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What's woody wood, grasshoppers?
Let me start off by saying I got 3 letters for you...
And I got 4 words for you, too...
...I had a blast
You a lame if you hit up the 5 to 7-day Erotic Explosion Hedonism II trip and don't have a ball
Elephant Man foot the bill on the performance side of things...and so did Ginuwine...both guys did their thing on stage; Elephant Man on the beach stage, and Ginuwine on the main stage
|Early phase of the beach stage|
There were some controversy about Ginuwine's performance, but I'll touch on that later
You know ya boy went buckwild on the resort...in other words, I did my thing...if you're good @ understanding code, you'll know that taking showers and dippin' in the pool weren't the only times I got my dick wet
But sex was only the icing on the cake
The cake is meeting new people, and the cherry on top was getting what I paid for...never a dull moment...never a boring second...if anything, my body couldn't keep up with the rounds of events that went on from the time I woke up, to the second I passed out from gettin' it in @ the nude side
Damn, I'm getting old
|Coolin' out with adult star, Rome Major|
*** PROS and CONS of my trip ***
I wanna get the Cons out the way first
- The Rooms -
Some rooms were renovated...
...while others weren't
My side of the resort wasn't renovated...my roommate and I had the old joint...the bathroom had baby ant and plumbing issues, but not serious enough for me to spazz about getting another room
I wasn't in the room most of the time anyway, but Hedo needs to do something about those problems instead of sleeping on the fact that the resort is an addicting place to go
- Flakey Females -
Frontin' is part of the game (sadly)...
...but it's funny how chicks talked that jazz about doing all types of freaky shit to me before the trip, only to act like Mother Theresa when they saw me
That's why flirting on Facebook is a waste of time
I only played with one woman whom I was familiar with from the Erotic Explosion Facebook group while the rest of my play partners were total strangers
Funny shit, ain't it?
But like I said, that's part of the game
- Cliques -
The Chicago (Midwest) crews were notorious for sticking together and not branching out to others
It's natural for people to link up with like-minds and those they're comfortable with...
...but I saw the SAME group of people from the Chi chill with each other without interacting much with other crews
The East Coast, Down South, and California crews (shout out to them) mixed and mingled OUTSIDE their comfort zones, but the Chicago headz pretty much stayed to themselves
My advice to the new kids on the block (not only @ Hedo, but in any social setting) is to link up with headz who aren't in cliques to build a support system
I'm the type to get in where I fit in, so the cliques didn't bother me
Because the truth is...
...if your social skills are on point, the cliques won't matter as much
Adapting is everything in life
And now the PROS
- The DJs -
The DJs were A-1...
Any DJ who plays joints like Group home's "Living Proof," Tribe's "Bonita Applebum," LL's "Bad," Capone N Noreaga's "Bloody Money," and old school house music gets an automatic A from me
They masterfully blended the old with the new throughout the week without being a slave to the latest trends that sound like they were made for niggaz who fail open book tests
- Mid-day Events -
Joints like the Lifestyle seminar, hosted by Playboy's Lola Bastinado, taught folks how to please themselves and their partner(s), and kept the ball rolling between breakfast and dinner
You also had the option to venture off the resort for an inexpensive fee during the day
I wasn't in the mood to head out, but if I did, I had a wide range of choices, whether the pick was shuttling to downtown Negril, hittin up the local mall or jet skiing
- The Food -
The food was on point...from Jamaican to Japanese...all you can eat...I think I gained 10 pounds during the trip, and that says a lot considering I don't eat much when I'm in the States
My roommate and I made reservations at the Italian spot and at the Hibachi joint...
...and the waiters/waitresses made ya boy feel @ home
|The Hibachi joint|
|Jamaican food at lunch|
- Pool Parties -
I'm pissed that I unintentionally deleted this part of the recap...
...and I hate re-writing things
So I'm gonna make this one short
The theme-driven pool parties were off the hook
The naughty games and contests brought freshness to the pool parties instead of the hosts just having folks talk up a storm without them looking forward to anything
The hosts kept the ball of energy flowing between the music...
...and I even saw a big girl do a split
Nobody can say big girls aren't flexible
I would post a pic of that, but you should've been there to see it
Oh yeah...I can't forget about the marching band that paraded on the prude side (the clothing option part of Hedo)...I thought the band was dope
The drums and the horns reminded me of the college Spring Break reunion I never experienced as they marched up and down the beach on some A Different World type shit
That was funky
- The Foam Party -
I didn't expect to enjoy the Foam jumpoff as much as I did
...the Foam Party was my favorite out of all parties held at the disco
The joint wasn't as crowded due to a lot of people hittin' the sack early to wake up for their flight the next day, but that didn't stop me from coming out of my shell to wild out during my last night on the resort
- Organization -
The promoters delivered everything that was on the events itinerary
The stage set up on the beach for the Elephant Man concert and the Erotic Spoken Word event impressed the hell outta me
I wanted to do the spoken word event...
...but my mind wasn't there even though my heart begged me to spit on the mic
|Spoken word stage on the beach|
I'd shut off my brain during the trip, and wasn't in the mood to write and perform
...maybe next year
- Elephant Man and Ginuwine -
|Elephant Man on the beach stage|
Both performers did their thing...
...and I felt I got my money's worth
Comedian Trey Elliot opened up the Elephant Man set, and funny ass Shoegasm did her thing before Ginuwine had hit the stage
Matter of fact, let me touch on the Ginuwine issue real fast
A few headz (mainly women) felt a certain way about Ginuwine performing a 20-minute set
They felt he should've performed longer
If you ask me...
...I thoroughly enjoyed his show
For one, people should be grateful to see two mainstream artists perform on separate days hosted by independent promoters, especially on a resort that's STILL considered taboo in society
For two, it's not easy bringing celebrities to an event...let alone to perform outside the country they're from...most of them want your right lung, a mortgage payment, the Sega Genesis you got collecting dust in storage, and a Porsche in order for them to show up
For three, I wasn't expecting a long concert-type of show anyway...
...I just went with the flow
Expectation is the mother of disappointment
And last, Ginuwine's catalog of songs isn't that big in the first place
He was charismatic, he interacted with the crowd, and he performed songs that folks wanted to hear
And what that said, I give Ginuwine an "A" for his performance
The crowd didn't give him enough energy to work with even IF he did wanted to perform longer than he was allegedly supposed to do
Effort goes both ways
And on that note, I hope you enjoyed my recap
The trip was my best Hedo experience to date, and I wouldn't mind turnin' up again with XPPS (www.xppsent.com)
Presentation and execution are everything...
...and they did their thing (Final Grade: A)
Click on https://vimeo.com/133372025 to watch the promo video for next year
Peace and Afro Grease
Nah'Sun @ www.nahsunblaze.com