The Black Godfather
asks, can you deal with it?
BY RANDY HARWARD
“I can’t help you get the pussy,” Andre Williams is known to
say. “You have to get the pussy yourself.” That’s the kind of tough love and
wisdom that Mr. Rhythm (or, if you prefer, The Black Godfather) is known for,
along with a canon of bawdy, no-bullshit songs that span crackling R&B,
squawky noise punk, sandpaper soul and tuh-wangy Americana. So Can You Deal With It? (Bloodshot) is an
apt title for his 12th album, a balls-out New Orleans rock ‘n’ soul
fiesta. Backed by the Morning 40 Federation (joined by NOLA keyboard genius
Quintron), Williams delivers blunt insight and raunch over deep, dirty grooves.
BLURT asked Mr. Rhythm to lay a little of that down for our readers, and he was
happy to oblige.
WATCH YOUR MONEY, AND DON’T SPEND YOUR LAST TWENTY
Don’t spend your last twenty, because you don’t know where
your next money gonna come from. So always keep your twenty, so you got enough
to get somewhere to get some more, in case you have to go and get it, so you
won’t go hungry that day; you have enough to eat until you can find some more
money. And you’ll always have some
money in your pocket. If you don’t spend your last twenty. Make sense?
MORE THAN ONE WOMAN
…because you can’t make the same promises twice. You can’t
keep your word the same way with each woman. And more than one woman is more
than one money. You can’t have women unless you spendin’ some money. But if you
just got one woman, you can keep your
DRUGS IS GOOD IF YOU
GOT NOTHIN’ TO DO…
…Alcohol will work
if you got nothin’ to say. If you ain’t got nothin’ to say, then it’s okay to
be drunk. ‘Cause it don’t mean nothin’, no way. And drugs is good if you got nothin’ to do, because once you usin’ drugs,
you ain’t gonna get nothin’ done. That’s the bottom line to both of those
KEEP A SONG IN YOUR
HEART AND A STORY ON YOUR MIND
Keep a happy attitude and a happy outlook, and that’s the
song in your heart. Keep a story on your mind-that is, remember your last
episode. Whether it was bad or good, try to keep that on your mind. You can
judge your future by your past.
DON’T DEPEND ON
NOBODY TO DO WHAT YOU SUPPOSED TO DO
Dependin’ on other people to do what you supposed to do is
expensive. You do it yourself, it’s not quite as expensive. And then if you
depend on them to do it, you might not get it done. So if you can do it
yourself, then you know it’s done, then you know it’s done right.