Season recap for the ‘Devious Maids’ fans who missed it

“Devious Maids” is back! The season two premiere picked up right where season one left off; and if your jaw dropped during the first season, it will be dismantled this season.

What I love about the series so far is the insane blend of melodrama, comedy, and satire. Sometimes, I want to watch a show that isn’t about saving the world from climate change or giving me tips on how to stay fit and active so I can live to be 130 years old. Sometimes, I want fantasy and laughter with a shot of sarcasm. I get that with this show. I think others want that, too.

One thing I that I find odd are the comments from some that the show is racist, or is only focused on stereotypes of Latina women. Executive producer Marc Cherry has a way of taking negative stereotypes and turning them into positives. Remember “Desperate Housewives?” Eva Longoria as Gabrielle Solis? She was wealthy and successful with a maid of her own. Longoria is now co-executive producer of “Devious Maids.” Also, I’m sure that Carmen and Marisol are college educated. Marisol was the one who figured out that it was Philippe (Stephen Collins) who killed Flora (Paula Garces) in the first season. I don’t believe Longoria would get behind a show that would mock her heritage; not even for a sizable paycheck.

This season, a few of the maids are moving into Beverly Hills mansions of their own. Ana Ortiz’s character, Marisol, is living in a classic Beverly Hills mansion with a devious maid of her own! Roselyn Sanchez’s character, Carmen, has also hit the Beverly Hills jackpot. She may become the next famous singer with her own mansion. For now, though, she’s playing the beard to Latin pop star Alejandro. I think that will change soon. I won’t give away spoilers, but let’s just say it looks like Alejandro’s (and quite possibly, Carmen’s) time in the limelight is fading…fast! If you thought Brenda, Dylan, and the rest of the gang from 90210 had issues, then the characters on this show belong in an insane asylum!

There’s no good or bad on “Devious Maids”—only vindictive and more vindictive! While not all of the maids get down and dirty, there are others who can be just as vindictive and cunning as their bosses. Those are the ones who are qualified to move up the ladder (Carmen and Marisol). Is that not at least partially true in our society? Many (not all) of the people who are in a position of power didn’t get there because they were painfully nice. They got there because they weren’t afraid to ruffle a few feathers and shatter some glass. So, if you want to make it in Beverly Hills as a maid or a mogul, remember this: if you’re rich, someone will want to kill you; if you’re a maid, someone will want to kill you. In the meantime, have great sex, throw back a few drinks, and enjoy the view!

“Devious Maids” airs on Sundays at 10 p.m. on Lifetime.

Lessons from a reality TV housewife

What’s causing the global temperature to rise? Well, it has to be the ladies of Bravo’s most lucrative franchise! Fans of Bravo’s “The Real Housewives Of …” have been swimming in the drama this past year. From Joe and Teresa Guidice’s financial woes; and brother’s in-law Joe Gorga and Joe Guidice’s husky brawl on “The Real Housewives of New Jersey,” to the hair pull of the decade given to Kenya Moore by way of Porsha Stewart on “The Real Housewives of Atlanta,” this has been a violent year for the franchise. “The Real Housewives of Atlanta” reunion, which aired this past Sunday, showed Kenya Moore, former Miss USA being pulled to the ground by Porsha Williams, ex-wife of football player Kordell Stewart. Network President Andy Cohen should be happy. “The Real Housewives Of…” brand has turned Bravo into a reality show heaven; but apparently even he wasn’t happy with what happened on Sunday’s “RHOA” Reunion: Pt. 1 (I still don’t understand two and three-part reunions, but whatever). Many fans of the show aren’t happy either. Here’s the short version of the melodrama:

For the better part of two years, Porsha and Kenya have been soap-like rivals. It had to do with a benefit that Porsha was throwing. She invited Kenya and called her (God forbid) Miss America. Kenya let her know that she was Miss USA. From there, there have been twirls in nightgowns, arguments in exotic locales, and the occasional truce that quickly reverts back to immortal hate between the two. They have constantly attacked each other, especially when it comes to their romantic relationships (Kenya says that Porsha married Kordell to help him hide his homosexuality, Porsha [and many of the other women on the set] believe that Kenya’s supposed African prince is just a figment of her pretty imagination…you get the picture).

At the reunion, Kenya, known for her theatrical props, upped the ante from last year when she opened up a fan whenever someone said something she didn’t like. This year, she had a scepter which was snatched by Porsha and thrown to the floor (but not before she Knighted Andy Cohen), when she had enough of Porsha’s babbling, she pulled out a megaphone, which wasn’t fully functional. **Note to self: Make sure all parts of a megaphone are put together before I use it to blow out someone’s eardrums** This is where the drama ensues: As Kenya is screaming through the megaphone, Porsha snatches it and stands up, Kenya stands up, they have words, and in the twinkling of an eye, former Miss USA is pulled to the ground by former Mrs. Stewart! Kenya surprisingly jumps back to her feet and threatens to leave the set if Porsha stays. Andy tells Porsha (who is clearly distraught that she was physical with Kenya) to take the rest of the reunion off. When season seven of RHOA begins, there may be no Porsha.

As a viewer, I was shocked, but not appalled by the situation. This is Bravo after all. This is the network that let brother’s in-law duke it out in front of family, friends, and trained family counselors (“Real Housewives of New Jersey”); it’s also the same network that allowed doctors’ wives to fight poolside at a birthday party (“Married to Medicine”). A part of me doesn’t get carried away with what’s right or wrong with reality television. I watch programs on PBS. I read novels. These shows are just for fun. Being college educated doesn’t mean that I can’t enjoy reality TV and all the craziness that comes with it. It’s just another platform for aspiring actors and actresses. Just watch an interview with a reality “star”. When the interviewer asks what their long-term goals are, many will say that they want to act in film or television. What happened between Kenya and Porsha is nothing new. Fans of daytime can probably remember when Leslie slapped Monica on General Hospital, or when Alexis and Krystle fought in Alexis’ studio…then a lily pond…then down a hill…and also in a designer showroom, on Dynasty. Maybe some viewers feel that reality TV is actually a real depiction of life. If you want real life, spend some time with your neighbors or watch a documentary. Just remember, when you watch the Housewives of any city, “The Bad Girls Club,” or “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo,” that these people are getting paid to entertain you, should you want to watch. If you don’t want to see a former Miss USA dragged to the ground by a woman who had no idea that the Underground Railroad wasn’t actually a part of Amtrak, then you shouldn’t be watching reality TV.

Striking it rich, again: A new Dallas for a new generation

“Dallas” originally aired on CBS from 1978 until 1991. The show, already popular, became iconic in 1980 when JR Ewing, portrayed by Larry Hagman, was shot in his office. Throughout the summer of that year people were left wondering: “Who shot JR?” Fans finally got the answer in November 1980. The conclusion drew over 100 million people to tune in on a Friday night. Just about every main character was questioned, including his alcoholic wife, Sue Ellen. It was his sister in-law Mary—whom he was having an affair with—that shot him. She ended up dead in a pool not long after that.

Throughout the 1980’s, “Dallas”, along with “Dynasty” (and, to a lesser extent, “Falcon Crest” and “Knots Landing”,) came to represent the excess of money and idolatry of power that came with the decade. It also became quite bizarre, borrowing a few tactics from daytime soap operas.
Another classic cliffhanger came in 1986 when, Bobby Ewing, portrayed by Patrick Duffy, was killed by a hit and run. One day, his wife Pam, wakes up and goes to the shower. Guess who’s lathering up…you guessed it…it was Bobby. Bobby didn’t really die; his wife just had one of the longest dreams in television history!

This storyline was quite controversial because it interfered with sister show, “Knots Landing”. “Knots” centered on black sheep brother Gary Ewing (Ted Shackleford), and his wife, Valene (Joan Van Ark), who moved to California. The shows crossed over occasionally. Ms. Ellie, the family matriarch, along with Bobby, helped Gary and Val move to California. When Bobby “died”, Val and Gary went to Dallas to attend his funeral. Since Pam dreamed this all up, it meant that a full season of Knots would have been a dream as well. Knots Landing kept Bobby dead and, there were no subsequent crossovers for the rest of the shows’ runs.

“Dallas” finally ended its historic and memorable run in 1991 with another classic cliffhanger…JR shoots himself!

The nostalgia that kicks in after something has been off the air for a period of time settles down on people. In my own family I remember hearing about Patrick Duffy’s character Bobby, long before I knew who he was. I knew him as Frank, the character he portrayed on Step-by-Step. I remembered that when my grandmother would watch the show with me, she would smile and say, “There’s Bobby.” She told me about “Dallas” but I didn’t understand why she always had to bring up his name and that show. This was Step-by-Step, not “Dallas”.

I got my answer years later when SoapNet began re-airing shows like “Dallas”, “Dynasty”, “Knots Landing”, “Another World”, and “Ryan’s Hope”. Initially, I was drawn in to the cul-de-sac craziness of “Knots Landing” and the tragedies and triumphs of the characters on “Another World”. Eventually I got to meet Bobby Ewing, figuratively. Now I understand why she couldn’t get him out of her head. Bobby was handsome and charming. Compared to his bad boy brother JR, he could appear the weaker of the two, but he could be just as strong and powerful if he needed to be.

After a while, SoapNet stopped airing these iconic shows from and gagged viewers with endless repeats of Beverly Hills 90210, “One Tree Hill” and “The OC”. While I loved these shows when they aired, seeing them on so much was overload. I wanted my other shows back. Wasn’t there room for them all?
It wasn’t long, though before my appetite for “Dallas” dealings would be satisfied again. In 2012, after a failed attempt at a movie deal and buzz around Hollywood of a remake centering on the children (now adults), TNT and producer Cynthia Cidre brought “Dallas” back to life. The show began airing in June 2012.
“Dallas” began its third season on Feb. 24th. The reason this it’s working, unlike some of the other reboots and remakes of the last decade, is because they brought in original characters from the original show: JR (Hagman), Sue Ellen (Linda Gray) and Bobby (Duffy). The show is working because these characters are not on the back burner. They have just as much story as their adult children.

The show, while still critically acclaimed, is not receiving the ratings it was years ago. Put any top show from 1984 on and see if it will garner thirty five million viewers a week on a broadcast network. Times have changed, there’s so much more out there on television (basic and premium) and the internet, but the interest is still there. “Dallas” may not have thirty five million people watching a week anymore, but two to three million viewers on TNT on a Monday night is nothing to complain about.

I end this post acknowledging the passing of Larry Hagman. He died five episodes in to season two, and while his presence is missed, the actors and actresses are definitely making him proud. I’m sure he’s looking down from his dude ranch in the sky with a sinister grin and a few southern belles by his side.

Dallas airs every Monday at 9 p.m. on TNT.
To learn more about the original series, go to the website www.ultimatedallas.com

Rinse, Wash, Revive: Are soap operas poised for a comeback?

Soap fans rejoice! After years of declining ratings and cancellations, the remaining four daytime soap operas seem to have found steady ground. All four—CBS’s “The Young and the Restless” and “The Bold and the Beautiful,” ABC’s “General Hospital,” and NBC’s “Days of our Lives”—have increased their ratings from year to year. Two of the four, “Days of our Lives” and “General Hospital,” had the bleakest of futures ahead of them this time two to three years ago, with both networks ha dropping soap operas from their lineups for a number of years.

In less than a decade, NBC dropped “Another World” (1999), “Sunset Beach” (2000), and “Passions” (2006), among others. ABC cancelled “Port Charles” (2003) and, in 2011, infamously cancelled two flagship shows: “All My Children” and “One Life to Live” on the same day! CBS cancelled fewer shows in the last decade, but they were two of the longest running shows in television history: “The Guiding Light” (2009), and “As the World Turns” (2010).

There’s nothing wrong with cancelling a soap opera; however, what made these cancellations so frustrating for fans was a lack of viable replacements. Just about all the replacements on all the networks were talk shows and game shows. Again, this is nothing new, but in the previous decades, there was room for soap operas, talk shows, court shows, and game shows. There were a slew of daytime soaps cancelled in the 1980’s, but others were created: “The Bold and the Beautiful” (1987), “Santa Barbara” (1984-1993), “Loving” (1983-1995), and “Generations” (1989-1991), just to name a few.

When ratings for all soaps began to steeply decline in the mid-1990s, executives, writers, and producers became frantic. They threw long-time veterans to the wind and brought on young and beautiful actors and actresses who had no ties to characters currently on the canvas. Whatever the reason for the drop (the OJ Simpson trial, women becoming more active in the workforce, additional channels on cable and network, the expansion of the Internet, too many new unimportant characters, etc.), the changes did not help attract new viewers. Ratings for soaps kept dropping until they began leaving the air. The execs at CBS, ABC, and NBC all came up with the same excuse—reason—for cancelling these shows: they’re too expensive, people don’t want to watch them, and talk shows and reality shows are more popular.

So what has people tuning in again? There’s a good amount of speculation, but I believe soaps have been going back to their roots: taking chances with bold storylines, finding a way to incorporate veteran and new characters, and tying new characters into the families of veteran characters; and, especially important, the writers are trying to bring back a sense of humor, intellect, passion, and love. That hasn’t been around for quite some time.

For soap fans it’s about inter-generational storytelling. It’s one of the places on TV where women in their 50’s and beyond can still carry a storyline, much like Jeanne Cooper, who was a front-burner character on “The Young and the Restless” for forty years. Catherine Chancellor was definitely one of the reasons why that show has been at the top for so long (it’s been the number one soap opera since 1988). The great thing about “The Young and the Restless” is that even when the numbers began to fall, they managed to keep the focus on many of their veteran cast members. Could it be the reason for “General Hospital’s” rise in ratings? In the last two years, characters that have not been seen in the fictional town of Port Charles for twenty years have returned with riveting storylines of their own. As of late, the Quartermaines, once one of the core families of the show, have been given more airtime (but still not enough).

New characters must come on. That’s the only way to keep a soap opera going. What soap writers, producers, and executives need to remember is:

1.) Soap viewers are intelligent; they always have been. As long as there are strong characters and compelling storylines, viewers will tune in. Will there ever be a time when thirty million people watch a soap (like they did when Luke and Laura married on “General Hospital” in 1981)? Probably not. However, a decline in viewership should not mean that writers then dumb down characters, or producers feel obliged to cheapen the look and feel of a show. It will not keep older viewers watching, and it surely will not attract new viewers.

2.) We value our veteran entertainers. Even those of us who weren’t around to witness the height of Luke and Laura (“General Hospital”), Nikki and Victor (“The Young and the Restless,” and Erica and all of her husbands (“All My Children”), know who these people are. You need them to ground your show. They can also teach up and coming actors and actresses a few things. It’s not that the younger set isn’t talented, they just need help honing in their skills, just like the veterans needed help when they were in the same position. There should be a passing of the torch from one generation to the next on a soap opera, but it needs to be handled carefully.

Susan Lucci played Erica Kane on One Life to Live(courtesy of Wikimedia Commons)
Susan Lucci played Erica Kane on One Life to Live (courtesy of Wikimedia Commons)

3.) Read Douglass Marland’s How Not To Wreck A Show. It should be a mantra that the remaining four TV soaps live by if they want to stick around for a few more years. If ratings continue to rise, there may be hope that a new soap opera could end up on network television, the first time since 1999’s “Passions.”

Thanks for reading and feel free to share your opinions!
V.K.G.

The FULL Dunson Interview Transcript

So you read the sample of my interview with Dunson in this month’s edition of The UB Post and are here for the full scoop, right? I’m so glad to hear that! I’ll try not to disappoint.

First, let me give you some updates:

Dunson will be performing locally on the following dates:

Washington, DC at LATGA Sneaker & Music Tour with Camp Lo on Sept. 14. Tickets start at $10 and can be purchased here: Buy Tickets

Baltimore, MD at SoMo Presents: The Ride Tour with Yonas on Sept. 29.  Tickets start at $14.85 in advance and can be purchased here: Buy Tickets

 

See our full interview below:

When did you first recognize your love for music?

My sister had a drum kit in the basement; I was eight years old and she didn’t play it as much so I started playing it and I’m like, “I really like this,” so I started playing with the radio and eventually my mom came home from work one night and was like “Who’s that playing in the basement?”   I’m like “It’s Kenton.”  She was like “Oh my God that sounds good.” And it felt good to be getting good at music; that’s when I fell in love with it. 

Who or what inspires your music?

Every day instances: people’s situations, my own situations, beautiful women walking down city streets, main events.  I talk about the economy.  So it could be anything; if something catches my attention and I’m in a creative zone, I can write about anything.

What are your feelings about the Baltimore music scene?  How do you see it different from DC?  

The Baltimore music scene is very eclectic and easy-going.  You see a lot of indie rock artists and they feel like they’re almost contrarians when it comes to the industry.  They don’t give a fuck…  They just want to play music.  There’s places off North Avenue and in Fed Hill where we can actually go and have our friends come out. It’s rich in sound.  I was mostly influenced by the Baltimore club scene back in the day when Miss Tony, K Swift (RIP) – when there were all the crazy drum patterns and house music.  As far as rap goes, it’s tough because I don’t think the major radio outlets support the local artists, but maybe they can’t anymore because everything is a conglomerate. There’s [still] some dope artists out there like Los, Mullyman, Bossman, my boy Al Great, Green$pan.

You’re from Maryland [the Baltimore area], went to McDaniel College, played football; do you still call Baltimore home? 

I call Maryland home.  I grew up in the middle of Baltimore and DC so I got the best of both worlds.  I’m a suburban boy.  I’m 15 minutes south of Baltimore [which] is the first scene that let me break in… so musically, I call it home.

 Where do you like to go out?

I like Fells Point, right on the waterfront.  Kooper’s Tavern is a dope spot to eat.  Federal Hill; I played 8×10 a lot.  I like going out on North Avenue: The Windup Space, Joe Squared.  I don’t really go clubbing in Baltimore; I come to DC for that.

You worked for T. Rowe Price in finance. It wasn’t making you happy and you decided to quit.  What was that day like? 

I felt like I had the weight off my shoulders because I had the freedom to create all day long, which is the whole reason I did it.  I feel like if you want to specialize and be the best at your craft, you need to devote each and every day to it.  I felt freedom, but I was apprehensive.  I had the fear of falling flat, which I eventually did, but as I look back on it, that’s the most important day of my current career.

 Outside of the lyrical aspects of hip hop, I understand that you play multiple instruments…

I play drums, keys, guitar, and bass.  Those are the four that I actually play songs on.  …I’d like to say that I can play jazz flute or sexy saxophone; I haven’t picked up the horn instruments yet though.

Do you think you’ve made it yet? And if you don’t, what do you think your sign will be?           

I do not feel like I’ve made it.  I have expectations; I’m not going to lie…  I do feel accomplished, but I haven’t made it where I want to be.  I think when I am doing shows like this or out in different areas of the country and consistently see people drawn to my music – when I see that influence – that to me is my ultimate gauge.  When you know you’re touching a lot of people. When people bring up hip-hop, they’ve got to say Dunson.

So basically when you need Malcolm (John Legend’s trainer/bodyguard/friend and Dunson’s manager) to be your security guard?

Malcolm and two other Malcolms.

You opened up for nine — time Grammy Award winner John Legend in Philly last year, what was that like?

It was a dream come true to have one of the people that you almost idolize… When I was sitting at work, I used to look at John Legend Youtube videos of him killing live shows; him and Kanye [West] in the studio.  It was truly an honor. I had to pinch myself backstage and say “Do you realize what you’re doing right now?” So shout out to John Legend for that.

How did that come about?

He heard my music through a production crew named Phatboiz, who I’m now signed to and while they were in a session producing ‘Tonight (Best You Ever Had),’ his only #1 single so far, which is surprising, they played some music we had done.  He asked “Who is this guy? Bring him up!  I want to meet him.” From there he dropped his knowledge on me from time to time and eventually he threw me a bone with the Philly show and ever since then I went over to his house for 4th of July last summer [in LA]. Stevie Wonder showed up.

Wait, was this the Stevie Wonder concert that he just had?

That was the Hollywood Bowl Induction. This was 2012 summer.  He told me to come through the crib for this cookout he was having.  I show up all dapper and fresh as hell and then Stevie Wonder comes in and I just take a seat.  They were playing “The Investment” before it came out during the whole cookout.  So he looked out; big shout out to that guy!

Did Chrissy [Teigen] cook?

She did cook.

Brick Chicken?

She didn’t make Brick Chicken.  She made some crazy… John made his famous Mac & Cheese…and Chrissy made something.  It was gone fast that’s all I know.  I didn’t get to taste it.

 Speaking of cooking, I understand you do your fair share in the kitchen.

 I do a fair share.  I have three go —to dishes. They’re Eggplant Parmesan, Buffalo Chicken Dip, and Blue Crab Tostadas.

I think everyone wants to wake up in the morning and do something they love.  Have you accepted it or do you have to wake up and pinch yourself?

 I’ve accepted it because the struggles get real.  Sometimes you have to wake up and say “Damn, can you do this another day? Are you going to be sane?” I’ve had the positive and the negative side of waking up to the reality that I’m a full-time artist and now I’m so deep [that I] can’t even think about anything else.  You just have to push through the shit. Just like any job; people wake up every day with their challenges and their celebrations.  It’s an ebb and flow, but I’m definitely an artist now, I can say that.

What do you do to push through those bad days?

I like to jog back through my catalog and understand why I did this in the first place and just remind myself that it’s worth something. I also have fans that tweet at me every day; they’re playing my stuff and spreading it to their friends.  It’s resonating and more and more fans keep me going.

When you’re in production and getting ready to put out an album, EP, or a mixtape, do you listen to yourself?

I’m like 80% me and 20% other cats.  I do randomly go to blogs and listen to new cats or established cats to see what’s out there.  I can’t lie, I listened to “My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy” by Kanye West in 2010 and made my first mixtape “Creative Destruction 1” in no time because I was like “Man, people can push the boundaries on sound and still be relevant and that’s all I want to do.”  That gave me ultimate inspiration.

What’s your greatest experience in the industry so far?

Shit, it might be tonight…Nah, first time I played SOB’s in New York to a packed crowd, which was big time,  I was like, “Man, people like what I do.” I remember like it was yesterday and I’ve played it four times since.

Who’s on the short list of people you really want to work with?

Badu, Timbaland, Jay Electronica, Phonte from Little Brother, and I’ll round it out with five.  I’ve got to get another female vocalist in there because the female voice is the best instrument ever, I’ll say Jhené Aiko.

What’s your dream gig?

Red Rocks, Colorado. I’m bringing out my horns, background singers, twerkers.

I know you put out “The Investment” in 2012 and that was a mixtape.  Can you describe the difference between a mixtape and an album?

Generally, the mixtape can be a product to hold fans over until the next major album.  … You have the freedom to use samples more and actually hop on other artists’ instrumentals and just do your take on it, because they [mixtapes] are free. That’s the biggest thing.  A little less red tape and a little more freedom … With albums, people spend more time, and if you’re major, people put more marketing into it.  It’s just more commercial.

What do you consider your best piece so far?

My personal favorite is “Creative Destruction 2” —not only because it was all me, but it was the point where I stepped out of me, me, me songs and I actually took other people’s situations to create material off of, and that’s how I started resonating with people; like I’ll talk about breakups, falling in love, escapism, and celebrating.  That’s what broke me into the blogosphere heavy.

So, you have a single ‘Circles’ coming out…

Yeah, it’ll lead the next EP. It’s produced by myself and Phatboiz… The sound is so dope – the sample that I used in it and the way I flipped the beat.  It just captures you.  It’s called ‘Circles’ like when your mind goes in circles because you’ve been doing so much and you’re not sure if you’re actually progressing, but it’s also like you’re going in circles like a spiral staircase.  It’s an introspective song; an encouraging song, but it’s a release too.  It’s one of those timeless joints.

Any advice that you can offer for aspiring musicians?

Study your craft.  Study, study, study.  Research.  Be literate.  I go to schools and talk about the importance of being literate no matter what you’re doing. Look at the game; learn from the game because people have set this stuff in place for you.  Look at Jay Z and listen to an interview; research what it takes to get your song on iTunes or what it takes to go get your shit mastered.  The most important thing, ask yourself if you’re really ‘bout this life because you will fall flat; you don’t know how flat you’re going to fall, but you will and you’ve got to be willing to be resilient and keep it moving.  You’ve got to love it.”

For our female readers, are you single?

Uhhhh no comment.

Any advice for readers that want to date an up — and — coming artist?

Be flexible.  Be yourself.  Don’t be extra.  Be patient and understand what you’re getting yourself into because there’s times when we don’t want to be bothered.  There’s times when we just need love; we just need it to be simple.  We’re just like anybody else.  I like simple.  I don’t like any drama.  [When creating music] Unfortunately, I don’t want to hear about how bad your day was.  I’ll put my phone on airplane mood and I’ll just go.  Sometimes I have to shut my phone off for like three or four days.  It’s my boys too though.  No, I can’t come hang out; no I can’t come to the fantasy football draft.

What else would you like our readers to know?

I appreciate the Baltimore scene for showing love and hope you continue to show your support.  I’m a big fan of Maker’s Mark so I openly invite bottles of Maker’s Mark.  I can no longer take open cups from random fans because I got in trouble for that.  I want you to download “The Investment” and all my projects and I definitely want you to get ‘Circles’ when it drops.

When you’re not making music, what are you doing?  Making music or touring, that is.

You might catch me at a Happy Hour trying to meet a pretty young woman.  I played college football so I’m a big football fan.  I’m a Cowboys fan and I don’t give a fuck if ya’ll don’t like it. [His friend interjects to keep that off the record, but Dunson says, “No, put that on there.”] I like the O’s though.  I think they dropped three games recently (referring to the shutout against the Arizona Cardinals).  Ray Lewis is my favorite football player of all time.

So you’re not a Ravens fan, but you like Ray Lewis?

I do like the Ravens, but I’m a hardcore Cowboys fan.  The Ravens practice at McDaniel during the summer so we would interact with them from time to time.  They’re cool cats.  I played defense in college and Ravens had the best of the best when it came to defense, so I definitely enjoy watching the Ravens and I root for them every time no matter whom they’re playing… unless it’s the Cowboys.  I definitely love when they whoop the Redskins ass, but they didn’t do that last year.

What about basketball?

I follow the Wizards, but I mostly look at the Terps.  I like college basketball a little more; think it’s going to be a rebuilding year.

As a Terps fan myself, I’m a little disheartened with the whole departure from the ACC thing, but looking at the Wizards, we’ve got John Wall on five-year contract and just signed Al Harrington.

I think the Wizards will gradually improve.  Yeah they’ve got Al Harrington and the Georgetown draft [referring to Otto Porter]; he’s dope.

I REALLY loved spending time with this awesome dude and am so thankful for the opportunity to do so.  I see big things in his future and wish him all the best on his elevator ride to the top!