What’s good padna? This week we breakin’ dem chains with Beloved by
Somethin creepy goin down up at da crib called “124,” where a hardass
mama named Sethe livin’ wit her daughter Denver. Apparently, da
spot haunted by Sethe’s dead baby girl who ridin’ Sethe and Denver so
hard dat they too scurred to leave da house.
And 124 ain’t da only place dat’s kept Sethe locked up. See back in
the day, Sethe was a slave at some hell-hole plantation called “Sweet
Home” where she went through some of da most dehumanizin’ sh** yo
bitch-ass can imagine. Eventually she was able to escape dat trap and
head to Cincinatti. But even tho she free physically, she still
chained up by all dem horrible memories.
One night some G Sethe knew from back at Sweet Home named Paul D
drop in at 124. Denver ain’t so happy to see him, but sethe SHO AS
HELL IS. Cuz not 5 minutes afta’ seein him, Sethe’s panties on the
flo and they gettin buck nasty on da reg. Paul must be givin her the
D REAL good, cuz afta’ dat, it’s like the ghost ain’t doggin 124 no
mo. And afta’ a while, even Denver start warmin up to this playa.
But the good times don’t last, son. Outta nowhere, some fly lil hunny
callin herself Beloved show up lookin ill. Sethe take her in, but
there definitely somethin off bout this dip.
Life was gettin’ pretty sweet with Paul and his D in tha house, but
now wit Beloved there, errything start fallin to sh**. Somethin’
bout Beloved bein there forces Paul otta da crib and he start livin’ in
da cold house. One night, tho, Beloved roll up on dat shack and
warm dat cold house UP. Naw I’m sayin?? Sex... But fo’ some reason,
Pauly can’t enjoy Beloved booty dancing on his junk; instead his
mind filled with a buncha horrible memories from Sweet Home. Weird.
Afta Paul and Beloved do tha nasty, Beloved start pushin her weight up
in 124 like she own da place and erryone in it.
Then one day, some homie named Stamp Paid all like “Pauly, you
ain’t know why Sethe and Denver neva’ leave tha crib?” Apparently,
things were all good in da hood fo’ Sethe and da fam afta escapin from
Sweet Home. But one day, when Sethe hear her old slavemaster closin in
on her new digs, she straight SNAP and say “I’d rather KILL my babies
then let dat fool put em in chains!” And girl wasn’t playin,
cuz she takes all her kids to tha shed ready to merc erry one of em.
The only one she actually kill is a baby girl who she later name
Beloved... which make this whole house guest thing pretty damn
Paul cain’t believe what he hearin, so he jus grab his sh** and bounce.
Wit dat big-balla gone, it’s like Beloved blowin up while Sethe keep
shrinkin’. When Denver see how bad Beloved mistreating her mama, she
decide she gonna keep it real, get her house outta da house, and do
somethin to make dat bitch LEAVE.
Afta’ Denver hit up a buncha black folk around town, a whole posse
crew up to get Beloved outta dat house. Errybody start singin, and
things lookin good; dat is, until some white dude roll up on the
house. He jus’ tryna give Denver a job but Sethe thinkin it her old
slavemaster. So she goes APE, grabs an icepick and tries to ice dis
fool. Damn girl. Denver and the posse have to take her down, and
Beloved hits da road.
Now dat B-lo’s gone, Denver’s knows who she is AND got da joose to get
herelf outta da house. Paul D stop actin a fool and come back to tha
124 to build a life with Sethe. Errybody who spent they life in
chains is finally one step closer to bein’ free.
Now you might be thinkin: Wassup wit dat girl Beloved? Is she really
Sethe’s zombified daughter back from the dead? Is she some creeper
pretendin to be a dead baby? Sumethin else? Scholars got all
kinda dank theories bout B-lo; cuz truth is, who or what she be ain’t
so clear cut, sucka.
My favorite way of thinkin bout it is that it ain’t bout Beloved bein
a ghost or a person- what’s important is dat she a symbol,
reppin all da horrible sh** black folk had to tussle wit over da
years: ‘specially da memories of pain, death, and torture durin’
slave times. See, when Beloved drop in at 124, she bring back all dem
buried horrors of Paul and Sethe’s time up at Sweet Home.
And to make things worse, Beloved don’t jus make you think bout da
past- she make you relive it right here right now. Paul D always
talkin bout how he didn’t even feel like a person back at sweet home,
sayin bum sh** like: Sparky reads quote: “I was something else
and that something else was less than a chicken sitting in the
sun on a tub.”
And if you thinkin that ain’t nothin’ gonna make him feel more
like a man that a piece of Beloved’s fine ass, you be trippin,
yo. After crackin off a piece of summodat hoochie coochie:
“Paul D had come to be a rag doll- picked up and put back
down anywhere any time by a girl young enough to be his
daughter. fu**ing her when he was convinced he didn’t want
to...humiliated... ad yet there was nothing he could do about
Po’ Sethe in da same depressingass, rememory-filled boat. Sethe
get so amped up on hatred for dem racist slavers, and so full of love
and regret fo’ ghosting her own baby-girl, dat she start actin’
like she ain’t even good ‘nuff fo’ forgiveness. Damn girl, show
yo’self a lil’ love.
Maybe da reason it’s so damn hard to figure out who or what Beloved
be is cuz she a different thing to all da books’ major playas. To paul
D, she a mystery and a lover; to Sethe, she a daughter, and a
reminder of ol’ pains; to Denver, she a sistah, and a hope
dat she won’t eva’ be alone. Then again, maybe the real clue why
Beloved seem different to errybody is in her name: Love. Love look
different to errybody. To some, it can breathe life in to yo daily
grind like nuthin else. But to others, it can fu** sh** up like
you ain’t even know.
So let me show you what love looks like to this thug: This here subscribe
button. So hit it and catch me lata. Peace!