Uptown Girl: Me, Teargas, LA. It’s a date!

2011-06-10 15:11

Everyone knows that a journalist has to be impartial.

That’s why, when you go to shows, everyone would be dancing around and cheering and there’ll be that little table in the dark corner – usually close to the exit and the bar – where the journalists sit.

Over there, no cheering is allowed. Us journalists have to be a united grey cloud in a cheerfully sunny room. Don’t ask why – it is what it is.

However, there are a few people that I struggle to summon the grey cloud for. Internationally, Kanye West, Nas and Jay Z are it, locally it’s Pro (he’s cute), Kuli Chana (he’s too adorable) DJ Tira (don’t judge me) and then there’s Teargas.

There was a point in my life where I felt like a super groupie because I ticked the “yes” box to any event that had “performance by Teargas” on the invitation.

I knew all the lyrics to their second album, Wafa Wafa, two weeks after it was released, and the same happened with Dark or Blue.

I honestly don’t know how it happens when it takes me at least three weeks just to know any Jay Z album off by heart. I suppose it could be their easy going lyrics and the beat, but whatever it is, it unlocks my memory box.

And then it doesn’t help that there’s just something cool about the guys.

Confession time: I actually had a silly crush on one of the members – and I’ll name him and hope it doesn’t come back to bite me. Most girls I know have a crush on K.O, but trust me, once my best friend Janine and I start on Ma-E there’s no stopping us.

Before we met them, we used to joke about how we like that he keeps it real and kasi, not to mention that hot “don’t mess with me” attitude.

Thankfully, I am now over it, I swear.

Since then, I’ve gotten to know Ma-E, who’s not only semi-kasi cool but also all sweetheart. I recently met his brother, Ntukza, who is also quite a solid character – and no, I’m not talking about his stomach.

I don’t want to lie, it’s K.O that intimidates me. I know I’m supposed to find him attractive like other women but I can’t get past his “too cool” demeanour – and the ever-present shades – oh, sorry, I meant stunnaz (a cool way to say “sunglasses”).

I’ve watched the group scoop awards because of some of my favourite tracks, which always made me proud that I fell in love with their tracks before they become hit singles.

Now Top TV has decided to take them to Los Angeles where they are nominated for a BET Music award and guess what? I get to tag along!

Truly, I’m beyond all the known beyonds of excitement. Even more so than any slutrepreneur who just cashed in on her tell-all tale about her scandalous liaisons with *insert name of famous athlete/politician/celeb*.

And nope, that won’t be me. I will never tell on you, Yeezy!

Suffice to say I’m a happy camper right now. I’ll be visiting my third favourite city (New York and Vegas still rule), with one of my favourite local hip-hop groups, in summer, after payday – so I can shop.

I’m almost sure I was a saint in a former life.

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