Friday, August 29, 2008

Ouch. Checkmate?



Alaska Gov. Palin is McCain's VP pick

"Shits chess, not checkers"-Alozno

This is about to get very interesting...She's definitely better looking than Hillary. Who knew McCain knew how to pick'em?

Ouch. Checkmate?



Alaska Gov. Palin is McCain's VP pick

"Shits chess, not checkers"-Alozno

This is about to get very interesting...She's definitely better looking than Hillary. Who knew McCain knew how to pick'em?

Kardinal Offishall @ TheRezidue.com



Earlier this week Toronto's own Kardinal Offishall stopped through Atlanta to have a listening session for his new album Not 4 Sale. It was pretty damn dope. And when I say he had a listening session, that's exactly what it was. He put the CD in and just let the entire thing ride from beginning to end, no interruptions.

Over the years, I've either owned or heard most of what he was putting out. Dude been dope, but I don't think alot of cats are up on him like that quite yet. He has a very unique style that blend Hip Hop with Dancehall and Reggae. He has this one song called "Set It Off" featuring the Clipse which is pretty dope. The beat does this sick ish with that bullhorn they be blowing at those flag parties. He also go a dope joint called "Bad Like We Bad" that you hear on the first video in the background. He also has tracks with T-Pain (not no obvious T-Pain ish though), J-Davey and a track he's pondering whether to put Rihanna or Nicole from the Pussycat Dolls on. Overall, the album I heard was dope. In fact, the album is 15 tracks, but I actually felt fulfilled after tracks 11 and 12. He had a sick ass freestyle at the end of the album though that gives some real food for thought. Don't sleep on this dude's album, I think you'll really enjoy it. There are already a few tracks floating around on the web including the lead single "Dangerous" if you wanted to check them out.

Crazy thing is, when I walked in I wasn't sure I was in the right room. Akon and Sean Garret was in there going back and forth listening to tracks trying to figure out what would work for that Ray Lavender dude. All I know is, I didn't hear any Kardinal playing...but they informed me that I was in the right place and the session was starting in 15 minutes.

Anyways, me and Kardinal chopped it up for a few minutes to talk about his new album, responsibility in Hip Hop and his world travels. It came out pretty dope if I should say so myself. Check out the vids and let me know what you think...

Part 2



Random Ass Bonus vid:

In searching for more Kardinal Offishall videos, I effed around and found one that I was in at the end. This was last year during BET Hip Hop Awards weekend. Ludacris, Rawse and Bun B had a video shoot out in the middle of nowhere. I was out there getting quotes and info for this story I wrote for XXL about video directors. I actually forgot "Down In the Dirty" existed.



Kardinal Offishall @ TheRezidue.com



Earlier this week Toronto's own Kardinal Offishall stopped through Atlanta to have a listening session for his new album Not 4 Sale. It was pretty damn dope. And when I say he had a listening session, that's exactly what it was. He put the CD in and just let the entire thing ride from beginning to end, no interruptions.

Over the years, I've either owned or heard most of what he was putting out. Dude been dope, but I don't think alot of cats are up on him like that quite yet. He has a very unique style that blend Hip Hop with Dancehall and Reggae. He has this one song called "Set It Off" featuring the Clipse which is pretty dope. The beat does this sick ish with that bullhorn they be blowing at those flag parties. He also go a dope joint called "Bad Like We Bad" that you hear on the first video in the background. He also has tracks with T-Pain (not no obvious T-Pain ish though), J-Davey and a track he's pondering whether to put Rihanna or Nicole from the Pussycat Dolls on. Overall, the album I heard was dope. In fact, the album is 15 tracks, but I actually felt fulfilled after tracks 11 and 12. He had a sick ass freestyle at the end of the album though that gives some real food for thought. Don't sleep on this dude's album, I think you'll really enjoy it. There are already a few tracks floating around on the web including the lead single "Dangerous" if you wanted to check them out.

Crazy thing is, when I walked in I wasn't sure I was in the right room. Akon and Sean Garret was in there going back and forth listening to tracks trying to figure out what would work for that Ray Lavender dude. All I know is, I didn't hear any Kardinal playing...but they informed me that I was in the right place and the session was starting in 15 minutes.

Anyways, me and Kardinal chopped it up for a few minutes to talk about his new album, responsibility in Hip Hop and his world travels. It came out pretty dope if I should say so myself. Check out the vids and let me know what you think...

Part 2



Random Ass Bonus vid:

In searching for more Kardinal Offishall videos, I effed around and found one that I was in at the end. This was last year during BET Hip Hop Awards weekend. Ludacris, Rawse and Bun B had a video shoot out in the middle of nowhere. I was out there getting quotes and info for this story I wrote for XXL about video directors. I actually forgot "Down In the Dirty" existed.



Wednesday, August 27, 2008

UNN Report: Will Hip Hop Kill Obama's Campaign



www.THEREZIDUE.com (thats me) and the Urban News Network (UNN) are partnering up to hit the streets and do some reporting on some things that matter. In a nutshell, we're going to be pooling our resources to speak on some things that aren't always entertainment industry related that are relevant to the Urban (that means everybody in Urban areas, not just Black folk, Urban is not a race) community.

This video is our first collab. In it we're asking people if they think that Hip Hop's staunch support of Barack Obama is a good or bad look for him. Let us know what you think in the comments...about the subject and the video itself.

Oh yeah, there is a Bun B appearance at the end. To go along with it, here's a pic of Bun at the DNC. He's out there helping getting people registered to vote.

UNN Report: Will Hip Hop Kill Obama's Campaign



www.THEREZIDUE.com (thats me) and the Urban News Network (UNN) are partnering up to hit the streets and do some reporting on some things that matter. In a nutshell, we're going to be pooling our resources to speak on some things that aren't always entertainment industry related that are relevant to the Urban (that means everybody in Urban areas, not just Black folk, Urban is not a race) community.

This video is our first collab. In it we're asking people if they think that Hip Hop's staunch support of Barack Obama is a good or bad look for him. Let us know what you think in the comments...about the subject and the video itself.

Oh yeah, there is a Bun B appearance at the end. To go along with it, here's a pic of Bun at the DNC. He's out there helping getting people registered to vote.

The Great Debaters Vol. 1 Rhymefest vs. Killer Mike



Pro-Chicago blog Fake Shore Drive is starting up a new series called The Great Debaters where they're inviting rappers to engage in debates with Chi-Town's own Rhymefest. The first guest of the series was Killer Mike.

This discussion sounded very interesting as both seem to know a lot about their surroundings and have great analytical skills. FSD founder Andrew said that this one was a random phone conversation that turned into a debate, which is why this one is typed out. The rest of the series will be streamed audio. Here is the convo...

I. Haterville. Economics or just Hate?

AB: So Mike, you were at the Ozone Awards a few weeks ago in Houston, right?

KM: Of course I was, I’m from the soooooouth.


AB: Okay, well you know that Chicago is referred to, by some, as “Haterville”, and a lot of people claim we don’t support our artists here. However, in the South, it seems like there’s a lot of unity and camaraderie – at least that’s the way it’s perceived in the media. But at the Ozone Awards it seems like chaos with all the fights and what not

KM: In the south, there’s always going to be internal squarmishes. Shit, it goes back years and years – Master P and Pimp C was beefin’. 10 years ago Suave House and Rap-A-Lot was beefin’. But in the South it appears we are able to rebound from our beef quicker – we get off that bullshit a lot quicker and get back to making money quicker, and it usually don’t take a death. We have gangs in the South, be we aren’t as married to the principle of gangs like in Chicago. See down here, we tend to call racism what it is, so we tend to self-segregate. If you put a bunch of us Southerners in Chicago, we probably ain’t gonna seek out Lake Shore Drive – if we comfortable in our neighborhood we gonna stay there. We ain’t gonna go out and try to mingle without our people, so our problems have to be worked out a little quicker.


AB: Fest, what are your thoughts on the unity in the South versus up here?

Fest: I think it’s interesting, some of the things Mike said. Some of the things I agree with, but one thing I don’t agree with – was “Man, if people down south came to Chicago, we probably wouldn’t go to Lake Shore Drive or leave our comfort zone.” I think that’s one of the biggest problems with Black people in this country is that they suffer from the ignorance of not knowing what’s outside of our community. Like a lot of us don’t know of programs that are available to us, like scholarships, because we don’t go out of our comfort zone. Look at Bill and Melinda Gates. Bro – they had a $1 billion dollar scholarship fund for black inner-city kids, and hardly anyone signed up for it, so they shut it down. We need to go outside of our comfort zone and not be confined to our own hoods

KM: Let me jump in here real quick. A lot of times you’ll hear me talk about “self segregation”. That is not the same thing as being afraid to leave your comfort zone. What I was referring to when I said “We probably wouldn’t go to Lake Shore Drive” is that in my city, we have a true Black upper, middle and lower class community. In the South, we’re self segregating and keeping a dollar in the community when we really need to.

Fest: And go to black to vendors and buy white products…That keeps the dollar in our community.

(Laughs)

KM: I didn’t say the dollars didn’t leave our community, but that it turns a few more times within our community. Because that keeps jobs in the community.


Fest: Yo, yo, you saying that, but if you look at the statistics, the South has the poorest black communities in the country. So how does that apply? You’re not saying Atlanta, you’re saying the South as a whole. If you look at South Carolina or Mississippi or Alabama – dollars aren’t turning in those communities.

KM: Dollars are turning in Alabama, because Mercedes are made there. South Carolina has a burgeoning industrial and manufacturing based economy, so money IS turning there. The south is no Utopia – but there is more room for growth in the South. You’re not going to grow Detroit, you’re not going to grow Chicago or Harlem – because they’re already gentrified!

Fest: That’s not true, bro. That’s not true. In fact, industrial and manufacturing jobs are depleting in America, while the technology profession is booming. Unless, Mississippi or Alabama can incorporate those jobs for our people, I can’t agree.

KM: What you don’t understand is there is a Martin Luther King Civil Rights Museum, there is a Children’s Civil Rights Museum, a Children’s Museum and there is the High Museum of Art, who through September is hosting a Civil Rights portrait exhibit. But 9 out of 10 black parents haven’t taken their children to ANY of these places. So instead of leaving my community to see the bigger world, I’d rather see the bigger world inside my community

Fest: I believe we suffer more from not knowing what’s outside of our community, and I think that’s the problem. We can’t keep justifying ignorance.

II. Chicago Hip Hop vs. Southern Rap

AB: Let’s switch it up for a second and talk Chicago Hip Hop vs. Southern Rap. (Fest and Mike immediately begin quoting various rappers from their region)

Fest: You know what I heard Kanye say on a single!?!? “And the white man get paid off of all of that”

KM: That’s a great line. But Kanye also said he wants head from a white girl!

Fest: So?


KM: Oooooohhhh...Okay I see how this is going

Fest: So you wanna go negative line for negative line? I’m not gonna get into the misogyny, because everybody is guilty of that. But if you’re looking for something you can grow from the most, line by line, you can’t say Jeezy is above Kanye.

KM: See, that’s your thing, if you’re going to use Southern rappers as examples, you’re always going to put Jeezy, Wayne and Boosie on display. Hold up – there ain’t nothing wrong with them – I listen to these guys, I’m friends with these guys, but they’re the new gangsta rap. How about I pull said something like, well “Bump J talks about drugs”, “The Speedknot Mobstaz talk about gangs”, “Do or Die talks about pimpin”. See you can’t do that, because Chicago is a more beautiful music experience than that.

Fest: Yo, you know when you can say that? You can say that when Chicago radio, or Atlanta radio play and embrace Bump J or L.E.P. the way they do Jeezy and Wayne, because those two are the ones who are really influencing our shorties and the youth in America, besides Kanye.

KM: Actually, what’s influencing your shorties more than ignorant music or gangster rap is not the presence of it , it’s the absence real role models. It’s the absence of the role models when they wake up in the morning, or the absence of the role models they see in the classroom everyday.

Wayne is from a city, that before Katrina, had a 74% black poverty rate. Jeezy, and this ain’t to let no cat out of the bag, is from a small rural town in Georgia. So my thing is, how terrific is it, that a boy can make it from that small of a town, come to Atlanta and musically takeover. That’s a great story!

Fest: That is a great story – I just wish it would be told more often. This ain’t about Jeezy, or Wayne, or Boosie because I’m not even speaking to them. It goes beyond the South. It goes to New York, the West Coast, wherever, and my thing is, the ignorance is prevalent in the absence of positive role models, which is the enemy of our people.

KM: But my thing is the South has only been on top for four years. Four years! We haven’t been around long enough to pollute the water! That didn’t start with us! That started in the 90s! Cash Money would’ve never rapped about jewelry had Biggie never rapped about platinum and jewelry.

Fest: That’s not the problem! Because then I’d have to go back and say I didn’t like Kool G Rap, I didn’t like the Geto Boys, I didn’t like NWA. I’m not saying that! I’m not saying negative or gangster rap is the downfall of our children in America. What I will say though, is that there’s no longer a balance between the positivity and the negativity. It used to be that I could listen to Scarface, but guess what, they’re gonna play Rakim right after that. I can go and listen to Too Short, but they’ll play A Tribe Called Quest right after that. Now, there’s no balance.

KM: If you look at most southern rappers who are successful, they walk in the room with a $70 pair of jeans, $5 white tee and a $60 pair of sneakers – with a chain, hat and sunglasses. Every successful “so-called” conscious rapper is usually rockin’ a $400 shirt, $600 jeans and some sneakers that regular people can’t pronounce or obtain. Who really reflects the value of the people?

FIN

The Great Debaters Vol. 1 Rhymefest vs. Killer Mike



Pro-Chicago blog Fake Shore Drive is starting up a new series called The Great Debaters where they're inviting rappers to engage in debates with Chi-Town's own Rhymefest. The first guest of the series was Killer Mike.

This discussion sounded very interesting as both seem to know a lot about their surroundings and have great analytical skills. FSD founder Andrew said that this one was a random phone conversation that turned into a debate, which is why this one is typed out. The rest of the series will be streamed audio. Here is the convo...

I. Haterville. Economics or just Hate?

AB: So Mike, you were at the Ozone Awards a few weeks ago in Houston, right?

KM: Of course I was, I’m from the soooooouth.


AB: Okay, well you know that Chicago is referred to, by some, as “Haterville”, and a lot of people claim we don’t support our artists here. However, in the South, it seems like there’s a lot of unity and camaraderie – at least that’s the way it’s perceived in the media. But at the Ozone Awards it seems like chaos with all the fights and what not

KM: In the south, there’s always going to be internal squarmishes. Shit, it goes back years and years – Master P and Pimp C was beefin’. 10 years ago Suave House and Rap-A-Lot was beefin’. But in the South it appears we are able to rebound from our beef quicker – we get off that bullshit a lot quicker and get back to making money quicker, and it usually don’t take a death. We have gangs in the South, be we aren’t as married to the principle of gangs like in Chicago. See down here, we tend to call racism what it is, so we tend to self-segregate. If you put a bunch of us Southerners in Chicago, we probably ain’t gonna seek out Lake Shore Drive – if we comfortable in our neighborhood we gonna stay there. We ain’t gonna go out and try to mingle without our people, so our problems have to be worked out a little quicker.


AB: Fest, what are your thoughts on the unity in the South versus up here?

Fest: I think it’s interesting, some of the things Mike said. Some of the things I agree with, but one thing I don’t agree with – was “Man, if people down south came to Chicago, we probably wouldn’t go to Lake Shore Drive or leave our comfort zone.” I think that’s one of the biggest problems with Black people in this country is that they suffer from the ignorance of not knowing what’s outside of our community. Like a lot of us don’t know of programs that are available to us, like scholarships, because we don’t go out of our comfort zone. Look at Bill and Melinda Gates. Bro – they had a $1 billion dollar scholarship fund for black inner-city kids, and hardly anyone signed up for it, so they shut it down. We need to go outside of our comfort zone and not be confined to our own hoods

KM: Let me jump in here real quick. A lot of times you’ll hear me talk about “self segregation”. That is not the same thing as being afraid to leave your comfort zone. What I was referring to when I said “We probably wouldn’t go to Lake Shore Drive” is that in my city, we have a true Black upper, middle and lower class community. In the South, we’re self segregating and keeping a dollar in the community when we really need to.

Fest: And go to black to vendors and buy white products…That keeps the dollar in our community.

(Laughs)

KM: I didn’t say the dollars didn’t leave our community, but that it turns a few more times within our community. Because that keeps jobs in the community.


Fest: Yo, yo, you saying that, but if you look at the statistics, the South has the poorest black communities in the country. So how does that apply? You’re not saying Atlanta, you’re saying the South as a whole. If you look at South Carolina or Mississippi or Alabama – dollars aren’t turning in those communities.

KM: Dollars are turning in Alabama, because Mercedes are made there. South Carolina has a burgeoning industrial and manufacturing based economy, so money IS turning there. The south is no Utopia – but there is more room for growth in the South. You’re not going to grow Detroit, you’re not going to grow Chicago or Harlem – because they’re already gentrified!

Fest: That’s not true, bro. That’s not true. In fact, industrial and manufacturing jobs are depleting in America, while the technology profession is booming. Unless, Mississippi or Alabama can incorporate those jobs for our people, I can’t agree.

KM: What you don’t understand is there is a Martin Luther King Civil Rights Museum, there is a Children’s Civil Rights Museum, a Children’s Museum and there is the High Museum of Art, who through September is hosting a Civil Rights portrait exhibit. But 9 out of 10 black parents haven’t taken their children to ANY of these places. So instead of leaving my community to see the bigger world, I’d rather see the bigger world inside my community

Fest: I believe we suffer more from not knowing what’s outside of our community, and I think that’s the problem. We can’t keep justifying ignorance.

II. Chicago Hip Hop vs. Southern Rap

AB: Let’s switch it up for a second and talk Chicago Hip Hop vs. Southern Rap. (Fest and Mike immediately begin quoting various rappers from their region)

Fest: You know what I heard Kanye say on a single!?!? “And the white man get paid off of all of that”

KM: That’s a great line. But Kanye also said he wants head from a white girl!

Fest: So?


KM: Oooooohhhh...Okay I see how this is going

Fest: So you wanna go negative line for negative line? I’m not gonna get into the misogyny, because everybody is guilty of that. But if you’re looking for something you can grow from the most, line by line, you can’t say Jeezy is above Kanye.

KM: See, that’s your thing, if you’re going to use Southern rappers as examples, you’re always going to put Jeezy, Wayne and Boosie on display. Hold up – there ain’t nothing wrong with them – I listen to these guys, I’m friends with these guys, but they’re the new gangsta rap. How about I pull said something like, well “Bump J talks about drugs”, “The Speedknot Mobstaz talk about gangs”, “Do or Die talks about pimpin”. See you can’t do that, because Chicago is a more beautiful music experience than that.

Fest: Yo, you know when you can say that? You can say that when Chicago radio, or Atlanta radio play and embrace Bump J or L.E.P. the way they do Jeezy and Wayne, because those two are the ones who are really influencing our shorties and the youth in America, besides Kanye.

KM: Actually, what’s influencing your shorties more than ignorant music or gangster rap is not the presence of it , it’s the absence real role models. It’s the absence of the role models when they wake up in the morning, or the absence of the role models they see in the classroom everyday.

Wayne is from a city, that before Katrina, had a 74% black poverty rate. Jeezy, and this ain’t to let no cat out of the bag, is from a small rural town in Georgia. So my thing is, how terrific is it, that a boy can make it from that small of a town, come to Atlanta and musically takeover. That’s a great story!

Fest: That is a great story – I just wish it would be told more often. This ain’t about Jeezy, or Wayne, or Boosie because I’m not even speaking to them. It goes beyond the South. It goes to New York, the West Coast, wherever, and my thing is, the ignorance is prevalent in the absence of positive role models, which is the enemy of our people.

KM: But my thing is the South has only been on top for four years. Four years! We haven’t been around long enough to pollute the water! That didn’t start with us! That started in the 90s! Cash Money would’ve never rapped about jewelry had Biggie never rapped about platinum and jewelry.

Fest: That’s not the problem! Because then I’d have to go back and say I didn’t like Kool G Rap, I didn’t like the Geto Boys, I didn’t like NWA. I’m not saying that! I’m not saying negative or gangster rap is the downfall of our children in America. What I will say though, is that there’s no longer a balance between the positivity and the negativity. It used to be that I could listen to Scarface, but guess what, they’re gonna play Rakim right after that. I can go and listen to Too Short, but they’ll play A Tribe Called Quest right after that. Now, there’s no balance.

KM: If you look at most southern rappers who are successful, they walk in the room with a $70 pair of jeans, $5 white tee and a $60 pair of sneakers – with a chain, hat and sunglasses. Every successful “so-called” conscious rapper is usually rockin’ a $400 shirt, $600 jeans and some sneakers that regular people can’t pronounce or obtain. Who really reflects the value of the people?

FIN

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Follow The Beep!!!



Ya'll know I'm not the camera time type...but it was only a matter of time before I messed around and flipped the camera on myself. I promise not to make a habit out of it.

Anyways, I just felt like I had to share something I noticed. Have you ever been at the gas station, or the ATM kinda late and felt like you was being set up? No, not watched, but set up. I do, often. It seems like something is always beeping. It beeps when you stick your card in. It beeps everytime you hit a number on the key pad. It beeps when it gives you a receipt. It beeps when the transaction is finished. It beeps to tell you goodbye.

Last night when I was getting some gas, the damn pump kept beeping. Its as if it was alarm to let robbers, bums, panhadlers, whoever know that someone was spending some money. That ish is kinda annoying and dangerous. I just felt like I needed to share it with ya'll and see what ya'll think.

Follow The Beep!!!



Ya'll know I'm not the camera time type...but it was only a matter of time before I messed around and flipped the camera on myself. I promise not to make a habit out of it.

Anyways, I just felt like I had to share something I noticed. Have you ever been at the gas station, or the ATM kinda late and felt like you was being set up? No, not watched, but set up. I do, often. It seems like something is always beeping. It beeps when you stick your card in. It beeps everytime you hit a number on the key pad. It beeps when it gives you a receipt. It beeps when the transaction is finished. It beeps to tell you goodbye.

Last night when I was getting some gas, the damn pump kept beeping. Its as if it was alarm to let robbers, bums, panhadlers, whoever know that someone was spending some money. That ish is kinda annoying and dangerous. I just felt like I needed to share it with ya'll and see what ya'll think.

T-Pain feat. The Goblin "I Can't Believe It"



Man. I really like this song. Pretty much everyone that knows me knows that I fux with T-Pain. Even since the first album...shied, even before that when he dropped that remix to Akon's "Locked Up" called "Fucked Up." I can't front though, I wasn't really messing with dude when he was a part of that group Nappy Boys.

But yeah, T-Pain been jamming to me. Alot of folks been hating on dude since day one. I don't care, I like his music. I happened to write his first bio for the Rappa Turnt Sanga album. I also happened to kinda sorta launch the trend of everybody getting him to do hooks for their song. I suggested to E-40 (whaddup 40 Water) that he get the then upstart sanga to do the hook for one of his songs...gave him dudes numbers...and later that night they came up with "U And Dat Booty." I'm not proud of that title, but I am proud of connecting them (*check please?*). I'll forever appreciate the shoutout 40 Water gave me on 106 & Park though.

But any way, dude always manages to come out with a dope ass first single and this one is no different. Shit is jammin. But "I Can't Believe" that they let The Goblin come on this song at the end and absolutely ruin it. Really man, what purpose does The Goblin serve on this record. You can't even decipher what he's saying as he absolutely abuses the vocoder/voice box thingy. Sounds stupid.

As for this video, its pretty cool. It gets a little cheesy towards the end, but over all, its cool. Pretty creative and visually stimulating. Reminds me of the occasional alt rock video that comes up every once in a while that has you scratching your head while bobbing to the song. Its not just another typical performance video or clubs scene joint.

Check it out for yourself and share what you think.

T-Pain feat. The Goblin "I Can't Believe It"



Man. I really like this song. Pretty much everyone that knows me knows that I fux with T-Pain. Even since the first album...shied, even before that when he dropped that remix to Akon's "Locked Up" called "Fucked Up." I can't front though, I wasn't really messing with dude when he was a part of that group Nappy Boys.

But yeah, T-Pain been jamming to me. Alot of folks been hating on dude since day one. I don't care, I like his music. I happened to write his first bio for the Rappa Turnt Sanga album. I also happened to kinda sorta launch the trend of everybody getting him to do hooks for their song. I suggested to E-40 (whaddup 40 Water) that he get the then upstart sanga to do the hook for one of his songs...gave him dudes numbers...and later that night they came up with "U And Dat Booty." I'm not proud of that title, but I am proud of connecting them (*check please?*). I'll forever appreciate the shoutout 40 Water gave me on 106 & Park though.

But any way, dude always manages to come out with a dope ass first single and this one is no different. Shit is jammin. But "I Can't Believe" that they let The Goblin come on this song at the end and absolutely ruin it. Really man, what purpose does The Goblin serve on this record. You can't even decipher what he's saying as he absolutely abuses the vocoder/voice box thingy. Sounds stupid.

As for this video, its pretty cool. It gets a little cheesy towards the end, but over all, its cool. Pretty creative and visually stimulating. Reminds me of the occasional alt rock video that comes up every once in a while that has you scratching your head while bobbing to the song. Its not just another typical performance video or clubs scene joint.

Check it out for yourself and share what you think.

Sunday, August 24, 2008

Killer Mike's Sunday Morning Massacre: "Never/The Judas Theory"



This week Killer Mike goes in on Scarface's "Never" track. Speaking on the illegal drug trade, the prison system and "Rule 35"...google it. We're also debuting some new artwork (above). There will be a new graphic each week. Let us know what you think...

The freestyle was originally recorded for Chamillionare's Mixtape Messiah 4. After a few listens though, Mike decided to go ahead and put it out there now. Here is some video of Mike explaining this week's Massacre. Song link is after the video.



Killer Mike's Sunday Morning Massacre: "Never"

Killer Mike's Sunday Morning Massacre: "Never/The Judas Theory"



This week Killer Mike goes in on Scarface's "Never" track. Speaking on the illegal drug trade, the prison system and "Rule 35"...google it. We're also debuting some new artwork (above). There will be a new graphic each week. Let us know what you think...

The freestyle was originally recorded for Chamillionare's Mixtape Messiah 4. After a few listens though, Mike decided to go ahead and put it out there now. Here is some video of Mike explaining this week's Massacre. Song link is after the video.



Killer Mike's Sunday Morning Massacre: "Never"

Friday, August 22, 2008

New Devin the Dude Promo Pics



I wrote Devin's latest bio around last month (the one on his myspace page). The new album is going to be called Landing Gear. He explained the title by saying when he'd touch down in a city for a show, people would always ask if he was straight on the "coughee"...and he'd reply "no, I'm good, I got a little Landing Gear." People thought it was funny so, he decided to use it as an album title. Hear some of the early promo shots for the project. Hilarious.



Related Post:

A PSA from The Dude


High Y'all Doin (Episode 2 - PSA) from Devin The Dude on Vimeo.

New Devin the Dude Promo Pics



I wrote Devin's latest bio around last month (the one on his myspace page). The new album is going to be called Landing Gear. He explained the title by saying when he'd touch down in a city for a show, people would always ask if he was straight on the "coughee"...and he'd reply "no, I'm good, I got a little Landing Gear." People thought it was funny so, he decided to use it as an album title. Hear some of the early promo shots for the project. Hilarious.



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High Y'all Doin (Episode 2 - PSA) from Devin The Dude on Vimeo.

Thursday, August 21, 2008

T.I. @ Shawty Lo's House



Well not quite. But damn near. Tip shot a video for "What Up," the song going at Lo...in Bowen Homes, Lo's hood. Very ballsy. This dude has a knack for popping up in other niggas hoods.

Pics by Ben Rose
Spotted @ BLVDST

T.I. @ Shawty Lo's House



Well not quite. But damn near. Tip shot a video for "What Up," the song going at Lo...in Bowen Homes, Lo's hood. Very ballsy. This dude has a knack for popping up in other niggas hoods.

Pics by Ben Rose
Spotted @ BLVDST

Thugnificent Returns!!!!

Its been a while since we heard from the homie Thugnificent. He's been on his grind doing big things over the last couple months. But he reached out to me late last night and insisted that I help him let everybody know what he's been up to lately...and more importantly, let a certain rap group know that he doesn't appreciate them swagger jacking his songs....



August 20, 2008
11:39 pm

Niggas, bitches, hoes, pimps, hustlas, playas, goons and every muthafuckin' grifter I can think of...greetings beloved. This is ya nigga Thugnificent checkin' in live from Terra Belle, GA! Yeah, thats right nigga, I still go back to the hood...WITH MY CHAIN ON NIGGA!!!

I know its been a long ass time since I holla'd at ya'll niggas, but I've been out here grinding. Not in that punk ass DJ Khaled type way either. I'm talking about a real muthafuckin grind homie. I'm talking about 72 hours with no sleep damn near about pass out grinding. Makin' it rain in 5 separate locations on the same night grinding. Cranking out 10 songs a got damn day grinding. Aint nothing to a boss, yasmellme!?!

But anyways, just to let ya'll know, I will be dropping some new music to feed the streets very soon. I had to do it. All these other niggas coming out with albums, so I said fuck it, time for me to drop one too. I don't have an official title for the album yet, but be on the look out for my first single entitled..."I FUCKS WITH OBAMA." I'm basically letting everybody know that Thugnificent and my 19 Million supporters (that bitch Hillary only got 18 Million...GET ON YO GRIND HOE!) really fuck with Obama. The song is gonna be leaking to the net early next week. Obama is a real nigga, ya'll need to fuck with him, for real. Me and the Lethal Interjection Crew are gonna be hitting up Denver for the DNC and do a show right outside in the convention's parking lot performing the new single. We just wanna rally as much support as we can for Obama. Real niggas do real things.

Now...lets get down to what I really wanted to talk about. A couple of weeks ago I was in Houston for the Ozone Awards and shit. This is the third muthafuckin year in a row that I wasn't nominated for the Patiently Waiting: Georgia award. Niggas need to get off the bullshit and stop hating on ya boy. Who hotter than me right now nigga? Name a nigga hotter than me. I dare you! If you can name a nigga hotter than me right now...I'll slap the shit outta ya for lying.

Anyways, I still decided to go show my support. Never know, the nigga who wins the award might not show up and they might fuck around, come to their senses and give that shit to me. Knowhatimsayin.

Anyway nigga. I went to one of the parties down there. Nothing to major, just smokin that orange lavender. Fuck purp, get ya weight up nigga. If you ain't smokin orange lavender, you aint shit nigga. But yeah, we in the VIP, fuckin with the hoes, poppin bottles. I didn't bring any cash with me to make it rain. So me and my niggas just started throwing our American Express Black Cards like ninja stars in the crowd. I had 'em hatin too nigga. You shoulda seen it. I was putting these hatin ass niggas eyes out! So fuck saying "Hi Hater"...I got the new motto for '08..."Find A Hater, Blind A Hater!!!"

Anyways, as I'm leaving the club with some these hatin ass niggas' girlfriends, I heard the DJ playing a song that sounded very familiar. So familiar, I thought it was my shit, "Booty Butt Cheeks." Nigga, don't act like ya'll don't know that shit. Ya'll nigga know about me! In case you forgot nigga, here's a quick reminder of when I came through Woodcrest and shut that shit down!!! Fast forward to the 2-minute mark on that bitch.



I STILL don't know how I ain't get an Ozone Award for that! Fuck it. Like I was saying, I thought I heard the DJ playing my shit. I was about to walk up to the booth and give nigga some props, but then he turned the music up a little I could hear it better. Come to find out, niggas are jacking my shit!!! This song had the same muthafuckin beat and damn near the same muthafuckin words! My song says "Booty Butt Cheeks"...these niggas song went "Move Dem Buttcheeks"...aint this some shit!?!

When I got to the DJ booth, I asked him what that bullshit was. He said its the new single from this group called the TMI Boyz and that the song was called "Move Dem Buttcheeks." Well I be gotdamned! Niggas stay biting Thugnificent!

Look. I told niggas to bask in this Thugnificense...I ain't tell niggas to bring a bottle and steal any of it. The "TMI" in TMI Boyz must stand for "Thugnificent's My Inspiration."

I heard these the same niggas that beat up Kia Shine at the SEA's. But in the words of the late great Bernie Mac...I AINT SCARED OF YOU MUTHA FUCKA!

NEW RAP BEEF NIGGA! Thugnificent and the Lethal Interjection Crew vs. TMI Boyz. We can do this however you want nigga. You saw what happened to the last nigga that bit Thugnificent. I didn't even have to slap the nigga myself!!!

This gonna be the last time I entertain this kinda shit though. Like I said earlier, I'm down with Change. So, make sure you support my new single, "I FUCKS WITH OBAMA." See ya'll niggas in Denver.

Thug out.

Thugnificent Returns!!!!

Its been a while since we heard from the homie Thugnificent. He's been on his grind doing big things over the last couple months. But he reached out to me late last night and insisted that I help him let everybody know what he's been up to lately...and more importantly, let a certain rap group know that he doesn't appreciate them swagger jacking his songs....



August 20, 2008
11:39 pm

Niggas, bitches, hoes, pimps, hustlas, playas, goons and every muthafuckin' grifter I can think of...greetings beloved. This is ya nigga Thugnificent checkin' in live from Terra Belle, GA! Yeah, thats right nigga, I still go back to the hood...WITH MY CHAIN ON NIGGA!!!

I know its been a long ass time since I holla'd at ya'll niggas, but I've been out here grinding. Not in that punk ass DJ Khaled type way either. I'm talking about a real muthafuckin grind homie. I'm talking about 72 hours with no sleep damn near about pass out grinding. Makin' it rain in 5 separate locations on the same night grinding. Cranking out 10 songs a got damn day grinding. Aint nothing to a boss, yasmellme!?!

But anyways, just to let ya'll know, I will be dropping some new music to feed the streets very soon. I had to do it. All these other niggas coming out with albums, so I said fuck it, time for me to drop one too. I don't have an official title for the album yet, but be on the look out for my first single entitled..."I FUCKS WITH OBAMA." I'm basically letting everybody know that Thugnificent and my 19 Million supporters (that bitch Hillary only got 18 Million...GET ON YO GRIND HOE!) really fuck with Obama. The song is gonna be leaking to the net early next week. Obama is a real nigga, ya'll need to fuck with him, for real. Me and the Lethal Interjection Crew are gonna be hitting up Denver for the DNC and do a show right outside in the convention's parking lot performing the new single. We just wanna rally as much support as we can for Obama. Real niggas do real things.

Now...lets get down to what I really wanted to talk about. A couple of weeks ago I was in Houston for the Ozone Awards and shit. This is the third muthafuckin year in a row that I wasn't nominated for the Patiently Waiting: Georgia award. Niggas need to get off the bullshit and stop hating on ya boy. Who hotter than me right now nigga? Name a nigga hotter than me. I dare you! If you can name a nigga hotter than me right now...I'll slap the shit outta ya for lying.

Anyways, I still decided to go show my support. Never know, the nigga who wins the award might not show up and they might fuck around, come to their senses and give that shit to me. Knowhatimsayin.

Anyway nigga. I went to one of the parties down there. Nothing to major, just smokin that orange lavender. Fuck purp, get ya weight up nigga. If you ain't smokin orange lavender, you aint shit nigga. But yeah, we in the VIP, fuckin with the hoes, poppin bottles. I didn't bring any cash with me to make it rain. So me and my niggas just started throwing our American Express Black Cards like ninja stars in the crowd. I had 'em hatin too nigga. You shoulda seen it. I was putting these hatin ass niggas eyes out! So fuck saying "Hi Hater"...I got the new motto for '08..."Find A Hater, Blind A Hater!!!"

Anyways, as I'm leaving the club with some these hatin ass niggas' girlfriends, I heard the DJ playing a song that sounded very familiar. So familiar, I thought it was my shit, "Booty Butt Cheeks." Nigga, don't act like ya'll don't know that shit. Ya'll nigga know about me! In case you forgot nigga, here's a quick reminder of when I came through Woodcrest and shut that shit down!!! Fast forward to the 2-minute mark on that bitch.



I STILL don't know how I ain't get an Ozone Award for that! Fuck it. Like I was saying, I thought I heard the DJ playing my shit. I was about to walk up to the booth and give nigga some props, but then he turned the music up a little I could hear it better. Come to find out, niggas are jacking my shit!!! This song had the same muthafuckin beat and damn near the same muthafuckin words! My song says "Booty Butt Cheeks"...these niggas song went "Move Dem Buttcheeks"...aint this some shit!?!

When I got to the DJ booth, I asked him what that bullshit was. He said its the new single from this group called the TMI Boyz and that the song was called "Move Dem Buttcheeks." Well I be gotdamned! Niggas stay biting Thugnificent!

Look. I told niggas to bask in this Thugnificense...I ain't tell niggas to bring a bottle and steal any of it. The "TMI" in TMI Boyz must stand for "Thugnificent's My Inspiration."

I heard these the same niggas that beat up Kia Shine at the SEA's. But in the words of the late great Bernie Mac...I AINT SCARED OF YOU MUTHA FUCKA!

NEW RAP BEEF NIGGA! Thugnificent and the Lethal Interjection Crew vs. TMI Boyz. We can do this however you want nigga. You saw what happened to the last nigga that bit Thugnificent. I didn't even have to slap the nigga myself!!!

This gonna be the last time I entertain this kinda shit though. Like I said earlier, I'm down with Change. So, make sure you support my new single, "I FUCKS WITH OBAMA." See ya'll niggas in Denver.

Thug out.

R.I.P. Julius Carry



I wasn't about to disrespect that man and say "RIP Shonuff," though The Last Dragon is what most of us knew him from. But, Mr. Carry did a have pretty productive career in television. I actually saw a lot of these episodes and just realized who I was seeing.

Crazy. I just mentioned him in a post last week. R.I.P. Mr. Carry.

R.I.P. Julius Carry



I wasn't about to disrespect that man and say "RIP Shonuff," though The Last Dragon is what most of us knew him from. But, Mr. Carry did a have pretty productive career in television. I actually saw a lot of these episodes and just realized who I was seeing.

Crazy. I just mentioned him in a post last week. R.I.P. Mr. Carry.

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Big Kuntry King Album Cover



Damn. Kuntry is my nigga. I really fuck with Kuntry. But not this album cover shawty. I get what its supposed to say, mission accomplished there. But naw shawty. Someone don't care about my boy.

What if I was one of these idiots that ain't capable of thinking beyond the surface, right. Say if I saw Big Kuntry video and said "hey, I like this song, let me go buy it" and goes to the record store looking for dudes face on a cover...

First thing I'ma see is a "Cheeseburger." Damn...the burger is in focus and his face is blurred. And he's wearing a hoodie. Not a good idea. Folks gonna think he either on some Fat Boys "All You Can Eat" shit or think its a CD by a rapping burger. Damn. Plus, money is nasty as the millions of hands it touches, fuck around and catch ebola eating that shit.

I hope Kuntry does well though.

Pic swiped from BLVDST

Oh yeah...since we on Grand Hustle. This new Young Dro song is kinda jamming. In a guilty pleasure kinda way. I ain't like at first, but after a few listens, its cool. Has alot of illicit activity in it though, so get your ears ready. Not the usual Dro though. No Fruit Loop Chevys or Sad Blue Jags

Young Dro-"We Can Do It"

Big Kuntry King Album Cover



Damn. Kuntry is my nigga. I really fuck with Kuntry. But not this album cover shawty. I get what its supposed to say, mission accomplished there. But naw shawty. Someone don't care about my boy.

What if I was one of these idiots that ain't capable of thinking beyond the surface, right. Say if I saw Big Kuntry video and said "hey, I like this song, let me go buy it" and goes to the record store looking for dudes face on a cover...

First thing I'ma see is a "Cheeseburger." Damn...the burger is in focus and his face is blurred. And he's wearing a hoodie. Not a good idea. Folks gonna think he either on some Fat Boys "All You Can Eat" shit or think its a CD by a rapping burger. Damn. Plus, money is nasty as the millions of hands it touches, fuck around and catch ebola eating that shit.

I hope Kuntry does well though.

Pic swiped from BLVDST

Oh yeah...since we on Grand Hustle. This new Young Dro song is kinda jamming. In a guilty pleasure kinda way. I ain't like at first, but after a few listens, its cool. Has alot of illicit activity in it though, so get your ears ready. Not the usual Dro though. No Fruit Loop Chevys or Sad Blue Jags

Young Dro-"We Can Do It"

Art Show This Friday: TRANSGRESSION



Friday night make sure ya'll hit up the City of Ink for their latest art show, TRANSGRESSION.

The show will feature the works of two of Atlanta's, if not the country's dopest artists. Goldi Gold and Mr. Soul.

If you're not familiar with the names, you are definitely familiar with their work. Amongst other things, Goldi Gold is the man behind those now infamous FREE DRAMA & CANNON t-shirts.



Mr. Soul has pretty much done every other Atlanta-based crew/record label logo from the Dungeon Family to Block Ent. He's also done some very recognizable album covers:




If you haven't been to an City of Ink art show, you're really missing out. They usually have good ass food, stiff drinks and beautiful people and minds all around. So if you aren't doing anything, make sure you fall through. I'm hoping I can make it...my high school reunion party kicks off around that time. Should be interesting.

Art Show This Friday: TRANSGRESSION



Friday night make sure ya'll hit up the City of Ink for their latest art show, TRANSGRESSION.

The show will feature the works of two of Atlanta's, if not the country's dopest artists. Goldi Gold and Mr. Soul.

If you're not familiar with the names, you are definitely familiar with their work. Amongst other things, Goldi Gold is the man behind those now infamous FREE DRAMA & CANNON t-shirts.



Mr. Soul has pretty much done every other Atlanta-based crew/record label logo from the Dungeon Family to Block Ent. He's also done some very recognizable album covers:




If you haven't been to an City of Ink art show, you're really missing out. They usually have good ass food, stiff drinks and beautiful people and minds all around. So if you aren't doing anything, make sure you fall through. I'm hoping I can make it...my high school reunion party kicks off around that time. Should be interesting.

Goodie Mob Reunited



So...last night. The choice was: Free Bun B show at The Loft or Free Nelly show at The Tabernacle or Lloyd at Pure.

I chose Bun. Obviously all the women were gonna be at the Nelly show and the late night action was gonna be at the Lloyd show. I chose Bun tho. Then...I get an email from my nigga Matt The Mayor:

From: MATT THE MAYOR
Sent: Aug 19, 2008 10:28 PM
Subject: Where u at????????? Urgent!!!!!


Maurice Garland
Subject: Re: Where u at????????? Urgent!!!!!
Sent: Aug 19, 2008 10:53 PM

At bun b show. What's good


MATT THE MAYOR
Aug 19, 2008 at 11:03 PM
Re: Where u at????????? Urgent!!!!!
Man.... Goodie mob just performed at Nelly concert!! even ceelo perform with these nigga!!!


DAAAAAMN!

No lie...i went around to every person I knew at the show, showing them the email. Everybody had the same reaction....slight disappointment.

You can't get too mad because you're at a free Bun B show. But at the same time, you're like, damn.

I mean, the whole day. I was clowning cats who chose to go to the Nelly show over Bun's show. I like Nelly, but c'mon now. But I'll be damned, Pimp Juice brought out every fourth of the Goodie Mo-B.

Bun, who evidently went to the Nelly show before hitting the stage and I must add, reads EVERYBODY'S BLOGS...sent pics over to Eskay.

I got this pic outside after the Bun show. That's cool how they all swung over to show support. Sometimes I wish I was more ruthless with the camera. I could have easily got a pic inside. But Gipp asked me to respect their space. Which I can completely understand. Unlike the Nas/Jay-Z shit...Goodie Mob were friends and brothers before rap stardom. Same goes with the Big Boi/Killer Mike shit. After I got those pics and video of them, alot of folks were wanting me to get them together for interviews and stuff. But we have to realize, those dudes were friends and just now started back talking to each other again...gotta respect the situation and their space.

But, Gipp assured me that they was gonna look out for me later, and they did. I'm grateful for that. I'm also grateful that they let me snap this pic on the strength of remembering me from an article I did on Soul Food a few months ago.

I got some video of the Bun show that I'll post later. I'm kinda tired right now and don't feel like waiting on the YouTube uploads this very second. But I got ya'll though.

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Goodie Mob Reunited



So...last night. The choice was: Free Bun B show at The Loft or Free Nelly show at The Tabernacle or Lloyd at Pure.

I chose Bun. Obviously all the women were gonna be at the Nelly show and the late night action was gonna be at the Lloyd show. I chose Bun tho. Then...I get an email from my nigga Matt The Mayor:

From: MATT THE MAYOR
Sent: Aug 19, 2008 10:28 PM
Subject: Where u at????????? Urgent!!!!!


Maurice Garland
Subject: Re: Where u at????????? Urgent!!!!!
Sent: Aug 19, 2008 10:53 PM

At bun b show. What's good


MATT THE MAYOR
Aug 19, 2008 at 11:03 PM
Re: Where u at????????? Urgent!!!!!
Man.... Goodie mob just performed at Nelly concert!! even ceelo perform with these nigga!!!


DAAAAAMN!

No lie...i went around to every person I knew at the show, showing them the email. Everybody had the same reaction....slight disappointment.

You can't get too mad because you're at a free Bun B show. But at the same time, you're like, damn.

I mean, the whole day. I was clowning cats who chose to go to the Nelly show over Bun's show. I like Nelly, but c'mon now. But I'll be damned, Pimp Juice brought out every fourth of the Goodie Mo-B.

Bun, who evidently went to the Nelly show before hitting the stage and I must add, reads EVERYBODY'S BLOGS...sent pics over to Eskay.

I got this pic outside after the Bun show. That's cool how they all swung over to show support. Sometimes I wish I was more ruthless with the camera. I could have easily got a pic inside. But Gipp asked me to respect their space. Which I can completely understand. Unlike the Nas/Jay-Z shit...Goodie Mob were friends and brothers before rap stardom. Same goes with the Big Boi/Killer Mike shit. After I got those pics and video of them, alot of folks were wanting me to get them together for interviews and stuff. But we have to realize, those dudes were friends and just now started back talking to each other again...gotta respect the situation and their space.

But, Gipp assured me that they was gonna look out for me later, and they did. I'm grateful for that. I'm also grateful that they let me snap this pic on the strength of remembering me from an article I did on Soul Food a few months ago.

I got some video of the Bun show that I'll post later. I'm kinda tired right now and don't feel like waiting on the YouTube uploads this very second. But I got ya'll though.

Related Post:

The Coming

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

NO MORE RAPPERS!!!!!!!




This has been on my mind for some time now. I've tried my hardest to keep it to myself because I don't want to be a dream crusher or tell people what they can or cannot do. But fugg it, I have to say it...

NO MORE RAPPERS!!!!!!

I'm sure this thought isn't anything new under the sun. But damn! I just got finished judging a talent showcase (whats up Honey, thanks for inviting me out). I got there at 10:30pm and didn't get out of there until 2:45. And guess what...they wasn't done!

Like I said before, I can't sit here and tell people they shouldn't chase their dreams. I mean, I'd probably feel a certain way if someone would have told me "its too many niggas writing" 5 years ago.

That's why I'm saying as of this day, hour, minute, second....well actually as of last night...there should be a Rapper Cut-Off Line. So, if you weren't rapping as of last night or hadn't made any real stride in the craft or contribution to the culture, i.e. performed for more than the 5 people in your living room or printed up CDs with real ink (no magic marker)...just stop, now.

The world does not need another rapper. We have enough of those to last us until Armegeddon. All we need to do is tell the cats thats already rapping to just keep getting better or encourage them to stop as well if they are wack.

I swear man...like, last night was not the first time I'd judged a showcase. So I knew what I was getting into. But for some reason, it just hit me like damn...its alot of niggas rapping. As each act got on stage and did their thing I kept imagining them doing something else. Something that we need.

We need more dentists. We need more doctors. We need more economists. More truck drivers. More chefs. More store owners. I need a teacher for my unborn child. A rapper? No, I don't need or want another one of those.

Of course, to some, rapping is merely a hobby. Some people paint, some people build model cars, some people rap. Cool. If thats how you pass your time, do your thing and keep it just that a hobby. But as far as more cats trying to "get on" no, please stop the madness.

Its almost as if rapping has become its own language. Its damn near equivalent to speaking English...because everybody does it. Its like rapping is the 6th Sense. Seeing, Hearing, Touching, Tasting, Smelling....Rapping.

I probably should have set if off in there last night now that I think about it. Giving someone a low score probably didn't contribute to starting the Rapper Cut-Off Line. Hell, that shit probably got interpreted as "hating." And you know niggas do with their haters! Make them their motivators, cause they on the grind, son!!!!!

From now on, I think I'm either gonna start throwing shit on stage or come to these showcases with stacks of various job applications. Maybe a couple school applications too. Something to show cats that there are other things that they could be doing and striving for.

Am I the only one who feels like this? What do you think the criteria should be to let a rappers past the Rapper Cut-Off Line?

Oh yeah...yall non-blending, no-mixing DJs need a cut-off line too. The same is about to go for ya'll "producers" that don't even know what an instrument looks like.

NO MORE RAPPERS!!!!!!!




This has been on my mind for some time now. I've tried my hardest to keep it to myself because I don't want to be a dream crusher or tell people what they can or cannot do. But fugg it, I have to say it...

NO MORE RAPPERS!!!!!!

I'm sure this thought isn't anything new under the sun. But damn! I just got finished judging a talent showcase (whats up Honey, thanks for inviting me out). I got there at 10:30pm and didn't get out of there until 2:45. And guess what...they wasn't done!

Like I said before, I can't sit here and tell people they shouldn't chase their dreams. I mean, I'd probably feel a certain way if someone would have told me "its too many niggas writing" 5 years ago.

That's why I'm saying as of this day, hour, minute, second....well actually as of last night...there should be a Rapper Cut-Off Line. So, if you weren't rapping as of last night or hadn't made any real stride in the craft or contribution to the culture, i.e. performed for more than the 5 people in your living room or printed up CDs with real ink (no magic marker)...just stop, now.

The world does not need another rapper. We have enough of those to last us until Armegeddon. All we need to do is tell the cats thats already rapping to just keep getting better or encourage them to stop as well if they are wack.

I swear man...like, last night was not the first time I'd judged a showcase. So I knew what I was getting into. But for some reason, it just hit me like damn...its alot of niggas rapping. As each act got on stage and did their thing I kept imagining them doing something else. Something that we need.

We need more dentists. We need more doctors. We need more economists. More truck drivers. More chefs. More store owners. I need a teacher for my unborn child. A rapper? No, I don't need or want another one of those.

Of course, to some, rapping is merely a hobby. Some people paint, some people build model cars, some people rap. Cool. If thats how you pass your time, do your thing and keep it just that a hobby. But as far as more cats trying to "get on" no, please stop the madness.

Its almost as if rapping has become its own language. Its damn near equivalent to speaking English...because everybody does it. Its like rapping is the 6th Sense. Seeing, Hearing, Touching, Tasting, Smelling....Rapping.

I probably should have set if off in there last night now that I think about it. Giving someone a low score probably didn't contribute to starting the Rapper Cut-Off Line. Hell, that shit probably got interpreted as "hating." And you know niggas do with their haters! Make them their motivators, cause they on the grind, son!!!!!

From now on, I think I'm either gonna start throwing shit on stage or come to these showcases with stacks of various job applications. Maybe a couple school applications too. Something to show cats that there are other things that they could be doing and striving for.

Am I the only one who feels like this? What do you think the criteria should be to let a rappers past the Rapper Cut-Off Line?

Oh yeah...yall non-blending, no-mixing DJs need a cut-off line too. The same is about to go for ya'll "producers" that don't even know what an instrument looks like.

Monday, August 18, 2008

Shoes To Lose

Is it me...or are all of the latest joint ventures Nike has been doing with rappers ugly as hell. I understand cats be wanting to be original, but damn. Different equals ugly more times than not.

Big Boi's Lucious Leftfeet



?uestlove's Air Questo...yeah, I have a ?uestion. WTF? What makes these worst is that the left shoe has a different pattern.



Kanye West's Air Yeezy's



I can't front on the Black ones though, they get a pass



Come to think of it...has their ever been a dope shoe endorsed by a rapper? Only shoe I can think of that was dope were the Wallabee's back in the day that Ghostface put on the map.

Shoes To Lose

Is it me...or are all of the latest joint ventures Nike has been doing with rappers ugly as hell. I understand cats be wanting to be original, but damn. Different equals ugly more times than not.

Big Boi's Lucious Leftfeet



?uestlove's Air Questo...yeah, I have a ?uestion. WTF? What makes these worst is that the left shoe has a different pattern.



Kanye West's Air Yeezy's



I can't front on the Black ones though, they get a pass



Come to think of it...has their ever been a dope shoe endorsed by a rapper? Only shoe I can think of that was dope were the Wallabee's back in the day that Ghostface put on the map.

Sunday, August 17, 2008

Scarface-"High Powered"


[photo from my 2005 archives]

I was debating sharing this because I don't want no Rap-A-Lot goons at my door. Hope ya'll enjoy it though. I'm assuming its from Emeritus.

Scarface-"High Powered" [HQ Rip]

Scarface-"High Powered"


[photo from my 2005 archives]

I was debating sharing this because I don't want no Rap-A-Lot goons at my door. Hope ya'll enjoy it though. I'm assuming its from Emeritus.

Scarface-"High Powered" [HQ Rip]