Wednesday, April 23, 2008



Stringer: Yo', Rock.
Shamrock: Huh?
Stringer: Be subtle with it, man. You know what subtle means?
Shamrock: Laid back and shit.

D'Angelo on Great Gatsby

D'Angelo Barksdale at a prison book club: He's saying that the past is always with us. Where we come from, what we go through, how we go through it all - this shit matters. Like at the end of the book, ya know, boats and tides and all. It's like you can change up, right, you can say you're somebody new, you can give yourself a whole new story. But, what came first is who you really are and what happened before is what really happened. It don't matter that some fool say he different cuz the things that make you different is what you really do, what u really go through. Like, ya know, all those books in his library. He frontin' with all them books, but if you pull one down off the shelf, none of the pages have ever been opened. He got all them books, and he hasn't read nearly one of them. Gatsby, he was who he was, and he did what he did. And cuz he wasn't willing to get real with the story, that shit caught up to him. That's what I think, anyway

Lawyers and drug dealers

Attorney Maurice 'Maury' Levy in court: You are feeding off the violence and the despair of the drug trade. You are stealing from those who themselves are stealing the lifeblood from our city. You are a parasite who leeches off the culture of drugs...

Omar Little in the witness box: Just like you, man.

Maurice 'Maury' Levy: Excuse me? What?

Omar Little: I got the shotgun. You got the briefcase. It's all in the game though, right?

How to play chess

[Young drug dealer D'Angelo Barksdale comes across two of his lieutenants apparently playing chess]

D'ANGELO BARKSDALE - Yo, what was that?


D'ANGELO - Yo, a castle can't move like that . . . a castle move up or down or sideways like

WALLACE: Nah, we aint' playin' that. Yo, look at the board, we playin' checkers

D'ANGELO - [laughs] checkers?

WALLACE: Yeah, checkers.

D'ANGELO - Yo, why you playing checkers on a chess set?

BODIE - Yo, why you give a shit?

D'ANGELO - But yo, chess is a better game, yo. . . Now hold up, hold up, you don't know how to play chess, do you?


D'ANGELO - So nothing. . .So I'll teach you all you all want to learn. . .

It's simple, it's simple. See this? This the king pin. Aw right? Now he de man. You get the other dude's king, you've got the game. He's tryin' get your king, too, so you gotta protect him. Now the king he move one space any direction he damn choose 'cause he de king. . . but he aint' got no hustle. But the rest of these mother fuckers on his team, they got his back and they run so deep he ain't really got to do shit.

Now you see this? Dis the queen. She smart, she fast. She move anyway she want as far as she want. and she is the go get shit done piece.

And this over here's the castle. Like the stash. Move like this and like this.

WALLACE: Dog, stash don't move, man

D'ANGELO: Come on y'all, think. How many time we move the stash house this week. Right? And anytime we move the stash we got to move a little muscle with it, right? To protect it.

BODIE: True. You right. What about the little ball headed bitches there?

D'ANGELO: These right here, these are the pawns. They like the soldiers. They move like this. One space forward, only. Except when they fight and it's like this. They's like the front line. They be's out in the field.

WALLACE: So how you get to be the king?

D'ANGELO: It ain't like that. See the king stay the king. Everyone stay who he is 'cept the pawns. Now the pawn made it all the way down to the other dude's side he get to be queen and like I said the queen ain't no bitch. She got all the moves.

BODIE: So all right, if I make it to the other end, I win.

D'ANGELO: If you catch the other dude's king and trap it, then you win.

BODIE: But if I make to the end, then I'm top dog.

D'ANGELO: Na, yo, it ain't like that. Look. The pawns, man, in the game, they be capped quick. They be out early

BODIE: Unless they some smart ass pawns.

[D'Angelo nods]


How Chicken McNuggets were invented

D'Angelo, Poot and Wallace are sitting on the red sofa in the yard outside the low rises, which is their drug territory

WALLACE: Want some nuggets?

POOT: Nah, go on

WALLACE: (Chewing on a nugget). Mother fucker got the bone all the way out the damn chicken. . Til somebody come along they been chewing on drum sticks and shit, getting' their fingers all greasy. Man said leave the bone [out], snug up that meat and make some real money. . .

POOT: You think the man got paid?. . .

WALLACE: Shit, he richer than a mother fucker

D'ANGELO: You think he got a percentage?

WALLACE: Why not?

D'ANGELO: Nigger, please. The man that invented that just some sad ass down in the basement at McDonalds. . .

POOT: Nah man, that ain't right. . .

D'ANGELO: Fuck right. It ain't about right, it about money. Now you think Ronald McDonald going to go down that basement and say, "Hey Mr Nugget. You the bomb. We're sellin' chicken faster you can tear the bone out. . So I'm going to write my clowny ass name on this fat ass check for you?

WALLACE: Shit. . .

D'ANGELO: And the nigger that make them things still working in the basement for a regular wage thinking of a way to make the fries taste better and things like that. Believe.

WALLACE: He still have the idea, though




At April 24, 2008 1:20 PM, Blogger raafi said...

Wow. Walking to work today, I had one phrase looping in my head: "all the way out the damn chicken." I would sometimes add extra prepositions for emphasis as in "all the way up off out the damn chicken," always trying to channel Wallace's wonder at the thing. It's good to know someone else is thinking about this stuff.


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