The Knight still rides ….. written & performed by Big Virge

So, as the months go on of this rather crazy 2017, it’s time to drop the final album cut, for The Dark Knight of A Different Type ….

Right about now, he’s a busy fella, trying to stop all dee furry’ going on all over this world of ours right now …. !!!!!

But ….

He at least has some hard beats to move with ….. !!!!!

On production duties, Mr. Strat Carter, and, Mr. Anthony Lowhar, alongside of my vocals ….

An old school sound for an old school type of crimefighter, and, in this case, rhyme writer …. !!!!!

Take it for a spin ….

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The Dark Knight … Rides Again … !!! … Written & Performed by Big Virge

BUT ……

… pon’ a rhythm this time, befitting of his status
as, The Man who rhymes, with more power than ….. Galactus ….. !!!

Ben who … ???

There is, yet another, Grey-Haired, Dark Knight …. of a Different Type ….
whose rhymes fight crime !

Batman … AIN’T EVER …
had this much flava’ !!!!!

No enhanced vocals or over the top effects, just a cool groove,
and The Dark Knight, explaining his moods & moves …..

Don’t sleep, give it a listen …….. it won’t disappoint !

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Produced & Mixed by Anthony Lowhar
An Interpolation of the original composition, produced by Strat Carter

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So, who are the REAL Teefs’ … ? written by Big Virge 6/10/2015

Okay so, not so many blog posts these days, unless something,
REALLY …. Stirs me to write sumthin’ … !!!!!

Well, apart from having some kind of Alcatrazesque, barbed wire security protection, placed alongside the front of the property next door to where I currently rent … due to my evidently, NOT SO …. ” Diplomatic “, neighbours from England, who still, some months after moving in, treat me like some kind of freak of nature, not worthy, to be found anywhere near their ilk … SMH !!!!!

Anyway, get it CLEAR Fukwits … I RENT … so, targeting me, really makes no sense when the wealthy people, are the white folks who surround me !!?!!

Anyhow, i’ve been fortunate that things of a violent, or, pilfering nature, have been far enough away from my place of residence, for me to have not felt, particularly uncomfortable, with much that has been going on here, of recent.

However, coming out of my place in the early afternoon, on Monday, it was somewhat shocking & disturbing, to find the majority of my rear windscreen, either on the ground, or, on my backseat, due to somebody attempting to send me a message, that, was either, supposed to scare me, or, some fool, attempting to rob something of value, that was left in my car ?

Well, UNLUCKY … you punk !!!!!

I’m not foolish enough to do that again, having already had a jacket lifted, presumably, due to me perhaps, leaving the car open, with a jacket in plain sight, or, some such foolishness.

Once bitten … Twice … DENIED … !!!!!

Well, the damage was truly shocking … !!!

I’ve now heard everything, from using a simple spark plug, which would be able to shatter the glass, to, as a couple of Black Barbadians have said to me, it not being, too far fetched to believe that, due to the area I live in, one of the white folks in the area, (maybe my neighbours ???) … deciding to pay some little street urchin to do it, to try to get me to leave …. !!!!!

….. to ….

the idea that my alarm, which clearly didn’t go off … only working, where the sensors are placed, which is along the side, rather than throughout the vehicle ?!?

Well, either my thief is a Toyota specialist, or he just had a moment of enlightenment !!!

My feeling is that this was a very early hours, smash & grab, like 4.30 – 5-30 a.m, type of time, as the nocturnal man I’ve become, would of been up, right up to 3.30 fa sure, on the night in question.

Anyway, it is what it is, someone attempted a move, it’s success, well, damage to a car … ???

Well done … Jackass !!!!!

However, what it has exposed is how the REAL THIEVES of this world, work their magic, without ever really being challenged by the, ever so dumbed down, programmed, slave mentality thinking, sheople of todays’ world.

Now the individual I spoke with at, Brydens’ Insurance, was indeed, a very cool individual, so, in fairness to them, to protect their identity, they shall remain nameless, but, upon conversation with said individual, it was evident just how these snakes of todays’, corporate industry, especially insurers, be ripping people off, left right and centre !!!!!

Now Camrys’ are rare in Barbados, and for some reason, hold some degree of status here, well that status is reflected in the insurance costs people !!!!!

So, you’d expect the allegedly, most advanced, of the Caribbean islands, would have things in place to effect, immediate, and speedy actions and repairs right ?

Errr WRONG !!!!!

Firstly, Nassco are on some fukry’ policy, that basically means, parts are very rarely available immediately, presumably, to save them costs on storage … ???

Again … FOR THEM … to save costs !!!!!

They choose to keep stock levels, ” low “, which, translates into, customers being made to wait, in this case, 3 ENTIRE, F’ing weeks, for a windscreen replacement to be sourced !!!?!!!

Do planes not transport people in a day, or lets say, from Japan, in a couple of days now !?!

So, let’s be real for, just for a sec’ … Camrys’ are popular cars in the … wait …

US of A, just a few hours, across the Rasshole’ water !!!!!

So, can someone explain to me, why a customer of a company that has a site in the centre of Barbados, cannot obtain a part, faster than three weeks, without having to pay some, triple the price fee, to get it ???

Does that seem very advanced … ???

Errr …. NOT in my book, but hey, part of the stupid f’ing reasoning is … Toyotas are such reliable cars, that parts are rarely needed …..

Didn’t know windscreens had a functional role, other than to complete the car, so, that it’s Hmmm … COMPLETE … !?!?!

NOT … !!! … so it drives better, or, performs better, but, so that all the other parts that are functional, and, drivability dependent, can be allowed to do so, with some degree of comfort.

What kind of ass is that nonsense … ?!?

Okay, so, moving on, the insurers, Brydens, have a clause in their policy that only allows for vehicle replacements to only be availed until the 2000 dollar excess is used up …..

Hmmm, fair enough, but when, as per this instance, there is an exceptional circumstance, that is nothing to do with the driver, but, the f’ing idiot people at Toyota here, that cost and inconvenience, is then put on the customers plate, rather than the company who has a relationship with the insurance company, that provides business for them, in such circumstances.

Are y’all with me so far … ???

Okay, let’s continue … so, of course my first question to, said individual, at Brydens was,

Can’t you guys hurry up the Toyota guys, to ensure that I don’t need a hire car for more than two weeks.

Then, the truth started to come out about storage, and cutting costs, and oh yes … Differing opinions, bordering on extensive discussions, which sound like arguments, regarding their willingness to, shake a leg, with some speed, for the customers benefit ….

Barbados is renowned for the INCREDIBLY, bad customer service … !!!!! … ESPECIALLY, if you’re NOT WHITE, are black, and were born elsewhere, even if your parents were born and raised Bajans … ?!?

However, this is not a totally fair reflection of all the people you may have to deal with, some, like said individual, at Brydens, was very frank and honest about the way things work here.

This however, does not excuse the standards that seem to be accepted, as acceptable, when they are so far from being that !!!!!

Is this what makes tourists say, “They love the place” … ???

…. because they can return to the dark ages for a while whilst being pampered and complimented by the good ol’, slaves of Barbados in the sun ???

Doesn’t seem like the tourist board have their priorities straight !!!

It is an, Absolute Disgrace, that in 2015, insurance payments that can amount to large amounts of money, do not get sourced to cover an unfortunate incident, like having your rear windshield smashed by some street villain ….. !!!!!

Insignificant as it is, in the bigger issues of peoples lives, it is not something that should be swept under the carpet.

Poor people suffer, due to inabilities to better their surroundings from a financial perspective, those of us, slightly further up the ladder, work hard & save, so that we can pay to elevate ourselves from having to struggle, or live in, not so pleasant, environments, but then, as has been established from rap to corporate business, this does not necessarily avail a blissful existence.

Mo’ Money … Mo’ Problems … !!!!!
as per, Notorious B.I.G.

So, before people get it twisted, there is a need for some perspective, but, these thieving companies should be exposed for the practises they employ, that do not benefit their customers, whether they do or don’t have lots of money, or, the right skin colour/connections etcetera …..

So, let me guess, the Toyota windscreens are so, Bad Ass, they just fix themselves, when the villains go, and we drivers never know any better !!!!!

Errrr NOT …. so, I get sorted with a replacement, which is not a 1600CC vehicle, as specified as being the only vehicles my policy avails.

Now i’m all for favours, but, come on now, it shouldn’t be, as a favour, or, due to my challenging the words of the policy, that I receive, a vehicle befitting of my size, but, one comparable to the car I drive, that I pay these teefs’, money to insure.

Okay so, great, got the car organised, but remember, only for two weeks, so, it’ll have to go back, if it takes three weeks to facilitate the repair to mine !!!

Leaving me, without a vehicle … !!?!!

Ahhhhh, but if I get my wallet out, that can be sorted … as if I don’t pay a yearly fee which may not even, as is the case for most, be drawn upon during the year we pay cover for ???

Errrr again, UNACCEPTABLE … !!!!!

How much teefing’ is going on here exactly ???

My car, which was the victim of a robbery attempt, has lost nothing, except a windshield for a few weeks !!!!!

Hold on though, wait …….

The vehicle I have been provided with, will still have an excess that I will have to pay for !!! …. and oh, hold on once more, due to the hire company … (Venture, opposite the airport), providing you with a full tank of fuel, and therefore, asking that the vehicle be returned, with a full tank, I have to pay them a 100 dollar deposit, just in case it isn’t returned full up !!!!!

Wow, trust issues or what ?!?

Insurance & Hire companies in Bim’, as well as Nassco, have got some way to go to match the service levels found in other parts of the world, that really are ADVANCED, in terms of this stuff.

…. and, as Lexus is part of Toyota, these guys should be held to standard, as Lexus DO NOT PLAY, when it comes to service, and I know this from personal experience, which makes the way that Nassco operate here, an embarrassment to their good name, in my view !!!!!

The likes of Lexus, being the benchmark for, excellent service, with a smile, that does not deviate, until you, the customer, is TOTALLY HAPPY … !!!!!

Teefin’ goes on with them, like any other corporate institution, i’m sure, but, they have at least recognised, that wherever possible, if they can stretch to accommodate, they should and do, for their customers.

I have just received my hire car, so, am not yet aware of whether i’m to have such courtesies extended to me, due to the situation I have found myself in, through doing nothing other than parking outside where I live !!!

If this is … ” Advanced ” … Barbados … ???

DAMN … !!!!!

Y’all need to check wha’ part you reach, with your advancements, because POOR policing, seems to have allowed for this to happen, POOR business practises, are delaying a speedy and efficient service, and, excesses are costing me money, that shouldn’t even be on the radar, according to what Brydens has already had out of my ass, for at least, a year and half of no claims being made, and that is no small amount of money, let me tell ya !!!!!

The only Excess that needs to be addressed, is the excessive, buck passing, and robbery of customers, who are paying for services, that, hmmmm … they need to be availed … let’s say, for arguments sake … within 3 weeks !!!!!!

It’s such a shame that an island as beautiful as this, with, some highly intelligent and resourceful people, could be resigned to stick to the dubious standards of a greedy few, who manage, as well as be, stuck in the rut of subservience, which is followed, religiously, by the majority of employees, who are either, robotic clones, or, amazingly, attitude filled, inept, or, unreliable workers.

However, to just make a final point on the original issue, robbery, and the general vibe of things in Bim’ currently.

Well, even the pick up driver for my vehicle , was quick to state that, the robbery is indicative of the problems the underbelly of Barbados, currently face, and, just how hard it has become to trust anyone anymore. As he stated, he leaves work, leaves people alone, and is happiest when he can close his front door to the world, due to the ignorance, and, criminality that is getting closer and closer to home.

These are global issues to me, but, I live in a very small part of it now, so, it would be a lie to say, I am not somewhat disturbed, however, if we do not stop these corporate thieves from stealing from the coffers, that we all pay into, for services, and for government agencies to provide safe environments for us to live in, these acts of reckless, lawlessness, may be an increasing problem, that, cannot be so easily nullified !

I have hopefully dealt with, an exception to the rule at Brydens, but, as they told me, it’s those above, who have to be persuaded to do what, essentially, should require … NO PERSUASION …

As for my vehicle return ….

I guess like Bob done say …..

“I’m still waiting ……”

Chuh …..

Barbados in 2015 ….. !!!

Pride & Industry … ???

Hmmm LOTS of Pride alright, but even more … TOMFOOLERY …

Chuupse …..

Teefing going on fa sure, but there are a number of Teefs’, who are not breaking into cars, they’re the ones who sit on Corporate Boards, demanding we pay, exorbitant amounts for parts, and then, pay pretty high rates of insurance, for the same cars, that cover about as much as dey’ ass !!!!!

Chuh’ …..

If you’re wondering how these companies make money, well, i’ve been advised there is somewhere in the region of a 500% mark up on parts, which has to be added for them to apparently make a profit, because the 212% duty, on new vehicles is crippling, but, not as much as the tasty handouts that the Government seem to be making on all things motor vehicle related on this island !!!

The same ministers who seem to be able to spend 300 thousand dollars, and more, to buy themselves and their family members, Mercedes, Range Rovers, and the like !!!!!

If only the villains would aim their aspirations higher ….. they might feed themselves for a year by just teefin’ a wheel and tire, from some of the TRULY, High fliers ….

Not that i’d encourage that sort of thing … of course … !!!!!

Bless up y’all. and don’t just take what they offer, ask and enquire, as to what you are entitled to, and check to see, whether there are companies offering better deals that suit you and your needs ….

Don’t let them play you like a fool … be shrewd, or as the individual at Brydens defined me as being … PRUDENT … in your dealings with these companies !!!!!

Bless, stay safe and good out there ……

The Virge …..

Outtie.

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“Racism Pon’ TV” … A poem written by Debronique Ellis

All i’m gonna say is, WOW, couldn’t of put it together better, myself !!!
More power to Ms. Ellis !!!

Racism pon TV

Racism, what is it?
Is it to judge a man by the thinness or the thickness of his lips,
Di shape a him nose, di style a him clothes?
How can it be, that my blackness or my brownness or my whiteness
determines me, my personality?
Well you tell me! You di man pon di TV!
Oh! yuh think I didn’t see!?
because you try to hide and disguise while YOU, dear sir, patronize!
And somehow manage to pass di message to di unsuspecting minds!
Minds that cannot recognize the signs, di discreetly degrading lines
dat these actors are paid to say. Why do dis when you say, all men are equal?

Lies! This is not wat you truly believe!
Yuh too lie man! Stop deceive!
If wi all equal den why? Why portray me di black man as di bad guy?
Why portray him di Chinese as di smart guy?
Why yuh mek it look like seh she di Indian nuh have nuh common sense,
And seh you di white man, must control all di dollars and cents?

Racism what is it? Is it to judge a man by di texture a him hair,
him skin colour black, white or fair? Yes! But check dis:
di bigga heads dem all know dis,
Suh dem wont set up di media by being what we call ‘racist’, no!
Dem do it discreetly, dem use subtlety, all in the name of entertainment.
And wi buy dis, disdainful arrangement!?
Pon di tv we are being stereotyped, marginalized, categorized by our race and ethnicity.
Maybe not openly and directly,
But it is there, and if yuh smart or observant yuh will become aware.
Aware that di tv many times portray you and me as:
Di theifin’ criminal black or Hispanic bwoy!
Di Chinese weh can only own a restaurant or hack a computer!
Di Indian weh own a grocery store!
And di white man, inna him white collar,
stepping out wid him briefcase
Looking so dapper!

Look pon all dis, yuh eva notice, say in a horror movie wen a man fi dead,
Is always di black guy?!
Yes man, di white man have to survive!
“Oh, but this is just the plot of the movie and surely not racism.” Why?
“Because it’s not degrading or alluding to a race being inferior.” Shut up!
And stop di pretence! Cause me di black man, di Chinese man, all a wi have sense!
Wah mek di Indian caan own di multi-million dollar corporation? Or run out and save
di white man from a dangerous situation? No…..
Him nuh superior enough!
him nuh light-skinned enough!

This could just be my ism…. or di definition of racism!

Suh racism, what is it? Check yuh dictionary or guh turn on yuh t.v!
Author Notes

Written in Caribbean dialect.

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People and Changes … written by Big Virge 24/10/2013

Yes Yes … Motha Funkstas’ …..

Been a while, as per usual now, because much like what is being spoken about by many these days, including, Brand & Paxman seemingly !?!

I am getting older…… aaahhhhh …… LOL

…. and, numbed to much that the people of the world, now, seem to be falling in line with, be it, rhetoric about political movements, coming from the multitude of blood suckers in governments around the globe, from everybody’s friend B.O. !!!!

…. to, Cameron, to, our own Freundel, here in Bim, to, pretty much everything and anything that refers to monetary issues, causing pressures that are now hitting, an abundance of the general populous.

Until it happens to you eh folks ???

Until wars of … National, or, street varieties, get close to your door, like robberies, and criminal boldness, that, would once of been seen as, untenable, even by criminals, back in the day, right !?!

There are many people who I have met in this life, who have all the right TALK, but, only when someone, who is, let’s say, of their ilk, speaks on it publicly, and, causes a stir.

However, the cowardice in some is becoming evident, as they are now jumping on, whichever issue, suits their position, by this, I mean ….

Choosing to side with something, that, stops them from having to think or explain how they have been, happy to be party to, or, in other words, pleading ignorance to things, which, they knew in their hearts, didn’t sit right with them, but, somehow, they stood by, regardless of their doubts about their actions …..

Hmmmm ….. ???

I would highly recommend, the documentary on Killer Whales, called, ” Blackfish “, as a prime example, having recently watched it.

The idea that, keepers, fishermen, and people who run places like Seaworld, in Orlando, had the animals best interests at hearts, is truly astounding !!!!!

I’ve said it before about, white folks and their animals/pets, and it is never far from my mind, when I see people kissing their dogs, that, previously had their mouths, on their ball sack or privates !!!!!

Eeeeeeeuuuuuwwwwww !!!!!!

…. it is incredible to me …. !!!!!!

YES … they have less, to, no inclination to rob or shoot your ass, but, there has to be some sense of acknowledgement, that, they are ANIMALS, NOT …. Human Beings, who, could well do with a sense of the … ” Love ” … on a simply, human level.

I have been very fortunate, after an iffy period here in Bim, to have found some, incredibly cool people to vibe with, reason with, and share a sense of human love with, and NO, I ain’t talking bout no f’ing gyal, on some bullchit, love tip, cos my dick is getting licked !!!!!

I’m talking about that brotherly and sisterly love, that comes from reasoning about things, that are much more basic, than, the planet and it’s environment, that, has it’s own, VERY POWERFUL, ecosystem, that, no amount of recycling is gonna change, due to it’s ability, beyond our cognitive powers, to adapt and find a way to move forward !!!!

Things like, basic inequalities, such as poverty, a lack of respect and love for each other, regardless of sex, colour, or, deviant traits, and simply, an acceptance of truth in how we are able to communicate.

This week has availed so much, in terms of rhetoric within people, some are baying for blood, having dipped their feet in with the butchers of the arts, only to find them, willing to cull the purer forms of artistic expression, having previously claimed, that it was perfect ???

Others have been referring to Barbados as, “Third World”, because of governance, that has a heritage, based upon, “First World Teachings”.

Hmmmmm ….. did I say …. “First World” ….. ???

So, where the fuck is … ” The Second World ” ???
…. as a friend just asked me ?!?

It truly is amazing, the level of arrogance some people have regarding this world, due to whatever ideals they were raised upon, which are now being, ” SHATTERED “, by the information super-highway, which isn’t quite as accepting of keeping “ish”, hidden.

Pandoras Box indeed, the internet may be …. !?!

Talking of shattered, I must give a shout out to a certain, ” Steve McQueen “.

NO …. not the dead one, who played me of course, LOL, Virgil Hiltz, in, “The Great Escape”, so many moons ago, but, the one I went to school with !!!!

Yeah, i’m name dropping now …. but, in all seriousness, Turner Prize Winner, and now, award winning film maker, Steve McQueen, who seems to be alive and well, for stirring up the issue of slavery, without, Tarantino Visions, with his new film, 12 Years a Slave, based on the true story, of a once free, black man, Solomon Northup, who, ended up being a slave, seemingly, for, 12 years !!!!!

This film has clearly brought the discussion of what has been, in essence, something of a model, for, not just Killer Whales, but, nowadays, for where the leaders of the world seem to want this world to be !?!

It’s all relative, but, as per a comment Mr. McQueen made in a recent interview, with Tom Brook, of the beeb, where he intimated that, if it wash’t for the system, he wouldn’t be where he is today ….

… whether that is true or not, I wish him all the best with the film as it races towards getting some Oscars, the way people are talking.

Anyhow, is the revolution coming, as per Russell Brands’, Paxman interview, and if so, how much is he gonna earn from it ???

Just kidding, but, the realities of how people are dealing with the changes that, are being brought to the fore, in terms of, the negative elements, should not be washed away as, being about the environment or political upheaval.

Politics, as it stands, is a horse that needs flogging !!!!!

As do the people who seem to be suggesting that we stand by it, until it provides the change that the world and it’s people needs, as if politicians care about the needs of anyone beyond themselves, and their, ” Elite Club “.

What a f’ing joke it has now become, in the belly of the beast, being England, when, Russell Brand is the man calling for the … ” Revolution “, to begin !!!!!

On that note, i’ll end for now, but leave you with this cool piece of art to check out, if you haven’t, Christopher Walken is in a film called, ” The Power of Few “, which has a stellar performance from a young lady called, Tione Johnson ….

No massive reviews that rave about it’s quality, because it’s a lil bit, ” Out There “, at times, but, gets to a very interesting, revolutionary ending …..
as it were ….

One that might help us, more than, all this rhetoric about, saving the environment first ……

I say, NO, adamantly to such talk … !!!!!

…. and say, fix people, if we can do such a thing, first, and the rest should, if we do it properly, fall into place …..

Don’t get caught up people … !!!!!

We are a … LONG WAY … from the sort of revolution, I believe, we really need …..

…. which involves, these three words.

Equality, Peace & Unity !!!

One love y’all …..

The Virge.

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