Oct 28, 2008
When Keepin' It Real Goes Wrong
Kwame Kilpatrick, disgraced former mayor of my hometown, The D, was finally sent to the jailhouse today and must serve his full 120 day sentence. Kwame, ever the antagonist, and his lawyers stayed combative until the end. This is the same posture that K2 has assumed throughout this whole ordeal. I'm sure he thinks he's keepin' it real. What he has done though is anything but real, unless, of course, you are talking about keeping it real stupid.
There's a point when it's time to accept your fate and get on with it. All of Kwame's problems can be attributed to his own misguided ego. He suffers from what Ali once called "the intoxication of so-called greatness." Four years ago, K2 stood on the stage at the Democratic Convention with all the party shot callers. This year he was so tainted that he was asked to stay away from the convention. Should Barack Obama close the deal next Tuesday, K2 will have to watch it from his cell. Oh how the mighty have fallen.
K2 thought he was a balla. He was more interested in acting like a boss than he was in being the mayor. At some point though, you have to square up Playboy. Get someone else besides your woman to be your chief of staff, cut your homies off, drop all the eight-button suits, don't have bachelor parties at the Mayor's mansion, and stay out of the club. Had he done all this some years ago and re-conditioned his mind, he might still be in office. Hell, he might even be looking at an important appointment in an Obama administration. But instead, he'll be, as Lil' Wayne says, "in the pen/sharin' showers." Damn Dog, it didn't have to be this way.