Ok. So why didnt anybody tell me I fell off?
I thought I was doin my damn thing. All these years of hustling these dollars, I thought I was on point. I mean, I thought I was the shit. Now its becoming abundantly clear to me that I fell all the way the fuck off. And you Black MFs aint tell me nothin about it. Why not? Im beginning to think the love is a little fake. Lemme explain.
For those of you that don't know, I just got a new show on BET called Take the Cake. Its a live interactive game show that I co-host with Toccara from Americas Next Top Model. The response has been incredible and inspiring. You play the game through your cell phone or online live while the rest of the country is watching. Nightly, we give away thousands of dollars to hood stars across the nation. The suits are lovin it. The publics lovin it, well not everybody, but still all is well in basic cable land.
Anyway since starting the show I have heard from hundreds of people I havent heard from in quite a while. Hip-hop n***as and athletes and actors and stripper broads have all just magically remembered that we was cool and have been hollerin atcha boy from out of the blue. I have been requested to host all kinds of ghetto fabulous mixtapes and DVDs. I am getting invited to special parties and exclusive events. As a matter of fact, last night at my weekly show at the Comedy Store in Los Angeles we had all kinds of celebrities drop through. Famous director F. Gary Gray celebrated his birthday there. My BET mate Free was there (looking as good as ever). Carl Payne from Martin and The Cosby Show came through and did the Cole bird call. It was f**king lovely.
The interesting thing about all of this is that everybody pretty much says the same thing . Way to go Joe. You back, my n***a! Where you been? Where I Been!? Ive been here. I been right the f**k here!!! Granted I am wasnt on TV everyday like before but I been right here. Ive been hustling my Black a** off. In the three or so years its been since BET ended my gig as host of Madd Sports Ive been all over the TV. I was on Comedy Centrals Comic Groove, a short-lived Def Jam like showcase hosted by Tracy Morgan. I was on The First Amendment comedy show on the Starz network. I was on the BIG Black Comedy Show on Showtime. Back in November I was on Def Comedy Jam. I have had countless commercials. I even starred in a movie called Lord Help Us. (It got good reviews too). I have also been telling jokes in every town, city, municipality and hamlet from coast to coast. Ive been here. Yall have seen me!
I bring all this up cause when yall see me I always get love. Of course there is the occasional hater. Thats why Tigger took yo job n***a!, but for the most part it has been love. And I get that good ol you like my favorite cousin love. I dont get the gushy sign an autograph love. I get the real, Oh s**t there go my n***a Cleez! love. Thats the ones who dont call me Joe Torry. (See last weeks entry) I thought the love was genuine. It feels real. I have a great feeling in my heart and soul when I receive it. This year in Vegas at All-Star weekend I couldnt walk three feet without stopping and takin a flick or giving out how to get on advice.
How come none of yall ever said Damn you fell off! Thats how it feels now that I am back on every night and I see yall. It feels like I fell off before this and didnt know it. Like everybody was in on it but me. I mean even ex-girlfriends never called and said I was some bullshit. They always had good words and love for me. But now the love has a funky little flavor on it. It has the feeling you get when youve been played a little. Like the girl youre in love with cheated on you with a dude you know and aint tell you thinking she was sparing your feelings. You dont have to spare my feelings Hip-Hop nation. I can take it. I know Im a nice guy, but I have a thick skin. Tell me whats going on. Lemme know so that I wont be in the dark again. Fa real.
Now, I know I should be grateful for any love at all but if you could put your feet in my shoes for a minute and see it from my perspective youd feel the same way. So as of today lets make a pact folks: I promise to always be what Ive always been just Joe as long as yall promise to keep it real with me and tell me what is really going on the next time BET fires my Black a**. Aight? Do we have a deal? O.K. I expect yall to give me the truth from here on. Holla back.
Joe Clair is an AllHipHop columnist that got fake love from the site well before any TV shows, movies or comedy showcases.