something to be said for not saying anything.

P.S. At the end of the day...who gives a fuck what someone else thinks? I AM DOING ME...SO DO YOU! But do you without being offensive and disrespectful.


Friday Finale 05.02.08

Trent talks about other authors, myspace, a few things he has to get off his chest and he interviews Dwight O'neal, Executive director of Christopher Street the Series as he promotes his new music single, "Popparazzi Rant"