Black Ink Crew Chicago Season 1 Episode 5: New York, New Problems [RECAP]


Kinfolk so when we last left the crew Ryan has hopped in an Uber and headed home because he doesn’t know how to effectively express himself. We pick up with Van and Kat having a discussion about Ryan’s erratic behavior and how it’s affecting the whole shop. Ryan joins the two in conversation and is not happy about the criticism he receives and basically shuts down. I’m no shrink, but Ryan has yet to properly grieve the death of his sister and has not done the work to deal with his adandonment issues he has with his mother. On top of that his son is leaving to go to LA  causing him to feel like the walls are closing in on him.

Kat is joined by Charmaine and Danielle at her apartment where they discuss an upcoming tatto convention taking place in NY that Kat is planning to attend. Kat originally wanted the crew to go as whole, but the guys wanted no parts of it. Phor again is the topic of discussion, and Kat has the nerve to be bothered that Phor didn’t respond to her drunks texts, keep in mind she shot him down when he tried to get on! Kat is clearly playing games, and ain’t nobody got time for that!

Back at the shop the crew is discussing the upcoming tatto convention that the fellas didn’t want to attend 7 months prior. Now the fellas want to attend and Ryan feels some kinda way about the fact Kat is attending the covention solo. I am starting to think Ryan is f*cking nuts. He of course storms off to pout which is becoming his normal MO when he doesn’t get his way. 

Phor has landed a meeting with Epic Records which is kinda of big deal. We get some insight into how Phor came to be in this episode. Phor’s mother worked construction, dad wasn’t in the home, and the family had to live in hotel as result of eviction. This upbringing shaped Phor into the man he is today and we understand why he has such a strong work ethic.

Ryan meets his mom for lunch and he vents about Kat being disloyal for wanting to spread her wings. He also talks to his mom about his feelings of abandonment after she separated from his father at 7, leaving him with his dad. As I mentioned previously these childhood issues and also his sister’s murder are part of the reason why he feels the crew is abandoning him. This is something that if not dealt with properly could be disasterous for the business and his friendships. Ryan’s mom explains why she left. I honestly take my hat off to her for realizing her situation wasn’t healthy and would in the long run would be more detrimental to her children. While it wasn’t the ideal situation, staying would have probably been worst.

Back at the shop Phor talks with Kat and attempts to figure out her mixed signals. Basically Kat was playing games because she’s been hurt in the past, but realizes that Phor is actually serious about wanting to try make something work between them. They agree to meet up for dinner in NY because Phor will be there for the Epic records meeting at the same time of the tattoo convention.

The fellas decide to attend the conference under the guise of going to support Kat, but really they are going to party with that ashy ass Black Ink Crew NY. Phor meets with the Epics records rep and is dealt some hard truths: 1. One he needs to pick a lane with his music and 2. He can’t tattoo and persue music full time. Phor takes the constructive criticism and vows to work harder. Fast forward to later that eveing Phor and Kat have dinner and there is a lot of alcohol and flirtation going on. They end up back at her room and of course they smashed. Check back next week for my recap and if you missed any others episodes check out the other episode recaps. Until next week Kinfolk! 

[Watch] Jill Scott Gives Breathtaking Perfomance of “Strange Fruit”

Kinfolk Jill Scott took my breath away with her heart wrenching rendition of Strange Fruit. The song was made popular by Billie Holiday, and sung in protest of the rampant lynchings of Black men in the south in the early 20the century. Scott performed the song at A&E’s Shining The Light concert special, which was created to address racial inequality and violence in America. 

This song is still relevant today as we could just replace lynchings with the police killings of unarmed black men on our streets. Take a listen to Jill’s soul stirring performance below:

Listen to Billie Holiday’s version below

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Foxy Brown Appreication Day-Rap City Freestyle-Foxy Brown

Kinfolk y’all know what today is! It’s Foxy Brown Appreciation Day ,and what better way to enjoy your Friday than to enjoy it with Inga Marchand. I can’t think of any other way! Now you already know Foxy is a beast on the mic, and her freestyles on Pump Master Flex, DJ Clue, DJ Kay Slay’s shows are classic! Do your Googles! 

BET used to have quality programming and Rap City in the Basement with Big Tigger was one of those shows. Your favorite rappers would come through and get in the booth and spit a hot sixteen! Well Foxy Brown blessed the booth with a freestyle that I’ll never forget and further solidified my undying love for her! Check it out below:

So many quotables! It ain’t too many bishes out here that did or do it like Foxy Brown and you will respect her!

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[LISTEN] New Music: Hello(Adele Cover)-Dawn

Kinfolk now I normally don’t see it for Dawn(Dawn Richard) but today she has my ear. Now unless you live under a rock you’re  aware that Adele’s new album dropped today and therefore it is Adele season. I know what your saying? Adele season…? What’s that? It’s the season where these girls might as well hang it up as far dropping an album, it’s similar to when Queen Bey drops and album and dominates for months. Adele is a baaaaaaad bish, her first album still charts like it was just released. Anyway I have completely gotten off topic back to Dawn. 

Ms Richard formally of Danity Kane has gone and released her cover of Adele’s smash, Hello. Now normally I am not HERE for covers unless you’re going to knock it out the park or completely reimagine it. Welp! She did the latter and killed it. It’s sounds like a completely new song and I love it. Dawn imma give you your 10’s for this one! Check it out below:

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[LISTEN]Throwback Thursday:Part Time Lover-H-Town

Kinfolk I was catching up on my programs on my DVR, and I ran across H-Town’s Unsung episode and they played Part Time Lover by H-town. When I heard it I knew it had to be the Throwback Thursday song. The song is from the Above The Rim Soundtrack and is produced by DeVante of Jodeci. Can’t you hear the Jodeci influence in the song? This used to be my song! 

It’s such a shame that Dino died in such a tragic way. I complety forgot H-Town had so many hire back in the early 90’s check Part Time Lover below:

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Black Ink Crew Chicago Episode 4 Recap: ‘Chi-town stay down?'[IN CASE YOU MISSED IT ]

Kinfolk episode 4 of my favorite new show Black Ink Crew Chicago has come and gone. If you missed it I am here to give you the rundown. Last week when we left the 9 Mag crew Ashley( Don’s Baby Mama) tried to steam roll Charmaine after she revealed that she and Don had smashed. Of course Don goes from 0 to 100 real quick when confronted by Ashley.

Episode 4 picks up the next morning after the whole debacle. The ladies of the shop are recounting the nights events and Charmiane is puzzled as to why Ashley would try to attack her, hmmmm could it be the smug ass way you told her that you f*cked her man? I still don’t believe this story Charmaine is selling about not knowing about Ashley it’s pure and utter bullshit! Meanwhile the fellas of the shop are somewhere else recounting the night event as well. Don flat out denys sleeping with Charmaine, because he knows he has f*cked up royally with Ashley(he hasn’t been home in days). Phor rocks with his brother, but Van isn’t convinced and neither am I. They clearly f*cked and Charmaine knew about Ashley and it is what it GOTDAMN is! One thing I don’t like is Ashley using her son as a pawn to control Don, why do women do that?

Being that Charmine is embroiled in the DonGate scandal at the shop of course she can’t do her damn job, and she is full of excuses. Ryan is not HERE for the excuses and wants the business handled first before all the other side sh*t! I couldn’t agree more! Asshole tendencies aside, Ryan is about his business.

Danielle visits Kat after she receives a call from her ex-boyfriend. Their relationship ended on bad note and Kat is still feeling the after effects of the relationship gone wrong, and clearly still has feelings for her ex. Of course Danielle is all like f*ck that n*gga! He’s no good for you. Danielle tries to put in a good word for Phor, because Kat is hesitant to let her guard down because of past hurt. 

Van’s looming 18 month jail stint is the topic of conversation at a meeting at 9 mag. The crew vows to stand behind Van. Ryan is clearly having spearation anxiety issues what with Phor trying to persue his rap career,Van possibly going to jail, and his children moving to Cali. Ryan is slowly unraveling and misdirecting his anger. 
Kat is selected for a spread in Urban Ink which is the tattoo artist’s dream, as it provides exposure and fame. Ryan is not really too happy or congratulatory about Kat’s good news, but he begrudgingly allows Kat to use the the shop for the shoot. Ryan question Kat’s loyalty and is operating under the assumption that everyone is going to stay at 9 Mag forever and never branch out and do other things. Kat on the other hand isn’t operating under that assumption and plans to branch out. This episode provided us a little back story on Kat. She grew up in a good home, received a scholarship for college, but dropped out during her senior year to persue tattooing *side eye* I am all for pursing your dreams, but your senior year!?! Really girl? Kat’s ink game is fire she tattoos her own leg upside down. 

DonGate is again a topic of discussion, Ryan wants to get to the bottom of it. Don on the other hand wants it to go away and shuts down the conversation every time it’s brought up. Charmaine is feeling like a THOT and sheds a tear. Ladies and gentlemen this is why you don’t f*ck people that you work with because when the shit hits the fan it’s never good. I’m almost certain they f*cked and Charmaine knew about Ashley case closed!

On the day of the shoot Ryan is being his usual asshole self and becomes offended when the photographer refers to him and the other guys as props in the photo shoot and unceremoniously dismisses them after  he is finished using them. Ryan storms off and goes to tattoo an old friend and reflects on his life in the streets and is again questioning Kat’s loyalty to 9 Mag.

The best part of the episode is when Don finally decides to go home and Ashley is packing his shit up to get him the f*ck out! The look on Don’s face is priceless. Don has clearly fucked up, but of course we get the whole, “I want my family back” song and dance, but I can’t keep my dick in my pants!  I will say Ashley is a bit overbearing and she uses their child as a pawn, which is f*cked up on so many levels. He either wants to be with you not, that has nothing to do with co-parenting.

Back at 9 Mag Van and Ryan discuss his case and Ryan spazzes the whole entire f*ck out. He gets into with another associate of his, and then Van gets into with that associate. It’s a hot ghetto mess. Ryan doesn’t know how to express his frustrations about his family leaving and crew members moving on to other opportunities in a more productive way so he lashes out. Long story short he hops in a Uber and heads home. Check back next week for another recap.

Side Note: I love the fact that they actually tattoo on this show, and they are actually GOOD tattoos! No shade to NY, but shade! 

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[LISTEN] Inspirational Song of The Week: Blessed & Highly Favored 

Kinfolk is Sunday and it’s both Karen Clark Sheard’s and Twinkie Clark’s Burfday and the Inspirarional Song of the Week is Blessed & Highly Favored. The song comes from The Clark Sister’s Live One Last Time Album. Not only is this song a blessing, but this album is a blessing too! If you don’t have this one in your collection GO GET IT!

This is a great way to start the week of because many of us are more blessed than we know. Keep in mind it could be worst! Keep the message of this song in mind as you start your week! Have an awesome and productive week Kinfolk! 

Take a listen below:

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#PressPlay: New Music:Steady-Chrisette Michele

Kinfolk R&B Diva Chrisette Michele is back with a new song called Steady, and I feel like I am in the twilight zone. The song is an uptempo and totally opposite of the Chrisette I have grown accustomed to. It   sounds like she is trying to fit into what’s hot at the moment instead of staying true to herself. Now we all know this never works!

It’s catchy at best, but will it be something we’re listening later on down the line? NOPE! Where is Ne-Yo we need second album Chrisette back because this won’t cut it!

Take a listen below:

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Kinfolk if you haven’t watched this video you must watch this it on James Wright Chanel’s YouTube channel. This was a blessing to my life yesterday morning! It took me 45 minutes to compose myself after watching it.

If you’re wondering if James was exaggerating about the pie, HE WASN’T! The pie is EVERYTHING. I purchased one today, and will be stocking up for Thanksgiving because I ain’t baking a GOTDAMN thing! 

For all the “Oh, by the way…” Twitter & FB folk chiming in saying your Big Mama’s, Granny’s, or Auntie’s pie tastes better, I have one question. Is it in stores tho!?!   #showme #soIknowitsreal (-_-)

Check it out:

Follow Him On IG: @takahpichatrick

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[LISTEN] Ratchet Song of The Week:F*ck Boy-Trina

Kinfolk! Somebody(French Montana) done pissed Trina off, and that’s clear from her new song Fxck Boy. The Queen of Miami samples the NWA classic, Boyz-N-The-Hood

“You’s a fuck boy, fuck boy, my bitch been said it that’s why I shoulda let ya best friend get!”

Trina takes no prisoner on this Ratchet Song of the Week and I am HERE for it because we all need a little ratchet in lives especially on Friday! Ayeeeeee! 

Check it out: 


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